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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.

Foreigners, who reside in Canada and need a visa for travel to Slovenia, can request an appointment at or +1 613 565 5781

Visa fees for January 2023

Schengen visa - 116 CAD

Schengen visa for children - 58 CAD

Long-term visa - 112 CAD

Residency Permit - 189 CAD

Agreement for the Youth Mobility Program 

In order to encourage mobility and exchanges of youth, to enhance excellence of post-secondary institutions and non-governmental organizations and to strengthen competitiveness of businesses, the Republic of Slovenia and Canada have established a Youth Mobility Program.

The Program allows young Canadians and Slovenians, age 18 to 35, to travel to the other country for up to a year. Under the Agreement, individuals within the following 3 categories may benefit from this program:

  1. a)Young citizens, including post-secondary graduates, who intend to obtain further remunerated training in the host country under a pre-arranged contract of employment in support of their career development;
    b)Registered students of a post-secondary institution in their home country who intend to complete part of their academic curriculum in the host country by undertaking a pre-arranged, mandatory and remunerated internship or work placement, including an arrangement between post-secondary institutions;
    c) Young citizens, including registered students in their home country, who intend to travel in the host country and who wish to obtain remunerated employment in order to supplement their financial resources.

Young Canadians who wish to participate under this Agreement must apply through the Embassy of Slovenia. The following requirements must be attained in order to be eligible:

  1. a) Be between the ages of 18 and 35 inclusively on the date the application is received by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia;
  2. b) Be a Canadian citizen holding a Canadian passport with a period of validity exceeding the expected duration of stay under this Agreement;
  3. c) Be in possession of a departure ticket or sufficient financial resources to purchase such a ticket and have proof of the financial resources necessary to cover the expenses involved at the beginning of their stay in the territory of Slovenia;
  4. d) Not be accompanied by dependants;
  5. e) Agree to take out appropriate insurance for health care, including hospitalization and repatriation for the duration of their authorized stay, prior to their entry in the territory of the other Party;
  6. f) As the case may be:
  7. Demonstrate that you have obtained a pre-arranged contract of employment,
  8. Provide documentation proving registration at a post-secondary institution in Canada and demonstrate that you have obtained a pre-arranged internship or work placement in Slovenia,

iii. Confirm your intention to travel in the territory of Slovenia with the possibility of obtaining remunerated employment to supplement financial resources;

  1. g) Meet any other conditions required for foreigners to enter the host country resulting from its legislation, not already set out in the above mentioned sub-paragraphs a) to f);
  2. h) Pay the current application or participation fees and any relevant visa fees.

Canadian citizens may benefit from the application of the Agreement up to a maximum of two times provided that each time falls under a different category (as mentioned above) and that there is an adjournment between each journey. The duration of each stay shall not exceed one year.

Eligible Canadian citizens will receive visa type D with a validity of one (1) year. In addition, a form for personal work permit must to be signed and sent along with the visa application. This form can be found here (please click here for help on how to fill out the form).

The Embassy would advise the applicants to state specific/exact dates of arrival (point 29 in the visa application form) as the visa and the work permit will be valid from that day on for 12 months.

Eligible Canadian citizens must pick up the personal work permit at the Employment office of the Republic of Slovenia ("Zavod za zaposlovanje Republike Slovenije"), Dunajska cesta 20, Ljubljana. These individuals will also receive a copy of their work permit along with their visa, however, in order to legally work in Slovenia he/she must pick up the original.

Canadian citizens who are benefiting from the application of this Agreement are subject to the laws and regulations enforced in Slovenia, particularly with regard to the practice of regulated professions.

The Agreement for the Youth Mobility Program may be found here. For other relevant information regarding the life and work in Slovenia please click here.


Visa requirement

Canadian citizens

Visa is not required to enter Slovenia.

Third country citizens

Third country citizens living in Canada can check the visa requirement on the European Commission list.

