There are 289,669 confirmed coronavirus infections from the beginning of the epidemic, currently, active cases in Slovenia are 13.490 (September 27th, 2021)
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 up to and including six years of age,
- primary school pupils up to and including the 5th grade, only when they are in their homeroom,
- music school pupils up to and including 2nd grade,
- preschool teachers and their assistants when they interact with children;
- teachers at higher vocational colleges and universities if they give lectures from behind a protective barrier made of glass or a similar material,
- speakers in enclosed public places or premises if a distance of at least 1.5 metres from others is maintained,
- performers at public cultural events,
- persons practising sports if a distance of at least 1.5 metres from others is maintained,
- persons with special needs, who are prevented from using a protective mask for objective reasons,
- pupils and students in physical education classes and sports classes,
- music school students in wind instruments, singing, dance, contemporary dance and ballet classes and students in dance, singing and instrument classes,
- guests seated at a table in the hospitality sector.
The Recovered - Vaccinated - Tested rule mandatory for all employees
The Government ordinance stipulates that the Recovered - Vaccinated – Tested rule (RVT rule*) must be met by all employees as well as all users of services or activities, except in cases of the emergency supply of basic necessities of life, the provision of public order, security and defence, emergency medical assistance and protection and rescue, urgent healthcare services, urgent procedures involving social and family issues, urgent personal assistance, and protection and rescue.
The RVT rule must be met for the duration of work by all employees and persons who work for an employer on another legal basis, or are self-employed. The requirements of the RVT rule do not have to be met while a person is working from home.
Verification of meeting the RVT rule shall be organised by the responsible persons carrying out or organising the work.
Rapid antigen test for self-testing
Testing with a rapid antigen test for self-testing is also considered as performing the work. Self-testing is to be carried out once a week at equal intervals. The responsible persons carrying out or organising the work are to determine the time and place of self-testing, which must be carried out at the workplace. Financial resources for self-testing with rapid antigen tests are provided by the employer.
The RVT rule must be met by:
- all persons who are users of services or who participate in or are present in the performance of activities,
- users of prisons, correctional facilities, centres for foreigners, asylum centres and integration houses, either on admission to accommodation or on return to accommodation, if the absence lasted for more than 48 hours.
The RVT rule does not apply in cases of:
- the emergency supply of the basic necessities of life,
- the provision of public order, security and defence,
- emergency medical assistance,
- protection and rescue, and
- persons posted to carry out tasks in the international transport sector who leave Slovenia within 12 hours of crossing the border to refuel at petrol stations.
The following are considered essential supplies of the basic necessities of life:
- shops predominantly selling groceries and beverages, including the sale of foodstuffs and beverages outside stores; grocery shops located within a shopping centre are not regarded as an exception;
- specialised shops selling pharmaceutical, medicinal, cosmetic products and toiletries; shops located within a shopping centre are not regarded as an exception;
- humanitarian warehouses, food distribution centres and other locations which enable free access to basic necessities for socially vulnerable groups.
In relation to petrol service stations, the requirements of the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule need to be met only if the service is provided indoors.
Persons not meeting the RVT rule will not be allowed to use the service or to participate in or be present at the performance of the activity.
The RVT rule does not apply to:
- persons under the age of 15 and persons engaged in the service of guidance, care and employment under special conditions,
- persons who bring or take a child or a pupil to kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade of primary school, music school up to and including 2nd grade, primary school with an adapted programme or institution for the education of children and adolescents with special needs, occupational activity centres, education, work and care centres, and day centres of retirement homes,
- persons who accompany a child under the age of 15, or a person unable to take care of themselves, to a healthcare service provider, and
- pupils and students using public transport,
- users of healthcare services intending to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus,
- users of postal services when collecting consignments must be collected in person because legal consequences can occur as a result of non-collection.
RVT rule: Recovered – Vaccinated – Tested
The RVT rule is met if a person provides one of the certificates listed below:
- a negative PCR test provided that no more than 72 hours have passed since the swab was taken, or a negative rapid antigen test provided that no more than 48 hours have passed since the swab was taken,
- EU Digital COVID Certificate in digital or paper format and with a QR code (EU DCC),
- a digital COVID certificate of a third country in digital or paper format and with a QR code, which must contain the same data as the EU DCC and be issued in English by a competent health authority of the third country (DCC of a third country),
- a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination to show that the person has received:
– the second dose of the Comirnaty vaccine produced by Biontech/Pfizer or the Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine produced by Moderna or the Sputnik V vaccine produced by Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology or the CoronaVac vaccine produced by Sinovac Biotech or the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Sinopharm or the Vaxzevria COVID-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca or the Covishield produced by the Serum Institute of India/or a combination of two previously listed vaccines;
– the dose of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine produced by Johnson and Johnson/Janssen-Cilag. Proof of vaccination is obtained as of the day of vaccination.
