Touring information

SLOVENIA  
Country code: Dialling code from SLO: +386
Local currency: 1 EUR = 1.00 EUR Dialling code to SLO: 00

Entry Formalities

Personal documents for entry and length of stay

Visitors admitted with identity cards

There are no more border controls on border crossings with Austria, Italy and Hungary. Residents of countries within the Schengen area can stay in Slovenia with a passport or an identity card. Other residents should check the following website for the required documents: www.mzz.gov.si.

Nationals of the following countries can visit Slovenia for up to 3 months if they are in possession of a valid national identity card or a valid passport: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Rep., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican.

Visitors admitted with passport without visa

Nationals of the following countries can visit Slovenia for tourist purposes only, with a valid passport without visa, for up to 90 days unless otherwise indicated: Andorra, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong (SAR of China)*, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea (South), Latvia, Macao (SAR China)*, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Singapore***, United Kingdom**, Uruguay, U.S.A., Venezuela

* only passport holders of passports issued by the SAR Hong Kong or Macao,
** passports endorsed "British Citizen" or "British Dependent Territories Citizen" with the annotation "Citizen of Gibraltar".

Visitors requiring passport with visa

Visitors from countries not mentioned above must obtain a visa from a Slovene Embassy or Consulate.

Visas

Visas are issued abroad by diplomatic representatives of Slovenia in the country of permanent residence of the visitor. The period of validity depends on the purpose of the visit.

Schengen visa: visitors intending to visit several European countries should obtain a Schengen visa which is valid for the 24 Schengen countries.

Transit

Visitors in direct transit who do not leave the airport and continue their journey on the same day do not require a visa. However, this facility is not available to nationals of the following countries, unless they have a residence or work permit or visa for an EU country, or for Andorra, Canada, Iceland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, U.S.A.: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Brazzaville), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka.

Registration formalities

Foreign visitors arriving at a hotel, campsite, guest house, etc. must complete a registration form. Visitors staying in private houses must register with the local police within 3 days of their arrival in Slovenia. Foreign visitors taking up residence or paid employment in Slovenia must register with the police authorities within ten days of arrival.

Restrictions

Documents issued by the authorities of Palestine and Taiwan are not recognised.

Regulations for cats and dogs

Cats and dogs must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate issued less than 10 days before departure and have been vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days but no more than 6 months prior to arrival in Slovenia.

Money matters

Local currency is the Euro (abbreviated EUR), divided into 100 Cents.

Coins in circulation: 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20, 0.50 Cents and 1 and 2 Euros.

Notes in circulation: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euros.

Currency regulations

Import local and foreign currency: up to 10,000 EUR without formality; larger amounts must be declared.

Export local and foreign currency: up to 10,000 EUR without formality; larger amounts must be declared.

Foreign currency may be exchanged at all international border crossings and in all major towns, tourist agencies, hotels and banks, as well as some petrol stations.

Traffic Regulations

Speed limits

Motorways

130 km/h
Expressways 110 km/h
Rural roads 90 km/h
Urban roads 50 km/h
Speed limited zone (Zone 30) 30 km/h
Traffic calmed zone 10 km/h
  • Daytime running lights: mandatory 00:00 - 24:00
  • Alcohol: max 0,50 g/kg blood or max. 0,24 mg/litre of exhaled air
  • Safety belt: mandatory on all seats
  • Children: up to 150 cm height must use child restraint system/child car seat
  • Use of mobile phones: when driving, only hands-free telephone set is allowed
  • Priority in non-signalized intersections: if not marked with traffic signs, “priority to the right rule” must be obeyed
  • Priority in roundabouts: vehicle already on roundabout has a priority over vehicle entering roundabout
  • Passengers in campers: The number of passengers is limited to the number of seats in vehicle. When driving, all passengers must be seated.
  • Tolls for motorways and expressways:
    • Vehicles up to 3.500 kg: vignette (1-week, 1-month, 1-year)
    • Vehicles over 3.500 kg: paying toll at toll stations
  • Rest areas by roads: short stay for resting or snacks, no overnight stay allowed    
  • Parking:
    • parking spaces for cars (campers up to 3.500 kg),  
    • parking areas or parking spaces (capers over 3.500 kg).
  • Overnight or long term stay: forbidden outside marked designated areas, allowed only on camper stops, in camping sites or in other designated and marked areas 

Traffic Fines

All motor vehicles must use their passing lights when travelling on all roads, even in daylight. Fog lights can be used when visibility is reduced to less than 50 metres. Foreign drivers are recommended to carry a spare set of electric bulbs for their vehicle (compulsory for residents). A police can impose a fine on the spot for traffic violations; if the fine is paid within 8 days it is reduced by 50%. Visitors: Foreign drivers who refuse to pay a fine on the spot can have their passport and other documents taken from them and can be brought before a police court judge.

