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Republic of Slovenia - Government Communication Office - Edited 21 January 2021 | Measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 infections

To prevent the spread of Covid-19, the movement and gathering of people have been temporarily restricted in Slovenia.

Restriction of movement between 21:00 and 6:00

Movement of people on the entire territory of the Republic of Slovenia is temporarily prohibited between 22:00 and 6:00 with the following exceptions:
1. the elimination of immediate threats to health, life and property
2. travel to and from work and the performance of urgent work duties
3. access to and provision of emergency services
4. delivery of food or medicines
5. the travel of persons who have entered the Republic of Slovenia in order to transit to a neighbouring country or to their residence in the Republic of Slovenia

Ban on gathering of people

A temporary ban on gathering is being imposed throughout the Republic of Slovenia.

Temporarily are prohibited all:
▪ events
▪ gatherings
▪ celebrations
▪ weddings
▪ religious ceremonies

Gathering is permitted only to groups of persons who are close family members or share the same household.

The minister responsible for labour, family, social affairs and equal opportunities may also allow marriages and civil unions.

Restriction of movement between municipalities

Movement between municipalities is prohibited with certain exceptions for which adequate proof must be submitted. The territories of municipalities are defined in the Act on the Establishment of Municipalities and Municipal Boundaries.

Movement between municipalities is allowed in the following cases:
1. travel to and from work and the performance of work duties
2. the performance of business, agricultural and forestry activities
3. the elimination of immediate threats to health, life and property
4. the provision of care and assistance to persons in need of support, care of family members, or parental care or contact with one’s children
5. access to pharmacies, health and sanitary services, and health resort treatment
6. access to foreign diplomatic missions and consular posts
7. access to emergency services
8. access to the performance of tasks related to the operation of judicial, administrative and law enforcement authorities
9. access to services for persons with special needs
10. the performance of maintenance work or seasonal chores on private property for members of the same household
11. the travel of persons who have entered the Republic of Slovenia in order to transit to a neighbouring country or to their residence in the Republic of Slovenia
12. access to shops or services in another municipality that are closer to the person's residence than the same shops and services in the municipality of their residence or if there are no such shops or services in their municipality
13. urgent maintenance of a grave, in which case the person must demonstrate their eligibility with proof of burial plot lease or other appropriate proof

Exceptions (other than those under point 13 which applies solely to an individual person) also apply to immediate family members (spouses, cohabiting partners, partners living in formal or non-formal civil unions, divorced spouses or partners whose maintenance was recognised by a court decision, their parents, children) and members of the same household when travelling together.

Proof and statements

Persons crossing a municipal boundary must carry with them adequate proof of the exception justifying their travel and a signed and legible statement containing the following information:
▪ name and surname
▪ address
▪ address or place of destination
▪ reason justifying their travel or stay
▪ names of immediate family members or members of the same household travelling or staying with them
▪ statement that they or their immediate family members or members of the same household travelling or staying with them, have not been ordered to isolate or quarantine
▪ statement that they are informed of their criminal liability and liability for damages arising from their violation of regulations, orders or measures for the containment or prevention of communicable diseases in humans
▪ statement that they are informed of the restrictions imposed by this Decree and will respect them

They must show proof and this statement to competent authorities upon request.

Residence

A person is deemed to be a resident of a municipality if they have a registered permanent or temporary residence in the municipality. A person can stay at either their permanent or temporary residence and is not allowed to move between the two.

Mandatory use of face masks

Masks are mandatory:
▪ in all closed public spaces
▪ on public transport
▪ in open public spaces or outside if physical distancing of at least two metres cannot be maintained
▪ in personal vehicles

Masks are not compulsory for:
▪ children younger than six years of age
▪ pupils in primary schools and students in secondary schools but only when they are in their classrooms
▪ preschool teachers and their assistants when they interact with children, primary school teachers up to and including the fifth grade when they interact with children or pupils
▪ teachers at higher vocational colleges and universities if they lecture behind a protective barrier made of glass or a similar material
▪ persons practicing individual sports if a distance of at least three metres is maintained
▪ persons or members of the same household when taking a walk on green spaces or practicing sports or recreational activities if a distance of at least three metres is maintained at all times

in personal vehicles when more than one person or member of the same household is in the vehicle

Public passenger transport

Public passenger transport is carried out in a limited capacity. Considering that faculties, secondary and primary schools, and kindergartens are still closed, public passenger transport is carried out according to the school holiday timetable.

The recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health on mask wearing, hand disinfection, vehicle occupancy, and entering and exiting vehicles must be followed. In doing so, the following must be ensured:

▪ before a new passenger gets into a taxi, the taxi driver must ensure the proper disinfection of the parts of the vehicle that were in physical contact with the passenger
▪ in special regular and temporary passenger transport services carried out on buses, the number of passengers is limited to the number of registered seats on the vehicle, minus the seats to the right of the driver and the row of seats directly behind the driver
▪ in special regular passenger transport, shuttle services and the occasional passenger transport in vans, a maximum of six seats can be occupied

All passengers are advised to purchase their tickets in advance.

Education

In Slovenia, distance learning is carried out in all primary, music and secondary schools and in faculties. Kindergartens have been working in a limited capacity.

Restrictions in the sale of goods and services

The operation of all businesses that offer and sell goods and services directly to consumers is currently prohibited. Some examples are presented below:
▪ inns, restaurants, pubs, cafes, confectioners, snack bars and bars
▪ discotheques and night clubs
▪ cinemas and cultural institutions
▪ casinos
▪ wellness centres

Business is permitted to the following exceptions:

▪ shops mostly selling groceries, personal hygiene goods and cleaning supplies, including the sale of farming produce at farms, whereby the sale of clothing, footwear and technical devices in these shops does not count as an exception
▪ pharmacies
▪ shops with medical and orthopaedic devices
▪ marketplaces
▪ farm shops
▪ petrol stations
▪ workshops performing the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles and bicycles (e.g. tyre vulcanising workshops, car painting workshops, auto body repair workshops, bicycle repair workshops)
▪ post office
▪ delivery services
▪ tobacconists and kiosks for the sale of newspapers and magazines
▪ hairdressing services
▪ the personal pick-up of goods or food, with the exception of alcohol and alcoholic drinks, at pick-up spots, between 6am and 9pm, whereby the consumption of food in public areas is not permitted
▪ chimney-sweeping services
▪ financial services
▪ other urgent services ensuring public safety and health
▪ individual non-health consulting and therapeutic services
▪ surveying services
▪ construction works at uninhabited construction sites, houses or apartments where no contact with consumers is ensured during the work
▪ medical pedicure and medical manicure
▪ cleaning services and dry cleaners

Source: Republic of Slovenia | Government Communication Office | Last Edited 21 January 2021 | https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/measures-to-contain-the-spread-of-covid-19-infections/


Republic of Slovenia - Ministry of the Interior - Edited 20 January 2021 | Border Crossing

Certain restrictions apply for crossing the state borders and these depend on the country from which you are arriving in Slovenia. The National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) closely monitors the epidemiological situation in Slovenia and globally, and prepares evaluations of the epidemiological situation in every single country. On the basis of those evaluations, the Government determines the lists of countries that are subject to the various measures that apply for entering Slovenia.

