SCHENGEN VISA INFORMATION
(for the nationals of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal & Sri Lanka)
In order to travel to the Slovak Republic, the citizens of India do need a Schengen visa (similarly the nationals of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka). The Schengen visa is a document showing that the traveller has permission to enter the Slovak Republic and other countries of the Schengen Area for a limited period of up to 90 days. The applicant may be granted visa for the purpose of tourism, business journey, family and study visit or any other purpose which does not require work or residence permit.
A Schengen visa may be valid for one or multiple entries. First time travellers are as a general rule given single-entry visa. Those, who have documented and adhered to the visa rules during previous travels to the Schengen area and have documented a need for several entries may be granted a multiple-entry visa.
ON-LINE APPLICATION PROCEDURE/ELECTRONIC VISA REQUEST
1. Register the on-line visa application on internet via.
2. After filling-in, print out the form and sign the application (on pages 2 and 3) and book an appointment at the Embassy on the internet page.
Note: The applications without a term for appointment will not be accepted!
3. At the appointment bring in the printed application form, and all the necessary original documents to process your visa application. Documents sent from Slovakia must be addressed solely to the applicant, not the Embassy!
4. Capture/Collection of Fingerprints (mandatory procedure since June 2014) requires physical presence of every applicant.
5. Application fee – the payment must be done in Indian rupees to the Embassy account in the day of the appointment.
6. After the application and all the relevant documentation is presented, the fingerprints are collected and the fee is paid, the Embassy starts to process the application.
The applicants should prepare all the necessary original documents (with copies) before personally deliver the application to the Embassy, otherwise the application will not be accepted. All documents have to be translated into English or Slovak language. When necessary, the documents should be attested by the relevant authorities.
HOLDERS OF DIPLOMATIC / OFFICIAL PASSPORTS should not register their applications online but follow the procedure, via filling the printed Schengen visa application form (pdf; 561.02 KB).
APPLICANTS FOR SLOVAK NATIONAL VISA (type D) for the purpose of family reunion or work should submit the printed application form for national visa (pdf; 493.05 KB) (those shall not use on-line visa application) including the same supporting documents as for the family reunion or work together with the application form (see ‘Visa Document Checklist’).
VISA DOCUMENT CHECKLIST
1. Visa application form (see On-Line Application Procedure), filled-in & signed.
2. Travel document (passport) – issued within the previous 10 years and valid minimum for 90 days after expiry of the visa with at least 2 blank pages.
3. Passport size photo (with white background) not older than 6 months.
4. Documents confirming the purpose of the visit:
a) Purpose of TOURISM:
- Travel agency / hotel voucher – confirmation of payment for stay in Slovakia Voucher conditions: Name and address of travel agency, registration number of voucher, first and last name of hotel guest, date of arrival and departure, description of hotel services, confirmation of the authorized person of the travel agency. If the voucher does not include the confirmation of payment, applicant has to submit separate invoice with the number, stamp and signature of bank statement confirming the payment on the account of hotel /agency.
b) Visit of FAMILY / FRIENDS:
- Official Invitation Form – verified by the Slovak Foreign Police Departmen
- Original Invitation Letter / Letter of Guarantee for all expenses from the person in Slovakia legalised by a notary public and/or financial guarantee from the applicant
- Proof of Relationship (in case of family visit)
- Copy of the reference’s Residence Permit (if the reference person is not a Slovak citizen)
c) Purpose of BUSINESS:
- Official Invitation from the business partner (Slovak company) verified by the Slovak Foreign Police Department
- Invitation Letter from the Slovak business partner legalised by a notary public, stating the purpose, duration and itinerary for the whole stay in the Schengen area.
- Original Letter from the company of applicant stating reason for the stay in Slovakia
- Official Dispatch Letter from the Indian company – proof of current occupation
- Confirmation of Accommodation in Slovakia
d) International CONFERENCES, Seminars or Workshops:
- Official Invitation form from Slovak company verified by the Slovak Foreign Police Department
- Invitation Letter from company in Slovakia legalised by a notary public
- Official Dispatch Letter - proof of current occupation, original letter from the employer stating a reason for the stay in Slovakia
- Confirmation of accommodation.
Note: For the first-time visitors in the Schengen area it is mandatory to submit the Official Invitation Form verified by the Slovak foreign police department.
