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 246.231 confirmed coronavirus infections from the beginning of the epidemic, currently, active cases in Slovenia are 8.949 (May 10th, 2021)

Mandatory use of face masks

Masks are mandatory:

  • in all closed public spaces,
  • on public transport,
  • in open public spaces or outside, if a distance of at least 1,5 meters is not maintained and
  • in personal vehicles.

Masks are not compulsory for:

  • children younger than six years of age;
  • primary school pupils up to and including the 5th grade, but only when they are in their classrooms;
  • preschool teachers and their assistants when they interact with children;
  • teachers at higher vocational colleges and universities if they lecture behind a protective barrier made of glass or similar material;
  • persons practicing individual sports if a distance of at least three meters is maintained;
  • persons or members of the same household when taking a walk on green spaces or practicing sports or recreational activities if a distance of at least 1,5 meters is maintained at all times;
  • in personal vehicles when more than one person or member of the same household is in the vehicle;
  • direct communication with deaf and hard-of-hearing people (if it is possible to maintain a distance of two meters) and Slovenian sign language interpreters.

Prohibited gatherings of people

Gatherings of people are temporarily prohibited with the exception of close family members or members of the same household.

All events, gatherings, celebrations, and weddings are also prohibited.

Gatherings of up to 100 persons

The gathering of people at organized public events is permitted under the conditions stipulated by the Public Assembly Act (dependent on registration at the competent police station or a permit issued by the competent administrative unit). The maximum number of participants at a gathering is one hundred.

Restriction of movement between regions

Movement between statistical regions is prohibited with certain exceptions for which adequate proof must be submitted.

Movement between statistical regions is allowed in the following cases:

  1. travel to and from work and the performance of work duties;
  2. the performance of the 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 neighboring country or to their residence in the Republic of Slovenia;
  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 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 recognized by a court decision, their parents, children) and members of the same household when traveling together.

Movement between regions is also allowed for individuals who:

  • submit a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 with a PCR that is not older than 48 hours,
  • submit a certificate of vaccination for COVID-19, proving that at least 7 days have passed since they received their second dose of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine, 14 days since the second dose of the MODERNA, 21 days since the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or vaccines of the producer Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology Sputnik V or vaccines Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen;
  • persons with a positive PCR or HAG test result older than 21 days but not older than six months, or
  • persons with a doctor’s certificate proving that they have recovered from COVID-19 and that not more than six months have passed since the start of their symptoms.

Proof and statements

Persons crossing a regional 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 traveling or staying with them,
  • a statement that they or their immediate family members or members of the same household traveling or staying with them have not been ordered to isolate or quarantine,
  • a 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,
  • a 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 region if they have a registered permanent or temporary residence in the region. A person can stay at either their permanent or temporary residence and is not allowed to move between the two.

Transit

Transit through Slovenia on the way to another country is allowed provided that a person may be able to exit Slovenia due to measures in neighboring countries. A person must leave Slovenia within 12 hours from entering without making unnecessary or redundant stops or leaving the main transit route. While transiting, passengers may attend to necessary things such as fill up the gas tank, stop for physiological needs, but may not stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residence permit, when required) and a document proving the purpose and goal of transit (as of 14 July 2020, only non-EU residents must submit a document proving the purpose and goal of transit; EU residents can submit a valid travel document).

Public passenger transport

This can be carried out in accordance with the normal timetables.

Ski lifts and ski resorts are allowed to operate for skiers who submit a negative COVID-19 test result or a certificate of vaccination or evidence proving they have already recovered from COVID-19 and for children under 12 years of age accompanied by their parents.

Education

Classes for primary and secondary school students are to be held on school premises. Classes are to be held in school for one-half of the students, and for the other half, they are to be held online. Classes are to be held in the classroom, except for students who attend classes online from home. Students will rotate on a weekly basis.

Restrictions in the sale of goods and services

The offering and sale of goods and services are permitted only in exceptional cases. The offering and sale of goods and services within the group of exceptions that demand a test is permitted only if the employees are tested once a week for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) using the HAG (rapid test) or PCR method. Goods and services can therefore be offered and sold only by employees who have a negative test result obtained in the Republic of Slovenia. All employees must be tested, including those who do not have direct contact with consumers.

The following persons are excluded from mandatory testing:

  • Persons who provide a negative result for SARS-CoV-2 with a PCR or HAG test that is not older than 48 hours;
  • persons who have been tested during the weekend on a private basis, i.e. for skiing or visiting a relative;
  • persons with a certificate of vaccination for COVID-19, proving that at least 7 days have passed since they received their second dose of the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine, 14 days since the second dose of the Moderna, and at least 21 days since the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine;
  • persons with a positive PCR or HAGT test result older than 21 days but not older than six months, and
  • persons with a doctor’s certificate proving that they have recovered from COVID-19 and that not more than six months have passed since the start of their symptoms.
  • People who have not been tested for SARS-CoV-2 and became ill after the other members of their households who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 became ill will need a doctor’s certificate.

Test certificates shall be considered only if they have been issued in EU member countries or Schengen area member countries or by organizations and individuals in third countries which have been recognized by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the NLZOH as appropriate and have been published on the NLZOH website.

Consumers are not required to be tested for any activity.