Upon your return to Slovenia, observe the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health and other measures applicable during the epidemic. We also point out that foreigners who enter Slovenia must comply with the regulations that temporarily restrict the movement and gathering of people (in order to prevent the spread of infection within the country restriction of movement between municipalities with certain exceptions for which proof is required; restriction of movement between 21:00 and 6:00, etc).

Information regarding transit and prior transit permits: Transit through Slovenia to another country – explanation.

All countries that are not explicitly listed on the red list are considered to be without a high risk of infection and persons coming from these countries or administrative units of countries may enter the Republic of Slovenia without being put under home quarantine and without submitting a negative test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2.

The regime used for the Schengen countries also applies to Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican.

Red list of countries

Countries with an unstable epidemiological situation or administrative divisions of countries are included on the red list.

People entering the Republic of Slovenia from these countries shall, due to potential infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus, be required to remain in quarantine for a period of ten (10) days.

Any person who presents a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 upon entry into Slovenia will not need to quarantine. The test must be performed by the PCR method in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, or by organisations or individuals in third countries recognised as relevant by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food (NLZOH), and published on the NLZOH website, and must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab. The testing may also be performed by a rapid antigen test in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, and may not be older than 24 hours after taking the swab.

Exception to the quarantine and negative PCR or rapid antigen test requirements

Exceptions have been defined where no quarantine or negative test (PCR or rapid antigen test) is required upon entry. Entry from any red-listed country shall be allowed to:

1. cross-border daily migrant workers who are employed in one of the EU member states or any other member of the Schengen Area, who has a certificate or a written statement that can prove the reason for crossing the border as a daily migrant worker and who will be returning within 14 hours after crossing the border
2. people posted for executing tasks in the international transport sector* or from it
3. people who transport goods or people to and from the Republic of Slovenia for economic purposes and freight or passenger transport in transit* and leaves Slovenia within 8 hours after crossing the border
4. people in transit* through the Republic of Slovenia leaving it within 6 hours of entry
5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or a judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks
6. persons who have been transported to Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle
7. diplomatic passport holder
8. persons who have a medical appointment in Slovenia and leave Slovenia immediately following their appointment. If a minor has a medical appointment, their guardian may enter Slovenia under the same conditions provided that they are traveling together
9. citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Area countries coming from another EU Member State or Schengen Area country where they provided care and assistance to persons in need of support, care and assistance of family members, parental care or contact with one’s child, or eliminated imminent danger to health, life and property and leaving Slovenia within 12 hours of crossing the border
10. children under the age of 13 and crossing the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia (i.e. if the person traveling with the child presents a negative test or meets one of 12 exemptions)
11. persons who daily or periodically cross the border for reasons of education, training or scientific research in the Republic of Slovenia or an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country and provide sufficient proof thereof. When the person is a minor or for other reasons cannot travel alone, the same conditions of entry apply to the person driving them, but the latter must return across the border immediately after the drive
12. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, police, firefighting service and persons carrying out humanitarian transport or providing assistance in rescue missions and eliminating the consequences of natural disasters and returning to Slovenia within 48 hours of crossing the border
13. Those who are dual owners or tenants of land in the border area, have their land on both sides of the state border, and perform agricultural and forestry activities, may also cross the border immediately after completing their work

*An exception for performing duties in the international transport sector applies to drivers of cargo vehicles. Drivers without a cargo vehicle who do not have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia, may claim an exception that applies to drivers in international transport (point 2 of paragraph one of Article 10 of the Ordinance). Drivers without a cargo vehicle who have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia cannot claim this exception.

*Transit means that a person must leave Slovenia within 6 hours and their travel must be accomplished without unnecessary and redundant stopping and leaving the transit route. Passengers can make necessary stops in transit, i.e. for refuelling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residential permit, when required) and a document proving the purpose and goal of transit (as of 14 July, only non-EU residents must submit a document proving the purpose and goal of transit; EU residents can submit a valid travel document). Entry to Slovenia shall not be permitted to anyone for whom it is envisaged that they will be unable to exit the territory of Slovenia due to the measures in force in neighbouring countries.

People who received the laissez-passer travel document from international organisations and people with an invitation or certificate issued by the state authority of the Republic of Slovenia, who also prove their official purpose of their visit to Slovenia, shall be considered the same as diplomatic passport holders.

The red list of countries (valid from 16 January 2021):

EU Member States and Schengen Area countries:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark - all administrative units except the Greenland region, Estonia, France - all administrative units of mainland France except the administrative unit of Corsica and all overseas territories except the overseas territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique and La Reunion, Greece - the administrative units Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Western Macedonia, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Monaco, Germany, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway - the administrative unit of Oslo, the administrative unit of Rogaland, the administrative unit of Viken, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Vatican

Third countries:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Belarus, Benin, Botswana, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Bhutan, Chad, Chile, Montenegro, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Philippines, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Georgia, Guyana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jamaica, Yemen, Jordan, South Africa, South Sudan, Cameroon, Canada, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Colombia, Comoros, Kosovo, Costa Rica, Kuwait, Lesotho, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Republic of the Congo, Russia, El Salvador, Sao Tomé and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, North Korea, North Macedonia, Sierra Leone, Syria, Côte d’Ivoire, Somalia, Serbia, Central African Republic, Suriname, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, East Timor, Zambia, United States of America, United Arab Emirates, Cape Verde, Zimbabwe

Servicing decisions on quarantine at the state border
Persons who will be ordered to quarantine will be able to enter Slovenia on any border crossing or checkpoint. Persons who are not residents of Slovenia are ordered to quarantine at the address where they will actually stay. Any quarantine-related costs will be covered by the quarantined persons themselves. Foreign citizens who are not residents of Slovenia and cannot provide an address where they would stay in quarantine are not allowed entry into the country if appropriate quarantine accommodation capacities cannot be ensured.

Persons who intend to work in Slovenia shall be ordered to quarantine at the address stated in the employer’s certificate, submitted at the entry to Slovenia at the time of crossing the state border.

Lifting quarantine

If a person who is put under home quarantine upon entry into Slovenia provides a negative PCR or HAG test for SARS-CoV-2, carried out during the quarantine, it is considered that the quarantine is withdrawn. The person does not have to inform anyone about this, but in the event of a control (by the Police, ZIRS or NIJZ), they must carry as proof both a certificate (from which the date of referral to quarantine is evident) and a notice of a negative test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (from which the date of the test and the result must be evident).

Crossing the state border with Croatia

The entire territory of Croatia is on the red list (valid as of 16 January 2021).

A person arriving from Croatia will be required to quarantine for ten days due to a possible SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Any person who presents a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 upon entry into Slovenia will not need to quarantine. The test must be performed by the PCR method in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, or by organisations or individuals in third countries recognised as relevant by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food (NLZOH), and published on the NLZOH website, and must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab. The testing may also be performed by a rapid antigen test in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, and may not be older than 24 hours after taking the swab.

