Embassy of the RS Washington /Consular Services, Visas /Short - term visa information /

VISA REQUIREMENT – WHO NEEDS A VISA?

Visa requirements depend on the nationality/citizenship of the applicant; not on their immigration status (eg. green card holder).

American and Mexican citizens do not need a visa to visit Slovenia for up to 90 days in the period of 180 days. Please note that the calculations of stay are "sliding scale calculations" (the duration of stay is calculated 180 days prior to the date of entry into the Schengen area – Schengen calculator; the stay in any country of the Schengen area is included in the calculation).

A list of third countries whose nationals must hold a short-stay visa is available on the following link: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/what-we-do/policies/borders-and-visas/visa-policy/apply_for_a_visa/index_en.htm

VISA APPLICATIONS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED IN PERSON.

 

 

RULES OF JURISDICTION – WHERE TO APPLY?

You can enter and leave the Schengen zone through any country; HOWEVER you have to apply for your visa at the correct embassy or consulate and not simply at an embassy or consulate of your convenience.

1. If you are planning to visit ONLY ONE COUNTRY you need to apply at that Member State's embassy or consulate.

2. If your visit includes more than one country, you need to apply at the Member State that is the MAIN DESTINATION of your visit: either the one where you are going to stay longest or the one where the main purpose of your visit lies.

3. If no main destination can be determined (because you are travelling to several countries for the same periods of time or for various purposes), the MEMBER STATE WHOSE EXTERNAL BORDER YOU INTEND TO CROSS FIRST for entering the Schengen zone (e.g. the first airport) is responsible for your visa application.

If it is determined, you are not applying at the correct embassy or consulate the application WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. If you manage to get the visa issued nonetheless, there is a serious risk that you will be refused entry at the border.

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Holders of B1 / B2 visas please apply in your home country. The contact information of Embassies that are authorized to issue visas for Slovenia can be found at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs web page here.

Diplomatic Missions/Consular Posts Authorized to Issue Schengen Visas for Slovenia

Applicants from the following states should apply at the Consulate General in Cleveland: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin.

Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia in Cleveland, OH
1100 Superior Avenue, Suite 720
Cleveland, OH 44114
Tel: + 1 (216) 771 7010
Fax: + 1 (216) 771 7701
E-mail: sloconsulate.cleveland(at)gov.si

Applicants residing in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Pacific Islands (under administration of United States of America) may apply for an entry visa for the Republic of Slovenia at the Consulate General of the Republic of Austria in Los Angeles.

Consulate General of the Republic of Austria
11859 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 501
Los Angeles, California 90025
Tel: +1 (310) 444 9310
+1 (310) 473 4721
Fax: +1 (310) 477 9897
E-mail: los-angeles-gk(at)bmaa.gv.at
Internet: www.aussenministerium.at/losangeles
www.austria-la.org

PLEASE NOTE! The representing countries are completely independent in the visa procedure. The Embassy of Slovenia does not intervene under any circumstances, including scheduling.

Applicants from all other States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico should apply at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington D.C.

Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, D.C.
2410 California Street
Washington, D.C. 20008
United States of America
Tel: + 1 (202) 386 6601
Fax: + 1 (202) 386 6633
E-mail: sloembassy.washington(at)gov.si

VISA APPLICATION CENTERS

US residents traveling to Slovenia may submit applications for a Schengen visa also at the following Visa Application Centers: 

Washington DC VFS Services USA Inc.
1025 Vermont Ave NW, Floor 2, Washington, DC 20005
Submission of Applications: 09:00 – 15:00 (Monday – Friday except declared holidays)
Collection of Passports: 09.00 – 16.00 (Monday-Friday except declared holidays)

New York VFS Services USA Inc.
145 West 45th St, Floor 4, New York, NY 10036
Submission of Applications: 09:00 – 15:00 (Monday – Friday except declared holidays)
Collection of Passports: 09.00 – 16.00 (Monday-Friday except declared holidays)

Houston VFS Services USA Inc.
2425 West Loop S, Suite #330, Houston, TX 77002
Submission of Applications: 09:00 – 15:00 (Monday – Friday except declared holidays)
Collection of Passports: 09.00 – 16.00 (Monday-Friday except declared holidays)

