Latest information about coronavirus (Covid-19) in Slovenia
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
At this stage there are 19 confirmed coronavirus infections in Slovenia. The Slovenian Tourist Board (STB) is closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of Covid-19 and its impact on tourist flows in Slovenia and the World. We are in constant contact with the competent institutions, the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology (MGRT), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MZZ), we follow the releases of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ), the Ministry of Health (MZ) and other relevant sources.
Situation in Slovenia
At this stage there are 19 confirmed coronavirus infections in Slovenia. The information is regularly updated at the Slovenian Government site.
National Institute of Public Health, stated at a press conference on Saturday, March 7th, that the risk level of transmission of the novel coronavirus has increased. The same day the Ministry of Health issued the Order that bans gatherings of more than 500 people at public events in indoor public places in the Republic of Slovenia. The ban will apply as long as the risk of spread of the contagious SARS-CoV-2 disease (COVID 19) exists. The Order came into effect on March 7th at 7.00 p.m.
It is recommended that due to increased epidemiological risk, organisers of events should also consider banning other events at which fewer people would gather.
Entry and Exit Requirements for Slovenia:
At this time, Slovenia has not enacted new restrictions as a result of the worldwide outbreak. Currently, there is no additional screening at airports or other ports of entry.
As stated by the competent institutions (Ministry of Health, the Government and other institutions: NIJZ, infectologists, MZZ), Slovenia has plans in place on which to act if the virus emerges. Recommendations for travellers are prepared, and laboratory diagnostics to confirm the presence of the virus in the shortest time possible have been established.
The National Institute of Public Health has set up a special phone number that you can contact to obtain more information. The phone number (+386 31 646 617) is available every day between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.
The situation is very dynamic but under control. Slovenia has a world-class health care system and well-established measures and safeguards in place to deal with the threat of viruses. Slovenia is prepared to take proportionate action when it comes to preventing the infection and when curbing the spread of the infection.
Slovenian Tourism Board presentation on foreign markets
The Slovenian Tourist Board (STO) responded promptly to the currently unstable economic situation in tourism by amending the current STO public calls and adjusting its activities wherever Slovenian tourism is marketed.
Adjusted presentations of Slovenia on foreign markets
As per its 2020/2021 work programme, STB carries out all marketing and promotional activities on the selected emitting markets according to the plan and also considers the measures imposed by countries with regard to the occurrence of coronavirus on individual markets.
Due to responsibility towards all participants and visitors and indirectly to other people, STB regularly monitors the situation in foreign countries in cooperation with key ministries and diplomatic and consular representations. In particular, we remain in close contact with the organisers while taking into account the importance of events for the promotion and marketing of Slovenian tourism.
In accordance with the measures of individual countries and organisers, STB will adjust the events already announced if necessary and regularly inform the registered partners about these changes.
In March, STB is anticipated to attend numerous international events: MITT – Moscow International Travel & Tourism in Russia (17–19 March), Roadshow Benelux Aviareps (17– 19 March), Deluxe Travel Market Minsk in Belarus (20 March), New Deal Europe WS, London (30 March) and Roadshow Australia (31 March – 2 April).