On this page you can find all the basic information and resources on the situation regarding the new coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Ljubljana and Slovenia.

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There are 256.224 confirmed coronavirus infections from the beginning of the epidemic, currently, active cases in Slovenia are 3.083 (June 11th, 2021)

Locations to get tested in Slovenia

Mandatory use of face masks

Masks are mandatory:

  • in all closed public spaces,
  • on public transport,
  • in open public spaces or outside (if the 1.5 meters distance between people cannot be provided, except between persons sharing the same household),
  • in personal vehicles (masks are not compulsory when more than one person or member of the same household is in the vehicle)

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 similar material;
  • persons practicing individual sports if a distance of at least three meters 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 meters is maintained at all times.

Gatherings (socializing) and events 

Gathering of people at organized public events and public gatherings is also now allowed (under the conditions set by the Public Gatherings Act).

Public gatherings are subject to the following restrictions:

  • the number of persons in enclosed spaces is limited to one participant per 10 square meters of enclosed space or more participants in the case of persons sharing the same household, 
  • the number of persons in the open air is limited to one participant per 10 square meters or more participants in the case of persons sharing the same household, 
  • the distance between participants must be at least 1.5 meters, except between persons sharing the same household,
  • protective masks are mandatory in all enclosed public spaces.

Transit

Transit through Slovenia on the way to another country is allowed provided that a person may be able to exit Slovenia due to measures in neighboring countries. A person must leave Slovenia within 12 hours from entering without making unnecessary or redundant stops or leaving the main transit route. While transiting, passengers may attend to necessary things such as fill up the gas tank, stop for physiological needs, but may not stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residence permit, when required) and a document proving the purpose and goal of transit (as of 14 July 2020, only non-EU residents must submit a document proving the purpose and goal of transit; EU residents can submit a valid travel document).

Public passenger transport

This can be carried out in accordance with the normal timetables.

Ski lifts and ski resorts are allowed to operate for skiers who submit a negative COVID-19 test result or a certificate of vaccination or evidence proving they have already recovered from COVID-19 and for children under 12 years of age accompanied by their parents.

Education

Classes for primary and secondary school students are to be held on school premises.

Activities in secondary schools are running according to Model B, i.e. on school or other educational institution premises, and students can stay in residential facilities full time.

All classes at higher vocational colleges can be conducted face-to-face.

There are no changes regarding mask-wearing and employee testing.

Restrictions in the sale of goods and services

The offering and sale of goods and services is permitted only in exceptional cases. The offering and sale of goods and services within the group of exceptions that demand a test is permitted only if the employees are tested once a week for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) using the HAG (rapid test) or PCR method. Goods and services can therefore be offered and sold only by employees who have a negative test result obtained in the Republic of Slovenia. All employees must be tested, including those who do not have direct contact with consumers.

The following persons are excluded from mandatory testing:

    1. 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 or the United States of America;
    2. 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
    3. a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, which proves that:

- at least seven days have passed since the second dose of the Community 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.

Consumers are not required to be tested for any activity.

Exceptions for a no-testing condition for employees of:

  • pharmacies,
  • petrol stations,
  • financial services,
  • surveying and mapping services,
  • post office,
  • delivery services,
  • chimney-sweeping services under the condition that only one provider is present at the premises where the services are performed; if this is not possible, one service provider and one person who is the user of the small combustion appliance can be present; chimney-sweeping services are not permitted in premises where a small combustion appliance is installed if this cannot be ventilated after the service is completed,
  • construction works where no contact with consumers is ensured, and outdoor services where no contact with consumers is ensured (landscaping, plastering, roofing);
  • personal collection of goods, food, or beverages, at collection locations where minimum contact with consumers is ensured, between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m., whereby the consumption of collected food and beverages in public areas is not permitted,
  • cleaning services and dry cleaners,
  • workshops performing the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles and bicycles (tire vulcanizing workshops, car mechanics, car painting workshops, auto body repair workshops, bicycle repair workshops),
  • other service shops and production, maintenance, and installation services.
  • other urgent services ensuring public safety and health.

Exceptions for which employee testing applies:

  • trade activity as regulated by the act governing trade;
  • services of real estate brokerage;
  • services of hygienic care (e.g. hair salons, cosmetic activity, pedicure, manicure, body care salons);
  • individual non-medical counseling and therapeutic services,
  • individual professional or business education and training of up to 10 people (e.g. tutoring, language schools, professional workshops);
  • tourist agencies services
  • animal grooming services.

The convention industry reopens subject to employee testing, ensuring the one-way movement of visitors and limiting the number of persons in the area in which the trade activity takes place to 10 square meters per individual visitor. The limitation of the number does not apply to persons under the age of 18 and visiting the premises where the trade activity takes place with close family members or guardians and for persons who need to be accompanied. When attending the indoor trade activities, the consumers are subject to the “RVT” condition: Recovered, Vaccinated, Tested.

When taking over goods, food, or beverages at pick-up points where minimum contact with consumers is ensured, food may be consumed at the pick-up point. However, food and beverages may be consumed only at the tables and subject to the conditions laid down in the decree for catering establishment, except for the condition of seated service.

Cultural events, religious ceremonies

Public cultural events are permitted, subject to the following limitations:

  • the number of end-users both in enclosed spaces and outdoors air is limited to 50% of seating capacity,
  • in enclosed public spaces, one seat between end-users must be unoccupied,
  • outdoors, there must be at least 1-meter distance between seating positions, and at least 1.5-meter distance between end-users who are not seated,
  • the service and consumption of food and drinks are not allowed,
  • public cultural events must have available seating,
  • end-users and performers must meet the RVT condition*.