5. Document confirming sufficiency of the financial resources for covering costs of the stay in Slovakia and return journey:
- Documentation of own funds for the stay or a guarantee declaration issued by the reference person financial means (in invitation, or in guarantee letter etc.)
- Original of the applicant’s bank statement for the last 6 months
- Original of the applicant’s salary slip for the last 6 months
- Traveller’s Cheques, Credit Card statement for the last 6 months, etc.
6. Confirmed booking (travel itinerary) of roundtrip air ticket, with fixed travel dates of maximum 90 days.
Note: There is no need buying the travel ticket until visa has been granted. If the application is approved, the visa will be issued according to the dates on the booking.
7. Valid medical travel insurance for the entire journey in the Schengen area with minimum coverage of 30,000 EUR.
8. All applicants under 18 years old must also submit:
- Copies of parents’ passports / ID cards, as well as applicant’s birth certificate
- If travelling alone: Letter of Consent signed by both parents (original and legalised)
- If travelling with only one of the parents: Letter of Consent from the other parent (original and legalised)
- If travelling with a parent with single custody: An original of the Certificate of Single Custody must be presented.
Note: In individual cases the applicant may be requested to provide additional documents.
MANDATORY CAPTURE OF FINGERPRINTS
Since 16 June 2014 the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in New Delhi started to collect fingerprints. The biometric data are collected using a quick, discreet and non-intrusive process that includes capture a 10-digit fingerprint scan.
If the applicant refuses to submit the biometric data (and he/she will not subject to any exception according to EU regulation), the visa application will not be accepted. The frequent travellers to the Schengen area, however, do not have to give new fingerprints every time applying for new visa; the collected fingerprints can be re-used for further applications over a maximum 5-year period.
The fingerprints are not required from:
- Children under the age of 12,
- People who physically cannot provide finger scans,
- Heads of state and government, members of the national government with accompanying spouses, and members of their official delegation when they are invited by the EU Member States or International Organisations for the official purpose.
Must be paid in Indian rupees (INR) to the bank account of the Embassy on the day of the appointment. The fee is converted to INR according to the current monthly exchange rate (provided by the Embassy staff when applying for visa).
Schengen Visa............................................................60.00 EUR
Schengen Visa for minors (6-12 years)....................35.00 EUR
National Visa..............................................................33.00 EUR
National Visa (with granted residence permit)..........9.50 EUR
for visa is 15 calendar days from the day the Embassy receives the application in printed form with all the original documentation, the fingerprints are collected, and the fee is paid.
This period may be extended up to 30 calendar days in individual cases, notably when further scrutiny of the application is needed.
Exceptionally, when additional documentation is needed in specific cases, the period may be extended up to a maximum of 60 calendar days.
are MONDAYs, TUESDAYs and THURSDAYs from 10:00 to 12:00
for all public dealings, including submission of applications, collection of passports as well as document for certification. For general enquiries please call 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00 (Monday-Friday).
Announcement for the residents of INDIA
|Since 15 August 2015 the Slovak Republic is represented by Hungary in visa matters in parts of India (states: Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gurajat, Goa, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh & union territories: Puducherry, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli). Residents can apply for short stay visits (up to 90 days) in Schengen area at the Consulate General of Hungary in Mumbai.|
Announcement for the residents of BANGLADESH
|Since 1 May 2015 Italy represents the Slovak Republic in visa matters in Bangladesh. The residents originating from this consular district can apply for short stays (up to 90 days) in Schengen area at the Embassy of Italy in Dhaka.|
Announcement for the residents of SRI LANKA
|Since 1 May 2015 the visa matters in Sri Lanka are represented by Italy. The Sri Lankan nationals and residents may apply for short stays (up to 90 days) in the Schengen area at the Embassy of Italy in Colombo.|
Announcement for the residents of NEPAL
|Since 1 February 2014 Switzerland represents the Slovak Republic in visa matters in Nepal. The residents originating from Nepal can apply for short stays (up to 90 days) in the Schengen area (types A and C) at the Embassy of Switzerland in Kathmandu.|
COMMON INFORMATION SHEET FOR SCHENGEN VISA APPLICANTS IN INDIA (pdf; 248.35 KB)