Health comes first

The situation regarding new cases of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is changing day by day, so monitoring up-to-date information and taking prompt action on the spread of the disease is crucial to staying healthy.

During the epidemic, you need to diligently follow the preventive measures and the hygienic recommendations to prevent the spread of the disease in Slovenia.

Here, you can find current information about crossing the national borders, about the preventive guidelines adopted in the tourism sector and hospitality services concerning visiting public areas, about public transport, etc.

 

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When and how to cross the state border

Before planning your arrival in Slovenia, obtain information about the current situation and the measures in place at the country’s national borders. Certain limitations are in place for most visitors, and there are some exceptions. Among other measures, the following applies:

Persons coming from the countries or regions that are on the red list must quarantine for 10 days, unless they produce:

  • A negative PCR test for COVID-19 that is not older than 48 hours according to the date of the swab taken and which was carried out in an EU Member State, a Schengen Area Member State, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America. When entering Slovenia, PCR tests done in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Israel or Russia are also valid.
  • at category A checkpoints for international air transport, negative PCR test results issued in Serbia and Turkey are also recognised.
  • Certificate of positive result of a PCR test that is older than 10 days and not older than six months, or medical certificate of recovery from COVID-19, if not more than six months have elapsed since the beginning of symptoms.

  • certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, which proves that:
    • at least seven days have passed since the second dose of the Comirnaty vaccine by Biontech/Pfizer,
    • at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine by Moderna,
    • at least 21 days have passed since the first dose of the Vaxzevria (COVID-19 Vaccine) by Moderna,
    • at least 14 days have passed since the first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen by Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag,
    • at least 21 days have passed since the first dose of the Covishield vaccine by Serum Institute of India/AstraZeneca,
    • at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the Sputnik V vaccine by Russia's Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology,
    • at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the  CoronaVac vaccine by Sinovac Biotech, or
    • at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine by Sinopharm.

 

As of 28 April, checkpoints on road connections in the border area with Italy and Austria are abolished. Checkpoints on the border with Hungary remain in force, i.e.:

  • category A checkpoints, at which everybody is allowed to cross the border, and which operate without disruption (Dolga vas, Pince–motorway),
  • category B checkpoints, at which, during certain time slots, persons to whom the exceptions for border crossing apply are allowed to cross the border. These points are primarily intended for border crossing by local residents (Hodoš, Čepinci).

 

See more detailed information about crossing of the border

Travel announcement application "Enter Slovenia"

The Slovenian Police have developed a travel announcement application, "Enter Slovenia", which provides help to users when entering our country, especially with regard to understanding the exceptions. The application specifies the control points at which people can cross the border. Depending on the purpose of their travel to Slovenia, a user may complete a form with their personal data. The data is not saved after the form is generated and is automatically deleted. The user may print out this form or save it on their mobile phone or a tablet and show it at a border control point or a control point within Slovenia.

Application Enter Slovenia 

What you need to know about leaving Slovenia

See the key information about the conditions for entering individual countries from Slovenia. We are looking to provide you with updated information related to returning from Slovenia to individual countries, but we nevertheless recommend that you check current information and possible daily changes in the conditions to enter other countries on the official web pages of those countries.

Austria 

Entry to Austria requires electronic registration. Mandatory 10-day quarantine upon entry to Austria applies for persons who travel there from Slovenia. A person may leave quarantine on the basis of a negative result of a rapid antigen or PCR test, which may be performed at the earliest on the 5th day of quarantine.

A negative result of a (PCR or rapid antigen) test accompanied by a medical certificate or a negative result of a test performed in Austria needs to be produced upon entry. If a person is not able to produce a medical certificate or a negative test result upon entry, they must undergo an adequate test (PCR or rapid antigen) not later than within 24 hours.

Certain exceptions from the quarantine requirement apply.

See more detailed information in German

Italy

A governmental ordinance applies in Italy between 30 April and 15 May according to which all persons returning to Italy from the countries on the C list from the European Union must complete the electronic questionnaire and register at the department of the competent ASL health institution.

To enter Italy, a negative molecular (PCR) or rapid antigen test is required that is not older than 48 hours.

Everyone who has stayed in one or more countries or territories on the C list 14 days prior to their entry into Italy is referred to quarantine for five days irrespective of their test results. Another molecular or rapid antigen test is required after five days of quarantine.

When entering Italy, there are also certain exemptions in place in connection with the negative Covid-19 test and five days of self-isolation.

A 14-day quarantine is anticipated for those returning to Italy from the countries which are not part of the Schengen Area.

See more detailed information in Italian

Germany

To enter Germany, electronic registration is required, including the submission of a negative rapid antigen or PCR test that is not older than 48 hours for persons who travel from Slovenia to the majority of the federal states of Germany (exception is North Rhine-Westphalia).

A mandatory 10-day quarantine is required after the arrival, which may be shortened on the fifth day with the provision of evidence of an additional negative PCR test.

Each federal state adopts its own rules on the exceptions for which quarantine is not required and certain additional rules relating to the entry.

