On this page you can find all the basic information and resources on the situation regarding the new coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Ljubljana and Slovenia.

Latest information

On 14 May 2020, the Slovenian government called an official end to the coronavirus epidemic, becoming the first country in Europe to do so. (More information)

There are 1.953 confirmed coronavirus infections in Slovenia. (21 July 2020) 

Despite the end of the epidemic, the virus remains among us requiring consideration of all measures to be taken into account.

Regardless of the encouraging decline of the virus, there is still the risk of it spreading. Therefore, social distance and hand and cough hygiene must still be practiced at all times, and any sick individuals must be isolated. Hand sanitation and face masks or scarves are obligatory in indoor public spaces, as well as on public transport.

It is not allowed to enter the following without wearing a face mask:

  • Indoor public spaces,
  • Public transport vehicles.

Face masks continue to be obligatory for:

  • Individuals with respiratory diseases;
  • Staff at health institutions based on their level of exposure;
  • Staff at all retirement homes and educational institutions for people with special needs;
  • Staff at all retirement homes and educational institutions for people with special needs.

Despite the gradual relaxation of protective measures, all larger public gatherings are still prohibited in Slovenia.

Hence, a maximum of 10 people may gather and socialize in public at the same time and same place. In addition, accommodation providers with more than 30 rooms are open and available again, as are spa accommodations, wellness centres, gyms, swimming pools, and water activities.

Until further notice, discos and night clubs remain closed, as do stores on Sundays and holidays, except for petrol stations and pharmacies, which may be open.

The presence of spectators at sport competitions is also prohibited.

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

Public transport (trains and buses) is operating across the country. Seating capacities are limited so that a safe distance can be ensured. Passengers are still required to wear protective masks and maintain a distance of at least 1,5 meters throughout the ride. Taxis are operating.

Tourist information

The TIC Ljubljana, tourist information center next to the Triple Bridge is open. Opening hours are from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00, Saturday 9:00 to 15:00. Safety rules are in place.

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

Medical help and further information

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

  • For information on border crossing procedures call the Police: 00386 1 514 70 01 or e-mail them to info.koronavirus@policija.si.
  • Slovenian police department set up a special email address to provide advice to people who have questions concerning the new measures being implemented to contain COVID-19 and associated movement restrictions.
    The administrators are checking for email on workdays from Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 16.00 (and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 8.00 to 12.00). Every effort will be made to provide answers and any other useful information or advice in the shortest possible time.
  • For health recommendations and instructions call NIJZ (national Institute of Public Health): 00386 1 244 17 29.
  • For information on quarantine call the Ministry of Health: 00386 1 478 68 48 (8.30h - 15.30h, local time) or e-mail them to karantena.mz@gov.si.
  • For consular assistance call Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 00386 1 478 20 10.

Crossing the state border during the coronavirus epidemic

Slovenia declared an epidemic on 12 March 2020 due to the growing number of coronavirus infections. In order to contain the spread of infection, many countries, including Slovenia, introduced changes in their border crossing regime. The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted an ordinance declaring the end of COVID-19 epidemic effective from 15 May. But since the risk of spreading COVID-19 still persists, the general and specific measures adopted pursuant to the decision on the application of measures under the Communicable Diseases Act will continue to apply.

In this context, certain (temporary) restrictions of traffic are still valid not only on the border with Croatia, but also on the internal Schengen borders (with Italy, Austria and Hungary), where border controls were abolished back in 2007 after Slovenia joined the Schengen area. A few entry and exit requirements have also been changed for foreign nationals and Slovenian citizens.

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

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

As of 20 July 2020 persons who will be ordered quarantine will be able to enter Slovenia on any border crossing or checkpoint

On its 16 July 2020 correspondence session, the Government of Slovenia adopted the Ordinance on imposing and implementing measures for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 at border crossings at the external border and at checkpoints at the internal borders of the Republic of Slovenia. As of 20 July 2020, persons who will be ordered quarantine will be able to enter Slovenia on any border crossing.

Persons who will be ordered quarantine will be able to enter Slovenia on any border crossing or checkpoint; Decisions on quarantine to be served by police officers
Persons who will be ordered quarantine will be able to enter Slovenia on any border crossing or checkpoint. The method of decision service is to be changed in a way that police officers shall collect the data required for the decision to be issued from the person to be ordered quarantine. The data is to be forwarded to a representative of the Ministry of health, who issues the decision and returns it to the police officer located on the border crossing or the checkpoint. The police officer than serves the decision to the person ordered quarantine before authorising his or her entry to Slovenia.

