Consular information of the Embassy London
Ministry of Foreign and European 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).
Current information on border crossings, measures at the border upon entry into Slovenia and the lists of countries can be found on the special page Border Crossing.
For the consular services it is required to pay the appropriate consular fee. The consular fees are only collectible in GBP, and may change as a result of currency fluctuation.
A citizen may file a passport application with the diplomatic mission or consular post.
A passport application must be lodged by an adult citizen in person. A minor’s application must be submitted by his/her legal guardian. If the minor is over 8 years of age, he/she must be present in person.
The application shall be accompanied by:
- Old passport (if any, or a valid public document containing a photograph)
- Biometric photo of the prescribed size showing the right image and fulfilling the provided instructions.
Issue and validity
The passport is issued to an adult citizen with a period of validity of 10 years; for a citizen aged between three and 18 years with a validity of five years; and for a citizen who has not yet reached the age of three, with a validity of three years.
Passport validity and the corresponding consular fees:
- 10 years for adults from the age of 18 – EUR 115
- 5 years for children from 3 to 18 years – EUR 76
- 3 years for children under 3 years – EUR 57
- 1 year – EUR 47
The passport is personally served on the applicant or his/her legal representative.
Delivery for destruction
A citizen must deliver the passport to the competent authority for destruction within 30 days in the following cases:
- Changed personal data on the biographical page of the passport
- Changed permanent residence, whereby the entry of the change in the passport is no longer possible
- The photograph no longer shows a true image
- The photograph is damaged or worn out or no longer usable for any other reason
- Termination of citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia
Entry of a change of address
A citizen must submit his/her passport to the competent authority to enter the change in the passport no later than 30 days after the change of address. The application must be accompanied by:
- A valid passport that still has a free section to allow entry of the new address
- Residence registration certificate for a new address
The entry of a change is exempt from fee.
A citizen may file an application for an identity card with the diplomatic mission or consular post.
An application for an identity card must be lodged by an adult citizen in person. In some cases, the consent of both parents is required. A minor’s application must be submitted by his/her legal guardian. If the minor is over 8 years of age, he/she must also be present in person.
The application must be accompanied by:
- The old identity card (if any, or a valid public document containing a photograph)
- A photograph of the prescribed size, showing the right image and fulfilling the provided instructions.
Issue and validity
An identity card with a validity of three years is issued to a national under three years of age. An identity card with a validity of five years is issued to a citizen aged between three and 18 years. An identity card with ten-year validity is issued to a citizen aged 18 to 70. After the age of 70, an identity card with permanent validity is issued.
Identity card validity and consular fee:
- 10 years for adults from 18 to 70 years – EUR 76
- 5 years for children from 3 to 18 years – EUR 60
- 3 years for children under 3 years – EUR 44
- Permanent identity card – EUR 76
The identity card must be personally served on the applicant or his/her legal representative.
Delivery for destruction
The citizen must deliver the identity card to the competent authority for destruction no later than 30 days in the following cases:
- Change of surname or name
- Change of permanent residence
- The photograph on the identity card no longer shows a true image
- The identity card is damaged or worn out or can no longer be used for any other reason
- Termination of citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia
Declaration of a missing, lost or stolen passport or identity card
A citizen is obliged to report a missing, lost or stolen (hereinafter: missing) passport or identity card abroad immediately to the competent authorities in the Republic of Slovenia, at the diplomatic mission or consular post.
Procedure at the diplomatic mission or consular post
The missing document is first registered with the police or another competent institution and a certificate of declaration of the missing document is issued. The certificate must be submitted to the diplomatic mission or consular post, where the applicant needs to give a statement regarding the missing document. True information should be provided on the circumstances in which the document went missing, since the citizen is criminally and materially liable in the event of a false statement. On this basis, the diplomatic mission or consular post revokes the missing document.
Reporting a missing document is free of charge.
After reporting a missing document
The diplomatic mission or consular post may issue a passport for return with a validity of up to 30 days or for the time needed to return to the country where the citizen is registered as a resident or temporary resident.
The return passport is a temporary document intended only for the return to the place of residence. It does not allow you to continue your travels to the remaining countries of your destination. You should also inquire about additional visas to be obtained for such a document from the competent authorities of the country where you are staying or the countries through which you will be travelling.
In order to obtain a passport for return, you need to submit the following:
- The original certificate of declaration of the missing document
- Consular fee in the amount of EUR 19
All information on the registration of permanent or temporary residence abroad, the issue of permanent residence certificates and the replacement of identification documents due to a change of address of permanent residence is available under the section Residence.
The registration of permanent or temporary residence abroad is free of charge.
Change of permanent/temporary residence address
Pursuant to the provisions of the Residence Registration Act, a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia who intends to permanently emigrate from the territory of the Republic of Slovenia is obliged to change his/her permanent residence address with the competent authority (administrative unit or upravna enota) and to state the exact address abroad (country, city, street with house number and postal code). The exact address abroad is important for the exercise of the right to vote, since every citizen who permanently emigrates from the territory of the Republic of Slovenia is automatically entered in the register of voters who are not domiciled in the Republic of Slovenia. The exact address abroad also guarantees that the voter who wishes to vote by post will receive the election material in due course at the correct address.
