APPLICATION FOR SCHENGEN VISA
Types of visas currently available:
The type of visa you will need depends on the length and purpose of your visit. A decision on the particular type of visa is made by the embassy.
Type A Schengen visa: airport transit visa
You can normally stay in the international transit area at the airport without a visa while waiting for a connecting flight. However, some nationalities are required to have a valid visa, even if they do not leave the international transit area. The Airport Transit Visa only authorizes the holder to transit through the airport's international transit area.
Type C Schengen visa: entry visa
The visa entitles its holder to enter and stay in the Schengen area for not more than a total of 90 days within a six-month period subsequent to the date of the first entry. This visa may be issued for one or several entries (single entry and multiple entry visa).
National visa type D (long-stay)
National (long-stay) visa may be issued in relation to the granted residence permit or in connection with Slovakia´s commitments under international treaties or for the benefit of the Slovak Republic. It is allowed for long-term visa holders to travel to other member states (outside the frontier of the state who issued the visa), however the total of stay cannot exceed 90 days in any six month period.
Validity of a visa:
Territorial validity of the visa is specified on a visa sticker in the “Platné pre/Valid for” line. The visa may be valid for all Schengen Member States. In that case, “Valid for: Schengen countries” is specified on the visa sticker entitling its holder to move freely within the entire Schengen area for the period of the visa validity and duration of stay.
In the case of a visa with limited territorial validity, the following may be specified on the visa sticker: “Valid for: the Slovak Republic” (i.e., the visa is valid only for the Slovak Republic), or “Schengen countries – GR” (i.e., the visa is valid for all Schengen countries except Greece), or "Valid for: SK, AT" (i.e., the visa is valid only for the Slovak Republic and Austria).
A short-stay Schengen visa can be issued for one or several entries.
f you have been granted a single entry visa and you leave the Schengen area, you cannot use the same visa for the re-entry.
A multiple entry visa entitles you to repeatedly enter and leave the Schengen area during the period of its validity and permitted duration of stay.
A valid Schengen visa entitles you to enter the Schengen area via any Schengen border crossing or airport.
When to apply for a visa:
The visa application procedure may be lengthy in some cases. Therefore, you should file your application well in advance, but not sooner than three months prior to your planned trip. Under the applicable law, the visa application procedure shall not take longer than 15 days. That period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days, in exceptional cases, when additional documentation is needed; the decision may take up to 60 days.
Exemptions apply to the nationals of the third countries which have signed Community-level visa facilitation agreements. Such countries include Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Serbia, Georgia and Ukraine. With respect to the nationals of the aforementioned countries, the decision must be delivered within 10 calendar days of the delivery of a completed visa application. Nationals of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia don´t need visa, if they are holders of biometric passports.
How to apply for a visa:
You must visit the embassy in person in order to submit your visa application and verbally explain the purpose and circumstances of your journey (interview with consul). In the case of minors, the application is submitted by their legal guardian.
Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Tokyo
2-11-33 Motoazabu, Minato-ku
Please, contact us at email@example.com or 03-3451-2200 to make an appointment for the submission of your application.
You may be exempted from the requirement to submit your visa application in person in certain exceptional cases. To learn if you are exempted from requirement of personal appearance, ask us for more information.
Conditions for the granting of a visa:
When intending to apply for visa the foreign nationals are urged to contact the territorially competent Slovak embassy/consulate general in order to receive a detailed and up-to-date information on visa requirements since the general information provide below may not fully cover the visa requirements applicable in the third country.
In general, when applying for a Schengen visa, foreign nationals have to submit the following:
1) a completed “Application for Schengen Visa” form
The application must be signed by the applicant; in the case of minors or persons lacking legal capacity, the application must be signed by their legal guardian who is required to attach a copy of the document identifying him/her as the applicant’s legal guardian.
Visa application form
2) full-face colour photo, with dimensions of 3x3.5 cm.
3) valid travel document; the travel document must be valid for at least three months longer than the expected validity of the visa requested and it must have been issued within previous 10 years. The document shall contain at least 2 blank pages.
4) documents demonstrating the purpose and conditions of the planned stay (a letter of invitation, a voucher in the case of an organised trip etc.)
5) accommodation-related documents, e.g.:
- a voucher/reservation confirming hotel accommodation and services provided;
- a personal letter of invitation confirming that the applicant will stay at the inviting person’s place;
- other documents.
6) documents confirming sufficient means of subsistence, e.g.:
- cash in a freely convertible currency;
- travel cheques;
- a bank account statement confirming that the applicant has had a regular income (salary, pension) in the previous 6-12 months;
- other documents safeguarding funds in a convertible currency.
No general amount of funds to cover the costs of living is prescribed, but the funds must be sufficient for the length and purpose of stay and costs of living in the final country of destination or Schengen area countries.
At a Slovak border crossing the foreign nationals may be asked to demonstrate that they have sufficient means to cover the costs of living for the length of stay specified in the visa in the amount of EUR 56 per person per day.
7) documents enabling an assessment of the applicant's intention to leave the territory of the Member States before the expiry of the visa applied for, e.g. means of transport – a return (not open) air/bus/train ticket.
When travelling by a passenger motor vehicle, the applicant must submit a valid driving licence and roadworthiness certificate, motor third-party liability insurance certificate (so-called green card), and demonstrate possession of sufficient funds for fuel.
