Our relationship with Slovenia

New Zealand has friendly relations with Slovenia. New Zealand was among the first countries to recognise Slovenia on 16 January 1992.

Following the visit by Prime Minister Janez Drnovsek in 1998, New Zealand negotiated a visa waiver arrangement with Slovenia. Slovenians may enter New Zealand visa-free for short-term stays, and likewise New Zealanders may visit Slovenia without a visa.  

Though the Slovene community in New Zealand is small, a Working Holiday Scheme between New Zealand and Slovenia was established in 2010, and has been the basis for growing further people to people ties.

Trade

2014 statistics

Total trade in goods 

$17 million

 

Exports to Slovenia

$5 million

Top exports: Iron and steel structures and parts

Imports from Slovenia

$12 million

Top imports: Harvesting or threshing machines, mowers, electrical machinery

GDP

$45 billion

 

Working Holiday Scheme

New Zealanders aged between 18 and 30 can apply for a 12-month working holiday visa in Slovenia.

To apply, you can go to the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Canberra.

For more information, read the Slovenian Embassy website (external link).

Embassies

Recent official visits

New Zealand to Slovenia

  • Rt Hon Winston Peters, Minister of Foreign Affairs, April 2008

News & Events

Die Botschaft beim CSD Berlin

Europe
Germany

Die Botschaften von Australien, Kanada, Neuseeland und des Vereinigten Königreichs nehmen gemeinsam am Berliner Christopher Street Day 2019 teil.

New travel rules for New Zealand

Europe
Czech Republic
Germany
Switzerland

From 1 October 2019, some international visitors and transit passengers must have an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before travelling to NZ

8-metre-tall carved Māori monument to be unveiled in Zonnebeke

Europe
Belgium

A new memorial honouring the role of New Zealand Māori and other service people in the First World War will be unveiled in the Passchendaele Memorial Park, next to the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, Zonnebeke on Anzac Day, 25 April 2019.