Living in Slovenia
Advice for British people living in Slovenia, including information on health, benefits, residence requirements and more.
This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing in Slovenia, including advice on health, education, benefits, residence requirements and more. We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below. See our information on what consulates can and cannot do for British nationals. This information supplements the travel advice for Slovenia.
There is a reciprocal healthcare agreement for British nationals, which entitles you to free treatment in Slovenia for genuine emergencies. You will need to present a British passport, evidence of insurance in the UK.
The European Health Insurance Card
Since 1 January 2006, the European Health Insurance Card is recognised by Slovenia and covers only emergency cases. The European Health Insurance Card is issued to:
- EU nationals,
- nationals of the European Economic Area (EEA),
- Swiss nationals,
- family members of the above, whatever their nationality,
- nationals of other countries, who are covered by a social security system in one of the Member States of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland.
Your EHIC should be requested from the national health insurance institutions before leaving for Slovenia. To obtain more information on EHIC card please look at following link: https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcareabroad/EHIC/Pages/about-the-ehic.aspx
For providers of medical services please consult our list of medical facilities in Slovenia.
Health insurance system
The system of health insurance is divided into compulsory health insurance, voluntary health insurance for additional coverage, and insurance for services that are not a constituent part of compulsory insurance.
To obtain more information on Health insurance in Slovenia please look at following link www.slovenia.si/live-and-work/health
For information about education and the school system in Slovenia please visit the website of the Slovenia Ministry of Education and Science. There are neither exclusive girls’ nor boys’ schools.
Employment and recognised qualifications
EU Nationals, by virtue of Article 52 of the EC Treaty, have the right of self-establishment in Slovenia, for example they may work as self-employed persons. However, in some areas, as in self-employed teachers, the Slovenian authorities may require that an applicant satisfies certain qualifications and requirements. Consequently, anyone wishing to set up as a self-employed person in Slovenia should consult the Slovenian authorities regarding their eligibility before doing so.
Relevant information can be found on the EU Work related rights website.
Entry and residence requirements
In order to enter Slovenia you must hold a valid travel document (e.g. British passport).You should ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your visit. British passport holders do not need a visa for visiting Slovenia.
Registering with the Slovenian Authorities
All foreign nationals visiting Slovenia must register with the Police within 3 days of arrival or risk paying a fine. If you are staying at a registered hotel or guest house, they will register you when processing your arrival. If you are staying in self-catering accommodation, check registration arrangements with your booking agent. If you are staying with friends or family, you or your host will need to visit the nearest police station to register your presence in Slovenia.
Citizens of the EU who enter the Republic of Slovenia by means of a valid personal identity card or a valid passport may reside on the territory of the Republic of Slovenia without registering their residence for three months after the day of their entry into the country. If they wish to stay on the territory of the Republic of Slovenia for more than three months, they shall register their residence at the administrative unit on whose territory they are residing prior to the expiry of the allowed three-month stay. EU citizens shall be issued with a receipt by the administrative unit upon a filed application for a receipt on the registration of residence, which shall serve as a permit for residence until the application is decided upon.
The reasons for which EU citizens may be issued with a receipt on the registration of residence are the following:
- employment or work;
- provision of services;
- studies or other forms of education;
- other reasons.
The competent body for issuing a receipt on the registration of residence is the administrative unit on whose territory the EU citizens are residing.
Registration of residence
EU citizens who have been issued with a receipt on the registration of residence, and family members who have been issued with a temporary residence permit, shall register temporary residence in the Republic of Slovenia in accordance with the law governing the registration of residence.
EU citizens who have been issued with a permanent residence permit, and family members who have been issued with a permanent residence permit, shall register permanent residence in the Republic of Slovenia in accordance with the law governing the registration of residence.
To obtain more information on entry and residence in Slovenia please look at following link: http://www.infotujci.si/v/1/entry-and-residence
Entry and residence of family members of EU citizens and family members of Slovenian citizens
The family members of EU citizens and the family members of Slovenian citizens (hereinafter: family members) shall be considered the following:
- unmarried children under 21 years of age;
- unmarried children of a spouse under 21 years of age;
- unmarried children over 21 years of age and parents for whom the EU citizen or the Slovenian citizen is liable to support in accordance with the law of the country of his/her nationality;
- unmarried children over 21 years of age and parents of a spouse for whom the spouse of the EU citizen or of the Slovenian citizen is liable for support in accordance with the law of the country of his/her nationality;
- parents of an EU citizen or Slovenian citizen under 21 years of age.
