Visas

Updated 2 December  2021

***The U.S. Embassy in Slovenia is only accepting visa appointments from Slovenian nationals / residents of Slovenia who are fully COVID vaccinated or meet one of the very limited exceptions to the vaccination requirement below. 

COVID Vaccination Requirement

On 8 November 2021, the United States ended the prior ban on travel from the Schengen zone. In its place, only fully vaccinated persons who have a valid visa or Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) can enter the United States, regardless of purpose of travel. Vaccination requirement applies to transit also. Eligibility will be determined by airlines. Accepted vaccines include those approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Exceptions to the vaccination requirement include the following:

  • Children under age 18
  • Diplomats (A & G visas)
  • Air and sea crew member (D visas)
  • Contraindication to the vaccine based on prior reaction to first dose
  • Humanitarian (medical emergency) when approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

For complete details on exceptions, see the CDC page on vaccination requirements. Note that recovery from prior COVID or negative COVID tests are not a grounds for exception to the vaccination requirement. Aside from the noted exceptions, the U.S. Embassy is not able to grant any other exceptions based on purpose of travel. See our Frequently Asked Questions on this new policy. 

COVID Testing Requirement

All airline passengers to the United States age two and older must provide a negative COVID test result– either PCR or rapid antigen – taken one day prior to beginning travel.  Those recently recovered from COVID can instead present proof of recovery (positive test result between 10 and 90 days, along with letter from health care provider clearing you for travel.)  See CDC testing requirements.

Travelers must follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines upon arrival. 

Travelers needing to apply for a new visa

The U.S Embassy in Ljubljana is providing immigrant and non-immigrant visa appointments only for Slovenian nationals and other residents of Slovenia who are fully vaccinated (or meet an exception to the vaccination requirement). Before contacting the U.S. Embassy, consider whether your travel is permitted under the visa-waiver program.   See our current wait times for a visa appointment.   After the appointment, most approved applicants receive their passport back in the mail the week following their appointment.

When requesting an appointment via email (LjubljanaVisa@state.gov), please provide the traveler’s:

  • Full name
  • Proof of vaccination (or exception)
  • Planned date of travel
  • The specific weeks within the coming two months that traveler is available for an appointment (Generally we do appointments on Monday, Thursday, or Friday mornings.)

We will respond with offered appointment date and application instructions.

For your appointment at the Embassy:  If you are over age 12, bring proof of your vaccination. (If you are over age 12 and not vaccinated but meet an exception to the vaccination requirement for travel, bring one of the following to your appointment: proof of positive test between 10 days and 6 months old (recovery from COVID); negative rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours; negative PCR test not older than 72 hours.) Those under age 12 do not require COVID test result. Facemasks are required. If you experience any COVID symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, cough, etc.), or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID, you should again email us prior to your appointment (at least one day in advance).

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

Nonimmigrant Visas

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

Certain international travelers may be eligible to travel to the United States without a visa if they meet the requirements for visa-free travel. The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

U.S. Embassy – Consular Section
Prešernova 31, Ljubljana

For questions not answered on this website:
Contact us by email only: LjubljanaVisa@state.gov

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov/.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.