State Department: Slovenia - Consular Information Sheet, June 4, 1999
Slovenia - Consular Information Sheet
June 4, 1999
COUNTRY DESCRIPTION: Slovenia operates under a
parliamentary democracy. A mountainous country, half of Slovenia is
covered by forests, with 29 miles of coastline along the Adriatic
Sea. Tourist facilities are widely available throughout the country.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A valid passport is required for
entry into Slovenia. A visa is not required for a tourist/business stay up
to 90 days. For further information on entry requirements for Slovenia,
travelers may contact the Embassy of Slovenia at 1525 New Hampshire Avenue,
NW, Washington, D.C. 20036, Tel: (202) 667-5363, or the Consulate General
of Slovenia in New York City, Tel: (212) 370-3006. The website of the
Slovenian Embassy in the United States is http://www.embassy.org/slovenia/.
CRIME INFORMATION: Slovenia has a low crime rate.
Travelers should, however, take normal precautions, as they are sometimes
the targets of pickpockets and purse-snatchers.
The loss or theft abroad of an U.S. passport should be reported
immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. Embassy or
U.S. citizens can refer to the Department of State's pamphlet "A Safe
Trip Abroad" for ways to promote a more trouble-free journey. The pamphlet
is available by mail from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government
Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402, or via the Internet at http://www.access.gpo.gov/su_docs,
or via the Bureau of Consular Affairs home page at http://travel.state.gov.
MEDICAL FACILITIES: Adequate medical care is readily
MEDICAL INSURANCE: Serious medical problems requiring
hospitalization and/or medical evacuation to the United States can cost
thousands of dollars or more. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate
cash payment for health services. The Medicare/Medicaid program does not
provide for payment of medical services outside the United States, and
U.S. medical insurance is not always valid in Slovenia. Uninsured travelers
who require medical care overseas may face extreme difficulties. Check
with your own insurance company to confirm whether your policy applies
overseas, including provision for medical evacuation. Ascertain whether
payment will be made to the overseas hospital or doctor or whether you will
be reimbursed later for expenses you incur. Some insurance policies also
include coverage for psychiatric treatment and for disposition of remains
in the event of death. Useful information on medical emergencies abroad,
including overseas insurance programs, is provided in the Department of
State, Bureau of Consular Affairs brochure "Medical Information for
Americans Traveling Abroad," available via the Bureau of Consular Affairs
home page or autofax service.
OTHER HEALTH INFORMATION: Travelers to Slovenia may
obtain a list of English-speaking physicians at the U.S. embassy.
Antibiotics, allergy medication and all other prescription medication are
available at local pharmacies. Some over-the-counter medication is
available locally. For those persons who engage in outdoor activities, a
vaccine to prevent tick-borne encephalitis is recommended. Information on
vaccinations and other health precautions may be obtained from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention's international traveler's hotline at
Tel: 1-877- FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747); Fax: 1-888-CDC-FAXX
(1-888-232-3299), or by visiting the CDC Internet home page at
TRAFFIC SAFETY AND ROAD CONDITIONS: While in a foreign
country, U.S. citizens may encounter road conditions that differ
significantly from those in the United States. The information below
concerning Slovenia is provided for general reference only and may not be
totally accurate in a particular location or circumstance.
Safety of Public Transportation: Good
Urban Road Conditions/Maintenance: Good
Rural Road Conditions/Maintenance: Good
Availability of Roadside Assistance: Good
Slovenia has a well-developed road network, safe for travel. Highways
connect to neighboring cities and countries and are clearly sign-posted.
As the number of cars in Slovenia continues to rise, roads are becoming
more heavily congested during the weekends on major routes and during rush
hour. Parking is difficult and can be expensive in the city center.
Traffic moves on the right; road signs and traffic rules are similar to
those used throughout Europe. Third party liability insurance is required
for all vehicles; coverage is purchased locally. Travelers should be alert
to aggressive drivers both in cities and on highways. Many of the serious
accidents in Slovenia occur as a result of high speed driving. Emergency
roadside help and information may be reached by dialing 987 for vehicle
assistance and towing services, 112 for an ambulance or fire brigade, and
113 for police.
