General information for foreigners that wish to visit SLOVENIA
On 21 December 2007, Slovenia has joined the Schengen Area.
Applications for a visa should be submitted in person at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Canberra.
From 15 May 2014 Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Canberra joined VIS system and the visa procedure requires also taking fingerprints.
For Australian and New Zealand nationals
For a stay in Slovenia of up to 90 days, there is no need for a visa. The limitation of 90 days applies for a consecutive period of six months, meaning one may enter and leave Slovenia as many times as liked if the total number of days spent in Slovenia does not exceed 90 days within a six months' period. Please note that the 90 days in 6 months period limitation applies to the entire Schengen Area.
LONG-TERM visa regime:
For visit/stay longer than 90 days one must apply for a visa D (more than 90 days and up to 1 year) or temporary residence permit (more than 1 year).
Long-stay visas (Visa D) only for the following purposes:
1. For family members of an EU citizen or Slovenian national who enter the country for the purposes of family re-unification
2. For diplomats and administrative or technical staff and their family members as stipulated by Article 47 of the Aliens Act
3. For participants in courses, studies or other forms of education/training for a period ranging from 3 months to 1 year at most (e.g. language courses, summer schools, etc.)
4. For economists and business people, due to economic interests of the Republic of Slovenia demonstrated by the opinion of the ministry responsible for the economy
5. For foreign students and employees in higher education, because of Slovenia's interest in the area of higher education and science demonstrated by the relevant ministry
6. Sports trainers, professional athletes or private sports operators aiming to conclude an employment contract or work contract with a club or sports organization with its head office in the Republic of Slovenia
7. for foreign media reporters or correspondents
8. Priests and other persons in the clerical profession in registered religious communities, or third-country nationals organizing/leading charitable and humanitarian activity in recognized humanitarian organizations or registered religious communities.
Temporary residence permit
The application must be lodged in person (taking fingerprints).
The foreigner should also name one of the prescribed purposes for his/her stay in the Republic of Slovenia. Such purposes, prescribed by law, include:
-employment or work,
-family reunion with a foreigner who has a residence permit in the RS,
-long-term resident status in another EU member State,
-studies, training, specialist training and permanent education, development of practical skills, participating in international volunteer exchange programs and other programs not included in formal education,
-other justified reasons based in law, international documents or international principles and the usual justified reasons,
-Slovenian background up to the third generation in a direct line.
For a list of documents required to apply for a visa and for other related information please contact the Consular Section at the Embassy.
List of supporting documents to be submitted in Australia by applicants (non Australian passport holders) for short stay visas.
For citizens of the Republic of Slovenia
In order to enter Australia, you will need a visa.
On 27 October 2008, the Australian government introduced a new electronic visa procedure, i.e. "eVisitors". The "eVisitors" system applies to citizens of all EU member states and some other European countries. The "eVisitors" is an internet based, always-on system of the Australian Department for Immigration enabling visitors to apply (tourist/business visits) online at:
The "eVisitors" is a fee free system that enables multiple entries to Australia for up to three months at time as many times as one likes over a 12-month period. In ideal circumstances an applicant is granted a visa in few minutes. Nevertheless, it is advisable to apply for a visa at least two weeks before your trip. On arrival in Australia, the customs officer will stamp your passport linked to the electronically issued visa.
Visa applications in writing, lodged with competent Australian representations abroad, still attract a fee of AU$75.
Slovenia Working Holiday Scheme with Australia
From 1 January 2016 on there will be each year 200 places available under Working Holiday scheme allowing young citizens from Australia to stay in Slovenia for up to 12 months and same for Slovenians in Australia. Applications must be made through the Slovenian Embassy in Canberra or Australian Embassy in Berlin. More information is available in the link.
To be eligible you must:
- be at least eighteen but have not turned thirty one at the time of application for a visa;
- not be accompanied by dependent children;
- hold a valid passport and an onward travel ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket;
- possess sufficient funds for personal support for a stay;
- meet health and security/character requirements;
- have not previously taken part ‘Work and Holiday’ or ‘Working Holiday’ program;
- in the case of Slovenian nationals, hold tertiary qualifications, or have successfully completed at least two years of undergraduate university study. In the case of Australian nationals hold secondary school qualifications;
- in the case of Slovenian nationals, prove functional English; and
- provide a letter from the relevant government ministry which includes a statement to the effect that it has consented to their stay.
During this period holders of a ‘Work and Holiday’ visa are allowed to leave and re-enter the territory of the Party using the same visa. ‘Work and Holiday’ visa holders must not engage in employment that is contrary to the purpose of the ‘Work and Holiday’ arrangement. It is not intended that ‘Work and Holiday’ visa holders work for the full twelve calendar months of their visit. In particular, visa holders must have regard to the principal purpose of the stay under the arrangement which is a holiday, with work being incidental to the holiday and not be employed by any one employer for more than six months, unless permission has been granted. ‘Work and Holiday’ visa holders will not be permitted to engage in study or training for more than four months during their stay.
For a period of up to 3 months, no visa is needed for New Zealand, and for a period of 30 days it is not necessary for the New Zealand islands.
For more information please contact the Consular Section at the Embassy.
Slovenia Working Holiday Scheme with New Zealand
Each year, 100 places are available under this scheme allowing young citizens from New Zealand to stay in Slovenia for up to 12 months.
Applications for this scheme must be made through the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Canberra.
However, before you apply, please read the following important information.
To be eligible
- be a citizen of the Republic of New Zealand and have a passport from New Zealand that is valid for at least three months after your planned departure from Slovenia
- be at least 18 and not more than 30 years old
- not bring children with you
- hold a return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket*
- have a minimum of NZ$4,200 available funds to meet your living costs while you are here
- meet our health and character requirements
- hold medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance for the length of your stay
- be coming to Slovenia to holiday, with work or study being secondary intentions for your visit
- not have been approved a visa under a working holiday scheme before.
If you are already in Slovenia you also need to hold a valid visa D or temporary residency permit.
*You are required to hold sufficient funds for the duration of your visit and for the purchase of an outward ticket from Slovenia. Such evidence may be requested on arrival at the border.