Exception to the quarantine and negative PCR or rapid antigen test requirements

Exceptions have been defined where no quarantine or negative test (PCR or rapid antigen test) is required upon entry. Entry from any red-listed country shall be allowed to:

1. cross-border daily migrant workers who are employed in one of the EU member states or any other member of the Schengen Area, who has a certificate or a written statement that can prove the reason for crossing the border as a daily migrant worker and who will be returning within 14 hours after crossing the border
2. people posted for executing tasks in the international transport sector* or from it
3. people who transport goods or people to and from the Republic of Slovenia for economic purposes and freight or passenger transport in transit* and leaves Slovenia within 8 hours after crossing the border
4. people in transit* through the Republic of Slovenia leaving it within 6 hours of entry
5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or a judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks
6. persons who have been transported to Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle
7. diplomatic passport holder
8. persons who have a medical appointment in Slovenia and leave Slovenia immediately following their appointment. If a minor has a medical appointment, their guardian may enter Slovenia under the same conditions provided that they are traveling together
9. citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Area countries coming from another EU Member State or Schengen Area country where they provided care and assistance to persons in need of support, care and assistance of family members, parental care or contact with one’s child, or eliminated imminent danger to health, life and property and leaving Slovenia within 12 hours of crossing the border
10. children under the age of 13 and crossing the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia (i.e. if the person traveling with the child presents a negative test or meets one of 12 exemptions)
11. persons who daily or periodically cross the border for reasons of education, training or scientific research in the Republic of Slovenia or an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country and provide sufficient proof thereof. When the person is a minor or for other reasons cannot travel alone, the same conditions of entry apply to the person driving them, but the latter must return across the border immediately after the drive
12. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, police, firefighting service and persons carrying out humanitarian transport or providing assistance in rescue missions and eliminating the consequences of natural disasters and returning to Slovenia within 48 hours of crossing the border
13. Those who are dual owners or tenants of land in the border area, have their land on both sides of the state border, and perform agricultural and forestry activities, may also cross the border immediately after completing their work

*An exception for performing duties in the international transport sector applies to drivers of cargo vehicles. Drivers without a cargo vehicle who do not have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia, may claim an exception that applies to drivers in international transport (point 2 of paragraph one of Article 10 of the Ordinance). Drivers without a cargo vehicle who have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia cannot claim this exception.

*Transit means that a person must leave Slovenia within 6 hours and their travel must be accomplished without unnecessary and redundant stopping and leaving the transit route. Passengers can make necessary stops in transit, i.e. for refuelling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residential permit, when required) and a document proving the purpose and goal of transit (as of 14 July, only non-EU residents must submit a document proving the purpose and goal of transit; EU residents can submit a valid travel document). Entry to Slovenia shall not permitted to anyone for whom it is envisaged that they will be unable to exit the territory of Slovenia due to the measures in force in neighbouring countries.

People who received the laissez-passer travel document from international organisations and people with an invitation or certificate issued by the state authority of the Republic of Slovenia, who also prove their official purpose of their visit to Slovenia, shall be considered the same as diplomatic passport holders.

Prior to entry to Croatia, passengers can send their data via a designated website of the Croatian Ministry of the Interior, i.e. Enter Croatia.

As of 15 June 2020, all border crossings for local border traffic on the border with Croatia are open. Slovenian and Croatian citizens and persons with the right to free movement as per union law can cross the state border at those border crossings.

Crossing the state border with Italy

The entire territory of Italy is on the red list (valid as of 16 January 2021).

A person arriving from Italy will be required to quarantine for ten days due to a possible SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Any person who presents a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 upon entry into Slovenia will not need to quarantine. The test must be performed by the PCR method in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, or by organisations or individuals in third countries recognised as relevant by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food (NLZOH), and published on the NLZOH website, and must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab. The testing may also be performed by a rapid antigen test in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, and may not be older than 24 hours after taking the swab.

Exception to the quarantine and negative PCR or rapid antigen test requirements

Exceptions have been defined where no quarantine or negative test (PCR or rapid antigen test) is required upon entry. Entry from any red-listed country shall be allowed to:

1. cross-border daily migrant workers who are employed in one of the EU member states or any other member of the Schengen Area, who has a certificate or a written statement that can prove the reason for crossing the border as a daily migrant worker and who will be returning within 14 hours after crossing the border
2. people posted for executing tasks in the international transport sector* or from it
3. people who transport goods or people to and from the Republic of Slovenia for economic purposes and freight or passenger transport in transit* and leaves Slovenia within 8 hours after crossing the border
4. people in transit* through the Republic of Slovenia leaving it within 6 hours of entry
5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or a judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks
6. persons who have been transported to Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle
7. diplomatic passport holder
8. persons who have a medical appointment in Slovenia and leave Slovenia immediately following their appointment. If a minor has a medical appointment, their guardian may enter Slovenia under the same conditions provided that they are traveling together
9. citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Area countries coming from another EU Member State or Schengen Area country where they provided care and assistance to persons in need of support, care and assistance of family members, parental care or contact with one’s child, or eliminated imminent danger to health, life and property and leaving Slovenia within 12 hours of crossing the border
10. children under the age of 13 and crossing the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia (i.e. if the person traveling with the child presents a negative test or meets one of 12 exemptions)
11. persons who daily or periodically cross the border for reasons of education, training or scientific research in the Republic of Slovenia or an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country and provide sufficient proof thereof. When the person is a minor or for other reasons cannot travel alone, the same conditions of entry apply to the person driving them, but the latter must return across the border immediately after the drive
12. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, police, firefighting service and persons carrying out humanitarian transport or providing assistance in rescue missions and eliminating the consequences of natural disasters and returning to Slovenia within 48 hours of crossing the border
13. Those who are dual owners or tenants of land in the border area, have their land on both sides of the state border, and perform agricultural and forestry activities, may also cross the border immediately after completing their work

*An exception for performing duties in the international transport sector applies to drivers of cargo vehicles. Drivers without a cargo vehicle who do not have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia, may claim an exception that applies to drivers in international transport (point 2 of paragraph one of Article 10 of the Ordinance). Drivers without a cargo vehicle who have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia cannot claim this exception.

*Transit means that a person must leave Slovenia within 6 hours and their travel must be accomplished without unnecessary and redundant stopping and leaving the transit route. Passengers can make necessary stops in transit, i.e. for refuelling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residential permit, when required) and a document proving the purpose and goal of transit (as of 14 July, only non-EU residents must submit a document proving the purpose and goal of transit; EU residents can submit a valid travel document). Entry to Slovenia shall not permitted to anyone for whom it is envisaged that they will be unable to exit the territory of Slovenia due to the measures in force in neighbouring countries.

People who received the laissez-passer travel document from international organisations and people with an invitation or certificate issued by the state authority of the Republic of Slovenia, who also prove their official purpose of their visit to Slovenia, shall be considered the same as diplomatic passport holders.

In the border area, checkpoints have been set up at the following road connections with Italy:
Vrtojba, Fernetiči, Škofije, Krvavi Potok.

Slovenian and Italian citizens may also cross the state border outside these checkpoints. The citizens of EU or Schengen countries residing in an Italian administrative unit bordering on Slovenia may also cross the state border between Italy and Slovenia outside these checkpoints.

Crossing the state border with Austria

The entire territory of Austria is on the red list (valid as of 16 January 2021).

