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 166.843 confirmed coronavirus infections from the beginning of the epidemic, currently, active cases in Slovenia are 17.301 (February 1st 2021)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Restriction of movement between 21:00 and 6:00

Movement of people on the entire territory of the Republic of Slovenia is temporarily prohibited between 22:00 and 6:00 with the following exceptions:

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

Ban on gathering of people

A temporary ban on gathering is being imposed throughout the Republic of Slovenia.

Temporarily are prohibited all

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

Gathering is permitted only to groups of persons who are close family members or share the same household.

The minister responsible for labour, family, social affairs and equal opportunities may also allow marriages and civil unions.

Restriction of movement between municipalities

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

Movement between municipalities is allowed in the following cases:

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

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

Proof and statements

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

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

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

Residence

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

Mandatory use of face masks

Masks are mandatory:

  • in all closed public spaces,
  • on public transport,
  • in open public spaces or outside if physical distancing of at least two metres cannot be maintained and
  • in personal vehicles.

Masks are not compulsory for:

  • children younger than six years of age;
  • pupils in primary schools and students in secondary schools but only when they are in their classrooms;
  • preschool teachers and their assistants when they interact with children, primary school teachers up to and including the fifth grade when they interact with children or pupils;
  • teachers at higher vocational colleges and universities if they lecture behind a protective barrier made of glass or a similar material;
  • persons practicing individual sports if a distance of at least three metres 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 three metres 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 metres) and Slovenian sign language interpreters.

Public passenger transport

Public passenger transport is to be carried out to the registered extent in the statistical regions of Osrednjeslovenska, Podravska, Gorenjska, Obalno-kraška, Koroška, Zasavska, Primorsko-notranjska, Pomurska and Savinjska.

Ski lifts and ski resorts are allowed to operate throughout these nine regions, but only for

  • persons who submit a confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test result (taken in Slovenia in the past 24 hours) and
  • children under 12 years of age, accompanied by their parents.

Ski lift operators must guarantee the rapid COVID-19 testing (HAGZ) organised by the authorised operator at the entry point to the ski area.

The submission of a confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test result is not required for professional athletes, coaches and other accompanying staff required for the implementation of competitions and trainings.

In Goriška, Jugovzhodna Slovenija and Posavska, public passenger transport shall continue in accordance with the holiday timetable regime.

All passengers using public transport are obliged to wear masks, disinfect hands and comply with the rules regarding entry and exit from vehicles. All passengers are advised to purchase their tickets in advance.

Education

On 26 January 2021, kindergartens and the first three grades of elementary schools shall reopen in the Osrednjeslovenska, Podravska, Gorenjska, Obalno-kraška, Koroška, Zasavska, Primorsko-notranjska, Pomurska and Savinjska statistical regions. Other pupils and students shall continue with distance learning.

As of that date, laboratory practice and individual lessons are to be carried out at higher vocational schools, universities and independent higher education institutions.

Kindergartens, elementary schools, music and high schools as well as faculties shall remain closed in the statistical regions of Goriška, Jugovzhodna Slovenija and Posavska. The learning process will be conducted remotely.

Restrictions in the sale of goods and services

The operation of all businesses that offer and sell goods and services directly to consumers is currently prohibited. Some examples are presented below:

  • inns, restaurants, pubs, cafés, confectioner’s, snack bars and bars,
  • discotheques and night clubs,
  • cinemas and cultural institutions,
  • casinos,
  • wellness centres.

Business is permitted to the following exceptions:

  • shops mostly selling groceries, personal hygiene goods and cleaning supplies, including the sale of farming produce at farms, whereby the sale of clothing, footwear and technical devices in these shops does not count as an exception,
  • pharmacies,
  • shops with medical and orthopaedic devices,
  • marketplaces,
  • farm shops,
  • petrol stations,
  • workshops performing the repair and maintenance of motor vehicles and bicycles (e.g. tyre vulcanising workshops, car painting workshops, auto body repair workshops, bicycle repair workshops),
  • post office,
  • delivery services,
  • tobacconists and kiosks for the sale of newspapers and magazines,
  • hairdressing services,
  • the personal pick-up of goods or food, with the exception of alcohol and alcoholic drinks, at pick-up spots, between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., whereby the consumption of food in public areas is not permitted,
  • chimney-sweeping services,
  • financial services,
  • other urgent services ensuring public safety and health
  • individual non-health consulting and therapeutic services,
  • surveying services,
  • construction works at uninhabited construction sites, houses or apartments where no contact with consumers is ensured during the work,
  • medical pedicure and medical manicure, and
  • cleaning services and dry cleaners.

