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U.S. Embassy, Ljubljana: COVID-19 Health Alert (November 12, 2021)
November 12, 2021

Dear American Citizen in Slovenia:

On a per capita basis the past week, Slovenia has had the highest rate of new COVID cases in the world.   Several important updates this week:

Travel to United States

On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy.  This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us.  Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa) airline passengers traveling to the United States, must demonstrate proof of vaccination as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Order prior to boarding a U.S. bound aircraft. More details regarding what constitutes full vaccination are available on this page of the CDC website. Fully vaccinated travelers will continue to be required to show a pre-departure negative test taken within three (3) days of travel to the United States prior to boarding.  This applies to all travelers – U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and foreign nationals.  To further strengthen protections, unvaccinated travelers – whether U.S. citizens, LPRs, or the small number of excepted unvaccinated foreign nationals – will now need to test within one (1) day of departure.  Additional information may be found on CDC’s website.

Passengers will need to show their vaccination status, and airlines will need to:

  • Match the name and date of birth to confirm the passenger is the same person reflected on the proof of vaccination.
  • Determine that the record was issued by an official source (e.g., public health agency, government agency) in the country where the vaccine was given.
  • Review the essential information for determining if the passenger meets CDC’s definition for fully vaccinated such as vaccine product, number of vaccine doses received, date(s) of administration, site (e.g., vaccination clinic, healthcare facility) of vaccination.

Airlines must deny boarding to passengers who do not meet these requirements or those who test positive for COVID-19.

For additional information or if you have specific questions, please contact your airline and visit the CDC’s website.

Actions to Take:  

Slovenia COVID Measures

  • For entering public buildings and shops, you will now need to show ID along with proof of your “vaccinated-tested-recovered” status.  In addition, these requirements have been lowered from age 15 to age 12.
  • Cloth masks are no longer acceptable; When in an indoor public space, anyone over age 6 must user either an FFP2 (N95) or surgical mask.
  • Schools:  All students in primary schools must now wear masks.  Thrice weekly COVID testing is required.
  • Gatherings outside of the same household are banned unless they meet the vaccinated-tested-recovered rules.  Sports and cultural gatherings are limited to 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants and bars (for customers with a COVID pass) will only be open 0500-2200, with service only at tables.  Nightclubs will close.
  • In grocery stores and pharmacies (where vaccinated-tested-recovered rules do not apply) you must keep a 10-meter distance from other customers


  • Although children age 5-12 in the United States are now receiving COVID vaccinations, vaccines for this age group have not yet been approved in the European Union, including Slovenia.

Slovenia COVID-19 Statistics (as of 12 November 2021):

  • The number of active cases has climbed sharply in the past two weeks from 25,135 to 40,900 today. The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 persons increased to 1,939.
  • The number of hospitalized and those in ICU almost doubled in the past two weeks, with 954 hospitalized and 211 in intensive care. The large majority of those hospitalized were unvaccinated. There were 169 additional COVID deaths in the past two weeks.
  • Slovenia’s vaccination rate remained largely unchanged, with 53% of the population being fully vaccinated.

For additional information, see our Embassy’s Covid-19 page.