Documents supporting no-quarantine entry

The Ordinance is now clearer on the type of documents/proof that travellers are required to present to border authorities in order to prove that they are not coming from a state where the possibility of Covid-19 transmission risk is high (i.e. from countries on the red list). Such documents include an original receipt or proof of payment for accommodation, proof of ownership of real estate or vessel where the traveller stayed, official crew list (boat rental), or other documents supporting one’s travel.

Covid-19 tests no longer required for owners of land on both sides of the border and tenant farmers operating in local border areas

The exceptions listed in point 14 of paragraph one of Article 10 of the OrdinanceThe exceptions listed in point 14 of paragraph one of Article 10 of the Ordinance (i.e. persons who are owners of land on both sides of the border and tenant farmers operating in local border areas and who cross the border in order to carry out agricultural and forestry activities) are no longer required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test when entering Slovenia.

Service of the Decision on quarantine at the state border

Police shall collect data from persons entering Slovenia (Name(s) and family name(s), date of birth, permanent or temporary residence address, i.e., town of residence where the quarantine is to be spent) and forward the data to the representative of the Ministry of Health, who oversees that the Decisions on mandatory quarantine are issued and served on the border-crossing point. The person is allowed to enter Slovenia after being served the Decision.

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

Refusal of entry into the country

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

Transit through Slovenia

Transit through Slovenia on way to another country is allowed within 12 hours from entering. More information 

Border crossing points at international flight and maritime connections

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

Border crossing points at the Slovenia-Austria border

Border crossing point
Opening times
Categories of travellers permitted to cross the border
Karavanke – Karawankentunnel 24/7 all
Ljubelj – Loibltunnel 24/7 all
Šentilj (motorway) – Spielfeld (Autobahn) 24/7 all
Šentilj (railway) ‒ Spielfeld (Eisenbahn)

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

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

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

Border crossing points at the Slovenia-Italy border

Border crossing point
Opening times
Categories of travellers permitted to cross border
Vrtojba ‒ St. Andrea 24/7 all
Fernetiči ‒ Fernetti 24/7 all
Škofije ‒ Rabuese 24/7 all
Krvavi potok ‒ Pesse from 5.00 to 23.00 all

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

Border crossing points at the Slovenia-Hungary border

Border crossing point
Opening times
Categories of travellers permitted to cross the border
Dolga vas – Redics 24/7 all
Pince (motorway) – Torniyszentmiklos (Országút)

24/7

all

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

Crossing the Slovenia-Croatia border

Border-crossing points for local traffic are being reopened. Travellers seeking to cross the Slovenia-Croatia border can also go through border crossing points for international traffic. The opening times are published on our website Border crossings.

Border crossing regime for owners of land on both sides of the national border and tenant farmers. At the Slovenian-Croatian border (i.e. the external Schengen border), farmers have to use points of crossing in accordance with the (still applicable) agreement between Slovenia and Croatia on local border traffic and cooperation.

The temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

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

Source and more information: The Slovenian Police, https://www.policija.si/eng/newsroom/news-archive

Arriving from countries on the red list

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

Countries on the red list: Qatar, Bahrain, Chile, Kuwait, Peru, Armenia, Djibouti, Oman, Brazil, Panama, Belarus, Singapore, Sweden, Maldives, São Tomé and Príncipe, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Republic of Moldova, Gibraltar, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Gabon, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, South Africa, Iran, North Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Portugal, Albania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, China, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Honduras, Israel, Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde, Columbia, Turks and Caicos Islands, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Virgin Islands of the United States, Kyrgyzstan, Argentina, Seychelles, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Eswatini, and Suriname.

* By way of exception, travellers from the above listed countries, whatever their nationality or residence, can enter Slovenia without restrictions or having to quarantine if they qualify as one of the six exceptions in Article 10 of the Ordinance (under points 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). However, travellers entering Slovenia as exceptions under points 2 and 7 also have to show a negative test for Covid-19 that is not older than 36 hours and must be taken in an EU/Schengen Area member state.

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

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

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

* By way of exception, they can enter Slovenia without restrictions or having to quarantine if they qualify as exceptions referred to in points 1 through 16 of Article 10 of the Ordinance. However, travellers entering Slovenia as exceptions under points 1.a, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, and 16 also have to show a negative test for Covid-19 that is not older than 36 hours and must be taken in an EU/Schengen Area member state.

Arriving from countries on the green list

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

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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