Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Vienna
The Consular Section offers consular protection and assistance to citizens of the Republic of Slovenia and carries out certain consular functions to the benefit of foreign citizens.
Address: Kolingasse 12, 1090 Vienna
The Consular Department is operating on appointment based system only. Please make an appointment at sloembassy.vienna(at)gov.si or by telephone (+43) 1 319 11 60. When making an appointment, please provide us with your name and contact telephone number.
In emergency cases for Slovenian citizens please call: (+43) 676 620 4175
Consular fees are regulated by Consular Fee Act (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, Nr. 106/2010-UPB5).
Legal basis: Citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia Act (official consolidated text, ZDRS-UPB2; hereinafter: ZDRS).
Acquisition of citizenship:
a) By origin (Article 4)
A child born abroad gains Slovenian citizenship by origin if the child's mother and father are Slovenian citizens or one parent is a Slovenian citizen at the time of the child's birth while the other parent is either unknown, of unknown citizenship or without citizenship. In this case, the child's citizenship can only be registered.
b) Registration of a minor, born abroad, as Slovenian citizen (Article 5)
A child born abroad with one parent with Slovenian citizenship at the time of birth and the other a foreign citizen does not gain Slovenian citizenship by default. The child must be registered for Slovenian citizenship, which may be arranged at a mission of the Republic of Slovenia in the Republic of Austria (Slovenian Embassy in Vienna or the Consulate General of Slovenia in Celovec/Klagenfurt) or at the competent administrative unit in the Republic of Slovenia.
c) Registration of a person, born abroad, aged 18–36 years (Article 6)
Adults may register for Slovenian citizenship up to the age of 36 if the following conditions are met: One of the parents must be a Slovenian citizen at the time of the declaration of the applicant that they are registering for Slovenian citizenship, or until their death. In addition, the citizenship of this person must not have been revoked before this period.
d) Naturalisation of a person of Slovenian nationality (Article 13)
The naturalisation procedure includes assessment of the benefits to Slovenia in the case of granting Slovenian citizenship to the applicant.
Establishment of citizenship:
Cessation of citizenship:
a) Cessation of citizenship by dismissal (Article 18)
Dismissal from citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia is possible if the following conditions are met: a person is at least 18 years of age (minors may only be dismissed from Slovenian citizenship if at least one of the parents who is a Slovenian citizen is dismissed from citizenship as well), a person lives abroad and has settled all due debts and other lawful obligations settled, etc.
b) Renunciation of Slovenian citizenship;
c) Deprivation of Slovenian citizenship;
d) Cessation of Slovenian citizenship by international agreement.
- COUNCIL REGULATION (EC) No 2252/2004 on standards for security features and biometrics in passports and travel documents;
- Passports of the Citizens of the Republic of Slovenia Act, Official Gazette of the RS, no. 41/09, 1 June 2009);
- Passports of the Citizens of the Republic of Slovenia Act, Official Gazette of the RS, no. 67/09, 26 June 2009);
On 28 June 2009, Slovenia began issuing second-generation biometric passports that, alongside a picture, stored biometrically on a memory chip, also include two biometric fingerprints. Therefore, the presence of the applicant during the issuing process is mandatory and unavoidable.
The Republic of Slovenia issues passports according to the following principle: one person, one document – a Slovenian citizen or their legal representative can apply for a passport immediately after birth. It is not possible to register children in parents' passports.
Applying for a passport is only possible when a person is registered as a Slovenian citizen – in the case of children born abroad, it is necessary to initially register the child for citizenship. Only then it is possible to file an application for a Slovenian passport.
The age limit for obtaining fingerprints, determined by law, is 12 years. On the filing of a passport application, two fingerprints are taken. Generally, these are the prints of the index fingers on the left and right hand. If it not possible to obtain fingerprints for these fingers, they are obtained from the middle finger, ring finger or thumb. Only one fingerprint of a finger of one hand may be taken.
Because of disease or disability, there will be cases in which obtaining fingerprints will temporarily or permanently not be possible. This will affect the expiry date of the issued passport.
The photo must show a person’s true appearance and must not be retouched. If the photograph is enclosed in physical form, it must be printed on thin white glossy photo paper, sized 3.5 x 4.5 cm in black and white or colour, with a minimum resolution of 600 dpi, of neutral colour and clearly expressed colour tones. The photograph must not be produced with self-photographing devices and must be of suitable quality for biometric processing.