Number of participants in religious ceremonies

In religious ceremonies, services, prayers, and other religious practices, the number of persons collectively exercising their religious freedom in enclosed spaces is limited to 50% of seating capacity and up to 50 participants outdoors.

The distance between participants must be at least 1.5 meters at all times, except between persons sharing the same household.

Sports

All sports competitions, in both recreational and professional sports, are permitted.

Spectators can once again be present at sports competitions if they meet the RVT condition*. The presence of spectators is permitted for up to 50% of the seating capacity.

Recreational sports can be practiced individually or in groups of up to 50 people.

Accommodation

In all statistical regions, it is allowed to offer accommodation services of up to 30 accommodation units in accommodation facilities with up to 60 accommodation units. In accommodation facilities with more than 60 accommodation units, it is allowed to offer accommodation services of up to 50% of all accommodation units in the accommodation facility. It is allowed to offer apartment accommodation units regardless of the number of apartment accommodation units offered by the accommodation facility.

It is allowed to offer the following catering services to the guests of the accommodation facility: preparation of food and drinks and serving them on terraces and gardens or inside the catering establishment, however, food and drinks may only be served to guests at a table (seated table service). Nightclubs, bars and discos are not yet allowed to operate.

Guests can stay at an accommodation facility provided they can present at least one of the following at the check-in:

  • a certificate of a negative SARS-CoV-2 virus test result by a PCR or HAG test not older than 48 hours after swab collection;
  • a proof of vaccination against COVID-19, proving that the following time has passed since the vaccination:

- at least 7 days after the second dose of Comirnaty by Biontech/Pfizer or at least 14 days after the second dose of one of the following vaccines: COVID-19 Vaccine by Moderna, or Sputnik V by Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology, or CoronaVac by Sinovac Biotech, or COVID-19 Vaccine by Sinopharm,
- at least 21 days after the first dose of Vaxzevria (COVID-19 Vaccine) by AstraZeneca or Covishield by Serum Institute of India/AstraZeneca,
- at least 14 days from the only dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen by Johnson and Johnson/Janssen-Cilag;

  • proof of a positive PCR test result that is older than 10 days but not older than six months, or
  • a doctor’s certificate stating that they recovered from COVID-19 and that no more than six months have passed since the onset of symptoms.

A test certificate shall be taken into account if it has been issued in a Member State of the European Union, a Member State of the Schengen Area, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America.

Upon check-in at the accommodation facility, accommodation service providers shall inform or warn the guest that in order to use the listed services, it is necessary to show one of the above-mentioned proofs.

If a guest does not want to show the required proof, the accommodation service provider may refuse to offer services the guest.

Children under the age of 18 and staying with close family members or guardians may also be accommodated in the accommodation facility without having taken the SARS-CoV-2 virus test and other listed documents.

The offering and sale of catering and accommodation services to consumers is only allowed provided that employees who offer and sell catering and accommodation services are tested once a week with a SARS-CoV-2 HAG or PCR test and have a negative test result. Testing is not necessary if they have a certificate proving that they have recovered from the illness or that they have been vaccinated.

The preparation and service of food and drinks in accomodation facility is permitted in all statistical regions between 5:00 and 22:00.

Table service is permitted for up to four persons. The limitation of four persons per table in hospitality operations no longer applies to families with children of up to 18 years of age.

Camps in all statistical regions will now be allowed to offer 70% of their available units.

Wellness programmes

Accommodation facilities are also allowed to offer wellness programmes (wellness, fitness, massage, sauna and similar, however, gambling services and casinos are not allowed to operate), but only for the guests of the accommodation facility.

When offering indoor wellness programmes, the number of clients is limited to 20 m2 per individual client or to one client if the space is smaller than 20 m2.

If wellness programmes are offered by a company that has its business premises in the same building as the accommodation facility, but the company is not connected to the accommodation facility and has a separate entrance, such company may continue to offer its services to external customers (for example a hairdresser with a separate entrance located in the same office building as the hotel).

Bars and restaurants

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 5 a.m. and 10 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.

Indoor catering establishments

Only guests who have one of the following proofs may stay inside catering facilities:

  • a certificate of a negative SARS-CoV-2 virus test result by a PCR or HAG test not older than 48 hours after swab collection;
  • a proof of vaccination against COVID-19, proving that the following time has passed since the vaccination:

- at least 7 days after the second dose of Comirnaty by Biontech/Pfizer or at least 14 days after the second dose of one of the following vaccines: COVID-19 Vaccine by Moderna, or Sputnik V by Gamaleya National Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology, or CoronaVac by Sinovac Biotech, or COVID-19 Vaccine by Sinopharm,
- at least 21 days after the first dose of Vaxzevria (COVID-19 Vaccine) by AstraZeneca or Covishield by Serum Institute of India/AstraZeneca,
- at least 14 days from the only dose of COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen by Johnson and Johnson/Janssen-Cilag;

  • proof of a positive PCR test result that is older than 10 days but not older than six months, or
  • a doctor’s certificate stating that they recovered from COVID-19 and that no more than six months have passed since the onset of symptoms.

Children under the age of 18 who are visiting together with close family members or guardians may enter the catering establishment without a test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus or other evidence listed above.

