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The Republic of Slovenia

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Summary

  • Exercise normal safety precautions in Slovenia. Use common sense. Look out for suspicious behaviour. Monitor the news and other sources for changes to local conditions.
  • Terrorism is a threat in Europe. Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities in recent years. See Safety and Security
  • The rate of crime is low, however petty crime can occur. Be alert in tourist areas and on international trains and buses. See Safety and Security
  • The weather in alpine regions is unpredictable and can change suddenly. See Natural Disasters.
  • International transport, including trains and buses, may be subject to security and passport controls. See Entry and Exit
  • The Consulate in Ljubljana is headed by an Honorary Consul. Only limited consular assistance is available. The Australian Embassy in Vienna provide full consular assistance to Australians in Slovenia. See Where to Get Help.

Entry and Exit

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Australian Government cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

Visas

Slovenia is part of the Schengen area. This allows you to enter Slovenia without a visa in some circumstances.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Slovenia  for up-to-date information.

Other formalities

A number of Schengen countries, including neighbouring Austria, have temporary immigration controls in place. Carry your passport when crossing borders, including within the Schengen area. Keep up-to-date on border conditions by checking local news sources and asking transport providers directly.

Full immigration controls are in place at Slovenia's border with Croatia. Croatia is not part of the Schengen area. See our Travel Advice for Croatia for more information.

When you enter the Schengen area for the first time, check that the entry stamp in your passport is readable.

Customs officials may ask you to show them a return or onward ticket and proof of enough money for your stay.

More information:  Border Formalities

Passport

Check the expiry date of your Australian passport before you travel. Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for six months from when you plan to leave that country.

Your passport is a valuable document and attractive to criminals who may try to use your identity to commit crimes. Always keep it in a safe place.

If your passport is lost or stolen, you must notify the Australian Government as soon as possible.

Money

The currency in Slovenia is the Euro (€). Declare cash of €10,000 or more (or the equivalent in another currency) if you're travelling between Slovenia and any non-European Union (EU) country. You don't need to declare cash if you're travelling to or from another EU country.

More information: Border Formalities

Safety and Security

Terrorism

Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities. Targets have included airports, public transport including train stations, sporting venues and other areas that attract large groups of people, including places popular with foreigners.

  • Be alert to possible threats, especially in public places.
  • Report any suspicious activity or items to police.
  • Monitor the news for any new or emerging threats.
  • Take official warnings seriously and follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • If there is an attack, leave the affected area immediately if it is safe to do so.

More information:  Terrorism threat worldwide

Crime

Slovenia has a low rate of serious crime, however petty crime does occur. Vehicle break-in can occur, particularly at gas stations and service areas along the highway.

  • Pay close attention to your personal belongings, particularly in places frequented by tourists and on public transport, at transport hubs and on international trains and buses.
  • While swimming in the sea, don't leave valuables unattended on the shore.
  • Take extra care of your personal security after dark.
  • Always lock your vehicles, use anti-theft devices, and park in well-lit areas or in residential or hotel garages.
  • Never leave personal belongings unattended in a vehicle.
  • When stopping at motorway rest areas, keep an eye on your vehicle and objects inside.

More information:  Slovenian Police information for foreigners

Civil unrest and political tension

  • Demonstrations occur periodically and, while generally peaceful, they can lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation. In Ljubljana, protest are usually held in areas around Kongresni Trg (Congress Square), opposite the Slovenian Parliament. Keep an eye on the news and other sources for information about possible demonstrations.
  • Avoid crowds, protests and demonstrations. Exercise caution when in the vicinity of any such gathering.
  • Follow the advice of local authorities.

Local Travel

Road travel

Slovenia's main roads are generally safe and in good condition. The road network is well-developed, connected and clearly marked with road signs and traffic rules consistent with those used throughout Europe. Secondary roads tend to be narrow. Roads in alpine areas can become dangerous during winter.

Winter equipment (tyres or snow chains) is mandatory from 15 November to 15 March and whenever there are winter weather conditions.

Vehicles must display a valid permit sticker (vignette) to use Slovenian toll roads.

By law, you must have your headlights on at all times. When outside a vehicle on the hard shoulder of any road, you must place a warning triangle on the roadside behind the vehicle. The driver and passengers must wear high visibility vests. A first aid kit must be in the vehicle. Ensure any rental car is fitted with the required equipment.

If you refuse to pay on the spot fines for traffic violations you can have your passport and other documents taken. You may need to appear before a police court judge.

More information:

Driver's license

You'll need a valid international driving permit (IDP) along with your current Australian driver's licence to drive a vehicle. Driving without an IDP could void your travel and vehicle insurance.

See Road safety and driving for the relevant IDP authority.

Motorcycles

Check with your travel insurer whether your policy covers you when using a motorcycle, quad bike or similar vehicle. Your policy may not cover you for accidents that occur while using these vehicles. Wear, and ensure your passenger wears, a helmet.