Exceptions for a no-testing condition for employees of:

  • pharmacies,
  • petrol stations,
  • financial services,
  • surveying and mapping services,
  • post office,
  • delivery services,
  • chimney-sweeping services under the condition that only one provider is present at the premises where the services are performed; if this is not possible, one service provider and one person who is the user of the small combustion appliance can be present; chimney-sweeping services are not permitted in premises where a small combustion appliance is installed if this cannot be ventilated after the service is completed,
  • construction works where no contact with consumers is ensured, and outdoor services where no contact with consumers is ensured (landscaping, plastering, roofing);
  • personal collection of goods, food, or beverages, at collection locations where minimum contact with consumers is ensured, between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m., whereby the consumption of collected food and beverages in public areas is not permitted,
  • cleaning services and dry cleaners,
  • workshops performing the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles and bicycles (tire vulcanizing workshops, car mechanics, car painting workshops, auto body repair workshops, bicycle repair workshops),
  • other service shops and production, maintenance, and installation services.
  • other urgent services ensuring public safety and health.

Exceptions for which employee testing applies:

  • trade activity as regulated by the act governing trade;
  • services of real estate brokerage;
  • services of hygienic care (e.g. hair salons, cosmetic activity, pedicure, manicure, body care salons);
  • individual non-medical counseling and therapeutic services,
  • individual professional or business education and training of up to 10 people (e.g. tutoring, language schools, professional workshops);
  • tourist agencies services
  • animal grooming services.

Exercising is permitted for registered and recreational athletes

Only the following categories of athletes are allowed to train:

  • top athletes (Olympic, international, and world-class);
  • prospective athletes;
  • athletes in age categories: cadets, young athletes and members, registered as per ZŠpo-1 Act and who are members of sports teams;
  • professional athletes older than 15 years and registered as professional athletes with the Ministry of Sport;
  • participants in permitted competitions;
  • other registered athletes if training is done individually or under the mentorship of a professional sports worker, and
  • contactless sports training in groups with up to 10 persons, where at least a 2-meter social distance must be maintained.

Individual or professionally guided individual sport recreational activities and contactless sport exercises in sports groups with up to 10 people are permitted, but a social distance of at least two meters must be maintained.

Official sports competitions at the national, European, and international levels and major international sports events are allowed.

Spectators at sport competitions are not allowed.

Accommodation

Accommodation capacities remain closed. Transactions with legal entities are permitted (e.g. a company can procure accommodation with an accommodation provider for their business partners or workers).

Food and drinks are allowed to be served at outdoor terraces in some statistical regions

In Pomurska, Podravska, Koroška, Zasavska, Posavska, Gorenjska, Goriška, and Obalno-kraška statistical regions food and drinks are allowed to be served at outdoor terraces of catering establishments, provided the following precautionary measures are observed:

  • Catering activities may be carried out between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Guests must leave the terrace of a catering establishment no later than 30 minutes after the permitted closing time.
  • Table service is permitted only if a minimum distance of 1.5 m between customers and 3 m between table edges is observed.
  • A maximum of four people are allowed at each table.
  • Guests are only allowed to enter the closed part of a catering establishment in order to use the toilets.
  • Staff and guests are required to wear masks the entire time on the premises of a catering establishment, with the exception that guests may remove their masks only when seated.
  • Staff are required to be tested for COVID-19 once a week unless they have a vaccination certificate or have recovered from the disease.

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 opened from Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00, Saturdays 9:00-13:00, Sundays and public holidays closed.

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

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 travelers to the 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.

Upon your return to Slovenia, observe the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health 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 movement and gathering of people (in order to prevent the spread of infection within the country (restriction of movement between municipalities with certain exceptions for which proof is required; restriction of movement between 21:00 and 6:00, etc.).

All countries that are not explicitly listed on the red list are considered to be without a high risk of infection and persons coming from these countries or administrative units of countries may enter the Republic of Slovenia without being put under home quarantine and without submitting a negative test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2.

The regime used for the Schengen countries also applies to Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican.

Red list of countries

Countries with an unstable epidemiological situation or administrative divisions of countries are included on the red list.

Individuals will not be ordered to quarantine if they present the following when crossing the border:

  1. a negative PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours after taking the swab and performed in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America;
  2. a certificate of a positive PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 which is more than 21 days old but not more than six months old or 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
  3. proof of a COVID-19 vaccination demonstrating that at least 7 days have elapsed since the second dose of the COMIRNATY Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, at least 14 days since the second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or 21 days since the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or vaccines of the producer Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology Sputnik V or vaccines Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.

*Certificates referred to in point 2 are taken into account if they have been issued in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America.

The exception to the quarantine and negative PCR test

Exceptions have been defined where no quarantine or negative PCR test is required. Entry from any red-listed country shall be allowed to:

