Introduction of joint border controls and conditions for crossing the border at border crossing points after Croatia's joining the European Union on 1 July 2013
 
PDF Print E-mail
News

On Monday, 1 July 2013, joint border controls will be introduced at certain border crossing points. This will make the crossing of the border faster and easier as travellers will only have to stop once for entry and exit controls of both countries instead of four times like before. Below is the list of one-stop control border crossing points.


With Croatia joining the European Union, the border between Slovenia and Croatia remains an external Schengen border until Croatia joins the Schengen area. During this period the two countries will strive to make the crossing of the border as easy as possible, both for European Union citizens and other travellers. The measure will also speed up traffic during the tourist season.


There are 57 border crossing points at the border with the Republic of Croatia, 17 of them for international road traffic, 8 for international railway traffic, 10 for interstate traffic and 22 for local border traffic.

 


1. The police of the Republic of Slovenia and Republic of Croatia agreed that as of Croatia's joining the European Union on 1 July 2013 joint border controls will be carried out exclusively on the territory of the Republic of Slovenia at the following 31 border crossing points:


a) at 8 international traffic border crossing points:

• Petišovci/Mursko Središče
• Središče ob Dravi/Trnovec
• Obrežje/Bregana
• Metlika/Jurovski Brod
• Babno polje/Prezid
• Starod/Pasjak                                                     
• Sočerga/Požane *
• Dragonja/Kaštel

 

b) at one international railway traffic border crossing point:

• Dobova/Savski Marof

 

c) at 5 interstate traffic border crossing points:

• Gibina/Bukovje
• Razkrižje/Banfi
• Ormož/Otok Virje
• Imeno/Miljana
• Orešje/Mihanović dol *

(* These border crossing points are still being built; joint border controls will start when the works are finished, which is expected by the end of 2013.)

 

d) at 17 local border traffic border crossing points:

• Središče ob Dravi I/Preseka
• Drenovec/Gornja Voća
• Rajnkovec/Mali Tabor
• Podčetrtek/Luke Poljanske
• Sedlarjevo/Plavić
• Rakovec/Kraj Donji
• Stara Vas Bizeljsko/Gornji Čemehovec
• Planina v Podbočju/Novo selo Žumberačko
• Krmačina/Vivodina
• Božakovo/Obrež
• Krasinec/Pravutina
• Žuniči/Prilišće
• Sodevci/Blaževci
• Osilnica/Zamost
• Novi Kot/Prezid I
• Novokračine/Lipa
• Brezovica pri Gradinu/Lucija


From 1 July 2013, joint border controls will be carried out occasionally at two border crossing points for international traffic, i.e. Gruškovje/Macelj and Jelšane/Rupa, in case of exceptional and unforeseeable circumstances that could cause long waiting times at border crossing points. In this case, exit border controls will be performed together with entry controls on the territory of the country where there is increased entry traffic.


This group of border crossing points also includes four border crossing points for local border traffic, i.e. Hotiza/Sveti Martin na Muri, Radovica/Kašt, Nova vas ob Sotli/Draše and Rakitovec/Slum, where joint border controls have been carried out since their construction (2004-2007). They were built as joint border crossing points, with Nova vas ob Sotili/Draše and Rakitovec/Slum being located in the Slovenian cadastral area and Hotiza/Sveti Martin na Muri and Radovica/Kašt in the Croatian cadastral area.



2. The police of both countries agreed to gradually introduce joint border controls at the following border crossing points:


a) at 6 international traffic border crossing points:

• Zavrč/Dubrava Križovljanska
• Dobovec/Lupinjak
• Bistrica ob Sotli/Razvor
• Vinica/Pribanjci
• Petrina/Brod na Kupi
• Podgorje/Jelovice


b) at 5 interstate traffic border crossing points:

• Zgornji Leskovec/Cvetlin
• Rogatec/Hum na Sutli
• Rigonce/Harmica
• Slovenska vas/Bregana naselje
• Podplanina/Čabar

 


3. Furthermore, the police of both countries agreed not to introduce joint border controls at the following 9 border crossing points:


a) at one international border crossing point:

• Sečovlje-kontrolna točka/Plovanija


b) at 7 border crossing points for international railway traffic:

• Lendava/Čakovec
• Središče ob Dravi/Čakovec
• Rogatec/Hum na Sutli  
• Imeno/Kumrovec
• Metlika/Kamanje
• Ilirska Bistrica/Šapjane
• Rakitovec/Buzet


c) at one border crossing point for local border traffic:

• Brezovica pri Metliki/Brezovica Žumberačka


Crossing the border at border crossing points

 

Crossing the border at border crossing points for international and interstate traffic is possible with a valid passport or identity card, and at border crossing points for local border traffic only with a valid border pass.

Border crossing points for international traffic can be used by anybody, provided they meet the requirements for crossing the border, while border crossing points for interstate traffic are reserved for citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area states and the Swiss Confederation, and border crossing points for local traffic just for the local population, nationals of respective countries holding a valid border pass.

At a local border crossing point, persons who do not need a visa and have a valid travel document and meet the requirements for crossing the border can be issued with a pass allowing them to cross the border once and return with a validity of up to seven days. The pass allows them to move and stay in the local border area of the neighbouring country and return to the country where the pass was issued. Such a pass cannot be issued to shorten the journey or for other reasons not defined in the local border agreement.

Now that the Republic of Croatia has joined the European Union, Slovenia and Croatia will open the local border crossing points to all citizens of the European Union, European Economic Area states and the Swiss Confederation holding a valid passport or identity card, in accordance with the EU legislation and the bilateral local border traffic agreement.

 

***


As of 1 July 2013 there will be no more customs formalities at the border with Croatia. For more information go to the Customs Administration website:

http://www.carina.gov.si/en/news/changes_related_to_croatias_entry_into_eu_on_1_july_2013/


On 9 April 2013 Slovenia started using the second generation Schengen Information System. For more information go to the Police website:

http://www.policija.si/eng/index.php/newsroom/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1423&Itemid=64

 

We use cookies to improve our website.