If the guest does not want to show the required proof, the catering service provider may refuse to offer services to the guest.

Nightclubs, bars, and discos are not allowed to operate.

A new exception also permits the operation of casinos and the organization of special games of chance. These can be open between 5:00 and 22:00, provided that employees and guests meet the RVT condition (i.e. they have recovered from, been vaccinated against or tested for COVID-19). Casinos can offer up to 50% of their available capacities.

Tourist information

The TIC Ljubljana, tourist information center next to the Triple Bridge is opened from Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00, Saturdays 9:00-13:00, Sundays and public holidays closed.

Slovenian Tourist Information Centre at Krekov trg 10 remains closed until further notice.

Lists of epidemiologically (non-)safe countries are changing

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 gathering of people.

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

The Police has launched a web application called Enter Slovenia to facilitate traveling to Slovenia. It is intended for passengers traveling to Slovenia or entering the country in order to transit through its territory. Using the application is not mandatory.

On entering Slovenia from the external Schengen border, restrictions on non-essential travel are in place for third-country nationals.

Please note that tourist accommodation facilities in Slovenia are reopened. 

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.

Individuals will not be ordered to quarantine if they present the following when crossing the border:

  1. a proof of a negative PCR-test or rapid antigen test (RAT) for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 which must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab:
    1. PCR-test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at checkpoints on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is performed in Turkey.
    2. Rapid antigen test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at check points on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is are performed in Turkey, and if it is listed on the common list of COVID 19 rapid antigen tests (ANNEX I: Common list of rapid antigen tests). RAT tests provided by all producers on the list are valid regardless of whether they are marked yellow or red.
  2. 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
  3. 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.

The entry without quarantine exception applies to those convalescents referred to in point 2 who were vaccinated with at least one dose of the vaccine referred to in point 3 not later than eight months after they tested positive with a PCR test or contracted symptoms. Appropriate protection for such convalescents is ensured immediately after the vaccination (on the day of vaccination). Accepted as an appropriate proof upon entry is a combination of:

  • proof of vaccination with at least one dose and a positive PCR test or
  • proof of vaccination with at least one dose and a medical certificate of convalescence from Covid-19.

Evidence referred to in point 2 are taken into account if they have been issued in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or United States of America, and also at check points on air links for international air transport if it is issued in Turkey.

Proof of vaccination (from point 3) may be:

  • a completed pre-prepared card of the vaccine producer or
  • entry in the vaccination certificate or
  • issued certificate of vaccination (including in the form of a card received after vaccination). Vaccinated persons may also print their certificates through the zvem.eZdrav.si postal (access with a digital certificate).

A vaccination certificate of a country with which Slovenia has not concluded an agreement or arrangement must contain at least the following information: name, surname, date of birth, personal identification number or health insurance number or another unique identifier, information on the type of vaccine (manufacturer, batch, dose number, date of vaccination) and information on the institution that issued the certificate or proof. The decree does not explicitly prescribe the language of certificates. In addition to certificates in Slovenian, valid certificates include those in the languages of the national minorities (Italian, Hungarian) in bilingual areas and the languages of countries recognised by mutual agreements or arrangements (Hungarian, Serbian). In order to avoid possible uncertainty at the border, we suggest that foreigners have their vaccination certificates translated into English or German. Until the EU digital COVID certificate comes into use, the proof must be in paper form.

The exception to the quarantine and negative PCR test

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

  1. persons posted to carry out tasks in international transport* or returning from such tasks;
  2. persons engaged in the 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 the 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;
  3. persons transiting** the territory of the Republic of Slovenia and exiting the Republic of Slovenia within 12 hours of entry;
  4. persons with diplomatic passports***;
  5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or 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 judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and return from a foreign country as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
  6. 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;
  7. children under the age of 15 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;
  8. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, the police and firefighting services, and 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 24 hours of crossing the border;
  9. members of the Slovenian Armed Forced returning from an international operation or mission;
  10. members of the police or employees of state authorities returning from secondment abroad and employees of state authorities and accredited journalists on a business trip abroad****;
  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;
  12. persons who own or lease land in the border area or on both sides of the state border and cross the state border with a neighboring country for the purpose of carrying out agricultural and forestry work and return to Slovenia within 10 hours of crossing the border (this exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together);
  13. someone who is crossing the border for emergency reasons related to the elimination of direct risk for health, life, property, material damage or for business reasons and are returning across the border within 12 hours after the entry;
  14. someone who transports a daily school student (point 11) and who returns across the border immediately after performing the transport.

*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 refueling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residence 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 neighboring countries.

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

**** A person claiming one of the exceptions referred to in point 10 must be tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 by means of a PCR test upon entry into Slovenia; the conditions for quarantine must be guaranteed by the employer until the test result is received.

***** A close family member is a spouse, cohabiting partner, partner in a formal or informal civil union, divorced spouse or partner who, on the basis of a court order, is paying child support, and their parents and children.

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 or region on the red list may enter the Republic of Slovenia without being placed under home quarantine on the condition that they present a negative PCR test or a RAT result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 not older than seven days after the swab was taken:

  1. 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 commuting cross-border worker, and who return within 5 days of crossing the border;
  2. persons posted to carry out tasks abroad or returning from such tasks 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, and who return within no later than 5 days of crossing the border;
  3. 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;
  4. persons who cross the border on family grounds to implement parental care and contact with children or to maintain contact with a spouse, cohabiting partner, or a partner in a formal or informal civil union, provided that they return within 72 hours after crossing the border. This exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together.

