Although Britain is not a member of the Schengen Area, and therefore customs formalities apply, because we are members of the EU, there is little of consequence to concern the average Briton when relocating to Slovenia from UK. Within the European Union there is free flow of goods, so you can bring into Slovenia anything for personal use, including currency. The exceptions to this are tobacco and alcohol, where there are restrictions.
In Slovenia the health care service is funded by public health insurance and is generally very good. Private insurance can cover extra medical treatments.
However, you would be well advised to update your tetanus and diphtheria injections and consider vaccinations against hepatitis A and B, typhoid and rabies. This is especially important if you are planning to visit any rural areas.
Slovenia has everything – beautiful countryside, cultural heritage, plenty of sporting opportunities and great food and wine. And the people are friendly and helpful. And although they may appear reserved when first meeting them soon you’ll find out that establishing a social life in Slovenia is a breeze. Also be careful when using self-depreciating humour – in Slovenian culture it may be mistaken as rudeness.
They enjoy outdoor activities, and they have a good balance between rural and urban life. Holiday homes are popular – as is gardening. The mountains have chair lift access but the peaks can be quite challenging. And as there are only two million inhabitants, Slovenia has a friendly, family feel. In fact, the home is important – hence gardening and flowers matter.(more…)
There are no restrictions to buying a house and living in Slovenia, but there are if you want to buy farm land. Ensure you understand everything before signing anything, if necessary, employ the services of a translator. Make sure you have your tax number and EMSO number from you local authority.(more…)
Slovenia can be entered by air, land or sea. In the summer months catamarans offer services to link Venice and other parts of Italy and Slovenia with the capital. Buses are often the most popular form of transport linking the towns and are a fair alternative to driving in Slovenia. The main International border crossing points are open 24 hours and access to the country can be made by car or coach. The public buses in Slovenia are operated by Avtobusna Postaja and this is often the only means by which to get around as there are no metro or trams in the cities. There are railway networks in Slovenia but the trains, whilst a cheap form of travel, are often slow.(more…)