Health & insurance
There are no specific health concerns for travelling in Slovenia.
Before You Go
EU citizens are generally covered by reciprocal arrangements in Slovenia. They should carry their European Health Insurance Card. Other nationals are entitled to emergency medical treatment but must pay for it.
If you do need health insurance while travelling, we advise a policy that covers you for the worst possible scenario, such as an accident requiring an ambulance or an emergency flight home.
Slovenia does not require any mandatory vaccinations from international travellers.
Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia (www.zzzs.si) Provides extensive information on healthcare providers and insurance options if you do happen to fall ill on your trip.
Availability & Cost of Health Care
Medical care in Slovenia corresponds to European standards and is generally good. Treatment at a public outpatient clinic is reasonable; doctors working privately will charge from €50 per consultation.
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) Spread through tick bites, encephalitis has become a common problem. It is a serious infection of the brain, and vaccination is advised for campers and hikers who intend to stay in the woods for prolonged periods between May and September. For up-to-date information, visit www.masta-travel-health.com.
Lyme disease Another tick-transmitted infection not unknown in the region. The illness usually begins with a spreading rash at the site of the tick bite and is accompanied by fever, headaches, extreme fatigue, aching joints and muscles and mild neck stiffness. If untreated, these symptoms usually resolve over several weeks, but over subsequent weeks or months disorders of the nervous system, heart and joints might develop.
Mosquitoes These can be an annoyance, especially around lakes and ponds in the warmer months. Mosquitoes do not carry malaria, but can still cause irritation. Make sure you’re armed with a good insect repellent and wear long-sleeved shirts and trousers around dusk in infested areas.
Tap water is safe everywhere in Slovenia. If you are hiking or camping in the mountains and are unsure about the water, the simplest way to purify water is to boil it for 10 minutes.
Every large town or city has a zdravstveni dom (health centre) or a klinični center (clinic) that operates from 7am to at least 7pm.
Pharmacies are usually open from 7.30am to 7.30pm or 8pm Monday to Friday, and at least one in each community is open round the clock. A sign on the door of any lekarna (pharmacy) will help you find the nearest 24-hour one.