A person arriving from Austria will be required to quarantine for ten days due to a possible SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Any person who presents a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 upon entry into Slovenia will not need to quarantine. The test must be performed by the PCR method in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, or by organisations or individuals in third countries recognised as relevant by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food (NLZOH), and published on the NLZOH website, and must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab. The testing may also be performed by a rapid antigen test in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, and may not be older than 24 hours after taking the swab.

Exception to the quarantine and negative PCR or rapid antigen test requirements

Exceptions have been defined where no quarantine or negative test (PCR or rapid antigen test) is required upon entry. Entry from any red-listed country shall be allowed to:

1. cross-border daily migrant workers who are employed in one of the EU member states or any other member of the Schengen Area, who has a certificate or a written statement that can prove the reason for crossing the border as a daily migrant worker and who will be returning within 14 hours after crossing the border
2. people posted for executing tasks in the international transport sector* or from it
3. people who transport goods or people to and from the Republic of Slovenia for economic purposes and freight or passenger transport in transit* and leaves Slovenia within 8 hours after crossing the border
4. people in transit* through the Republic of Slovenia leaving it within 6 hours of entry
5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or a judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks
6. persons who have been transported to Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle
7. diplomatic passport holder
8. persons who have a medical appointment in Slovenia and leave Slovenia immediately following their appointment. If a minor has a medical appointment, their guardian may enter Slovenia under the same conditions provided that they are traveling together
9. citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Area countries coming from another EU Member State or Schengen Area country where they provided care and assistance to persons in need of support, care and assistance of family members, parental care or contact with one’s child, or eliminated imminent danger to health, life and property and leaving Slovenia within 12 hours of crossing the border
10. children under the age of 13 and crossing the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia (i.e. if the person traveling with the child presents a negative test or meets one of 12 exemptions)
11. persons who daily or periodically cross the border for reasons of education, training or scientific research in the Republic of Slovenia or an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country and provide sufficient proof thereof. When the person is a minor or for other reasons cannot travel alone, the same conditions of entry apply to the person driving them, but the latter must return across the border immediately after the drive
12. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, police, firefighting service and persons carrying out humanitarian transport or providing assistance in rescue missions and eliminating the consequences of natural disasters and returning to Slovenia within 48 hours of crossing the border
13. Those who are dual owners or tenants of land in the border area, have their land on both sides of the state border, and perform agricultural and forestry activities, may also cross the border immediately after completing their work

*An exception for performing duties in the international transport sector applies to drivers of cargo vehicles. Drivers without a cargo vehicle who do not have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia, may claim an exception that applies to drivers in international transport (point 2 of paragraph one of Article 10 of the Ordinance). Drivers without a cargo vehicle who have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia cannot claim this exception.

*Transit means that a person must leave Slovenia within 6 hours and their travel must be accomplished without unnecessary and redundant stopping and leaving the transit route. Passengers can make necessary stops in transit, i.e. for refuelling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residential permit, when required) and a document proving the purpose and goal of transit (as of 14 July, only non-EU residents must submit a document proving the purpose and goal of transit; EU residents can submit a valid travel document). Entry to Slovenia shall not permitted to anyone for whom it is envisaged that they will be unable to exit the territory of Slovenia due to the measures in force in neighbouring countries.

People who received the laissez-passer travel document from international organisations and people with an invitation or certificate issued by the state authority of the Republic of Slovenia, who also prove their official purpose of their visit to Slovenia, shall be considered the same as diplomatic passport holders.

From 15 January 2021, electronic registration is mandatory for entry into Austria.

There are designated checkpoints in the border area with Austria:
Karavanke, Ljubelj (Loibl Pass), Šentilj (motorway), Šentilj (railway).

Slovenian and Austrian citizens may also cross the state border outside these checkpoints. The citizens of EU or Schengen countries residing in an Austrian administrative unit bordering on Slovenia may also cross the state border between Austria and Slovenia outside these checkpoints.

Crossing the state border with Hungary

The entire territory of Hungary is on the red list (valid as of 16 January 2021).

A person arriving from Hungary will be required to quarantine for ten days due to a possible SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Any person who presents a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 upon entry into Slovenia will not need to quarantine. The test must be performed by the PCR method in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, or by organisations or individuals in third countries recognised as relevant by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food (NLZOH), and published on the NLZOH website, and must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab. The testing may also be performed by a rapid antigen test in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, and may not be older than 24 hours after taking the swab.

Exception to the quarantine and negative PCR or rapid antigen test requirements

Exceptions have been defined where no quarantine or negative test (PCR or rapid antigen test) is required upon entry. Entry from any red-listed country shall be allowed to:

1. cross-border daily migrant workers who are employed in one of the EU member states or any other member of the Schengen Area, who has a certificate or a written statement that can prove the reason for crossing the border as a daily migrant worker and who will be returning within 14 hours after crossing the border
2. people posted for executing tasks in the international transport sector* or from it
3. people who transport goods or people to and from the Republic of Slovenia for economic purposes and freight or passenger transport in transit* and leaves Slovenia within 8 hours after crossing the border
4. people in transit* through the Republic of Slovenia leaving it within 6 hours of entry
5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or a judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks
6. persons who have been transported to Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle
7. diplomatic passport holder
8. persons who have a medical appointment in Slovenia and leave Slovenia immediately following their appointment. If a minor has a medical appointment, their guardian may enter Slovenia under the same conditions provided that they are traveling together
9. citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Area countries coming from another EU Member State or Schengen Area country where they provided care and assistance to persons in need of support, care and assistance of family members, parental care or contact with one’s child, or eliminated imminent danger to health, life and property and leaving Slovenia within 12 hours of crossing the border
10. children under the age of 13 and crossing the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia (i.e. if the person traveling with the child presents a negative test or meets one of 12 exemptions)
11. persons who daily or periodically cross the border for reasons of education, training or scientific research in the Republic of Slovenia or an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country and provide sufficient proof thereof. When the person is a minor or for other reasons cannot travel alone, the same conditions of entry apply to the person driving them, but the latter must return across the border immediately after the drive
12. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, police, firefighting service and persons carrying out humanitarian transport or providing assistance in rescue missions and eliminating the consequences of natural disasters and returning to Slovenia within 48 hours of crossing the border
13. Those who are dual owners or tenants of land in the border area, have their land on both sides of the state border, and perform agricultural and forestry activities, may also cross the border immediately after completing their work

*An exception for performing duties in the international transport sector applies to drivers of cargo vehicles. Drivers without a cargo vehicle who do not have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia, may claim an exception that applies to drivers in international transport (point 2 of paragraph one of Article 10 of the Ordinance). Drivers without a cargo vehicle who have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia cannot claim this exception.

*Transit means that a person must leave Slovenia within 6 hours and their travel must be accomplished without unnecessary and redundant stopping and leaving the transit route. Passengers can make necessary stops in transit, i.e. for refuelling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residential permit, when required) and a document proving the purpose and goal of transit (as of 14 July, only non-EU residents must submit a document proving the purpose and goal of transit; EU residents can submit a valid travel document). Entry to Slovenia shall not permitted to anyone for whom it is envisaged that they will be unable to exit the territory of Slovenia due to the measures in force in neighbouring countries.

People who received the laissez-passer travel document from international organisations and people with an invitation or certificate issued by the state authority of the Republic of Slovenia, who also prove their official purpose of their visit to Slovenia, shall be considered the same as diplomatic passport holders.

