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Visa information

The Schengen area covers 26 countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia,  Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

 

If you intend to visit more than one Schengen state, you should submit your application at  the embassy or consulate of the Schengen state that will be your main destination. 

If you intend to spend an equal length of time in several Schengen states, you should submit your application to the embassy or consulate of the Schengen state that you will arrive in first.

 

If the Slovak Republic is your main destination you have to apply for visa at the relevant Slovak Embassy or Consulate.

 

The visa applications have to be submitted to the Slovak Embassy in Beijing or Consulate General in Shanghai based on the address stated on the hukou or temporary resident card. Residents of  Shanghai, Zhejiang province, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, Anhui and  Fujian province who wants to travel to Slovakia  can submit their applications for visa at the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in Shanghai.

The Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in Shanghai also issues visa on behalf of Lithuania.

 

Applicants have to make an appointment in order to submit your application before their visit the consulate and they have to apply for visa in person. Opening hours at the Consulate General in Slovakia in Shanghai for visa applicants:

Tuesday   10,00- 12,00

Thursday 10,00-12,00.

 

There are 3 types of visa that can be issued  to applicants:

  • Airport transit visa - A type of visa- is valid for transiting through the international transit areas of airports situated in the Schengen Areas
  • Short-stay visa – C type of visa - entitles its holder to free movement throughout the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period. The short-stay calculator can be used for calculating the period of allowed stay.
  • National visa – D type of visa-  is issued to nationals of certain non-EU countries who intend to stay longer than 90 days in Slovakia.

 

Starting October 12th, 2015 all applicant for  Schengen visa will need to personally present themselves in order to have their biometric date registered. It will allow visa holders to be identified faster and this way identity theft can be countered. When the visa holder arrives at the external border, the border authorities have access to the VIS to verify his or her identity and the authenticity of the visa. These procedures improve security in the Schengen Area.

Certain categories of applicants are exempt from the requirement to give ­ fingerprints, including:

  • Children under the age of 12;
  • Persons for whom ­ fingerprinting is physically impossible;
  • Heads of State and members of national governments, and members of their official delegations when invited for an official purpose.

 

A short-stay Schengen visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen Area. At border controls or during other checks you can be asked to provide relavant authorities with information concerning purpose of your visit, related documents, financial means etc.  We advise you to have a copies of documents submitted at the Embassy or Consulate when you applied for visa.

 

Applicants can also use electronic application: https://ezov.mzv.sk. Application form should be printed and signed by applicant. 

 

All visa applicants are recquired to submit:

  • passport  and copy of the data page of passport. Passport should be valid and should have been issued within the previous 10 years and should be valid at least 3 months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen territory
  • should contain at least 2 empty pages when applying for the visa
  • original and photocopy of Hukou and ID card /originals will be returned back to you/  or your residence card (if any),
  • application form fully filled in, signed (two times: at the point nr 37 and also on the last page!) and dated by the applicant
  • passport photo
  • recquired documents- see attached the harmonised list of recquired documents for each cathegory
  • Pay your visa  fee according the visa type

 

In general, an application cannot be submitted more than 3 months before departure.

As a general rule, a decision will be taken on your application within 15 calendar days. 

This period may, in individual cases, extend to 30 days and  in exceptional cases, 60 days. The Consulate General in Slovakia usually issues visa withing 3-5 days. 

 

List of recquired  documents for a Schengen visa with the purpose of business

1. Visa application form 1 visa application form fully completed and signed by the applicant
2. Photo 2  color photos, white background
3. Passport
  • Valid for at least three monthsafter date of return to China
  • Containing at least two blankpages
  • Issued within the previous(10) years
  • For non-Chinese nationals: a residence permit for China,valid until after the return.
4. Official Invitation Original official invitation verified by the police from Slovakia not older than 90 days
5. Original invitation letter from the organise On official company paper with stamp and signature, mentioning clearly:
  • the full address and contacts of the company;
  • the name and position of the countersigning officer;
  • purpose + duration of the visit;
  • detailed program;
  • the person or the entity who will bear your travel and living costs;
  • whether the sponsor gives financial guaranty for your return to China;
  • proof of registration from a Chamber of Commerce if applicable.
6. Business License of your
company and original letter from your employer
• A sealed copy of the business license of employing company
• a letter from the employer (in English, or in Chinese with English translation) on official company paper with stamp, signature, date and clearly mentioning:
◦ address, telephone and fax numbers of the company; 
◦ the name and position in the company of the countersigning officer;
◦ the name of the applicant, position, salary and years of service; 
◦ approval for leave or absence;
◦ purpose + duration of the visit;
◦ confirmation of position after the return.
7. Travel medical insurance Minimum coverage 30,000 EURO, for medical costs and medical
repatriation, valid within all the member states of the Schengen Area during the duration of the entire period of the intended stay.
8. Proof of solvency Bank statements from the last 3 to 6 months, no deposits
Proof of the solvency of your (employer’s) company, if the company pays the costs of travel and living; or 
Proof of your personal solvency, in case personally covering the costs of travel and living.
9. Photocopies of:
  • Identity (information)page and signature page of your passport.
  • National Identity Card (both sides)
  • Residence permit for China (for non Chinese nationals)
  • Travel medical insurance
  • Official invitation

