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Slovenia Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions

Health Care

Travel insurance is advised for all visitors. In some medical cases, if you are European, you might be able to receive free treatment if you can show proof of a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) obtained in your country of origin.

The overall standards of healthcare in Slovenia are excellent. Hospitals and surgeries are well equipped and staff are proficient. In pharmacies, over-the-counter advice is given and standard medicines are sold.

Food and Drink

Mains water is considered safe and drinkable. However, bottled water is available and advised for the first few weeks of the stay. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.

Other Risks

Tick-borne encephalitis is present in forests, meadows, parks and glades. The main areas of risk are the provinces of Gorenjska and Koroska, though ticks are most active during early spring to late autumn. Walkers should take precautions against tick bites. Vaccination is advisable. Immunisation against Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and rabies is sometimes advised. Rabies is present, albeit rare. For those at high risk, vaccination arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek immediate medical advice.

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