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ESTA for Slovakian Citizens

Citizens from Slovakia who wish to visit the United States are eligible to apply for the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

The ESTA to the US is a visa waiver that allows nationals from 39 countries, including Slovakia, to travel to the US visa-free for stays of up to 90 days at a time.

How Can I Apply for ESTA US From Slovakia?

US visa waiver application for Slovak nationals is a quick and straightforward process that takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

Note that minors and dependents of applicants must apply for an ESTA independently and cannot share the ESTA visa waiver of a parent or guardian. However, Slovak families traveling together can complete multiple authorizations at the same time through a family ESTA.

Slovak applicants are asked to fill in their personal and passport details in the ESTA online application form including:

  • Name(s)
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Contact information
  • Passport number
  • Passport country
  • Passport issue date
  • Passport expiry date

Furthermore, Slovak candidates are required to answer a number of health-related and security questions to confirm that they do not have any criminal records, nocive intentions, or contagious diseases.

Once they have confirmed that all the information entered in the application form is correct, Slovaks can proceed to pay the ESTA processing fee using any internationally accepted debit or credit card. Payment is done through a secure online system.

Candidates from Slovakia have the possibility to check the status of their ESTA at any time after submitting the application. They can, for example, look up the issue and expiry dates of the visa waiver and verify the passport details they submitted in the form.

Advisory information for the ESTA application as Slovakian citizen

It is important to keep in mind that ESTA to Slovakia is a pre-screening evaluation that authorizes travel to the United States. However, the right to enter the country is given at the sole discretion of US Customs and Border Protection. In practice, the majority of ESTA applicants from Slovakia are granted entry without any issues.

US ESTA processing times for Slovak travelers

ESTA processing time for Slovakia is very short. Most applications are processed within 24 hours. Delays may occur in certain cases and processing time will then take up to 72 hours.

Slovak nationals are strongly encouraged to submit their ESTA application in advance, at least 3 business days before the intended date of departure. This will allow enough time for the US authorities to process the request.

Note that the fast track ESTA is exclusively available for travel emergencies and can be obtained within 1 hour of application.

ESTA Requirements for Slovakians Traveling to the US

Travelers must meet the following ESTA visa waiver requirements for Slovak citizens before starting the application process:

  • Have a stable internet connection and an electronic device (phone, tablet, or computer)
  • Have a valid, machine-readable passport with an electronic chip (biometric) with at least 6 months of validity left from the date of arrival in the US
  • Have an active email address to receive notifications regarding the ESTA and visa waiver approval
  • Have an unexpired credit or debit card to pay the ESTA from Slovakia processing fee online.

Also, visitors from Slovakia who comply with any of the following will not be considered eligible to apply for the ESTA visa waiver:

  • Anyone with a criminal record
  • Travelers with a contagious disease that might pose a health risk to the American population
  • Individuals who have been refused entry to or deported from the US in the past
  • Slovak citizens who have visited Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen after March 1, 2011.

It is important to check these possible scenarios beforehand to avoid unsuccessful applications.

Do Slovakians need an ESTA to transit through the United States?

Slovak passport holders passing through the United States need to apply for an ESTA for transit journeys with a stopover in the USA, regardless of the length of time they will be spending in transit.

When do Slovak nationals need a US visa instead of an ESTA?

In some cases, a US ESTA visa waiver for Slovakia is not sufficient for traveling to the United States, and Slovakian travelers will need to obtain a US visa. This applies to:

  • Trips longer than the 90 consecutive days permitted with the visa waiver
  • Journeys for purposes not considered on the ESTA criteria, such as permanent residency, long-term work, etc.
  • Slovakian citizens who do not have a biometric passport.

These Slovakian travelers, however, may be eligible to apply for one of different US visas:

  • B1-category visa or US Business Visa for short-term business and related activities
  • B2-category visa or US Travel/Visitor Visa for leisure, tourism, family visits, and medical treatments, also known as the US tourist visa
  • B1/B2 visa, which is a combination of the two permits mentioned above

Applications for these types of tourist visas must be done through a United States embassy or consulate.

Validity and Use of an ESTA as a Traveler From Slovakia

The ESTA visa waiver is valid for 2 years or until the passport for which it was issued expires. During this period, Slovak citizens who hold an ESTA may visit the United States as many times as they wish for up to 90 days at a time.

Visitors of Slovakia must also know the US visa waiver is digitally linked to their passport.

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