The law also allows for the registration of temporary departure from the territory of the RS. This applies when an individual intends to travel from the territory of the Republic of Slovenia for more than 3 months. Although the law does not specify the duration of temporary absence, the definition of permanent residence referred to in Article 17 of the Residence Registration Act applies (temporary residence lasts no longer than 4 years). In this case, too, the individual must report the departure to the competent authority before departing, stating the exact address of the temporary residence abroad. However, when he/she returns from abroad for more than 60 days or with the intention of residing in Slovenia again, he/she must report the return to the competent authority within eight days of his arrival.
The change of residence address (either permanent or temporary) can be completed through e-government if you have a digital electronic signature of Sigenca.
If you move, the change of address should be reported to the embassy or administrative unit.
Change of address at the embassy in London
You can change your address of residence either in person at the Embassy or via email.
If you wish to change your address of residence by email, please print out, complete and sign the form then send it by email to email@example.com, along with a copy of your ID (passport/ID card). Once the change is complete, we will email you a confirmation of the change of address, and you can then pick up the original confirmation in person at the embassy at any time during the office hours of the consular department.
If you would like to apply for the change of address in person at the Embassy, we kindly ask you to make an appointment in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Change of residence address is free of charge.
Change of address in ID documents
When you change your permanent residence address, you are by law required to change the address in your ID documents within 30 days.
You can change the address in your passport if you still have room for it in your passport. If not, you need to apply for a new passport. You can apply for the change at the Embassy by submitting your passport at any time during office hours. The passport will be sent to Slovenia, where the change will be made, and then returned to the Embassy where you will be able to collect it.
The process of changing your permanent residence address in the passport is free of charge and takes about 3 weeks.
Changing the address on your ID card is not possible - you can only apply for a new ID card.
Non-resident status for tax purposes
Information on regulating the status of a non-resident for tax purposes is available on the website of the Financial Administration of the Republic of Slovenia.
Civil registration (birth, marriage/partnership, death)
Citizens may request extracts from the central register of births, marriages and deaths or submit an application to record vital events (birth, marriage/partnership, death) at the diplomatic mission or consular post.
The diplomatic mission or consular post may accept requests for the issue of:
- Extract from the register of births – consular fee within the EU: EUR 19, outside the EU: EUR 26
- Extract from the register of marriages – consular fee within the EU: EUR 19, outside the EU: EUR 26
- Extract from the register of same-sex partnerships – consular fee within the EU: EUR 19, outside the EU: EUR 26
- Extract from the register of deaths – consular fee within the EU: EUR 19, outside the EU: EUR 26
- Nationality certificate – consular fee within the EU: EUR 19, outside the EU: EUR 26
- Single status certificate – consular fee within the EU: EUR 19, outside the EU: EUR 26
- Certificate of no impediment to marriage abroad – the consular fee is EUR 38
- Certificate of life – endorsement of the form is free of charge for Slovenian citizens; the consular fee for foreign citizens is EUR 13
- First change of personal name with a decision – the consular fee is EUR 55
Registration of a marriage in Slovenia
To register your marriage in Slovenia and officially change your surname after marriage, you will need to submit the following:
- Completed application form,
- Original marriage certificate, which needs to be certified with an international stamp Apostille (In the UK, you can obtain this certification through the Legalisation Office.
If you were married outside of UK, you will need to complete the certification ("authentication, legalisation") in the country in which you were married or at an Embassy of the country in which you were married. Slovenian Embassy in London will, after obtaining the signatures of the official who certified the marriage certificate at the relevant Embassy, re-certify the signature.
- Translation of the marriage certificate (you can complete the translation yourself or through a translator; the translation will then be certified at the Slovenian Embassy in London).
- A record of the use of surname after marriage (this will be completed at the Embassy).
- A copy of your passport and the passport of your spouse.
Once you have collected all the necessary documents, please give us a call our email us at email@example.com to arrange an appointment to submit the application. We will send your application and the supporting documents to the relevant administrative unit who will then complete the registration.
If you will be changing your surname because of the marriage, you can also submit an application for a new passport.
If this is your second marriage, please note that evidence of the dissolution of the first marriage will also need to be submitted (the decree absolute will need to be officially translated to Slovene through an official translator) if your first marriage was registered in Slovenia.
Change of name
Personal name consists of first name(s) and last name(s), which were given to any individual at the time of his/her birth. It can be changed on the basis of certain family relations (getting married, getting a divorce or an annulment, acknowledgment of paternity, adoption) or upon an application, made by a citizen over the age of 18 or by the legal guardian of a child on child's behalf. The application for the change of personal name can be submitted at any administrative unit (upravna enota) in Slovenia or at an Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Slovenia abroad.