  1. persons posted to carry out tasks in international transport* or returning from such tasks;
  2. persons engaged in the trade who carry out the transport of goods or persons into the Republic of Slovenia or carry out the transport of goods and passengers in transit** and exit the Republic of Slovenia within 8 hours of entry, and persons engaged in the trade who carry out the transport of goods or persons from the Republic of Slovenia and return to the Republic of Slovenia within 8 hours of exit;
  3. persons transiting** the territory of the Republic of Slovenia and exiting the Republic of Slovenia within 12 hours of entry;
  4. persons with diplomatic passports***;
  5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit the Republic of Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks, and representatives of Slovenian security authorities (the police or judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and return from a foreign country as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
  6. persons who have been transported to the Republic of Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle;
  7. children under the age of 15 who cross the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia;
  8. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, the police and firefighting services, and other persons who carry out humanitarian transport or provide assistance in rescue missions and eliminate the consequences of natural disasters and return to Slovenia within 24 hours of crossing the border;
  9. members of the Slovenian Armed Forced returning from an international operation or mission;
  10. members of the police or employees of state authorities returning from secondment abroad and employees of state authorities and accredited journalists on a business trip abroad****;
  11. persons who daily or periodically cross the border for reasons of education, training or scientific research in the Republic of Slovenia or an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country and provide sufficient proof thereof;
  12. 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 neighboring 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 permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together);
  13. someone who is crossing the border for emergency reasons related to the elimination of direct risk for health, life, property, material damage or for business reasons and are returning across the border within 12 hours after the entry;
  14. someone who transports a daily school student (point 11) and who returns across the border immediately after performing the transport.

*An exception for performing duties in the international transport sector applies to drivers of cargo vehicles. Drivers without a cargo vehicle who do not have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia may claim an exception that applies to drivers in international transport (point 2 of paragraph one of Article 10 of the Ordinance). Drivers without a cargo vehicle who have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia cannot claim this exception.

** Transit means that a person must leave Slovenia within 6 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 refueling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residence 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 neighboring countries.

*** People who received the laissez-passer travel document from international organizations and people with an invitation or certificate issued by the state authority of the Republic of Slovenia, who also prove the official purpose of their visit to Slovenia, shall be considered the same as diplomatic passport holders.

**** A person claiming one of the exceptions referred to in point 10 must be tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 by means of a PCR test upon entry into Slovenia; the conditions for quarantine must be guaranteed by the employer until the test result is received.

Exceptions – no quarantine requirement for those presenting a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within the last seven days

The following persons coming from a country or region on the red list may enter the Republic of Slovenia without being placed under home quarantine on the condition that they present a negative PCR test or a RAT result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 not older than seven days after the swab was taken:

  1. commuting cross-border workers who have an employment relationship in another EU Member State or Schengen Area country, of which they provide proof or a signed statement justifying the reason for crossing the border as a commuting cross-border worker, and who return within 5 days of crossing the border;
  2. persons posted to carry out tasks abroad or returning from such tasks in another EU Member State or Schengen Area country, of which they provide proof or a signed statement justifying the reason for crossing the border, and who return within no later than 5 days of crossing the border;
  3. persons who have a medical appointment in the Republic of Slovenia and exit the Republic of Slovenia immediately following their appointment. If a minor has a medical appointment, their guardian may enter Slovenia under the same conditions, provided that they are traveling together;
  4. persons who cross the border on family grounds to implement parental care and contact with children or to maintain contact with a spouse, cohabiting partner, or a partner in a formal or informal civil union, provided that they return within 72 hours after crossing the border. This exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together.

The PCR or RAT is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America.

Exemption from quarantine if a negative PCR or rapid antigen test not older than three days from the day of the swab taking is produced

Entry to the Republic of Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home is also permitted to a citizen of a European Union or Schengen Area member state who is coming from another European Union or Schengen Area member state where they had provided care of assistance to persons who require support or care from family members, performing maintenance work on a private facility or land they own, lease or use, provided that they return within 48 hours after crossing the border, if they produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus not older than 72 hours from the day of the swab taking. A PCR or rapid antigen test is adequate if it is performed in a European Union or Schengen Area member state, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or the United States of America.

In the part referring to maintenance work at a private facility or land, the exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together.

The red list of countries (valid from 16 April 2021):

EU Member States and Schengen Area countries:

  1. Andorra
  2. Austria
  3. Belgium
  4. Bulgaria
  5. Cyprus
  6. Czechia
  7. Denmark (only individual administrative units): 
    - Hovedstaden
  8. Estonia
  9. Finland (only individual administrative units):
    - Uusimaa
    - Southern Finland
    - Western Finland
  10. France:
    - all administrative units of mainland France and all overseas territories
  11. Croatia
  12. Greece 
  13. Ireland (only individual administrative units):
    - Eastern region
    - Central region
  14. Italy
  15. Latvia
  16. Lithuania
  17. Hungary
  18. Malta
  19. Monaco
  20. Germany
  21. Liechtenstein
  22. Luxembourg
  23. The Netherlands
  24. Norway (only individual administrative units): 
    - Oslo
    - Viken
  25. Poland
  26. Romania
  27. San Marino
  28. Slovakia
  29. Spain (only individual administrative units):
    - all administrative units except the administrative units of Extremadura, Galicia, the Balearic Islands, and Valencia
  30. Sweden
  31. Switzerland
  32. The Vatican

