The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is changing on a daily basis. Following up-to-date information on measures and recommendations is crucial in successfully tackling the negative effects of the virus.
The situation in Slovenia
The number of tests conducted and confirmed cases of new coronavirus infection, as published by the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) on its website, is changing daily also in Slovenia.
An epidemic was declared and restrictions have been placed on public life. Grocery stores, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, post offices and newsstands remain open. However, the use of online services is recommended (e.g. online shopping, online banking, etc.).
Grocery stores are open from at least 8.00 to 18.00 and are closed on Sundays (adjusted working time).
Between 8:00 and 10:00 and during the last opening hour, priority to enter shops is given to vulnerable groups, including disabled people, pensioners and pregnant women.
As of 30 March 2020 and until further notice, an ordinance has come into effect that imposes the prohibition on:
- the movement and gathering of people in public places and areas,
- access to public places and areas,
- movement outside the municipality of permanent or temporary residence, unless otherwise provided by this Ordinance.
Movement, access to and staying in a public place is exceptionally permitted to individuals, subject to their maintaining a safe distance from other persons, for the following purposes: arriving to and departing from work; protection and assistance to persons in need of support; access to emergency services; access to grocery stores and health, toiletries and beauty retailers; access to the sale of medical products and medical aids and sanitary aids; access to food stores for animals; access to petrol stations, banks and post offices, municipal waste services, automotive service and repair shops, or other exemptions laid down by the Ordinance.
Public transportation – public bus and railway passenger transport, gondolas and funicular railways – has been suspended until further notice.
Taxi transport is allowed in urgent cases. Taxi drivers must, before collecting their next passenger, disinfect all parts of the vehicle that normally come into contact with passengers.
Tourist attractions, libraries, museums, galleries, cinemas, catering establishments, accommodation, wellness centres and all other public institutions are closed until further notice. All public events are cancelled.For detailed information, please visit the websites of specific providers.
It is advised to stay at home, but trips to nature are still allowed if you go by yourself (individually) or together with your family members or members of the same household (in a group of up to 5 persons). When outside, you must act responsibly towards yourself and others and follow the rules of social-distancing and keep a compulsory safety distance of at least 1.5 metres.
According to the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health, physical activity reduces the risk of viral infection and reduces anxiety that may be caused by (self-)isolation to prevent the spread of the virus.
Access to public parks and other areas for walking is only permitted within the municipality of an individual’s permanent or temporary residence.
Movement in public places is exceptionally permitted to groups of persons who are close family members or members of the same household, provided it is possible to ensure a safe distance from the movement of other similar groups. An exemption to the prohibition are also groups of up to five co-workers if they are sharing the same personal vehicle to commute to or from work.
When moving or staying in a closed public space, it is mandatory to maintain a safe distance from others. It is also mandatory to use protective masks or other means of protecting the mouth and nose area (scarf or other similar protection) that covers the nose and mouth, as is the use of protective gloves.
The Mountain Rescue Association of Slovenia discourages activities in the hills, especially in the mountains, where there is a greater risk of injury, as accidents in the mountains put additional strain on the already overburdened healthcare system. All mountain huts remain closed.
We suggest that you choose less frequented paths and we explicitly advise you against visiting very popular tourist destinations, as there is a greater chance of infection transmission.
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All air traffic to and from Ljubljana Airport is suspended. Detailed information is available at the Ljubljana Airport website.
All public railway passenger transport is suspended as well.
From 4 April 2020, altered requirements for entry into Slovenia are in place at border crossings and at airports. After returning in Slovenia from abroad, healthy persons are ordered into quarantine due to possible coronavirus infection, while persons with coronavirus infection are ordered into isolation.
This instruction does not apply to daily commuters (with the exception of seasonal workers), persons transporting goods to Slovenia or engaged in transit operations and persons travelling across Slovenia to enter another country on the same day.
All passengers wishing to cross the Slovenian border are informed via text message of the preventive measures in force in Slovenia.
Entry into Slovenia on all borders is limited for freight traffic. Updated traffic information is available on the website of the Traffic Information Centre.
Foreign citizens who are located in the Republic of Slovenia and are unable to return to their country of origin due to the current situation are advised to seek assistance at the nearest diplomatic mission of their country.
View road network maps providing border crossing situation updates and descriptions of measures applied at border crossings on major and regional roads.
Entry into Slovenia from Italy is possible at four border check points: Škofije, Vrtojba, Fernetiči and Krvavi Potok (Krvavi Potok is only open from 5.00 to 23.00). Non-Slovenian nationals wishing to enter Slovenia are required to submit certificates no older than three days issued by a competent authority and indicating that they tested negative for the coronavirus (COVD-19).