Slovenia is on the list of high-risk areas (Hochrisikogebiet) by the Robert Koch Institute.

See more detailed information in German 

Switzerland

Slovenia is currently on the list of countries with an increased risk of infection.  In addition to the PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours, a 10-day quarantine is mandatory for entering Switzerland. There is the possibility of shortening travel quarantine from day 7 onwards if the result of the test taken from that day is negative. You must also complete the contract-tracing form.

For detailed information, please see the official Swiss site

Croatia

People entering Croatia from Slovenia are required to produce one of the following documents:

  • a negative PCR or rapid antigen test with a result that is not older than 48 hours. In the case of a stay in Croatia that is longer than 10 days, a rapid antigen test must be repeated after the tenth day from the date of issue of that test.
  • certificate of vaccination for persons who received a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days ago 
  • certificate of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test that is older than 11 days and not older than six months, or a medical certificate of convalescence,
  • a PCR or rapid antigen test performed immediately after the arrival in Croatia (at own expense), after which the person must self-isolate until they receive the result. Otherwise, a 10-day quarantine is mandatory.

Certain exceptions apply.

See more detailed information in Croatian

France

All travellers older than 11 years who come from abroad must produce a negative result of a PCR test that was performed less than 72 hours before departure.

Travellers coming from the European Union on a ship or aircraft must also produce a special statement that they have no symptoms of Covid-19 and that they have not been in contact with an infected person in the last 14 days. It is recommended that such travellers undergo a 7-day quarantine upon arrival in France, after which they again take a PCR test.

Travellers from the European Union who use road or railway transport do not need to produce such a certificate.

As of 3 April, departure to a European Union member state must be justified with a warranted reason.

See more detailed information in French

United Kingdom

People returning to the United Kingdom (including from Slovenia) must self-isolate for 10 days, and during that time they must take two Covid-19 tests (on the second and eighth day of self-isolation).

Before travel, it is necessary to:

  • Take a Covid-19 test not later than three days before departure, which must be negative.
  • Book and pay for a travel test kit with Covid-19 tests that should be taken on/before the second day and on/before the eighth day of self-isolation.
  • Complete a form for tracing of passengers with information about where you will self-isolate after returning to the United Kingdom, and a reference number of the booking of a travel test kit (if you are returning from a country that is not on the red list).

See more detailed information in English 

The Netherlands

If you are coming to the Netherlands from a high-risk area and travelling by aircraft, ship, train, or bus, before the trip

  • you are required to take a Covid-19 test at least 24 hours before boarding, and this must be negative, or
  • produce a negative PCR test that is not older than 72 hours before arrival and a negative rapid antigen test (at least 24 hours before boarding). Testing is not required for children up to the age of 12 years.

A negative Covid-19 test result is not required if you travel to the Netherlands by car. A 10-day quarantine is mandatory for all travellers. The duration of quarantine may be shortened if you take a PCR test at least 5 days after arrival. If the test result is negative, quarantine may be ended.

More detailed information is available on the official national page

Belgium

Every country is labelled with a certain colour (red, orange or green). All passengers from "red" areas who are not residents in Belgium must take a PCR test before departure which must be negative and taken at least 72 hours before departure. Testing is not required for children up to the age of 11 years.

All passengers from "red" areas must take a repeated test on the 7th day of the mandatory quarantine. A 10-day quarantine is mandatory for all passengers who have been in a "red" area for at least 48 hours and who will stay in Belgium for at least 48 hours. The duration of quarantine may be shortened if a repeated PCR test is taken at least 7 days after arrival. If the test result is negative, quarantine may be ended.

Belgian travelling back from Slovenia to Belgium need to fill in a Passenger Location Form. This needs to be filled in 48h before arrival back in Belgium. Based on the answers you give, the form will work out whether you are regarded as a high-risk contact.

Belgian citizens travelling from Slovenia back to Belgium must complete a Passenger Location Form 48 hours prior to their return. Your answers will serve to determine whether you are a high-risk contact.

More detailed information is available on the official national page

Hungary

People who travel to Hungary from Slovenia or any other country must quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine may be ended if two negative PCR tests are produced.

More detailed information in Hungarian is available on the official national page

Destination Tracker

Would you like to know which COVID-19 requirements apply and which measures are in place at the destination you intend to visit (in the future)? The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched a free online tool, the Destination Tracker. This tool enables access to data on the conditions regarding COVID-19 (level of infection, positive tests, vaccinations), air regulations and measures applicable at the destination (health and safety requirements, transit through the country, regulations relating to the attractions and restaurants, etc.).

Learn about your travel destination on the Destination Tracker

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Check the situation in each region

In certain statistical regions with a better epidemiological situation, some measures are more lenient than those being applied in other regions. Despite the easing of measures, the observance of the key health and hygiene measures of the National Institute of Public Health still applies (use of face masks, social distancing, hand disinfection).

