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

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.

Source: https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/

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.

Tourist information

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 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.

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.

More information: https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/border-crossing/

Notice

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.

Arriving from countries on the red list

The 14-day quarantine rule applies to all travellers arriving in Slovenia from countries with an unstable epidemiological situation (red list)and travellers with a temporary or permanent residence in these countries entering Slovenia (irrespective of their citizenship or residence).*

More information: https://www.policija.si/eng/newsroom/news-archive/105468-croatia-on-the-red-list-as-of-21-august

Countries on the red list (as of 30 August 2020): Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Gabon, Gambia, Gibraltar, Guam, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, North Macedonia, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Martin, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, The Dominican Republic, The Faroe Islands, The Netherlands, The Philippines, The Ukraine, Turks and Caicos Islands, S. Virgin Islands, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Venezuela.

* By way of exception, travellers from the above listed countries, whatever their nationality or residence, can enter Slovenia without restrictions or having to quarantine if they qualify as one of the eight exceptions in Article 10 of the Ordinance (under points 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16 and 18). However, travellers entering Slovenia as exceptions under points 3 and 8 also have to show a negative test for Covid-19 that is not older than 36 hours and must be taken in an EU/Schengen Area member state.

Arriving from countries on the yellow list (countries neither on the green nor on the red list)

Slovenian citizens or foreign nationals with a permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia travelling from a country on the yellow list (if the country is a EU member state or a Schengen Area country) may enter Slovenia without a quarantine if they submit a proof that they are not travelling from a country on the red list (example: original invoice for payment of overnight stays, proof of ownership of the real estate or vessel where they were staying, or official crew list in case of chartering a vessel, i.e., other adequate proof).

All other travellers are required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.*

* By way of exception, they can enter Slovenia without restrictions or having to quarantine if they qualify as exceptions referred to in points 1 through 18 of Article 10 of the Ordinance. However, travellers entering Slovenia as exceptions under points 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, and 17 also have to show a negative test for Covid-19 that is not older than 36 hours and must be taken in an EU/Schengen Area member state.

Arriving from countries on the green list

No quarantine is required for travellers who enter Slovenia and have a permanent or temporary residence in a country which is on the list of epidemiologically safe countries (green list) and are coming from those countries.

'Re-open EU', a web platform to provide up-to-date information on travelling in the EU in 23 languages

The official European Commission's website (https://reopen.europa.eu/) is available in 23 languages and includes practical information provided by Member States on travel restrictions, public health and safety measures such as on physical distancing or wearing of facemasks, as well as other useful information. The website allows people to browse country-specific information for each EU Member State through an interactive map.

Stricter measures for crossing state borders as of 4 July

A new ordinance on measures at the state border to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has entered into force on 8 June 2020 and is presented in more detail in press releases: New rules on crossing the Slovenian border begin to apply (8. 6. 2020), New border rules apply as of 15 June (15. 6. 2020), Changes in border crossing regime effective 19 June (18. 6. 2020), Changed rules for border crossing apply as of 25 June (24. 6. 2020), Stricter measures for crossing state borders as of 4 July (3. 7. 2020), As of 8 July quarantine decisions at some border crossings to be served between 6:00 and 22:00 hrs only (8. 7. 2020), and As of 20 July 2020 persons who will be ordered quarantine will be able to enter Slovenia on any border crossing or checkpoint (17. 7. 2020)

Quarantine decisions from now on served at all border crossing points and check points

Quarantine decisions from now on served at all border crossing points and check points If you expect to be ordered to quarantine, you may enter Slovenia at any border crossing point or check point. You have to provide your personal details to a police officer who will refer your data to an official of the Ministry of Health. The public health official will then issue a quarantine decision and hand it over to the police officer who will serve the decision on you, after which you will be allowed to enter Slovenia.
If you do not hold a permanent or temporary residence or are unable to reside at such an address for a well-founded reason, you will be ordered to undergo a quarantine at the place of your actual stay. If you are a foreign national with no permanent or temporary residence registered in Slovenia and you are unable to provide an address of your stay, you will be refused permission to enter Slovenia. If you intend to work in Slovenia, you will be ordered to quarantine at the address indicated in the certificate of your employer which you have to demonstrate upon entry into Slovenia.

Quarantine decisions issued and served inland

A person who should have been given a quarantine decision upon entry into Slovenia, but did not receive one because he or she had already moved further into the territory of Slovenia (e.g. illegal border crossing) will be processed by the police and required to provide their personal details (i.e. name, surname, date of birth, permanent/temporary residence address or the place where they are staying for 14 days, e-mail address for the purpose of on-line service of documents). The police will submit the data to the competent public health authorities. The public health authorities will issue a decision and send it to the police unit in charge of the case to serve the decision on the person at issue.

At the border, the police will provide the travellers not ordered a quarantine with Instructions of the National Institute of Public Health on the implementation of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 . Instructions are available also in other languages: SlovenianItalianHungarianGerman and Croatian.

Refusal of entry into the country

Entry into Slovenia will not be allowed for travellers without a residence in Slovenia who on crossing the border tell the authorities that they are SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) positive or have typical signs of infection with this virus (high fever, cough, shortness of breath). The entry of persons who presumably will not be able to leave the territory of Slovenia on account of measures taken by neighbouring countries will not be allowed either.

