In addition to a valid travel document, third-country nationals must hold a visa in order to enter the Republic of Slovenia. A visa is a permit issued by a relevant diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Slovenia to a third-country national. If the circumstances under which a visa was issued have changed, border authorities may refuse entry and cancel the visa. On our web pages you will find online visa applications, a detailed description of the circumstances under which a visa is required, and a description of different visa types. For additional information on visas, please contact us via e-mail or telephone. For information on a country’s visa regime, we advise that you directly contact its representation.
THE INTRODUCTION OF BIOMETRICS FOR VISA PROCEDURES AT SLOVENIAN EMBASSIES
The Visa Information System (VIS) was launched on 11 October 2011 at the diplomatic missions and consular posts of all Member States in North Africa. The system is primarily intended to make visa procedures faster and more secure and prevent identity theft and the unauthorised use of information.
When submitting their applications, applicants have their fingerprints taken. The process is fast, discrete and does not delay the procedure. The fingerprints are kept in the central VIS register for five years.
As of 10 October 2011, the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Cairo started using VIS and collecting fingerprints; the Embassy in Tel Aviv followed shortly after. VIS is being rolled out on a regional basis.
Within few years, all the diplomatic missions and consular posts of all Schengen countries around the world will have implemented the system. The legal basis for introducing VIS and biometrics (fingerprints) are the following instruments:
Regulation (EC) No 767/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 July 2008 concerning the Visa Information System and the exchange of data between Member States on short-stay visas, OJ EU L 218, 13 August 2008, p. 60.
Commission Decision 2010/49/EC of 30 November 2009 determining the first regions for the start of operations of the Visa Information System, OJ EU L 23, 27 January 2010, p. 62.
Commission Implementing Decision 2011/636/EU of 21 September 2011 determining the date from which the Visa Information System is to start operations in the first region, OJ EU L 249, 27 September 2011, p. 18.
CHANGES IN THE CALCULATION OF THE LENGTH OF STAY IN THE SCHENGEN AREA AND CHANGES IN THE VALIDITY OF THE PASSPORT
Regulation (EU) No 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 amends the Schengen Borders Code, Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 (visa requirements), as well as the Visa Code and the Schengen Implementation Convention, including amendments. The most important change introduced by the above Regulation is the definition of the short-stay. As of 18 October 2013 the authorised length of stay in the Schengen area will be calculated according to the new definition, i.e. 90 days in any 180-day period.
The second major change taking effect on the date of entry into force of this Regulation, i.e. on 19 July 2013, is that all aliens, including those who do not require a visa, need a valid travel document the validity of which shall last until at least three months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area. The above limitation does not apply to EU citizens.