Ljubljana, 28th of September 2020
We are very happy to inform you about latest update on current situation in Slovenia in regards to government measures and restrictions lifting up and re-establishing flights and border opening.
At yesterdays’ correspondence session, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia issued a Decree on ordering and implementing measures to prevent the spread of infectious disease COVID-19 at border crossings at the external border, checkpoints at internal borders and inside the Republic of Slovenia.
The new decree changes the rules for ordering quarantine based on a recommendation from the European Commission. An orange list of countries (countries with a deteriorating epidemiological situation) is being introduced, replacing the current yellow list. Countries that are not on the green (safe countries) or red list (countries with poor epidemiological conditions) are therefore on the orange list.
Entry from countries on the green list
It is still valid that there is no quarantine on the green list for entry into Slovenia from a country. According to the new law, a person is also considered to come from a country on the green list if he / she has resided in that country continuously for at least 14 days before entering Slovenia and can prove this with proof.
Entry from the countries on the orange and red list without quarantine is now possible only with a negative test
A person who enters the Republic of Slovenia and resides in a country on the red or orange list or comes from that country is quarantined for ten days due to a possible infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, quarantine will not be ordered if a person submits a negative SARS-CoV-2 test (COVID-19) at the border crossing point, which is not older than 48 hours and was performed in an EU Member State, a Schengen Member State or Slovenia. , in the case of an organization or individual identified by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory for Health, Environment and Food as appropriate and credible and listed on the website of the National Laboratory for Health, Environment and Food.
Testing is allowed during quarantine
A person who has been quarantined by a decision may be tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) for the duration of the quarantine. If the test result is negative, the competent authority shall revoke the decision. No other exception is allowed during quarantine (e.g. going to food shop etc.).
How does it work in practice from 29th of September onwards?
- You are traveling to Slovenia by land or air and you come to Slovenian border.
- If you have Covid-19 PCR negative test, no older than 48h that was made by laboratory in one of the EU or Schengen member states no quarantine will be issued to you. Tests from institutions from outside EU/Schengen, will not be recognized by Slovenian authorities.
- If you are traveling directly from third country (outside EU), and you do not have test made in EU/Schengen country they will issue you with quarantine for 10 days.
- If point 2.b) then you can make a test in 48h ours after arrival in Slovenia and if it is negative your quarantine will be revoked.
- Test in Slovenia can be made by on several points in Slovenia. For example, in Ljubljana it can be done at testing point at CLINIC FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND FEVER CONDITIONS or Community health Centre Ljubljana. You need to make appointment at least 1 day prior via e-mail. It costs 93€. You can pay with a credit card.
If you will inform us on time and prior to your arrival we can arrange an appointment for you. Results will be sent to you via e-mail.
Exceptions without quarantine and negative entry test from all countries on the red and orange list
There are 12 exceptions when quarantine will not be ordered, and the person also does not need a negative test. Entry from any red and orange country is thus allowed:
- a cross-border daily labour migrant who has an employment relationship in one of the EU Member States or another Schengen country, for which he / she has proof or substantiates the reason for crossing the border as a daily labour migrant;
- a person seconded to perform tasks in or out of the international transport sector;
- a person who carries out the transport of goods or persons to or from the Republic of Slovenia in commercial traffic and for freight and passenger transport in transit and leaves Slovenia within 12 hours after crossing the border;
- a person traveling in transit through the Republic of Slovenia and leaving it no later than 12 hours after entry;
- a person with a diplomatic passport.
- a member of a foreign official delegation arriving in the Republic of Slovenia on the basis of a certificate or official invitation from the competent state body, or a member of an official delegation of the Republic of Slovenia returning from abroad;
- a representative of a foreign security body (police or judiciary) who performs an official task and leaves the Republic of Slovenia as soon as possible after the completion of the task;
- a member of the Slovenian Armed Forces, the police or an employee of a state body returning from work abroad, and an employee of state bodies on a business trip abroad (must be tested for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) upon arrival in Slovenia) ;
- a person who crosses the border (daily or occasionally) due to involvement in education or scientific research in the Republic of Slovenia or abroad and proves this with appropriate evidence, and his parents or another person who transports him and returns across the border within 24 hours after crossing the border;
- a person who crosses the border due to urgent personal affairs or urgent business reasons and proves this with appropriate proof and returns across the border in the shortest time necessary to perform the task, but not more than 48 hours after crossing the border (also applies to family members of the person);
- a person who has been transported to the Republic of Slovenia by ambulance or ambulance and accompanying medical staff in that vehicle.
- a person who has proof of an planned emergency medical examination or intervention in an EU Member State or the Schengen area and returns across the border immediately after the completion of the medical examination or intervention or as soon as his medical condition allows (together with his companion urgently needed).
Relevant evidence to prove urgent urgent matters referred to in point 10 includes, for example, court decisions or other similar acts by which a person exercises the right to contact with children.
Persons to whom an international organization has issued a laissez-passer travel document and with an invitation or certificate issued by a state body of the Republic of Slovenia and proving the official purpose of their visit to Slovenia shall be treated in the same way as holders of diplomatic passports (Item 5). .
Entry from neighbouring orange or red countries
Additionally, three exceptions are provided when quarantine is not ordered, and the person also does not need a negative test. Entry from a neighbouring country, regardless of whether that country is on the orange or red list, is thus permitted:
- a dual owner or tenant of land in the border area or on both sides of the state border who crosses the state border with a neighbouring country for the purpose of performing agricultural-agricultural-forestry works (also applies to close family members of a person);
- a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia or an alien residing in the Republic of Slovenia who owns real estate or a residential vessel in a neighbouring country or has the right to use real estate, a residential vessel or a plot in a motor camp in a neighbouring country on the basis of a lease or rental agreement enters the Republic of Slovenia, and proves this with appropriate documents if he returns to the country within 48 hours of exit (also applies to close family members of the person);
- a person who assists a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia or an alien residing in the Republic of Slovenia who is the owner or tenant of agricultural land in a neighbouring country in the seasonal harvesting of agricultural products and proves this with appropriate proof if he returns across the border within 24 hours of leaving the Republic Slovenia.
Entry from orange EU Member States or the Schengen area
In addition, there is another exception without quarantine and negative test, namely:
- a person coming to the Republic of Slovenia from an EU Member State or a Member State of the Schengen area, which is included in the orange list.
Entry into force of the decree
The changes will take effect on Monday, September 28, 2020.
More information in English language can be found on the following websites:
Slovenian Institute for Public Health
If you require specific information or you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail: [email protected]