Jurij Rifelj, Ambassador
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Travel Advice: COVID-19
As the probability of infection with COVID-19 remains present, Slovenian citizens wishing to travel abroad are advised to follow the news on the spread of the virus, especially on the planned route, to check the conditions of entry into the country of destination, and to comply with local rules. Slovenian citizens returning from abroad are advised to follow the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ).
Ambassador Jurij Rifelj presented his Letter of Credence to H.E. Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove on 18. September 2018.
Mr Jurij Rifelj has been a career diplomat since 1994. Before being appointed as the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia to Australia, he was the Head of Public Relations Service at the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia. In the past, he also served as the Head of the Office of the Republic of Slovenia in Palestine (2014-2015) and before that, he headed the Representative Office to the Palestinian Authority (2011-2014). In 2010 and 2011, he was Special Coordinator for Afghanistan; in 2009, he was the Diplomatic Adviser at the Ministry of Defence. From 2004 and 2008, he was a Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic to Slovenia to the North Atlantic Council in Brussels, Belgium. Between 1997 and 2002 he worked at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Washington, DC, where he dealt with political - security and media affairs.