COVID-19 – Basic Slovenian facts for new travellers on date 03rd May 2021
After resurgence of coronavirus cases, the Government again declared an epidemic in the entire territory of Slovenia on 19 October 2020. A special border-crossing regime was set up early in March 2020, soon after first infections were reported, in order to contain the progress of the novel virus. Traffic-related measures, some of them temporary, were introduced at the border with Croatia and on the internal Schengen border (with Italy, Austria and Hungary) and border entry/exit restrictions were put in place for foreign nationals and Slovenian citizens. All of these restrictions continue to be valid and change depending on the assessment of the epidemiological situation.
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, who are a resident of a country on the red list or who arrive from that country, shall be due to the potential infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus required to stay in quarantine for a period of ten days.
- Individuals will not be ordered to quarantine if they present the following when crossing the border:
- a negative PCR test for COVID-19 that is not older than 48 hours according to the date of the swab taken if it was carried out in an EU Member State, a Schengen Area Member State, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel or Russia;
- a positive PCR test result that is older than 10 days, unless a doctor assesses otherwise, but which is not older than six months, or a medical certificate of recovery from COVID-19 if not more than six months have elapsed since the beginning of symptoms, or
- a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, which proves that:
– at least seven days have passed since the second dose of the Comirnaty vaccine by BioNTech/Pfizer,
– at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Moderna,
– at least 21 days have passed since the first dose of the Vaxzevria (COVID-19 vaccine) by AstraZeneca,
– at least 14 days have passed since the dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Janssen by Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag,
– at least 21 days have passed since the first dose of the Covishield vaccine by the Serum Institute of India/AstraZeneca,
– at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the Sputnik V vaccine by Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology,
– at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the CoronaVac vaccine by Sinovac Biotech, or
– at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Sinopharm.
- Countries on the red list can be found on following website: https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/border-crossing/
- 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.
Exception to the quarantine and negative PCR or rapid antigen test requirements:
- persons posted to carry out tasks in international transport or returning from such tasks;
- persons engaged in trade who carry out the transport of goods or persons into the Republic of Slovenia or carry out the transport of goods and passengers in transit and exit the Republic of Slovenia within 8 hours of entry, and persons engaged in trade who carry out the transport of goods or persons from the Republic of Slovenia and return to the Republic of Slovenia within 8 hours of exit;
- persons transiting the territory of the Republic of Slovenia and exiting the Republic of Slovenia within 12 hours of entry;
- persons with diplomatic passports;
- representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or a judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit the Republic of Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks, and representatives of Slovenian security authorities (the police or a judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and return from a foreign country as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
- members of the Slovenian Armed Forces, the police or employees of state authorities returning from secondment abroad and employees of state authorities on a business trip abroad;
- persons who have been transported to the Republic of Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle;
- children under the age of 13 who cross the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia;
- members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, police and firefighting service or other persons who carry out humanitarian transport or provide assistance in rescue missions and eliminate the consequences of natural disasters and return to Slovenia within 48 hours of crossing the border;
Exceptions – no quarantine requirement for those presenting a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within the last seven days
The following persons coming from a country on the red list who present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within the last seven days are allowed to enter the Republic of Slovenia without having to home quarantine:
- daily commuting cross-border workers who have an employment relationship in another EU Member State or Schengen Area country, of which they provide proof or a signed statement justifying the reason for crossing the border as a daily commuting cross-border worker, and who return within 14 hours of crossing the border;
- 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. If the person is a minor or cannot travel alone for other reasons, the same conditions of entry apply to the person driving them, who must return across the border immediately afterwards;
- 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 to family members, parental care or maintained contact with their child, performed maintenance work on a private property or land owned, leased or used, or eliminated imminent danger to health, life and property and returning across the border within 12 hours of crossing the border;
- persons who have a medical appointment in the Republic of Slovenia and exit the Republic of 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.
- The Police has launched a web application called Enter Slovenia to facilitate travelling to Slovenia. The application guides the user through the purposes of travel (business or private), entry into the country for the purpose of residence or just transit. Using the application is not mandatory.
- All passengers using public transport are obliged to wear masks, disinfect hands, and comply with the rules regarding entry and exit from vehicles. All passengers are advised to purchase their tickets in advance.
- Food and drinks are allowed to be served at outdoor terraces of catering establishments, provided the following precautionary measures are observed:
– Catering activities may be carried out between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m..
– Guests must leave the terrace of a catering establishment no later than 30 minutes after the permitted closing time.
– Table service is permitted only if a minimum distance of 1.5 m between customers and 3 m between table edges is observed.
– A maximum of four people are allowed at each table.
– Guests are only allowed to enter the closed part of a catering establishment in order to use the toilets.
– Staff and guests are required to wear masks the entire time on the premises of a catering establishment, with the exception that guests may remove their masks only when seated.
– Staff are required to be tested for COVID-19 once a week unless they have a vaccination certificate or have recovered from the disease.
- Social distance and hand and cough hygiene must still be practiced at all times, and any sick individuals must be isolated.
- The recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health on mask wearing, hand disinfection, vehicle occupancy, and entering and exiting vehicles must be followed.
- A temporary ban on gathering is being imposed throughout the Republic of Slovenia. Temporarily are prohibited all: events, gatherings, celebrations, weddings, and religious ceremonies. Gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited.
- 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, and in personal vehicles.
- Person may enter Slovenia without any restrictions and the need to quarantine if he or she is to transit Slovenia within a 12-hour period.
- Current information and instructions about border crossings can be found on the link of Ministry of the Interior of Republic of Slovenia: https://www.policija.si/eng
- Public transport (trains and buses) is operatingacross the country but in a limited capacity.
- Checkpoints on international flight connections (Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport and Portorož Airport) and checkpoints on international maritime connections (Koper and Piran border crossing points for international maritime traffic) are being reopened.
- Latest information and measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 may be found on the following link of Government of Slovenia: https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/.