U.S. visitors or U.S. residents in Slovenia must be in possession of
both a valid U.S. driver's license and an international drivers license if
they wish to drive here. This will allow them to drive for a maximum of one
year after which residents of Slovenia are required to obtain a Slovenian
driver's license. The speed limit is 50kph/30mph in residential areas and
130kph/78mph on highways. Motorists are required to have their headlights
on during the daytime and drivers and passengers must wear seat belts. For
additional information, visit the website of the U.S. Embassy in Slovenia
For specific information Slovenian driver's permits, vehicle inspection,
road tax and mandatory insurance contact the Slovenian National Tourist
Office at (212) 358-9686, or via the Internet at http://www.tourist-board.si. For
information about international driving permits, contact AAA or the
American Automobile Touring Alliance.
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: As there is no direct
commercial service at present between the United States and Slovenia, nor
economic authority to operate such service, the U.S. Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) has not assessed Slovenia's Civil Aviation Authority
for compliance with international aviation safety standards for oversight
of Slovenia's air carrier operations.
For further information, travelers may contact the Department of
Transportation within the U.S. at 1-800-322-7873, or visit the FAA Internet
website at http://www.faa.gov/avr/iasa.htm.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) separately assesses some foreign air
carriers for suitability as official providers of air services. For
information regarding the DOD policy on specific carriers, travelers may
contact the Pentagon at (703) 697-7288.
CUSTOMS REGULATIONS: Slovenian customs authorities may
enforce strict regulations concerning temporary import or export of items
such as firearms, antiquities, medications, business equipment, sales
samples, and other items. It is advisable to contact the Embassy of
Slovenia in Washington or the Consulate General of Slovenia in New York
City for specific information regarding customs requirements. Slovenian
authorities require an ATA (Air Transport Association) carnet under certain
circumstances for the temporary importation of goods into Slovenia. The
U.S. Council of the International Chamber of Commerce, 1212 Avenue of the
Americas, New York, NY 10036, issues the ATA carnet in the United States.
For additional information contact the Council toll-free from within the
United States at 1-800-282-2900, or via their web site at
CRIMINAL PENALTIES: While in a foreign country, a
U.S. citizen is subject to that country's laws and regulations, which
sometimes differ significantly from those in the United States and may not
afford the protections available to the individual under U.S. law.
Penalties for breaking the law can be more severe than in the United States
for similar offenses. Persons violating the laws of Slovenia, even
unknowingly, may be expelled, arrested or imprisoned. Penalties for
possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Slovenia are strict and
convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.
Y2K INFORMATION: U.S. citizens contemplating traveling
or residing abroad in late 1999 or early 2000 should be aware of potential
difficulties. They may wish to consider taking practical precautions
against possible disruptions of services triggered by the Y2K computer
phenomenon. Monitor the home page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs for
updates on Y2K issues. See also the Government of Slovenia's Internet home
page (in Slovenian and English) on Y2K issues at: http://www.sigov.si.
CHILDREN'S ISSUES: For information on international
adoption of children, international parental child abduction, and
international child support enforcement issues, please refer to our
Internet site at http://travel.state.gov/children's_issues.html
or telephone (202) 736-7000.
REGISTRATION/EMBASSY LOCATION: U.S. citizens are
encouraged to register at the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in
Ljubljana and obtain updated information on travel and security within
Slovenia. The U.S. Embassy is located at Prazakova 4, Ljubljana 1000, Tel:
(386)(61) 301- 427 or 301-472. Fax: 301-401. The Embassy website is
This replaces the Consular Information
Sheet dated May 7, 1998 to update information on Country Description,
Entry Requirements, Medical Facilities, Crime Information, Criminal (and
Drug) Penalties, and Traffic Safety and Road Conditions. New sections have
been added on Medical Insurance, Aviation Safety Oversight, Customs
Regulations, Y2K Information, and Children's Issues.