Amounts of fines are as follows:

speeding in specially protected areas in villages (max speed 30 km/h ) and in pedestrian areas (max speed 10 km/h ):

      • up to 5 km/h - 40 EUR
      • 5 to 10 km/h - 80 EUR
      • 11 to 20 km/h - 300 EUR
      • 21 to 30 km/h - 1.000 EUR
      • over 30 km/h - 1.200 EUR and suspension of driving license

speeding in built-up areas (max speed 50 km/h ):

      • up to 5 km/h - 40 EUR
      • 6 to 10 km/h - 80 EUR
      • 11 to 20 km/h - 250 EUR
      • 21 to 30 km/h - 500 EUR
      • 31 to 50 km/h - 1.000 EUR
      • over 50 km/h - 1.200 EUR and suspension of driving license

speeding outside built-up areas (max speed 90 km/h ):

      • up to 10 km/h - 40 EUR
      • 11 to 20 km/h - 80 EUR
      • 21 to 30 km/h - 160 EUR
      • 31 to 40 km/h - 250 EUR
      • 41 to 50 km/h - 500 EUR
      • over 50 km/h - 1.200 EUR and suspension of driving license

speeding on a motorway (max speed 130 km/h ):

      • up to 10 km/h - 40 EUR
      • 11 to 30 km/h - 80 EUR
      • 31 to 40 km/h - 160 EUR
      • 41 to 50 km/h - 250 EUR
      • 51 to 60 km/h - 500 EUR
      • over 50 km/h - 1.200 EUR

driving with excess alcohol in the blood:

      • up to 0.05% (if the driver is unable to drive safely) - 300 EUR
      • 0.051 to 0.08% - 600 EUR
      • 0.08 to 0.11% - 900 EUR
      • over 0.11% or declining alcohol test - 1.200 EUR plus possible suspension of license

other penalties:

      • penalty for causing an accident - 200-950 EUR
      • penalty for leaving the scene of an accident - 1.200 EUR and suspension of driving license
      • prohibited parking - 40 EUR
      • driving under the influence of drugs min. 950 EUR and suspension of driving license
      • overtaking in no overtaking zones - 500 EUR
      • failure to give way - 300 EUR
      • not wearing seat belt - 120 EUR
      • failure to stop at red light - 300 EUR
      • failure to stop at amber light - 200 EUR
      • use of a mobile phone when driving - 120 EUR
      • failure to use daylights - 40 EUR
      • not wearing a reflective jacket in case of breakdown or accident on expressways and motorways - 40 EUR
      • carrying a child under 12 years of age or less than 1,50 m in height without an appropriate child restraint - 120 EUR

Special regulations

Lights

All motor vehicles must use their passing lights when travelling on all roads, even in daylight. Fog lights can be used when visibility is reduced to less than 50 metres. Foreign drivers are recommended to carry a spare set of electric bulbs for their vehicle (compulsory for residents).

Winter equipment

From 15 November to 15 March and, beyond these dates, during winter weather conditions (e.g. during snowfalls, black ice, etc.) private cars and vehicles up to 3.5 t must have winter equipment as follows:

      • winter tyres on all four wheels or
      • summer tyres on all four wheels + snow chains in car boot

In both cases, the minimum tyre tread depth must be 3 mm. Vehicles over 3.5 t must have winter tyres at least on the driving wheels or summer tyres on all four wheels + snow chains in car boot.

This regulation now applies to vehicles with foreign registration plates but only during winter weather conditions (e.g. during snowfalls, black ice, etc.)

