Exercise normal precautions in Slovenia.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Slovenia:
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.
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.
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.
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
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.
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.
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.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
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.
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.
Further health information:
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.
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.
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/.
DISCLAIMER: THE INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY AND MAY NOT BE TOTALLY ACCURATE IN A SPECIFIC CASE. QUESTIONS INVOLVING INTERPRETATION OF SPECIFIC FOREIGN LAWS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE APPROPRIATE FOREIGN AUTHORITIES OR FOREIGN COUNSEL.
Slovenia is a party to the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters. Complete information on the operation of the Convention, including an interactive online request form are available on the Hague Conference website. Requests should be completed in duplicate and submitted with two sets of the documents to be served, and translations, directly to Slovenia’s Central Authority for the Hague Service Convention. The person in the United States executing the request form should be either an attorney or clerk of court. The applicant should include the titles attorney at law or clerk of court on the identity and address of applicant and signature/stamp fields. Slovenia did not declare that it objects to the methods of service in Article 10. For additional information see the Hague Conference Service Convention web page and the Hague Conference Practical Handbook on the Operation of the Hague Service Convention.
Service on a Foreign State: See also our Service Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) feature and FSIA Checklist for questions about service on a foreign state, agency or instrumentality.
Service of Documents from Slovenia in the United States: See information about service in the United States on the U.S. Central Authority for the Service Convention page of the Hague Conference on Private International Law Service Convention site.
Prosecution Requests: U.S. federal or state prosecutors should also contact the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, Department of Justice for guidance.
Defense Requests in Criminal Matters: Criminal defendants or their defense counsel seeking judicial assistance in obtaining evidence or in effecting service of documents abroad in connection with criminal matters may do so via the letters rogatory process.
Slovenia is a party to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters. The Central Authority for Slovenia for the Hague Evidence Convention designated to receive letters of request for compulsion of evidence is the Ministry of Justice. See the Hague Evidence Convention Model Letters of Request for guidance on how to prepare a letter of request. Requests for compulsion of evidence under the Hague Evidence Convention are transmitted directly from the requesting court or person in the United States to the Slovenian Central Authority and do not require transmittal via diplomatic channels. Requests should be submitted in duplicate with Slovenian translations.
Requests from Slovenia to Obtain Evidence in the United States: The U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Evidence Convention is the Office of International Judicial Assistance, Civil Division, Department of Justice, 1100 L St., N.W., Room 11006, Washington, D.C. 20530.
In accordance with the Hague Evidence Convention, voluntary depositions of U.S. citizen willing witnesses in civil and commercial matters are permitted. However prior permission from the Slovenian Central Authority is required for testimony of a Slovenian national or a third country national on a case by case basis. Oral depositions or depositions on written questions may be taken by U.S. consular officers or by private attorneys at the U.S. Embassy or at another location such as a hotel or office, either on notice or pursuant to a commission. If the services of a U.S. consular officer are required to administer an oath to the witness, interpreter and stenographer, such arrangements must be made in advance with the U.S. Embassy directly.
A minimum of four weeks prior to the agreed-upon deposition date, the requesting attorney in the United States must provide to the American Citizen Services Unit with the following information. More time should be provided to obtain permission from the Slovenian Ministry of Justice for the deposition of a Slovenian citizen or third country national. Please provide a copy of notice to opposing counsel of anticipated taking of testimony; or a copy of the court order commissioning the consular officer to take testimony. The notice or order should include the following:
It is the responsibility of the attorney arranging the depositions to engage a court reporter and, if necessary, a translator or interpreter. Please provide the American Citizen Services Unit with the names and contact information of the court reporter and translator/interpreter in advance of the deposition(s).
Slovenia is a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents. Slovenia’s competent authority for the Hague Apostille Convention will authenticate Slovenian public documents with Apostilles. For information about authenticating U.S. public documents for use in Slovenia, see the list of U.S. Competent Authorities. To obtain an Apostille for a U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America, contact the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services, Vital Records Office.
Slovenia and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) since April 1, 1995.
For information concerning travel to Slovenia, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Slovenia.
The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA). The report is located here.
The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention. In this capacity, the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Slovenia. Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign Central Authority.
United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
The Slovenian Central Authority (SCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention is the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, located in the Directorate of Family. The SCA has an administrative role in processing Hague Abduction Convention applications. The SCA takes measures to locate the child and taking parent and may approach local authorities to arrange a meeting to attempt a voluntary return of the child, if appropriate. If the taking-parent does not agree to a return, the SCA files the petition with the family court in the jurisdiction where the defendant resides.
The SCA can be reached at:
Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the Republic of Slovenia, Directorate of Family
To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Slovenia, the USCA encourages a parent or legal guardian to review the eligibility criteria and instructions for completing the Hague application form located at the Department of State’s website and contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the SCA. All documents written in English must be translated into Slovene. Please note, however, that certified translations are not necessary. The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to the SCA, and to subsequently monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes.
There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the U.S. or Slovenian central authorities. Attorney fees, if necessary, are the responsibility of the applicant parent. Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.
A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Slovenia. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.
A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Slovenia. The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country. The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.
Parents or legal guardians are not required to retain a private attorney in order to file a Hague Abduction Convention application with a court in Slovenia. The SCA will submit the Hague petition, and provide legal representation.
Parents or legal guardians have the option to hire a private attorney to represent them, and the SCA will provide a list of attorneys and information about free legal assistance options in Slovenia. A privately hired attorney should contact the SCA as soon as possible after the Hague Abduction Convention application has been filed with the court.