The following checkpoints on road connections on the border area with Hungary have been introduced: Dolga vas, Pince (motorway).

The citizens of Slovenia and Hungary may also cross the state border at the checkpoints Pince (regional road), Verica-Čepinci and Hodoš. The citizens of EU or Schengen countries residing in a Hungarian administrative unit bordering on Slovenia may also cross the state border between Hungary and Slovenia outside these checkpoints.

Source: Republic of Slovenia | Ministry of the Interior | Last Edited 20 January 2021 | https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/border-crossing/


Ljubljana, 01 September 2020 - Border Crossing

Certain restrictions apply for crossing the state borders and these depend on the country from which you are arriving in Slovenia. The National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) closely monitors the epidemiological situation in Slovenia and globally, and prepares evaluations of the epidemiological situation in every single country. On the basis of those evaluations, the Government determines the lists of countries that are subject to the various measures that apply for entering Slovenia.

Due to the present possibility of becoming infected with coronavirus we advise that you monitor the epidemiological situation in the area of your planned and scheduled travel abroad, check all conditions for entering the country of your travel and consider the decisions made by the local authorities. When returning to Slovenia, please consider the NIJZ recommendations.

Green list of countries

Epidemiologically safe countries or administrative units of countries are included on the green list.

Persons with permanent or temporary residence in a country that has been added to the green list, and arriving from such countries, can enter Slovenia without restrictions and quarantine.

Green list of countries (valid as of 30 August 2020)

Austria, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Rwanda, San Marino, Slovakia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Uruguay, Vatican

Yellow list of countries

If a country is not on the list of epidemiologically safe (green list) nor on the list of countries with an unstable epidemiological situation (red list), it shall be considered that it has been included on the yellow list (all world countries that have not been included neither on the red nor on the green list).

Slovenian citizens, regardless of their residence, and their close family members who travel with them, and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia, travelling from EU member states or the Schengen Area can enter Slovenia without going through quarantine, provided that they submit evidence that they are not arriving from the countries on the red list. Such documents include an original receipt or proof of payment for accommodation, proof of ownership of real estate or vessel where the traveller stayed, official crew list in the case of boat rental, or other documents supporting one’s travel (e.g. tourist tax payment). If such documentation cannot be submitted or provided, it shall be considered that the individuals are arriving from a country on the red list.

If a certain EU member state or a country in the Schengen Area is on the red list and the restrictions apply pursuant to Article 11 of this Ordinance, quarantine shall be ordered in any case. Due to the exceptional cross-border connection of residents, a different regime and a wider range of exceptions for quarantine-free border crossing apply to the neighbouring countries included on the red list, i.e. Croatia for the time being. Exceptions apply to Slovenian citizens or foreigners with a permanent residence in Slovenia.

For other persons, 14-day quarantine is mandatory upon entrance to Slovenia (except if a person is subject to any of the 21 exceptions as per the first paragraph of Article 10 of the Ordinance).

Exceptions referred to in points 2, 3, 8-10, 16, 17 and 19 need a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 36 hours, which was carried out in an EU Member State or a member of the Schengen Area or by an organisation or an individual recognised by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food as suitable and credible, and published by the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food on its website.

Exceptions are, for instance:

▪ daily cross-border migrant workers
▪ weekly cross-border migrant workers*
▪ persons engaged in economic activities
▪ persons providing services for which they have been issued a certificate by the competent ministry
▪ holders of proof of a scheduled health examination
▪ persons crossing the border because of education and schooling
▪ persons crossing the border to attend a funeral
▪ persons maintaining relations with close family members*
▪ persons with urgent personal matters
▪ persons with urgent business reasons
▪ persons who have booked accommodation in Slovenia
▪ professional athletes, accompanying personnel of professional athletes, sports delegates or sports referees to participate in official competitions of international sport associations
▪ persons who are members of foreign official delegations
▪ persons who have been brought to Slovenia in an ambulance
▪ persons (with an accompanying person) who have proof of a planned urgent* medical examination or procedure in the Republic of Slovenia, another EU member state or member of the Schengen Area

*Weekly cross-border workers who have a working relationship in Slovenia (or in a neighbouring country) and do not cross the state border to arrive to work on a daily basis, but normally cross the border to arrive to work or leave work once, twice or three times per week, or in random cycles. Such a worker also has an arranged residence in the country of labour. Upon entrance, they must submit a negative COVID-19 test result.

*Close family members include: spouse, cohabiting partner, partner in a formal or informal civil union and divorced spouse or partner who, on the basis of a court order, pays child support, and child (legitimate and illegitimate child, adopted child and child placed in a family for the purpose of adoption on the basis of the decision issued by the competent authority).

*Urgent medical examinations or procedures include examinations or procedures which, if failed to be carried out, would result in the deterioration of medical condition (e.g. chemotherapies, special diagnostic procedures, tertiary health care services). Urgent medical examinations or procedures do not include services that can be provided in the country of origin or routine specialist examinations (first examinations in oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology etc), and preventive examinations.

Red list of countries

Countries with an unstable epidemiological situation or administrative divisions of countries are included on the red list.

14-day quarantine shall be ordered for everyone who enters Slovenia and has either permanent or temporary residence in countries on the red list, and for everyone, regardless of their citizenship or country of residence, who is travelling to Slovenia from such countries.

Only persons referred to in points 3-8, 10, 16 and 18-21 as per paragraph one of Article 10 of the Ordinance shall be deemed exceptions.

Such exemptions are, for instance:

▪ persons engaged in economic activities
▪ persons who transport goods to or from Slovenia and for transit freight transport
▪ diplomatic passport holders
▪ persons in transit*
▪ persons who provide services for which a certificate has been issued by the competent ministry
▪ representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or justice)
▪ professional athletes, accompanying personnel of professional athletes, sports delegates or sports referees to participate in official competitions of international sport associations
▪ persons who are members of foreign official delegations
▪ persons who have been brought to Slovenia in an ambulance

*Transit means that a person must leave Slovenia within 12 hours, whereas travel must be accomplished without unnecessary and redundant stopping and leaving the transit route. Passengers can make necessary stops in transit, i.e. for refuelling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residential permit, when required) and a document proving the purpose and goal of transit (as of 14 July, only non-EU residents must submit a document proving the purpose and goal of transit; EU residents can submit a valid travel document). Entry to Slovenia shall not permitted to anyone for whom it is envisaged that they will be unable to exit the territory of Slovenia due to the measures in force in neighbouring countries.

It additionally applies to exceptions referred to in points 3, 8, 10, 16 and 19 that, upon crossing the border, they must present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 36 hours, which was carried out in an EU member state, a member of the Schengen Area, by an organisation or an individual recognised by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food as suitable and credible, and published by the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food on its website.

Red list of countries (valid as of 30 August 2020)

Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Gabon, Gambia, Gibraltar, Guam, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, North Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Martin, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, The Dominican Republic, The Faroe Islands, The Netherlands, The Philippines, The Ukraine, Turks and Caicos Islands, S. Virgin Islands, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Venezuela

Servicing decisions on quarantine at the state border

Persons who will be ordered to quarantine will be able to enter Slovenia on any border crossing or checkpoint. Police officers collect the data required for the decision on quarantine to be issued from the person who is to be ordered to quarantine and send them to the representative of the Ministry of Health. The latter then issues the decision and returns it to the police officer located on the border crossing or the checkpoint. The police officer then serves the decision to the person ordered to quarantine before authorising his or her entry to Slovenia.

