Will I need an ETIAS to visit Slovenia?
Slovenia is a member of both the European Union and the Schengen Area.
All countries who are part of the Schengen Area share the same border controls. All twenty-six member countries act together as a single entry system to the zone.
The ETIAS (E.U. Travel Information Authorization System) comes into effect in 2021 it will be specifically for the Schengen countries.
There are currently sixty-two countries whose citizens are not E.U. nationals, but they are allowed to travel within Europe without a visa. These citizens need only have a valid passport to travel throughout Europe, no personal information is known about individual travelers, and no background checks are undertaken.
The ETIAS scheme will require all of these travelers to complete a detailed application form, including criminal records and visits to countries involved in a conflict. The application answers will be compared to numerous databases including Europol and Interpol.
Once an application is approved, the ETIAS will be electronically attached to the applicant’s passport and is valid for three years, or until expiry of the passport, whichever comes sooner.
The scheme is designed to no longer allow blanket approval for travel based solely on nationality; once ETIAS is in use, there will be more personal information determining whether approval is granted or denied.
Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia is a small country located in Europe. The country is almost landlocked but does have a short coastline of 46 kilometers at the Adriatic Sea between Italy and Croatia. It is bordered by Austria, Croatia, Italy, and Hungary.
Covering an area of 20,273 sq. km it has a population of 2.07 million people. The capital and largest city is Ljubljana. The official language is Slovenian with Serbo-Croatian being spoken by a small minority. The major religion is Christianity, and the official currency is the euro.
Slovenia is a mostly mountainous country. It is one of the most water-rich in Europe with a large river network and significant underground watercourses.
Over half of the country is covered by forest. It is home to one of the largest bear populations in Europe, with almost 700 brown bears. One of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Slovenia covers 0.004% of the planet but is home to 1% of all living creatures. Despite its small size, this Alpine country controls some of Europe’s major transit routes.
Slovenia has a cuisine that has been influenced by its neighbors, Hungary, Austria, and Italy. As Germans and Austrians are the most frequent tourists, you will see grilled sausages, sauerkraut and apple strudel on the menu in many restaurants.
Slovenia at a glance
Timezone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Languages: Slovenian 91.1%, Serbo-Croatian 4.5%, Other or unspecified 4.4%
Area: 20,273 KM2
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Calling Code: +386
Travel in Slovenia
Many people spend their entire time in Slovenia in the capital city of Ljubljana. There are a number of attractions here:
- The Ljubljana River
- Ljubljana Cathedral
- Franciscan Church of the Annunciation
- Fountain of Three Carniolan Rivers
- The Town Hall
- Nebotičnik Skyscraper
There is a large student population in Ljubljana, as a consequence the bar and club scene is lively. Ljubljana’s former military barracks has some of the more interesting nightclubs, by day it is an Arts Complex.
Whilst in Ljubljana, many people search for the Ljubljana Dragon. You will find the city’s symbol on buildings, bridges, even on iron and woodwork. A visit to Dragon Bridge is the perfect culmination for your dragon hunt.
Slovenia’s second city, Maribor, is also worthy of a visit. It has the Pohorje mountain on one side, vineyards on the other, and the River Drava meandering through the middle.
Skiing is a popular sport here, with nighttime floodlit skiing down the mountain. The cafe culture is thriving in this town, with lots of places to enjoy a coffee by the river.
There are lots of sporting opportunities in Bovec. In the Triglav National Park, this quaint little town is a magnet for adrenaline junkies who visit here in the summer for canyoning on the Soča River. White-water rafting and kayaking are also popular. In the winter, skiers flock to the nearby Kanin Ski Centre.
The US and Slovenia
Slovenia and the United States work actively together on a number of important initiatives and have developed strong, mutually cooperative relations. They work together on a number of bilateral, regional and global issues.
The U.S. and Slovenia are both members of the following groups:
- The United Nations
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization
- Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council
- Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
- International Monetary Fund
- World Bank
- World Trade Organization
Slovenia is also an observer to the Organization of American States.
There are no direct flights to Slovenia from the U.S.A. There are numerous flights to and from European cities. Doing business in Slovenia is very similar to doing business with any other European country. Slovenia has been a member of the E.U. since 2004.
Business dress is smart, and visitors to meetings are expected to be punctual. Many business people have a good knowledge of German, English and occasionally Italian. For translation purposes, there is a large pool of local advisors, consultants, agents, and lawyers who work for foreign companies.
Travelers applying for an ETIAS will be obliged to give the name of the first country they will enter in Europe. This ‘point of entry’ cannot subsequently be changed without starting the whole application process again.
When there are no direct flights to your ultimate destination, as is the case with Slovenia, the name of the first country you will enter must be given. The border controls at that country will be expecting you; no other border control will process you.
List of US diplomatic offices in Slovenia
The Embassy of USA in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Address: Prešernova 31 1000 Ljubljana Slovenia
Phone: 386 (1) 200-5500
Fax: 386 (1) 200-5555
The Embassy of Slovenia in Washington, USA
Address: 2410 California Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20008 United States of America
Phone: (+) 1 202 386 66 01
Fax: (+) 1 202 386 6633
Consulate of Slovenia in New York, USA
Address: 630 Third Avenue, 20th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10017
Consulate of Slovenia in San Francisco, USA
Address: The Brandi Law Firm 354 Pine Street, Third Floor San Francisco, CA 94104