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Travel and visa information

HOW TO GET TO LJUBLJANA

By plane: Ljubljana is easily accessible from different destinations. The country’s main airport Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport is located 25 kilometres from the city next to village Brnik. It can be reached within a 20-minute ride. Slovenia’s national carrier Adria Airways, a partner of Star Alliance, offers regular daily schedule flights to major European hubs.
In addition to the daily flights to many European cities, there are two low-cost flight providers flying from the main Slovenian international airport Jože Pučnik Ljubljana. They are EasyJet and Wizz Air, flying to London and Brussels. You can also fly to one of the foreign airports in the near vicinity, and access Slovenia from there by bus, train or rental car. The service of transfers from the nearby airports to Slovenia is also offered by the low-cost carriers.

Other nearby airports are:

  • Klagenfurt Airport: 40 min from Ljubljana
  • Trieste Ronchi Airport: 60 min from Ljubljana
  • Zagreb Airport: 70 min from Ljubljana
  • Venice Marco Polo Airport: 90 min from Ljubljana

From Airport to Ljubljana: From the Jože Pučnik Airport, the national bus company offers a cheap, regular service to the centre of the city. The journey takes less than 45 minutes, and at certain times of the day no more than 25 minutes. By taxi, the journey should take between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the time of the day.

Bus fare is approximately 5 € each way. Shuttle will charge you approximately 10 € for one way and taxi 40 € for one way.

By Train: Ljubljana has good international rail connections, operated by the Slovenske železnice national railway company. Direct connections are to Vienna in Austria, Trieste and Venice in Italy, Budapest in Hungary, Zagreb in Croatia, Belgrade in Serbia, Greece, and Germany, Switzerland plus a whole host of different European cities. Travel costs are low.

By Car: Travelling by car around Slovenia is very straightforward, with the roads clearly and well signposted. Some local roads can get a little narrow and winding, but for all that they are pleasant and interesting. There are plenty of petrol stations. And if you want to get to the other end of the country in a hurry, you can take the motorways, for which you need a vignette. Don’t risk driving on the motorways without a road toll vignette – the fines are heavy. Vignettes (stickers) can be bought at any petrol station.

Distances from some major EU cities:

  • Budapest – 491 km,
  • Graz – 202 km, Milano – 519 km,
  • Munich – 408 km,
  • Prague – 609 km,
  • Salzburg – 290 km,
  • Trieste- 100 km,
  • Venice – 242 km,
  • Vienna – 380 km,
  • Zagreb – 135 km.

 

Speed limits:

  • built up settlements 50 km/h
  • regional roads 90 km/h
  • fast roads 110 km/h
  • motorways 130 km/h

Car rental: To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old and have held a driving licence for at least two years. Some car rental companies require drivers between 21 and 25 years old to pay a young driver surcharge. You must present a photo ID, valid driving licence and credit card that will be used to pay for the car rental. Citizens of non-EU countries are also recommended to carry a valid international driving licence, while for visitors from other continents this is a mandatory requirement. Cars can be rented at specialist agencies in cities and airports. Fleets include various categories of vehicles.

Links to other useful information: Traffic info, Automobile association of Slovenia

 

VISA INFORMATION

Nationals of another EEA Member State (EEA citizens are nationals of EU Member States, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) or Switzerland may enter the Republic of Slovenia with a valid personal identity card or passport, and do not require an entry permit (visa) or residence permit, regardless of the purpose of entering and residing in the Republic of Slovenia (including entry for employment, study, self-employment or residence purposes).

Nationals of a third country (all countries except Switzerland and EEA Member States) who are not in possession of a valid Schengen visa, can apply for at a competent Slovenian diplomatic mission or consular post, or at the missions of other Schengen countries with which Slovenia has concluded agreements for issuing short stay visas. In the attached list you can find information on Slovenia´s Diplomatic missions and consular posts (marked X) and information of the Member State which is responsible for processing visa applications on behalf of Slovenia. In places marked with * you can submit visa applications at the visa centers operated by External Service Provider.

Some countries have neither a Slovenian embassy nor a visa agreement concluded with missions of other Schengen countries, in which case the applicant needs to apply for a visa at the nearest Slovenian embassy.

A third-country national who is a national of a country, which does not require a visa to enter the Republic of Slovenia, may enter the Republic of Slovenia and stay for a definite period of time (up to 90 days in any 180-day period) for one of the above-listed purposes with a valid passport.

Please find all the latest information on the procedure and conditions for obtaining a visa to enter Slovenia at the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Invitation Letters (Letters of guarantee):

If you need an official Letter of guarantee from the conference organizers in order to obtain a visa, you should request one through the Online Registration process.

In case you will apply for a visa, please fill out the form below completely in order to arrange a Letter of Guarantee and fax it to +386-1-477-3935 or send it attached in an email to the address oercongress2017@ijs.si. We can ONLY issue invitation letters when a delegate is duly registered to OER Congress i.e. a registration form has been completed and confirmed.

Participants who already possess a valid Schengen visa type C or a valid residence permit issued by another Schengen country do not need to obtain an additional visa to enter Slovenia.

 

The deadline for applying for the letter of guarantee is July 15, 2017.

 

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