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 289,669 confirmed coronavirus infections from the beginning of the epidemic, currently, active cases in Slovenia are 13.490 (September 27th, 2021)

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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.

Employees

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.

Users

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:

  1. persons under the age of 15 and persons engaged in the service of guidance, care and employment under special conditions,
  2. 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,
  3. 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
  4. pupils and students using public transport,
  5. users of healthcare services intending to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus,
  6. 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.

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.

Tourist information

The TIC Ljubljana, tourist information center next to the Triple Bridge is opened from Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00, Saturdays 9:00-16:00, 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.

Lists of epidemiologically (non-)safe countries are changing

Border Crossing

We are trying to contain the spread of new coronavirus infections by the use of entry restrictions and other measures at the borders of Slovenia. Thus, we wish to ensure the maximum safety of the national population and travellers to the country.

Because the risk of infection with COVID-19 is still present, it is recommended that, upon planning the journey abroad, you monitor the epidemiological situation along the intended route, check the entry requirements of the destination country and take into account the decisions of local authorities. Upon your return to Slovenia, observe the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) 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 (e.g. prohibition on gatherings of more than 50 people) to prevent the infection with COVID-19 with the country.

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 travelling to Slovenia. It is intended for passengers travelling to Slovenia or entering the country in order to transit through its territory. Using the application is not mandatory.

In accordance with EU Council Recommendation, 2020/912 on the temporary restriction of non-essential travel in the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction, including amendments thereto, Slovenia also allows entry for non-essential travel (including tourist travel).

Please note that tourist accommodation facilities in Slovenia are opened. 

As of 16 August 2021, Slovenia is introducing the European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) to ensure rapid and easy contact tracing in case passengers travelling by plane or ship are exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19 during their travels.

Border crossings are also possible outside the three checkpoints designated for international air traffic (Ljubljana - Jože Pučnik Airport, Maribor - Edvard Rusjan Airport and Portorož) for air traffic taking place within the EU and the Schengen area.

Proof upon entry

A person who meets the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule (RVT rule) may enter the Republic of Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home. The RVT rule is met if a person provides one of the certificates listed below:

    1. 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,
    2. EU Digital COVID Certificate in digital or paper format and with a QR code (EU DCC),
    3. 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),
    4. a certificate of vaccination demonstrating that: at least seven days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Comirnaty vaccine produced by Biontech/Pfizer, at least 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Spikevax vaccine (COVID-19 Vaccine) produced by Moderna, at least 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Sputnik V vaccine produced by Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology, at least 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the CoronaVac vaccine produced by Sinovac Biotech, at least 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine produced by Sinopharm, at least 21 days have elapsed since receiving the first dose of the Vaxzevria vaccine (COVID-19 Vaccine) produced by AstraZeneca or the Covishield vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India/AstraZeneca, at least 14 days have elapsed since receiving a dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen produced by Johnson and Johnson/Janssen-Cilag, if a person is vaccinated with a combination of two different vaccines under this point, at least the required amount of days for a certain vaccine has elapsed since receiving the second dose of a vaccine referred to in the first or second indent of this point. If the person referred to in this indent was first vaccinated with the vaccine produced by AstraZeneca, protection is established immediately after having received the second dose; if the person is vaccinated for the second time with the vaccine produced by Biontech/Pfizer or by Moderna, protection is established within 28 to 84 days (four to 12 weeks) after receiving the first dose;
    5. 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,
    6. 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 is deemed to be valid if performed in an EU member state, a Schengen Area country, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the UK or the US, at check points on flight connections of international air transport, or in Turkey. If a PCR test is carried out 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.

A rapid antigen test is deemed to be valid if performed in an EU member state, a Schengen Area country, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the UK or the US. If a rapid antigen test is carried out 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 rapid antigen 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 identifiers), 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.

A certificate of recovery is accepted if issued in an EU member state, a Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the UK, or the US, at checkpoints on flight connections of international air transport, or in Turkey.

