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Slovenia

If you’re travelling to Slovenia, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information. 

Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), available by contacting the Health Service Executive, and that you also obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Overview

Latest Travel Advice

When travelling from Slovenia into Croatia, the Embassy advises that you carry your Irish passport or passport card as you will be leaving the Schengen Area. Your passport should be valid for at least the duration of your stay.

Latest Travel Alert

Given recent terrorist attacks in European cities, Irish citizens are advised to follow the advice of police and local authorities and to exercise increased vigilance, especially when travelling on public transport, if attending large public gatherings or other crowded locations. Attacks could occur at any time and could target tourist attractions, restaurants, transport hubs or other public areas. Citizens should remain aware of their surroundings and ensure they have access to exits or escape routes at all times.

Emergency assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, talk to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management. The emergency services in Slovenia may be contacted by dialling 112.

In the event of an emergency situation in Slovenia or Bosnia and Herzegovina, you may also contact the Embassy in Ljubljana on +386 (0)1 300 8970.

If you contact the Embassy outside of office hours, you will be requested to leave your name, telephone number and a brief message outlining the nature of the emergency. An Embassy staff member will subsequently make contact with you. The out of hours service is strictly for genuine emergencies only. Queries or requests that would be best processed during normal office hours would not be dealt with by the duty officer.

Alternatively, you may contact the Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin at (+353) 1 408 2000.

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
  • Get a European Health Insurance Card
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.

 

Safety and security

Terrorism

Although the threat from terrorism in Slovenia is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners. 

Crime

Crime remains low in Slovenia but you should take sensible precautions. 

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place 
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home
  • Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you are alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business
  • Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafes, train and bus stations
  • Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible

Reporting a crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Slovenia, you should report it to the local police immediately and get a report. The telephone number for the Police is 113 and the general emergency number is 112. You can also contact us at the Irish Embassy in Ljubljana if you need help.

Driving

The rules of the road in Slovenia are broadly similar to those in Ireland, and roads are modern and well maintained. Roads are generally not lit outside urban areas so please take extra care when driving at night.

If you want to drive:

  • Bring your full Irish driving licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
  • Be aware of Slovenia’s traffic laws, such as speed limits
  • The rider and passenger on a motorcycle or motorised bicycle must both wear strapped homologised crash helmets and it’s against the law to carry children under 12 on a motorcycle  
  • Heavy on-the-spot fines are in place for traffic offences such as speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and for using mobile telephones without a hands-free device. There are also fines for jay walking
  • You must drive with dipped headlights at all times, even during the day

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged). If hiring a car in another country, you must tell the hire company that you are planning to travel to Slovenia in order to get proper cover.

Alcohol

It’s illegal for professional drivers (class C, D and E) to drive with any alcohol in their system. The blood/alcohol limit is 0.05 for all drivers of private vehicles and motorcycles. In Ireland, the limit is 0.08.

Anyone suspected of driving or attempting to operate a vehicle when under the influence of alcohol or drugs must submit to a breath test or a medical examination. Drivers who refuse to submit to a breath test are presumed to have been driving while intoxicated.

Driving on the motorway

Slovenia has a vignette system for motorway travel. Every vehicle under 3.5 tons must have a vignette to drive on motorways and expressways. Weekly, monthly and yearly vignettes are available. The police monitor motorway use, and stop motorists who do not have a vignette. Failure to have or display a vignette will lead to an on-the-spot fine of up to €800. You can find information about prices and locations of where to buy the vignettes on the Motorway Company of the Republic of Slovenia (DARS) website.

Winter equipment

From mid-November to mid-March and during winter weather conditions outside of these dates, vehicles up to 3.5 tons must be fitted with winter tyres. Under certain conditions, snow chains will suffice. You can find out more on the Automobile Association of Slovenia website.

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.

Illegal drugs

Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.

Health

Travel Insurance

We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.

Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.

Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.

Emergency expenses

Your policy should cover:

  • All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
  • Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.   
  • 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
  • Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
  • Lost and stolen possessions.
  • Cancellation and curtailment.
  • Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).

Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.

European Health Insurance Card

As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.

Apply for your EHIC and find out more information.

The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter Slovenia, but please ensure that your passport is valid for the length of your stay. If you intend staying in Slovenia for a long time, we advise you to register with the Irish Embassy in Slovenia.

Registration

All foreign citizens are required to register with the local police within 72 hours of arriving in Slovenia. This is usually done automatically at your accommodation. A standard fee of around €1 may be added to your bill.

However, if you’re staying in private accommodation, such as with friends or family, you must register at the local police station, together with your host, within three days of your arrival. Failure to do so may result in a fine of up to €400 being levied at the airport as you leave the country, or your host may have to pay a fine when you have left.

Police have been known to carry out checks on tourists in Slovenia and a failure to produce appropriate proof of registration may also result in an on-the-spot fine being levied.

You must carry personal proof of identity at all times (passport, national ID document or driving licence). Anyone failing to produce ID when requested may be fined up to €500 on the spot. We recommend that you carry at least a photocopy of your passport or other identity document at all times, and original documentation where possible.

Money

Slovenia uses the euro. ATMs are widely available and major credit cards/travellers’ cheques are accepted. You can withdraw cash from your Irish account if your ATM card has a Maestro or Cirrus symbol. Banks and bureaux de change will change travellers’ cheques, sterling and other main currencies.