The responsible body may exceptionally, at its own discretion, consider other relatives to be family members if there are special circumstances in favour of reuniting the family in the Republic of Slovenia.
Family members who are citizens of a Member State of the European Union may enter the Republic of Slovenia by means of a valid personal identity card or a valid passport and are not required to be in possession of an entry permit, irrespective of the purpose of the residence in the Republic of Slovenia.
Family members who are not citizens of a Member State of the European Union may, for the purposes of reuniting the family with an EU citizen or Slovenian citizen, enter the Republic of Slovenia by means of a valid passport which includes a visa, unless they are citizens of a country for which the Republic of Slovenia has abolished visas, or by means of a valid passport and residence permit issued by another Member State of the European Union, unless otherwise determined by international agreement.
A family member shall not be allowed to enter the Republic of Slovenia if:
- he/she is not in possession of a suitable document or permit referred to paragraphs 2 or 3 of Article 93.k of the Aliens Act;
- the period for which he/she has been forbidden to enter the country has not yet expired;
- his/her residence in the Republic of Slovenia would constitute a danger to public order, security or the international relations of the Republic of Slovenia, or if there exists a suspicion that his/her residence in the country will be connected with committing terrorist or other violent acts, illegal intelligence, trafficking in drugs or perpetrating other criminal offences;
- he/she comes from areas where infectious disease is raging, and is not in possession of a certificate of vaccination;
- he/she comes from areas where infectious disease is raging with the potential to cause epidemics, as indicated in the International Health Rules of the World Health Organisation, or from areas where infectious disease is raging with the potential to imperil public health and for which prescribed measures must be adopted in accordance with the law governing infectious disease.
Family members may appeal against the refusal of entry within eight days. The ministry responsible for internal affairs shall decide on the appeal. A complaint does not delay the execution of the proceeding.
Family members who entered the Republic of Slovenia by means of a valid personal identity card, passport, or passport and residence permit issued by another Member State of the European Union, may reside on the territory of the Republic of Slovenia without a residence permit for a period of three months from the day of their entry into the country or until the expiry of the validity of the permit, if the latter is shorter; family members who entered the Republic of Slovenia by means of an entry visa may stay until the expiry of the validity of the visa.
In the event that a family member who is not a citizen of a Member State of the European Union wishes, for the purposes of preserving the family with an EU citizen or Slovenian citizen, to reside on the territory of the Republic of Slovenia for a period longer than the one permitted in accordance with paragraph 7 of Article 93.k of the Aliens Act, he himself/she herself, or his/her legal representative, or the EU citizen or the Slovenian citizen, shall prior to the expiry of allowed residence file an application, with the administrative unit on whose territory the family member is residing, for a temporary residence permit for the family member of the EU citizen.
Family members shall be issued with a receipt by the administrative unit on the filed application for a temporary residence permit, which shall serve as a temporary residence permit until the application is decided upon.
Annulment of residence to EU citizens and family members
Residence may be annulled with respect to EU citizens and family members legally residing in the Republic of Slovenia, if well-founded suspicion exists that they may pose a threat to public order, national security of the country or its constitutional organisation.
With respect to the issuing of a decision on the annulment of residence and the relevant procedure, the provision of this Act governing the annulment of residence to aliens shall apply mutatis mutandis.
EU citizens and family members with regard to whom residence has been annulled, or whose renewed entry into the Republic of Slovenia for a period exceeding three years has been prohibited, may, after the expiry of three years of the final decision on the annulment of residence, file an application with the administrative unit which annulled the residence to reduce the period for which their renewed entry into the Republic of Slovenia has been prohibited. The application shall include evidence demonstrating that the circumstances which served as the basis for the decision on the annulment of residence have changed decisively. An appeal against the decision by the administrative unit on the reduction of such period may filed with the ministry responsible for internal affairs. EU citizens and family members may not enter the Republic of Slovenia until the application for the reduction of such period is positively decided upon.
