Applying for a Schengen Visa to Slovenia
Visiting Slovenia on a Schengen Visa
Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana is full of beautiful churches and is situated in the middle of this beautiful mountainous country - which was once a major crossroads on European trade routes in the Balkans. Now, as it is part of the Schengen Area of European countries that have abolished border controls, it is a picturesque spot that is easy to travel to while being a little off the tourist trail. A Schengen Visa for Slovenia allows you to travel to any of the Schengen countries, with a short-stay visa valid for up to 90 days. If you are planning multiple trips over a period of six months, you are not permitted to spend more than a total of three months in the Schengen Area.
Who needs a Schengen Visa to enter Slovenia?
If you are traveling to Slovenia, you will need a Schengen Visa if you are a citizen of a non-Schengen country without a visa-free travel agreement with the area, or if you have been refused for visa-free travel. These short-stay visas can be for business or tourism purposes, as well as family and short study visits, or for medical reasons.
Your Schengen Visa application will cost €80 for adults and €40 for minors - although this may be waived in certain special circumstances, such as cultural or charitable trips for young people.
How do I apply for a Schengen Visa to Slovenia?
Next, you must book an appointment, and gather your supporting documents - two recently taken passport-style photos, your passport or other travel documents that are no older than 10 years and valid for at least three months after your departure date from the Schengen Area. You will also need travel and medical insurance covering you up to costs of €30,000, a cover letter stating your itinerary and the purpose of your visit, as well as a flight itinerary, proof of accommodation, proof of your civil status, like a marriage certificate, and proof you have means of subsistence during your stay. Those traveling to Slovenia need to prove they have €70 available per day of their trip.
What are the Slovenia Visa requirements for a work, business or student visa?
If applying for a work visa to Slovenia, you will need to provide the embassy/consulate with documents that prove you meet Slovenia Schengen Visa requirements based on your employment status. If employed, you need an employment contract, a current bank statement, a no objection letter from your employer giving you leave to travel, and an income tax return. If self-employed, you will need a copy of your business license, company bank statements, and income tax returns. You also need an invitation letter regardless of whether you are applying for a work visa or for a short-stay Schengen Visa for business.
Non-EU nationals may only be employed in Slovenia on the basis of a work permit and a residence permit, which must be obtained beforehand - although the rules are somewhat less strict than some EU countries, where you must show you have an employer, or if self-employed, will have a significant income.
Student visas require proof of enrolment at a Slovenian institution, a no objection letter from your place of study in your homeland, and an invitation letter.
Where do I go to apply for a Slovenian Schengen Visa?
You will need to apply to the Slovenian embassy or consulate in your country of residence, or a visa application center acting on the nation’s behalf. A visa partner of Slovenia’s embassies is VFS Global.
Why choose AXA Schengen Insurance?
Those traveling to Slovenia need travel and medical insurance. AXA’s Low Cost Travel Insurance costs just €0.99 ($1.11) per day of your trip and will meet your visa requirements, while the AXA Schengen Europe Travel Insurance offers extended coverage up to costs of €100,000.
Those seeking a multiple-entry visa can purchase the Multi Trip insurance from €298 per year, which again covers you for expenses up to €100,000.
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- Which countries are not part of the Schengen area ?
- What is the Schengen Agreement ?
- All you need to know about border control in the Schengen Area
- What does Schengen mean ?
- What is the Schengen acquis ?
Frequently asked questions about getting a Slovenian Schengen Visa
The processing time for a Slovenian Schengen visa may take up to 15 days in a normal situation but could take up to 60 days to be issued in extreme circumstances. You can apply for your visa up to six months before you travel.
Can I travel to Slovenia if I have obtained a Schengen Visa from another country - such as Croatia and vice versa?
Yes. Schengen Visas allow you to travel throughout the countries who are signed up to the agreement.
You may be able to correct minor discrepancies at an interview but it is likely you will need to submit a new visa application - so it is important to check all details are correct before applying.