COVID-19 Information

30 September 2020

Country-Specific Information

  • 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:

Quick Facts:

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 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 AustriaCroatiaHungary, 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.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place?  No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information

  • 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.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • 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.

Transportation Options:

Quick facts:

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.  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.  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.

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