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SHORT STAY VISA ("C VISA") - SCHENGEN VISA

 

VISA REQUIREMENT – WHO NEEDS A VISA?

Visa requirements depend on the nationality/citizenship of the applicant; not on their immigration status (eg. indefinite leave to remain).

British citizens do not need a visa to visit Slovenia or the Schengen area.

A list of third countries whose nationals must hold a short-stay visa if they wish to travel to Slovenia is available on the website of the European Commission HERE.

Holders of UK issued Refugee Travel documents, issued under the UN Conventions of 1951 or 1954 do NOT require a visa to enter Slovenia.

Please note that all visa applications must be submitted in person.

If you are a resident of Ireland, you can apply for a Schengen visa to enter Slovenia at the Embassy of Austria in Dublin. Please contact them directly to arrange an appointment.

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.

 a) If you are planning to visit only one country you need to apply at that Member State's embassy or consulate.

 b) 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.

 c) 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 that 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.

APPOINTMENT TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

As of 31 May 2019 VFS Global has been authorized by the Embassy to run the Slovenian Visa Application Centres in the United Kingdom. Residents of UK who require a visa to enter the Schengen area can submit their visa applications in Visa Application Centers in 3 cities (London, Manchester, Edinburgh). 

You can find detailed information on how to apply for short-stay visa at Slovenian VFS Centre HERE.

You are also still able to submit your application for a visa directly at the Embassy of Slovenia. Please send an email to consular.london(at)gov.si to arrange an appointment during our office hours on Wednesdays between 10:00 and 13:00.

Please note that you may have to wait a while to get an appointment directly at the Embassy of Slovenia.

If you are a resident of Ireland, you can apply for a Schengen visa to enter Slovenia at the Embassy of Austria in Dublin. Please contact them directly to arrange an appointment.

DURATION OF VISA PROCEDURE

Please start your visa procedure on time – no more than six 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.

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 usually longer than 15 calendar days.

 VISA FEES

A single visa fee is applied for all types of short-term visas regardless of the duration and/or number of entries. Payment is due with the application; there is no refund in case of a visa refusal. Payments can be made only with cash.

Children (0 – 6 years old)

 

Free of charge

Children (6 – 12 years old)

 

40 EUR (approximately 37 GBP)

Children (12 – 18 years old)

 

80 EUR (approximately 73 GBP)

Adults (18+ years old)

 

80 EUR (approximately 73 GBP)

There is a lower fee of 35 EUR (payable in GBP in cash only – approximately 32 GBP) for applicants over the age of 6 years old who are from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine.

If you are a family member of an EU citizen and wish to apply for a visa as such, the below does not apply to you. Please click HERE for more information. 

 

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ALL APPLICATNS:

1. Filled out, printed 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.

2. Valid national passport. In order to apply for a visa:

  • Your passport must be valid at least 3 months longer than the intended stay.

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

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

3. One recent colour photo, passport size. The photo cannot be older than 3 months. Further instructions are below:

  • Size of the photograph: 3,5 x 4,5 cm;

  • Facial image shall not comprise more than 70% of the photograph (on all of the four sides has to be 3 to 5 mm of empty space from head to the edge);

  • The photograph can be black and white or colour, the background light brown or light blue, but in any case not white or dark blue;

  • The person must not show his or her teeth;

  • Head has to be leveled, nose in the middle of the photograph;

  • Sharpness and contrast are important;

  • Face has to be evenly brightened and without shadows;

  • A person, who wears glasses, must ensure that the frames do not cover eyes and that there is no visible reflection on the glasses;

  • On the photographs of children, hands of parents or toys must not be seen (the best way to photograph them is lying down);

  • Best photograph for fair-haired or white-haired persons is black and white.

4. Proof of resident status in the UK: A valid UK residence card. The residence card must be valid for at least three months beyond the intended departure from the Schengen area.

5. Proof of travel arrangements: Detailed travel itinerary from departure to return, such as flight/train/bus (roundtrip) tickets or other proof of intended transport. If you are driving to Slovenia, please provide details of the vehicle and driver(s) (rent-a-car confirmation, proof of ownership of vehicle, driving licence) as well as ferry/Euroshuttle tickets.

6. Proof of employment / Proof of student status: Reference letter from employer stating your position and salary or recent pay slips (last three months). / A recent, officially signed letter from a UK school, college or university stating dates of enrolment and expected completion of studies, name of the applicant and type of studies.

If self-employed: recent letter from an accountant, banker or a solicitor (official headed letter with name, date of issue, address, telephone number and position of signatory and registration number in the UK) stating self-employment or business ownership in the UK or letter from the tax authorities. Please note that a print-out from Companies House is not sufficient. 

7. Proof of sufficient financial means for the intended journey: Bank account statements for the last three months, showing regular income (such as salary, stipend, etc.). Bank statements must show the name and address of holder(s). Electronic printouts are accepted.

8. Medical travel insurance document: Applicants must present travel medical insurance with a minimum coverage of 30.000 EUR, valid throughout the territory of Schengen member states. Insurance must cover any expenses which might arise in connection with urgent medical attention, emergency hospital treatment or repatriation for medical reasons, or repatriation of remains. 

  • Applicants for a visa for one or two entries must 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 will meet all the requirements and all information clearly shown.

  • Full policies will not be studied.

  • PLEASE NOTE: the insurance coverage letter is a compulsory document*. If the Medical insurance document is missing, the visa application will not be accepted.

*This does not apply to holders of diplomatic passports

ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS by category:

1. Tourist visa:

  • Confirmed hotel booking for the full stay in the Schengen area or any other appropriate document stating the planned accommodation; or

  • Booking confirmation of a European tour or any other appropriate document.

2. Personal visit / Family and friends visit:

  • Initiation by way of Letter of Guarantee, authorised by the administration unit in Slovenia;

  • If the Guarantor is not providing accommodation, then also documents in relation to accommodation (hotel booking, etc), or proof of sufficient means to cover this accommodation;

  • Copy of data page of passport or residence permit of Guarantor in Slovenia, if staying with one;

  • Proof of family relationship (if relevant).

3. Business or Conference:

  • Letter of Guarantee* from the inviting company/organisation, authorised by the administration unit in Slovenia; and

  • Other documents which show the existence of trade relations or relations for work purposes (if applicable); and

  • Entry tickets or registration for fairs and congresses (if applicable).

*Please note that a general letter of invitation from a company or organisation is not sufficient!

  4. Minors:          

If the applicant is a minor (under 18) and travels without parents or with one parent, please submit all requested documents depending on the purpose of the visit as listed above, and:

  • Birth certificate;

  • If travelling alone: consent of the parental authority (both parents) or legal guardian (notarized);

  • If travelling with one parent or legal guardian only: consent of other parental authority (notarized);

  • If travelling alone or with one parent or legal guardian only: original passports of both parents;

  • If the single parent with whom the minor is to travel, holds the paternal authority alone: document that proves he/she is the only parental authority e.g. birth certificate of the minor (indicating only one parent), death certificate, divorce or custody agreement.

If you are travelling for another reason (not tourism, business or to visit family/friends) please click HERE for the required documents you will need to submit.

 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 writing, 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 writing in Slovene language. A consular fee (153 EUR - approximately 130 GBP) for the appeal will apply. During the appeal procedure a new visa application cannot be processed.

The appeal must be filed at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in London 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.

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