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Schengen visa

As from 12 October 2015 and introduction of the Visa Information System (VIS), all applicants will be required to provide their biometric data (10 fingerprints and digital photograph) when applying for Schengen visa (together with an application form and standard set of supporting documents). In this context there will be a change of opening hours at the Consular section of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Beijing as follows:

Tuesday - 9.00-11.00 (accepting visa applications, superlegalization)
15.00-16.00 (pick-ups)

Thursday - 9.00-11.00 (accepting visa applications, superlegalization)
15.00-16.00 (pick-ups)

Note: applications for temporary residence, or any other issues, please consult via phone in advance.

Short stay Schengen visa - general information for the applicants in China

Short stay Schengen visa - general information for the applicants in China (Chinese)  (pdf, 277 kB)


Schengen visa entitles a foreigner to visit territory of Schengen member states for a period of visa validity, maximum for the period of 90 days within 6 months (180 days). The beginning of half-a-year period is marked by the first day of entry to the Schengen area. 

Schengen visa application is to be submitted at The Embassy of the Slovak Republic, Consular section in Beijing in person. An application is to be submitted maximum 3 months and minimum 15 days before the planned trip.

Competent country to consider visa application and decide upon visa is that Schengen member state, which is a sole visitor`s destination. In case of visiting more than one country of the Schengen area, the length of stay in each state is to be considered – the applicant needs to submit the application at the Embassy of that state, which he/she intends to spend the most time in.

When submitting an application, a visa fee of 60,-EUR for adults and 35,-EUR for children from 6 to 12 years old is to be paid (payable in RMB). 

Applications can be submitted within the opening hours of the Consular section, that is on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9.00-11.00. The Consular section of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Beijing processes and decides visa in 5 working days. 

As of 12th of October 2015 it is mandatory for each applicant to provide the biometric date (collection of fingerprints) when applying for Schengen visa. 

 

List of supporting documents to be submitted by applicants in China for short stay Schengen visas according to the Decision of the European Commission on 22nd of October 2014 (C(2O14)7594 final)

a) The purpose of individual tourism

1. Valid passport with at least two empty pages (validity must exceed return date by at least 6 months) together with one copy of the information page of the passport
2. Completed and signed pdf Schengen visa application form   (pdf; 561.02 KB)
3. Two photographs in color (3,5 x 4,5 cm) on white background
4. If applicable, copy of previously granted Schengen visa (also visa of United Kingdom, USA and Canada)
5. Travel insurance valid for the entire duration of intended stay in Schengen area with the coverage of minimum 30.000,- EUR. 
6. Copy of all pages of "Hukou" (no translation needed)
7. Return flight ticket reservation (only reservation at this stage, the actual ticket should be purchased only after visa being granted)
8. Proof of accommodation in Slovakia for the whole duration of intended stay
9. Travel programme - documents providing clear evidence about the applicant's program in Slovakia (transportation booking, itinerary, etc.)
10. Proof of solvency - documents confirming financial resources for stay in Slovakia (bank statements from the last 3 months, no deposits)

Employees 
•    business license (a sealed copy with stamp and signature of a competent person)
•    original letter from the employer on official company paper with stamp, signature, date and clearly mentioning:
-    address, telephone and fax numbers of the employing company
-    the name and position in the employing company of the   countersigning officer
-    the name of the applicant, position, salary and years of service
-    approval for leave or absence   

Retired persons
•    proof of pension or other regular income
 

Unemployed persons
•    If married: letter of employment and income of the spouse and notary certificate of marriage, legalized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
•    If single/divorced/widow/widower: Any other proof of regular income

11. Minors (under 18 years of age) 
•    student card
•    original (and one copy) of the letter from school mentioning 
-    full address, telephone number of the school
-    permission for absence
-    name and function of the person giving the permission
•    notary certificate of family relation or proof of guardianship, legalized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
•    when the minor is travelling alone or only with one parent - notary certificate of permission to travel from both parents or legal guardians, legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

b) The purpose of business visit or professional training

1. Valid passport with at least two empty pages (validity must exceed return date by at least 6 months) together with one copy of the information page of the passport
2. Completed and signedpdf  Schengen visa application form  (pdf; 561.02 KB)
3. Two photographs in color (3,5 x 4,5 cm) on white background
4. If applicable, copy of previously granted Schengen visa (also visa of United Kingdom, USA and Canada)
5. Travel insurance valid for the entire duration of intended stay in Schengen area with the coverage of minimum 30.000,- EUR.
6. Copy of all pages of "Hukou" (no translation needed) 
7. Return flight ticket reservation (only reservation at this stage, the actual ticket should be purchased only after visa being granted)
8. Proof of accommodation in Slovakia for the whole duration of intended stay
9. Invitation letter with signature verified by a notary in Slovakia – original letter from an entity in Slovakia for the purpose of business meeting, conference, training etc. on the official company letter with stamp and a signature of a competent person clearly mentioning:
•    full address and contact persons of the company
•    the name and position of the countersigning officer
•    the purpose and duration of the visit (the date should be identical to the one stated in the application form)
•    program of the business visit or professional training
•    the person or the entity who will bear the applicant's travel and living costs (sponsor)
•    whether the sponsor gives financial guaranty for the applicant's return to China
10. Original of the invitation from Bureau of Border and Alien Police of the Slovak Republic (based on the request of the Consular section of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Beijing)
11. Proof of solvency – documents confirming financial resources for stay in Slovakia (bank statements from the last 3 months, no deposits) – submits either company, or the applicant himself depending on who covers the cost of travel and living

