Visas and entry conditions

Living in Europe, Working in Europe | Entry conditions/visas | Slovenia

For an entry into the Republic of Slovenia a foreign citizen needs an identification (i.e. passport or ID card) and an entry permit (i.e. visa or residence permit). Entry permit should be obtained before entering the Slovenia. Whether one need an actual entry permit, depends on his/her home country.

Countries of the world are grouped in 3 groups:

  • Group 1: entry permit is needed;
  • Group 2: no explicit entry permit for short stay (up to 90 days), but for longer stay a person needs one;
  • Group 3: a person needs an explicit entry permit, regardless of the duration and purpose of the stay in the Slovenia.

All EU and EEA/EFTA countries are in the Group 1. A list of countries in Groups 2 and 3 is available here.

There are several types of entry permits. For students, researchers and higher education lecturers and their family members, the most relevant entry permits are:

  • Short-term visa
  • Long-term visa
  • Residence permit for study
  • Residence permit for research
  • Residence permit for employment
  • Blue Card
  • Residence permit for family reunion.

Which type of entry permit is appropriate, depends on the duration and purpose of your stay in the Slovenia.

Purpose and appropriate permit
Purpose You need
Student exchange (up to 12 months) Visa or Residence permit
Degree study Residence permit (Article 44)
Research or HE lecturing without employment Residence permit (Article 38)
Research or HE lecturing with employment Residence permit or Blue Card or Visa D
  • Also known as “Visa C” or "Schengen visa"
  • Duration of stay: up to 90 days
  • Purpose of the stay: any reason that requires short-term stay in Slovenia
  • Where to get it: Diplomatic and consular representations of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Where to get it: Diplomatic and consular representations of the Republic of Slovenia or other authorized EU Member States’ representation
  • When to get it: 3 months before planned arrival at the earliest
  • The cost: 80,00 EUR (35,00 EUR for citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Russian federation, Serbia and Ukraine). Additional costs may apply.

Requirements:

  • Application form
  • Valid travel document (i.e. passport)
  • Color photography (3,5 x 4,5 cm)
  • Letter of Guarantee provided by your host
  • Supporting documentation – for specific and detailed list refer to the closest Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia. Supporting documentation can include: proof of sufficient travel health insurance, proof of sufficient financial resources, documents explaining purpose of the travel, etc.)

N.B.

  • Visa applications have to be submitted in person.
  • At the application stage you have to submit fingerprints.
  • Visa can only be given to applicant in person, therefore plan two trips to appropriate embassy or consulate.
  • Your travel health insurance must cover at least 30.000,00 € and it must cover whole period of stay and whole Schengen area.
  • It can take up to 3 months before visa is granted, so start the procedure in time.

Legislative basis: EU Visa Code

Certification

For citizens of countries that are Contracting states of Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (list of contracting states), certification is done by competent authority of relevant country (list of competent authorities). In the countries that are not contracting states of The Hague Convention, documents have to first certified by home Ministry for foreign affairs and then verified by a. embassy or consulate of the Republic of Slovenia or b. embassy or consulate of the home country and Ministry for foreign affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.

First thing to do after arrival

All foreign citizens have to register at nearest police station 3 days after their crossing of the state border.