SloveniaOfficial Name: Republic of Slovenia
6 months recommended; at least 3 months beyond your planned departure from the Schengen area.
BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:
One page required for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
Not required for stays under 90 days within each 180-day period
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:
CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Embassies and Consulates
Telephone: +(386) (1) 200-5595
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(386) (1) 200-5556
Fax: +(386) (1) 200-5535
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Slovenia for information on U.S. – Slovenia relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
Slovenia is party to the Schengen Agreement. Visit the Embassy of Slovenia website for the most current visa information.
- Passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries Please see our Schengen fact sheet.
- You may enter Slovenia for up to 90 days for tourist or business purpose without a visa. You need sufficient funds and a return airline ticket.
- If you want to remain in Slovenia longer than 90 days within a 180-day period, you must apply for a visa prior to entering the Schengen Area or apply for temporary residency prior to entering Slovenia. If you have family ties to Slovenia, you might be able to begin this process in Slovenia.
- If you are applying for a visa based on employment or study, you need to begin the process before you enter Slovenia. The process of applying for residency is time consuming. U.S. citizens must submit a FBI criminal records certificate (not older than three months) that has been apostilled by the Department of State’s Office of Authentications together with documentation requirements. Please see the U.S. Embassy’s website about living and traveling in Slovenia for details on obtaining a residence permit and criminal records check.
- Individuals who remain in Slovenia and the Schengen Area beyond 90 days without a residency permit may face large fines, forced removal or deportation, and/or criminal charges and travel restrictions to the Schengen area.
Make sure you obtain an entry stamp on your passport when you enter the Schengen Area. You’ll need to show the stamp when you leave.
All foreigners in Slovenia must carry official identification at all times. Carry either your Slovenian residence card or your U.S. passport.
All non-EU citizens staying longer than three days must register with the local police within 72 hours of arrival and inform the local police station of any change in their address. If you are staying at a hotel or an apartment/house rented through a company, the management will register for you. If you are staying with family members or friends or are camping, you must complete the registration yourself at a police station. Registration is free. Failure to register can result in hefty fines.
HIV/AIDS Restrictions: The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Slovenia.
Information about dual nationality prevention of international child abduction can be found or our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page.
Safety and Security
Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possibly near term attacks in Europe. All European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations. We remind U.S. citizens to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and to exercise caution while traveling in Slovenia.
There are occasional strikes, protests, and other public demonstrations in Slovenia. Protests in Ljubljana are usually held in areas around Kongresni Trg (Congress Square), opposite the Slovenian Parliament, and sometimes near the U.S. Embassy. Some participants have occasionally expressed anti-U.S. sentiments. As all demonstrations can potentially turn confrontational or even violent, avoid these events whenever possible and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any such gathering. For additional information, check the Embassy’s website.
Crime: Slovenia’s overall crime rate is low. Incidents of purse snatching and pick-pocketing are most common in the tourist areas.
- Use common sense and take security precautions and report any incidents to the local police.
- Vehicle break-in/theft is a problem in Slovenia. Always lock your vehicles, use vehicle anti-theft devices, park in well-lit areas, or in residential or hotel garages.
- Exercise caution at so-called "gentlemen's clubs." Such establishments have presented foreign customers with inflated bar bills, and threatened those who refuse to pay.
- U.S. citizens have reported sexual assaults in at least one nightclub in recent years. Use caution when accepting open drinks at bars or clubs, and don’t leave your drinks unattended.
See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.
Victims of Crime: Report crimes to the local police by dialing 113. For medical emergencies, dial 112. Contact the U.S. Embassy by calling 386-1-200-5595 and afterhours by calling 386-1-200-5556. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
- Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
- Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Slovenia are severe; convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
- Don’t buy counterfeit or pirated goods. They are illegal in United States and you may also be breaking local law.
- Make sure you receive a receipt for your purchase when you buy something in Slovenia. Slovenian law allows inspectors to request to see your receipt of purchase upon exiting the business. If you do not present a receipt, you can be fined.
- Slovenia’s authorities enforce strict regulations concerning the import, export, and use of firearms. You should contact the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, D.C. or the Consulate General in Cleveland if you are planning to transport a firearm into or out of Slovenia.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Special Circumstances: Traveler’s checks are not universally accepted in Slovenia. ATMs are common in all major cities and are increasingly common in rural areas. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Slovenia. There are no known safety and security issues for LGBTI individuals in Slovenia. The LGBTI community is protected by anti-discrimination laws, and there are no legal or governmental impediments to the organization of LGBTI events.
