Investment Visa Overview

Slovakia Residency & Citizenship options

Slovakia is an attractive country for international investors seeking residency options. The residency Slovakia offers provides access to the Schengen Area, easy travel within Europe, and a low cost of living. Slovakia's central location is also appealing, as it is within driving distance of multiple countries. In addition, Slovakia provides a number of incentives for businesses, including grants and tax breaks. As a result, Slovakia is an appealing option for those looking to invest in Europe. At the moment there is only 1 mobility pathway for investors to move to Slovakia.

Program 1
  • Name
    Temporary Residence - Business
  • Description

    The Slovakia self employed visa also requires that you have a specific amount of money in your bank account. This varies depending on the length of your stay, but it's generally around $5,000. Finally, you'll need to show proof of health insurance. Once you have all of that, you can apply for the Slovakia self employed visa. It's a bit of a process, but it's worth it if you want to live and work in Slovakia.

  • Requirements

    If you are granted a Slovakia Temporary Residence Business Visa, you will be able to work and live in Slovakia (self employed). After your visa expires, you will need to apply for a new visa if you wish to stay in Slovakia.

  • Validity
    3 years (3y-3y-5y)
  • Investment Type
  • Avg. Processing Time
    3 months
  • Investment Amount
    No minimum
  • Avg. Agent Fee
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    181 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
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Investment Types
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the Slovakian passport is presently ranked 10th. It allows people to travel to 187 countries without needing a visa. Slovakian passport holders receive visa-free access and visas on arrival to places such as the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Japan, and the entire European Union, thanks to its high mobility score. This enables for almost instantaneous travel opportunities all around the world. Slovakian passport holders, on the other hand, need a visa to visit roughly 42 countries around the world. China, India, and Australia are among the countries that require a visa.

Passport Rank


Visa Free Countries


Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
  • Visa Free Destinations
  • Visa on Arrival
  • Visa Online
  • Visa Required
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, USA, UK, Canada, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
Passport Ranking Factors

Slovakia Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries Slovakia passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those Slovakia passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization is added up to determine the Slovakia passport ranking relative to other global passports (eTA). There are now 140 visa-free countries for Slovakia passport holders, 37 visa-on-arrival countries for Slovakia passport holders, and 10 eTA destinations. Slovakia passport holders can visit a total of 187 countries without a visa, via a visa on arrival, or using an eTA. As a result, Slovakia's passport is ranked number ten in the world. Apart from the visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, Slovakia passport holders must get a physical visa or an eVisa to visit 42 more countries (i.e. visa required countries).

Citizenship by Descent

Slovak citizenship by descent

Slovakia allowed citizenship by descent till the second generation until recently. However, a subsequent change to the nationality law in 2021 made it possible for third-generation descendants of former Slovak and Czechoslovak nationals to petition for citizenship. This means that if you have a parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent who was a citizen of Slovakia, you are eligible to apply for citizenship.

Citizenship by Descent - Details
  • CBD Available?
  • Generations
Citizenship by Descent - Footnotes

Note: Keep in mind that the costs for citizenship by descent applications can vary and depend on many factors, such as:

  • The availability of official documents in different countries (if past family members migrated);
  • The availability of historic documents;
  • Sworn translation costs;
  • Price only includes main applicant, in case of adding children or spouses, this can incur additional costs);
  • Whether or not a genealogist is needed to prove ancestry;
  • Other unforeseen costs.

* In the case of first generation citizenship by descent, we assumed ONLY administration costs, which will be around $100 or less (usually free if application is done in the same country versus foreign embassy or consulate)

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