The U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana, Slovenia, posts a list of attorneys including those who specialize in family law.
This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.
The SCA promotes mediation in abduction cases and will attempt to initiate mediation in all Hague Abduction Convention cases. While courts cannot order mediation, judges can and do strongly encourage mediated resolutions and can stay hearings to permit parties the time to mediate.
There are a number of organizations offering mediation services in Slovenia, including the Primus Institute, the Concordia Mediation Institute (Tel: +386-40-604-406), the Rakmo Institute, and the Association of Mediators of Slovenia/Društvo mediatorjev Slovenije. A comprehensive list of mediators is available from the Ministry of Labor, Family, and Social Affairs.
While travelling in a foreign country, you are subject to the laws of that country. It is important for parents to understand that, although a left-behind parent in the United States may have custody or visitation rights pursuant to a U.S. custody order, that order may not be valid and enforceable in the country in which the child is located. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to speak to a local attorney if planning to remove a child from a foreign country without the consent of the other parent. Attempts to remove your child to the United States may:
The U.S. government cannot interfere with another country’s court or law enforcement system.
To understand the legal effect of a U.S. order in a foreign country, a parent should consult with a local attorney in the country in which the child is located.
For information about hiring an attorney abroad, see our section on Retaining a Foreign Attorney.
Although we cannot recommend an attorney to you, most U.S. Embassies have lists of attorneys available online. Please visit the local U.S. Embassy or Consulate website for a full listing.
For more information on consular assistance for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please see our website.
Country officers are available to speak with you Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For assistance with an abduction in progress or any emergency situation that occurs after normal business hours, on weekends, or federal holidays, please call toll free at 1-888-407-4747. See all contact information.
DISCLAIMER: The information in this flyer is provided for general information only, is not intended to be legal advice, and may change without notice. Questions involving interpretation of law should be addressed to an attorney licensed in the relevant jurisdiction.
Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.
Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.
Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).
Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.
Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.
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Available. Birth (Izpisek iz maticnega registra o rojstvu) and Death Certificates (Izpisek iz maticnega registra o smrti) are available from the civil registrar (Maticar) at any of Administrative Unit (Upravna Enota) office in the country. The first certificate of birth or death is free, but subsequent copies require payment of a small fee. Individuals may also request the international version of the certificate which is issued in Slovene, English and six other languages. Applicants and their authorized representatives may apply for all certificates in person or by mail, or online, if no fee is required.
Available. Marriage (Izpisek iz maticnega registra o sklenjeni zakonski zvezi) certificates are available from the civil registrar (Maticar) at any of Administrative Unit (Upravna Enota) office in the country. The first certificate of marriage is free, but subsequent copies require payment of a small fee. Individuals may also request the international version of the certificate which is issued in Slovene, English and six other languages. Applicants and their authorized representatives may apply for all certificates in person or by mail, or online, if no fee is required. For marriages, only civil marriages are legal and marriage by proxy is not permitted.
Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Slovenia.
Available. The civil registrar of any Administrative Unit will issue a certificate (Samski List) stating that the applicant is free to marry and that there are no legal impediments to the marriage.
Available. Copies of divorce judgments are available from the Family Law Division of the District Court (Družinski oddelek okrožnega sodišca) which decided the case. Only a divorce certificate obtained through a civil court is a legal document.
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Available. While Slovenes are not required by law to carry the identity card, the cards are proof of citizenship and permanent residence, so most Slovenes have one. The identity card contains the applicant's photograph, date and place of birth, permanent address, personal identification number, registry number, and signature. Applicants must apply in person for an identity card at any Administrative Unit (Upravna Enota) office in the country. In emergency cases, such as an urgent business trip, personal medical treatment, or the death or illness of a close relative, one can also apply for an identity card at the Ministry of Interior.
Available. Individuals may obtain a Certificate of No Criminal Record (Potrdilo o nekaznovanosti) from the Criminal Records Office (Kazenska evidenca) within the Ministry of Justice (Ministrstvo za Pravosodje), Zupanciceva 3, 1000 Ljubljana. Individuals may also obtain a Certificate of No Current Penal Proceedings (Potrdilo da oseba ni v kazenskem postopku) issued by the County Court (Okrajno sodišce) with jurisdiction over their place of residence. Immigrant visa applicants should request both documents along with certified English translations.
Available. A statement of the time spent in a criminal institution and the relevant charges can be obtained from the Department for the Execution of Penal Sanctions (Služba za izvrševanje kazenskih sankcij) within the Ministry of Justice (Ministrstvo za Pravosodje).
Available. The branch office of the Department of Defense (Uprava za Obrambo) located in the applicant's municipality will issue a Certificate of Military Service (Potrdilo o služenju vojaškega roka). Applicants must apply in person.
Slovenia started to issue machine-readable passports with digital photos and dark red covers on March 1, 2001. In August 2006, Slovenia began issuing an e-passport with a chip that contains the biographic data as well as the digital image of the bearer. The biometric passports bear a red cover, but are distinguishable from non-biometric passports by the ICAO-mandated e-passport symbol on the front. Slovenia also issues dual-language passports in both Hungarian and Italian to its citizens who are members of those ethnic minorities. The format and security features of these documents are identical to the non-dual-language versions, except that all text, including that on the cover, is written in both Slovene and the other language.
Nonimmigrant and Immigrant visas for all of Slovenia. Residents of Slovenia may also apply for NIVs in Zagreb, if physically present in Croatia.