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Republic of Slovenia

Last Updated: April 21, 2017

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Ljubljana

Prešernova 31
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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Six months recommended; at least three months beyond your planned departure from the Schengen area

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

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One page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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Not required for stays under 90 days within each 180-day period

VACCINATIONS:

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None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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10,000 euros 

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

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 10,000 euros

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U.S. Embassy Ljubljana

Prešernova 31
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia

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. 

Visit the Embassy of Slovenia website for the most current visa information.

Slovenia is party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter Slovenia for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay. We strongly recommend six month remaining validity on you U.S. passport if you travel through Slovenia to other Schengen countries. You need to show sufficient funds and a return airline ticket to immigration officers. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet

  • To stay longer than 90 days within a 180-day period, you must apply for a visa prior to entering the Schengen Area or a temporary residency prior to entering Slovenia.
  • Applying for residency is time consuming. U.S. citizens must submit a Department of State-apostilled FBI criminal records certificate less than three months old. Please see the Embassy’s website about Slovenia for informaiton.
  • Apply for employment or study visas before entering Slovenia.  
  • Remaining in Slovenia or the Schengen Area beyond 90 days without a residency permit may incur large fines, deportation, criminal charges, and/or travel restrictions.
  • Foreigners must carry official identification at all times (Slovenian residence card or your U.S. passport ). 
  • You must obtain a stamp in your passport upon entering the Schengen Area, and show it when departing.
  • Non-EU citizens staying longer than three days must register with the police within 72 hours of arrival. Hotels and apartments/houses rented through a company will register you. In all other cases, you must registrater yourself at a police station. 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.  

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, take security precautions, and report any incidents to the local police.
  • Vehicle break-in/theft is a problem. Always lock your vehicles, use vehicle anti-theft devices, and 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. Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crimes.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • provide a list of English-speaking 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.
  • replace a lost or stolen passport
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

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Adequate medical care is readily available. There is a list of English-speaking physicians and 24-hour pharmacies on the U.S. Embassy’s website. You may need a prescription to get medications purchased over-the-counter in the United States.

For stays longer than three months, consider getting a vaccine to prevent tick-borne encephalitis. This vaccine is not available in the United States, but is available in Slovenia. Use insect repellent and inspect your body after being outdoors.

  • We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not pay claims overseas.  

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Slovenia and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure the medication is legal in Slovenia. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. 

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Your U.S. passport won’t prevent you from being arrested, prosecuted, or jailed overseas.

Some crimes are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

  • 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.
  • Slovenian 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 our following webpages for details:

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.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. 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.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for women travelers.

Road Conditions and Safety: Slovenia has a well-developed, connected, and clearly-marked road network with road signs and traffic rules consistent with those used throughout Europe.

  • Be alert to aggressive drivers both in cities and on highways.  Many serious, high-speed accidents occur in Slovenia. 
  • Emergency roadside assistance and towing services are available by dialing 1987.  Dial 112 for an ambulance or fire brigade and 113 for police.
  • Obtain English traffic and road conditions from the Automobile Association of Slovenia, Traffic Information Center for Public Roads, or by calling (01) 530-5300.

Traffic Laws: Third-party liability insurance is required for all vehicles and can be purchased locally. Travelers driving rented automobiles from Croatia into Slovenia are generally able to purchase Slovenian insurance at the border.

  • Highway vignettes (windshield stickers) are required for all passenger vehicles and motorcycles using highways. Steep fines for driving without a vignette are one of the most common problems faced by U.S. citizens in Slovenia. Purchase a vignette in-country. If driving into Slovenia from neighboring countries, buy your vignette at a gas station before reaching the border.
  • Don’t drink and drive. The maximum legal blood-alcohol limit is .05% and .00% for drivers with less than two years’ experience, drivers under 21, and trucks/bus drivers. 
  • Headlight (day and night), seatbelt, and helmet (on motorcycles) use is mandatory.
  • Using hand-held phones while driving is illegal, as it turning right on red.
  • Between November 15 and March 15, all cars must have winter/appropriate all-season tires.  Police may require chains in heavy snow.
  • You may have the opportunity to pay a reduced fine ticket on the spot.  If you choose not to, the police may confiscate your passport until you pay the fine. 

You need a valid U.S. driver’s license and an International Driving Permit (IDP) to legally drive. After one year, you must get a Slovenian driver’s license. The American Automobile Association and the American Automobile Touring Alliance issue IDPs.

Public Transportation: While taxis are generally safe and reliable, first ask for an estimated fare and ensure the meter is running during the journey. Visit the websites of Slovenia's national tourist office and the Slovenian Roads Agency for more information.

Bicycling: Cities have well-developed bicycling networks with marked bicycle lanes along most roads and many rules governing cycling.

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.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Slovenia should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci and information specific for Slovenia can be found at http://www.up.gov.si/en/. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and the NGA broadcast warnings website select “broadcast warnings”. Find weather warnings specific to Slovenia at http://meteo.arso.gov.si/met/en/.

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