List of documents
for a Schengen visa

Schengen Visa

COMMON INFORMATION SHEET

General requirements concerning written request and invitations

The following questions and answers contain some basic information on regulations and conditions for applying for Schengen visas. Please find further details on the website of the Slovak Embassy in St. Petersburg: www.mzv.sk

A valid Schengen visa allows you to travel to all Schengen members states. In case Slovakia is not the main destination of your trip, please consult the website of the Schengen member state in which the main destination of your trip is located.

                                                             


  • WHICH MEMBER STATE IS COMPETENT FOR EXAMINING AND DECIDING ON MY VISA APPLICATION?



    In order to determine which Schengen member state is competent for examining and deciding on an application for a uniform Schengen visa, the following rules apply:

        The Schengen member state, which is the only destination of travel.
        If the visit(s) include(s) more than one destination, the Schengen member state which is the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length or purpose of stay.
        If no main destination can be determined, the Schengen member state whose external border the applicant intends to cross in order to enter the Schengen area.

    Please ensure that you apply at the competent embassy or consulate to avoid the risk of a refusal of your visa application or a refusal at the border when trying to enter the Schengen area.


  • WHERE CAN I LODGE MY APPLICATION?



    Applications can be either lodged to an external service provider (i.e. visa application centre agreed by the relevant consulate) or directly at the consulate of the destination country.


  • VISA FEE



    In general, the fee for a Schengen visa is 60 EUR according to the EU visa code. Children aged 6 to 12 pay 35 EUR.

    The European Union has signed treaties with the following 12 countries which stipulate a lower visa fee of 35 EUR. Citizens of the following countries pay a visa fee of 35 EUR:

    Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cape Verde, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine.

    A number of applicants are exempted from the visa fee. Such a waiver can be based on the EU visa codex, bilateral treaties or national law. For further information, please read "Which applicants are exempted from the visa fee" in the "Visa Fees" section.

    Visa fee for express visas

    The visa fee for express visas is 70 EUR.

    Visa fee if visa application is denied

    The visa fee does not depend on the validity period of the visa. The visa fee is a fee for processing your application, not for being granted a visa. The fee will not be refunded if your visa application has been denied.


  • WHICH APPLICANTS ARE EXEMPTED FROM THE VISA FEE?



    A visa fee waiver can be based on the EU visa codex, on a bilateral agreement of a country with the European Union or on national law.

    In order to know if you qualify for a visa fee waiver, please check “Visa Fees” section.


  • HOW LONG BEFORE THE START OF THE INTENDED VISIT CAN I APPLY?



    Applications shall be lodged no more than three months before the start of the intended visit.

    Please add an annulation request to your set of documents if there still is a valid Schengen visa in your passport. If not, the embassy will - if approving your visa application - issue a visa for the time period after the existing visa.


  • HOW LONG BEFORE THE START OF THE INTENDED VISIT SHOULD I APPLY?



    It is advisable to lodge an application at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit.

    However, it is recommended to consider national holidays of the country of destination and Russia while lodging your application.

    The list of state and public holidays of the Slovak Republic can be found in the "National and Public Holidays" section on the webpage.


  • DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT FOR SUBMITTING MY APPLICATION?



    You can submit your application without any appointment in the Slovak visa application centre.

    If you would wish to submit directly at the visa section of the Slovak Consulate in St, Petersburg, you have to make an appointment, in any case.


  • SHOULD I HAVE A STAMP ON MY PASSPORT INDICATING THAT MY VISA APPLICATION IS ADMISSIBLE?



    When an application is admissible, the competent consulate stamps the applicant’s travel document. This stamp indicates the Schengen member state examining the application, the date of application, the authority examining the visa application and the type of visa. This stamp has no legal implications, and when a visa is issued, the sticker is placed on the page where the stamp has been affixed. Diplomatic and service passports are not stamped.


  • HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE THE CONSULATE TO DECIDE ON MY APPLICATION?



    According to the visa code, applications shall be decided on within 15 calendar days after the application has reached the Consulate.

    The European Union has signed visa facilitation agreements with the following 12 states, allowing for a shorter processing time of 10 calendar days after the application has reached the consulate:

    Azerbaijan, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cabo Verde, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine.


