Canadian citizens can currently travel to the Slovak Republic without applying for a visa beforehand. However, starting in 2022, all visa-exempt citizens —including Canadian passport holders— will need to obtain an ETIAS visa waiver before travelling to Slovakia or any other of the Schengen countries.
Applying for an ETIAS for Slovakia from Canada will be an easy and straightforward procedure. Since ETIAS is not a visa, but rather an electronic authorisation, the entire process can be completed online, without the need to visit an embassy or consulate. The ETIAS application form for Canadian citizens can be filled out from a smartphone, tablet or personal computer in under 10 minutes.
ETIAS is being implemented with the intention of strengthening and improving border security with Slovakia and the rest of Europe. Visitors to the Schengen Area —including Canadian passport holders— will be screened before their departure towards Slovakia.
ETIAS will make travelling to the Slovak Republic much safer for residents and tourists alike by allowing authorities a better understanding and control of visa-exempt travellers before they board a plane or ship towards the Schengen Area. Moreover, it will make passport control faster and easier, reducing waiting times at the border.
How can Canadians apply for ETIAS to visit Slovakia?
Canadians need to get familiar with the ETIAS visa waiver requirements and apply for the travel authorisation before their visit to Slovakia by completing a simple online form. The ETIAS application form will have to be filled out with:
- The citizen’s full name
- Their date and place of birth
- Their passport details: including the date and country of issue, and its expiry date
- Answers to questions related to security and health
Travellers will have the opportunity to carefully revise all the data introduced in their application form prior to finalizing their ETIAS request. This is a very important step in which Canadian citizens must ensure:
- That their application is free of errors
- That they have completed their data exactly as it appears on the bio page of their passport
Any mistakes or discrepancies within the data may entail delays or even result in the rejection of the visa waiver application.
In order to finalise the ETIAS application process, visitors will be required to complete their payment using a valid debit or credit card. All applications will then be screened and crosschecked by multiple security databases.
Once the screening process is complete, the applicant will receive their ETIAS via email. Canadian citizens arriving in Slovakia will then have to present border authorities their travel authorisation alongside their valid Canadian passport.
Travelling to Slovakia from Canada with the ETIAS visa waiver
Canadian ETIAS holders will be granted entry into Slovakia and all other Schengen Area countries for up to 90 days within a 180-day period during the visa waiver’s validity of 3 years. This means that Canadian citizens will be able to enter and travel freely in the countries of the Schengen Area.
Basic information about Slovakia
Slovakia is one of the world’s newest countries since it separated from the Czech Republic on January 1st, 1993. The town of Vlkolinec is known as one of Europe’s most beautiful, while the country’s capital, Bratislava, is just as enchanting as Prague, although less crowded. Bratislava is famous for its historical centre, charming cafés, and bustling shopping malls whilst Kosice, the country’s second city was designated the European Capital of Culture in 2013.
With a population of just 5.4m people, Slovakia is full of scenic castles and home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This landlocked country proudly boasts the Tatras mountains and the Carpathians —a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve— that form a natural border between Slovakia and Poland and are the backdrop to breathtaking lakes and multiple waterfalls.
Passport and document requirements to visit Slovakia
Nationals who wish to visit Slovakia with an ETIAS need to have a valid Canadian machine-readable passport in order to be able to apply for the travel authorisation. The form will have a section that will require applicants to enter their passport details including the passport number, country, and date of issue as well as its expiry date.
Once approved, an ETIAS permit will be electronically associated with a specific passport. This means that if the passport used during the ETIAS application expires, it will be necessary to apply for a new ETIAS for Slovakia using the new passport number. Similarly, Canadian citizens with more than one passport due to dual citizenship need to choose one of their passports to apply for ETIAS with and make sure to use the same document when travelling to Slovakia.
Tourist information for Canadians in Slovakia
Slovakia is an underrated tourist destination with countless reasons to visit —from outdoor activities to winter sports, hiking, museums, and delicious cuisine. It is much safer and less crowded than some more widely popular European alternatives.
When is the best time of year to visit Slovakia? That would depend on the type of activities one enjoys the most. For those wishing to try skiing, snowboarding, or other winter sports, it is best to visit Slovakia between November and February. Alternatively, for hikers, birdwatchers or travellers eager to try bear watching, paragliding, skydiving or boating, the months between April and October offer the best conditions.
Health information for travellers to Slovakia
Slovakia has a good healthcare system like many EU countries. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to take out health insurance when travelling as it eliminates the risk of high medical costs in the case of an emergency. Canadian visitors should keep the following points in mind:
- It is safe to drink tap water in Slovakia
- If taking medications, bring them in their original packaging
- The emergency phone number is 112
- Remember to wear insect repellent and sunscreen if taking part in outdoor activities
Canadian Embassy in Slovakia
The majority of Canadian visitors in Slovakia experience a safe and enjoyable trip during their travels. However, should they require any assistance during their stay, they may contact the Canadian Embassy in the Republic of Slovakia at the following address, via email, fax, or phone.
Bratislava – Office of the Embassy of Canada:
Address: Carlton Savoy Building, Mostova 2, 811 02 Bratislava, Slovakia
Telephone: 421 (2) 5920-4031
Fax: 421 (2) 5443-4227