Old Farts in Camping Parks
Choosing a sleep system for your tent.
International dialling code: +386
Driving on the right
European Emergency Dial: 112.
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Exit: to Croatia
Additional information: EU Country - normally no formal border checks.
Approximate time to clear: 60 mins
Passport: Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip, and renew your passport if you do not have enough time left on it. You must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).
If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.
Carry a copy of your passport at all times as a form of identification.
Note: All foreign nationals visiting Slovenia must register with the Police within 3 days of arrival or risk paying a fine. If you are staying at a registered hotel or guest house, they will register you when processing your arrival. If you are staying in self-catering accommodation, check registration arrangements with your booking agent. If you are staying with friends or family, you or your host will need to visit the nearest police station to register your presence in Slovenia.
VISA's: The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021:
You can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.
If you are travelling to Slovenia and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.
To stay longer, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Slovenian government’s entry requirements. Check with the Slovene Embassy what type of visa and/or work permit, you may need.
If you stay in Slovenia with a visa or permit, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.
Any time you spent in Slovenia or other Schengen countries before 1 January 2021 does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit.
At Slovenian border control, you may need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing. Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit. You may also need to:
Show a return or onward ticket
Show you have enough money for your stay
EHIC: You should get a free UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) or European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before leaving the UK. If you already have an EHIC it will still be valid as long as it remains in date. The GHIC or EHIC entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Slovenian nationals. If you don’t have your EHIC with you or you’ve lost it, you can call the NHS Overseas Healthcare Team on +44 191 218 1999 to get a Provisional Replacement Certificate.
Driving licence: Visitors can drive using a valid UK driving licence.
Insurance: Policy and green card required.
Emergency equipment: You are also required to carry a reflective jacket, a warning triangle and a first aid kit in the vehicle. If you intend to hire a car and drive it into Slovenia you must declare this to the car hire company first, as you must have adequate car insurance cover.
Carnet de Passage: TBC post Brexit
Customs: 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco. 90L of still wine of which a maximum of 60L can be sparkling wine. 110L of beer. 10L of alcoholic beverages stronger than 22% or 20L of fortified or sparkling wine or other liqueurs up to 22%.
Roads: For the latest traffic conditions, check the PIC Traffic Information Centre website. Travel updates and information on border crossings and international rail journeys can be found at the Slovenian Traffic Information Centre and Slovenian Automobile Association.
Towing: Trailers may need to be registered for towing in Slovenia. You must register commercial trailers over 750kg gross weight and all trailers over 3,500kg gross weight before towing them through some European countries. See Guidance here.
Fines: The police are empowered to impose on-the-spot fines for offences including speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and for using mobile phones without properly installed wireless headsets (Bluetooth).
Toll Roads: If you drive on Slovenian motorways, you must buy and display a “vignette” by sticking it to the windscreen to indicate that road tolls have been paid. Vignettes are available for weekly, monthly or yearly periods, and can be purchased at petrol stations and DARS (the Slovenian Motorway Company) offices in Slovenia as well as outlets in neighbouring countries near the Slovene border. The vignette is compulsory for all vehicles under 3.5 tonnes in weight. Police monitor the motorways, and stop motorists who don’t have a vignette. Failure to have or display a vignette in the correct way will lead to an on-the-spot fine of up to €800. The vignette is valid only when correctly applied to the vehicle before using the motorway. More information on buying and correctly displaying vignettes is available at the DARS website.
Slovenia has a free-flow electronic tolling system on motorways and expressways for vehicles over 3.5 tonnes, meaning drivers of such vehicles no longer have to stop at toll stations. You’ll need to register your vehicle under the DarsGo system and acquire the DarsGo unit at a DarsGo service point upon entering Slovenia for the first time. You can find more information and registration details on the DarsGo website.
Headlights: By law, you must have your headlights on at all times, while driving in Slovenia.
Emergency Equipment: While driving in Hungary you are required by law to carry the following items. Hefty on-the-spot fines can be issued for failing to carry specific items:
Headlamp beam deflectors: depending on your vehicle, you will either need deflector stickers or have to adjust the beam manually.
Lights: In daylight, outside built-up areas, passing lights must be used at all times, even when travelling on motorways.
Warning triangle: compulsory on board all motor vehicles.
Reflective jacket: a reflective jacket must be worn in the event of a breakdown or emergency on a motorway. It is also compulsory for motorcyclists.
First aid kit: compulsory on board private vehicle.
Weather: BBC weather forecast for Ljubijana.