 

Harmonised list of supporting documents for a Schengen visa with the purpose:
Cultural / Sport events

 

1

Visa application form

1 visa application form fully completed and signed by the applicant

2

Photo

2  color photos, white background

3

Passport

• Valid for at least three months after date of return to China
• Containing at least two blank pages
• Issued within the previous(10) years
• For non-Chinese nationals: a residence permit for China, valid at least 3 months until after the return.

4

Official Invitation

Original official invitation verified by the police from Slovakia not older than 90 days or original official invitation with the notarially verified signature of inviting person representing the inviting organization

5

Original invitation letter from the organiser of the event of the country of destination

On official paper, mentioning clearly :
• Purpose and duration of your stay
• Detailed program and itinerary
• An indication of the costs of the study/sport and entity that will pay for them
• Indication of lodging during the period of your intended stay

6

Original letter from the
Chinese cultural or sports
organisation

On official paper with stamp, mentioning clearly :
• full address and contacts of the organisation
• the 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 licence (+ translation in English)

7

For minors(under 18)

Student card + Original letter of the school, mentioning:
• full address, telephone number of the school
• permission for absence
• name and function of the person giving the permission.
Minors travelling alone or with one parent:
• Notary Certificate of permission to travel from both parents or legal guardians (when minor is travelling alone) or the parent or legal guardian not travelling (if minor is travelling with one parent), legalized by MFA, and when not in China, attested by the relevant authorities in the country of residence.
• Notary Certificate of family relation or proof of guardianship, legalised by MFA.

8

Travel medical insurance

Minimum coverage 30,000 EURO, for medical costs and medical
repatriation, valid within all the member states of the Schengen Area during the duration of the entire period of the intended stay.

9

Photocopies of:

• Identity (information)page and signature page of your passport.
• National Identity Card (both sides)
• Residence permit for China (for non Chinese nationals)
• Student card (for students)
• Travel medical insurance
• Official invitation

 

Harmonised list of supporting documents for a Schengen visa with the purpose:
Visit to Family / Friends

1

Visa application form

1 visa application form fully completed and signed by the applicant

2

Photo

2  color photos, white background

3

Passport

  • Valid for at least three months after date of return to China
  • Containing at least two blankpages
  • Issued within the previous(10) years
  • For non-Chinese nationals: a residence permit for China,valid at least 3 months after the return.

4

Official Invitation

Original official invitation verified by the police from Slovakia not older than 90 days

5

Travel medical insurance

Minimum coverage 30,000 EURO, for medical costs and medical
repatriation, valid within all the member states of the Schengen Area during the duration of the entire period of the intended stay.

6

For minors(under 18)

Student card + Original letter of the school, mentioning:

  • full address, telephone number of the school
  • permission for absence
  • name and function of the person giving the permission.

Minors travelling alone or with one parent:

  • Notary Certificate of permission to travel from both parents or legal guardians (when minor is travelling alone) or the parent or legal guardian not travelling (if minor is travelling with one parent), legalized by MFA, and when not in China, attested by the relevant authorities in the country of residence.
  • Notary Certificate of family relation or proof of guardianship, legalised by MFA.

7

Original financial guaranty by
the sponsor

If the sponsor lives in the country to visit

  • Proof of a regular income over the last 3 months
  • A declaration of guarantee as provided for by the country of destination's national legislation
     

If the sponsor lives in China but invites the applicant to
travel together to the country of destination

  • signed guarantee letter
  • copy of the residence permit for China
  • proof of a regular income (letter from employer)
  • proof of a residence in the country of destination or invitation to stay with close family.

8

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, correspondence etc.

9

Original "Hukou"(no translation)

With photocopies of all pages.

10

Proof of solvency of the applicant

Bank statements from the last 3 to 6 months, no deposits

For employees:
• a sealed copy of the business licence of the employing company
• a letter from the employer (in English, or in Chinese with English translation) 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.

 

For retired persons: Proof of pension or other regular income

For unemployed adults: If married: Letter of employmentand income of the spouse + Notary certificate of marriage, legalised by MFA.
If single/divorced/widow/widower: Any other proof of regular income

11

Photocopies of:

• Identity (information)page and signature page of your passport.
• National Identity Card (both sides)
• Student card (for students)
• Residence permit for China (for non Chinese nationals)
• Travel medical insurance
• Official invitation
• Sponsor's passport, ID card or residence permit

Last updated: 2016-10-13 08:49:31.898 Create Date: Tue Sep 12 08:29:13 CEST 2006