23 October 2020
- The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Slovenia advising citizens to reconsider travel to Slovenia due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Register with the Embassy (STEP) for the latest updates.
- Slovenia has entered a second-wave of Covid-19 cases, with the Slovenian government declaring a new epidemic on 18 October. See the current number of active cases and other statistics.
- Face masks: Masks are required at all times, including outdoors, except for individual activities such as bicycling alone. (See U.S. CDC guidelines on how to create and properly wear a mask.)
- Services: The government has asked health providers to scale back non-emergency preventative medical procedures. Visiting patients in certain hospitals or residents of certain nursing homes is restricted. Schools above grade 5 and universities will be entirely on-line. Kindergartens are closed. Restaurants and bars are closed, but pick up/delivery is permitted, including during curfew hours (see below on curfew). Hotels, gyms, indoor sports centers, hair/cosmetic salons, and some stores are closed. Essential shops such as food stores remain open, but the Slovenian government is enforcing distancing and other health precautions.
- Public gatherings: Public gatherings, including weddings and religious services, are prohibited. Private gatherings are limited to 6 persons.
- Social distance: In public, maintain a safe distance (6 feet / 2 meters) from other people.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- The EU, including Slovenia, has enacted a ban on non-essential travel (such as tourism) from the United States. U.S. citizens with residency in an EU country may enter Slovenia. For other U.S. citizens who first spend two weeks in a third country, Slovenia may grant entry, depending on the country of origin. (See Quarantine section below.) In addition, immediate family members (but not fiancés) of Slovenian citizens coming from the United States are permitted with a transit letter from the Slovenian embassy in Washington, DC. Travelers from the United States who are permitted entry may be subject to quarantine and Covid-19 testing. (See Quarantine section below.) See the Ministry of Interior website on entry during Covid-19, as well as the EU website for entry requirements for Slovenia and other countries.
- Land border crossings: Non-residents of Slovenia must use one of the following checkpoints when entering Slovenia, where authorities can evaluate the need for quarantine orders: from the Republic of Croatia at the border crossings Gruškovje, Obrežje, Metlika and Jelšane (Note that while Obrežje operates 24-hours, the others can only be accessed 0600-2200); from Hungary at the checkpoint Pince (0600-2200); from Italy at checkpoints Vrtojba, Fernetiči, Škofije and Krvavi potok; and from Austria at checkpoints Karavanke, Ljubelj, and Šentilj (motorway and rail traffic). For travel from Slovenia to a neighboring country, see the U.S. Embassy Covid-19 pages for Austria, Croatia, Hungary, and Italy. Hungary announced September 1 that it would close its border to general travel from Slovenia.
- Legal stay: See our Travelers in Europe page for Schengen zone limits on length of stay. The Covid-19 situation is not a grounds to stay beyond the legally permitted entry.
- Returning to the U.S.: U.S. citizens can continue to travel from Europe to the United States following CDC guidelines after returning to the U.S. There is no U.S. requirement to show a negative Coronavirus test or have other health documentation. As many flights have been cancelled, travelers should verify their flights and work with airlines to rebook if necessary.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? Yes
- There is a curfew 2100-0600.
- You may not travel outside of your zone (Central Slovenia, Gorenjska, etc.) unless meeting limited exceptions; exceptions include work, travel abroad, visiting a diplomatic/consular office (e.g. U.S. Embassy), travel between properties you own, care for a family member, and accessing health institutions; police will be monitoring via random checks. See map of zones.
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- The government of Slovenia has updated its color-coded system of entry / quarantine restrictions: A very small number of countries are designated “green” (epidemiologically safe). A much larger list of countries, including the United States, are designated as “red” (poor epidemiological conditions). In some cases, regions of countries are listed as “red.” All non-listed countries/regions of countries are designated “orange” (aggravated epidemiological situation). Travelers who have spent 14 days in either a “green” country or an “orange” EU country/region can enter Slovenia without quarantine. All others must quarantine 10 days or have a negative result from a Covid test taken in the EU within the prior 48 hours.
- Ensure you have sufficient food, prescriptions, and other essential items in your home in the event you need to self-quarantine. Home delivery of both groceries and prepared foods are available.
- 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. Testing is free for those with symptoms who are refereed by a general practitioner.
- Tests are not available at the U.S. Embassy.
- For a voluntary test (or if required due to travel from a “red” zone country), the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Ljubljana University Medical Centre (UKC) is offering self-pay testing for the novel coronavirus at the price of EUR 93.
Are commercial flights operating? Yes
Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Airport: Ljubljana Airport is open, but with a reduced number of flights.
- Cross border train/bus service: Operating, with reduced service
- Internal train/bus service: Reduced service. Passengers will have to disinfect their hands upon entry, wear a face mask and keep a safety distance of at least 1.5 meters. The Infrastructure Ministry has established a hotline at 01 478 85 12 to address questions on public transportation.
- Taxis: Available. Facemasks required.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- Inspectors are enforcing quarantine orders through random visits to residences of those quarantined. Violators face hefty fines.
Embassy Consular Operations:
- American Citizen Services: The Embassy is providing reduced appointments for citizens resident in Slovenia. Services include passports services for those traveling in the next 30 days, emergency notarial services, and voting assistance. See our website for information on appointments. Please note that if you are coming from a country other than those countries designated as “green” by the Slovenian government (note: the United States is not designated “green”), you will need to complete your two-week quarantine before coming to the Embassy. 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. For emergencies, contact the U.S. Embassy (see box at right).
- Visa services for foreign nationals: Given travel restrictions, foreign national visa applicants must review our Visa page before making an appointment.
- Slovenian government resources:
- See the latest announcements in English on the Slovenian government official Coronavirus page.
- The City of Ljubljana tourism office provides additional information on Covid-19 status in Slovenia.
- The Slovenian Press Agency (with English option) is temporarily offering free access to its services on mobile devices.
- U.S. Government resources:
- U.S. Embassy Ljubljana’s Latest Health Alerts
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- U.S. State Department: Slovenia Travel information
- 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)