If you are planning a trip to explore the streets of Bratislava, hike through the Tatras Mountains, or explore the many microbreweries of Slovakia, it is important to note one important thing.
At the end of 2022, countries in the European Union—including Slovakia—will require travelers from more than 60 countries to have an ETIAS (also known as the European Travel Information and Authorization System). Travelers will need to apply once every 3 years and will have border-free access to most countries in the European Union.
If you are wondering how these new changes will affect your travels, keep reading to learn the requirements, application, and what to expect.
Slovakia, the EU, and the Schengen Area
Slovakia has officially been part of the European Union since May 1, 2004, and in the Schengen Zone since December 21st, 2007. Slovakia is one of the more mid-sized countries that is part of the European Union, with more than 5 million citizens living within its borders.
Who Needs ETIAS to Travel to Slovakia?
There are more than 60 countries that require a Slovak ETIAS in order to gain entry into Slovakia and other Schengen countries. The majority are populous countries such as the United States, Canada, and Australia, as well as many others. A partial list includes Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, El Salvador, Israel, Georgia, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and Venezuela.
Passport and Document Requirements for Slovakia ETIAS
In order to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver for Slovakia, travelers must first submit an official ETIAS application through the website. However, before doing so, it is important to note the passport and document requirements to start an application.
All passports must be valid for at least three months from the date of entry into Slovakia (although we recommend having more than three months validity, just in case). Likewise, travelers will need to have a valid form of payment (such as a debit or credit card) and a valid email address in order to receive confirmation of their ETIAS.
How Can I Apply for Slovak ETIAS?
Applying for an ETIAS for Slovakia is simple, fast, and can be done from the comfort of your own home. In fact, the only ETIAS requirements for Slovakia are a few pieces of information about the traveler.
The application will ask travelers about their personal information (full name, place of birth, date of birth, and gender), their passport information (issue and expiry date, passport number, etc.), their contact information (email address, phone, and home address), and their travel itinerary. Travelers will also need to submit information about their health and criminal record.
The average time it takes to fill out an application is around 20 minutes, and most travelers are given instant approval. The ETIAS is valid for 3 years or until the expiration of the traveler’s passport (whichever is first).
Travel Information about Slovakia
Slovakia is one of the most underrated countries in the European Union, and is usually skimmed over in favor of its neighbors Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary. However, there is so much to see and do in this gem of a country.
Besides walking along the streets of Bratislava and munching on a delicious Trdelnik (a local pastry), foodie travelers will enjoy all that Slovakian cuisine has to offer. The country is also famous for its microbreweries, and there are even tours that will take even the most humble beer connoisseur through an adventure for their taste buds.
Sporty travelers can enjoy all of the wonders of winter, especially skiing and snowboarding the Slovakian Alps, also known as the Low Tatras. Slovenský Raj (translated as Slovak Paradise) is another mountain range with more than 100 kilometers of picturesque hiking trails and waterfalls. In the winter, extreme travelers can explore the Dobšinská Ice Cave and all of its secrets inside.
For those who love history, Slovakia invites you to visit the well-preserved medieval town of Banska Stiavnica, the Romantic-era Bojnice Castle, or Košice (a city that was once a fortification for the country).