Permission to enter Slovenia for those with quarantine orders issued by another country

If you are a Slovenian citizen or a foreign national holding a permanent or temporary address in Slovenia and you have been ordered to quarantine by another state, because you were exposed to a Covid-19 infected person, and you wish to quarantine in Slovenia, you will be permitted to enter Slovenia. The police will let you into the country on the basis of a prior announcement by the competent authority of Slovenia and let you use your own vehicle to reach the address of your quarantine stay.

Transit through Slovenia

Passengers are permitted to transit Slovenia on their way to another country within 12 hours. If you are under a quarantine decision issued abroad, then your permitted transit time is 6 hours. . More information

Crossing the border at individual checkpoints

The implementation of border control will be adjusted to traffic density and the traveller risk observed at a given checkpoint. Persons allowed to cross the border at individual checkpoints, which are indicated in the tables below, must also act in compliance with the Ordinance of imposing and implementing measures to prevent the spread of epidemic COVID-19 at the border crossing points at the external border and inspection posts within national borders of the Republic of Slovenia (Official Gazette RS, no. 100/20, 16. 7. 2020, available in Slovenian only)  - entered into force on 20 July 2020

Border crossing points at international flight and maritime connections

Checkpoints on international flight connections (Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport and Portorož Airport) and checkpoints on international maritime connections (Koper and Piran border crossing points for international maritime traffic) are being reopened. The opening times are published on our website Border crossings

Border crossing points at the Slovenia-Austria border

Austria is currently on the green list (no-quarantine entry).

Border crossing point

Opening times

Categories of travellers permitted to cross the border

Karavanke – Karawankentunnel

24/7

all

Ljubelj – Loibltunnel

24/7

all

Šentilj (motorway) – Spielfeld (Autobahn)

24/7

all

Šentilj (railway) ‒ Spielfeld (Eisenbahn)

24/7 Timetable (times) of piggyback trains and twice a day as per timetable of passenger trains

In addition to international freight transport, international passenger railway transport from Austria (Vienna) to Slovenia (Ljubljana), twice a day. One direct train every day, and one where passengers need to change trains in Maribor.

The border with Austria outside the listed checkpoints on road connections may only be crossed by citizens of Slovenia and citizens of Austria. This means that they may cross the Slovenia-Austria border at the former (pre-Schengen) border crossing points (BCPs). Other travellers may cross the border only at the above-listed checkpoints.

Border crossing points at the Slovenia-Italy border

Italy is currently on the green list (no-quarantine entry).

Border crossing point

Opening times

Categories of travellers permitted to cross border

Vrtojba ‒ St. Andrea

24/7

all

Fernetiči ‒ Fernetti

24/7

all

Škofije ‒ Rabuese

24/7

all

Krvavi potok ‒ Pesse

from 5.00 to 23.00

all

The border with Italy outside the listed checkpoints on road connections may only be crossed by citizens of Slovenia and citizens of Italy. This means that they may cross the Slovenia-Italy border at the former (pre-Schengen) border crossing points (BCPs). Other travellers may cross the border only at the above-listed checkpoints.

Border crossing points at the Slovenia-Hungary border

Hungary is currently on the green list (no-quarantine entry).

Border crossing point

Opening times

Categories of travellers permitted to cross the border

Dolga vas – Redics

24/7

all

Pince (motorway) – Torniyszentmiklos (Országút)

24/7

all

The border with Hungary outside the listed checkpoints on road connections may only be crossed by citizens of Slovenia and citizens of Hungary. This means that they may cross the Slovenia-Hungary border at the former (pre-Schengen) border crossing points (BCPs). Other travellers may cross the border only at the above-listed checkpoints.

Crossing the Slovenia-Croatia border

Croatia is on the red list of neighbouring countries.
Due to the specific nature of cross-border exchanges, a broader range of exceptions is in place for crossing the border with Croatia: exceptions under paragraph one of Article 10 of the Ordinance, except for point 17 (tourist visits), and three exceptions under paragraph two of Article 11 of the Ordinance (e.g. property owners, boat owners, holders of flat-rate leases at campsites and persons with scheduled medical examinations, including non-urgent).
*Slovenian citizens or foreign nationals holding a permanent residence in Slovenia who are owners of real estate, live-aboard boats, or who hold lease contracts based on which they are entitled to use a property, a live-aboard boat or a campsite pitch in one of these neighbouring countries (Italy, Croatia, Austria or Hungary), and are arriving in Slovenia from one of these countries together with their close family members, which they have to support by appropriate evidence, may enter Slovenia without having to quarantine even though the neighbouring country is red-listed on condition that they return to Slovenia within 48 hours after leaving it. The border with a red-listed neighbouring country may be crossed without a quarantine by persons who can prove they have a pre-scheduled medical examination or treatment in the neighbouring country provided that they return on the same day, or immediately after the medical examination or treatment if the examination or treatment lasted more than one day. Prior to entering Croatia, passengers may register their data on-line through Enter Croatia of the Croatian Ministry of the Interior.

Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

As of 31 March 2020, third-country nationals seeking to enter Slovenia will be checked not only for their fulfilment of regulatory entry conditions but also whether their travel is really essential. This regime will be in operation at all border crossing points along the external Schengen border. For more information go to: Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU means third-country nationals can enter Slovenia only in urgent cases

Border crossings

Source: https://www.policija.si/eng/newsroom/news-archive/103470-crossing-the-state-border-during-the-coronavirus-epidemic Last edited: 30 August 2020

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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