One of the most developed and peaceful countries in the world is Slovakia. Check out our guide for Filipinos about applying for a Schengen Slovakia Visa with your Philippines passport.
Filled with gorgeous fairytale-like castles and unlimited scenic views is landlocked Slovakia. As a Filipino, it’s not a typical European country we hear about or are interested in. It was even named Czechoslovakia back in 1993. But also though it’s not as famous as its neighbors Austria, Poland, Hungary, or Ukraine, you will still be in awe of this marvelous country.
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There’s no Embassy of Slovakia in the Philippines; however, the Embassy of the Czech Republic represents them. You can also apply in Jakarta, Indonesia if you want, but its less hassle and less expensive in our country. Read more on how you can get a Schengen Slovakia Visa.
Fun Facts about Slovakia
- Bratislava, its capital, touches two countries – Hungary and Austria (so if you are there, don’t forget to say hi to Hungarians and Austrians)
- Remember what I said about the castles? There are 228 registered in Slovakia
- 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites are in this country, 5 are cultural
- Want to see a dangerous rock on a cliff? There’s the Devil’s Rock near Budca
- Slovakia was a part of Austria-Hungary and became a part of Germany, Socialist Republic, combined with the Czech Republic before being on its own again
- Try playing a fujaras; it’s a folk instrument that originated in the country
- Spa resorts are popular, so you should try one
- The most popular religion in Slovak is Roman Catholicism; you should also check out their churches as some are wooden without a single nail
- Want to feel like you are in a fairytale besides the castles? Go to the painted Village of Cicmany
Slovak Embassies and Consulates
The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Jakarta
Address: JI. Prof. Mohammad Yamin SH, 29, Jakarta, Indonesia
Contact Details: +62 213101068, +62 213151429
E-mail: [email protected]
Honorary Consulate of the Slovak Republic in Cebu City
Address: 2nd Flr., GCH Building, Tres Borces Street, Mabolo, Cebu City, Philippines
Contact Details: +63 9173208981, +63-32 505 3004
E-mail: [email protected]
The Embassy of Slovakia in Indonesia can issue visas for Filipinos. However, please note that you can also apply through their partner Embassy: Embassy of the Czech Republic in Manila. The submission of applications is at VFS Centers in Cebu and Manila.
Who can apply for Schengen Slovakia Visa in the Philippines
- If you are only visiting Slovakia or the Czech Republic in the Schengen Area
- For those who are traveling around the Schengen Area but stays in Slovakia the longest
- Or if your first entry is in Slovakia and you’ll go to other Schengen Countries in equal length
Documents Required in Getting Schengen Slovakia Visa
1. Schengen Visa Application Form – completed and signed by the applicant (or by a parent in case of minors)
2. Valid Passport and copy – must be valid 3 months after the visa expires and with 2 blank pages and a photocopy of the bio page.
3. Passport-sized photo – colored, 35 x 45 mm with white background, and taken recently (at most 6 months)
4. Original Medical Insurance Policy – Covering all Schengen States and the entire stay or transit period of the applicant. The minimum is EUR 30,000 /PHP 2,5 million / USD 50,000. I highly recommend AXA Schengen for this!
5. Trip Confirmation (original and copy)
- For organized tours – tour voucher with confirmation of host. The voucher must have the applicant’s name, passport details, payment (prepayment or full payment), inviting the organization’s stamp, and a sign of a responsible person
- Private Tours – Hotel reservation or booking and detailed plan of Travel
- Day-to-day itinerary
6. Transport Confirmation
- Round ticket reservation with the applicant’s name and reservation number. It is not required to pay or buy the ticket until a visa is granted. You can avail of our rent a flight service.
- If by car, an international driver’s license, vehicle documents with its original insurance
7. Proof of employment, activity, or income
- Certificate of Employment (Original) – with details on the applicant’s position, salary for 6 months, hired date, and approved leave with the name and position of the signatory as well as contact and registration details of the company. You can also use a No Objection Letter.
For Business Owners
- Certificate of Registration
- Tax Declaration
- Pension Certificate
- Confirmation of Leave of absence from school
- Student’s record-book
- Letter of explanation as to why you are unemployed
- Copy of the previous workbook
8. Proof of sufficient funds
- Bank account, bank statement (original) for the last 3 months
- Bank Certificate
- Traveler’s checks with the applicant’s name (original and copy)
- If sponsored – Sponsorship letter notarized stating that sponsor covers the entire period requested and copy of bank transactions
How to Apply for Schengen Slovakia Visa
STEP 1: Gather all the documents required
STEP 2: Schedule an appointment at the VFS Global. You may see that it’s the Czech Republic, but don’t worry as they accept Slovakia applications, too.
Visa Application Center – Manila
Ground Flr., Ecoplaza Building
2305 Don Chino Roces Ave, Extension,
Makati, Metro Manila
Visa Application Center – Cebu
Unit 503, 5th Floor, Keppel Center
Samar Loop cor. Cardinal Rosales Avenue
Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
STEP 3: On the day of your appointment, go to the VFS Application Center. Submit your visa application with your requirements.
STEP 4: Pay the Fees and get your photo and fingerprints taken.
STEP 5: Wait for the decision. You will be contacted once a decision has been made.
STEP 6: Claim your passport at the VAC from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. You can also get it through a courier with an additional fee.
Fees for Schengen Slovakia Visa in the Philippines
VFS Service Fee: PHP 700
Visa Fee: PHP 4,510 (EURO 80)
For 6-12 years: PHP 2,260 (EURO 40)
Processing time: It is usually 15 days. However, the Embassy may take up to 45 days to process your application. They may ask for additional documentation and further verifications.
Frequently Asked Questions About Slovakia Schengen Visa
1. How long can I travel with my Short Stay Visa?
You can stay in Slovakia and the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days for a 180 day period.
2. Is an interview mandatory?
It is not necessary. However, you may be called for an interview at the Embassy if they see something wrong with your documents, or they want some clarification with the purpose of your stay.
3. Should I submit a cover letter?
It is not a requirement, but it’s highly recommended. A Cover Letter can help you explain your situation and circumstances to the Visa Officer.
4. Do I need to buy a plane ticket before my application?
No, you only need a confirmed booking with a PRN. Renting a flight is highly recommended; we have this service available.
5. What is the best insurance to use?
AXA Schengen is highly recommended. They will completely refund your payment in case your visa doesn’t get approved. No risk at all.
6. What if my visa gets rejected? What should I do?
You can file a Remonstrance Letter or file another application from another EU Embassy.
Slovakia is someplace you will surely fall in love with! Imagine castles, quirky villages, charming vibe, and gorgeous views. I hope this Schengen Slovakia Visa Guide will help you to be a step closer to this amazing country. In case you need help with your visa application, you can get our visa application bundle service. Good luck!
About the Writer
Hey, I’m Lyza! I once was a person who just imagined going to places “one day” but decided to pursue my dreams. My first travel abroad was in Japan, solo, last 2018, and fell in love with the journey since. I’m aiming to visit 10 countries before turning 30 and 2 new places in the Philippines every year. Besides traveling, I love organizing trips, photography, reading, and making new friends. Follow my adventures through my Instagram.
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