General Info about Slovenia

Visa Requirements
Since May 1st, 2004 Slovenia has been an EU member state so natives of all other member states don’t require a visa for any length of stay, but must have a valid passport. Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and Japan need a valid passport for stays of up to 90 days and require a visa for longer stays. South Africans need a visa for any length of stay.

To ensure you are fully aware of your country’s entry requirements for Slovenia contact your local embassy before travelling.

Slovenia’s currency is the Slovenian Tolar (SIT) which is divided into 100 stotins. Notes come in denominations of 10 SIT, 20SIT, 50SIT, 100SIT, 200SIT, 500SIT, 1000SIT, 5000SIT and 10000SIT. Coins in circulation are 1, 2, 5 and 10.

The official language of Slovenia is Slovenian and is spoke by 92% of the population. Serbo-Croatian is also spoken.

Slovenia has a fairly temperate climate and varies from region to region. In the mountainous regions the Alps strongly influence the weather. The east of the country close to Italy enjoys hot summers although temperatures can still get low in winter. The rainiest seasons are spring and autumn.

Medical Care
Finding a pharmacy, hospital or doctor isn’t hard in Slovenia and medical care is good. Natives of Austria, Belgium, the UK, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Romania are all entitled to free medical care. All they need to do is present their passport when getting treated.

Time Zone
Slovenia is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

Opening Hours
General high street shops open from 9am-6pm Monday to Friday and some close for half days on Saturdays. Newsagents/grocery stores can open a bit earlier than that. The majority of shops are closed on Sundays.

Museums open from 9am-5pm but these hours can be extended during high season. Check with the museum before visiting.

Tourist Offices
You will find tourist offices in all the major cities but in smaller towns it is more difficult. When you can’t find them travel agents can be a good source of information, and if not staff in hostels should be able to help you.

The sales tax percentage on good in Slovenia is 20%.

Currency Exchange
Cash is easier to change into Tolar than travellers cheques. Credit cards and bank cards can be used at ATMs to withdraw cash, once they show the Cirrus symbol and credit card logos.

Current is 220 V, 50 Hz.

When you are calling Slovenia from overseas you need to dial the international access code of the country you’re in, then 386 (Slovenia’s country code) followed by the area code and then the local number. If you are in the same area code you just dial the local number.

If you are calling abroad from within the Slovenia you dial 00 (Slovenia’s international access code), followed by the country’s code, area code (remembering to drop the 0) and local number.

Public phones operate on magnetic cards which can be bought in post offices.

Post Office
Post offices in Slovenia open from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8am-12pm on Saturdays. Those in larger cities may be open later into the evening and also on Sundays.

Tips generally aren’t included on bills. 10% is seen as the customary amount to leave.

Public Holidays
Slovenia’s public holidays are New Years Celebrations (January 1st and 2nd), Slovenian Culture Day (February 8th), Easter (March/April), Insurrection Day (April 27th), Labour Day (May 1st and 2nd), National Day (June 25th), Assumption Day (August 15th), Reformation Day (October 31st), All Saints’ Day (November 1st), Christmas Day (December 25th) and Independence Day (December 26th).

It is worth taking note of Slovenia’s public holidays as most business shut for the day.

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