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In the Republic of Slovenia we have the national railway. Blind and visually impaired people pay full ticket price (they can also benefit from regular discounts offered by the railways for each group of passengers, such as students, pensioners, etc.) and their guides travel free. Identification document for the blind and partially sighted person is the membership card, issued by the Union of the Blind and Partially Sighted of Slovenia.
Same as the national rail travel.
We don't have urban rail system, only buses.
If the Slovenian resident buys a (return) ticket here in Slovenia for his travel abroad, the same rules apply as for national rail travel, which means he pays a full price and the guide travels for free. In three or four bigger cities in Slovenia visually impaired people can ask for assistance, but he needs to order it at least two days in advance. In this case, he is not entitled to a free ticket for the guide.
Foreign residents pay full ticket and get a free ticket for the guide if they buy the ticket for travel to Slovenia in their home country. The same right does not apply if they wish to buy a ticket in Slovenia, because the personnel at the railways do not know all different identification cards for visually impaired people across Europe.
It would therefore be good to have a uniform European visual impairment card which could be used to get different concessions or discounts.
There are 20 guide dog users in Slovenia at the moment.
An additional 2 are in preparation of passing exams.
We have regulation which allows guide dogs access to any public place including your chapters 2.1 to 2.5 (Law of protection of animals- Article13 - Official gazette RS, no. 98/1999).
There is a problem with access to non-public places e.g. private shops, pubs and especially taxis, where the owners have no obligation to accept blind persons and guide dogs.
There is no need to muzzle a dog in public transport. See above for taxis.
Since we are part of EU, we accept EU legislation, so there is no problem to travel across EU countries. In other countries we have to respect their regulations. Basically our blind and their guide dogs only have to show the dog's passport at customs and don't need to fulfil any additional form. Any guide dog that passes the exam in Slovenia gets an identity card which is document of special treatment for this dog.
Yes there is an exception; there is no need to muzzle a dog in public transport.
There is no need to fulfil any additional form.
In Slovenia the Health Insurance establishment provides guide dogs for the blind. In the regulation there are some criteria (e.g. psychophysical, therapeutic etc.) which must be passed by the trainers, guide dog users and guide dogs.
Unfortunately in Slovenia we don't have any allowance or other financial help for supporting guide dog users for veterinary, food costs etc.