Alcohol

Permissable blood alcohol levels:

      • driver of a private car or motorcycle: 0.05%
      • professional driver: 0%

Anyone suspected of driving or attempting to operate a vehicle when under the influence of alcohol or drugs must submit to a breath test or a medical examination.

Dimension and weight restrictions

Vehicles circulating in Slovenia must not exceed the following dimensions and weight:

      • private car - 6 metres
      • caravan with one axle - 6 metres
      • caravan with two axles - 12 metres
      • car and caravan - 18.75 metres
      • coach, lorry - 12 metres
      • towing vehicles with semi-trailers - 16.5 metres
      • vehicle combination (2 or 3 vehicles)- 18.75 metres
      • Width: 2.55 metres
      • Height: 4.2 metres
      • Total permitted weight 40 tonnes
      • Axle weight for all types of motor vehicle, with or without trailer, provided that the weight does not exceed
      • per single axle - 10 tonnes
      • per double axle - 18 tonnes
      • per triple axle - 24 tonnes
Safety jacket YES penalty 40 EUR
Daily lights YES penalty 40 EUR

Children transport

Children less than 150 cm in height must use a child restraint system adapted to their weight. Children are allowed to travel on the front seats if the child restraint system is rear-facing and there is no airbag or if it is deactivated. Child restraints must conform to ECE standard 44/03 or 44/04.

Children under the age of 3 may not be transported in vehicles not fitted with child restraints. Children aged 3 or over, measuring less than 150 cm in height, may travel in a vehicle without child restraints but they must occupy a rear seat. Fine = 200 EUR.

Winter equipment

From 15.11. to 15.3. and beyond these dates, during winter weather conditions (e.g. during snowfalls, black ice, etc.) private cars and vehicles up to 3.5 t must have winter equipment as follows:

      • winter tyres on all four wheels or
      • summer tyres on all four wheels + snow chains in car boot.

In both cases, the minimum tyre tread depth must be 3 mm.

Vehicles over 3.5 t must have winter tyres at least on the driving wheels or summer tyres on all four wheels + snow chains in car boot.

This regulation applies also to vehicles with foreign registration plates! (new from 2011)

Emergency numbers

Police Ambulance Fire brigade Breakdown assistance
113 112 112 1987 or +386 1 5305 353
traffic info     1970 or +386 1 5188 518

Traffic restrictions for heavy vehicles

The following driving prohibitions apply to heavy vehicles over 7.5 tonnes:

      • every Sunday and public holiday (only non-working day) from 8:00 to 21:00 hours
      • Good Friday from 14:00 to 21:00 hours
      • Summer prohibitions: From the last weekend in June (27.6. 2015) to the first weekend in September (6.9. 2015):every Saturday from 8:00 to 13:00

And on the following roads every Saturday from 6:00 to 16:00; every Sunday and public holiday from 8:00 to 22:00

      • A1 Ljubljana - Koper;
      • R409, G102 in R208: Ljubljana - Logatec - Razdrto - Črni Kal - Srmin;
      • H5, H6, R406, R741, G111 Škofije - Koper - Sečovlje;
      • G11 Koper - Šmarje - Dragonja;
      • G6 Postojna - Ilirska Bistrica - Jelšane.

Other restrictions

At times of heavy snowfall, Slovenian roads are closed to goods vehicles with trailers and to vehicles transporting hazardous materials. During snowfalls, drivers of goods vehicles prohibited from travelling must stop their vehicles in good time at suitable locations off the road and may not continue on side roads. When the road is again suitable for all vehicular traffic, the end of the exclusion will be reported by the competent road-maintenance service.

Driving restrictions are also imposed in case of high winds in excess of 80 km/h.

Information can be obtained by telephoning the DARS Information Centre on +386 1 518 8 518 or on its website: www.promet.si

Public and school holidays for year 2016

New Year 01/01/2016
Prešeren Day 08/02/2016
Easter Sunday 27/03/2016
Easter Monday 28/03/2016
Day of Uprising Against Occupation 27/04/2016
May Day Holiday 01/05/2016
May Day Holiday 02/05/2016
Statehood Day 25/06/2016
Assumption Day 15/08/2016
Reformation Day 31/10/2016
All Saints Day 01/11/2016
Christmas 25/12/2016
Independence and Unity Day 26/12/2016