The regions in the yellow zone include:

  • Pomurje
  • Obalno-kraška region
  • Goriška
  • Koroška 
  • Central Slovenia 

In these regions, indoor hospitality activity in establishments is permitted under certain conditions. Hospitality activity will be permitted under the condition that the guests are tested or that they produce proof that they have recovered from or been vaccinated against Covid-19.

The remaining regions are in the orange zone:

  • Gorenjska region
  • Posavje
  • Podravje
  • Zasavska region:
  • Savinjska
  • Jugovzhodna
  • Primorsko-notranjska

In these regions, it is permitted to prepare food and beverages and serve same on terraces and in the summer gardens of hospitality establishments.

Under certain conditions, provision of accommodation services is being relaxed in all statistical regions for up to 30 accommodation units, regardless of the size of the accommodation facility. Guests will be able to be accommodated if they produce a negative test result (PCR or rapid antigen that is not older than 48 hours) or a certificate of convalescence or vaccination against COVID-19.

The foregoing relaxation of measures applies during the May Day holidays. The easing of measures for hospitality services applies between 24 April and 2 May, while it is permitted to implement accommodation services between 26 April and 2 May.

Check the up-to-date information

Staying safe when travelling across Europe

Are you planning holidays in Europe and trying to obtain real-time information on the situation at borders, available means of transport, travel restrictions, public health and safety measures, and other practical information for travellers? For more information, please visit the web platform Re-open EU, which has been launched by the European Commission and is available on computers or as a mobile app, and travel safely across Europe.

Re-open EU web platform

Public transport permitted with adherence to measures

Public line transport can be carried out in a normal scope ; however, the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health relating to wearing facial masks, disinfecting hands, and capacities and entering/exiting vehicles, need to be respected.

Safe travel by bus or train

Public passenger transport is performed under the regular schedule. Certain recommendations need to be respected when using buses and trains. Use public transport only if you are healthy or have no signs of respiratory infection.

 

 

 

The driver, train staff and passengers must wear protective face masks.

Disinfect your hands upon entry and it is recommended that you do the same upon exit.

Observe the appropriate 1.5-metre social distancing rule before entering and during the transfer by bus or train.

Try to minimise your physical contact with any surfaces on the bus or train during your ride.

Obey the rules of passenger movement – from entrance to exit doors, which are appropriately marked.

We recommend buying tickets at stations, ticket vending machines or online.

  

 

 

Responsible at every turn

Are you wondering what the key measures and recommendations are that you need to follow during the COVID-19 epidemic? Please review the information on movement in closed public spaces and open spaces, store opening hours, tourist accommodation and the provision of services.

Visit website GOV.SI

#OstraniZdrav (#StayHealthy) mobile app

The #OstaniZdrav (#StayHealthy) mobile app is a tool that informs you whether you have been in contact with an infected person. It is very important that you begin using the app before you show symptoms of the SARS-CoV-2 disease. Only in that way can a confirmed infected user, by issuing daily keys, warn others who have a saved rolling proximity identifier that they have had a risky contact.

The #OstaniZdrav mobile application will exchange the rolling proximity identifiers with all applications using the Google/Apple Exposure Notification system. It is currently in cross-border exchange with 12 European countries.

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Set up your itinerary

Learn about Slovenia online and draw up your bespoke future itinerary for each individual day. Select your places to see and a time frame for visiting those destinations in readiness for the day when it will once again be possible to travel with no hindrances.

Working together to ensure a safe and healthy holiday experience

We are doing our best to ensure a safe and healthy environment for your holidays in Slovenia. You can also do your part by following the health recommendations.

Even if you are perfectly healthy, keep a safe distance from other people – 1.5 to 2 metres.

Wash your hands regularly and thoroughly. Use soap and water. Hand disinfection is mandatory in enclosed public spaces.

Do not touch your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth, with unwashed or undisinfected hands.

If soap is not available, use hand disinfectant containing 60% to 80% alcohol.

Thoroughly air enclosed spaces several times per day.

Follow the information and recommendations of health professionals.

If the spread of respiratory infections and COVID-19 increases, avoid enclosed spaces and large gatherings of people.

If you start showing signs of acute respiratory infection, such as a runny nose, feeling unwell, muscle pain, fever and a cough, take care of yourself and others! Notify the reception. Do not stay in rooms with other people, do not go on trips or participate in other activities.

Practice respiratory hygiene/ cough etiquette. Dispose of tissues in a waste bin after every use, then wash your hands with soap and water.

The mouth and nose must be consistently covered with a protective mask in all enclosed public spaces as well as outdoors wherever it is not possible to maintain a social distance of 2 metres.

Let’s act responsibly, safely and sustainably.

We realise that now, more than ever, the trust and safety of both guests and tourism workers are extremely important. We maintain and increase trust in the "I feel Slovenia" brand by establishing responsible travel standards in tourism. We have joined them into a new GREEN&SAFE logo to designate and highlight superior hygiene standards, protocols and sustainable recommendations for tourist service providers and destinations. Through activities based on safety, responsibility and sustainability, we increase our guests' trust in Slovenia as a green and safe tourist destination.

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