PCR-test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at checkpoints on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is performed in Turkey.

Rapid antigen test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at check points on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is are performed in Turkey, and if it is listed on the common list of COVID 19 rapid antigen tests (ANNEX I: Common list of rapid antigen tests). RAT tests provided by all producers on the list are valid regardless of whether they are marked yellow or red.

A person who exercises an exception must produce proof of this exception to the police, otherwise they will be ordered to quarantine at home.

Exemption from quarantine if a negative PCR or rapid antigen test not older than three days from the day of the swab taking is produced

Entry to the Republic of Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home is also permitted to a citizen of a European Union or Schengen Area member state who is coming from another European Union or Schengen Area member state where they had provided care of assistance to persons who require support or care from family members, performed maintenance work on a private facility or land they own, lease or use, provided that they return within 48 hours after crossing the border, if they produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus not older than 72 hours from the day of the swab taking.

PCR-test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at checkpoints on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is performed in Turkey.

Rapid antigen test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at check points on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is are performed in Turkey, and if it is listed on the common list of COVID 19 rapid antigen tests (ANNEX I: Common list of rapid antigen tests). RAT tests provided by all producers on the list are valid regardless of whether they are marked yellow or red.

In the part referring to maintenance work at a private facility or land, the exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when travelling together.

A person who exercises an exception must produce proof of this exception to the police, otherwise they will be ordered to quarantine at home.

Dark red list (valid from June 5 2021): 

EU/Schengen Area Member States:

  1. French Republic (only individual administrative units): the Guyane administrative unit
  2. Principality of Liechtenstein
  3. Republic of Lithuania (only individual administrative units): the administrative unit Sostinės regionas
  4. Kingdom of the Netherlands (only individual administrative units): the administrative units Zuid-Holland, Zeeland, Noord-Brabant and Limburg
  5. Kingdom of Sweden (only individual administrative units): the administrative unit Övre Norrland

Third countries:

  1. Argentine Republic
  2. Kingdom of Bahrain
  3. Republic of Botswana
  4. Plurinational State of Bolivia
  5. Federative Republic of Brazil
  6. Republic of Chile
  7. Arab Republic of Egypt
  8. Republic of Ecuador
  9. Kingdom of Eswatini
  10. Georgia
  11. Republic of India
  12. Islamic Republic of Iran
  13. Republic of South Africa
  14. State of Qatar
  15. Republic of Colombia
  16. Republic of Costa Rica
  17. State of Kuwait
  18. Kingdom of Lesotho
  19. Republic of Malawi
  20. Republic of Maldives
  21. Republic of Mozambique
  22. Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
  23. Republic of Paraguay
  24. Republic of Peru
  25. Republic of Seychelles
  26. Syrian Arab Republic
  27. Republic of Sudan
  28. Republic of Suriname
  29. United Republic of Tanzania
  30. Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
  31. Republic of Tunisia
  32. Republic of Turkey
  33. Oriental Republic of Uruguay
  34. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  35. Republic of Zambia
  36. United Mexican States
  37. Republic of Cabo Verde
  38. Republic of Zimbabwe

The red list of countries (valid from June 5 2021):

EU/Schengen Area Member States:

  1. Principality of Andorra
  2. Republic of Austria (only individual administrative units): the administrative units Tirol and Vorarlberg
  3. Kingdom of Belgium
  4. Republic of Cyprus
  5. Czech Republic (only individual administrative units): the administrative unit Moravskoslezsko
  6. Kingdom of Denmark (only individual administrative units): the administrative units Hovedstaden, Sjælland, Midtjylland and Nordjylland
  7. Republic of Estonia
  8. French Republic (only individual administrative units): the administrative units Ile-de-France, Centre-Val de Loire, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Normandie, Hauts-de-France, Grand Est, Pays de la Loire, Bretagne, Occitanie, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and the overseas territories Guadeloupe and La Réunion
  9. Greece (only individual administrative units): administrative units Attica, Notio Aigaio, Crete, Kentriki Macedonia Dytiki Macedonia, Epirus, Thessaly, Dytiki Ellada, Sterea Ellada
  10. Republic of Croatia
  11. Italian Republic (only individual administrative units): the administrative units Valle d’Aosta, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria and Toscana
  12. Republic of Latvia
  13. Republic of Lithuania (only individual administrative units): the administrative unit Vidurio ir vakarų Lietuvos regionas
  14. Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
  15. Federal Republic of Germany
  16. Kingdom of the Netherlands
  17. Kingdom of Norway (only individual administrative units): the administrative units Agder and Vestfold og Telemark
  18. Republic of Poland (only individual administrative units): administrative units Wielkopolski in Opole
  19. Republic of Slovakia
  20. Holy See (Vatican City State)
  21. Kingdom of Spain (only individual administrative units): the administrative units Andalucía, Aragón, Castilla y León, Castilla-La Mancha, Cataluña, La Rioja, Madrid, Melilla, Murcia and País Vasco
  22. Kingdom of Sweden (only individual administrative units): administrative units Stockholm, Östra Mellansverige, Småland med öarna, Sydsverige, Västsverige, Norra Mellansverige, Mellersta Norrland
  23. Swiss Confederation

Third countries:

