Useful information

Slovenian railways. Photo: Arsen Perić

The country is connected with the rest of the world by a modern highway network, railway system, international airport and seaports.

Besides being a member of the EU, and a member of the Eurozone, on 21 December 2007 Slovenia entered the Schengen area of free movement. Citizens of the Schengen countries have the right to enter Slovenia without having to comply with any border formalities, carrying just a valid ID.

Border formalities are limited to the minimum and meet European standards.

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

Citizens of a third country will be allowed to enter and travel within the Schengen area with a unique Schengen Visa for a period of up to three months. However, special conditions will be reserved for countries with special agreements with Slovenia. More information is available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  of the Republic of Slovenia website.

Air travel

Aerodrom Ljubljana. Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport. Photo: Uroš Hočevar

The main international airport of Slovenia is the Jože Pučnik Airport Ljubljana, situated about 25 kilometers north of the capital. The airport is well connected with the major European cities, and especially with the main cities in the Balkans. The airport is also the home of Adria Airways, the Slovenian national air carrier, founded in 1961.

Sea travel

On the Slovenian coast of the Adriatic there are modern marinas in Portorož, Koper and Izola. Photo: Leon Vidic

There are three international border crossing docks in Slovenia: Koper, Piran and Izola (which is a seasonal border crossing open from May to October).

Upon mooring a vessel, the vessel, its crew and the passengers must be registered with the border authorities. The following documents are needed for the procedure:

  • original documents for the vessel (proof of ownership of the vessel or authorisation for its use),
  • the captain`s certificate of qualification to operate the vessel, and
  • identity documents of people on the vessel.

On the Slovenian coast of the Adriatic there are modern marinas in Portorož, Koper and Izola (in Izola there is also a special Yacht Center for technical services) available to nautical tourists. All marinas provide fuel, which is also available at public piers in Piran and Izola. All of them have received the Blue Flag European eco-label.

The town of Koper is also home of the main seaport  of Slovenia.

Road travel

Slovenia`s landscapes and its green environment make a road trip a pleasant and relaxing experience. Photo: Dragan Arrigler

The Slovenian road code is in line with European standards. However, there are some specific regulations a visitor should to know. All motor vehicles must turn their headlights on when travelling on all roads, even in daylight.

For more information, please check the Automobile Association of Slovenia (AMZS)  and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Spatial Planning  of the Republic of Slovenia web sites

From 15 November to 15 March and beyond these dates during winter weather conditions (e.g. snowfalls, black ice, etc.) private cars and vehicles of up to 3.5 tonnes must have winter equipment, i.e. winter tyres on all four wheels, or summer tyres on all four wheels, and carry snow chains. In both cases, the minimum tyre tread depth must be 3mm.

Permissable blood alcohol levels are 0.05% for drivers of a private car or motorcycle and 0.00% for professional drivers. Anyone suspected of driving or attempting to operate a vehicle when under the influence of alcohol or drugs must take a breath test or a medical examination.