Since 23 March 2020, the Robič international border-crossing point is open again. The check point is open between 5.00 and 23.00. All persons crossing the border must have the appropriate certificate issued by the Posoča municipalities of Bovec, Tolmin or Kobarid.
If such a certificate cannot be presented, entry into Slovenia will only be allowed to those whose body temperature is lower than 37.5°C and who do not show clear signs of an upper respiratory tract infection (cough, sneezing, difficulty breathing). This measure does not apply to Slovenian nationals and foreigners with temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia.
All railway passenger transport and international bus transport between Italy and Slovenia is also suspended. Freight transport (if Slovenia is not the final destination) is also suspended, except for the transport of postal items, medicines, protective gear, medical equipment and humanitarian aid.
Entry into Italy is subject to mandatory quarantine for anyone who is sick and to 14-day self-isolation. Some persons who cross the border for justified reasons (filling out a self-declaration form) are excepted, but they must return within 72 hours (plus exceptionally an additional 48 hours). Those commuting to work for the companies headquartered in Italy are also excepted.
On 25 March 2020, the Ordinance on the conditions of entry into the Republic of Slovenia from the Republic of Austria to contain and manage the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) epidemic entered into force.
From 2.4.2020, entry into Slovenia is possible through major border crossings: Bonisdorf – Kuzma, Bad Radkersburg – Gornja Radgona, Karawankentunnel (A11) – Karavanke (A2), Spielfeld (Autobahn) – Šentilj (avtocesta), Sicheldorf – Gederovci.
The following border crossing points are open for a limited time: Mureck – Trate, Radlpaß – Radlje, Loibltunnel – Ljubelj, Lavamünd – Vič and Holmec.
Railway passenger transport between Austria and Slovenia is suspended.
Entry into Slovenia is permitted to foreign citizens under the condition that they present a certificate in the Slovenian, English or German language of a molecular laboratory test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) showing negative results for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) that is no older than three days.
If a foreign citizen does not submit such certificate, they shall nevertheless be allowed to enter Slovenia if:
- their body temperature is below 37.5°C, and
- there are no clear signs of an upper respiratory tract infection (cough, sneezing, difficulty breathing).
The same applies to citizens of the Republic of Slovenia and to persons with permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Slovenia.
The Ordinance does not apply to citizens of the Republic of Slovenia and to citizens of the Republic of Austria who are landowners owning property on both sides of the national border and who are engaged in agricultural work, to cross-border migrant workers, freight transport, passengers of ambulances, emergency and rescue vehicles, and transit in the form of organised humanitarian convoys.
Entry into Austria is possible:
- upon submission of a physician's certificate of a negative SARS-CoV-2 molecular biological test no more than four days old;
- for persons with permanent, temporary and habitual residence in Austria provided that they sign a declaration binding them to immediate 14-day home quarantine;
- in the case of transit through Austria without making a stop (not even at a petrol station);
- for transport for business purposes (except passenger transport);
- for daily migrants.
The border is closed to passenger transport, including daily migrants.
Since 2.4.2020, the Hodoš-Bajansenye and Čepinci-Verica (Ketvölgy) border crossings have been opened.
If you notice any symptoms of potential infection with the coronavirus (coughing, elevated body temperature, shortness of breath), call the emergency first aid service number at 112 for further instructions.
The toll-free call centre at 080 14 04 for coronavirus information is available every day from 8.00 to 20.00. If you are calling from abroad, the toll-free call centre can be reached at +386 1 478 7550.
If you have travelled to any of the countries with coronavirus outbreak areas or if you have been in contact with a person who has travelled to such places and you have fallen ill (coughing, fever, difficulty breathing), you are advised to stay at home and avoid contact with other people. Call your personal doctor or a doctor on call for further instructions. We recommend that, even before the occurrence of potential symptoms, you follow good hygiene and the advice on social distancing (in particular, keep a distance of at least 1.5 m from others).
Up-to-date information published by the STB on the effects of the coronavirus and the measures taken
The Slovenian Tourist Board (STB) is closely monitoring the developments concerning the occurrence of the coronavirus at the global level, as well as in Europe and Slovenia.
More information on the coronavirus provided by other Slovenian and global institutions
Learn about the information and measures to stem the spread of the virus and tackle the epidemic:
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control - This institution publishes updates on the coronavirus on a daily basis.
National administration website - Up-to-date information on the coronavirus situation in Slovenia.
World Health Organisation - Advice to tourists in relation to the outbreak of the new coronavirus: stay healthy, travel responsibly.
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