  1. Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  2. People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
  3. Republic of Angola
  4. Republic of Armenia
  5. Republic of Azerbaijan
  6. Commonwealth of The Bahamas
  7. People's Republic of Bangladesh
  8. Republic of Belarus
  9. Belize
  10. Republic of Benin
  11. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  12. Kingdom of Bhutan
  13. Burkina Faso
  14. Republic of Burundi
  15. Republic of Chad
  16. Republic of Montenegro
  17. Dominican Republic
  18. Republic of Djibouti
  19. Republic of Equatorial Guinea
  20. Republic of Eritrea
  21. Ethiopia
  22. Republic of the Philippines
  23. Gabonese Republic
  24. Republic of Gambia
  25. Republic of Ghana
  26. Republic of Guatemala
  27. Republic of Guinea
  28. Republic of Guinea-Bissau
  29. Co-operative Republic of Guyana
  30. Republic of Haiti
  31. Republic of Honduras
  32. Republic of Indonesia
  33. Republic of Iraq
  34. Republic of Yemen
  35. Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  36. Canada
  37. Republic of Kazakhstan
  38. Republic of Cameroon
  39. Republic of Kenya
  40. Kyrgyz Republic
  41. Union of the Comoros
  42. Democratic Republic of Congo
  43. Republic of Congo
  44. Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)
  45. Republic of Cuba
  46. Lebanese Republic
  47. Republic of Liberia
  48. Libya
  49. Republic of Madagascar
  50. Malaysia
  51. Republic of Mali
  52. Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  53. Kingdom of Morocco
  54. Republic of Moldova
  55. Mongolia
  56. Republic of Namibia
  57. Republic of Nicaragua
  58. Republic of Niger
  59. Federal Republic of Nigeria
  60. Sultanate of Oman
  61. Islamic Republic of Pakistan
  62. Republic of Panama
  63. Independent State of Papua New Guinea
  64. Russian Federation
  65. Republic of El Salvador
  66. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  67. Republic of Senegal
  68. Republic of Sierra Leone
  69. Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
  70. Federal Republic of Somalia
  71. Republic of Serbia
  72. Central African Republic
  73. Republic of South Sudan
  74. St. Lucia
  75. Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri LankaRepublic of Tajikistan
  76. Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
  77. Togolese Republic
  78. Turkmenistan
  79. Ukraine
  80. Republic of Uzbekistan
  81. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
  82. United Arab Emirates
  83. United States of America

Servicing decisions on quarantine at the state border

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

A person ordered to quarantine at home upon entering Slovenia may end quarantine early by producing a negative PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2. Testing may only be performed from the fifth day of home quarantine.

Crossing the state border with Croatia

On the red list are the administrative units Pannonian Croatia, Northern Croatia, Adriatic Croatia and the City of Zagreb (valid as of 5 June 2021).

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

Individuals will not be ordered to quarantine if they present the following when crossing the border:

  1. a proof of a negative PCR-test or rapid antigen test (RAT) for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 which must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab:
    1. PCR-test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at checkpoints on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is performed in Turkey.
    2. Rapid antigen test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at check points on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is are performed in Turkey, and if it is listed on the common list of COVID 19 rapid antigen tests (ANNEX I: Common list of rapid antigen tests). RAT tests provided by all producers on the list are valid regardless of whether they are marked yellow or red.
  2. 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
  3. 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.

The entry without quarantine exception applies to those convalescents referred to in point 2 who were vaccinated with at least one dose of the vaccine referred to in point 3 not later than eight months after they tested positive with a PCR test or contracted symptoms. Appropriate protection for such convalescents is ensured immediately after the vaccination (on the day of vaccination). Accepted as an appropriate proof upon entry is a combination of:

  • proof of vaccination with at least one dose and a positive PCR test or
  • proof of vaccination with at least one dose and a medical certificate of convalescence from Covid-19.

Evidence referred to in point 2 are taken into account if they have been issued in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or United States of America, and also at check points on air links for international air transport if it is issued in Turkey.

Proof of vaccination (from point 3) may be:

  • a completed pre-prepared card of the vaccine producer or
  • entry in the vaccination certificate or
  • issued certificate of vaccination (including in the form of a card received after vaccination). Vaccinated persons may also print their certificates through the zvem.eZdrav.si postal (access with digital certificate).

A vaccination certificate of a country with which Slovenia has not concluded an agreement or arrangement must contain at least the following information: name, surname, date of birth, personal identification number or health insurance number or other unique identifier, information on the type of vaccine (manufacturer, batch, dose number, date of vaccination) and information on the institution that issued the certificate or proof. The decree does not explicitly prescribe the language of certificates. In addition to certificates in Slovenian, valid certificates include those in the languages of the national minorities (Italian, Hungarian) in bilingual areas and the languages of countries recognised by mutual agreements or arrangements (Hungarian, Serbian). In order to avoid possible uncertainty at the border, we suggest that foreigners have their vaccination certificates translated into English or German. Until the EU digital COVID certificate comes into use, the proof must be in paper form.

The exception to the quarantine and negative PCR test

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

  1. persons posted to carry out tasks in international transport* or returning from such tasks;
  2. persons engaged in the 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 the 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;
  3. persons transiting** the territory of the Republic of Slovenia and exiting the Republic of Slovenia within 12 hours of entry;
  4. persons with diplomatic passports***;
  5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or 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 judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and return from a foreign country as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
  6. 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;
  7. children under the age of 15 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;
  8. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, the police and firefighting services and 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 24 hours of crossing the border;
  9. members of the Slovenian Armed Forced returning from an international operation or mission;
  10. members of the police or employees of state authorities returning from secondment abroad and employees of state authorities and accredited journalists on a business trip abroad****;
  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;
  12. persons who own or lease land in the border area or on both sides of the state border and cross the state border with a neighboring country for the purpose of carrying out agricultural and forestry work and return to Slovenia within 10 hours of crossing the border (this exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together);
  13. someone who is crossing the border for emergency reasons related to the elimination of direct risk for health, life, property, material damage or for business reasons and are returning across the border within 12 hours after the entry;
  14. someone who transports a daily school student (point 11) and who returns across the border immediately after performing the transport.

