Currently being implemented all over Europe is the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) which means that, as a part of the Schengen Area, any tourists will need to apply for a European Visa Waiver for Slovakia before traveling.
The Slovak Republic, more commonly known as Slovakia, sits landlocked in Central Europe, bordered by as many as five other nations.
Slovakia registers a long and diverse history as a European region but only a short period as an independently-ruled nation. Finally forming the Slovak Republic in 1993 and becoming a member of the UN at the same time, after being subject to various Kingdoms and Empires for centuries and in more recent history, as part of the combined nation of Czechoslovakia.
Slovakia in the EU
Joining the European Union in 2004 and NATO in the same year, Slovakia became a member of the Schengen area three years later. The country then adopted the Euro currency in 2009 to become a member of the Eurozone, where it is considered the third fastest-growing economy with constant annual GDP growth.
Slovakia is regarded as having a high-income economy and despite inequalities in employment and wealth distribution, a large percentage of the country’s population are home-owners.
Within the EU, Slovakia has 13 MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) and as such, participates in the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the European Economic and Social Committee and other European institutions and organizations.
As a key member of the Schengen zone and the EU, from 2021, travelers from outside of this area will have to apply for an ETIAS travel Authorization for Slovakia before visiting.
What to Visit in Slovakia
Slovakia is a land blessed with natural beauty and a changeable climate which offers the country four diverse seasons. Slovakia enjoys glorious summer months with traditional Central European Baroque-style towns basking in the sun and cold, snowy winters. Temperatures can range between -40 to over 100 ºF (-40 to 40 ºC) throughout the country.
These extremes permit Slovakia to offer both excellent city breaks in warmer weather and adventure travel through the mountains or skiing holidays in winter.
Additionally, Slovakia’s landscapes are dotted with historical ruins and castles, some of which are famous for their use in movies or as home to infamous figures in history such as the Čachtice Castle, home of the ‘Bloody Lady’, Elizabeth Báthory, a female serial killer and noblewoman from the 16th century.
The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, is an attractive tourist destination that borders both Austria and Hungary via two river banks. The city is a hub for cultural, economic and political activity for Slovakia.
Souvenirs in Slovakia are typically made from wood, ceramic, cloth, glass and corn husks. There are many handcrafted souvenirs relating to Slovak folklore and culture including traditional costumes.
Slovakia and the ETIAS requirements
Before jetting off to visit this hidden gem in Eastern Europe, tourists from ETIAS eligible countries will need to be in possession of a Slovakia Visa Waiver to allow them entry.
The Europe travel Authorization for Slovakia will become available in 2021 for all travelers who wish to discover this beautiful land and the wonders to be found in its vast scenery of mountains, hills, rivers and caves.
Tourists can get their ETIAS by completing an online ETIAS application form which should take no longer than 10 minutes to fill out with the applicant’s personal details and travel information. They will also be required to answer some basic health and security questions regarding their travel history so that the application can be screened by the ETIAS system and the approved ETIAS visa waiver be sent to the applicant via email.
The requirements for the ETIAS for Slovakia are basic, as each tourist will only need a credit/debit card, a valid passport from one of the eligible countries and an active email account to make their application quickly and easily through the online platform.