Entry Conditions and Legal Stay and Work

The legal regulations are different for

EU / EEA / Swiss nationals* and

third countries nationals** coming to Slovakia.


Please, follow the Navigation and find the tailor-made guidelines for foreigners coming to Slovakia to study, teach or carry out research to get through the formalities smoothly.

You can read the compiled information on administrative duties also in our Practical guide >>.


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

Please note that this text is for your information only elaborated on the basis of available and valid information for the year 2014; it doesn't contain exhaustive information on stay of foreigners in Slovakia in general, and it gives no right for claims or legitimate expectations of any kind. Full official information is provided in the Act No. 404/2011 Coll. on the Residence of Foreigners, amended by the Act no. 75/2013, no. 388/2013, no. 495/2013 and no. 131/2015 Coll. The legislation is available in Slovak on the web site of legislative information here, and here >>.




The European Union (EU) comprises of 28 member states:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

The European Economic Area (EEA) comprises of:

the 27 EU member states (Croatia´s accession has not yet been finalised), and the 3 EEA EFTA states - Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway

Switzerland is not a member state of EEA but Swiss citizens enjoy the same rights as the EEA nationals.


Third country nationals:

A third country is the term used to define any country of the world that is NOT one of the 28 European Union member states and EEA - EFTA member states or Switzerland.

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 >> 


Last modified: 2015-09-11

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