Miami VFS Services USA Inc.
2655 S LE JEUNE ROAD PENTHOUSE 1A CORAL GABLES FL 33134
Submission of Applications: 09:00 – 15:00 (Monday – Friday except declared holidays)
Collection of Passports: 09.00 – 16.00 (Monday-Friday except declared holidays)

San Francisco VFS Services USA Inc.
110 Sutter Street, Floor 05, San Francisco, CA 94104
Submission of Applications: 09:00 – 15:00 (Monday – Friday except declared holidays)
Collection of Passports: 09.00 – 16.00 (Monday-Friday except declared holidays)

Chicago VFS Services USA Inc.
142 E Ontario St., 17th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
Submission of Applications: 09:00 – 15:00 (Monday – Friday except declared holidays)
Collection of Passports: 09.00 – 16.00 (Monday-Friday except declared holidays)

Applicants from the following states may apply at the Chicago Visa Application Center: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin. Visa applications will be sent to the Consulate General of the Republic of Slovenia in Cleveland for decision making.

Applicants from all other States and District of Columbia may apply at the Visa Application Centers in Washington D.C., New York, Houston, Miami and San Francisco. Visa applications will be sent to the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, D.C., for decision making.  

For information on visa submission procedure at the Visa Application Centers visit the following website:  

https://www.vfsglobal.com/Slovenia/USA/index.html


MEXICO

Non-Mexican citizens residing in Mexico: Applicants may apply for an entry visa for the Republic of Slovenia at the Belgian Embassy in Mexico.

Belgian Embassy Mexico
Avenida Alfredo Musset 41
Colonia Polanco
11550 Mexico D.F
Tel.: + 52 (55) 52.80.07.58
Fax: + 52 (55) 52.80.02.08
E-mail: mexico(at)diplobel.fed.be


PLEASE NOTE! The representing countries are completely independent in the visa procedure. The Embassy of Slovenia does not intervene under any circumstances, including scheduling.

 

 

Appointment

An appointment is necessary. Please request one by email to sloembassy.washington(at)gov.si

Suggest a day and hour within official hours (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Wednesday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM).

If the suggested date is not confirmed, we will offer you another date.

Appointment requests less than 5 days in advance will not be accepted.

Duration of Visa Procedure

Please start your visa procedure on timeno more than three months and no less than 15 days before the start of the intended visit. We recommend you submit your application about 3 - 4 weeks before the day of departure.

The visa procedure at the Embassy takes up to 15 calendar days after the submission of a complete application.

Please note that visa processing time for some nationals is longer than 15 but not longer than 60 calendar days. Inquiries about the status will not be answered earlier than 10 days from the submission of a complete application.

Visa Fees

A single visa fee of 67 USD is applied for all types of visas regardless of the duration and/or number of entries. Payment is due with the application; there is no refund in case of a negative decision. Payments should be made only with money order payable to the Embassy of Slovenia. Personal checks, credit cards or cash are not accepted.

There is a lower fee of 39 USD for citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.

The visa procedure is free of charge for:
- children up to 12 years old,
- diplomatic and official passport holders.

If you are a direct family member of an EU citizen please verify with the Consular office if you are eligible for a visa fee waiver.

Passport Requirements

In order to apply for a visa:

1. The passport must be valid at least 3 months longer than the intended stay.

2. Passport issued more than 10 years ago cannot be considered for the application (regardless if the passport is still valid/was prolonged).

3. At least two pages must be empty in the visa section of the passport.

Travel Medical Insurance Requirements

Applicants must present travel medical insurance with a minimum coverage of 30.000 EURvalid throughout the territory of Schengen member states. Insurance must cover: emergency medical expenses, hospital treatment, repatriation for medical reasons, or repatriation of remains. 

Applicants for a visa for one or two entries shall prove that they are in possession of travel medical insurance covering the whole period of their stay in Schengen area.

Applicants for a visa for multiple entries shall prove that they are in possession of travel medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit. The insurance must only cover the period of effective stay, not the validity of the visa. However, in cases of multiple entry visas, the insurance must be bought for each trip to the Schengen area – failure to provide proof of insurance at the border is grounds for denial of entry into the Schengen area countries.

