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 1.739 confirmed coronavirus infections in Slovenia. (8 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 50 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.

A new ordinance on border measures enters into force on 8 June 2020

A new ordinance on measures at the state border to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has entered into force. The new ordinance is presented in more detail in press releases: New rules on crossing the Slovenian border begin to apply (8. 6. 2020), New border rules apply as of 15 June (15. 6. 2020), and Changes in border-crossing regime effective 19 June – fewer no-quarantine exceptions, testing negative for Covid-19 mandatory for some travellers (18. 6. 2020), Changed rules for border crossing apply as of 25 June (24. 6. 2020)

Changed rules for border crossing apply as of 25 June
Source: https://www.policija.si/eng/newsroom/news-archive/104715-changed-rules-for-border-crossing-apply-as-of-25-june

At its session on 24 June 2020, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia amended 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. The new Ordinance has been in force since 25 June 2020.

Luxembourg and Montenegro have been removed from the list of epidemiologically safe countries and administrative regions (i.e. the green list) in accordance with paragraph three of Article 9 of the Ordinance. The measure takes effect on 25 June 2020.

Portugal and Albania have been added to the list of countries with a deteriorated epidemiological situation (the red list) in accordance with Article 11 of the Ordinance. Thus, a fourteen-day quarantine is required upon entry into Slovenia for individuals coming from these four countries and those that are entering Slovenia and have permanent or temporary residence in one of these countries. By way of exception, only certain categories of individuals coming from the countries on the red list and specified as exceptions in points 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of Article 10 of the Ordinance may enter Slovenia without restrictions and quarantine.

The government also decided that the validity of the COVID-19 test has been reduced to 36 hours. A negative COVID-19 test result is now mandatory also for individuals who fall under the exceptions specified in points 12 and 13 of Article 10 (i.e. individuals crossing the border for family reasons or urgent private errands).

A new exception (point 15) was added to Article 10 of the Ordinance for staff members of the Slovenian Army and the Police and civil servants of state authorities returning to Slovenia after staying abroad for work reasons. These individuals may take a test after they arrive in Slovenia while their employers are obliged to provide conditions for self-isolation until the results of testing are known.
We advise against all non-essential international travel.

Transit through Slovenia on way to another country allowed within 12 hours from entering - clarification
Source: https://www.policija.si/eng/newsroom/news-archive/104670-transit-trough-slovenia-on-way-to-another-country-allowed-within-12-hours-from-entering-clarification

Clarification regarding entry to Slovenia when transiting to another country.

The call centre for police advice during the Coronavirus has recently been receiving many questions regarding modes of transiting Slovenian territory when travelling to another country. Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina were asking about how they can visit their relatives living in Germany, while citizens of EU countries have been enquiring regarding travelling through Slovenia on their way to their holiday destinations in Croatia.
Transit through Slovenia on the way to another country allowed within 12 hours from entering

In addition to general conditions, which must be met to enter Slovenia, passengers are required to transit Slovenia within 12 hours from entering.

Persons entering Slovenia in transit must have with them:

  • Valid travel document (including a visa or a residence permit when required)
  • A document on the purpose and destination of transit

Entry to Slovenia shall be denied to persons for whom it is foreseen that they may not be able to exit Slovenia due to measures in neighbouring countries.

What is transit?
Item 5, Article 10 of the Ordinance states the exception to entry to Slovenia without limitations or ordered quarantine, which allows persons to transit Slovenian territory in a 12-hour period.
This means that passengers must exit Slovenia within 12 hours and must travel through Slovenia 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 (drink, food, toilet, etc.), but may not stay overnight.

Crossing the state border during the coronavirus epidemic

14-day quarantine and exceptions

In accordance with Article 9 of the ordinance, the following persons will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon entry into Slovenia:

  • persons with permanent or temporary residence in countries that are not on the list of epidemiologically safe countries or persons coming from the countries that are not epidemiologically safe (unless they are among the exceptions listed in Article 10 of the ordinance – in this case, no quarantine will be ordered for them),
  • travellers, whatever their nationality or residence, coming from countries with respect to which restrictions apply because of the deterioration of epidemiological situation, and travellers with a temporary or permanent residence in these countries entering Slovenia (Qatar, Bahrain, Chile, Kuwait, Peru, Armenia, Djibouti, Oman, Brazil, Panama, Belorussia, Andorra, Singapore, Sweden, Maldives, Sao Tome and Principe, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Russian Federation, Moldavia, Gibraltar, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Gabon, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, South African Republic, Iran, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Portugal, and Albania). 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.

Before they draw up a quarantine decision, police officers will take the persons’ details (name and surname, date of birth, address of temporary or permanent residence or place of stay in Slovenia) on entry into Slovenia, which they will submit to the National Institute of Public Health. The persons will be given a quarantine information leaflet, issued by the National Institute of Public Health . Leaflets are available also in other languages: Slovenian, Italian, Hungarian, German and Croatian.

Entry into Slovenia without a quarantine

Incoming travellers from a European Union or Schengen Area member state may enter Slovenia without restrictions and quarantine if they are Slovenian citizens and foreigners with permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia (unless a certain EU or Schengen Area member state has been added to the list of states with a deteriorated epidemiological situation, in which case they will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon entry into Slovenia).

Travellers may also enter Slovenia without restrictions and quarantine if they:

  • are listed among the exceptions in Article 10 of the ordinance (however, travellers entering Slovenia as exceptions under points 1.a, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15 also have to show a negative test for Covid-19 that is not older than 36 hours)
  • have permanent or temporary residence in a country which is on the list of epidemiologically safe countriess and are coming from those countries.

If you, regardless of your nationality or residence, are coming from a country with respect to which restrictions apply because of the deterioration of epidemiological situation (Qatar, Bahrain, Chile, Kuwait, Peru, Armenia, Djibouti, Oman, Brazil, Panama, Belorussia, Andorra, Singapore, Sweden, Maldives, Sao Tome and Principe, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Russian Federation, Moldavia, Gibraltar, Bolivia, Puerto Rico, Gabon, Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, South African Republic, Iran, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Portugal, and Albania), you will be able to enter Slovenia without restrictions and without an obligation to quarantine only if:

  • you are considered one of the six exceptions in Article 10 of the Ordinance (points 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 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.

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: Slovenian, Italian, Hungarian, German and Croatian.

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

The implementation of border control will be adjusted to traffic density and the traveller risk observed at a given checkpoint.

Persons allowed to cross the border at individual checkpoints, which are indicated in the tables below, must also act in compliance with the Ordinance of imposing and implementing measures to prevent the spread of epidemic COVID-19 at the border crossing points at the external border and inspection posts within national borders of the Republic of Slovenia (an unofficial consolidated version of the ordinance, available only in Slovenian) (Official Gazette RS, no. 83/20, 86/20, and 88/20) and the Ordinance amending 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 (Official Gazette RS, no. 90/20, available only in Slovenian)

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 the 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 (according to the train timetable)

open freight trains (carrying goods vehicles and their drivers)

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 enter Slovenia only through 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 enter Slovenia only through 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 enter Slovenia only through 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 the 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.

There are no restrictions in place for transit of heavy goods vehicles towards Croatia. Transit is possible at the border crossing points intended for such freight traffic.

In accordance with the Government’s decision, persons with a permanent or temporary residence registered in Croatia may enter Slovenia without having to quarantine on condition that, on entry into Slovenia, they are not positive for Covid-19 and show no symptoms typical of the coronavirus infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath).

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

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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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