Third countries

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Angola
  5. Argentina
  6. Armenia
  7. Azerbaijan
  8. Bahamas
  9. Bahrain
  10. Bangladesh
  11. Barbados
  12. Belize
  13. Belarus
  14. Benin
  15. Botswana
  16. Bolivia
  17. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  18. Brazil
  19. Burkina Faso
  20. Burundi
  21. Bhutan
  22. Chad
  23. Chile
  24. Montenegro
  25. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  26. Dominican Republic
  27. Egypt
  28. Ecuador
  29. Equatorial Guinea
  30. Eritrea
  31. Eswatini
  32. Ethiopia
  33. Philippines
  34. Gabon
  35. Gambia
  36. Ghana
  37. Georgia
  38. Guyana
  39. Guatemala
  40. Guinea
  41. Guinea-Bissau
  42. Haiti
  43. Honduras
  44. India
  45. Indonesia
  46. Iraq
  47. Iran
  48. Israel
  49. Jamaica
  50. Yemen
  51. Jordan
  52. South Africa
  53. South Sudan
  54. Cameroon
  55. Canada
  56. Qatar
  57. Kazakhstan
  58. Kenya
  59. Kyrgyzstan
  60. Colombia
  61. Comoros
  62. Kosovo
  63. Costa Rica
  64. Kuwait
  65. Lesotho
  66. Lebanon
  67. Liberia
  68. Libya
  69. Madagascar
  70. Malawi
  71. Maldives
  72. Mali
  73. Morocco
  74. Mauritania
  75. Mexico
  76. Moldova
  77. Mongolia
  78. Mozambique
  79. Namibia
  80. Nepal
  81. Niger
  82. Nigeria
  83. Nicaragua
  84. Oman
  85. Pakistan
  86. Panama
  87. Papua New Guinea
  88. Paraguay
  89. Peru
  90. Republic of the Congo
  91. Russia
  92. El Salvador
  93. Sao Tomé and Principe
  94. Saudi Arabia
  95. Senegal
  96. North Korea
  97. North Macedonia
  98. Sierra Leone
  99. Syria
  100. Côte d’Ivoire
  101. Somalia
  102. Serbia
  103. Seychelles
  104. Saint Lucia
  105. Central African Republic
  106. Suriname
  107. Tajikistan
  108. Tanzania
  109. Togo
  110. Trinidad and Tobago
  111. Tunisia
  112. Turkey
  113. Turkmenistan
  114. Ukraine
  115. Uruguay
  116. Uzbekistan
  117. Venezuela
  118. East Timor
  119. Zambia
  120. United States of America
  121. United Arab Emirates
  122. Cape Verde
  123. Zimbabwe

Servicing decisions on quarantine at the state border

Persons who are not residents of Slovenia are ordered to quarantine at the address where they will actually stay. Any quarantine-related costs will be covered by the quarantined persons themselves. Foreign citizens who are not residents of Slovenia and cannot provide an address where they would stay in quarantine are not allowed entry into the country if appropriate quarantine accommodation capacities cannot be ensured.

Persons who intend to work in Slovenia shall be ordered to quarantine at the address stated in the employer’s certificate, submitted at the entry to Slovenia at the time of crossing the state border.

Lifting quarantine

The ten-day quarantine cannot be terminated early.

Crossing the state border with Croatia

The entire territory of Croatia is on the red list (valid from 16 April 2021).

A person arriving from Croatia will be required to quarantine for ten days due to a possible SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Individuals will not be ordered to quarantine if they present the following when crossing the border:

  1. a negative PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours after taking the swab and performed in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America;
  2. a certificate of a positive PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 which is more than 21 days old but not more than six months old or 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
  3. proof of a COVID-19 vaccination demonstrating that at least 7 days have elapsed since the second dose of the COMIRNATY Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, at least 14 days since the second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or 21 days since the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or vaccines of the producer Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology Sputnik V or vaccines Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.

Certificates referred to in point 2 are taken into account if they have been issued in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or the United States of America.

The exception to the quarantine and negative PCR test

Exceptions have been defined where no quarantine or negative PCR test is required. Entry from any red-listed country shall be allowed to:

  1. persons posted to carry out tasks in international transport* or returning from such tasks;
  2. persons engaged in the trade who carry out the transport of goods or persons into the Republic of Slovenia or carry out the transport of goods and passengers in transit** and exit the Republic of Slovenia within 8 hours of entry, and persons engaged in the trade who carry out the transport of goods or persons from the Republic of Slovenia and return to the Republic of Slovenia within 8 hours of exit;
  3. persons transiting** the territory of the Republic of Slovenia and exiting the Republic of Slovenia within 12 hours of entry;
  4. persons with diplomatic passports***;
  5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit the Republic of Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks, and representatives of Slovenian security authorities (the police or judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and return from a foreign country as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
  6. persons who have been transported to the Republic of Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle;
  7. children under the age of 15 who cross the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia;
  8. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, the police and firefighting services and other persons who carry out humanitarian transport or provide assistance in rescue missions and eliminate the consequences of natural disasters and return to Slovenia within 24 hours of crossing the border;
  9. members of the Slovenian Armed Forced returning from an international operation or mission;
  10. members of the police or employees of state authorities returning from secondment abroad and employees of state authorities and accredited journalists on a business trip abroad****;
  11. persons who daily or periodically cross the border for reasons of education, training or scientific research in the Republic of Slovenia or an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country and provide sufficient proof thereof;
  12. 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 neighboring 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 permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together);
  13. someone who is crossing the border for emergency reasons related to the elimination of direct risk for health, life, property, material damage or for business reasons and are returning across the border within 12 hours after the entry;
  14. someone who transports a daily school student (point 11) and who returns across the border immediately after performing the transport.

*An exception for performing duties in the international transport sector applies to drivers of cargo vehicles. Drivers without a cargo vehicle who do not have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia may claim an exception that applies to drivers in international transport (point 1 of paragraph one of Article 11 of the Ordinance). Drivers without a cargo vehicle who have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia cannot claim this exception.

