Like many other European countries, Slovenia is faced with major migration challenges. Slovenia, which is merely seen as a transit country by the majority of refugees and migrants, is addressing the situation in a constructive dialogue with neighbouring countries, with due care and in accordance with European legislation.
The competent authorities in Slovenia are actively monitoring the developments in the region and further away. They are addressing the issues in an organised and efficient manner, showing empathy for the distress to which refugees and migrants are exposed. Slovenia’s main goal is that massive arrivals of refugees and migrants are processed in a controlled and supervised manner. Only in this way can the police, civil protection and humanitarian organisations receive migrants appropriately and provide them with all the medical and humanitarian care they need.
Although more than 100,000 refugees have entered Slovenia since 16 October, everyday life in Slovenia is taking its usual course, as the mass arrivals of refugees and migrants are only taking place in certain areas along the border with Croatia (the area of Brežice, the area of the Petišovci border crossing) and Austria (the Šentilj and Gornja Radgona border crossings).
Slovenia remains an open and safe destination.
If you intend to travel by train, we recommend that you check the current situation before departing. International railway transport to and from Croatia, information about transport through Austria (where temporary suspensions are taking place) and further on to Germany and Switzerland are available on the Slovenian Railways website (in Slovene).
All trains in Slovenia are operating according to schedules.
Situation on country's borders
Due to the recent developments related to migrations, certain changes have been introduced at the borders:
- Border with the Republic of Austria:
Austria’s reintroduction of border controls at internal EU borders is to remain in effect beyond 15 November 2015. As a result of the massive influx of illegal immigrants into and through Austria, it intends to extend this measure for a further three months, i.e. until 15 February 2016.
Controls are thus possible at any of Austria’s land and air borders within the Schengen area, depending on the migration flow situation. For the time being, Austria’s main priority is to exercise control along the Austrian–Hungarian and Austrian–Slovenian borders.
You are advised to check current (particularly railway) connections before departing.
Air and road traffic in Slovenia is undisturbed.
You can check the current situation in road traffic on the Traffic Information Centre's website or on the phone number +386 1 518 8 518.