Slovakia is properly called the Slovak Republic. It has a
population of more than 5 million and most inhabitants are Slovaks. The country is bordered by Austria, the Czech Republic,
Poland, the Ukraine and Hungary. Slovakia has had a long a
varied history of occupation, including Slavic states in the Pirncipality
of Nitra, Marovia, the Kingdom of Hungary, the Hapsburg Empire and
Czechoslovakia. Slovakia became an independent country in
1993. The capital city of Bratislava is
located on the Danube in the southwest edge of the country bordering
Austria and Hungary.
A tourist visa is not required for most nationalities provided that you
are staying less than 3 months. Slovakia is a member of the
Zone and Schengen Visa, which means there
are no border controls between members and no border inspections by
rail or vehicle when traveling from Slovakia to Austria, the Czech
Republic, Poland and Hungary. More
than 40 countries outside the Schengen Zone do not require a visa.
Exemptions include citizens of Australia,
Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United
States. Check the list of countries that require a Slovak Republic visa at
web site or search individual country status at VisaHQ.
For a list of exempt countries, visit Project
Visa. Another great source of information is the web site of Schengen Visa Info.
Slovakia a member of the European Union and uses the Euro as its currency.