Guidance

Living in Slovenia

Official information British people moving to and living in Slovenia need to know, including residency, healthcare and driving.

Brexit: what you need to know

There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Slovenia while the UK remains in the EU.

While the government continues to negotiate Brexit, you should:

Before you go

See our travel advice for Slovenia and sign up for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.

See moving or retiring abroad.

Visas and residency

See entry requirements for Slovenia in our travel advice.

If you’re staying more than 3 months, you need to apply for a residence registration certificate – see entering Slovenia.

After 5 years, you can apply for a permanent residency permit – see entering Slovenia.

Healthcare

See our travel advice for Slovenia.

The NHS has information about healthcare for British people living in and visiting Slovenia.

You need a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC.

Basic health insurance is compulsory but you can also pay for extra health insurance – see health care in Slovenia and health insurance in Slovenia.

You can find English-speaking doctors in Slovenia. You should also check your prescriptions are legal in Slovenia.

S1 form – healthcare paid for by the UK

You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Slovenia and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit.

You need to apply for a S1 form – contact the Department for Work and Pensions’ International Pension Centre. Once you get your S1 form, register it with your local social security office, before you register with your GP and get a medical card.

Working in Slovenia

See working in another EU country.

Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).

Tax

See tax if you leave the UK to live abroad and tax on your UK income if you live abroad.

Slovenia and the UK have a double taxation convention to prevent income being taxed in both countries. We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in Slovenia.

See paying income tax in Slovenia.

You’ll need to get a tax number from your local tax office before you can open a bank account

You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.

Pensions

See State Pension if you retire abroad and new State Pension.

If you have worked in Slovenia, you can claim your pension from the Pension and Disability Insurance Institute.

If you haven’t worked in Slovenia, you should claim your UK state pension by contacting the International Pension Centre.

If you’ve worked in several EU countries, see state pensions abroad.

Life certificates for UK state pensions

If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.

Benefits

See claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad.

Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.

Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.

You may be eligible to claim some Slovenian social security benefits – see social security benefits – Slovenia and Slovenian social security.

Driving in Slovenia

See driving abroad and road travel in Slovenia.

See driving licence renewal and exchange and driving licence in Slovenia.

See also taking a vehicle out of the UK.

Voting

British citizens living abroad can vote in some UK elections – you’ll need to register as an overseas voter.

If you’re resident in Slovenia, you can vote in local municipal and European parliamentary elections.

Births

See register a birth abroad.

Deaths

See what to do after someone dies.

See also:

Getting married

See getting married abroad.

Renewing passports

See overseas British passports applications and get an emergency travel document (sometimes called an emergency passport).

Pets

See travelling with pets.

Emergencies

As well as the European emergency number 112, Slovenia also has 113 for the police.

See Slovenia – emergency numbers.

If you need urgent help, contact the British Embassy Ljubljana.

Accommodation and buying property

See buying a property abroad.

Other useful information

Returning to the UK

To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.

See tax if you return to the UK.

See bringing your pet to the UK.

Disclaimer

Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Slovenian authorities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.

Published 4 November 2013
Last updated 11 April 2018 + show all updates
  1. Clarification about how to get a tax code and how to claim your Slovenian pension.
  2. Complete revision of guidance to ensure it's up to date and accurate.
  3. First published.