There are certain exceptions in the statistical regions of Osrednjeslovenska, Podravska, Gorenjska, Obalno-kraška, Koroška, Zasavska, Primorsko-notranjska, Pomurska and Savinjska:

  • mobile stalls for the sale of agricultural produce and farm products,
  • specialised shops selling products for children,
  • service workshops (tyre vulcanising workshops, car mechanics, car painting workshops, auto body repair workshops, bicycle repair workshops).

Important notice for foreign citizens

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

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

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

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

Tourist information

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

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

Medical help and further information

In case you feel the symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection (coughing, fever, shortness of breath), call 112 for further instructions.

  • For information on border crossing procedures call the Police: 00386 1 514 70 01 or e-mail them to info.koronavirus@policija.si.
  • Slovenian police department set up a special email address to provide advice to people who have questions concerning the new measures being implemented to contain COVID-19 and associated movement restrictions.
    Notice! Their contact centre is currently overburdened. Therefore, in automatic response to your message, as of 17 July 2020, you will be directed to websites that publish information and explanations about crossing the state border during the coronavirus epidemic. If you did not find the answers on the website, call +386 (0) 1 51 70 01 within the hours specified in this response. Please do not reply to the notification received. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding.
  • For health recommendations and instructions call NIJZ (national Institute of Public Health): 00386 1 244 17 29.
  • For information on quarantine call the Ministry of Health: 00386 1 478 68 48 (8.30h - 15.30h, local time) or e-mail them to karantena.mz@gov.si.
  • For consular assistance call Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 00386 1 478 20 10.

Lists of epidemiologically (non-)safe countries are changing

Border Crossing

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

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.

People entering the Republic of Slovenia from these countries shall, due to potential infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus, be required to remain in quarantine for a period of ten (10) days.

Any person who presents a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 upon entry into Slovenia will not need to quarantine. The test must be performed by the PCR method in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, or by organisations or individuals in third countries recognised as relevant by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food (NLZOH), and published on the NLZOH website, and must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab. The testing may also be performed by a rapid antigen test in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, and may not be older than 24 hours after taking the swab.

Exception to the quarantine and negative PCR or rapid antigen test requirements

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

  1. cross-border daily migrant workers who are employed in one of the EU member states or any other member of the Schengen Area, who has a certificate or a written statement that can prove the reason for crossing the border as a daily migrant worker and who will be returning within 14 hours after crossing the border;
  2. people posted for executing tasks in the international transport sector* or from it;
  3. people who transport goods or people to and from the Republic of Slovenia for economic purposes and freight or passenger transport in transit* and leaves Slovenia within 8 hours after crossing the border;
  4. people in transit* through the Republic of Slovenia leaving it within 6 hours of entry;
  5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or a judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
  6. persons who have been transported to Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle;
  7. diplomatic passport holder;
  8. persons who have a medical appointment in Slovenia and leave 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;
  9. citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Area countries coming from another EU Member State or Schengen Area country where they provided care and assistance to persons in need of support, care and assistance of family members, parental care or contact with one’s child, performed maintenance work on a private property or land owned, leased or used, or eliminated imminent danger to health, life and property and leaving Slovenia within 12 hours of crossing the border;
  10. children under the age of 13 and crossing the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia (i.e. if the person traveling with the child presents a negative test or meets one of 12 exemptions);
  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. When the person is a minor or for other reasons cannot travel alone, the same conditions of entry apply to the person driving them but the latter must return across the border immediately after the drive;
  12. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, police, firefighting service and persons carrying out humanitarian transport or providing assistance in rescue missions and eliminating the consequences of natural disasters and returning to Slovenia within 48 hours of crossing the border;
  13. Those who are dual owners or tenants of land in the border area, have their land on both sides of the state border, and perform agricultural and forestry activities, may also cross the border immediately after completing their work.

*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 refuelling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residential permit, when required) and a document proving the purpose and goal of transit (as of 14 July, only non-EU residents must submit a document proving the purpose and goal of transit; EU residents can submit a valid travel document). Entry to Slovenia shall not permitted to anyone for whom it is envisaged that they will be unable to exit the territory of Slovenia due to the measures in force in neighbouring countries.

