2 July 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. 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. Flights are available from Slovenia and neighboring countries.
- Active cases: 122
- Cumulative total of cases: 1,634
- Total fatalities: 111
- Hospitalized: 9 persons, no person in intensive care.
- Number tested: Over 102,000
- Additional statistics are available on-line.
Entry & Exit Requirements:
- U.S. citizens with residency in an EU country may enter Slovenia. In addition, immediate family members (but not fiancés) and those studying in Slovenia are permitted. See the Ministry of Interior website on entry during Covid-19. For all others, essential travel must be approved by the Slovenian embassy in Washington, DC, which is providing reduced services at this time. See the EU website for entry requirements for Slovenia and other countries.
- Airport: Ljubljana Airport is open, with additional airlines restoring service in late June and July.
- Land border crossings: Cross border trains/buses are not operating. For entry requirements when crossing land borders in a personal car or on foot, see the U.S. Embassy Covid-19 pages for Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy. Foreign nationals (including American citizens) entering Slovenia from Austria must use one of the following checkpoints: Karavanke-Karawanketunnel, Ljubelj–Loibltunnel, or Šentilj (avtocesta)-Spiefeld (Autobahn); foreign nationals entering Slovenia from Hungary must use Dolga vas-Rédcs or Pince (avtocesta)-Torniyszentmil ós (Országút); foreign nationals entering Slovenia from Italy must use one of the following checkpoints: Vrtojba ‒ St. Andrea, Fernetiči ‒ Fernetti, Škofije ‒ Rabuiese, Krvavi potok ‒ Pesse.
- 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 (without specific end date) 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. American citizens do not need to take any action to obtain this extension. With the resumption of flights from Ljubljana scheduled for June, American citizens reaching the end of their legal stays should make plans to depart. The Slovenian government is not currently granting extensions of stay for those who entered under visa-waiver or long-term (category C or D) visas. Airline tickets can be purchased through airline websites.
- 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.
- 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.
- Inspectors are enforcing this requirement through random visits to residences of those quarantined. Violators face hefty fines.
- In public, people must maintain a safe distances (1.5 meters) from other people.
- Face masks are mandatory in indoor public spaces, on public transportation, for persons with respiratory diseases, for health staff depending on the degree of risk, for all staff of care homes, and for visitors entering health institutions and care homes. (See U.S. CDC guidelines on how to create and properly wear a mask.)
- Gatherings of more than 50 people is prohibited. Night clubs and discotheques remain closed.
- Public Transportation: 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 are operating.
- Services in Slovenia: Ensure you have sufficient food, prescriptions, and other essential items in your home in the event you need to self-quarantine. See the latest announcements in English on the Slovenian government official Coronavirus page. In addition, the City of Ljubljana tourism office provides additional information on Covid-19 status in Slovenia.
- 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. 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. Testing remains free for those with symptoms who are refereed by a general practitioner.
- Consular Services: We have resumed scheduling routine appointments for American Citizen Services, including passport renewal, Consular Report of Birth Abroad applications, voting assistance, and notary services. Appointments can be made on-line via our website. Routine U.S. visas services remain suspended worldwide. 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.