Last update: 15 October 2021
*** Entry to the United States: All U.S. citizen airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test (PCR or rapid antigen test) taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, these travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions. There are only limited humanitarian exceptions to this requirement.
- The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4 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. See also the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel notice for Slovenia.
- See the current number of active cases and other statistics.
- Face masks: Masks are required indoors, and outdoors when a distance of 3 meters (10 feet) cannot be maintained. (See U.S. CDC guidelines on how to create and properly wear a mask.)
- Services: At all institutions in Slovenia, including the U.S. Embassy, visitors should be prepared to show proof of vaccination, negative test (not older than 48 hours for rapid test, or 72 hours for PCR test), or recovery from COVID-19 (positive PCR test between 10 days and 6 months old). Hotels, campsites, and restaurants are open with reduced capacity. Schools and universities are operating in-person. Museums, libraries, galleries and shops are open but patrons should follow distancing and other health precautions. Churches and recreational centers, including cinemas, sports centers, and swimming pools, are open with reduced capacity.
- Public gatherings: Public event venues can fill up to 75% of fixed seats. Attendees at cultural, sports, or other events must show proof of vaccination, negative test, or recovery from Covid-19. In open-air venues with no fixed seats, chairs must be at least one meter apart, while a 1.5-metre distance applies to those who stand, except for members of the same household. Private events are restricted to 50 persons.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Slovenia? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- 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.
- Testing is available for both foreign nationals and Slovenians. No appointment is required for the rapid antigen tests (RAT), and they are available at Slovenian government institutions as well as private clinics. For the PCR test, available at the Ljubljana Clinical Center, an appointment is required, but is usually available within a day. For foreign nationals, cost for RAT is 15-30 euro; cost for PCR is around 95 euro. Results for both tests will be provided to you electronically within 24 hours. Tests are not available at the U.S. Embassy.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Slovenia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- Are vaccines available in Slovenia for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes
- Which vaccines are available in Slovenia: AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer-BioNTech. Booster shots for mRNA type vaccines are available if recommended by your doctor in Slovenia.
- The U.S. Government strongly recommends that all eligible persons receive the vaccination as soon as possible. Per Slovenian government announcement, vaccines are available to all residents of Slovenia (but not visitors), regardless of insurance status. Those with Slovenian national insurance can register through the ZVem portal; other residents of Slovenia can register through their local doctor. Those who received their vaccination in Slovenia, even if not under the national insurance, can get a Digital EU certificate: The clinic where you were vaccinated must enter your data, along with your EMSO number (equivalent to a U.S. social security number), in the health system. Then either the same doctor, a pharmacist, or another clinic can access the location where the certificates are located and print a paper copy of the EU Digital Green Certificate. You can then go to the site getcovidpass.eu to scan the paper certificate; it produces a digital version you can save on your smart phone.
- QR code for those vaccinated in the United States: If you received your vaccination in the United States and used CDC’s VAMS portal, you can log in to your VAMS account to get a printable QR code. Currently if someone scans the QR code, the linked website only opens if the person scanning uses a U.S. IP address, so it is unfortunately likely not viewable in Slovenia.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
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
- Essential travel to Slovenia (including study or business): U.S. citizens on essential travel are permitted with proof of completed vaccination, recovery from Covid-19, or a negative Covid test result (PCR or rapid antigen); those without proof will need to demonstrate where they will complete their 10 day quarantine. Please note, however, that if the purpose of travel requires a visa, Slovenian visa services may be limited.
- Non-essential travel to Slovenia (personal/tourist): U.S. citizens on non-essential travel are permitted only if fully vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid-19. U.S. citizens who have residency in the EU or are married to a Slovenian citizen can also be admitted with proof of a negative Covid test. See Slovenian’s page on non-essential travel.
- Travelers who have completed the vaccine regimen with the following vaccines are accepted for entry: BioNTech/Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Russian Gamele (Sputnik V), Serum Institute of India AstraZeneca, and Chinese Sinovac Biotech and Sinopharm. Note the times required after vaccination for these common U.S. vaccines: seven days since the second dose of Pfizer; 14 days since the second dose of Moderna; 14 days since the first dose of Johnson & Johnson. Generally, U.S. vaccination records are accepted; see the Slovenian Border website for vaccination proof requirements. For those with prior Covid infection, you can present a certificate of a positive result of a PCR test, older than 10 days but not older than 6 months. Slovenia accepts PCR and rapid antigen tests taken within the United States, Great Britain, and the EU.
- Children under age 15 accompanying their parents can enter Slovenia without quarantine and do not require proof of Covid test.
- There is an optional web application to smooth entry into Slovenia, including for those transiting.
- Land border crossings: Transiting Slovenia within 6 hours is permitted. For travel from Slovenia to a neighboring country, see the U.S. Embassy Covid-19 pages for Austria, Croatia, Hungary, and Italy.
- For complete information on Slovenia’s Covid entry requirements, see the Slovenian Police Border Crossing page.
- Legal stay: The Covid-19 situation is not a grounds to stay beyond the legally permitted entry.
- Returning to the U.S.: As the frequency of flights is reduced, travelers should verify their flights and work with airlines to rebook if necessary. U.S. citizens can continue to travel from Europe to the United States with a negative Covid test result or proof of having recovered. Travelers should also follow CDC guidelines after returning to the U.S.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- Those entering with proof of vaccination, recovery from Covid-19, or a negative Covid test result (PCR or rapid antigen) are not subject to the 10-day quarantine. (See Entry Requirements above.)
- Ensure you have sufficient food, prescriptions, and other essential items in your home in the event you need to self-quarantine due to Covid exposure. Home delivery of both groceries and prepared foods are available.
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. It is passengers’ responsibility to ensure they meet entry requirements for cross-border service. Passengers must wear a face mask and keep a safety distance of at least 1 meter.
- Internal train/bus service: Operating. Passengers must disinfect their hands upon entry, wear a face mask and keep a safety distance of at least 1 meter. 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 government Covid-19 restrictions. Violators face hefty fines.
Embassy Consular Operations:
- American Citizen Services: The Embassy is providing services; see our website for information. 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:
- For additional information from the Slovenian government, including reaching their call center, see their English-language Covid 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)