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CUSTOM REGULATIONS

Enter Slovenia from another EU member state 

You may bring goods purchased in another EU member state free of duty provided that these goods have already been subject to VAT and other taxes, such as excise duties, in the country of purchase.

Exceptions / special rules:

  • tobacco products,

  • alcoholic beverages,

  • new means of transport (e.g. cars, boats etc.),

  • purchase of goods in certain regions and territories of the EU Member States with a special status.

Alcohol and tobacco products

It is allowed to bring in Slovenia for personal use a maximum:

Tobacco products​

  • 800 cigarettes (except for cigarettes coming from Bulgaria and Lithuania, the maximum number of which must not exceed 300 cigarettes), or

  • 100 ml electronic cigarette cartridge refill, or

  • 800 rolls heated tobacco, or

  • 400 cigarillos (cigars with a maximum weight of 3 grams each), or

  • 200 cigars, or

  • 1 kg fine-cut tobacco or other smoking tobacco.

Alcohol

  • 10 litres spirits, or

  • 20 litres intermediate products, or

  • 90 litres wine, including a maximum of 60 litres of sparkling wines, or

  • 110 litres beer.

Source: Financial administration of the Republic of Slovenia - more..

Enter Slovenia from a third country  

Upon entering the customs territory of the Slovenia (or any EU member state) from a third country, the following goods must be declared (an oral declaration submitted) to the customs authorities:

  • any goods of a commercial character;

  • any goods acquired outside the EU, the quantity or the value of which exceeds the quantitative limits or the monetary thresholds provided for the exemptions from import duties;

  • any goods subject to prohibitions and restrictions.

Exceptions / special rules:

Goods of a non-commercial character imported in the personal luggage of a traveller shall be exempt from import duties, VAT and excise duty if such imports take place occasionally, consist of goods for the personal or family use of the travellers, or of goods intended as presents.

Only goods shall be exempt from import duties the total value of which does not exceed 300 € per person. In the case of persons travelling by air or sea, the monetary threshold shall be 430 €. Travellers under 15 years of age may be granted exemptions from import duties of goods the total value of which does not exceed 150 €.

Alcohol and tobacco products

It is allowed to bring in Slovenia / EU for personal use a maximum:

Tobacco products​

  • 200 cigarettes (except for cigarettes coming from Bulgaria and Lithuania, the maximum number of which must not exceed 300 cigarettes), or

  • 100 cigarillos (cigars with a maximum weight of 3 grams each), or

  • 50 cigars, or

  • 250 grams smoking tobacco, or

  • a proportional assortment of these different products.

Alcohol

  • 1 litre alcohol and alcoholic beverages of an alcoholic strength exceeding 22 % vol, or undenatured alcohol of 80 % vol and over, or

  • 2 litres alcohol and alcoholic beverages of an alcoholic strength not exceeding 22 % vol., or

  • a proportional assortment of these different products, and

  • 4 litres still wine, and

  • 16 litres beer.

​Source: Financial administration of the Republic of Slovenia - more...

Cash  

All travellers entering or leaving the EU (or Slovenia from a third country) with 10.000 € or more in cash or its equivalent in any other currency must declare the sum to the customs authorities - more...

Pet animals  

If you're traveling to Slovenia with your favorite pet animal(s), dog or cat, your animal must have certain documentation / meet certain conditions (valid identification document, valid identification such as microchip or clearly readable tattoo, valid rabies vaccination certificate)   - the regulations vary depending on whether you are coming from the EU member country or from one of the other (third) countries. Check for more detailed information on the web site of The administration of the Republic of Slovenia for food safety, veterinary and plant protection - here.

VAT (Value Added Tax) refunds for non-EU tourists  

Since Slovenia is in EU, there is no possibility of tax refunding at the crossing of the state border (due to the principle of a single European market) -  therefore you have to export purchased goods from the EU.

Who is entitled to a tax refund

A purchaser with no permanent or normal residence in the EU who exports from the EU goods purchased in Slovenia (a permanent or normal residence means the place which is as such indicated in a passport, personal identity card or any other identification document valid in Slovenia).

Conditions for tax refund

  • The value of the purchased goods inclusive of VAT on a single invoice issued by the same vendor to one purchaser exceeds 50 €.

  • The purchased goods and the refund form which the vendor has completed and issued for the purchased goods are made available for inspection by border customs authorities.

  • The purchaser has exported the goods from the EU before the expiry of the third month following the month in which the purchase was made.

What do you need to do

IN THE SHOP

  • Ask in advance whether they provide this service for the goods you want to buy.

  • Show your passport or other identity document proving your residence outside the EU.

  • Get a special form, which is provided and completed by the vendor.

AT THE CUSTOMS (of the last EU country you leave!)

  • Show the invoice, the refund form, the goods and any other necessary documents to the customs officers. 

Be careful 

  • If the purchased goods have already been used in the EU, a customs authority may deny the VAT refund.​

  • VAT refund can not be requested for alcohol, alcoholic beverages, tobacco products and mineral oils.

  • You must exported the goods from the EU before the expiry of the third month following the month in which the purchase was made.

​Source: 

Financial administration of the Republic of Slovenia - more...  

European Commission - more...