Taxis

Taxis are reliable and safe to use. However, ensure the meter is running during the journey.

Public transport

Slovenia's public transport network is well-developed and reliable.

More information:  Slovenia.info  

Air safety

The Australian Government does not provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths. See the Aviation Safety Network website for information on aviation safety in Slovenia.

More information: Air travel

Laws

You're subject to local laws and penalties, including those that appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling, especially for a longer stay.

If you're arrested, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you.  But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail. See our Consular Services Charter for more information.

You must register with the police within three days of arrival or risk paying a fine. Accommodation providers will usually do this for you.  

Drug laws

Don't use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties for drug offences are severe. Tourists found in possession of even small amounts can be convicted and imprisoned.

More information: Carrying or using drugs

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws apply overseas. If you commit these offences, you may be prosecuted in Australia. Laws include those relating to:

  • bribery of foreign public officials
  • child pornography
  • child sex tourism
  • female genital mutilation
  • forced marriage
  • money laundering
  • terrorism

More information: Staying within the law

Dual Nationals

Slovenia recognises dual nationality.

More information: Dual nationals

Health

Travel insurance

Take out comprehensive travel insurance before you leave Australia to cover overseas medical costs. Make sure your policy includes enough cover for any pre-existing conditions  and medical evacuation.

Remember, regardless of how healthy and fit you are, if you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. The Australian Government won't pay for your medical expenses overseas or medical evacuation costs. This can be very expensive and cost you thousands of dollars upfront.

Confirm:

  • What circumstances and activities are and are not covered under your policy
  • You are covered for the whole time you will be away.

More information: Travel insurance

Physical and mental health

Consider your physical and mental health before travelling, especially if you have an existing medical condition.

  • At least eight weeks before you leave Australia, see your doctor or travel clinic for a basic health check-up, and to discuss your travel plans and implications for your health.
  • Get vaccinated before you travel.

More information:

Medication

Not all medications available over the counter or by prescription in Australia are available in other countries. Some may be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

Before you leave Australia, check if your medication is legal in each country you're travelling to. Find out if any quantity restrictions or certification requirements apply. Consult your doctor about alternatives well in advance of travel.

Take enough legal prescription medicine with you to last for the duration of your stay so you remain in good health. Carry copies of your prescription and a dated letter from your doctor stating what the medicine is, how much you'll take and that it's for personal use only.

More information: Prescription medicines

Health risks

Tick-borne diseases

There is a risk of tick-borne encephalitis in forested areas. Ticks are very common in country areas and are active from spring to autumn. Protect yourself from tick-borne diseases:

  • avoid insect bites.Always use insect repellent and wear long, loose fitting, light coloured clothing
  •  check your body for ticks during and after visiting forested areas
  • remove any ticks from your body as soon as possible, being careful to remove the whole tick
  • monitor the bite afterwards for any sign of infection.

Natural Disasters

Slovenia experiences severe weather events, such as:

  • avalanches
  • flash flooding
  • mudslides can be a danger in alpine areas and have resulted in a number of fatalities in recent years.

The weather in mountain regions is unpredictable and can change suddenly. Skiing outside of prepared skiing areas is dangerous. Western Slovenia is on an earthquake fault line and occasional tremors may occur.

If travelling to the alpine area:

  • monitor local weather and safety conditions
  • take weather warnings seriously
  • follow the advice of local authorities
  • equip yourself appropriately
  • plan your activities carefully
  • inform someone of your plans
  • follow written warnings and notices
  • stick to marked slopes and trails
  • check your travel insurance covers you for all activities you want to do.

More information: European Avalanche Warning Service

Where to get help

Depending on what you need, your best option may be to first contact your family, friends, travel agent, travel insurance provider, employer or airline. Your travel insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.

Emergency phone number

  • Police: 112
  • Medical emergencies: 112
  • Firefighting and rescue services: 112
  • AMZS (roadside assistance): 1987
  • Tourist telephone: 080 1900

For non-emergency criminal issues, contact the local police. Always get a police report when reporting a crime.

Tourism services and products

For complaints relating to tourism services or products, contact your service provider directly.

Australian Government

Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.

For consular assistance, contact: 
Australian Consulate

Honorary Consul
Zelezna Ulica 14, 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 1 234 8675
Fax: +386 1 234 8676
Email: Austral.cons.sloven@siol.net

Australian Embassy accredited to Slovenia

Australian Embassy, Vienna 
Mattiellistraße 2-4 (third floor)
1040 Vienna
Phone: +43 1 506 740
Fax:  +43 1 5067 4185
Email: consular.vienna@dfat.gov.au
Website: austria.embassy.gov.au
Twitter: @AusAmbVIE

Check the Australian Embassy website for information about opening hours and temporary closures that may affect services provided.

If you're unable to contact the Embassy in a consular emergency, contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas or 1300 555 135 within Australia.

Additional Information