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Slovenia

Slovenia: At a glance

Capital: Ljubljana

Population: 2 million

Official languages: Slovene, Hungarian, Italian

Time zone: Central European Standard Time, Central European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Slovenia: Travel Health Information

Slovenia is known for its natural landscapes, beaches on the Adriatic Sea, and the peaks of the Julian Alps. Visitors can enjoy hiking, swimming, and castle-views in the popular destination of Lake Bled, or walk the river-side streets of the capital city Ljubljana, where there is no shortage of historical sites to take-in. The architectural work of Joze Plecnik – including his famous Franciscan church – is a popular attraction for tourists.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Slovenia may differ from your home country. Slovenia has a public healthcare system and a small private sector. Healthcare typically meets international standards, but the quality of care may vary between the public and private sector. An unequal distribution of healthcare professionals between urban and rural areas also means that access to care is limited in some regions. In addition, a shortage of doctors in the country may lead to long wait times for services.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Slovenia typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Western Europe may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Slovenia.

Pharmacies and medications

Slovenia has several privately owned and state-run pharmacies throughout the country. Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained by a local doctor or a doctor licensed in another EU country. Prescriptions must be paid for up-front. Some medicines may be available over-the-counter or in outlets other than pharmacies, such as grocery stores.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Slovenia’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. If your medication is a psychotropic or narcotic, you can review Slovenia’s regulations on the International Narcotics Control Board. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Slovenia are typically well developed and maintained. Cycling is a popular leisure activity and method of transportation in Slovenia, and many roads have marked bike lanes. Seat belts are required for the driver and passengers of a vehicle at all times. Helmets are mandatory for motorcycle drivers and passengers and are recommended for cyclists.



Slovenia: At a glance

Capital: Ljubljana

Population: 2 million

Official languages: Slovene, Hungarian, Italian

Time zone: Central European Standard Time, Central European Summer Time

Emergency #: 112

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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