BasicsTime: GMT +1 (GMT +2, Apr – Oct)
Electricity: Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin attachment plugs are most common.
Money: The Euro (EUR) is the official currency, which is divided into 100 cents. Banks offer the best exchange rates for cash. Banking hours are generally 9am to 5pm during the week, with some banks closing for a lunch hour at midday. Numerous bureaux de change are open outside banking hours throughout the country. Major ATMs are readily available in major cities. Credit cards are widely accepted by hotels, restaurants, and shops.
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Language: The official language of Slovenia is Slovene. Italian and Hungarian are also spoken in some communities.
Entry requirements for Americans: US nationals require a passport valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.
Entry requirements for UK nationals: A visa is not required for passports endorsed 'British Citizen', 'British Subject' (containing a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode issued by the United Kingdom), and 'British Overseas Territories Citizen' issued by Gibraltar. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period for holders of passports with any other endorsement. Holders of identity cards issued by Gibraltar authories, and endorsed 'Validated for EU travel purposes under the authority of the United Kingdom', do not require a visa to visit Slovenia. Passports must be valid for a minimum of three months beyond the period of intended stay.
Entry requirements for Canadians: Canadian nationals require a passport valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.
Entry requirements for Australians: Australian nationals require a passport valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South African nationals require a passport valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay. A visa is required.
Entry requirements for New Zealand nationals: New Zealand nationals require a passport valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days within a 180 day period.
Passport/Visa Note: The borderless region known as the Schengen area includes the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. All these countries issue a standard Schengen visa that has a multiple entry option that allows the holder to travel freely within the borders of all. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.
Travel Health: Typhoid and hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended. In forested areas, hikers should guard against tick bites as tick-borne encephalitis and Lyme disease are a risk. Water is safe to drink, milk is pasteurised, and local meat and produce is safe to consume. Free emergency treatment is available from hospitals and some private doctors. Slovenia has a reciprocal health agreement with most EU countries, including the UK, providing emergency healthcare on the same terms as Slovenian nationals. EU travellers should take a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Tipping: A 10 percent tip is expected in restaurants, hotels and by taxi drivers.
Climate: Ljubljana has a humid subtropical climate influenced by its location in a large basin, surrounded by sub-Alpine and karst mountain regions. Balmy breezes blow in from the Mediterranean, adding extra warmth in the summer (June to August) when average high temperatures peak at about 81°F (27°C). During winter (December to February), temperature inversions cause the foggy air to hang heavy over the city, bringing cold, moist conditions. Winter temperatures average between 27°F (-3°C) and 39°F (4°C).
Safety Information: There are extremely few risks involved in travel to Slovenia. The threat of terrorism is low, as is the crime rate; however, sensible precautions are advised. Travellers should guard their valuables from pickpockets and petty thieves, lock their cars, and should always avoid protests, strikes, and other public demonstrations. A copy of your passport or some other form of identification should be carried at all times.
Local Customs: The majority of the population is Roman Catholic and visitors should respect religious customs. Penalties for drug offences can be severe in Slovenia. A copy of one's passport or other form of identification should be carried at all times.
Business: Business etiquette in Slovenia is similar to the rest of Western Europe. Men and women should dress conservatively in formal business suits. Shaking hands with both men and women is the norm and it's considered polite to greet women first. Business cards are often exchanged after introductions, with Slovenians usually referred to by their title and surname. Business hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Communications: The international dialling code for Slovenia is +386. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). City or area codes are in use, e.g. (0)1 for Ljubljana. Wifi is prolific in Ljubljana and the larger towns, and free international calls can be made via the internet.
Duty free: Travellers to Slovenia from within the European Union may import the following goods duty-free: 800 cigarettes, 400 cigarillos, 200 cigars, and one kilogram tobacco; 10 litres spirits, 20 litres fortified wine or liqueur, 90 litres wine (no more than 60 litres sparkling wine), 110 litres beer. Visitors from non-EU countries who are 17 and older may import up to 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars or 250g tobacco. In addition, one litre spirits, or two litres fortified wine, liqueur or sparkling wine, as well as four litres wine and 16 litres beer will not be taxed. Visitors are also restricted to 50ml of perfume or 250ml of eau de toilette, and medicinal products for personal use. Other goods up to the value of €430 (€150 for those under 15 years old) will not be taxed.
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