Persons with Mobility Issues. Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation very different in Slovenia from what you find in the United States. Under Slovenian law, persons with disabilities should have access to buildings, information, and communications. In practice, however, modification of public and private structures to improve access is a work in progress, and many buildings are not easily accessible. Most tourist destinations around Slovenia are accessible by those with disabilities.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Adequate medical care is readily available. Travelers to Slovenia may obtain a list of English-speaking physicians on the U.S. Embassy’s website. You may require a prescription to get some medications that you can purchase over-the-counter in the United States. Please see the Embassy’s website for a list of pharmacies open 24 hours.
If you will be in Slovenia for longer than three months, you may wish to get a vaccine to prevent tick-borne encephalitis. This vaccine is not available in the United States, but is available in Slovenia from a local doctor. Practice good general precautions such as using insect repellent and inspecting your body after being outdoors.
- We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
- Obtain supplemental insurance to cover medical bills overseas if your health insurance plan doea not provide coverage overseas. Care providers in Slovenia only accept cash payments.
- Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
- We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Travel & Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety:
- Slovenia has a well-developed road network. Highways connect to neighboring cities and countries and are clearly marked. Road signs and traffic rules are consistent with those used throughout Europe. Parts of the Center are closed to vechicular traffic.
- Be alert to aggressive drivers both in cities and on highways. Many of the serious accidents in Slovenia occur as a result of high-speed driving.
- Emergency roadside assistance and towing services are available by dialing 1987. Dial 112 for an ambulance or fire brigade, and 113 for police.
- Current information about traffic and road conditions is available in English from the Automobile Association of Slovenia by calling (01) 530-5300 and from the Traffic Information Center for Public Roads.
- Third-party liability insurance is required for all vehicles. You can purchase coverage locally. Travelers driving rented automobiles from Croatia into Slovenia are generally able to purchase Slovenian insurance at the border, though the process may take a few hours.
- Don’t drink and drive. The maximum legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers is 0.05 (0.00 percent for novice drivers with less than two years of experience, any driver under 21 years of age, and drivers of trucks and buses).
- You must keep headlights on during both at night and during the day.
- Wear a seat belt in a car and a helmet on a motorcycle. It’s the law!
- It’s illegal to use hand-held cellular phones while driving in Slovenia and turning right on red is not allowed.
- Between November 15 and March 15, all cars must have winter tires or appropriate all-season tires. In addition, local police may require chains in heavy snow.
- If you get a ticket, you may be offered the opportunity to pay a reduced fine on the spot. If you choose not to pay the fine on the spot, the police may confiscate your passport or other document until you pay the fine.
- Vignettes: Highway vignettes (in the form of properly-affixed windshield stickers) are required for all passenger vehicles and motorcycles using highways. One of the most common problems faced by U.S. citizens visiting Slovenia is being pulled over on a highway for driving without a vignette. You can purchase a vignette at gas stations, newsstands, automobile clubs, post offices (Posta Slovenije), and some toll stations, as well as at some gas stations in neighboring countries. If you are driving into Slovenia from a neighboring country and will be using the Slovenia highway system, we recommend that you buy your vignette at a gas station before you reach the Slovenian border. If you don’t have a vignette, you could face steep penalties.
Driver’s licenses: You must have both a valid U.S. driver’s license and an International Driving Permit to drive legally in Slovenia. After one year in Slovenia, you are required to obtain a Slovenian driver’s license. Two automobile associations are authorized by the U.S. Department of State to issue International Driving Permits: the American Automobile Association and the American Automobile Touring Alliance (through the National Auto Club).
Public Transportation: While taxis are generally safe and reliable, taxi drivers have been known to overcharge tourists by shutting off their meters. When using a taxi, you should first ask for an estimated fare and check to see that the meter is running during the journey. Please refer to our Road Safety page for more information. Also, we suggest that you visit the website of Slovenia's national tourist office and the Slovenian Roads Agency.
Bicycling: Bicycling is popular in Slovenia, and cities have well-developed bicycling networks with marked bicycle lanes along most roads. Slovenia has more rules governing cyclists than the United States. You could get a ticket if you break those rules. There are also special rules regarding children and bicycles. Please visit Slovenia’s Bicycle Safety page for a list of rules and advice for cyclists.
See our Road Safety page for more information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Slovenia, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Slovenia’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.