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

The red list of countries (valid from 29 January 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): all administrative units except the Faroe Island and Greenland region
  8. Estonia
  9. France: all administrative units of mainland France and all overseas territories except the overseas territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique and La Reunion
  10. Croatia
  11. Ireland
  12. Italy
  13. Latvia
  14. Lithuania
  15. Hungary
  16. Malta
  17. Monaco
  18. Germany
  19. Liechtenstein
  20. Luxembourg
  21. The Netherlands
  22. Norway (only individual administrative units): the administrative unit of Oslo, the administrative unit of Rogaland, the administrative unit of Trøndelag, the administrative unit of Viken
  23. Poland
  24. Portugal
  25. Romania
  26. San Marino
  27. Slovakia
  28. Spain
  29. Sweden
  30. Switzerland
  31. 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. St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  105. Central African Republic
  106. Suriname
  107. Tajikistan
  108. Tanzania
  109. Togo
  110. Trinidad and Tobago
  111. Tunisia
  112. Turkey
  113. Turkmenistan
  114. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  115. Ukraine
  116. Uruguay
  117. Uzbekistan
  118. Venezuela
  119. East Timor
  120. Zambia
  121. United States of America
  122. United Arab Emirates
  123. Cape Verde
  124. Zimbabwe

Servicing decisions on quarantine at the state border

Persons who will be ordered to quarantine will be able to enter Slovenia on any border crossing or checkpoint. 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

If a person who is put under home quarantine upon entry into Slovenia provides a negative PCR or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2, carried out during the quarantine, it is considered that the quarantine is withdrawn. The person does not have to inform anyone about this, but in the event of a control (by the Police, ZIRS or NIJZ), they must carry as proof both a certificate (from which the date of referral to quarantine is evident) and a notice of a negative test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (from which the date of the test and the result must be evident).

Crossing the state border with Croatia

The entire territory of Croatia is on the red list (valid as of 22 January 2021).

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

Any person who presents a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 upon entry into Slovenia will not need to quarantine. The test must be performed by the PCR method in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, or by organisations or individuals in third countries recognised as relevant by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food (NLZOH), and published on the NLZOH website, and must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab. The testing may also be performed by a rapid antigen test in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, and may not be older than 24 hours after taking the swab.

Exception to the quarantine and negative PCR or rapid antigen test requirements

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

  1. cross-border daily migrant workers who are employed in one of the EU member states or any other member of the Schengen Area, who has a certificate or a written statement that can prove the reason for crossing the border as a daily migrant worker and who will be returning within 14 hours after crossing the border;
  2. people posted for executing tasks in the international transport sector* or from it;
  3. people who transport goods or people to and from the Republic of Slovenia for economic purposes and freight or passenger transport in transit* and leaves Slovenia within 8 hours after crossing the border;
  4. people in transit* through the Republic of Slovenia leaving it within 6 hours of entry;
  5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or a judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
  6. persons who have been transported to Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle;
  7. diplomatic passport holder;
  8. persons who have a medical appointment in Slovenia and leave 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;
  9. citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Area countries coming from another EU Member State or Schengen Area country where they provided care and assistance to persons in need of support, care and assistance of family members, parental care or contact with one’s child, performed maintenance work on a private property or land owned, leased or used, or eliminated imminent danger to health, life and property and leaving Slovenia within 12 hours of crossing the border;
  10. children under the age of 13 and crossing the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia (i.e. if the person traveling with the child presents a negative test or meets one of 12 exemptions);
  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. When the person is a minor or for other reasons cannot travel alone, the same conditions of entry apply to the person driving them but the latter must return across the border immediately after the drive;
  12. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, police, firefighting service and persons carrying out humanitarian transport or providing assistance in rescue missions and eliminating the consequences of natural disasters and returning to Slovenia within 48 hours of crossing the border;
  13. Those who are dual owners or tenants of land in the border area, have their land on both sides of the state border, and perform agricultural and forestry activities, may also cross the border immediately after completing their work.

*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 refuelling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residential permit, when required) and a document proving the purpose and goal of transit (as of 14 July, only non-EU residents must submit a document proving the purpose and goal of transit; EU residents can submit a valid travel document). Entry to Slovenia shall not permitted to anyone for whom it is envisaged that they will be unable to exit the territory of Slovenia due to the measures in force in neighbouring countries.

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

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 entire territory of Italy is on the red list (valid as of 22 January 2021).