If the person who should have been ordered to quarantine upon entry to Slovenia does not have permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Slovenia or cannot reside at the permanent or temporary residence address for a legitimate reason, the order for quarantine shall be serviced at the address where the person is accommodated. If a foreign citizen without permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia cannot residence at the address where he or she will be quarantined, entry to the Republic of Slovenia will not be permitted.

Persons who intend to work in Slovenia shall be ordered to quarantine at the address stated in the employer’s certificate, submitted at the entry to Slovenia at the time of crossing the state border.

Crossing the state border with Croatia

Croatia is included on the red list of neighbouring countries.

Due to the exceptional cross-border connection of residents, a wider range of exceptions for border crossing with Croatia applies, i.e. all exceptions referred to in paragraph one of Article 10 of the Ordinance, except for point 17 (tourist visits), and three exceptions* referred to in paragraph two of Article 11 of the Ordinance (e.g. owners of real estate, owners of vessels, holders of flat-rate leases at campsites and persons with planned medical examinations, including non-urgent).

Citizens of Slovenia or foreigners with a permanent residence in Slovenia may enter the country without being ordered to quarantine if they are included among exceptions referred to in paragraph one of Article 10 of the Ordinance, except for point 17 (tourist visits) and the new three exceptions referred to in paragraph two of Article 11 of the Ordinance (e.g. owners of real estate, owners of vessels, holders of flat-rate leases at campsites* and persons with planned medical examinations, including non-urgent).

*A citizen of Slovenia and a foreigner with a permanent residence in Slovenia who is the owner of real estate, a live-aboard vessel or if, on the basis of a lease or rental agreement, they are entitled to use real estate, a live-aboard vessel or a campsite pitch in a neighbouring country (Italy, Croatia, Austria and Hungary) from which they are entering with close family members, which must be proven by suitable evidence, may enter Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine, even if any of the neighbouring countries is included on the list of countries with an unstable epidemiological situation (red list), and must return to Slovenia within 48 hours after leaving it.

The border with a neighbouring country on the red list may be crossed without being ordered to quarantine by persons with proof of a planned medical examination or procedure in the neighbouring country if they return on the same day or immediately after the medical examination or procedure if the examination or procedure took more than one day.

Prior to entry to Croatia, passengers can send their data via a designated website of the Croatian Ministry of the Interior, i.e. Enter Croatia.

As of 15 June 2020, all border crossings for local border traffic on the border with Croatia are open. Slovenian and Croatian citizens and persons with the right to free movement as per union law can cross the state border at those border crossings.

Crossing the state border with Italy

Italy is currently on the green list (entry without quarantine).

Checkpoints have been introduced on the border area with Italy at the following road connections:

▪ Vrtojba
▪ Fernetiči
▪ Škofije
▪ Krvavi Potok

Slovenian and Italian citizens can cross the state border at locations other than those checkpoints.

Crossing the state border with Austria

Austria is currently on the green list (entry without quarantine).

There are designated checkpoints in the border area with Austria:

▪ Karavanke
▪ Ljubelj (Loibl Pass)
▪ Šentilj (motorway)
▪ Šentilj (railway)

Slovenian and Austrian citizens can cross the state border at locations other than those checkpoints.

Crossing the state border with Hungary

Hungary is currently on the green list (entry without quarantine).

The following checkpoints on road connections on the border area with Hungary have been introduced:

▪ Dolga vas
▪ Pince (motorway)

Slovenian and Hungarian citizens can cross the state border at locations other than those checkpoints.

Source: Republic of Slovenia | Ministry of the Interior | Last Edited 01 September 2020 | https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/border-crossing/


Ljubljana, 18 May 2020 - About half of children in Slovenia will return to schools and kindergartens today as part of a major easing of quarantine restrictions in the country. Moreover, all shops will be allowed to open, and bars and restaurants will be able to serve patrons indoors again, while most restrictions have been lifted for sports as well.

In a step that coincides with the government declaring the end of the epidemic last Thursday and a week after the relaunch of public transport, Slovenia is reopening kindergartens, primary schools for the first three grades and the final year, as well as secondary schools for final-year students.

Under instructions issued by the Education Ministry, up to 10-15 children are allowed to sit in a single classroom in primary and secondary schools, and up to 8-10 children in an individual kindergarten group.

All school employees and ninth graders will be required to wear face masks, but the latter only outside their classroom.

Another major novelty is the almost full reopening of the hospitality and tourism sectors. The only facilities that must remain closed are accommodation facilities with over 30 rooms, accommodation for spa guests, wellness and fitness centres, pools and water parks.

The entire tourism industry has been shut down for two months in a bid to contain the epidemic and this is the first easing of restrictions in this sector.

All providers will have to abide by public health rules mandating a safe distance between guests and other safety precautions. Multi-bedded rooms will for instance only be available to members of the same household.

Meanwhile, the decision to allow all stores to reopen will come as a relief in particular for large retailers, as smaller shops with up to 400m2 of shopping area reopened two weeks ago.

Bars and restaurants were allowed to reopen on 04 May as well, but they could only serve outside. And while most operations will now be allowed to fully reopen, the ban continues for night clubs.

Protective measures remain in place, meaning the obligatory use of masks, hand disinfection and 1.5 metre distance in shops, while bar and restaurant guest will be able to take their masks off when seated.

A lot of extra work awaits clothing shops, where dressing rooms will need to be disinfected and aired after each customer and tried out clothing that is not bought set aside for two days.

Another key restriction being lifted is the ban on gatherings in public places. Up to 50 people are allowed to gather outdoors as of today, but only if the safety distance recommended by the health authorities can be secured. Concerts, parties and similar events for instance remain banned.

This means no spectators at sports events, which are also officially allowed again as of today, including in team sports. Moreover, allowed again is practice and recreation in indoor facilities, the exceptions being fitness and wellness centres and swimming pools.

Slovenian Football Association (NZS) president Radenko Mijatović told the STA that the plan was to organise the first football games in the first or second week of June.

Source: STA (2020). Bulk of coronavirus restrictions lifted today, schools reopen


Ljubljana, 15 May 2020 - EU residents are free to cross into Slovenia from Austria, Italy and Hungary at pre-determined checkpoints while most non-EU nationals will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, in what is a major step for the country as it accelerates the easing of restrictions.

Under the government decree adopted late on Thursday, there will be 19 checkpoints on the border with Austria, nine on the border with Italy and five on the border with Hungary.

The listed checkpoints largely correspond to checkpoints where passengers may cross at present.

Some crossings are open only to locals or daily cross-border commuters and special exemptions are in place for owners of land on both sides of the border.

Three airports and two ports are among the ports of entry listed in the government decree.

The decree also covers Slovenia's border with the EU, which is the external EU border, but there it does not limit crossing to specific checkpoints.

Under the new rules, those with permanent or temporary residence in the EU will be given instructions issued by the National Institute of Public Health upon entering Slovenia but will not need to quarantine, which they have to do for seven days at present.