Schengen and visa policy

As a signatory to the Schengen Agreement, Slovenia implements the common EU visa policy. The visa regime it applies is part of the acquis communautaire of the European Union, divided into countries whose nationals require a visa to enter the Republic of Slovenia and countries whose nationals do not.

Slovenian diplomatic missions and consular posts issue Schengen (A and C) and national visas (D). In order to be issued with a visa, the third-country national must present the required documentation and comply with the requirements imposed by law.

Short-stay visa (C and A)

Type A visa

The Airport Transit Visa “A” is issued to foreigners when crossing the international transit area of an airport situated on the territory of the Member States in transit and not entering the Schengen Area. This type of visa is only issued to nationals of the countries listed in Annex IV of Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 – Visa Code.

Type C visa

Type C visa is an entry permit issued to a third-country national for a so-called short stay (up to 90 days in any 180-day period). The number of days allowed can be calculated by means of an online calculator. The visa is issued in the form of a sticker attached to a valid passport.

How to read the visa sticker?

An application for a visa shall be submitted specifically to the Schengen state that is the primary destination of travel. This type of visa may also be issued by other Schengen States on behalf of Slovenia, provided that Slovenia has concluded a representation agreement with them.

In accordance with Article 22 of Regulation (EC) No 810/2009, nationals of certain third countries are subject to prior consultation with the central authorities of other Member States.

In order to obtain a visa at a Slovenian diplomatic mission or consular post, it is necessary to submit the visa application below, the required documentation and fingerprints.

List of basic documentation:

  • A passport with at least two empty pages. The passport should have been issued within the last 10 years.  The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date on which you intend to leave the Schengen Area or, in the case of multiple journeys, the date on which you intend to leave after the last stay;
  • A completed and signed visa application form . Any person appearing in your travel document must complete a separate application form. The visa application form for a child under 18 must be signed by a parent or guardian;
  • A recent identity photograph in accordance with ICAO standards;
  • In the countries where the Visa Information System is operational, your fingerprints will be collected when you submit your application (exemptions exist for specific categories of applicants)
  • Visa fee to be paid when you submit your application;
  • Service fee to be paid if you are requested to submit your application at the offices of a service provider;
  • Travel medical insurance covering emergency medical assistance, hospitalisation and repatriation (including in case of death). The minimum cover should be EUR 30,000. This insurance must cover the entire Schengen Area and the entire duration of stay;
  • Guarantee letter or Invitation Letter signed by the person/company/organization inviting you to Slovenia and certified and registered at the relevant administrative unit in Slovenia;
  • Various documents relating to the purpose of your stay, evidence of means of support during your stay and your accommodation.

Supporting documents

List of supporting documents to be submitted by applicants for short stay visas in Canada

You can apply for a visa at the following locations:

  • Embassy of Slovenia in Ottawa

You can also apply for a visa at the following VFS Global locations in Canada:

  • Slovenia VAC, 208 Bloor Street West, Unit 402, Toronto, ON, M5S 3B4

  • Slovenia VAC, 580 Hornby Street, Unit 440, 4th Floor, Vancouver, BC, V6C 2E7

  • Slovenia VAC, 2211 Riverside Drive, Unit 403, Ottawa, ON, K1H7X5


Certain visa applicants are exempt from the visa fee under the provisions of the Visa Code and the Visa Facilitation Agreement.

In addition, certain categories of Belarusian citizens are exempt from the payment of visa fees. For detailed information, see the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Belarus on the facilitation of the issuance of visas taking into consideration that the implementation of the said agreement has been partially suspended as of 11 November 2021 pursuant to Council Decision (EU) 2021/1940 of 9 November 2021 on the partial suspension of the application of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Belarus on the facilitation of the issuance of visas.

VIS (EU Visa Information System)

During the visa procedure, the applicant is required to submit all 10 fingerprints to be identified in the VIS system together with the photograph. The data shall be retained for 5 years from the end of the procedure. The system is in place to facilitate the identification and exchange of data between Member States.

