Slovenia Travel Information
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GMT +1 (GMT +2, Apr – Oct)
Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin attachment plugs are most common.
The official language of Slovenia is Slovene. Italian and Hungarian are also spoken in some communities.
Typhoid and hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended. In forested areas, hikers should guard against tick bites, as tick-borne encephalitis and Lyme disease are a risk. Mains water is safe to drink, milk is pasteurised and local meat and produce is safe to consume. Free emergency treatment is available from hospitals and some private doctors. Slovenia has a reciprocal health agreement with most EU countries, including the UK, providing emergency health care on the same terms as Slovenian nationals. EU travellers should take a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
A 10 percent tip is expected in restaurants, hotels and by taxi drivers.
There are extremely few risks involved in travel to Slovenia. The threat of terrorism is low, as is the crime rate; however, sensible precautions are advised. Travellers should guard their valuables from pickpockets and petty thieves, lock their cars, and should always avoid protests, strikes and other public demonstrations. A copy of your passport or some other form of identification should be carried at all times.
The majority of the population is Roman Catholic, and visitors should respect religious customs. Penalties for drug offences can be severe in Slovenia. A copy of one's passport or other form of identification should be carried at all times.
Business etiquette in Slovenia is similar to the rest of Western Europe. Men and women should dress conservatively in formal business suits. Shaking hands with both men and women is the norm and it is considered polite to greet women first. Business cards are often exchanged after introductions, and Slovenians are usually referred to by their title and surname. Business hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
The international dialling code for Slovenia is +386. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kingdom). City or area codes are in use, e.g. (0)1 for Ljubljana. Public telephones are operated with tokens or magnetic cards, which are available from newsagents, post offices and tobacco kiosks. Two major mobile phone operators provide GSM 900/1800 coverage. Internet cafes are prolific in Ljubljana and the larger towns.
Travellers to Slovenia from within the European Union may import the following goods duty-free: 800 cigarettes, 400 cigarillos, 200 cigars, and one kilogram tobacco; 10 litres spirits, 20 litres fortified wine or liqueur, 90 litres wine (no more than 60 litres sparkling wine), 110 litres beer.
Visitors from non-EU countries who are 17 and older may import up to 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars or 250g tobacco. In addition, one litre spirits, or two litres fortified wine, liqueur or sparkling wine, as well as four litres wine and 16 litres beer will not be taxed. Visitors are also restricted to 50ml of perfume or 250ml of eau de toilette, and medicinal products for personal use. Other goods up to the value of €430 (€150 for those under 15 years old) will not be taxed.
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