Entry conditions & residence permit

Entry conditions/visas


Legal requirements for entry and stay are different for EU/EEA/Swiss nationals* and third country nationals** coming to Slovakia. 

This information will help you identify the procedures and documents you will need in your specific situation and an overview of the formalities towards the national authorities related to your stay in Slovakia.

Please note that this text is only informative. It was elaborated on the basis of information available and valid for the year 2023; it doesn't contain exhaustive information about the stay of foreigners in Slovakia in general, and it gives no right for claims or legitimate expectations of any kind. You can find more detailed information in the Act No. 404/2011 on the Residence of Foreigners. The legislation is available on the Legislative and Information Portal Slov-Lex in Slovak only.


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The European Union (EU) comprises 27 member states: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

The European Economic Area (EEA) comprises the 26 EU member states (Croatia´s accession did not enter into force yet), and the 3 EFTA member states - Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

Switzerland is not a member state of EU nor EEA but Swiss citizens enjoy the same rights as the EU/EEA nationals.


A third country is a term used to define any country of the world that is NOT one of the 27 European Union member states, EEA member states or Switzerland.

Entry conditions for third country nationals


Do I need a visa?

Find the nearest Slovak embassy / consulate general

Consular information - link to the website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic

Read useful information on the EU Immigration Portal.