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

Any person who presents a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 upon entry into Slovenia will not need to quarantine. The test must be performed by the PCR method in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, or by organisations or individuals in third countries recognised as relevant by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food (NLZOH), and published on the NLZOH website, and must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab. The testing may also be performed by a rapid antigen test in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, and may not be older than 24 hours after taking the swab.

Exception to the quarantine and negative PCR or rapid antigen test requirements

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

  1. cross-border daily migrant workers who are employed in one of the EU member states or any other member of the Schengen Area, who has a certificate or a written statement that can prove the reason for crossing the border as a daily migrant worker and who will be returning within 14 hours after crossing the border;
  2. people posted for executing tasks in the international transport sector* or from it;
  3. people who transport goods or people to and from the Republic of Slovenia for economic purposes and freight or passenger transport in transit* and leaves Slovenia within 8 hours after crossing the border;
  4. people in transit* through the Republic of Slovenia leaving it within 6 hours of entry;
  5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or a judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
  6. persons who have been transported to Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle;
  7. diplomatic passport holder;
  8. persons who have a medical appointment in Slovenia and leave 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;
  9. citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Area countries coming from another EU Member State or Schengen Area country where they provided care and assistance to persons in need of support, care and assistance of family members, parental care or contact with one’s child, performed maintenance work on a private property or land owned, leased or used, or eliminated imminent danger to health, life and property and leaving Slovenia within 12 hours of crossing the border;
  10. children under the age of 13 and crossing the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia (i.e. if the person traveling with the child presents a negative test or meets one of 12 exemptions);
  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. When the person is a minor or for other reasons cannot travel alone, the same conditions of entry apply to the person driving them but the latter must return across the border immediately after the drive;
  12. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, police, firefighting service and persons carrying out humanitarian transport or providing assistance in rescue missions and eliminating the consequences of natural disasters and returning to Slovenia within 48 hours of crossing the border;
  13. Those who are dual owners or tenants of land in the border area, have their land on both sides of the state border, and perform agricultural and forestry activities, may also cross the border immediately after completing their work.

*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 refuelling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residential permit, when required) and a document proving the purpose and goal of transit (as of 14 July, only non-EU residents must submit a document proving the purpose and goal of transit; EU residents can submit a valid travel document). Entry to Slovenia shall not permitted to anyone for whom it is envisaged that they will be unable to exit the territory of Slovenia due to the measures in force in neighbouring countries.

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

In the border area, checkpoints have been set up at the following road connections with Italy:

  • Vrtojba,
  • Fernetiči,
  • Škofije,
  • Krvavi Potok.

Slovenian and Italian citizens may also cross the state border outside these checkpoints. The citizens of EU or Schengen countries residing in an Italian administrative unit bordering on Slovenia may also cross the state border between Italy and Slovenia outside these checkpoints.

Crossing the state border with Austria

The entire territory of Austria is on the red list (valid as of 22 January 2021).

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

Any person who presents a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 upon entry into Slovenia will not need to quarantine. The test must be performed by the PCR method in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, or by organisations or individuals in third countries recognised as relevant by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food (NLZOH), and published on the NLZOH website, and must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab. The testing may also be performed by a rapid antigen test in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, and may not be older than 24 hours after taking the swab.

Exception to the quarantine and negative PCR or rapid antigen test requirements

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

  1. cross-border daily migrant workers who are employed in one of the EU member states or any other member of the Schengen Area, who has a certificate or a written statement that can prove the reason for crossing the border as a daily migrant worker and who will be returning within 14 hours after crossing the border;
  2. people posted for executing tasks in the international transport sector* or from it;
  3. people who transport goods or people to and from the Republic of Slovenia for economic purposes and freight or passenger transport in transit* and leaves Slovenia within 8 hours after crossing the border;
  4. people in transit* through the Republic of Slovenia leaving it within 6 hours of entry;
  5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or a judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
  6. persons who have been transported to Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle;
  7. diplomatic passport holder;
  8. persons who have a medical appointment in Slovenia and leave 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;
  9. citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Area countries coming from another EU Member State or Schengen Area country where they provided care and assistance to persons in need of support, care and assistance of family members, parental care or contact with one’s child, performed maintenance work on a private property or land owned, leased or used, or eliminated imminent danger to health, life and property and leaving Slovenia within 12 hours of crossing the border;
  10. children under the age of 13 and crossing the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia (i.e. if the person traveling with the child presents a negative test or meets one of 12 exemptions);
  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. When the person is a minor or for other reasons cannot travel alone, the same conditions of entry apply to the person driving them but the latter must return across the border immediately after the drive;
  12. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, police, firefighting service and persons carrying out humanitarian transport or providing assistance in rescue missions and eliminating the consequences of natural disasters and returning to Slovenia within 48 hours of crossing the border;
  13. Those who are dual owners or tenants of land in the border area, have their land on both sides of the state border, and perform agricultural and forestry activities, may also cross the border immediately after completing their work.