*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 1 of paragraph one of Article 11 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 12 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 refueling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residence 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 neighboring countries.

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

**** A person claiming one of the exceptions referred to in point 10 must be tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 by means of a PCR test upon entry into Slovenia; the conditions for quarantine must be guaranteed by the employer until the test result is received.

***** A close family member is a spouse, cohabiting partner, partner in a formal or informal civil union, divorced spouse or partner who, on the basis of a court order, is paying child support, and their parents and children.

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 or region on the red list may enter the Republic of Slovenia without being placed under home quarantine on the condition that they present a negative PCR test or a RAT result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 not older than seven days after the swab was taken:

  1. 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 commuting cross-border worker, and who return within 5 days of crossing the border;
  2. persons posted to carry out tasks abroad or returning from such tasks 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, and who return within no later than 5 days of crossing the border;
  3. 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;
  4. persons who cross the border on family grounds to implement parental care and contact with children or to maintain contact with a spouse, cohabiting partner, or a partner in a formal or informal civil union, provided that they return within 72 hours after crossing the border. This exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together.

PCR-test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at checkpoints on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is performed in Turkey.

Rapid antigen test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at check points on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is are performed in Turkey, and if it is listed on the common list of COVID 19 rapid antigen tests (ANNEX I: Common list of rapid antigen tests). RAT tests provided by all producers on the list are valid regardless of whether they are marked yellow or red.

A person who exercises an exception must produce proof of this exception to the police, otherwise they will be ordered to quarantine at home.

Exemption from quarantine if a negative PCR or rapid antigen test not older than three days from the day of the swab taking is produced

Entry to the Republic of Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home is also permitted to a citizen of a European Union or Schengen Area member state who is coming from another European Union or Schengen Area member state where they had provided care of assistance to persons who require support or care from family members, performing maintenance work on a private facility or land they own, lease or use, provided that they return within 48 hours after crossing the border, if they produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus not older than 72 hours from the day of the swab taking.

PCR-test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at checkpoints on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is performed in Turkey.

Rapid antigen test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at check points on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is are performed in Turkey, and if it is listed on the common list of COVID 19 rapid antigen tests (ANNEX I: Common list of rapid antigen tests). RAT tests provided by all producers on the list are valid regardless of whether they are marked yellow or red.
A person who exercises an exception must produce proof of this exception to the police, otherwise they will be ordered to quarantine at home.

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

On the red list are administrative units , Aosta Valley, Campania, Apulia, Basilicata, Calabria Tuscany (valid as of 5 June 2021).

Individuals will not be ordered to quarantine if they present the following when crossing the border:

  1. a proof of a negative PCR-test or rapid antigen test (RAT) for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 which must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab:
    1. PCR-test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at checkpoints on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is performed in Turkey.
    2. Rapid antigen test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at check points on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is are performed in Turkey, and if it is listed on the common list of COVID 19 rapid antigen tests (ANNEX I: Common list of rapid antigen tests). RAT tests provided by all producers on the list are valid regardless of whether they are marked yellow or red.
  2. 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
  3. 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.

The entry without quarantine exception applies to those convalescents referred to in point 2 who were vaccinated with at least one dose of the vaccine referred to in point 3 not later than eight months after they tested positive with a PCR test or contracted symptoms. Appropriate protection for such convalescents is ensured immediately after the vaccination (on the day of vaccination). Accepted as an appropriate proof upon entry is a combination of:

  • proof of vaccination with at least one dose and a positive PCR test or
  • proof of vaccination with at least one dose and a medical certificate of convalescence from Covid-19.

Evidence referred to in point 2 are taken into account if they have been issued in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or United States of America, and also at check points on air links for international air transport if it is issued in Turkey.

Proof of vaccination (from point 3) may be:

  • a completed pre-prepared card of the vaccine producer or
  • entry in the vaccination certificate or 
  • issued certificate of vaccination (including in the form of a card received after vaccination). Vaccinated persons may also print their certificates through the zvem.eZdrav.si postal (access with digital certificate).

A vaccination certificate of a country with which Slovenia has not concluded an agreement or arrangement must contain at least the following information: name, surname, date of birth, personal identification number or health insurance number or other unique identifier, information on the type of vaccine (manufacturer, batch, dose number, date of vaccination) and information on the institution that issued the certificate or proof. The decree does not explicitly prescribe the language of certificates. In addition to certificates in Slovenian, valid certificates include those in the languages of the national minorities (Italian, Hungarian) in bilingual areas and the languages of countries recognised by mutual agreements or arrangements (Hungarian, Serbian). In order to avoid possible uncertainty at the border, we suggest that foreigners have their vaccination certificates translated into English or German. Until the EU digital COVID certificate comes into use, the proof must be in paper form.

