ENTRY INTO THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA AND THE SCHENGEN AREA
EEA citizens and Swiss nationals
A national of another EEA Member State (EEA citizens are nationals of EU Member States, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) or Switzerland may enter the Republic of Slovenia with a valid personal identity card or passport, and does not require an entry permit (visa) or residence permit, regardless of the purpose of entering and residing in the Republic of Slovenia (including entry for employment, study, self-employment or residence purposes).
An EEA citizen or Swiss national may be refused entry into the country if:
- He/she is not in possession of a valid personal identity card or passport;
- The period of time for which a prohibition on his/her entering the country was imposed has not yet expired;
- His/her residence in the Republic of Slovenia might pose a threat to public order and safety or the international relations of the Republic of Slovenia, or if there is a suspicion that his/her residence in the country will be associated with the commission of terrorist or other violent acts, illegal intelligence activities, drug trafficking, or the commission of other criminal acts;
- He/she is arriving from a region endangered by infectious diseases with epidemic potential laid down in the international health rules of the World Health Organisation, or from a region endangered by infectious diseases which could pose a threat to the health of people and which require the prescribed measures to be adopted pursuant to the Act governing infectious diseases.
An EEA citizen or Swiss national may lodge an appeal against the refusal of entry within eight days. The decision on the appeal shall be taken by the ministry responsible for internal affairs. The appeal shall not stay the execution.
A national of a third country (all countries except Switzerland and EEA Member States, which includes EU Member States, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) who wishes to enter and reside in the Republic of Slovenia for the purposes of a tourist, business, personal or other type of visit should obtain a visa at a diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Slovenia prior to his/her entering the country. A third-country national who is a national of a country which does not require a visa to enter the Republic of Slovenia may enter the Republic of Slovenia and stay in it for a definite period of time (up to 90 days in any 180-day period) for one of the above-listed purposes with a valid passport.
A holder of a visa issued by another Contracting Party to the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement of 14 June 1985 may, during the visa validity period, enter the Republic of Slovenia and stay in it as long as the total length of his/her stay in the territories of all the Contracting Parties, except in the territory of the Contracting Party which issued the visa, does not extend beyond 90 days in any 180-day period, or until the expiry of the visa if the visa should expire before the end of the 90 days period.
A holder of a residence permit issued by one of the Contracting Parties to the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement of 14 June 1985 may enter the Republic of Slovenia with the residence permit and a valid passport and stay in the country, provided that the total length of his/her stay in the territories of all the Contracting Parties, except in the territory of the Contracting Party which issued the residence permit, does not extend beyond 90 days in any 180-day period, or until the expiry of the residence permit if the permit should expire before the end of the 90 days period.
A long-stay visa (type D) may be issued to certain categories of third-country nationals (a family member of an EEA citizen or Swiss national or third-country national who is a family member of a Slovenian national and wishes to stay in the Republic of Slovenia for the purposes of family reunification with an EEA citizen or Swiss or Slovenian national if he/she requires a visa to enter the Republic of Slovenia; a sports trainer, professional athlete or private sports operator whose intention is to conclude a contract of employment or work with a club or sports organisation with its head office in the Republic of Slovenia; etc.), provided that the statutory requirements have been met (a valid travel document with a validity exceeding by at least three months the intended stay in the Republic of Slovenia; travel health insurance covering at least emergency healthcare in the Republic of Slovenia; sufficient funds corresponding to at least the basic amount of the minimum wage in the Republic of Slovenia).
During the procedure, one of the purposes of the intended stay which serve as grounds for the issuing of a long-stay visa must also be provided, and there must be no reasons to refuse the issue of a visa.
Documents for crossing the border
National passport (valid 3 months after the last intended date of departure)
Refugee’s travel document, 1951 (Titre de voyage)
More information on the conditions for entering the Republic of Slovenia and the Schengen area and border control is available at the Police website.