3 April 2020
- The U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory stating that those who live abroad should avoid international travel, and those who normally live in the U.S. should arrange for immediate return to the United State unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The Slovenian government has advised its citizens not to travel outside of Slovenia. Register with the Embassy (STEP) for the latest updates.
- The U.S. Embassy is not currently evacuating U.S. citizens from Slovenia. For those U.S. citizens in Slovenia who normally live in the United States and are seeking to depart, you can take advantage of remaining flights from Vienna and Zagreb. Others with resources in Slovenia may choose to remain in country. If you are currently seeking to leave Slovenia urgently and have been unable to take advantage of flights in neighboring countries, please email the Consular Section so that we can alert you if we become aware of additional flights from Ljubljana.
- The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Slovenia continues to grow, although not at an exponential rate. Since March 4 the average daily increase of confirmed cases is 24%, but since March 16, the average daily increase has been 9%. As of April 3, Slovenia reported 934 confirmed COVID cases and 20 fatalities, with 112 hospitalized and 30 in intensive care. The Slovenian government is testing those with symptoms.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Legal stay: See our Travelers in Europe page for Schengen zone limits on length of stay. The Slovenian government announced March 30 that it would automatically extend the legal entry period for foreign nationals currently in Slovenia. This includes those who entered on visa waiver (normally 90 day stays) and long-term visas, as well as temporary residents. For this reason, American citizens do not need to worry about visiting a local police station to prolong their stay during the epidemic.
- Airports: Airports in Slovenia are closed for commercial passenger flights. Flights to EU destinations suspended until April 13, and flights to non-EU destinations banned until further notice.
- Land Border Crossings: Cross-border public transportation (trains and buses) has ceased. It is still possible to cross certain land borders in a personal car or in a taxi – see below.
Entering Slovenia – only major crossing points open :
- From Austria: Non-Slovenian citizens and non-Slovenian residents will be screened for high temperatures and symptoms. Those with symptoms will need a health certificate (negative COVID test) not older than three days.
- From Croatia: There are currently no special restrictions.
- From Hungary: There are currently no special restrictions.
- From Italy: Non-Slovenian citizens and non-Slovenian residents will be screened for high temperatures and symptoms. Those with symptoms will need a health certificate (negative COVID test) not older than three days, in English, Italian, or Slovene to enter.
Exiting Slovenia – only major crossing points open:
- To Austria: Foreign nationals who are only transiting Austria (including to get a flight from Vienna) do not require a health certificate (negative COVID test). All others going to Austria do require a negative COVID test, not older than four days. (Note this test is only available in Slovenia for those with symptoms.) For those who take a Slovenian taxi to the Austrian border and walk across, Austrian taxis are available on the Austrian side of the border.
- To Croatia: Cross border travel is permitted for those with proof of a flight out of Zagreb. All other travelers from Slovenia must self-quarantine for 14 days before onward travel. There are only limited flights out of Zagreb on Croatia Airlines to European hubs.
- To Hungary: The border is closed to foreign national passengers.
- To Italy: Travelers from Slovenia to Italy must inform the Italian National Health Center and self-quarantine for 14 days before onward travel even if they show no symptoms. Police are greatly restricting circulation in northern Italy for essential travel only. Note the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Advisory for Italy.
- Returning to the U.S.: U.S. citizens can continue to travel from Europe to the United States following CDC guidelines to self-quarantine after returning to the U.S. There is no U.S. requirement to show a negative Coronavirus test or have other health documentation. Flights from elsewhere in Europe to the United States continue, although many flights have been cancelled. Travelers should verify their flights and work with airlines to rebook if necessary. Flights from the Schengen zone will be directed to 13 U.S. airports where arriving passengers will go through additional health screenings.
- Anyone returning to Slovenia from abroad will be required to self-isolate at home for 14 days. Those who do not have an appropriate place to stay during the two-week quarantine will notify border police and the Civil Protection Service will find a suitable facility.
- Public Transportation: Public transportation (including inter-city train and bus service) has ceased operations. Taxis for urgent transport will remain.
- Hotels: Most hotels will no longer accept new guests. In Ljubljana, the Austria Trend hotel is available for foreign nationals unable to depart. The Hotel Park is available for those ordered to quarantine.
- Public Gatherings: On 19 March, the Slovenian government issued an ordinance prohibiting the movement and gathering of people in public places. There are exceptions for those going to work, grocery shopping, or being outside with members of the same household but a safe distances (1.5 meters) from other people.
- Services in Slovenia: The Slovenian government announced stricter measures on March 29 to prevent the spread of COVID-19. People will be restricted to their own municipality except for work, providing assistance to those needing care, and accessing emergency services, pharmacies and judicial authorities. People can continue to go to their nearest food shop, as well as parks within their municipality. Pensioners may only go shopping in the 0800-1000 timeframe. For indoor public places, including shopping, facemasks and gloves are required. Homemade masks such as scarves over the mouth/nose are permitted. Shops remain closed with the exception of food, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks, and post offices. Grocery stores are open from 8am to 8pm, and for the first two hours, groups particularly vulnerable to infections – the elderly, pregnant women and disabled persons – must be given priority. All grocery stores must be closed on Sunday and holidays, while fuel stations, and pharmacies are permitted to remain open. See the latest announcements in English on the Slovenian government official Coronavirus page. Ensure you have sufficient food, prescriptions, and other essential items in your home in the event you need to self-quarantine.
- Treatment: If you think you may have symptoms, first contact 112 (available 24 hours a day), where English-language operators are available to assess your condition and provide instruction on medical care. If you have Covid-19 symptoms, testing is available for both foreign nationals and Slovenians. There is no charge for this test. It is not available at the U.S. Embassy.
- Consular Services: The Embassy is providing emergency services only. If you need an appointment, please email the Consular Section. If you are ill while coming to your Embassy appointment, please let us know in advance in the email so that we can make special accommodation. In addition to contacting the U.S. Embassy (see box at right) for urgent services, American citizens may also contact the U.S. Department of State, Overseas Citizens Services at Tel. +1 202-501-4444 (from the U.S. 1-888-407-4747)
- View U.S. Embassy Ljubljana’s Latest Health Alerts
- U.S. Visa applicants: Read our Visa webpage. President Trump has issued a Presidential Proclamation regarding foreign national travel from the European Schengen zone to the United States.
The latest news on coronavirus from Slovenia is being posted live on the official Slovenian government Twitter account as well as in English on the Slovenian government official Coronavirus page. In addition the Slovenian Press Agency (with English option) is temporarily offering free access to its services on mobile devices.