** 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 refueling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residence 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 neighboring countries.

*** People who received the laissez-passer travel document from international organizations and people with an invitation or certificate issued by the state authority of the Republic of Slovenia, who also prove the official purpose of their visit to Slovenia, shall be considered the same as diplomatic passport holders.

**** A person claiming one of the exceptions referred to in point 10 must be tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 by means of a PCR test upon entry into Slovenia; the conditions for quarantine must be guaranteed by the employer until the test result is received.

Exceptions – no quarantine requirement for those presenting a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within the last seven days

The following persons coming from a country or region on the red list may enter the Republic of Slovenia without being placed under home quarantine on the condition that they present a negative PCR test or a RAT result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 not older than seven days after the swab was taken:

  1. commuting cross-border workers who have an employment relationship in another EU Member State or Schengen Area country, of which they provide proof or a signed statement justifying the reason for crossing the border as a commuting cross-border worker, and who return within 5 days of crossing the border;
  2. persons posted to carry out tasks abroad or returning from such tasks in another EU Member State or Schengen Area country, of which they provide proof or a signed statement justifying the reason for crossing the border, and who return within no later than 5 days of crossing the border;
  3. persons who have a medical appointment in the Republic of Slovenia and exit the Republic of Slovenia immediately following their appointment. If a minor has a medical appointment, their guardian may enter Slovenia under the same conditions, provided that they are traveling together;
  4. persons who cross the border on family grounds to implement parental care and contact with children or to maintain contact with a spouse, cohabiting partner, or a partner in a formal or informal civil union, provided that they return within 72 hours after crossing the border. This exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together.

The PCR or RAT is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America.

Exemption from quarantine if a negative PCR or rapid antigen test not older than three days from the day of the swab taking is produced

Entry to the Republic of Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home is also permitted to a citizen of a European Union or Schengen Area member state who is coming from another European Union or Schengen Area member state where they had provided care of assistance to persons who require support or care from family members, performing maintenance work on a private facility or land they own, lease or use, provided that they return within 48 hours after crossing the border, if they produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus not older than 72 hours from the day of the swab taking. A PCR or rapid antigen test is adequate if it is performed in a European Union or Schengen Area member state, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or the United States of America.

In the part referring to maintenance work at a private facility or land, the exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together.

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.

As of 15 June 2020, 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 red list contains all administrative units of Italy (valid from 16 April 2021).

Individuals will not be ordered to quarantine if they present the following when crossing the border:

  1. a negative PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours after taking the swab and performed in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America;
  2. a certificate of a positive PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 which is more than 21 days old but not more than six months old or 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
  3. proof of a COVID-19 vaccination demonstrating that at least 7 days have elapsed since the second dose of the COMIRNATY Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, at least 14 days since the second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, or 21 days since the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or vaccines of the producer Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology Sputnik V or vaccines Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.

Certificates referred to in point 2 are taken into account if they have been issued in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or the United States of America.

The exception to the quarantine and negative PCR test

Exceptions have been defined where no quarantine or negative PCR test is required. Entry from any red-listed country shall be allowed to:

  1. persons posted to carry out tasks in international transport* or returning from such tasks;
  2. persons engaged in the trade who carry out the transport of goods or persons into the Republic of Slovenia or carry out the transport of goods and passengers in transit** and exit the Republic of Slovenia within 8 hours of entry, and persons engaged in the trade who carry out the transport of goods or persons from the Republic of Slovenia and return to the Republic of Slovenia within 8 hours of exit;
  3. persons transiting** the territory of the Republic of Slovenia and exiting the Republic of Slovenia within 12 hours of entry;
  4. persons with diplomatic passports***;
  5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit the Republic of Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks, and representatives of Slovenian security authorities (the police or judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and return from a foreign country as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
  6. persons who have been transported to the Republic of Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle;
  7. children under the age of 15 who cross the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia;
  8. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, the police and firefighting services, and other persons who carry out humanitarian transport or provide assistance in rescue missions and eliminate the consequences of natural disasters and return to Slovenia within 24 hours of crossing the border;
  9. members of the Slovenian Armed Forced returning from an international operation or mission;
  10. members of the police or employees of state authorities returning from secondment abroad and employees of state authorities and accredited journalists on a business trip abroad****;
  11. persons who daily or periodically cross the border for reasons of education, training or scientific research in the Republic of Slovenia or an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country and provide sufficient proof thereof;
  12. 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 neighboring 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 permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together);
  13. someone who is crossing the border for emergency reasons related to the elimination of direct risk for health, life, property, material damage or for business reasons and are returning across the border within 12 hours after the entry;
  14. someone who transports a daily school student (point 11) and who returns across the border immediately after performing the transport.

*An exception for performing duties in the international transport sector applies to drivers of cargo vehicles. Drivers without a cargo vehicle who do not have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia may claim an exception that applies to drivers in international transport (point 1 of paragraph one of Article 11 of the Ordinance). Drivers without a cargo vehicle who have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia cannot claim this exception.

** 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 refueling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residence 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 neighboring countries.

*** People who received the laissez-passer travel document from international organizations and people with an invitation or certificate issued by the state authority of the Republic of Slovenia, who also prove the official purpose of their visit to Slovenia, shall be considered the same as diplomatic passport holders.