Change of personal name with a decision of the administrative unit (for persons over the age of 18)
You can request a change of:
- First name(s)
- Last name(s)
- Complete personal name (both first name and last name)
Any change of personal name is prohibited for persons convicted of criminal offences for which the perpetrator is prosecuted ex officio, until such person has served his/her sentence or for as long as the legal consequences of the conviction stand.
Please note that if you change your personal name, you have to apply for new ID documents.
Documents required for a change of personal name at the Embassy in London:
- Completed and signed application form
- Certificate of criminal record check (DBS check), which has to be legalised/certified with the international stamp Apostille. For documents issued in the UK, legalisation by Apostille is completed by Legalisation Office. Please note you may need to obtain the authentication of the certificate from a notary public or a solicitor, prior to applying for legalisation with an Apostille from the Legalisation office. For more information regarding this, please contact the Legislation Office directly. The certificate of criminal record check must not be older than three months.
- Translation of the certificate of criminal record check into Slovenian language
- Copy of an ID document (passport or ID card)
At the time of application the consular fee has to be paid in the amount of 54.90 € (cca. 50 GBP). The payment is possible in GBP and in cash only. To get an appointment to submit the application or for more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that a change of name under English law (with the use of Deed Poll) is not valid for Slovenian cizitens.
Information on the acquisition of, release from, and renunciation of, Slovenian citizenship is available under the topic Citizenship.
At diplomatic missions or consular posts, you may submit appropriate applications to be forwarded to administrative units or to the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Slovenia.
- Registration of citizenship: EUR 13
- Admission to and release from citizenship: EUR 354
- Declaratory decision on citizenship or renunciation EUR 181
Registration of a child as a Slovenian citizen
Once you have collected all the necessary documents as per below, please give us a call or email us at email@example.com to arrange an appointment to submit the application for a registration of a child as Slovenian citizen. The application and supporting documents will then be sent to the relevant administration unit in Slovenia who will complete the registration.
List of required documents:
Please complete the correct form, depending on citizenship of the child's parents. If both parents are Slovenian citizens, please complete the form Vpis otroka v MR MLD. If only one of the parents is a Slovenian citizen, please complete the form Vpis otroka v MR MLD Priglasitev.
Child's certified original birth certificate
The original birth certificate, which must include details of the parents, needs to be certified by an international stamp Apostille. In the UK, you can obtain this certification through the Legalisation Office.
If the child was born outside of UK, you will need to complete the certification ("authentication, legalisation") in the country of birth or at an Embassy of the country in which the child was born. Slovenian Embassy in London will, after obtaining the signatures of the official who certified the birth certificate at the relevant Embassy, re-certify the signature.
Translation of the birth certificate
Once you obtain the certified birth certificate, it needs to be translated to Slovenian. You can complete the translation yourself or through a translator. The translation will then be certified at the Slovenian Embassy in London.
Registration of permanent residence
Please complete the registration of permanent residence form for your child. Please note that if the child's parents live at different addresses, BOTH parents need to complete and sign this form.
Registration of the right to vote
Please complete the registration of the right to vote form for your child.
The purpose of this form is to register the child into the electoral register. As such, the child will obtain the right to vote upon turning 18 years old.
If you are not married to the other parent of the child
If you are not married or if the child was born before you got married, BOTH parents must attend the Embassy when submitting the application where they will need to sign a Record of Acknowledgment of Paternity. We will provide you with the form at the Embassy.
If you are married but the marriage has not yet been registered in Slovenia, you are required to complete the registration before the child's citizenship can be granted (see Civil registration above). You can complete both processes at the same time at the Embassy.
If the parents are married and the marriage is registered in Slovenia, only one parent (Slovenian citizen) must attend the Embassy when submitting the application.
Statement on the use of the name
Please also enclose a statement, confirming the name the child will use in legal transactions.
Once you have collected all the required documents, please give us a call or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment to submit the application for a registration of your child as Slovenian citizen.
We will forward the application and the supporting documents to the relevant administration unit in Slovenia. Once we receive a copy of the birth certificate from the administration unit in Slovenia, you will be able to apply for a passport and/or ID card for the child.
Provided that you have submitted all the required documents, the whole process takes approximately 4 weeks (depending on the speed of the post, the administration unit, any public holidays in the UK or Slovenia, etc.).
- Certification of Documents in International Traffic Act (in Slovene only)
- Rules on the certification of documents in international traffic (in Slovene only)
The signature on a private or public document may be certified at diplomatic missions and consular posts. The certification does not verify the contents of the document.
Elections and referendums
Information on voting from abroad is available on the website of the State Election Commission.
General information on voting rights can be found on page Elections and referendums.
Obtaining a qualified digital certificate SIGEN-CA
The SIGEN-CA qualified digital certificate for natural persons may be issued to persons over 15 years of age who have a Slovenian tax number and PIN. The digital certificate is valid for five years.
An authorised representative with a certified authorisation may submit an application on behalf of a disabled person. Slovenians abroad may apply for a digital certificate for citizens abroad at a diplomatic mission or consular post.
More information about the certificate is available at the website of the National Trust Service Centre SI-TRUST.
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