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Medical care and health insurance

Slovenia has excellent health service. There are health centers in all cities as well as facilities providing health care in smaller towns. They are mostly open from 7am to 8pm. Working hours in pharmacies are usually similar. After 8pm, medical teams are on standby for emergencies in all major cities.

Citizens of Austria, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Hungary, the Netherlands, Germany and Romania have signed a treaty with Slovenia ensuring their citizens free health care. Citizens of Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia are also entitled to free health care upon presentation of a valid passport and medical card. UK citizens must only present a passport, while Croatian citizens must only present a medical card. Non-emergency medical services must be paid in cash.

No special vaccinations are necessary to enter Slovenia, as there is no danger of catching a dangerous disease. Tetanus vaccine is recommended, but it is not mandatory. In pharmacies, you can obtain non-prescription medications for minor problems such as colds, headaches, high temperature or insect stings. Tap water is healthy and safe to drink. If you plan to eat in restaurants, there is no need to worry about the food, as all restaurants must fulfill high standards of food preparation.

In forests and near rivers, be careful of ticks. Use of repellents is strongly advised. After leaving the area, check your body carefully and remove any ticks as early as possible. During the summer, areas near water can also be infested with mosquitos.

Before your journey, take care of the appropriate health insurance, as it required for obtaining free health care in care of sickness or injury. Usually, accident insurance is included in the cost of the trip.