1. CAN CITIZENS OF SLOVAKIA TRAVEL TO THE USA WITH ESTA?
When traveling to the USA all citizens of Slovakia need to obtain an ESTA instead of a Visa.
However, it is important to note that there are specific regulations affecting traveling under VWP when using an ESTA.
If you visit the USA with an ESTA your stay time in the US shall not exceed 90 days. Also, you can only use an ESTA as citizen of Slovakia who is visiting the USA if your plans are to do business, travel or use USA for transit.
This means that for some Slovakia travellers an ESTA will not be appropriate when traveling to the US.
2. IS SLOVAKIA ONE OF THE VWP COUNTRIES?
Slovakia is one of the Visa Waiver Program countries which is why citizens of Slovakia can obtain an ESTA and can enjoy Visa-free travel to the USA.
The VWP has been designed to provide more travel freedom for citizens of specific countries that are included in the VWP list.
The list of countries included in the VWP can be updated by the USA at any time, therefore it is good to follow the updates and make sure that you can still obtain an ESTA as citizen of one of the VWP countries.
3. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ESTA AND VISA?
The most important thing to understand is that ESTA is not a Visa or any form of a Visa.
Instead, it is a unique form of travel authorisation that can only be used by citizens of countries included in the Visa Waiver Program.
If you are not a citizen of one of the VWP countries, ESTA does not apply to you and you need to obtain a Visa before traveling to the USA. Also, there are highly specific regulations affecting travel under the VWP with an ESTA.
If your travel plans exceed the limited stay time and/or if your goal of visit is not business, transit or travel, you are not eligible for an ESTA and you need to obtain a Visa.