The exception to the quarantine and negative PCR test

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

  1. persons posted to carry out tasks in international transport* or returning from such tasks;
  2. persons engaged in the 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 the 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;
  3. persons transiting** the territory of the Republic of Slovenia and exiting the Republic of Slovenia within 12 hours of entry;
  4. persons with diplomatic passports***;
  5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or 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 judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and return from a foreign country as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
  6. 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;
  7. children under the age of 15 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;
  8. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, the police and firefighting services, and 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 24 hours of crossing the border;
  9. members of the Slovenian Armed Forced returning from an international operation or mission;
  10. members of the police or employees of state authorities returning from secondment abroad and employees of state authorities and accredited journalists on a business trip abroad****;
  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;
  12. persons who own or lease land in the border area or on both sides of the state border and cross the state border with a neighboring country for the purpose of carrying out agricultural and forestry work and return to Slovenia within 10 hours of crossing the border (this exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together);
  13. someone who is crossing the border for emergency reasons related to the elimination of direct risk for health, life, property, material damage or for business reasons and are returning across the border within 12 hours after the entry;
  14. someone who transports a daily school student (point 11) and who returns across the border immediately after performing the transport.

*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 1 of paragraph one of Article 11 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 12 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 refueling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residence 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 neighboring countries.

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

**** A person claiming one of the exceptions referred to in point 10 must be tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 by means of a PCR test upon entry into Slovenia; the conditions for quarantine must be guaranteed by the employer until the test result is received.

***** A close family member is a spouse, cohabiting partner, a partner in a formal or informal civil union, divorced spouse or partner who, on the basis of a court order, is paying child support, and their parents and children.

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 or region on the red list may enter the Republic of Slovenia without being placed under home quarantine on the condition that they present a negative PCR test or a RAT result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 not older than seven days after the swab was taken:

  1. 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 commuting cross-border worker, and who return within 5 days of crossing the border;
  2. persons posted to carry out tasks abroad or returning from such tasks 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, and who return within no later than 5 days of crossing the border;
  3. 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;
  4. persons who cross the border on family grounds to implement parental care and contact with children or to maintain contact with a spouse, cohabiting partner, or a partner in a formal or informal civil union, provided that they return within 72 hours after crossing the border. This exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together.

PCR-test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at checkpoints on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is performed in Turkey.

Rapid antigen test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at check points on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is are performed in Turkey, and if it is listed on the common list of COVID 19 rapid antigen tests (ANNEX I: Common list of rapid antigen tests). RAT tests provided by all producers on the list are valid regardless of whether they are marked yellow or red.

A person who exercises an exception must produce proof of this exception to the police, otherwise they will be ordered to quarantine at home.

Exemption from quarantine if a negative PCR or rapid antigen test not older than three days from the day of the swab taking is produced

Entry to the Republic of Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home is also permitted to a citizen of a European Union or Schengen Area member state who is coming from another European Union or Schengen Area member state where they had provided care of assistance to persons who require support or care from family members, performing maintenance work on a private facility or land they own, lease or use, provided that they return within 48 hours after crossing the border, if they produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus not older than 72 hours from the day of the swab taking.

PCR-test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at checkpoints on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is performed in Turkey.

Rapid antigen test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at check points on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is are performed in Turkey, and if it is listed on the common list of COVID 19 rapid antigen tests (ANNEX I: Common list of rapid antigen tests). RAT tests provided by all producers on the list are valid regardless of whether they are marked yellow or red.
In the part referring to maintenance work at a private facility or land, the exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when travelling together.

A person who exercises an exception must produce proof of this exception to the police, otherwise they will be ordered to quarantine at home.

Important notice: Please check Italy’s entry requirements and the measures in place at the borders before traveling to Italy.

Crossing the state border with Austria

On the red list are administrative units Tyrol and Vorarlberg (valid as of 5 June 2021).

A person who arrives in Slovenia from Austria shall be quarantined for ten days due to possible infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Individuals will not be ordered to quarantine if they present the following when crossing the border:

  1. a proof of a negative PCR-test or rapid antigen test (RAT) for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 which must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab:
    1. PCR-test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at checkpoints on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is performed in Turkey.
    2. Rapid antigen test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at check points on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is are performed in Turkey, and if it is listed on the common list of COVID 19 rapid antigen tests (ANNEX I: Common list of rapid antigen tests). RAT tests provided by all producers on the list are valid regardless of whether they are marked yellow or red.
  2. 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
  3. 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.

The entry without quarantine exception applies to those convalescents referred to in point 2 who were vaccinated with at least one dose of the vaccine referred to in point 3 not later than eight months after they tested positive with a PCR test or contracted symptoms. Appropriate protection for such convalescents is ensured immediately after the vaccination (on the day of vaccination). Accepted as an appropriate proof upon entry is a combination of:

  • proof of vaccination with at least one dose and a positive PCR test or
  • proof of vaccination with at least one dose and a medical certificate of convalescence from Covid-19.

Evidence referred to in point 2 are taken into account if they have been issued in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or United States of America, and also at check points on air links for international air transport if it is issued in Turkey.

Proof of vaccination (from point 3) may be:

  • a completed pre-prepared card of the vaccine producer or
  • entry in the vaccination certificate or
  • issued certificate of vaccination (including in the form of a card received after vaccination). Vaccinated persons may also print their certificates through the zvem.eZdrav.si postal (access with digital certificate).