Deportation of EU citizens and family members
An EU citizen or family member who fails to leave the Republic of Slovenia voluntarily shall be deported from the country if:
- an additional sentence of expulsion from the country has been passed against him/her;
- his/her residence has been annulled;
- his/her application for a receipt on the registration of residence or a residence permit has been rejected on the grounds of danger to public order, national security or the international relations of the Republic of Slovenia, or if there exists a suspicion that his/her residence in the country will be connected with committing terrorist or other violent acts, illegal intelligence, trafficking in drugs or perpetrating other criminal offences;
- his/her application for a first receipt on the registration of residence or a first temporary residence permit has been rejected on the grounds of public health hazards referred to in indent 3 of paragraph 1 of Article 93.h of the Aliens Act.
With respect to deportation, the provisions of this Act governing the deportation of aliens shall apply mutatis mutandis.
If you have retired and you live in Slovenia you could claim your pension from the UK. For more information please visit the website for UK benefits. For detailed information on how to claim your state pension, please check the Pension Service or the Department for Social Development.
If you spend time in both the UK and another country, and are unsure about how this affects your UK pension, benefit and healthcare rights, always consult the relevant UK authority and the local pension office where they will tell you what you are able to claim. If you have received a life certificate from the UK Pension Service it is important that you reply as quickly as possible otherwise your benefit may be stopped.
Social security in Slovenia is based on contributions paid by all employed and self-employed persons into the social security scheme.
For more information and explanation please follow the link: www.slovenia.si/live-and-work/social-security
Driving licences and vehicles
The British Embassy cannot issue or renew a UK driving license. Please note: UK driving licences seized by the Slovenian authorities are returned to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the UK.
If you are holder of a valid driving licence issued by the competent authority of your state, you may drive the same categories of motor vehicles in Slovenia for a year from the date of registering your residence in Slovenia provided that the principle of proportionality is applied.
If you hold a residence permit and you have registered your residence in the Republic of Slovenia for a period longer than six months, you may request replacement of a valid foreign driving licence for a Slovenian driving licence upon satisfying the relevant conditions. You are required to pass a driving theory test to qualify for a Slovenian driving licence. You are exempt from the practical driving test if you are citizen of an EU member state, Iceland, Liechenstein, Norway, Croatia or Switzerland.
Upon replacement your original driving licence will be returned to the issuing authority of your state.
For further information please refer to following link: http://infotujci.si/v/47/driving-licence
Individuals residing in Slovenia can open an account at most banks in Slovenia. Valid ID is necessary (for British nationals this means a valid British passport) and Slovenian fiscal code. How to obtain Slovenian fiscal code you will find on www.durs.gov.si/en.
The bank may have additional requirements depending on your residence status, type of account, business/income source etc. Local information can be found on the website of the National Bank of Slovenia.
If you are interested in investments, Invest in Slovenia is the primary government institution which is in charge of attracting new foreign investments in the country. Taxation is a complex issue and it is strongly recommended that professional advice is sought. Severe penalties for incorrect, incomplete or late reporting can be incurred and the legislation also means that criminal charges can be brought in the case of non-compliance. All about taxation in Slovenia you could find on www.durs.gov.si/en.
ATMs are present throughout the country. Credit cards are widely accepted.
Sending money overseas
Money can be transferred by Western Union or MoneyGram in an emergency. The address for Western Union offices in Slovenia you can find on following link: www.wu.com/si/en/home.html. All info on Moneygram is available at www.moneygram.com/MGI/EN/SI/Market/Market.html.
Britain has a double taxation agreement with Slovenia to ensure people do not pay tax on the same income in both countries. The text of the current agreement can be found on the HMRC website.
As an Embassy we are unable to become involved with tax matters, as we do not have the specific or relevant expertise. The Slovene Tax Office Durs also has some useful information.
Useful information for foreigners living or planning to live in Slovenia can be found at www.infotujci.si
Bringing goods including medication into Slovenia
The latest information about Slovenia customs formalities can be found on the Customs Administration website.
Other useful links
Our Consular Guide
Information on the kind of help we can provide to British nationals who find themselves in difficulty overseas is set in our publication Support for British nationals abroad: A guide.
Please note that this information is provided as a general guide only and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual, neither can it be regarded as legal advice. Definitive information should be obtained from the Slovenian authorities or by consulting a suitably qualified professional. The British Embassy in Belgrade bears no responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided on the external websites quoted above and cannot guarantee that it is comprehensive and up to date.
Published: 4 November 2013
Related guides: Notarial and documentary services guide for Slovenia