State Department: Slovenia - Consular Information Sheet, May 7, 1998
Slovenia - Consular Information Sheet
May 7, 1998
Country Description: Slovenia is a moderately developed European
nation operating under a parliamentary democracy. Independent since
1991, Slovenia was essentially unaffected by the war in
Bosnia-Herzegovina. Tourist facilities are available throughout the
Entry Requirements: A valid passport is required. A visa is not
required for business or tourist stays of less than 90 days. For
information regarding longer stays or other regulations, contact the
Embassy of Slovenia at 1525 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W., Washington,
DC, 20036; tel. (202) 667-5363, or the Slovenian Consulate in New
York City; tel. (212) 370-3006.
Medical Facilities: Adequate medical care is readily available.
Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate payment in cash for
health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside
the United States. The Medicare/Medicaid program does not provide
payment for medical services outside the United States. Travelers
have found supplemental medical insurance witformation, travelers
can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
international travelers hotline at 1-888-232-3228, or their autofax
service at 1-888-232-3299, or their Internet site at
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 of a
U.S. passport abroad should be reported immediately to the local
police and the nearest U.S. Embassy. The Department of State's
pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" is available from the Superintendent
of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
It provides useful information on travel and protecting personal
security while traveling abroad.
Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the
country in which they are traveling. Penalties for possession, use,
and trafficking of illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders
can expect jail sentences and fines.
Traffic Safety/Road Conditions: Roads are in good condition and
are safe for travel. Highways connect some major cities and are
clearly sign-posted. Travelers should exercise caution on secondary
and tertiary roads as they are sometimes narrow. Since
independence, the number of cars in Slovenia has increased, leading
to heavy congestion on major routes on weekends and in cities during
rush hours. Parking can be difficult in city centers. Travelers
should be alert to aggressive drivers both in cities and on
highways. In Slovenia, many of the serious accidents occur as a
result of high-speed driving. Emergency roadside help and
information may be reached by dialing 987 or 112.
Registration and Embassy Location: U.S. citizens are encouraged to
register at the U.S. Embassy. Updated information on travel and
security within Slovenia may be obtained at the U.S. Embassy,
Prazakova 4, 1000 Ljubljana, tel. (386-61) 301-427 or 301-472.
This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated April 7, 1997,
to update information on CDC telephone numbers and road conditions.