8) travel medical insurance – the insurance must cover all costs that may arise in connection with the repatriation of the applicant to their home country due to health problems, urgent medical treatment, emergency hospital treatment or death.
The travel insurance must be valid for all Schengen Member States and the entire length of the applicant’s stay. A minimum insurance coverage of EUR 30,000 is required. Family members of EU or EEA nationals are exempt from the obligation of submitting travel health insurance. Such exemption does not apply to the family members of the Slovak citizens.
9) alien registration certificate or resident card of Japan
10) other documents – for the purposes of the visa application procedure, the embassy or consulate general may ask foreign nationals to submit other documents in order to verify the declared purpose of the visit and applicant’s intention to return to their home country or the country of their residence.
Documents demonstrating the purpose of stay:
Documents demonstrating the purpose of stay may include also
Organised/individual travels, e.g.:
- voucher issued by a travel agency confirming the provided services;
- in case of a private visit (visiting your family, acquaintances), a personal letter of invitation is required, with an officially authenticated signature of the inviting person, or a letter of invitation authenticated by a competent alien police department. An invitation authenticated by the alien police department may be requested from visa applicants of any nationality.
Business trips, e.g.:
- invitation issued by a business partner or institution;
- invitation issued by a competent alien police department. An invitation authenticated by the alien police department may be requested from visa applicants of any nationality. The embassy or consulate general is free to decide what type of document they will require for the verification of the purpose of stay. For repeated business trips, foreign nationals are required to submit a cooperation agreement concluded with a Slovak company and other documents.
International conferences, seminars, symposia, cultural and sport events, e.g.:
- invitation by event organizers;
- official letter by a dispatching organization applying for a visa for its employee;
- invitation verified by a competent alien police department.
Other purposes: other documents demonstrating the purpose of travel and stay in the Slovak Republic (e.g., medical treatment, study visits shorter than 90 days).
Visa application fees:
|VISA TYPE||Fee charged|
|Uniform Schengen visa application||60,- EUR|
|Uniform Schengen visa application for children from the age of 6 to 12 years||35,- EUR|
|National (long-stay) visa granted in connection with the performance of Slovakia’s commitments under international treaties or for the benefit of the Slovak Republic or along with a residence permit in the Slovak Republic||33,- EUR|
|National (long-stay) visa issued in connection with collection of granted residence permit in the Slovak Republic||9,50 EUR|
|Visa application administration fee for nationals of third countries which have signed a Visa Facilitation Agreement with the Community: ||35,- EUR|
The fees are paid in Japanese yen using the applicable official exchange rate. Ask us for more information.
No administrative fee is charged for visa application filed by a third country national who is a family member of an EU or EEA national and exercise their right of free movement.
When an application is admissible, the competent consulate shall stamp the applicant’s travel document. Diplomatic, service/official passports shall not be stamped. Stamp in the travel document that an application is admissible has no legal implications.
Third countries whose nationals or specific categories of such third country nationals who are subject to prior consultation
Schengen visa allows the holder to travel to Slovakia and usually to other Schengen States. But it does not automatically entitle the holder to enter the Schengen area. Foreign national may have to provide certain information at border or other controls. For instance, it might be necessary to provide information on the means of support, length of stay in Slovakia, and the purpose of visiting Slovakia. In some cases, such checks may result in a refusal for the foreign national to enter Slovakia. It is therefore recommended that travelers carry with them copies of the documents which they presented when they applied for the visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of stay). This will help to make the border control procedure easier and avoid delays at the border.
Warning: Keep to the period of stay allowed by your visa! Misuse and overstay may result in your being expelled and banned from obtaining a new visa for a certain period of time.
Rejection of a visa application:
There is no legal entitlement to a visa. The decision on and the motivation of the refusal of a visa are notified to the visa applicant by means of a standard form. A decision on visa refusal is always issued to the visa applicant. The decision on and the motivation of the refusal of a visa are notified to the visa applicant in writing by means of a standard form. If your application has been refused you have the right to appeal. A written decision on visa refusal you have received provides detailed information on available remedies. The appeal shall be lodged at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Tokyo. The appeal must be lodged within 15 days of receipt of the decision. It must contain information about the appellant; specify what the incorrectness in the decision is and its discrepancy with the legal regulations. The appeal must be submitted in the Slovak language; otherwise an official certified translation must be attached. When lodging an appeal the appellant is required to pay an administrative fee of EUR 30 (in Japanese yen). If the appeal has been allowed (the application will be re-opened) the Embassy shall reimburse the fee.
What to do upon the arrival in Slovakia:
Foreign nationals who have been granted a short-stay or long-stay visa, or who are exempt from the visa requirement upon entry, are obliged to inform, within three days of their arrival, a competent police department of the commencement, place and anticipated length of their stay. EEA nationals or foreign nationals with a preferential status are required to do so within ten working days of their arrival.
If you are staying in a hotel or other accommodation facility, the aforementioned obligation is performed by the respective accommodation provider.
Extension of visa in Slovakia:
Commencing 1 December 2008, it is possible, in exceptional cases, to extend a short-stay visa for a maximum of another 90 days over a period of six months. The validity of the visa is extended by the Ministry of the Interior if the foreign national concerned cannot leave the Slovak Republic due to a natural disaster, humanitarian grounds or a serious personal reason. In any other case (tourism, family visit, etc.), the visa cannot be extended. Last Update Date: 12.2.2016 Create Date: 12.4.2013