A vaccination certificate of a country with which Slovenia has not concluded an agreement or arrangement must contain at least the following information: name, surname, date of birth, personal identification number or health insurance number or other unique identifier, information on the type of vaccine (manufacturer, batch, dose number, date of vaccination) and information on the institution that issued the certificate or proof. The decree does not explicitly prescribe the language of certificates. In addition to certificates in Slovenian, valid certificates include those in the languages of the national minorities (Italian, Hungarian) in bilingual areas and the languages of countries recognised by mutual agreements or arrangements (Hungarian, Serbian). In order to avoid possible uncertainty at the border, we suggest that foreigners have their vaccination certificates translated into English or German. Until the EU digital COVID certificate comes into use, the proof must be in paper form.

The exception to the quarantine and negative PCR test

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

  1. persons posted to carry out tasks in international transport* or returning from such tasks;
  2. persons engaged in the 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 the 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;
  3. persons transiting** the territory of the Republic of Slovenia and exiting the Republic of Slovenia within 12 hours of entry;
  4. persons with diplomatic passports***;
  5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or 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 judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and return from a foreign country as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
  6. 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;
  7. children under the age of 15 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;
  8. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, the police and firefighting services and 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 24 hours of crossing the border;
  9. members of the Slovenian Armed Forced returning from an international operation or mission;
  10. members of the police or employees of state authorities returning from secondment abroad and employees of state authorities and accredited journalists on a business trip abroad****;
  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;
  12. persons who own or lease land in the border area or on both sides of the state border and cross the state border with a neighboring country for the purpose of carrying out agricultural and forestry work and return to Slovenia within 10 hours of crossing the border (this exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together);
  13. someone who is crossing the border for emergency reasons related to the elimination of direct risk for health, life, property, material damage or for business reasons and are returning across the border within 12 hours after the entry;
  14. someone who transports a daily school student (point 11) and who returns across the border immediately after performing the transport.

*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 1 of paragraph one of Article 11 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 12 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 refueling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residence 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 neighboring countries.

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

**** A person claiming one of the exceptions referred to in point 10 must be tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 by means of a PCR test upon entry into Slovenia; the conditions for quarantine must be guaranteed by the employer until the test result is received.

***** A close family member is a spouse, cohabiting partner, a partner in a formal or informal civil union, divorced spouse or partner who, on the basis of a court order, is paying child support, and their parents and children.

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 or region on the red list may enter the Republic of Slovenia without being placed under home quarantine on the condition that they present a negative PCR test or a RAT result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 not older than seven days after the swab was taken:

  1. 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 commuting cross-border worker, and who return within 5 days of crossing the border;
  2. persons posted to carry out tasks abroad or returning from such tasks 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, and who return within no later than 5 days of crossing the border;
  3. 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;
  4. persons who cross the border on family grounds to implement parental care and contact with children or to maintain contact with a spouse, cohabiting partner, or a partner in a formal or informal civil union, provided that they return within 72 hours after crossing the border. This exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together.

PCR-test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at checkpoints on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is performed in Turkey.

Rapid antigen test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at check points on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is are performed in Turkey, and if it is listed on the common list of COVID 19 rapid antigen tests (ANNEX I: Common list of rapid antigen tests). RAT tests provided by all producers on the list are valid regardless of whether they are marked yellow or red.

A person who exercises an exception must produce proof of this exception to the police, otherwise they will be ordered to quarantine at home.

Exemption from quarantine if a negative PCR or rapid antigen test not older than three days from the day of the swab taking is produced

Entry to the Republic of Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home is also permitted to a citizen of a European Union or Schengen Area member state who is coming from another European Union or Schengen Area member state where they had provided care of assistance to persons who require support or care from family members, performing maintenance work on a private facility or land they own, lease or use, provided that they return within 48 hours after crossing the border, if they produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus not older than 72 hours from the day of the swab taking.

PCR-test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at checkpoints on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is performed in Turkey.

Rapid antigen test is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State, Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America, and also at check points on flight connections of international air transport, as well as if it is are performed in Turkey, and if it is listed on the common list of COVID 19 rapid antigen tests (ANNEX I: Common list of rapid antigen tests). RAT tests provided by all producers on the list are valid regardless of whether they are marked yellow or red.

In the part referring to maintenance work at a private facility or land, the exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when travelling together.

For entering Austria is mandatory electronic registration.

Important notice: Please check Austria’s entry requirements and the measures in place at the borders before traveling to Austria.

Crossing the state border with Hungary

Hungary is not included on the red or dark red list (valid as of 5 June 2021).

There is no high risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 in areaswhich are not included on the red or dark red list. A person arriving from such an area may enter Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home, if upon entry they provide proof of having resided in an area that is not on the red or dark red list for at least five consecutive days prior to entry. If the period is shorter than five days, the person is only required to provide proof for the period from their departure from Slovenia to their return. This means thatthe person who departs from Slovenia and returns in less than five days is not required to provide proof of an uninterrupted five-day residency after their return, but only for the period of time when the person was not in Slovenia. If they are not able to provide relevant proof, it is considered that they are coming from an area on the red or dark red list.

Checkpoints on road connections on the border with Hungary are abolished as of 30 May 2021.

Important notice: before travelling to Hungary, check their conditions for entry and measures on the border crossings.

As of 1 May 2021, an agreement is in force between Slovenia and Hungary on the mutual recognition of certificates of vaccination/immunity from Covid-19 issued in Slovenia and Hungary. Hungarian certificates indicate the date when a second dose of the vaccine was received (when a second dose is required) or the expiry date of the document in the case of persons who have recovered from Covid-19.