We suggest the insurance coverage is a couple of days longer than the intended stay, for cases of delayed flights or similar.

Make sure that your insurance coverage letter proves that you meet ALL requirements above. Photocopy of your insurance card is not sufficient evidence of adequate medical insurance.

Full policies will not be studied.

If you don’t succeed to get the required coverage letter from your insurance company, you must purchase an international medical insurance for the trip.

PLEASE NOTE: the insurance coverage letter is a compulsory document*. If the Medical insurance document is missing, the visa will be denied.

*This does not apply to holders of diplomatic passports.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

1. Filled out and signed application form for visa C . All sections must be filled out. State that an item is not applicable with N/A. Indicate your e-mail address and a contact phone number. Application form must be signed in two places, the first refers to the application (No. 37) and the second is the Schengen consent that follows.

2. Original valid national passport, see requirements.

3. A copy of passport's personal details page(s) and previous Schengen visas including entry/exit stamps.  

4. One recent photo, US passport size. The photo cannot be older than 6 months.

5. Travel medical insurance, see requirements.

6. Proof of legal residence in the USA and re-entry document:
a) Valid US residence permit ("Green Card") or valid US resident visa (e.g. visa type A, E, F + endorsed I-20, G, H, I, J + J1-form, L, O, R). The US Green Card or visa must be valid at least three months beyond the intended departure from the Member States.
b) A copy of valid US Green Card or valid US resident visa.    

7. Proof of travel arrangements:
a) Flight (roundtrip)/travel reservations or other proof of intended transport. Each reservation must show the name of the applicant and the reservation number. 
b) Full itinerary if several Schengen States will be visited or if the trip covers several Schengen and non-Schengen countries.

8. Proof of accommodation for all countries to be visited in the Schengen area, covering the entire duration of the trip:
a) Individuals: confirmed hotel reservation or reservation of another lodging place, stating name and contact information of the hotel/lodging, reservation number and the name of the applicant or travel companion.
b) Groups: the certificate of the travel agency mentioning same information as for individuals, or other proof of accommodation (e.g. rental agreement).

9. Proof of sufficient financial means for the intended journey:
a) Bank account statement(s) for the last three months (bank statements must show the name and address of owner(s), electronic printouts are accepted); proof of regular income e.g. pay slips for the last three months;
b) OR if self-employed: tax return from previous fiscal year or proof of previous economic activity and of an income during previous fiscal year;
c) OR if retired: e.g. copy of pension certificate or a letter of previous employer or a pension check stub or confirmation from the responsible authority about the amount of pension;
d) In case of business, if applicable, letter stating that all expenses are fully covered (e.g. a written proof that the inviting employer/company pays the expenses or alternatively, the sending employer/company pays for all expenses);
e) In case of students/researchers, if applicable, letter stating that all expenses are fully covered.

10. Signed permission to copy documents

11. Signed permission to return the passport by mail, if you want the passport returned by mail.

12. Prepaid express courier envelope (i.e. US Postal Service, UPS, etc.; must have tracking number) addressed from the Embassy to your address in order to receive the passport back by mail.
If the prepaid express courier envelope or the permission form are not provided with the application, the passport must be collected in person at the Embassy. No exceptions!!

13. If the applicant is minor (under 18) and travels without parents or with one parent

Submit all requested documents depending on the purpose of the visit, and:

a) Original notarized letter of consent signed by parents or legal guardians authorizing travel to destination;
b) OR if the parent or legal guardian holds the parental authority alone: proof of custody or guardianship (e.g. original and copy of court decision) or original death certificate of the other parent.
c) Original birth certificate of minor. If necessary, translated into English. 
d) Copies of the passports of parents or legal guardians (personal details and signature pages).
e) Proof of sufficient funds from parent(s) or legal guardian(s). 

ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS BY CATEGORY:

Personal visit:
Letter of Guarantee  signed by the person inviting you to Slovenia and notarized by the Administrative Unit in Slovenia (called upravna enota).

