FOR VISA APPLICANTS
Do I need a visa to enter Slovenia?
A list of third countries whose nationals must hold a short-stay visa is available here.
How do I apply for a visa?
As a rule, applicants should submit the application personally at the diplomatic mission or consular post. A personal submission of the application enables the staff of diplomatic missions or consular posts to form a first impression regarding the content of the application and to ask the applicant some questions about the purpose of travel and the submitted documents.
If an external service provider is authorised to receive visa applications on behalf of the EU Member State concerned, the applicant is required to appear in person on their premises.
Certain categories of persons who may be exempt from appearing in person:
– official bodies and companies known to the diplomatic mission or consular post: since the reliability of a company does not imply the reliability of its employees, the latter have to be assessed individually;
– persons who have used their previous uniform visas correctly;
– persons travelling regularly/often with the same purpose (conferences, seminars, lectures, business contacts);
– persons travelling due to emergency health care and who thus cannot appear at the representation.
Only an accredited commercial intermediary may submit an application in the name of an individual directly at the diplomatic mission or consular post, or on the premises of the external service provider. However, commercial intermediaries cannot take fingerprints.
Where can I obtain visa application forms?
Visa application forms are available at all diplomatic missions and consular posts of the Republic of Slovenia where visa applications may be submitted, and on the following webpage
The application form is free of charge. In cases of emergency, Slovenian diplomatic missions and consular posts may accept an application form used locally by diplomatic missions of other EU Member States.
Where do I apply?
Information regarding Slovenian diplomatic missions and consular posts where it is possible to submit a visa application is available in the section 'Representations Abroad'.
Third-country nationals residing in countries where Slovenia has a diplomatic mission or a consular post authorized to issue visas, or where Slovenia has concluded a representation agreement with another Schengen State, need to apply for a visa at those representations. For more information, consult the Member State consular presence overview on the web page of the Commission.
Persons residing in countries without a diplomatic mission or a consular post of the Republic of Slovenia or a representation of other Schengen State which represents Slovenia in visa operations may apply for a visa at Slovenia’s representation in another country if their stay in that country is legal. Before applying for a visa, we advise you to contact the selected representation and obtain all the necessary information on official hours, the required documents and the duration of the procedure.
The application for a long-stay visa (type D) can only be submitted at the authorized diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Slovenia, not at representations of other Schengen States representing Slovenia. Representation in visa procedures is restricted to issuing short-stay visas (type C), as the conditions and the procedures for issuing this type of visa are determined in a uniform manner under Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code), UL L 243, 15 September 2009, page 1.
Applications may not be submitted at all diplomatic missions or consular posts of the Republic of Slovenia, which are:
•permanent representations of the Republic of Slovenia to international organizations;
•consulates general headed by an honorary consul or honorary consul general.
What documents may visas be issued for?
The travel document presented must be valid at least three months after the intended date of departure from the EU Member States if a single-entry visa is applied for.
If a multiple-entry visa is applied for, the travel document must be valid three months after the last intended date of departure.
The travel document must contain sufficient, and at least two, blank pages (one to affix the visa sticker(s) and one to affix the stamp of the border control authorities).
In justified emergency cases, a travel document with a shorter term of validity may be accepted. Justified emergency cases (urgent trip) signify that the applicant could not anticipate the situation and was thus unable to obtain in time a travel document with appropriate term of valaidity.
It should be verified whether the travel document is recognised by the EU Member State receiving the visa application and by the other EU Member States. Travel documents not recognised by all EU Member States may be accepted, but particular rules apply in relation to the type of visa to be issued. EU Member States' (non)recognition of travel documents is set out in the Table of Travel Documents entitling the holder to cross the external borders, and which may be endorsed with a visa.
If any EU Member States do not recognise a travel document, a visa whose territorial validity does not cover the territory of that/those EU Member States may be issued.
If the EU Member State receiving the visa application does not recognise the applicant's travel document, a visa may be issued, which must be affixed to a separate sheet for affixing a visa.
If a travel document is not recognised by any EU Member State, the application may be declared inadmissible.
How long does the visa issuing procedure take?
In principle, a visa application should be lodged at least 15 calendar days before the intended visit (as this is the normal processing time) and cannot be lodged earlier than three months before the start of the intended visit. It is the applicant's responsibility to take the necessary precautions to respect the deadlines where an appointment system is in place.
An application lodged less than 15 calendar days before the intended departure may be accepted, but applicants should be informed that the processing time may be up to 15 calendar days. If the applicant insists on making the application, he or she should be informed that the final decision might be taken after the intended date of departure.
Example: A Turkish national decides to book a special last-minute offer for a skiing vacation in Austria with a departure within two days, and only the day before departure realises that he needs a visa to enter Austria. In this case, the Austrian diplomatic mission or consular post could refuse to deal with the application.
A holder of a multiple-entry visa may apply for a new visa before the expiry of the validity of the visa currently held. However, the validity of the new visa must complement the current visa, i.e. a person cannot hold two uniform visas valid for the same period of time.
