What travel insurance do I need when visiting Slovenia?

Slovenia: a trip of new discoveries

Sitting between Croatia, Austria, Italy, and Hungary, Slovenia is famous for its mountains and small amount of Mediterranean coastline. The capital of Ljubljana is known for its castle, colorful architecture, and as a center for major events. Slovenia may be one of Europe’s lesser-known gems - but it’s an amazing place for the adventurous traveler to discover.

Along with 25 other countries, Slovenia is part of the Schengen Area. In order to travel there, you may need the appropriate visa and right type of travel insurance. It’s time to get prepared for your departure.

Thanks to your Schengen Visa, you can move freely throughout Slovenia. To find out more, click this link: mzz.gov.si/en/.

Your Schengen Visa must be issued by the country through which you enter the Schengen Area. You will need to complete a visa application form, but also provide various documents such as a travel insurance policy

You can opt for low-cost travel insurance, but at the same time, you are also able to add specific coverage that could prove very useful during your stay. For instance, you can investigate cover for communication expenses, sending medicines, glasses, and contact lenses, etc. Before you buy, ask for a personalized travel insurance policy for Slovenia that’s tailored to your needs.

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How do I get to Slovenia?

By plane: There are direct flights to Ljubljana from many European cities. From North America or Asia, you will probably have to stop in Paris, London, or Amsterdam. You can choose from regular flights as well as cheaper fares offered by low-cost airlines. Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is 25 km from the capital’s city center. We recommend using the reasonably priced and fast shuttle bus service to get there.

By bus: This is by far the cheapest way to travel in Europe. Buses to Slovenia depart regularly from Milan, Venice, and Munich.

By train: From or if passing through Germany, you can travel to Ljubljana by train. You will also find reasonably fast routes from Venice, Vienna, and Switzerland.

By car: Slovenia has a reasonably navigable road network, accessible from its neighbors. Yet, the roads might be less easy to drive on in more remote areas. Among the traffic regulations, you should note the obligatory use of dipped (low-beam) headlights even during daytime driving, and that you must carry in your car the obligatory equipment, which includes a safety triangle, a spare set of lights, a first aid kit, and a reflective vest. From 15 November to 15 March, your car must have winter equipment – such as winter tires and snow chains. Since alcohol breath tests are very common for drivers, it is better to not drink anything.

Health tips and vaccines

If you plan to go to rural areas during spring or summer, you are advised to get vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, typhoid, and polio, and possibly tick-borne encephalitis. Ask your doctor for more information. There are no compulsory vaccinations.

Weather

Depending on where you are in Slovenia, you will enjoy an alpine, continental or Mediterranean climate. It can be quite cold in winter and very hot in summer, especially in the capital.

If you enjoy snow-covered landscapes, you will love Slovenia in winter. If not, spring is undoubtedly the best season to visit the country to see nature come to life. Bring a waterproof jacket though, as rainfall is common.

Discovering Slovenia

If you are looking for a complete change of scenery, Slovenia is your best bet. Between bustling cities and leafy, mountainous regions, your trip will give you memories to last a lifetime.

- Ljubljana, the picturesque capital of Slovenia, has countless architectural treasures to uncover. Make sure to visit the castle, which you can only access via cable car, the Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Dragon Bridge, and the beautiful Mestni Trg Square. Make time to stroll through the pretty streets of the city center and admire the colorful facades too.

- Take a break from city sightseeing and enjoy the natural splendors of Slovenia, like Triglav National Park. It’s the perfect spot for hiking, as well as spotting waterfalls and snow-capped peaks.

- A visit to Slovenia would not be complete without a visit to Lake Bled. This is one of the nation’s most popular destinations. With its castle on the hill, a beautiful island adorned with a pretty church, secluded swimming spots, and hiking trails, Lake Bled can be the perfect place to luxuriate in some of Europe’s riches for a reasonable price.

- The castle in Predjama looks like it has been taken right out of a fairy tale. The caves can be visited via a small tourist train - a great outing for the whole family. And if this is to your tastes, be sure to visit the caves in Škocjan. Listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, they are home to some stunning stalactites.

Safety

Even though Slovenia is a safe country, you are advised to apply standard precautionary measures. Pay attention to personal belongings in tourist areas and on public transport, make sure to lock vehicles and leave nothing visible from the outside, and avoid carrying lots of cash at any one time.

Accidents in the mountains are common. It is important to research the weather conditions in advance and to speak to a guide who knows the dangerous areas to avoid.

Practical information

Slovenia's currency is the Euro. You can withdraw money directly from an ATM or from a bank or bureau de change. These will not be difficult to find, especially in the capital and big cities.

It is not uncommon to hear German or Italian being spoken in Slovenia. However, if you speak English, you will have no difficulty making yourself understood in Ljubljana.

When applying for a Schengen Visa for Slovenia, you need to attest to having the amount of €70 per day to spend during your stay.

How can AXA help?

AXA can help by providing you with Low Cost Schengen Area travel insurance that meets your visa requirements when traveling to Slovenia and the other Schengen states from as little as €0.99 per day - a fee that will cover you for medical expenses up to €30,000 in all Schengen countries. A certificate proving you are insured will be available immediately, meaning you can get on with your application.

AXA is the number one brand for Schengen Visa insurance, and offers assistance 24/7, as well as other options and tailor-made products. Other coverage available includes the Europe Travel insurance, costing €1.50 per day, or the Schengen Multi Trip insurance, which is perfect for regular travelers and is available from €298 for a year’s coverage.

Frequently asked questions about travel insurance to Slovenia

Do I need to declare existing medical conditions to get travel insurance?

Yes. All you have to do is answer a few quick and confidential questions when making your application with AXA.

Will my travel insurance fees be refunded if my visa is refused?

Yes. If your visa is refused AXA will refund your insurance fees - but you will need to provide documentation specifying the reason for refusal.

I have an annual multi-trip policy. What is the longest I can go on holiday for?

The maximum length you can go on holiday depends on your level of cover. In terms of your Schengen Visa- you will be allowed to spend up to 90 days in the Schengen Area each time you make a trip.