On 14 May 2020, the Slovenian government called an official end to the coronavirus epidemic, becoming the first country in Europe to do so. (More information)
There are 3.495 confirmed coronavirus infections from the beginning of the epidemic, currently, active cases in Slovenia are 701. (11 September 2020)
Despite the end of the epidemic, the virus remains among us requiring consideration of all measures to be taken into account.
Regardless of the encouraging decline of the virus, there is still the risk of it spreading. Therefore, social distance and hand and cough hygiene must still be practiced at all times, and any sick individuals must be isolated. Hand sanitation and face masks or scarves are obligatory in indoor public spaces, as well as on public transport.
It is not allowed to enter the following without wearing a face mask:
- Indoor public spaces,
- Public transport vehicles.
Face masks continue to be obligatory for:
- Individuals with respiratory diseases;
- Staff at health institutions based on their level of exposure;
- Staff at all retirement homes and educational institutions for people with special needs;
- Staff at all retirement homes and educational institutions for people with special needs.
Despite the gradual relaxation of protective measures, all larger public gatherings are still prohibited in Slovenia.
Hence, a maximum of 10 people may gather and socialize in public at the same time and same place. In addition, accommodation providers with more than 30 rooms are open and available again, as are spa accommodations, wellness centres, gyms, swimming pools, and water activities.
Until further notice, discos and night clubs remain closed, as do stores on holidays, except for petrol stations and pharmacies, which may be open.
The presence of spectators at sport competitions is also prohibited.
Public transport (trains and buses) is operating across the country. Seating capacities are limited so that a safe distance can be ensured. Passengers are still required to wear protective masks and maintain a distance of at least 1,5 meters throughout the ride. Taxis are operating.
The TIC Ljubljana, tourist information center next to the Triple Bridge is open. Opening hours are from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 17:00, Sundays and holidays 9:00 to 13:00. Safety rules are in place.
Slovenian Tourist Information Centre at Krekov trg 10 remains closed until further notice.
Medical help and further information
Medical help and further information
In case you feel the symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection (coughing, fever, shortness of breath), call 112 for further instructions.
- For information on border crossing procedures call the Police: 00386 1 514 70 01 or e-mail them to email@example.com.
- Slovenian police department set up a special email address to provide advice to people who have questions concerning the new measures being implemented to contain COVID-19 and associated movement restrictions.
Notice! Their contact centre is currently overburdened. Therefore, in automatic response to your message, as of 17 July 2020, you will be directed to websites that publish information and explanations about crossing the state border during the coronavirus epidemic. If you did not find the answers on the website, call +386 (0) 1 51 70 01 within the hours specified in this response. Please do not reply to the notification received. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding.
- For health recommendations and instructions call NIJZ (national Institute of Public Health): 00386 1 244 17 29.
- For information on quarantine call the Ministry of Health: 00386 1 478 68 48 (8.30h - 15.30h, local time) or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For consular assistance call Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 00386 1 478 20 10.
Crossing the state border during the coronavirus epidemic
Slovenia declared an epidemic on 12 March 2020 due to the growing number of coronavirus infections. In order to contain the spread of infection, many countries, including Slovenia, introduced changes in their border crossing regime. The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted an ordinance declaring the end of COVID-19 epidemic effective from 15 May. But since the risk of spreading COVID-19 still persists, the general and specific measures adopted pursuant to the decision on the application of measures under the Communicable Diseases Act will continue to apply.
In this context, certain (temporary) restrictions of traffic are still valid not only on the border with Croatia, but also on the internal Schengen borders (with Italy, Austria and Hungary), where border controls were abolished back in 2007 after Slovenia joined the Schengen area. A few entry and exit requirements have also been changed for foreign nationals and Slovenian citizens.
As of Friday, 21 August 2020, midnight, Croatia has been on the red list of countries according to the latest Government ordinance. Slovenian citizens and foreign nationals with a permanent/temporary residence in Slovenia who are staying in any of the red-listed neighboring countries on 21 August have until the end of the week (by midnight, Monday, 24 August) to return to Slovenia and avoid quarantine. Article 12 of the ordinance also brings changes applying to transit across the territory of the Republic of Slovenia.
For most recent information on changes introduced by the ordinance and updates on the green, yellow and red lists of countries go to the press release by the Slovenian Police.