When such a person declares they have coronavirus or symptoms thereof, or clearly show symptoms, they will be rejected at the border if they do not have permanent residence in Slovenia; those who do will be referred to medical services.

Third-country nationals must undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine, with exceptions for diplomats, members of rescue and relief services, attendance of funeral, lorry drivers and persons with certificates issued by the competent Slovenian ministry showing they will provide urgent services.

Notably, if it is believed a person entering the country may not be able to leave because of the measures of neighbouring countries, they will be denied entry.

The new policy will initially benefit mostly owners of property in Croatia, thousands of whom have been keen to visit their holiday homes but many reluctant to do so due to the mandatory seven-day quarantine upon return.

But even more importantly, it paves the way for a relaunch of cross-border tourism, which has been suspended for two months due to lockdown measures around the world.

It will also be a relief for businesses, which have been calling on the government to relax rules for business travel as cross-border commerce kicks into higher gear.

The decree was adopted last night, after the government formally declared the epidemic over while keeping in place all measures adopted to combat the disease.

Slovenia has had low single-digit daily case increases since the end of April and the epidemic is seen as being under control.

The country has so far confirmed 1,464 Covid-19 cases and 103 people have died.

Source: STA (2020). New regime in place on Slovenian borders


Ljubljana, 12 May 2020 - International air passenger transport with Slovenia can resume from today after being banned on 17 March as part of the measures aimed at containing the coronavirus epidemic in the country.

The government decided last night not to extend restrictions again, allowing resumption of passenger flights from the EU and third countries to Slovenia's international airports.

While flights can resume to airports in Ljubljana, Maribor and Portorož, the ban on flights from abroad to local airports remains in place until 12 June.

In a press release, the Government Communication Office said the ban was no longer necessary or sensible because following strict safety measures in individual countries air carriers were not providing flights anyway due to a lack of demand among passengers because of the epidemic.

Slovenia does not have an air carrier since Adria Airways went into receivership last year.

Fraport Slovenia, which operates Ljubljana Airport, said the lifting of the ban would help airlines plan flights, but also noted that most of them had cancelled flights until the end of May.

The airport has already put in place measures and equipment to be able to welcome first passengers and resume operations safely.

Passengers will be required to keep a 1.5 metre distance from each other inside the passenger terminal and their numbers in the terminal and on buses will be reduced to half the capacity.

Only passengers and staff will be allowed inside the terminal and they will be required to sanitise their hands every time on entering it. Passengers will have to wear masks or other mouth and nose covering inside the terminal and special safety measures will apply to the staff.

Temperature screenings will probably be mandatory for at least part of the passengers, but the measures and protocols are still being coordinated with the National Institute of Public Health.

Source: STA (2020). Passenger air transport allowed to resume


Ljubljana, 11 May 2020 - Public transport will start running in Slovenia again after nearly two months on Monday. The relaunch will be gradual and restrictive measure will be in place to ensure social distancing is observed.

Passengers will have to disinfect their hands upon entry, wear a face mask and keep a safety distance of at least 1.5 metres.

Buses are to be outfitted with special barriers for drivers and unless these are in place, passengers will not be able to enter through the front door.

Until then, passenger will also not be able to buy tickets on the bus. Ticket purchase will be possible at bigger stops and stations, online and at ticket machines. The same is also advised by railways operator Slovenske Železnice.

About every other seat on train will be off limits, so as to ensure social distancing, Slovenske Železnice said on Friday.

At their last stop, the buses and trains will have to be aired and disinfected.

Most public transport operators are planning a gradual restart, with Slovenske Železnice planning to dispatch only 30% of their coaches today.

Because many people have questions about how public transport will run, the Infrastructure Ministry opened an info hotline available at 01 478 8512.

Meanwhile, international passenger transport remains suspended. Infrastructure Minister Jernej Vrtovec has previously mentioned 01 June as a possible date of relaunch.

Vrtovec told the TV Slovenija news show Dnevnik last night that passenger air transport may also be relaunched this week.

Source: STA (2020). Public transport restarting


Ljubljana, 04 May 2020 - A major easing of quarantine restrictions entered into effect

Quarantine restrictions will be eased further on 04 May 2020 as stores under 400m2 reopen along with bar terraces, hair salons and beauty parlours. People will again be able to visit museums, libraries as of this week, and go to church. Moreover, professional athletes will be allowed to train again.

Despite the easing of restrictions, safety measures will still apply. In case of bars and restaurants, this means that tables will have to be arranged in a way to allow customers to keep one-metre distance. Guests will also have to wear masks or other protection to go to the toilet or enter any other closed rooms. Owners will have to regularly disinfect and air their premises. Stores under 400m2 will reopen, except for those in shopping malls which do not have their own entrance.

Hair and massage salons, and beauty parlours will welcome one customer at a time, and the customers will have to wear a face mask. Those working in the salons and beauty parlours will have to wear a face mask, visor and gloves.

The services of making or repairing textile products, footwear and leather products will also be available again, along with key cutting, photography, watchmaking, and photocopying services. Seamstresses and jewellers will also open their door again.

Top athletes competing in individual and team sports will be allowed to train again but only individually.

Also opening this week are museums, libraries and galleries, having received the government's permission to reopen before the May holidays, who have taken more time to prepare for the reopening. General libraries reopen on 04 May 2020, while most galleries and museums will open their door again from 05 May 2020. Some bookshops are already open.

This is the latest round of easing of restrictions for businesses since 19 April, when takeaway restaurants, DIY stores, car showrooms, car washes, stores selling bicycles, technical goods and furniture stores, dry cleaners, some repair shops, and insurance agents started working again following the government imposed temporary ban on most retail establishments since mid-March.

Source: STA (2020). More services available to Slovenians as of today


The situation in Slovenia

The number of tests conducted and confirmed cases of new coronavirus infection, as published by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) on its website, is changing daily also in Slovenia.

An epidemic was declared and restrictions have been placed on public life. Grocery stores, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, post offices and newsstands remain open. However, the use of online services is recommended (eg online shopping, online banking, etc).

Grocery stores are open from at least 8.00am to 6.00pm and are closed on Sundays (adjusted working time). Between 8.00am and 10.00am and during the last opening hour, priority to enter shops is given to vulnerable groups, including disabled people, pensioners and pregnant women.

In line with the gradual relaxation of restrictive measures, the government ordinance provides for the resumption of some sales and service activities after 20 April 2020.

Visit Slovenian Government website for further information

Based on relevant ordinance, movement outside the municipality of permanent or temporary residence has been allowed again since 30 April 2020.

Movement, access to and staying in a public place still remain prohibited in accordance with the ordinance of 30 March 2020 imposing a general prohibition of:

▪ movement and gathering of people in public places and areas
▪ access to public places and areas

Movement, access to and staying in a public place is exceptionally permitted to individuals, subject to their maintaining a safe distance from other persons, for the following purposes: arriving to and departing from work; protection and assistance to persons in need of support; access to emergency services; access to grocery stores and health, toiletries and beauty retailers; access to the sale of medical products and medical aids and sanitary aids; access to food stores for animals; access to petrol stations, banks and post offices, municipal waste services, automotive service and repair shops, libraries, museums, galleries or other exemptions.

