You might find useful familiarizing yourself with the following basic terms used throughout this section and the differences between them before further reading and undertaking any steps.
Notice of the Stay
All foreign nationals (Union citizens, their family members and third country nationals alike) arriving to Slovakia have the obligation to notify the Foreign Police of the start and place of their residence.
This obligation applies if they are renting, own a property, live with relatives, friends etc. If they are staying in a hotel, hostel, or similar accommodation facility, it is instead the responsibility of the accommodation provider.
The obligation is fulfilled by sending the completed Notice of the Stay form by mail to the Foreign Police Department competent according to their place of residence in Slovakia. The completed form may also be submitted in person.
Union citizens and their family members must do so within 10 working days (third country nationals within three working days) from entering Slovakia.
Registration of residence
Family members of Union citizens holding a valid passport have the right of residence in Slovakia for a period not exceeding three months if they are accompanying or joining the Union citizen.
Family members of Union citizens have the right of residence in Slovakia for a period longer than three months, if the Union citizen they are accompanying or joining satisfies the relevant conditions.
Family members of Union citizens intending to stay for a period longer than three months must register their residence at the Foreign Police within 30 days from the lapse of three months from entering Slovakia.
Family members of Union citizens register their residence by submitting an application for a Residence Card.
Residence of a Union citizen's family member is considered registered after obtaining the Residence Card. To be registered as resident in Slovakia means to hold a valid Residence Card (plastic ID card “Pobytový preukaz rodinného príslušníka občana EÚ”).
A Residence Card is the plastic ID card issued to foreign nationals (Union citizens, their family members and third country nationals alike) in Slovakia by the Foreign Police. It is issued to Union citizens´ family members based on their application and to third country nationals upon granting of residence.
Family members of Union citizens must apply for the Residence Card at the Foreign Police within 30 days from the lapse of three months from entering Slovakia.
To register residence and apply for the Residence Card, family members of Union citizens must go to the Foreign Police Department competent according to their place of residence in Slovakia and submit the completed application form, together with the required documents. They must do so in person. Applying electronically, by mail or by means of an authorised representative is not possible.
You may use the online booking system of the Foreign Police to book an appointment for registering your residence.
On the day of submitting the application, the Foreign Police will issue a confirmation about submitting an application for a Residence Card of the Union citizen's family member.
Residence Cards for Union citizens' family members are issued within 30 days from their application. Expedited issuance within two working days is possible for a fee of 24.50 EUR.