**** A person claiming one of the exceptions referred to in point 10 must be tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 by means of a PCR test upon entry into Slovenia; the conditions for quarantine must be guaranteed by the employer until the test result is received.

Exceptions – no quarantine requirement for those presenting a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within the last seven days

The following persons coming from a country or region on the red list may enter the Republic of Slovenia without being placed under home quarantine on the condition that they present a negative PCR test or a RAT result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 not older than seven days after the swab was taken:

  1. commuting cross-border workers who have an employment relationship in another EU Member State or Schengen Area country, of which they provide proof or a signed statement justifying the reason for crossing the border as a commuting cross-border worker, and who return within 5 days of crossing the border;
  2. persons posted to carry out tasks abroad or returning from such tasks in another EU Member State or Schengen Area country, of which they provide proof or a signed statement justifying the reason for crossing the border, and who return within no later than 5 days of crossing the border;
  3. persons who have a medical appointment in the Republic of Slovenia and exit the Republic of Slovenia immediately following their appointment. If a minor has a medical appointment, their guardian may enter Slovenia under the same conditions, provided that they are traveling together;
  4. persons who cross the border on family grounds to implement parental care and contact with children or to maintain contact with a spouse, cohabiting partner, or a partner in a formal or informal civil union, provided that they return within 72 hours after crossing the border. This exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together.

The PCR or RAT is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America.

Exemption from quarantine if a negative PCR or rapid antigen test not older than three days from the day of the swab taking is produced

Entry to the Republic of Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home is also permitted to a citizen of a European Union or Schengen Area member state who is coming from another European Union or Schengen Area member state where they had provided care of assistance to persons who require support or care from family members, performing maintenance work on a private facility or land they own, lease or use, provided that they return within 48 hours after crossing the border, if they produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus not older than 72 hours from the day of the swab taking. A PCR or rapid antigen test is adequate if it is performed in a European Union or Schengen Area member state, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or the United States of America.

In the part referring to maintenance work at a private facility or land, the exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together.

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

The checkpoints on-road connections at the internal borders are divided into two categories:

  • Category A checkpoints, where everyone is allowed to cross the border and which are in operation 24 hours a day.
  • Category B checkpoints, where the crossing of the border is permitted only to people who exercise one of the exceptions referred to Article 11 of the decree, and people referred to in the third paragraph of Article 2 of the decree.

Crossing the state border outside the checkpoints and outside the working hours of the checkpoints is allowed only for Slovenian nationals and EU nationals or the nationals of the Schengen area whose residence is in the Slovenian municipality that borders Italy, and Italian nationals and EU nationals or the nationals of the Schengen area whose residence is in the administrative unit of Italy that borders Slovenia.

Category A checkpoints are:

  1. Vrtojba,
  2. Fernetiči and
  3. Škofije.

Category B checkpoints set up at road connections are:

  1. Krvavi potok (from 5.00 to 23.00),
  2. Robič (from 5.00 to 23.00, closed on Sundays and public holidays),
  3. Predel (from 6.00 to 9.00 and from 15.00 to 18.00, closed on Sundays and public holidays),
  4. Nova Gorica (Erjavčeva ulica) (from 6.00 to 21.00),
  5. Neblo (from 5.00 to 9.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00) and
  6. Rateče (from 6.00 to 21.00).

Crossing the state border with Austria

The whole of Austria is on the red list (applies as of 16 April 2021).

A person who arrives in Slovenia from Austria shall be quarantined for ten days due to possible infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Individuals will not be ordered to quarantine if they present the following when crossing the border:

  1. a negative PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours after taking the swab and performed in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America;
  2. a certificate of a positive PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 which is more than 21 days old but not more than six months old or 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
  3. proof of a COVID-19 vaccination demonstrating that at least 7 days have elapsed since the second dose of the COMIRNATY Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, at least 14 days since the second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or 21 days since the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or vaccines of the producer Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology Sputnik V or vaccines Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.

Certificates referred to in point 2 are taken into account if they have been issued in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America.

The exception to the quarantine and negative PCR test

Exceptions have been defined where no quarantine or negative PCR test is required. Entry from any red-listed country shall be allowed to:

  1. persons posted to carry out tasks in international transport* or returning from such tasks;
  2. persons engaged in the trade who carry out the transport of goods or persons into the Republic of Slovenia or carry out the transport of goods and passengers in transit** and exit the Republic of Slovenia within 8 hours of entry, and persons engaged in the trade who carry out the transport of goods or persons from the Republic of Slovenia and return to the Republic of Slovenia within 8 hours of exit;
  3. persons transiting** the territory of the Republic of Slovenia and exiting the Republic of Slovenia within 12 hours of entry;
  4. persons with diplomatic passports***;
  5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit the Republic of Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks, and representatives of Slovenian security authorities (the police or judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and return from a foreign country as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
  6. persons who have been transported to the Republic of Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle;
  7. children under the age of 15 who cross the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia;
  8. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, the police and firefighting services and other persons who carry out humanitarian transport or provide assistance in rescue missions and eliminate the consequences of natural disasters and return to Slovenia within 24 hours of crossing the border;
  9. members of the Slovenian Armed Forced returning from an international operation or mission;
  10. members of the police or employees of state authorities returning from secondment abroad and employees of state authorities and accredited journalists on a business trip abroad****;
  11. persons who daily or periodically cross the border for reasons of education, training or scientific research in the Republic of Slovenia or an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country and provide sufficient proof thereof;
  12. 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 neighboring 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 permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together);
  13. someone who is crossing the border for emergency reasons related to the elimination of direct risk for health, life, property, material damage or for business reasons and are returning across the border within 12 hours after the entry;
  14. someone who transports a daily school student (point 11) and who returns across the border immediately after performing the transport.

