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Changes when issuing quarantine decisions and changes on the list of countries

At its correspondence session, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia issued the Ordinance of imposing and implementing measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic at border crossing points at the external border and inspection posts within national borders of the Republic of Slovenia and published it in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia.

Due to the worse epidemiological situation in certain neighbouring and other countries and, as a result, to prevent the entry of the virus from abroad and repeated outbreaks of the COVID-19 communicable disease in Slovenia with simultaneously as minimum consequences on the economy and public life as possible, the measures at the external border and inspection posts within Slovenia’s national borders are being implemented.

Changed rules on ordering quarantine when entering Slovenia

The new Ordinance removes the rules on ordering quarantine since the new Act Determining Interim Measures for Mitigation and Remedy the Consequences of the COVID-19 (ZZUOOP) stipulates the rules for quarantine referral in the first chapter of the third section, including the rules on entering Slovenia for people arriving from countries or administrative units of countries where high risk exists for SARS-CoV-2 virus infection. People arriving from green or orange countries or administrative units of countries may enter Slovenia with no restrictions.

A person who has no residence in Slovenia is referred to quarantine at home at their actual address where the person resides. The costs of quarantine are borne by the person themselves. If a foreign citizen with no residence in the Republic of Slovenia cannot present the address of residence where they would be quarantined, they are not permitted to enter the Republic of Slovenia if no sufficient accommodation capacities to implement quarantine are provided.

A person who intends to work in Slovenia is referred to quarantine at home at the address provided in the employers certificate used by the person when entering Slovenia, which was provided to them by their employer before they crossed the state border.

Validity of the COVID-19 test

The test on the presence of SARS-CoV-2 virus must be conducted in a EU Member State, a Member State of the Schengen Area or at an organisation or an individual that were recognised as suitable and credible by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food, and are listed on the website of the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food. The test must not be older than 48 hours.

Entry with no quarantine referral for 17 exceptions

Seventeen exceptions are permitted for the entry with no referral to quarantine at home and no submission of a negative COVID-19 test. These exceptions no longer include a person who came to Slovenia from an EU Member State or a Member State of the Schengen Area which is on the orange list.

Exceptions in points 13 to 15 (land owner or tenant with land in two countries in the border area, real estate owner or an owner of a live-aboard vessel or a campsite pitch, a person who assists with seasonal work at an owner or tenant of agricultural land in a neighbouring country) apply only for the entry to Slovenia from neighbouring countries or administrative units in neighbouring countries if these are on the red list.

Enforcing the exception in points 10 (urgent pressing personal matters or urgent business matters), 13 (land owners or tenants with land in two countries in the border area) and 14 (real estate owners or owners of live-aboard vessels, and lessees, tenants or users of real estate, live-aboard vessels or campsite pitches in the neighbouring country) also applies to close family members (spouse, cohabiting partner, partner in a formal or informal civil union and divorced spouse or partner who, on the basis of a court order, is paying child support, and their parents, legitimate and illegitimate child, adopted child and child placed in a family for the purpose of adoption on the basis of the decision issued by the competent authority) and members of the same household when travelling together.

Crossing state borders outside inspection posts at Slovenias border with Italy, Austria and Hungary

In addition to Slovenian and Italian citizens, the state border may now also be crossed outside inspection posts at the border with Italy by citizens of the EU Member States or Member States of the Schengen Area who reside in Italian administrative units which border Slovenia. Likewise, in addition to the citizens of Slovenia and Austria, the state border with Austria may be crossed outside inspection posts by citizens of the EU Member States or Member States of the Schengen Area who reside in Austrian administrative units which border Slovenia. The same applies for the border area near Hungary, where the state border may be, in addition to Slovenian and Hungarian citizens, also crossed outside inspection posts by citizens of the EU Member States or Member States of the Schengen Area who reside in Hungarian administrative units which border Slovenia.

Health checks at border crossings and inspection posts

The Ordinance re-introduces the possibility of examining the health status of people crossing the border as per the instructions of the epidemiological service of the National Institute of Public Health at border crossing points at the external border and inspection posts within national borders of Slovenia.

