Do I need a passport or visa to enter?
Information on visa and other entry requirements for Slovenia is available from the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia at 2410 California Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, tel. (202) 386-6601, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: http://washington.embassy.si/ or the Consulate General in Cleveland, Ohio, tel. (216) 589-9220, email: email@example.com. Visit the website of Slovenia’s national tourist office for additional travel-related information.
Slovenia is a party to the Schengen Agreement. This means that U.S. citizens may enter and remain in the Schengen Zone, including Slovenia, without a visa for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes within a six-month period. To enter Slovenia, your passport must be valid for three months beyond your scheduled departure from the country; you may also be required to show that you have sufficient funds and a return airline ticket out of the Schengen Zone. For additional details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.
If you want to remain in Slovenia longer than 90 days within a six month period, you will need to either apply for a visa prior to entering the Schengen Zone or apply for temporary residency prior to entering Slovenia. The temporary residency permit will be issued to the applicant at the Slovene Embassy at which the application was submitted. The process of applying for residency can be quite time consuming and among other documentation requirements, U.S. citizens must submit a FBI criminal records certificate that has been apostilled by the Department of State’s Office of Authentications. Please see the U.S. Embassy’s website for details on obtaining a residence permit and criminal records check. Individuals who remain in Slovenia and the Schengen Zone beyond 90 days without a residency permit may face fines, deportation, and/or criminal charges.
Note: Although European Union (EU) regulations require that non-EU visitors obtain a stamp in their passport upon initial entry to a Schengen country, many borders are not staffed with officers carrying out this function. If you, as a U.S. citizen, wish to ensure that your entry is properly documented, you may need to ask for a stamp at an official point of entry. Under local law, travelers without a stamp in their passport may be questioned and asked to document the length of their stay in the Schengen Zone and could face possible fines or other repercussions, if unable to do so.
All foreigners in Slovenia must carry official identification at all times; for U.S. citizens, this means either your Slovene residence card or your U.S. passport. All non-EU citizens staying longer than three days in Slovenia must register with the local police within 72 hours of arrival and inform the local police station of any change in their address. If you are staying at a hotel or an apartment/house rented through a company, the management will handle the registration on your behalf. Visitors who are staying with family members or friends or who are camping must complete the registration themselves. Registration is available 24 hours a day at police stations and is free of charge. Failure to register can result in fines up to 400 Euros.