*An exception for performing duties in the international transport sector applies to drivers of cargo vehicles. Drivers without a cargo vehicle who do not have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia may claim an exception that applies to drivers in international transport (point 1 of paragraph one of Article 11 of the Ordinance). Drivers without a cargo vehicle who have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia cannot claim this exception.

** 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 refueling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residence 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 neighboring countries.

*** People who received the laissez-passer travel document from international organizations and people with an invitation or certificate issued by the state authority of the Republic of Slovenia, who also prove the official purpose of their visit to Slovenia, shall be considered the same as diplomatic passport holders.

**** A person claiming one of the exceptions referred to in point 10 must be tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 by means of a PCR test upon entry into Slovenia; the conditions for quarantine must be guaranteed by the employer until the test result is received.

Exceptions – no quarantine requirement for those presenting a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within the last seven days

The following persons coming from a country or region on the red list may enter the Republic of Slovenia without being placed under home quarantine on the condition that they present a negative PCR test or a RAT result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 not older than seven days after the swab was taken:

  1. commuting cross-border workers who have an employment relationship in another EU Member State or Schengen Area country, of which they provide proof or a signed statement justifying the reason for crossing the border as a commuting cross-border worker, and who return within 5 days of crossing the border;
  2. persons posted to carry out tasks abroad or returning from such tasks in another EU Member State or Schengen Area country, of which they provide proof or a signed statement justifying the reason for crossing the border, and who return within no later than 5 days of crossing the border;
  3. persons who have a medical appointment in the Republic of Slovenia and exit the Republic of Slovenia immediately following their appointment. If a minor has a medical appointment, their guardian may enter Slovenia under the same conditions, provided that they are traveling together;
  4. persons who cross the border on family grounds to implement parental care and contact with children or to maintain contact with a spouse, cohabiting partner, or a partner in a formal or informal civil union, provided that they return within 72 hours after crossing the border. This exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together.

The PCR or RAT is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America.

Exemption from quarantine if a negative PCR or rapid antigen test not older than three days from the day of the swab taking is produced

Entry to the Republic of Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home is also permitted to a citizen of a European Union or Schengen Area member state who is coming from another European Union or Schengen Area member state where they had provided care of assistance to persons who require support or care from family members, performing maintenance work on a private facility or land they own, lease or use, provided that they return within 48 hours after crossing the border, if they produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus not older than 72 hours from the day of the swab taking. A PCR or rapid antigen test is adequate if it is performed in a European Union or Schengen Area member state, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or the United States of America.

In the part referring to maintenance work at a private facility or land, the exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together.

Entering Austria is mandatory electronic registration.

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

The checkpoints on-road connections at the internal borders are divided into two categories:

  • Category A checkpoints, where everyone is allowed to cross the border and which are in operation 24 hours a day.
  • Category B checkpoints, where the crossing of the border is permitted only to people who exercise one of the exceptions referred to Article 11 of the decree, and people referred to in the third paragraph of Article 3 of the decree.

Crossing the state border outside the checkpoints and outside the working hours of the checkpoints is allowed only for Slovenian nationals and EU nationals or the nationals of the Schengen area whose residence is in the Slovenian municipality that borders Austria, and Austrian nationals and EU nationals or the nationals of the Schengen area whose residence is in the administrative unit of Austria that borders Slovenia.

Category A checkpoints are:

  • Karavanke,
  • Ljubelj,
  • Šentilj (motorway),
  • Gornja Radgona and
  • Gederovci.

Category B checkpoints set up at road connections are:

  • Holmec (from 5.00 to 23.00),
  • Vič (from 5.00 to 23.00),
  • Šentilj - main road (from 5.00 to 7.00 and from 17.00 to 19.00),
  • Trate (from 4.30 to 7.30 and from 16.00 to 20.00),
  • Jurij (from 6.00 to 7.30 and from 16.00 to 18.00) and
  • Kuzma (from 4.00 to 23.00).

Crossing the state border with Hungary

The entire territory of Hungary is on the red list (valid as of 16 April 2021).

A person arriving from Hungary will be required to quarantine for ten days due to a possible SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Individuals will not be ordered to quarantine if they present the following when crossing the border:

  1. a negative PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours after taking the swab and performed in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America;
  2. a certificate of a positive PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 which is more than 21 days old but not more than six months old or 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
  3. proof of a COVID-19 vaccination demonstrating that at least 7 days have elapsed since the second dose of the COMIRNATY Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, at least 14 days since the second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or 21 days since the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine or vaccines of the producer Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology Sputnik V or vaccines Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen.

Certificates referred to in point 2 are taken into account if they have been issued in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or the United States of America.