- a certificate of a positive PCR test result that is older than 10 days, unless a doctor determines otherwise, but not older than 180 days;
- proof of recovery from COVID-19 referred to in the preceding point and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to show that the person has received one dose of a vaccine under indent one of point 4 within a period of no more than 180 days since receiving a positive PCR test result or from the onset of symptoms; The person is protected as of the day of vaccination.
A PCR test or rapid antigen test is deemed to be valid if performed in an EU member state, a Schengen Area country, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Turkey, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the UK or the US. If a PCR test is performed in a country other than those listed above, it is deemed to be valid if it meets all of the following conditions:
- it contains at least the same data set as a PCR test issued in an EU member state or a Schengen Area country: name, surname, the person's unique identifier (personal identification number, health insurance number, number of passport or another document issued by that country, date of birth or other similar identifier), data on the test type (producer, date and time of taking the swab), data on the issuer of the certificate, and the date of the issuing of the certificate, and
- has a QR code in accordance with the standards and technological systems that are interoperable with the European Digital COVID Certificate System, and
- allows the authenticity, validity and integrity of the certificate to be verified in the same way as a European Digital COVID Certificate.
Regardless of the issuing country, a rapid antigen test is valid only if it is listed on the common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests.
Proof of vaccination may be:
- a filled-in card of the vaccine producer, or
- an entry in the vaccine booklet, or
- a certificate of vaccination (including a card issued upon vaccination).
Providers must verify that consumers meet the requirements of the RVT condition before entering the indoor areas of bars, restaurants, accommodation facilities, indoor fair or conference venues and casinos.
Organisers of public assemblies, gatherings, cultural events and sports competitions and cable car operators must also verify that event participants or cable car users meet the requirements of the RVT condition before entering.
As of 1 October, state administration employees will be required to meet the condition of recovery or vaccination
Employees in state administration bodies (ministries, bodies within ministries, governmental services and administrative units) will be required to meet the recovery or vaccination condition when implementing their work tasks in order to ensure the smooth operations of the state as of 1 October.
The condition of vaccination must also be met by the employees in state administration bodies by the provision of proof that they have received the first vaccine dose at least by 1 October 2021 and the second dose no later than by 1 November 2021.
Heads of state administration bodies may exceptionally determine that employees in state administration bodies may also perform their tasks, provided that they meet the condition of testing when they submit their general practitioner’s statement that vaccination is not advised on medical grounds.
Management heads may arrange for work at home for employees who do not meet the condition of recovery or vaccination if the nature and type of work and the work process allow this.
Gathering of people (socialising)
Gathering (socialising) is permitted to groups of up to 50 persons only, unless they are close family members or share the same household.
Indoor and outdoor public assemblies and events
Gatherings of more than 50 people at organised public events and assemblies is permitted indoors and outdoors in accordance with the Public Assembly Act and when the organiser is known.
The attendees must meet the RVT rule. Attendees under the age of 15 are exempt from this condition.
Protective face masks are mandatory:
- in all indoor public spaces or premises,
- in all outdoor public spaces or premises where the minimum 1.5-metre social distancing cannot be attained.
Protective face masks are not mandatory:
- in outdoor public spaces or premises for members of the same household and where the minimum 1.5-metre social distancing is attained,
- in all outdoor public spaces or premises if the RVT rule is observed.
At the entry to an event or an assembly, the organiser of the public event or assembly must determine whether all attendees of the event or the assembly meet the RVT rule. A person who fails to meet this condition is not permitted to attend the event or assembly. The organiser is obliged to inform the attendees of the event or the assembly that observance of the RVT rule is mandatory for attending the event or assembly by placing a written notification in a visible location.
Public passenger transport
This can be carried out in accordance with the normal timetables.
The use of masks is mandatory for drivers and passengers.
The use of cable cars is permitted for persons who meet the recovered-vaccinated-tested requirements, as well as for children up to and including the age of 12 who are accompanied by their parents.
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.
The TIC Ljubljana, tourist information center next to the Triple Bridge is opened from Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00, Saturdays 9:00-16:00, Sundays and public holidays 9:00-13:00. Slovenian Tourist Information Centre at Krekov trg 10 remains closed until further notice.
- a certificate of a positive PCR test result that is older than 10 days, unless a doctor determines otherwise, but not older than six months,
- a medical certificate confirming that the person has recovered from COVID-19 and that less than six months have elapsed since the onset of symptoms, or
- a certificate under points 5 and 6, whereby the person has received one dose of a vaccine under point 4 within no more than eight months since receiving a positive PCR test result or from the onset of symptoms; in the event of vaccines under the first and second indents of point 4, one dose is sufficient (vaccinated recovered persons). In this case, the person is considered protected as of the day of vaccination.