AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS VISITING SLOVAKIA
TRAVEL INFO AND ETIAS REQUIREMENTS
An ETIAS authorisation will be required for every Australian citizen for short-stay period in Slovakia starting from 2021.
A valid passport is required to enter Slovakia. All tourists entering Slovakian territory from another (Schengen country) are exempted from presenting their passports to Slovakian authorities. In this case, a national identity card is the only document needed.
The passport and other travel documents accepted for entry must be valid for a minimum of 3 months beyond the period of intended stay. All the Passports (or equivalent travel documents) issued more than ten years before the date of travel, may not be accepted.
A Schengen visa is mandatory for all nationals of Australia who stay in the country for a period greater than 90 days.
For short stay visits (less than 90 days within a period of 180 days), the visitors are exempted from obtaining a valid Schengen visa.
An ETIAS authorisation will become a mandatory requirement for every Australian citizen starting from 2021.
ETIAS will have a validity of five years, and it can be used for an unlimited number of entries.
Slovakian custom regulates and blocks the importing of several dangerous items such as weapons (the traveler must hold a valid European Firearm Pass), legal and illegal drugs. Goods can be imported into Slovakian territory following the mandatory limits regulated by the government:
If arriving from a non-EU country:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), loose tobacco (250g).
- Alcohol: 1L of spirits with more than 22% alcohol by volume (1L), light liquor (2L), wine (4L), beer (16L).
- Perfume: Perfume (50g) and of eau de toilette (0.25L)
If arriving from an EU Member State:
- Tobacco: Cigarettes (800), cigarillos (400), cigars (200), smoking tobacco (1kg).
- Alcohol: Spirits over 22% (10L), fortified wine or spirits up to 22% (20L), wine (90L), beer (110L).
Money Amounts of over €10,000 (or equivalent in foreign currencies) in cash or travelers' cheques must be declared at the point of entry or exit of the EU. Visitors entering Slovakia with a one-way ticket and not having sufficient funds to purchase a return ticket might be refused to enter.
Australia and Slovakia
Slovaks migrated to Australia following the devastation of the Second World War, between 1945 and 1950. Nazi occupation and economic decline saw an influx of immigrants flood into Australia in the 1930s. When the communists took over Czechoslovakia in 1948. Refugees poured into Australia and continued into the 1950s. The fall of communism saw a decline in numbers in Australia as they returned home.
The Soviet occupation in 1968 led to another wave of emigration. The first naturalised Australian citizen was of Slovak heritage, and more than 11,000 Australian residents are now of Slovak ancestry.
Bilateral agreements between Australia and the Slovak Republic include a work and holiday visa agreement, a social security agreement, and a Double Taxation Agreement. Relations on the military scope include soldiers from both countries stationed together between 2011 and 2014 in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, during the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
Two-way merchandise trade is predominantly in Slovakia’s favour: Passenger vehicles make up the majority of Slovakia’s exports to Australia, while Australia exports mainly leather, electrical machinery and part, aircraft, spacecraft and parts, textiles and leather machinery to the Republic.
Citizens of Slovakia must apply for ETA pre-authorisation before entering Australia on holiday or for business purposes. Australians may currently enter Slovakia with a valid passport but will be subjected to a similar pre-authorisation process to ETA when ETIAS is rolled out in 2021. Australians will obtain this electronic authorisation for stays of up to 90 days in Slovakia for the purpose of travel and business.
List of Slovak diplomatic offices in Australia
Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Canberra, Australia
Consulate of Slovakia in Melbourne, Australia
Address: 9 Hillard Street, Malvern East, Vic 3145
Phone: (+61-3) 95711729
Fax: (+61-3) 95720838
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- Slovak 78.6%;
- Hungarian 9.4%;
- Roma 2.3%;
- Ruthenian 1%;
- Other or unspecified 8.8%
Area: 48,845 KM2
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +421