U.S. Embassy Health / Security Alert (16 December 2020)
Dear U.S. Citizen in Slovenia:
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. Per Slovenian government announcement, vaccination administration will begin with health care workers and vulnerable populations. According to the announcement, when general distribution is possible, vaccines will be available to all residents of Slovenia, regardless of insurance status. Using the application at the above link, residents can state their interest in obtaining a vaccine.
- Public transportation has restarted but with limited service (holiday schedule).
- Hair salons, flower shops, car washes and dry cleaners are allowed to reopen.
- In four western regions (Central Slovenia, Gorizia, the coastal Primorska region, and Upper Carniola/Gorenjska) with the best epidemiological situation the following applies:
- footwear, apparel, and sports equipment shops, as well as car dealerships, can open.
- individuals using the national exposure notification app #OstaniZdrav will be able to move between municipalities within their region (but not travel to other regions).
- While international air travel is permitted, non-essential land travel to neighboring countries is not permitted, and violators could face fines.
- Schools are closed through the end of the year.
Covid medical situation in Slovenia (as of 16 December 2020):
- Slovenia has had one of the highest mortality rates in the world in recent weeks. In the past two weeks alone there were 643 deaths from Covid.
- The epidemic has reached a high plateau for over a month – roughly 20,000-21,000 active cases, meaning that at any one time at least 1% of the population has active Covid.
- On a rolling 14-day average, Slovenia has 1,017 new cases per 100,000 citizens, the sixth highest rate in Europe.
- Since the beginning of the epidemic, Slovenia has confirmed 100, 389 infections and 2,190 fatalities.
For additional information, see our Covid-19 page.
Event: During the holiday season, security measures in Europe remain heightened due to ongoing threats posed by transnational terrorist organizations and individuals inspired by violent extremist ideology throughout Europe. Violent extremists continue to focus on locations such as Christmas holiday markets, shopping malls, airports, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, transportation hubs, and other soft targets frequented by tourists.
Actions to Take:
- Exercise additional vigilance at holiday festivals and events, places of worship, and locations with large crowds.
- Review your personal security plans.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Monitor local media for updates.
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