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The ordinance on measures to be implemented at border crossings upon entry into Slovenia enters into force tomorrow

Today, the Ordinance on imposing and implementing measures for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 at border crossings at the external border and at control points at the internal borders of the Republic of Slovenia was published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia. The Ordinance determines the locations of control points at the internal borders with Italy, Austria and Hungary, when they are open and who can cross the border at a particular control point. In addition, it determines who is and who is not ordered to undergo a quarantine, and who is and who is not allowed entry into the country. The Ordinance repeals the legal acts previously regulating this area. It enters into force on the day following its publication, which is tomorrow, on 12 April 2020.

The Ordinance does not apply to:

  • daily commuting cross-border workers who provide proof of employment relationship in a neighbouring country or a signed statement justifying the reason for crossing the border as daily commuting cross-border workers; 
  • weekly commuting cross-border workers at the border with Austria who provide proof of employment relationship in Austria or Slovenia;
  • persons attending the funeral of a close relative in a neighbouring country, who exit and return to Slovenia the same day and provide proof of the date and hour of the funeral; 
  • persons carrying out the transport of goods into Slovenia or from Slovenia to another country and the transport of goods in transit;
  • citizens of the Republic of Slovenia and foreigners who travel through Slovenia to another country in the same day;
  • persons with diplomatic passports;
  • persons who provide emergency services for which they have been issued a certificate by the competent ministry and if ordering a quarantine could result in major social or economic damage due to non-provision of these services; 
  • members of the protection and rescue services, healthcare services, police and firefighting service and persons carrying out humanitarian transport for the Republic of Slovenia who are crossing the border in order to perform their duties; 
  • citizens of the Republic of Slovenia, the Republic of Austria, the Italian Republic and the Republic of Hungary who own or rent land on both sides of the national border and carry out agricultural work. 

A seven-day quarantine is imposed on any other person entering the country. On the last day of quarantine it is mandatory to undergo testing for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) infection. If a person refuses to allow swabbing for testing or a swab cannot be taken, the quarantine is extended for seven days. The quarantine is also extended if the results are not available on the day of swabbing, but only until the day the test results are received and not for more than 14 days from the day the quarantine was imposed. Swabs are taken at one of the entry points (COVID-19 screening clinics). If the test is negative, the quarantine is concluded. If the test is positive, the person concerned is treated in accordance with the professional guidelines for treating persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

Slovenian and foreign citizens with permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia are ordered to quarantine at their home, except when this is not possible due to justified reasons, in which case accommodation is provided by the Civil Protection Service. Persons who do not have permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia or cannot stay at their permanent or temporary residence due to justified reasons are ordered to quarantine at the address where they will actually stay. The costs of quarantine are borne by the persons in quarantine. 

Foreign citizens who will perform work in Slovenia are ordered to quarantine at the address indicated on the employer's certificate. An employer must provide its workers with a certificate to be presented at the border before any worker crosses the national border. The employer is also obliged to provide appropriate accommodation for the worker's quarantine in accordance with the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health and the decision on the quarantine. Furthermore, the employer must provide food and security for the worker during the ordered quarantine.

Foreign citizens who do not have permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia and cannot provide an address where they would stay in quarantine are not allowed entry into the country. Persons assumed to be unable to leave the territory of Slovenia due to measures taken by its neighbouring countries will also be refused entry into the country. Entry into the country will also be refused to foreign citizens who do not have permanent residence in Slovenia and are positive for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) or show clear symptoms characteristic of SARS-CoV-2 infection (fever, cough, breathing difficulty). However, police will allow entry into the country to Slovenian citizens with confirmed infection or symptoms, provided that they immediately (this is imperative and mandatory) call their chosen doctor or emergency medical service for further instruction.