Border formalities with Slovenia’s fellow European Union neighbours – Italy, Austria and Hungary are nonexistent. Croatia has been an EU member since 2013 but still does not fall within the Schengen Zone, though it has applied. Until it does join, expect a somewhat closer inspection of your documents – national ID (for EU citizens) or passport and, in some cases, a visa when travelling to/from Croatia.
Duty-free shopping within the European Union was abolished in 1999, and Slovenia, as an EU member, adheres to those rules. You cannot buy tax-free goods in, say, Austria, Italy or Hungary and take them to Slovenia. However, you can still enter Slovenia with duty-free items from countries outside the EU. The usual allowances apply:
- 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 100 cigarillos or 250g of loose tobacco
- 4L of wine and 1L of spirits
- 50g of perfume and 250cc of eau de toilette.
The total value of the listed items must not exceed €175/90 for those over/under 15 years of age.
Virtually everyone entering Slovenia must have a valid passport, although citizens of the EU as well as Switzerland need only produce their national identity card on arrival for stays of up to 30 days. It’s a good idea to carry your passport or other identification at all times.
Generally not required for stays up to 90 days though some nationalities will need a valid EU Schengen visa.
- Virtually everyone entering Slovenia must have a valid passport, although citizens of the EU as well as Switzerland need only produce their national identity card on arrival for stays of up to 30 days. It’s a good idea to carry your passport or other identification at all times.
- Citizens of virtually all European countries as well as Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the USA do not require visas to visit Slovenia for stays of up to 90 days.
- Those who do require visas (including South Africans) can get them at any Slovenian embassy or consulate for up to 90 days – see the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (www.mzz.gov.si) for a full listing. They cost €35 regardless of the type or length of validity. You’ll need confirmation of a hotel booking plus one photo and may have to show a return or onward ticket.