Employees 
•    business license (a sealed copy with stamp and signature of a competent person)
•    original letter from the employer on official company paper with stamp, signature, date and clearly mentioning:
-    address, telephone and fax numbers of the employing company
-    the name and position in the employing company of the   countersigning officer
-    the name of the applicant, position, salary and years of service
-    approval for leave or absence
12. Proof of registration from a Chamber of Commerce, if applicable
13. Work permit (if applicable): a work permit may be needed in the following cases: 
•    business training “on the job”
•    when working for company in the Member State of destination
    

c) The purpose of visit to family/friends 

1. Valid passport with at least two empty pages (validity must exceed return date by at least 6 months) together with one copy of the information page of the passport
2. Completed and signed pdf Schengen visa application form  (pdf; 561.02 KB)
3. Two photographs in color (3,5 x 4,5 cm) on white background
4. If applicable, copy of previously granted Schengen visa (also visa of United Kingdom, USA and Canada)
5. Travel insurance valid for the entire duration of intended stay in Schengen area with the coverage of minimum 30.000,- EUR. 
6. Copy of all pages of "Hukou" (no translation needed)
7. Return flight ticket reservation (only reservation at this stage, the actual ticket should be purchased only after visa being granted)
8. Proof of accommodation in Slovakia for the whole duration of intended stay (reservation of a hotel or declaration from the owner of an apartment /house together with record from the Slovak Registry Office)
9. Invitation letter with signature verified by a notary in Slovakia – original letter from Slovakia with stamp a signature of a competent person clearly mentioning:
•    full address and contact of the person inviting to Slovakia
•    the purpose and duration of the visit (the date should be identical to the one stated in the application form)
•    the person who will bear the applicant's travel and living costs (sponsor)
10. Original of the invitation from Bureau of Border and Alien Police of the Slovak Republic (based on the request of the Consular section of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Beijing)
11. Original financial guaranty by the sponsor
•    If the sponsor lives in Slovakia:
-    proof of a regular income over the last 3 months (bank statement, no deposits)
-    a declaration of guarantee as provided for by Slovak national legislation
•    If the sponsor lives in China but invites the applicant to travel together to Slovakia:
-    signed guarantee letter
-    copy of the residence permit for China
-    proof of a regular income (letter from the employer)
-    proof of a residence in Slovakia or invitation to stay with close family
12. Proof of relationship with sponsor
•    For family visit: a notary certificate of family relationship with the sponsor, legalised by MFA
•    For friends visit: the relationship can be substantiated with original documents, original pictures, letter of invitation etc.
13. Proof of solvency - documents confirming financial resources for stay in Slovakia (bank statements from the last 3 months, no deposits)

Employees 
•    business license (a sealed copy with stamp and signature of a competent person)
•    original letter from the employer on official company paper with stamp, signature, date and clearly mentioning:
-    address, telephone and fax numbers of the employing company
-    the name and position in the employing company of the   countersigning officer
-    the name of the applicant, position, salary and years of service
-    approval for leave or absence
Retired persons
•    proof of pension or other regular income

Unemployed persons
•    If married: letter of employment and income of the spouse and notary certificate of marriage, legalized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
•    If single/divorced/widow/widower: Any other proof of regular income

12. Minors (under 18 years of age) 
•    student card
•    original (and one copy) of the letter from school mentioning 
-    full address, telephone number of the school
-    permission for absence
-    name and function of the person giving the permission
•    notary certificate of family relation or proof of guardianship, legalized by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
•    when the minor is travelling alone or only with one parent - notary certificate of permission to travel from both parents or legal guardians, legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

d) The purpose of cultural/sport events 

1. Valid passport with at least two empty pages (validity must exceed return date by at least 6 months) together with one copy of the information page of the passport
2. Completed and signed pdf Schengen visa application form  (pdf; 561.02 KB)
3. Two photographs in color (3,5 x 4,5 cm) on white background
4. If applicable, copy of previously granted Schengen visa (also visa of United Kingdom, USA and Canada)
5. Travel insurance valid for the entire duration of intended stay in Schengen area with the coverage of minimum 30.000,- EUR. 
6. Copy of all pages of "Hukou" (no translation needed)
7. Return flight ticket reservation (only reservation at this stage, the actual ticket should be purchased only after visa being granted)
8. Proof of accommodation in Slovakia for the whole duration of intended stay
9. Invitation letter with signature verified by a notary in Slovakia – original letter from Slovakia (organizer of the event) with stamp a signature of a competent person clearly mentioning:
•    full address and contact of the person in organization
•    the purpose and duration of the visit (the date should be identical to the one stated in the application form)
•    detailed program and itinerary
•    an indication of the costs of the study/sport and entity that will pay for them
•    an indication of lodging during the period of the intended stay
10. Original of the invitation from Bureau of Border and Alien Police of the Slovak Republic (based on the request of the Consular section of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Beijing)
11. Original letter from the Chinese cultural or sports organization (the letter must be in English or in Chinese and an English translation) on the official paper with a stamp and a signature of a competent person clearly mentioning:
•    full address and contact of the person in the organization 
•    name and position of the countersigning officer
•    name, position, salary and years of employment (only for professionals)
•    confirmation of participation
•    entity that will pay for costs of travel and living
•    copy of business license (and an English translation)

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