The exception to the quarantine and negative PCR test

Exceptions have been defined where no quarantine or negative PCR test is required. Entry from any red-listed country shall be allowed to:

  1. persons posted to carry out tasks in international transport* or returning from such tasks;
  2. persons engaged in the trade who carry out the transport of goods or persons into the Republic of Slovenia or carry out the transport of goods and passengers in transit** and exit the Republic of Slovenia within 8 hours of entry, and persons engaged in the trade who carry out the transport of goods or persons from the Republic of Slovenia and return to the Republic of Slovenia within 8 hours of exit;
  3. persons transiting** the territory of the Republic of Slovenia and exiting the Republic of Slovenia within 12 hours of entry;
  4. persons with diplomatic passports***;
  5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit the Republic of Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks, and representatives of Slovenian security authorities (the police or judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and return from a foreign country as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
  6. persons who have been transported to the Republic of Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle;
  7. children under the age of 15 who cross the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia;
  8. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, the police and firefighting services, and other persons who carry out humanitarian transport or provide assistance in rescue missions and eliminate the consequences of natural disasters and return to Slovenia within 24 hours of crossing the border;
  9. members of the Slovenian Armed Forced returning from an international operation or mission;
  10. members of the police or employees of state authorities returning from secondment abroad and employees of state authorities and accredited journalists on a business trip abroad****;
  11. persons who daily or periodically cross the border for reasons of education, training or scientific research in the Republic of Slovenia or an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country and provide sufficient proof thereof;
  12. 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 neighboring 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 permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together);
  13. someone who is crossing the border for emergency reasons related to the elimination of direct risk for health, life, property, material damage or for business reasons and are returning across the border within 12 hours after the entry;
  14. someone who transports a daily school student (point 11) and who returns across the border immediately after performing the transport.

*An exception for performing duties in the international transport sector applies to drivers of cargo vehicles. Drivers without a cargo vehicle who do not have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia may claim an exception that applies to drivers in international transport (point 1 of paragraph one of Article 11 of the Ordinance). Drivers without a cargo vehicle who have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia cannot claim this exception.

** 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 refueling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residence 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 neighboring countries.

*** People who received the laissez-passer travel document from international organizations and people with an invitation or certificate issued by the state authority of the Republic of Slovenia, who also prove the official purpose of their visit to Slovenia, shall be considered the same as diplomatic passport holders.

**** A person claiming one of the exceptions referred to in point 10 must be tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 by means of a PCR test upon entry into Slovenia; the conditions for quarantine must be guaranteed by the employer until the test result is received.

Exceptions – no quarantine requirement for those presenting a negative PCR or rapid antigen test taken within the last seven days

The following persons coming from a country or region on the red list may enter the Republic of Slovenia without being placed under home quarantine on the condition that they present a negative PCR test or a RAT result for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 not older than seven days after the swab was taken:

  1. commuting cross-border workers who have an employment relationship in another EU Member State or Schengen Area country, of which they provide proof or a signed statement justifying the reason for crossing the border as a commuting cross-border worker, and who return within 5 days of crossing the border;
  2. persons posted to carry out tasks abroad or returning from such tasks in another EU Member State or Schengen Area country, of which they provide proof or a signed statement justifying the reason for crossing the border, and who return within no later than 5 days of crossing the border;
  3. persons who have a medical appointment in the Republic of Slovenia and exit the Republic of Slovenia immediately following their appointment. If a minor has a medical appointment, their guardian may enter Slovenia under the same conditions, provided that they are traveling together;
  4. persons who cross the border on family grounds to implement parental care and contact with children or to maintain contact with a spouse, cohabiting partner, or a partner in a formal or informal civil union, provided that they return within 72 hours after crossing the border. This exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together.

The PCR or RAT is suitable if it is performed in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America.

Exemption from quarantine if a negative PCR or rapid antigen test not older than three days from the day of the swab taking is produced

Entry to the Republic of Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home is also permitted to a citizen of a European Union or Schengen Area member state who is coming from another European Union or Schengen Area member state where they had provided care of assistance to persons who require support or care from family members, performing maintenance work on a private facility or land they own, lease or use, provided that they return within 48 hours after crossing the border, if they produce a negative PCR or rapid antigen test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus not older than 72 hours from the day of the swab taking. A PCR or rapid antigen test is adequate if it is performed in a European Union or Schengen Area member state, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or the United States of America.

In the part referring to maintenance work at a private facility or land, the exception also applies to close family members and other people with a registered permanent or temporary residence at the same address when traveling together.

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

The checkpoints on-road connections at the internal borders are divided into two categories:

  • Category A checkpoints, where everyone is allowed to cross the border and which are in operation 24 hours a day.
  • Category B checkpoints, where the crossing of the border is permitted only to people who exercise one of the exceptions referred to Article 11 of the decree, and people referred to in the third paragraph of Article 4 of the decree.

Crossing the state border outside the checkpoints and outside the working hours of the checkpoints is allowed only for Slovenian nationals and EU nationals or the nationals of the Schengen area whose residence is in the Slovenian municipality that borders Hungary, and Hungarian nationals and EU nationals or the nationals of the Schengen area whose residence is in the administrative unit of Hungary that borders Slovenia.

Category A checkpoints are:

  1. Dolga vas
  2. Pince (motorway).

Category B checkpoints are:

  1. Hodoš (from 6.00 to 8.00, from 14.00 to 15.00 and from 19.00 to 20.00) and
  2. Čepinci (from 6.00 to 8.00 and from 14.00 to 16.00).

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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