*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 refuelling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residential permit, when required) and a document proving the purpose and goal of transit (as of 14 July, only non-EU residents must submit a document proving the purpose and goal of transit; EU residents can submit a valid travel document). Entry to Slovenia shall not permitted to anyone for whom it is envisaged that they will be unable to exit the territory of Slovenia due to the measures in force in neighbouring countries.

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

From 15 January 2021, electronic registration is mandatory for entry into Austria.

There are designated checkpoints in the border area with Austria:

  • Karavanke,
  • Ljubelj (Loibl Pass)
  • Šentilj (motorway),
  • Šentilj (railway).

Slovenian and Austrian citizens may also cross the state border outside these checkpoints. The citizens of EU or Schengen countries residing in an Austrian administrative unit bordering on Slovenia may also cross the state border between Austria and Slovenia outside these checkpoints.

Crossing the state border with Hungary

The entire territory of Hungary is on the red list (valid as of 22 January 2021).

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

Any person who presents a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 upon entry into Slovenia will not need to quarantine. The test must be performed by the PCR method in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, or by organisations or individuals in third countries recognised as relevant by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food (NLZOH), and published on the NLZOH website, and must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab. The testing may also be performed by a rapid antigen test in an EU Member State or Schengen Area country, and may not be older than 24 hours after taking the swab.

Exception to the quarantine and negative PCR or rapid antigen test requirements

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

  1. cross-border daily migrant workers who are employed in one of the EU member states or any other member of the Schengen Area, who has a certificate or a written statement that can prove the reason for crossing the border as a daily migrant worker and who will be returning within 14 hours after crossing the border;
  2. people posted for executing tasks in the international transport sector* or from it;
  3. people who transport goods or people to and from the Republic of Slovenia for economic purposes and freight or passenger transport in transit* and leaves Slovenia within 8 hours after crossing the border;
  4. people in transit* through the Republic of Slovenia leaving it within 6 hours of entry;
  5. representatives of foreign security authorities (the police or a judicial authority) who carry out official tasks and exit Slovenia as soon as possible after completing these tasks;
  6. persons who have been transported to Slovenia in an ambulance or other medical vehicle and the accompanying medical staff in said vehicle;
  7. diplomatic passport holder;
  8. persons who have a medical appointment in Slovenia and leave 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;
  9. citizens of EU Member States or Schengen Area countries coming from another EU Member State or Schengen Area country where they provided care and assistance to persons in need of support, care and assistance of family members, parental care or contact with one’s child, performed maintenance work on a private property or land owned, leased or used, or eliminated imminent danger to health, life and property and leaving Slovenia within 12 hours of crossing the border;
  10. children under the age of 13 and crossing the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia (i.e. if the person traveling with the child presents a negative test or meets one of 12 exemptions);
  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. When the person is a minor or for other reasons cannot travel alone, the same conditions of entry apply to the person driving them but the latter must return across the border immediately after the drive;
  12. members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, police, firefighting service and persons carrying out humanitarian transport or providing assistance in rescue missions and eliminating the consequences of natural disasters and returning to Slovenia within 48 hours of crossing the border;
  13. Those who are dual owners or tenants of land in the border area, have their land on both sides of the state border, and perform agricultural and forestry activities, may also cross the border immediately after completing their work.

*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 refuelling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residential permit, when required) and a document proving the purpose and goal of transit (as of 14 July, only non-EU residents must submit a document proving the purpose and goal of transit; EU residents can submit a valid travel document). Entry to Slovenia shall not permitted to anyone for whom it is envisaged that they will be unable to exit the territory of Slovenia due to the measures in force in neighbouring countries.

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

The following checkpoints on road connections on the border area with Hungary have been introduced:

  • Dolga vas,
  • Pince (motorway).

The citizens of Slovenia and Hungary may also cross the state border at the checkpoints Pince (regional road), Verica-Čepinci and Hodoš. The citizens of EU or Schengen countries residing in a Hungarian administrative unit bordering on Slovenia may also cross the state border between Hungary and Slovenia outside these checkpoints.

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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