Proof of vaccination (referred to in point 4) 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).

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 identifiers, 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 recognized 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. 

A person who does not provide one of the above is referred to quarantine at home for a period of 10 days. In the case of a foreigner who is not resident in Slovenia, they may enter Slovenia and are sent to quarantine at home for 10 days if they provide unequivocal proof that they have a guaranteed place in which to undergo quarantine, otherwise entry to Slovenia will not be permitted.

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

Exception to the quarantine and vaccinated-tested-recovered rule

Entry to Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home and without applying the vaccinated-tested-recovered rule is permitted to the following categories of persons:

  1. persons posted to carry out tasks in the international transport sector* who leave Slovenia within 12 hours of crossing the border. On crossing the border, the person must present a Certificate for International Transport Workers from Annex 3 of the Communication from the Commission on the implementation of the Green Lanes under the Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services (O) C No. 96 of 24 March 2020, p. 1), or another appropriate document which shows that these persons were posted by their employer,
  2. persons without a residence in Slovenia who are in transit** through Slovenia and leave Slovenia in the shortest possible time or within 12 hours of entry,
  3. children under the age of 15 who are crossing the border with a close family member who has not been ordered to quarantine at home or refused entry to the Republic of Slovenia, or in an organised group accompanied by a teacher or guardian who has not been ordered to quarantine at home or refused entry to the Republic of Slovenia, or accompanied by a person who is transporting them for reasons of their education, provided that this person has not been ordered to quarantine at home or refused entry to the Republic of Slovenia ***,
  4. 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 neighbouring 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 residence at the same address when travelling together),
  5. cross-border migrant workers who are employed in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country and residing within 10 kilometres aerial distance from the common border of Slovenia and a neighbouring country, and who return within five days of crossing the border*****,
  6. a person who is transporting a child under the age of 15 for reasons of the child's education and who returns within two hours of crossing the border.
  7. persons who provide proof of a scheduled urgent medical examination or procedure in the Republic of Slovenia, another EU Member State or Schengen Area country, and return across the border immediately after the medical examination or procedure or as soon as their medical condition allows.

*An exception for performing duties in the international transport sector applies to drivers of cargo vehicles. This exemption applies only during working hours (for work), but no longer for travelling to and from work. Persons claiming the right to this exemption must leave Slovenia within 12 hours.

** 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 refuelling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. This exemption applies only to persons without a residence in Slovenia (if a person with a residence in Slovenia enters Slovenia, they are not in transit but are entering with the intention of going home). A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residential 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 neighbouring countries.

*** If the child referred to in point 5 is travelling in the company of other family members (e.g. grandparents, uncle, aunt), the person accompanying the child is required to present a signed consent from the parents, legal representative or guardian upon entering Slovenia.

**** 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.

***** A valid proof of the existence of an employment relationship is an employment contract, a signed statement from the employer or similar proof justifying the employment relationship as a reason for crossing the border. The aerial distance is determined using a freely accessible geographic data server and Google Maps. Residence in Slovenia is permanent or temporary residence as defined by the Residence Registration Act, but not accommodation in a short-term accommodation facility (e.g. accommodation in hotels, tourist facilities, campsites and similar facilities).

A person claiming any of the exceptions listed above must provide the police with evidence of the existence of these exceptions, otherwise, they are sent to quarantine at home. In the case of a foreigner who is not resident in Slovenia, they may enter Slovenia and is sent to quarantine at home for ten days if they provide unequivocal proof that they have a guaranteed place in which to undergo quarantine, otherwise, entry to Slovenia will not be permitted.

Crossing the state border with Croatia

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.

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

The checkpoints on road connections in the border area with Italy are abolished on 28 April 2021.

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

Crossing the state border with Austria

The checkpoints on road connections in the border area with Austria are abolished on 28 April 2021.

For entering Austria is mandatory electronic registration.

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

Crossing the state border with Hungary

Checkpoints on road connections on the border with Hungary are abolished as of 22 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.