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Slovenia country information

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Republic of Slovenia
Area: 20,273 sq km
Population: 2,039,399
Population density: 100 per sq km
Capital: Ljubljana
Passport & Visa
Passport Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
Other EU 1
Visa Required?
British No
Australian No
Canadian No
Other EU No


Passport valid for at least three months beyond length of stay required by all nationals referred to in the chart above except:
(a) 1. EU nationals holding a valid national ID card.

EU nationals are only required to produce evidence of their EU nationality and identity in order to be admitted to any EU Member State. This evidence can take the form of a valid national passport or national identity card. Either is acceptable. Possession of a return ticket, any length of validity on their document, sufficient funds for the length of their proposed visit should not be imposed.

Passport Note

Slovenia joined the Schengen Agreement on 21 December 2007 for overland entry points and seaports, and on 29 March 2008 for airports.


Not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to three months.

Note: Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.
Getting there

Getting There by Air

The national airline, Adria Airways (website: ), operates direct flights from London and many other European cities to Ljubljana.

Approximate Flight Times

From London to Ljubljana is 2 hours.

Main Airports

Ljubljana (LJU) (Brnik) (website: ) is 26km (16 miles) northwest of the city. To/from the airport: Buses are available to Kranj (journey time - 15 minutes) and to Ljubljana (journey time - 45 minutes) regularly. Taxis are also available (journey time - 20 minutes). Facilities: Bank, post office, duty-free shop, car hire (international and domestic companies), restaurant, snack bar, shops, and Internet cafes.

Maribor (MBX) and Portoroz (POW) also have some limited international flight connections.
Departure Tax

Getting There by Water

Main port: Koper (website: ).

Between March and October, there are scheduled trips across the Adriatic on the Prince of Venice (tel: (05) 617 8000; website: ) catamaran, which runs between Venice and Portoroz and Piran (journey time - 2 hours).

There are four marinas (Izola, Koper, Piran and Portoroz) to choose from for visitors arriving on private vessels.

Cruise ships call on the Slovenian coast.

Getting There by Rail

Connections and through trains are available from principal eastern and western European cities. The Eurocity Mimara train connects Ljubljana, Munich, Salzburg and Zagreb, while the Casanova high-speed service links direct to Venice. There are direct trains to Slovenia from Austria (Vienna and Villach), Bulgaria, Croatia (Zagreb), Greece, Hungary (Budapest), Italy (Trieste and Venice), Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Switzerland. Some international trains have couchette coaches as well as bar and dining cars. Contact Slovenske zeleznica (tel: (01) 291 3332; website: ) for more information. On some lines transport for cars is provided.
Rail Passes
InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 30 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for 22 days, one month, five days in 10 days or 10 days in 22 days across all countries. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro. Travel is not allowed in the passenger's country of residence. Travellers under 26 years receive a reduction. Children's tickets are reduced by about 50%. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from Rail Europe (website: ). 

Getting There by Road

The following are among the frontier posts open for road traffic:
From Italy: San Bartolomeo-Lazaret; Albaro Veskova-Skofije; Pesse-Kozina; Fernetti-Fernetici (Sezana); Gorizia-Nova Gorica; Stupizza-Robic; Uccea-Uceja; Passo del Predil-Predel; and Fusine Laghi-Ratece.

From Austria: Wurzenpass (Villach)-Korensko Sedlo; Loibltunnel-Ljubelj; Seebergsattel-Jezersko; Grablach-Holmec; Rabenstein-Vic; Eibiswald-Radlji od Dravi; Langegg-Jurij; Spielfeld-Sentilj; Mureck-Trate; Sicheldorf-Gederovci; Radkersburg-Gornja Radgona; and Bonisdorf-Kuzma.

From Hungary: Bajansenye-Hodos.

From Croatia: Jelsane-Rupa. 

Nearly all the border crossings mentioned above are open 24 hours a day and are served by buses.
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