Validity of the passport and conditions of obtaining fingerprints:
- Citizens over 18 years of age may be issued passports with the validity of 10 years;
- Citizens aged 3–18 may be issued passports with a validity of 5 years;
- Citizens aged up to 3 may be issued passports with a validity of 3 years;
- Citizens who lose two passports within 5 years (due to negligence) are issued passports for a period of 1 year only;
- Citizens who cannot provide fingerprints due to medical reasons of a temporary nature may be issued a passport with a validity period of 1 year;
- Citizens who cannot provide fingerprints due to medical reasons of a permanent nature may be issued a passport with validity according to their age;
- A passport is issued for 30 days or for the time needed to return to the native country or the country of permanent or temporary residence.
Registration of address change in a passport:
Forms for passports applications issued after 28 June 2009 have an additional optional entry for providing changes in permanent residence address. This represents a significant improvement for all citizens who frequently change address, since they do not have to change passports so often.
An address change is entered by the manufacturer of passports. A sticker with the new address is glued over the third page of the passport with the permanent residence address. The old address is destroyed by the manufacturer with the note "Uničeno – Annule".
Reporting missing, lost or stolen passports:
Citizens are obliged to immediately report a missing travel document, its loss or theft (hereinafter: missing document) to the relevant authority in the Republic of Slovenia (in cases where this is not possible, within 8 days at the latest). A holder of a missing document abroad must report it immediately, within 8 days at the latest after returning to Slovenia; if the holder has a permanent residence abroad, they must report the missing document within 30 days at the nearest diplomatic mission or consular post abroad. On behalf of minors or persons incapable of contracting, this should be done by their legal representative.
A report on the missing document must be made with a detailed description of the circumstances. False information in cases of missing documents is punishable by a fine of EUR 400 to 830. If it is established that the applicant's statement was false, the administrative authority administers a criminal complaint for the criminal offence in accordance with the Criminal Code.
3. Identity card – reporting a missing document
The Embassy is the relevant authority for reports of missing identity cards (e.g. loss or theft).
A Slovenian citizen who is missing their identity card is obliged to report the missing document within 8 days (or within 30 days if they are residing in Austria) to an administrative unit in Slovenia or directly at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Vienna or at the Consulate General in Celovec/Klagenfurt.
In cases of missing identity cards, the local police must be notified as soon as possible.
Legal basis: Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (The Hague, 1961)
Public and private documents, issued by authorities of third countries and intended for use in legal transactions in Slovenia, and documents, issued by Slovenian authorities and intended for use in third countries, must be authenticated in accordance with rules of international law. The Slovenian Embassy in Vienna is competent for the authentication and legalisation of signatures and stamps of missions of third countries in Vienna that are deposited at the Embassy, and for the authentication/legalisation of signatures and stamps of authorised employees of the Consular Department of the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.
The Embassy authenticates signatures and stamps on documents and not the content of documents or their authenticity.
List of third countries with representations headquartered in Vienna and accredited to the Republic of Slovenia:
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
5. Information on residence of Slovenian citizens abroad
Legal basis: Act amending The Residence Registration Act (Official Gazette of the RS, no. 59/06, 111/2007 – hereinafter: ZPPreb)
A person must: register a permanent residence address and its change; deregister the address if they permanently leave the area of the Republic of Slovenia; report a temporary departure from Slovenia, longer than three months; and register and deregister a temporary residence address.
A person must register with the relevant authority within 8 days a permanent residence address and its change when they permanently reside somewhere or change the residence address; they must also report a change of address if they permanently leave Slovenia. Deregistration of a permanent residence must be reported to the relevant authority before departure.
The Embassy can register or de-register a residence address for people moving from a foreign country to another foreign country.
De-registration of a residence address in Slovenia and registration abroad is carried out by sending the applicant's statement to the administrative unit where the applicant resides.
The Embassy is empowered to acquire and forward extracts, including:
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Death certificate
- Statement on the change of personal name after marriage
- Marital status certificate
- Certificate that there are no impediments to the conclusion of marriage
- Certificate of existence for Slovenian citizens
- Application for name change by a decision