17 September 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. See the current number of active cases and other statistics. Nevertheless, services remain widely available, and shops, churches, and schools are open.
- Social distance: In public, maintain a safe distance (6 feet / 2 meters) from other people.
- Face masks:Masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces and on public transportation. (See U.S. CDC guidelines on how to create and properly wear a mask.)
- Public gatherings: Gatherings are limited to 10 persons, with an exception for a gathering of up to 50 persons if the host knows the attendees and they can be contacted.
Entry & Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- The EU, including Slovenia, has enacted a general ban on travel 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? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
- Slovenia continues to make adjustments to its lists of countries designated “green” (no quarantine), “yellow” (quarantine required for non-residents), and “red” (quarantine required, plus Covid test taken in the EU.) The United States is on the “red” list. Any non-listed country is considered “yellow.” Residents of Slovenia coming from countries on the “yellow” list must provide proof that they were in fact only in that country, or face quarantine. There is an exception for holders of a reservation for overnight stay in Slovenia, provided that such reservation was made at a time when their country of origin was on the “green” list of epidemiologically approved countries; any person invoking such an exception is required to demonstrate a negative COVID-19 test result, not older than 36 hours and done in an EU member state, a Schengen Area country or by an organization or individual authorized for such tests by the National Institute of Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia.
- 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: Normal 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 routine appointments for citizens resident in Slovenia, including passport renewal, Consular Report of Birth Abroad applications, voting assistance, and notary services. Appointments can be made on-line via our website. 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)