Call 112 or 113.
Fire and rescue services
AMZS roadside assistance
Call 080 1900.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Slovenia.
Exercise normal safety precautions in Slovenia.
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While there have been no recent terrorist attacks in Slovenia, they can still happen.
Terrorists have staged attacks in European cities in recent years. Targets include:
To stay safe:
If there's an attack, leave the affected area as soon as it's safe. Avoid the affected area in case of secondary attacks.
Terrorism is a threat worldwide.
Slovenia has a low rate of serious crime, but petty crime happens.
Don't leave your valuables on the beach while you're swimming.
To protect yourself from crime:
Vehicle break-ins happen, especially at petrol stations and service areas along the highway.
To avoid vehicle break-ins:
You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you’re connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.
Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.
Demonstrations and protests
Public protests and events that draw large groups of people are usually peaceful but can turn violent. They can disrupt traffic and public transport.
Protests in Ljubljana are usually held in and around Kongresni Trg (Congress Square), opposite the Slovenian Parliament.
To stay safe:
Slovenia experiences severe weather, including:
People have been killed in mudslides in recent years.
Weather in mountain regions is unpredictable and can change suddenly.
If you're visiting an alpine area:
Before you travel:
Skiing outside of prepared skiing areas (off-piste) is dangerous. Stick to marked slopes and trails.
Check your travel insurance covers all your planned activities.
Western Slovenia is on an earthquake fault line. You may feel occasional tremors.
Get comprehensive travel insurance before you leave.
Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.
If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.
If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thouands of dollars up-front for medical care.
Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.
See your doctor or travel clinic to:
Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.
If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.
Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.
If you plan to take medication, check if it's legal in Slovenia. Take enough legal medicine for your trip.
Carry a copy of your prescription, and a dated letter from your doctor stating:
Tick-borne encephalitis is a risk in forested and rural areas.
They're active from spring to autumn.
To protect yourself from illness:
COVID-19 remains a risk in Slovenia. If you need to visit a medical provider for any illness or condition, call the provider to arrange your visit before you go.
The standard of medical facilities is of a similar standard to Australia.
Slovenia and Australia have a reciprocal health care agreement, which may provide some emergency care to Australians.
Most agreements specify the care must be urgent and medically necessary. They usually need a co-payment from the patient. Medical evacuations aren't covered by the agreement.
Costs for public hospital stays can reach 1000s of dollars, depending on the treatment you need.
You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.
If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter.
But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.
Don't use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties for drug offences are severe. Possessing even small amounts of illegal drugs can lead to prison sentences. This includes marijuana.
Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.
Slovenia recognises dual nationality.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering.
Slovenia is part of the Schengen area. This means you can enter Slovenia without a visa in some cases.
Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Slovenia for details about visas, currency, and customs/quarantine rules.
Make sure you meet all entry and exit conditions. If you don't, the Australian Government can't help you.
Entry into Slovenia
When you enter the Schengen area for the first time, check that the entry stamp in your passport is readable.
Customs officials may ask you to show them an onward return ticket.
To avoid delays:
Departure from Slovenia
If you're departing Slovenia for a neighbouring country, you should refer to the relevant travel advisory of neighbouring countries for departure and entry information for that destination.
Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.
Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.
You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.
The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport.
Lost or stolen passport
Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.
Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.
If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:
Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.
The local currency is the Euro.
Declare more than 10,000 euros or equivalent funds if you're travelling between Slovenia and a non-EU country. This covers all forms of currency, not just cash. Failure to do so will result in fines.
You don't need to declare cash if you're travelling to or from another EU country.
ATMs may be rare in mountain areas or small villages.
You can drive on your Australian driver's licence for up to 12 months from your registration date.
Some car hire agencies may need you to have an International Driving Permit (IDP). Get your IDP before you leave Australia.
Slovenia's main roads are generally safe and in good condition. However, secondary roads tend to be narrow.
The road network is well-developed with clearly marked road signs.
Road rules are similar to those used throughout Europe.
Roads in alpine areas can become dangerous during winter. You must use winter tyres from 15 November to 15 March or whenever winter weather conditions otherwise require. If you do not use winter tyres, you must have snow chains in your vehicle ready for use.
You must purchase an e-vignette before driving on motorways. E-vignettes can be purchased online on the DARs website or at DARs points of sale, such as petrol stations and post offices. Vignette stickers are no longer accepted.
Check your rental car is fitted with the required equipment.
Police issue on-the-spot fines for traffic violations. They may take your passport and other documents if you refuse to pay.
You may need to appear before a police court judge.
Check with your travel insurer that your policy covers you for riding a motorbike, quad bike or similar vehicle.
Always wear a helmet.
Taxis are reliable and safe. Make sure the meter is running.
Slovenia's public transport network is well-developed and reliable.
DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.
Check Slovenia's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.
Call 080 1900 to report comments, complaints, criticism and suggestions regarding providers. This is a toll-free number available 24 hours a day.
Contact your provider with any complaints about tourist services or products.
Depending on what you need, contact your:
Call 112 or 113 in an emergency.
When it is not an emergency, you can anonymously report crimes to 080 12 00.
For non-emergency criminal issues, contact the local police.
Always get a police report when you report a crime.
Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.
Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
Australia has a consulate in Ljubljana, headed by an Honorary Consul. It provides limited consular and passport services.
Check before you visit.
Zelezna Cesta 14
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: (+386 1) 234 8675
Fax: (+386 1) 234 8676
You can get full consular assistance from the Australian Embassy in Austria.
Check the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.
In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:
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