Example: A Moroccan lawyer representing a gender equality NGO who frequently participates in meetings in various EU Member States holds a multiple-entry visa which expires on 31 May. She applies for a new visa on 15 April.
If a new visa is issued, it should be valid from 1 June, and in such a case, the visa holder would be entitled to enter the territory of the EU Member States on the basis of the first visa that will expire during the stay and leave on the basis of the new visa.
Travel health insurance
When applying for a uniform visa for one or two entries, the applicant must present such proof to cover the intended visit(s) upon submission of the application. If a multiple-entry visa is applied for, the applicant must present proof of travel health insurance covering the first intended stay. In such cases, the applicant must sign the statement in the relevant box of the application form indicating that he or she is aware that he or she must hold adequate travel health insurance for future visits also.
The insurance must be arranged in the country of permanent residence. If it is not possible, it must be arranged elsewhere. A third person, e.g. the person extending the invitation, can arrange the insurance in the Republic of Slovenia on behalf of the applicant.
Issuing a visa
Once the diplomatic mission or consular post has established that it is competent to deal with a visa application, that the application is admissible, and the travel document has been stamped, the visa application is examined to:
– ascertain whether the applicant fulfils the entry conditions;
– assess the risk of illegal immigration and the applicant’s intention to leave the territory of the EU Member States before the expiry of the visa applied for;
– assess whether the applicant presents a risk to the security or public health of EU Member States.
The depth of the examination depends on the risk presented by the applicant according to their nationality, local circumstances, profile and personal history.
A previous visa refusal does not lead to an automatic rejection of an application, and each application must be assessed on its own merits and on the basis of all available information.
In dealing with the applications, the diplomatic mission or consular post must consider the authenticity and reliability of both the submitted documents as well as written and oral statements by the applicant. The degree of reliability of the documents depends on the local situation and may differ with regard to the country or document type.
The diplomatic mission or consular post verifies the purpose and legality of the intended stay and the documents attesting the applicant's purpose of the intended stay and its legality.
The diplomatic mission or consular post verifies the applicant's justification for the conditions of the intended stay:
– accommodation during the stay;
– the possession of sufficient funds, both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to the applicant’s country of origin or residence, or for transit to a third country to which he or she is certain to be admitted, or is in a position to acquire such means lawfully. In order to assess the funds, the reference amounts set by individual EU Member States must be taken into account;
The diplomatic mission or consular post should check the following:
– if no transport ticket has been presented, it should be checked whether the applicant possesses sufficient funds to acquire a transport ticket;
– if the applicant wishes to leave the territory of the EU Member States by a private means of transport, the diplomatic mission or consular post may request proof of such private means of transport (registration, insurance) and the driver’s or pilot's licence. The diplomatic mission or consular post may also request documents regarding the state of that means of transport;
– if the applicant has presented an onward ticket, it should be checked whether they are in possession of a visa or any other document allowing the entry to the country of destination.
The diplomatic mission or consular post should estimate both the amount of sufficient funds necessary for the stay and the reliability of the financial resources presented. The diplomatic mission or consular post should always assess the reliability of the means of subsistence presented, according to the local context.
If the applicant covers the expense of the journey themselves, they should present proof that they personally possess the required resources, e.g. by salary slips, bank statements. The diplomatic missions or consular posts may check the reliability and stability of the amounts credited to a bank statement in case of doubt.
If accommodation is provided free of charge to the applicant, the estimate of the necessary financial resources may be reduced accordingly if the commitment to provide such free accommodation is reliable.
In the case of an all-inclusive invitation or total or partial sponsorship by a private company, any other legal entity or private person, the diplomatic mission or consular post should adapt the level of the required resources and check the reliability of the commitment according to the nature of the relationship (commercial, private, etc.).
The diplomatic mission or consular post checks the length of previous and intended stays in order to verify that the applicant has not exceeded/will not exceed the maximum duration of authorised stay in the territory of the EU Member States, irrespective of possible stays authorised under a national long-stay visa or a residence permit issued by another EU Member State, i.e. only stays covered by a uniform visa or a visa with limited territorial validity should be counted. The period of three months must be counted starting from the date of first entry.
Appeal against refusal of visa
Applicants who have been refused a visa can lodge a written appeal (in compliance with Article 29 of the Aliens Act) in Slovenian, with all the necessary elements as provided for by the General Administrative Procedure Act. The appeal may be filed within 8 days at the representation which refused the visa. The consular fee for lodging an appeal is EUR 153. During the procedure for resolving the appeal, a new visa application cannot be processed.
What are a third-country national's obligations after arriving in Slovenia?
The entry visa holder (type C) must register their residence with the competent police station within 3 days. Holders residing in a hotel, camp or any other similar facility are exempt from doing so, as the registration office is obliged to do it on their behalf.
The visa holder may reside in Slovenia in accordance with the purpose for which the visa was issued. The holder must leave the territory of Slovenia before the expiry date of the visa; during the stay, they must abide by the country’s laws.