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.

Latest information

There are 71.073 confirmed coronavirus infections from the beginning of the epidemic, currently, active cases in Slovenia are 20.041 (November 27th 2020)

The government has extended the state of epidemic by another 30 days

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia passed a Decree declaring a state of epidemic of the infectious disease COVID-19 on the territory of the entire country. The Decree enters into force on 18 November 2020 and will remain effective for 30 days.

The Government call centre for coronavirus information started to operate. The counselors at the centre are available at the toll-free telephone number 080 1404 and for calls from abroad at +386 1 478 7550 from Monday to Friday between 8.00 am and 6.00 pm. Calls will be answered by senior students of the Faculty of Medicine under the mentorship of relevant experts.

Government adopts new measures to improve the epidemiological situation in the country

As of Friday, 13 November, the following applies:
- Gathering of people is temporarily prohibited. Gatherings are allowed for immediate family members or members of the same household (subject to restrictions and prohibitions).
- Movement between municipalities is temporarily limited (some exceptions apply).
- Movement of people between 21:00 and 6:00 is restricted.
- Wearing masks indoors and outdoors is mandatory.

As of Monday, 16 November, the following applies:
- Distance learning will continue.
- Offering and selling goods and services to consumers is prohibited (some exceptions apply).
- Public transport is temporarily suspended (except taxis).

Restriction of movement between 21:00 and 6:00

Movement of people on the entire territory of the Republic of Slovenia is temporarily prohibited between 21:00 and 6:00 with the following exceptions:

  1. the elimination of immediate threats to health, life and property;
  2. travel to and from work and the performance of urgent work duties;
  3. access to and provision of emergency services;
  4. delivery of food or medicines;
  5. the travel of persons who have entered the Republic of Slovenia in order to transit to a neighbouring country or to their residence in the Republic of Slovenia.

Ban on gathering of people

On the entire territory of the Republic of Slovenia a ban is imposed on:

  • gatherings,
  • events,
  • public gatherings,
  • weddings and
  • religious ceremonies.

As of Monday, 16 November, the supply and sale of goods and services to consumers is temporarily banned, with a few exceptions that are strictly necessary to meet basic societal needs or that are essential to ensure safety and health, namely:

  • stores that mostly sell groceries, personal care and cleaning products, including the sale of agricultural products on farms, the exception does not cover the sale of clothing, footwear and technical goods in these shops;
  • pharmacies;
  • specialized stores selling medical appliances and orthopedic aids;
  • markets;
  • agricultural stores;
  • gas stations;
  • banks and insurance services;
  • post offices;
  • delivery services;
  • service workshops in which repair and maintenance services of motor vehicles and bicycles are provided (car tyre services, car mechanic, car painting or bodywork workshops, bicycle repair workshops);
  • chimney sweeping services, provided that only one contractor is present in the room where these services are performed, or if this is not possible, the service provider and one person who is the user of the small heating device may be present in the room; the provision of chimney sweeping services is not permitted for small heating devices installed in rooms that cannot be ventilated after the service has been provided;
  • construction works in or on uninhabited construction sites, provided that the implementation of such works ensures that there is no contact with consumers;
  • newsstands and kiosks for the sale of newspapers and magazines;
  • the personal collection of goods or food at pick-up points ensuring minimum contact with consumers between 6:00 and 21:00, though the consumption of food and drink in public areas is prohibited;
  • other emergency health and safety services.

It is permitted to offer and sell goods and services to consumers at a distance and, with no time limit, to conduct food and beverage preparation activities for delivery purposes.

Restriction of movement between municipalities

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

Movement between municipalities is allowed in the following cases:

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

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

Proof and statements

Persons crossing a municipal boundary must carry with them adequate proof of the exception justifying their travel and a signed and legible statement containing the following information:

  • name and surname,
  • address,
  • address or place of destination,
  • reason justifying their travel or stay,
  • names of immediate family members or members of the same household travelling or staying with them,
  • statement that they or their immediate family members or members of the same household travelling or staying with them, have not been ordered to isolate or quarantine,
  • statement that they are informed of their criminal liability and liability for damages arising from their violation of regulations, orders or measures for the containment or prevention of communicable diseases in humans,
  • statement that they are informed of the restrictions imposed by this Decree and will respect them.

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

Residence

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

Important notice for foreign citizens

Foreign citizens who are unable to travel to their country of origin due to the current situation are advised to contact the nearest diplomatic mission/representation of their country. 

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

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

It is also mandatory to wear protective masks or similar forms of protection covering the mouth and nose when moving or staying in all enclosed public spaces and when moving or staying in all open public spaces.

Tourist information

The TIC Ljubljana, tourist information center next to the Triple Bridge is closed until further notice.

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

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 info.koronavirus@policija.si.
  • 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 karantena.mz@gov.si.
  • For consular assistance call Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 00386 1 478 20 10.

Lists of epidemiologically (non-)safe countries are changing

The red list includes, among other countries, all of Italy, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Poland, Denmark (excluding Faeroe Islands and Greenland), Lithuania (excluding the Utena administrative unit), Sweden (excluding the Västernorrland administrative unit), several Greek administrative units, and Ida-Viru, an Estonian administrative unit.

The amended lists of countries shall start to apply as of Monday, 16 November 2020.

A person arriving to Slovenia from a country on the red list will be required to quarantine for ten days due to a possible SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, the person will not be required to quarantine if they provide a negative test result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), which must not be older than 48 hours, or if they fall under one of the exceptions.

New requirement: As of 16 November, persons who own real estate in a neighboring country will be required to quarantine upon entering Slovenia.

Lifting quarantine based on a negative test result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2

The possibility of lifting quarantine is reintroduced if a person who was put under quarantine upon entering Slovenia is tested during quarantine and then provides a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2. Testing may only be undertaken as of the fifth day of being put under home quarantine.

What is the coronavirus and how to act?

The new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) was first diagnosed in patients with pneumonia in China. It is a new virus strain that causes COVID-19 coronavirus disease. Common signs of infection are similar to those of pneumonia: a fever, coughing and breathing difficulties. The virus is spread through droplets.

Recommendations for travelers

The National Institute of Public Health has drawn up recommendations for everyone coming to Slovenia from a coronavirus outbreak area or traveling to such an area.



Arrival from a coronavirus outbreak area

If you have traveled from a coronavirus outbreak area or if you have been in close contact with a person who has traveled from such area and you have fallen ill (coughing, fever, shortness of breath), please follow this advice:

  • stay at home and avoid contact with other people;
  • call your personal doctor or a doctor on call and explain your situation and
  • practice respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette.
  • If you do not notice any symptoms of the disease, precautions are not necessary.

Traveling to a coronavirus outbreak area

If you are traveling abroad and plan to stay in a coronavirus outbreak area, it's recommended that you:

  • avoid contact with sick persons and get a seasonal influenza vaccine;
  • avoid animal markets and products of animal origin;
  • wash your hands frequently with soap and water and
  • avoid (live and dead) animals.

All information is subject to change on a daily basis, so be sure to check the Slovenian government website for the latest news.

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