Public transportation - public bus and railway passenger transport, gondolas and funicular railways - has been suspended until further notice.

Taxi transport is allowed in urgent cases. Taxi drivers must, before collecting their next passenger, disinfect all parts of the vehicle that normally come into contact with passengers.

Tourist attractions, cinemas, catering establishments, accommodation, wellness centres and all other public institutions are closed until further notice. All public events are cancelled. For detailed information, please visit the websites of specific providers.

Moving outside

It is advised to stay at home, but trips to nature are still allowed if you go by yourself (individually) or together with your family members or members of the same household (in a group of up to 5 persons). When outside, you must act responsibly towards yourself and others and follow the rules of social-distancing and keep a compulsory safety distance of at least 1.5 metres.

According to the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health, physical activity reduces the risk of viral infection and reduces anxiety that may be caused by (self-)isolation to prevent the spread of the virus.

Access to public parks and other areas for walking is only permitted within the municipality of an individual’s permanent or temporary residence.

Movement in public places is exceptionally permitted to groups of persons who are close family members or members of the same household, provided it is possible to ensure a safe distance from the movement of other similar groups. An exemption to the prohibition are also groups of up to five co-workers if they are sharing the same personal vehicle to commute to or from work.

When moving or staying in a closed public space, it is mandatory to maintain a safe distance from others. It is also mandatory to use protective masks or other means of protecting the mouth and nose area (scarf or other similar protection) that covers the nose and mouth, as is hand disinfection.

The Mountain Rescue Association of Slovenia discourages activities in the hills, especially in the mountains, where there is a greater risk of injury, as accidents in the mountains put additional strain on the already overburdened healthcare system. All mountain huts remain closed.

We suggest that you choose less frequented paths and we explicitly advise you against visiting very popular tourist destinations, as there is a greater chance of infection transmission.

Airports and national borders

All air traffic to and from Ljubljana Airport is suspended. Detailed information is available at the Ljubljana Airport website.

All public railway passenger transport is suspended as well.

Special border crossing regimes have been established to prevent the spread of infection, including within the Schengen area (at the borders with Italy, Austria and Hungary), where temporary traffic restrictions are now in place. The entry and exit requirements have been changed.

Since 11 April 2020, a seven-day quarantine has been imposed on entry into Slovenia. Testing for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection is mandatory on the last day of quarantine. If a swab cannot be taken, the quarantine is extended for seven days.

The requirement of a quarantine does not apply to exemptions listed in the ordinance including cross-border commuters, cross-border weekly commuters, persons carrying out the transport of goods, goods transport in transit, transit passengers, persons owning or renting land on both sides of the national border that are citizens of Slovenia, Austria, Italy or Hungary.

The entry of persons, assumed to be unable to leave the territory of the Republic of Slovenia due to measures taken by its neighbouring countries, is not permitted.

All passengers wishing to cross the Slovenian border are informed via text message of the preventive measures in force in Slovenia.

Entry into Slovenia on all borders is limited for freight traffic. Updated traffic information is available on the website of the Traffic Information Centre.

Foreign citizens who are located in the Republic of Slovenia and are unable to return to their country of origin due to the current situation are advised to seek assistance at the nearest diplomatic mission of their country.

Border with Italy

Checkpoints have been set up in the border area at road connections with Italy where the aforementioned entry requirements apply. The checkpoints are open at all times, unless otherwise indicated.

▪ Vrtojba - St Andrea
▪ Fernetiči - Fernetti
▪ Škofije - Rabuese
▪ Krvavi potok - Pesse (open from 5.00am to 11.00pm)

Crossing the state border at the checkpoints Robič - Stupizza (open from 5.00am to 6.00pm, closed on Sundays and public holidays) and Rateče - Fusine is allowed only to commuters and other persons on the basis of a local community certificate that justifies the need for crossing the border (economic and agricultural activities).

Railway passenger transport as well as international occasional and line bus service between Italy and Slovenia is suspended.

Entry into Italy is subject to mandatory quarantine for anyone who is sick and to 14-day self-isolation. Some persons who cross the border for justified reasons (filling out a self-declaration form) are excepted, but they must return within 72 hours (plus exceptionally an additional 48 hours).  Those commuting to work for the companies headquartered in Italy are also excepted.

Border with Croatia

All border crossings for local border traffic with Croatia are suspended. Passengers who intend to cross the border between Slovenia and Croatia may use international border-crossing points.

Entry into Croatia is prohibited for all passengers, except nationals of Croatia working abroad (self-isolation required) and EU and third country nationals residing in the EU who are returning home (prior approval required). When entering Croatia, passengers arriving from high-risk countries are required to self-isolate for 14 days (including passengers from the entire territory of Slovenia). This measure does not apply to commuters (except to those from the regions of Bela Krajina and Dolenjska that are subject to mandatory isolation), health professionals, diplomats, police and civil protection members.

When entering Slovenia, border checks are carried out as usual, with the exception of persons Croatia has ordered to self-isolate or stay in quarantine; they are required to provide a certificate on the completion of quarantine/self-isolation period in Croatia or a certificate of health. The Croatian security authorities have exempted cargo vehicle drivers from self-isolation.

From 31 March 2020, in addition to the other entry requirements, at all border crossing points at the external Schengen border, passengers who are third-country nationals wishing to enter the country are also subject to checks on the necessity of their travel.

Visit Slovenian Police website for more information on border crossing points.

Source: Republic of Slovenia - Slovenian Tourist Board


IATA website - Latest update published on 19 February 2021
For updates check on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website​.


TRAVEL INSURANCE
New Zealander’s travelling or living in Slovenia & surrounding European destinations should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air. Some insurance policies are now providing medical cover related to coronavirus while overseas.


For up to date information and advice please refer to the following websites:

USEFUL LINKS

New Zealand - Dedicated Healthline 0800 number for COVID-19 health advice and information
The number is 0800 358 5453 (or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453)
It is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

New Zealand Government - Unite Against COVID-19
https://covid19.govt.nz/

Immigration New Zealand - COVID-19
https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19

SafeTravel NZ - Official advice for New Zealanders living & travelling overseas
https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

Visit World Health Organisation for useful reading on the Coronavirus (COVID-2019):
Q&A on travelling during the coronavirus (COVID-2019) outbreak
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice

Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports (updated daily)
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

Visit the Ministry of Health for the current situation on COVID-19 in New Zealand:
https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Republic of Slovenia - Government Portal
https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/

Republic of Slovenia - Slovenian Tourist Board - Latest information about coronavirus (COVID-19) in Slovenia
https://www.slovenia.info/en/business/press-centre/information-about-the-coronavirus

International Air Transport Association (IATA)
https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm
https://www.iata.org/en/programs/safety/health/diseases/government-measures-related-to-coronavirus/


DISCLAIMER
Due to the everchanging nature of the situation, we cannot be held responsible for any changes or information that have not been reported. Although the information we provide is current at the time of posting, the situation is evolving daily and please always check with SafeTravel NZ, NZ Government Unite Against COVID-19, local government advisories and World Health Organisation (WHO) for the latest health and travel advice. All information is taken from the source links and all external links provided are not updated by Croatia Times Travel and Croatia Times Travel cannot be held accountable for their accuracy.