Last update: 11 May 2021
*** Entry to the United States: Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, 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 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. See also the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel notice for Slovenia.
- In March 2021, Slovenia entered a third wave of Covid-19 cases. 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: Hotels are open, and are permitted to let up to 30 rooms. Restaurants with outdoor terraces are open (and in some regions, indoor dining is also permitted). Primary and some secondary schools are operating in-person. Most shops, including hairdressers, are open but patrons should follow distancing and other health precautions. Museums, libraries, galleries, and ski resorts are open. (Ski resorts require proof of Covid test or vaccine.) Cinemas and religious gatherings remain limited to 10 persons. Gyms/indoor sports centers are open for groups of up to 10 people. Spas, swimming pools, and casinos are closed.
- Public gatherings: Events with up to 10 people are permitted.
- Social distance: In public, maintain a safe distance (6 feet / 2 meters) from other people.
- 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 throughout the country, including Ljubljana airport. 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 5-30 euro; cost for PCR is 93 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, Moderna, and Pfizer-BioNTech.
- Per Slovenian government announcement, vaccination administration began with health care workers, critical infrastructure workers, and vulnerable populations. For the general population, Slovenia is currently vaccinating those age 50+. According to the announcement, vaccines are available to all residents of Slovenia (but not visitors), regardless of insurance status. Using the application at the above link, residents can state their interest in obtaining a vaccine.
- Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccinesin 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? 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 ban on non-essential travel (such as tourism) from the United States. Accommodation facilities for tourism are not operating. U.S. citizens with residency in an EU country may enter Slovenia. In addition, immediate family members and fiancés of Slovenian citizens coming from the United States are permitted with a transit letter from the Slovenian embassy in Washington, DC. For business travel that is in the interest of Slovenia, your Slovenian business partner may contact the Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology for approval that your travel is of essential nature. For other U.S. citizens who first spend two weeks in a third country, Slovenia may grant entry, depending on the country of origin.
- Those entering Slovenia must show a negative PCR test result taken within the prior 48 hours. The PCR test must be performed by a lab in an EU country, the United States, Great Britain or another laboratory recognized by the Slovenian Institute for Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory for Health, Environment and Food. Proof of vaccination will continue to be accepted for entry; this means seven days since the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, 14 days since the first dose of AstraZeneca or Russian Sputnik V, or 21 days since receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson. For those with prior Covid infection, you can present a certificate of a positive result of a PCR test, older than 21 days but not older than 6 months, or an EU doctor’s certificate that the person has recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months. For more information, see Slovenian entry requirements.
- There is an optional web application to smooth entry into Slovenia, including for those transiting.
- Travelers who are permitted entry may be subject to quarantine. (See Quarantine section below.) See the Police website on border crossings, as well as the EU website for entry requirements for Slovenia and other countries.
- Land border crossings: Transiting Slovenia within 6 hours is permitted. Non-residents of Slovenia entering Slovenia from Croatia must use one of the following checkpoints, where authorities can evaluate the need for quarantine orders: Gruškovje, Obrežje, Metlika and Jelšane. (Note that while Obrežje operates 24-hours, the others can only be accessed 0600-2200.) 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: The Covid-19 situation is not a grounds to stay beyond the legally permitted entry.
- Returning to the U.S.: As many flights have been cancelled, 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? Yes
- Those entering Slovenia must show either a negative PCR test result taken within the prior 48 hours or a completed vaccination. The PCR test must be performed by a lab in an EU country, the United States, Great Britain, or another laboratory recognized by the Slovenian Institute for Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory for Health, Environment and Food. Travelers who have completed the vaccine regimen with the following vaccines are now accepted for entry without test or quarantine: Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, Russian Gamele (Sputnik V), Indian manufacturer Serum Institute / AstraZeneca, and Chinese Sinovac Biotech and Sinopharm. Note the times required after vaccination: Seven days since the second dose of Moderna, seven days since the second dose of Pfizer, or twenty-one days since the first dose of Astra Zeneca; for those with prior Covid infection, you can present a certificate of a positive result of a PCR test, older than 21 days but not older than 6 months, or an EU doctor’s certificate that the person has recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months. For more information, see Slovenian entry requirements.
- 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.
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: Not operating.
- Internal train/bus service: Limited service (Sunday/holiday schedules). Passengers must 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. Travel restrictions are also enforced. Violators face hefty fines.
Embassy Consular Operations:
- American Citizen Services: The Embassy is providing appointments only for citizens resident in Slovenia. See our website for information on appointments. Please note that if you were required to quarantine upon entry in Slovenia, you will need to complete your quarantine before coming to the Embassy if you do not have proof of vaccination. 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)