Tourist visa (C)

national visa

Tourist visa (type C)

Also known as the Schengen visa

The Slovak Republic, known for its rich history, picturesque towns and beautiful nature, is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. As a member of the European Union and the Schengen area, Slovakia offers a relatively easy process for citizens of many countries to obtain a tourist visa. This article will give you a comprehensive overview of how to obtain a tourist visa for the Slovak Republic and what you should not forget when planning your visit. If you are a citizen of a country, which is not on the list of visa-free countries, you will need to apply for a tourist visa before arriving in Slovakia. You apply in person at the Slovak embassy or consular office in your country or in neighbouring countries if the embassy is located there. Before you start planning your trip to Slovakia, it is important to find out if you need a visa as a tourist. Citizens of the European Union, EEA and some other countries (e.g. USA, Canada) can enter Slovakia without a visa for a short stay (up to 90 days). A list of countries with visa-free travel can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. Tourist visa is the second visa, which allows a foreigner a time-limited entry, or stay in the territory of a certain of the state, or groups of states, while the purpose of this entry and stay is tourism. Visas do not automatically entitle the holder to enter the country. The final right to decide whether or not a person may enter the country rests with the relevant national security authority at the border crossing or airport. There are basically two ways of issuing tourist visas:
  • visas must be applied for in advance at the relevant embassy
  • visas can be issued upon entering the country (at the border or airport)

What documents do you need?

To obtain a tourist visa you need:

Important to know

Time limited

A tourist visa is granted to the applicant for a maximum of 90 days for the purpose of tourism.

Fast equipment

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic will decide on the granting of a visa within 15 days.

Valid in the EU

You can also use this type of visa on the territory of other EU member states. But not automatic.

Simplified visa

Since this visa is for the purpose of tourism or visiting, the entire granting process is simplified and procedurally fast.

Essential information

For travelers, the least restrictive visas are those that can be obtained directly upon entering the country - that is, at the border crossing or after landing at the airport. Such visas usually have no conditions.

Sometimes their issuance is subject to the payment of an administrative fee. These visas can be considered more like "entrance fees" or an additional source of income for local governments.

In the case of visas, which need to be arranged in advance at the relevant embassy, this is an incomparably more difficult matter. An applicant for a visa must visit the diplomatic mission of the relevant state in person or through an authorized representative, where he/she will apply for a visa. Since not all countries have their embassies in every country in the world, applicants often have to travel to neighboring countries for the sake of visas, or countries where a given country has a competent authority authorized to issue visas. Various conditions are often associated with obtaining a visa before entering the country.

Tourist visas usually require the presentation of a purchased travel ticket or accommodation reservation, or proof of sufficient financial security for the stay. A frequent requirement of a visa application is the so-called "invitation letter" (also "voucher"), which is a kind of justification for the trip and is issued by a local hotel, or a local tourist agency or host family. Tourist visas are issued for a limited period of time, usually up to 30 days. Tourist visas can entitle the holder to one or more entries/exits. Accordingly, we distinguish:

  • single entry visa
  • multiple entry visa

What do you get

The price services

from €60 / person

+ VAT, administrative fees

The price of the service may vary depending on the client's needs and the actions performed. For an accurate price, it is necessary to make a basic analysis of your needs.

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