Business:
a) Letter of Guarantee  signed by the company/organization inviting you to Slovenia and notarized by the Administrative Unit in Slovenia (called upravna enota).
b) Reference letter from employer on official company letterhead, stamped and dated, containing contact information (address, email, telephone number) as well as name, position and signature of the countersigning officer. The letter must state the position of the applicant, years of employment and approval of position after returning. If applicable, the letter should state that all expenses are fully covered by the inviting company or the sending company.

Short term study/research:
a) Certificate from the receiving institution on the length and purpose of stay (Letter of Guarantee certified by the Administrative Unit in Slovenia, called upravna enota).
b) Certificate from US institution on enrolment on official letterhead, stamped and dated, containing contact information (address, email, telephone number) as well as name, position and signature of the countersigning officer. If applicable, the letter should state that all expenses are fully covered.

Conference:
Letter of Guarantee  signed by the organization inviting you to Slovenia and notarized by the Administrative Unit in Slovenia (called upravna enota).

In line with Article 21 of the Visa Code the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia may in justified individual cases request additional documents during the examination of an application.

Refusal of Visa and Possibility to Appeal

In case of a negative decision on application, the applicant is notified in written form including statement of grounds for refusal.

Applicants refused a visa have the right to appeal. The person concerned can appeal the decision within 8 days from the receipt of the notification of refusal/annulment/revocation of the visa.

The appeal must be lodged in written form in Slovene language. Consular fee for appeal is 171 USD. During the appeals procedure a new visa application cannot be processed.

The appeal must be filed at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington and is decided upon by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.  

Additional Information

The possession of a valid Schengen visa enables the holder to enter one of the Schengen Member States and travel within Schengen area. Check any limitations on the territorial validity of the issued visa prior to travel – if the visa is limited to one country or group of countries, the movement is limited to those countries.

A mere possession of a visa does not confer an automatic right of entry into the country.

The holder of visa can be requested to present proof that he/she fulfils the entry conditions at the external border (such as medical insurance). If the circumstances under which a visa was issued have changed, border authorities may refuse entry and revoke the visa. A visa may also be revoked if it is subsequently established that the data submitted during the visa issuing procedure was incorrect or that important facts were concealed.

FACILITATED VISA PROCEDURE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS OF EU CITIZENS

In accordance with Directive 2004/38/EC of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the member states, third-country nationals who are family members of EU citizens have the right to facilitated visa procedure. Article 3(1) of the Directive stipulates that the Directive applies only to those family members who accompany or join the EU citizens who move to or reside in a Member State other than that of which they are a national. Family members of EU citizens falling under the Directive are exempt from the requirement to pay the visa fee.  

Required documents for facilitated visa procedure:

1. Filled out and signed visa application form. All sections must be filled out. State that an item is not applicable with N/A. Please indicate your e-mail address and a contact phone number. Please note that the application form must be signed in two places, the first refers to the application (No. 37) and the second is the Schengen consent that follows.

2. Valid national passport. Please note important regulations above.

3. One recent color photo, US passport size. The photo cannot be older than 6 months.

4. Proof of resident status in the USA: Copy of valid US permanent resident card (notarized copy if applying by mail) or valid US resident visa – i.e. type A, E, F plus endorsed I-20 by competent authority , G, H, I, J plus J1 documents, L, O, R). The US residence permit or visa should be valid at least three months beyond the intended departure from the Schengen area.

5. Proof of family relationship with an EU citizen (e.g. a marriage certificate, birth certificate, proof of durability of partnerships) and his identity (passport).

6. Documents establishing that you shall accompany or join EU citizen in Slovenia (e.g. a proof that the EU citizen already resides in Slovenia or a confirmation that the EU citizen will travel to Slovenia).

 

 

Third Countries Whose Nationals or Specific Categories of Such Third Country Nationals Who are Subject to Prior Consultation

A Member State may require the central authorities of other Member States to consult its central authorities during the examination of visa applications lodged by nationals of specific third countries or specific categories of nationals.

Please note that visa processing time for such nationals is longer than 15 calendar days.

Questions?

If you have additional questions please send an e-mail inquiry to: sloembassy.washington(at)gov.si.

Please indicate your name, nationality, U.S. State of residence and contact info.

Inquiries will be answered at earliest convenience. Do not leave phone voicemails on visa inquiries.