  • EXPRESS VISA



    The visa facilitation agreement between the European Union and Russia stipulates the possibility of express visas. The processing time of express visas is 3 working days after the application has reached the consulate.

    If you want to apply for express visa for Slovakia, you have to apply directly in the CG of the Slovak Republic in St. Petersburg.

    The processing time can exceed the above-mentioned 3 days if your applications needs further scrutiny or if you need to submit additional documents.

    For applications of citizens of the above-mentioned 12 states, the maximum processing time shall not exceed 30 calendar days. For applications of all other citizens, the processing time shall not exceed 30 calendar days, but can be prolonged to 60 calendar days in singular cases.


  • WHAT CAN I DO IF THE VISA IS REFUSED?



    Applicants, whose visa application has been refused, are informed by an official refusal letter and they have the right to appeal in accordance with the national law of the concerned Schengen member state. Appeals should be addressed to the Schengen member state that has taken the final decision on the application and in accordance with the national law of that Member State.

    For privacy reasons, the reason for the denial will not be explained to any other person than the applicant. Please desist from inquiries to the embassy if you did not apply for the visa yourself.

    Each Schengen member state shall indicate the references to the national law and the procedure relating to the right of appeal, including the competent authority with which an appeal may be lodged, as well as the time limit for lodging such an appeal. You will find this information in the form for notifying and motivating refusal that you will be given for such purpose.

    The applicant may also decide to launch a new application, particularly if the reasons for the original refusal do not exist anymore. National legislation or procedures may limit this right while an appeal against the original refusal is pending.


  • WHAT DOCUMENTS DO I HAVE TO TAKE WITH ME WHEN I TRAVEL ON A SCHENGEN VISA?



    The possession of a Schengen visa does not guarantee that the holder is automatically entitled to enter the Schengen Area, as the holder will be subject to checks by border guards at the external border.

    At the external border, the visa holder may be requested to furnish documents justifying the purpose and conditions of the intended stay and that they have sufficient means of subsistence, both for the period of the intended stay and for the return to their country of origin or transit to a third state into which they are certain to be admitted, or that they are in a position to acquire such means lawfully.

    The Slovak Consulate General in St. Petersburg recommends to take the medical insurance policy and, if applicable, the formal obligation verified by immigration police and/or the declaration of parental consent with you when entering the Schengen area.


  • WHAT RULES APPLY IF MY FAMILY MEMBERS ARE EU, EEA OR SWISS NATIONALS?



    If you are a family member of an EU/EEA or Swiss national, you may qualify for an accelerated free-of-cost visa procedure as long as you meet the following criteria:

        You are a family member (this includes a spouse, registered partner, child who is under 21 years old or a depending family member) of an EU/EEA or Swiss national (or of his/her spouse/registered partner);

    AND

        That EU/EEA national or Swiss national is residing in another Member State than that of which he/she is a national or travelling there to take up residence;

    AND

        You are accompanying the EU/EEA national or planning to join him/her.

    The visa should be applied for at the consulate of the country of future residence of the EU/EEA national or Swiss national, not at the consulate of his/her country of origin.

    If you think you qualify for this visa facilitation, you will need to show proof that you meet these criteria when submitting your visa application.


  • WHICH RULES APPLY TO NON-RUSSIAN VISA APPLICANTS (THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS)?



    Third-country nationals residing in Russia can apply for a Schengen visa in Russia, either in the visa centre or in the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in St. Petersburg.

    Third-country nationals legally present but not residing in Russia can apply for a Schengen visa in Russia if they provide justification for lodging the application in Russia and not in their country of origin. Such application cannot be lodged in the visa centre.

    Depending on your citizenship, your application is processed within 10 or 15 calendar days counted from the day the consulate has received your application. The processing time can be prolonged to 30 or 60 days depending on your citizenship, if your application needs further scrutiny or if the consulate needs additional documents. Please refer to the section "How long does it take for the consulate to decide on my application" above further information on processing times.

 

PURPOSE OF THE TRIP

Documents for visa to Latvia must be submitted no earlier than 3 months before the trip.

The set of documents required for applying for a visa depends on the purpose of the trip.