An official website of the United States government

U.S. Embassy, Ljubljana: Bi-Weekly Consular Message to U.S. Citizens
January 6, 2022

U.S. Embassy, Ljubljana:   Bi-Weekly Consular Message to U.S. Citizens  (6 January 2022)

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:

Srečno novo leto!   Here is your bi-weekly Consular Message, including:

  • Return to the U.S. on an expired passport: Extended to 31 March
  • Passport Processing Times in the U.S.
  • New international school, Maribor
  • COVID statistics

Returning to the U.S. on an Expired Passport

  • If you are overseas and your U.S. passport expired on or after 1 January 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to the United States until 31 March 2022.  See Returning to the U.S. on Expired Passport for complete details.  However, if you will immediately be returning to Slovenia please consider U.S. domestic passport processing times, below.  For this reason, it may be better to renew your passport at our Embassy before traveling.

U.S. Domestic Passport Processing

  • While U.S. citizens applying for a new passport at our Embassy in Ljubljana usually receive their new passport in the mail within two weeks of the appointment, please note that if you are applying domestically in the United States, processing times may be considerably longer. Currently, routine passport processing in the United States can take 8-11 weeks.  For an additional $60, domestic applicants can request expedited service.  Domestic applicants also may request 1-2 day delivery of their completed passport for an additional fee. See the U.S. Department of State Passport page for current domestic processing times.  Adults in the United States with 10-year passports can renew them by mail instead of appearing in person at a domestic passport acceptance facility.  If you have urgent international travel plans, you may be eligible for an appointment at a domestic passport agency or center.  Appointments are limited and must be scheduled by phone.  For more information, see: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports/get-fast.html.   Please note: If you are overseas, you must apply via the nearest U.S. embassy/consulate.  The U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana only accepts in-person applications – not mailed applications.

New International School in Maribor

  • The Slovenian government informed the Embassy that a new international school using the IB program will commence in Maribor for the 2022/3 school year.  Applications are collected until 31 January 2022 at the e-mail address international.school@maribor.si.

COVID Update

Slovenia COVID-19 Statistics (as of 6 January 2022):

  • With onset of Omicron variant, the number of active cases has grown considerably in the past two weeks, from 16,716 cases two weeks ago to 25,763 today.  The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 persons increased to 1,222.
  • The number of hospitalized and those in ICU dropped, however, with 550 hospitalized and 160 in intensive care.  There were 106 additional COVID deaths in the past two weeks.
  • Slovenia’s vaccination rate remained unchanged, with 56% of the population being fully vaccinated.

For additional information, see our Embassy’s Covid-19 page.