Fuel: Fuel is available throughout the country. Most petrol stations are open from 06:00 until 20:00. Along motorways and in large towns petrol stations are open 24hrs a day. Some petrol stations accept Eurocard, Visa Mastercard and Maestro, but cash is the most common means of payment.
Water: Slovenia is a country defined by water, with more than 60 rivers and streams, 300 artificial and natural lakes, and 7,500 freshwater springs - each of which is packed with minerals and nutrients. Water is the source of life. Readily available at most campsites and garages. Tap water in Ljubljana is generally safe to drink.
Food: Supermarkets etc. Should not be a problem and reasonable selection in the larger cities and towns.
Vehicle / trailer repairs: Ljubijana.
Bottle Gas or Refills: LPG is available in some places in Slovenia. It is called several names; Avtoplin, Plin, LPG, UNP. Conflicting information found with regards to bottled gas. However it is understood that the following bottled gas retailers sell gas in Hungary:
Campingaz Gas Locator. Camping gas cartridges only appear to be available here.
Gas adapter: Dish adapters are used here. Remote fill, Direct fill with 80% shut off valves and self filling is allowed.
LPG: In addition to cooking gas for those with tanks, LPG is also used to power vehicles. Details of LPG gas stations and connectors can be found on the website myLPG.eu. A list of Points of Interest (POI's), a list of stations, can also be downloaded in other applications and on other devices like Garmin, TomTom, Google Earth and iGO primo. Links can be found here.
Currency: The Euro is used in Slovenia.
Make sure you are treated by a healthcare provider in the state system as you will not be covered for private healthcare with an EHIC.
Altitude: Should only be an issue for those mountaineering in Slovenia. There is a risk of altitude illness when travelling to destinations of 2,500 metres (8,200 feet) or higher. Important risk factors are the altitude gained, rate of ascent and sleeping altitude. Rapid ascent without a period of acclimatisation puts a traveller at higher risk.
There are three syndromes; acute mountain sickness (AMS), high-altitude cerebral oedema (HACE) and high-altitude pulmonary oedema (HAPE). HACE and HAPE require immediate descent and medical treatment.
Insect bites and stings: There is a risk of insect or tick-borne diseases in some areas of Southern Europe. This includes diseases such as Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, leishmaniasis and West Nile virus.
Influenza: Seasonal influenza occurs throughout the world. In the northern hemisphere (including the UK), most influenza occurs from as early as October through to March. In the southern hemisphere, influenza mostly occurs between April and September. In the tropics, influenza can occur throughout the year.
Outdoor Air Quality: Poor air quality is a significant public health problem in many parts of the world. Exposure to high levels of air pollution over short time periods (e.g. minutes/hours/days) and longer time periods (e.g. years) is linked to many different acute and chronic health problems. These effects are mainly on the respiratory (lungs and airways) and cardiovascular (heart function and blood circulation) systems. Current information on world air quality is available from the world air quality index project.
Standard of Health Care: The Slovenian healthcare system is funded by compulsory health insurance paid for by employers and employees. However, not all healthcare costs are covered by the insurance, with only some conditions and children's healthcare fully funded. To support the system, almost all Slovenes also pay voluntary contributions. This system of funding means that Slovenia enjoys clean, modern healthcare facilities on a par with the rest of Europe, with well equipped clinics shared equally between state and private practitioners and staff trained to the highest international standards.
Dental: Slovenia is a dental tourism destination. Treatments available are much cheaper than private dentistry in the UK.
Taking prescribed medication to Slovenia: If your medicines (or ingredients in them) do not fall under the Opium Act, you can take them with you. Make sure you carry them in the original packaging. This will make it clear that they are medicines and not illicit drugs.
Medical Insurance: A good travel health policy is required.
There will be no quarantine for your pet as long as the following regulations are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs, cats and ferrets including service and emotional support dogs and cats. Owners of other pets should refer to item 12.
For owners of pets entering or returning to the European Union (EU) from the United Kingdom (UK): as of October 31, 2019, if there is no ratified deal between the UK and EU, the UK is likely to be treated as an unlisted (high-rabies) country under the EU Pet Travel Scheme. If this is the case, then a titer test will be required a minimum of 3 calendar months in advance of travel any EU Member State from the UK. (see step #3) Your pet will also need an EU health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian within 10 days of travel. (see step #5) Your pet will need to enter the EU at an approved Border Inspection Post.
For owners of pets returning to the UK from the EU, your pet will need either an existing EU pet passport (both for UK and EU citizens) or the EU health certificate issued in the UK used to travel to the EU.
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Western Slovenia is on an earthquake fault line and is subject to occasional tremors. You can find information about preparedness on the website of Slovenia’s Administration for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief.