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Slovenia Travel Information

The Basics

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2, Apr – Oct)

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. Round two-pin attachment plugs are most common.

Language

The official language of Slovenia is Slovene. Italian and Hungarian are also spoken in some communities.

Travel Health

Travel insurance for medical treatment is recommended. Slovenia has a reciprocal health agreement with most EU countries, providing emergency healthcare on the same terms as Slovenian nationals. EU travellers should take a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). After Brexit, the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) replaced the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for UK citizens. The GHIC allows UK citizens access to state healthcare during visits to the EU. The GHIC is not valid in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, nor is it an alternative to travel insurance.

Tipping

A 10 percent tip is expected in restaurants, hotels and by taxi drivers.

Safety Information

There are extremely few risks involved in travel to Slovenia but sensible precautions are still 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.

Local Customs

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

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's considered polite to greet women first. Business cards are often exchanged after introductions, with Slovenians usually referred to by their title and surname. Business hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Communications

The international dialling code for Slovenia is +386. City or area codes are in use, e.g. (0)1 for Ljubljana. Wifi is prolific in Ljubljana and the larger towns.

Duty Free

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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