You may request consultation, modification or deletion of data from the VIS.

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Family members of EU citizens subject to Directive 2004/38/EC

Family members of EU citizens who have exercised their right to free movement (meaning that an EU citizen resides in a Member State other than his or her country of origin or travels to another Member State) receive certain procedural facilitations.

The basic requirements for the applicant to be considered under this category include:

  • An EU citizen has exercised his or her right to free movement
  • The family member (applicant) belongs to one of the categories covered by Directive 2004/38/EC
  • A family member (applicant) accompanying or joining an EU citizen in the Schengen Area destination

Family members of EU citizens subject to Directive 2004/38/EC are entitled to:

  • Priority treatment in determining the time limit for submitting an application if the time limit is required
  • Processing of visa applications free of charge
  • Processing of visa applications under a fast-track procedure

Long-stay visa (D)

A type D visa is an entry and residence permit of no less than 90 days and no longer than one year, allowing the holder, in accordance with the provisions of the Foreigners Act, to apply for a residence permit directly at the administrative unit in duly justified cases. Type D visa cannot be extended. The application for this type of visa may be filed by third-country nationals belonging to one of the groups defined in Article 20 of the Foreigners Act. Third-country nationals coming from non-visa countries may also apply for a D visa.

In order to obtain a D visa, it is necessary to submit the visa application and the required documents.

Basic documents for type D visa:

  • Completed application form for a long-stay visa (D)
  • An appropriately valid passport
  • Photo 45x35 mm, conform to ICAO standards
  • Travel medical insurance (which covers the cost of medical services and repatriation at least up to EUR 30,000 for the entire period of visa validity)
  • Payment of a visa fee of EUR 77, unless the applicant is a close family member of a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia or of another EU Member State
  • Specific documents (below) to demonstrate the purpose of long-term stay

In the procedure for issuing a type D visa for family reunification, a simultaneous interview with the visa applicant (at the Embassy) and the spouse or partner in Slovenia (at the Administrative Unit) is carried out to establish the authenticity of the marriage.

Residence permit of a foreigner in the Republic of Slovenia

A foreigner desiring to reside in the Republic of Slovenia for reasons other than those allowed on the basis of a visa must obtain a residence permit. A residence permit allows the holder to enter and stay in the country for a fixed period of time and for a specific purpose, or residence for an indefinite period of time in case the conditions for permanent residence are met. The conditions for issuing the permit are laid down in the Foreigners Act. The competent decision-making authority is the Administrative Unit. The first residence permit in the Republic of Slovenia is issued as a temporary residence permit and must be obtained by a foreigner before entering the country (more at

Personal data protection information

Personal data are processed for the purposes of visa application in administrative procedures. Your data are entered into the National Visa Information System of the Republic of Slovenia, where they are stored for five years after the expiry of the visa or, in the event that the visa is not issued, five years after the final decision to refuse the visa. Your data will also be entered and stored in the Visa Information System (VIS) for a maximum of five years, during which it will be accessible to the visa authorities and the authorities responsible for the implementation of visas at the external borders of the European Union, including to the immigration and asylum authorities in the EU Member States.

VFS Global processes personal data on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia and is bound by standard contractual clauses for ensuring the same standard of personal data protection as the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

The controller of personal data processed in visa procedures is the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, Prešernova cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia, T: 01 478 2000, E:

You can contact the Data Protection Officer at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia at   

You have the right to lodge a complaint concerning the processing of personal data with the Information Commissioner of the Republic of Slovenia (in Slovene), Dunajska cesta 22, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia.


* All of the translations contained on this website are unofficial. Only the original Slovene texts of the laws and regulations have legal effect, and the translations are to be used solely as reference materials to aid in the understanding of Slovene laws and regulations. The Government of the Republic of Slovenia is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the translations provided on this website, or for any consequence resulting from the use of information on this website. For all purposes of interpreting and applying law to any legal issue or dispute, users should consult the original Slovene texts published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia.

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