Slovenia is a former-Yugoslav country with an area of 20,273km2 and a population of 2,108,977 million inhabitants in 2021. It is located in southern Central Europe at the crossroads of the main European cultural and trade routes.
It is the first formerly communist country to join the Eurozone in 2007, after it became part of the European Union in 2004. It also joined the Schengen Area in 2007, since when travelers can apply for a Schengen US Visa for Slovenia Citizens at the Slovenian embassies/consulates as well as visit the country with one.
Its capital Ljubljana is especially known for the Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings. The picturesque Lake of Bled and the Julian Alps are among the main tourism attractions in the country.
Slovenia Entry Requirements
As a member country of the Schengen Area, Slovenia permits EU/EEA nationals to enter its territory carrying only a valid personal identity card or passport.
The rest of world travelers wishing to visit Slovenia will need to present several documents at the Slovenian port of entry. If you are a non-EU/EEA national carry the following documents with you, when visiting Slovenia:
- A valid passport or travel document. Valid for at least three more months beyond your planned date to leave Slovenia and the Schengen territory. Your passport must be no older than 10 years.
- A visa – if you are the national of a country that falls under the Slovene visa regime.
*British passport holders are exempt from the criteria of passport validity and issuance date.
When you hand in these documents, the Slovene border officer may ask you a few questions about your trip to Slovenia like:
- What is your purpose of visiting Slovenia?
- How long do you intend to stay in Slovenia?
- Where are you going to stay in Slovenia? Etc.
In addition, he or she may ask you for extra documents to prove where you will be accommodated during your stay in Slovenia, or proof that you have purchased health insurance etc. Whether you will need to carry additional documents aside of your passport and visa, you can obtain more information at the US Visa for Slovak Citizens representative authority in your country of residence.
Please, make sure that the Slovene border officer stamps your passport when you enter Slovenia. Without a stamp, you could be fined or detained from Slovenia.
Who Needs a Schengen Visa to Enter Slovenia?
If you are unaware whether you need a visa to Slovenia, note that those who need a visa to the Schengen Area automatically need a visa to Slovenia as well. Therefore, you will need a short-stay visa to enter Slovenia, if you belong to one of the following categories:
- You are a passport holder of a third-world country that has not reached a visa liberalization agreement with the Schengen states.
- You are a passport holder of a third-world country that has signed a visa liberalization agreement with the Schengen states, but you were previously rejected from entering Slovenia or any other Schengen country.
What Documents Are Required for a Slovenia Schengen Visa Application?
You will need to submit several documents as a proof that you fulfill the requirements for a short-stay visa to Slovenia. The statutory Slovenia visa requirements are as follows:
- Slovene visa application form. Fill it completely and with sincerity. Do not forget to sign it at the end after you print it.
- Two passport photos. The photos should be identical and comply with the photograph requirements for Slovene Schengen visa application.
- Your valid passport. You passport should meet the following criteria:
- It has at least two blank pages in order to affix visa
- Is not older than 10 years,
- Has a validity of at least three more months beyond the date you plan to leave Slovenia and the whole territory of Schengen.
- Copies of your previous visas (if applicable).
- Slovenia Travel Health Insurance. Evidence that shows you have travel health insurance that covers the whole Schengen territory, including Slovenia, and any type of medical emergencies with a minimum of 30,000€.
- Round-trip Flight Itinerary. A document that shows you have a booked flight, to enter and leave Slovenia. This document should specify flight numbers, dates, and your details.
- Proof of Accommodation. I.e. a hotel reservation in Slovenia.
- Proof of civil status. This could be a marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, etc.
- Proof of sufficient financial means. You will need to show proof to the Slovenian embassy/consulate that you own a minimum of 70€ per each day that you plan to spend here.
- A cover letter. A personal letter in which you explain why you are applying to visit Slovenia, how long you plan to stay, when will you leave and other details.
Additional Slovene Visa Requirements Based on Your Employment Status
The additional Slovenia visa requirements depending on your occupational status are as follows:
- Employment contract
- Current bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Leave permission from the employer
- Income Tax Return (ITR) form
- A copy of your business license
- Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Income Tax Return (ITR)
If a student:
- Proof of enrollment
- No-objection certificate from school or university
- Pension statement of the latest 6 months
- Proof of regular income generated by property, for the last 6 months
Check: No-objection certificate (NOC) from school or university, or from your employer.
Additional Slovene Visa Requirements for Minors
Minors applying to get a short-stay visa to Slovenia, or parents applying for their minor child to get a visa, will need to complete the following additional Slovene Visa Requirements in their application file:
- Birth certificate of the minor traveling to Slovenia.
- Slovenia application form signed by both parents.
- If the minor travels with one parent only, written consent certified by public notary of the other parent or guardian, except in cases of a parent having the care or custody alone;
- If the minor travels alone (without parents), written consent certified by public notary of both parents or guardians having the care and custody of the applicant;
- Certified copies of ID / passport of both parents
*Note: When applying at the Slovene embassy/consulate in their home country, the guardian or parent should accompany their under-age children.
Additional Requirements Based on the Purpose of Entry to Slovenia
The reason why you wish to visit Slovenia, defines the list of the rest of documents with which you will need to provide the embassy/consulate. Following find the additional Slovenia visa requirements based on your purpose of traveling to Slovenia.
Slovenia Airport Transit Visa Requirements
If you are traveling to Slovenia under the sole purpose of taking another flight to your non-Schengen destination country, then you may have to apply for a Slovenia Airport Visa.
Once again, check the countries the nationals of which need to apply for a Slovene Airport Transit Visa to find out whether you need such a visa to transit through one of the Slovenia airports or not.
Required Documents for an Airport Transit Schengen Visa to Slovenia
When applying to obtain a Slovenia Airport Transit visa, you must provide the following additional documents:
- A valid visa (if needed) for the final country you are travelling to.
- The flight ticket for the final country you are travelling to.