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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Ljubljana, Slovenia (March 20,2020)
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March 20, 2020

Location:  Slovenia

Event: The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory advising all U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the impact of COVID-19.

The U.S. Embassy in Slovenia continues to updates its daily Embassy webpage on COVID-19.

Regular commercial flights to Ljubljana airport have ceased.  U.S. citizens in Slovenia who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available in the region.  According to the Austrian government, foreign nationals may cross the Slovene-Austria border in a car or taxi without a health certificate if they are transiting/have proof of onward departure from Austria (including Vienna airport).  Others with resources in Slovenia may choose to remain in the country.  If you are currently seeking to leave Slovenia urgently and have been unable to take advantage of flights in neighboring countries, please email the Embassy’s Consular Section so that we can alert you if we become aware of additional flights from Ljubljana.

As of 19 March 2019, the Slovenian Ministry of Health announced there are 319 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Slovenia.

The government of Slovenia has implemented new measures to limit the spread of COVID-19.  On 19 March, the Slovenian government issued an ordinance prohibiting the movement and gathering of people in public places.  There are exceptions for those going to work, grocery stores, or being outside with members of the same household, keeping a safe distance (1.5 meters) from other people.  Grocery stores are open from 8am to 8pm, and for the first two hours, groups particularly vulnerable to infections – the elderly, pregnant women and disabled persons – must be given priority.  Only fuel stations and pharmacies are authorized to open on Sundays and holidays.

U.S. Embassy Ljubljana has suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 COVID-19 Outbreak Notice for Europe

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