Enforcement of the Ordinance

The Ordinance enters into force on the third day following its publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia. With the enforcement of this Ordinance, the current Ordinance of imposing and implementing measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic at border crossing points at the external border, inspection posts within national borders and in the territory of the Republic of Slovenia ceases to apply.

Changes to the lists of countries

Serbia is no longer on the green list. There are several changes to the red list, which now includes the entire territory of Austria (except the Koroška administrative unit), 14 administrative units in Croatia and Italy, 16 administrative units in Hungary, the entire territory of France, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain (except for the Canary Islands administrative unit), Switzerland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Georgia, Jordan and Tunisia were added on the red list, while Namibia was removed from the list.

Green list (list of epidemiologically safe countries or administrative units in countries)

EU/Schengen Area Member States: 

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Third countries:

  1. Australia
  2. New Zealand
  3. Uruguay

Red list (list of countries or administrative units in countries with poor epidemiological conditions)

EU/Schengen Area Member States:

Austria (only individual administrative units):

  • all administrative units, except the Koroška (Kärnten) administrative unit

Belgium

Bulgaria (only individual administrative units):

  • Blagoevgrad administrative unit
  • Rasgrad administrative unit
  • Sliven administrative unit
  • Sofia (city of Sofia) administrative unit
  • Targovishte administrative unit

Estonia (only individual administrative units):

  • Jogeva administrative unit

Croatia (only individual administrative units):

  • Bjelovar-Bilogora administrative unit
  • Dubrovnik-Neretva administrative unit
  • Karlovac administrative unit
  • Krapina-Zagorje administrative unit
  • Lika-Senj administrative unit
  • Međimurje administrative unit
  • Osijek-Baranja administrative unit
  • Požega-Slavonia administrative unit
  • Sisak-Moslavina administrative unit
  • Split-Dalmatia administrative unit
  • Varaždin administrative unit
  • Virovitica-Podravina administrative unit
  • Vukovar-Syrmia administrative unit
  • Zagreb (entire county, including the city of Zagreb)

Czech Republic

Denmark (only individual administrative units):

  • Hovedstaden administrative unit, capital region (Hovedstaden)

Finland (only individual administrative units):

  • Ostrobothnia administrative unit

France:

  • all administrative units of mainland France:
  • French overseas territory of French Guyana
  • French overseas territory of Guadeloupe
  • French overseas territory of Saint Martin
  • French overseas territory of La Réunion
  • French overseas territory of Martinique

Iceland

Italy (only individual administrative units):

  • Abruzzo administrative unit
  • Aosta Valley administrative unit
  • Campania administrative unit
  • Emilia-Romagna administrative unit
  • Friuli Venezia Giulia administrative unit
  • Lazio administrative unit
  • Liguria administrative unit
  • Lombardy administrative unit
  • Piedmont administrative unit
  • Sardinia administrative unit
  • Tuscany administrative unit
  • Umbria administrative unit
  • Veneto administrative unit
  • Autonomous Province Bolzano – South Tyrol administrative unit

Liechtenstein

Lithuania (only individual administrative units):

  • Šiaulių administrative unit
  • Kaunas administrative unit

Hungary (only individual administrative units):

  • City of Budapest administrative unit
  • Baranya administrative unit
  • Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén administrative unit
  • Csongrád-Csanád administrative unit
  • Győr-Moson-Sopron administrative unit
  • Hajdú-Bihar administrative unit
  • Heves administrative unit
  • Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok administrative unit
  • Komárom-Esztergom administrative unit
  • Nógrád administrative unit
  • Pest administrative unit
  • Somogy administrative unit
  • Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg administrative unit
  • Vas administrative unit
  • Veszprém administrative unit
  • Zala administrative unit

Ireland

Luxembourg

Malta

The Netherlands

Poland

Portugal (only individual administrative units):

  • Lisbon administrative unit
  • Norte administrative unit

Romania

Slovakia

Spain (only individual administrative units):

  • all administrative units, except the Canary Islands administrative unit

Sweden (only individual administrative units):

  • Jämtland administrative unit
  • Jönköping administrative unit
  • Örebro administrative unit
  • Östergötland administrative unit
  • Stockholm administrative unit
  • Uppsala administrative unit

Switzerland

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (only individual administrative units):

  • all administrative units (including Gibraltar), except overseas territories

Third countries:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Albania
  3. Algeria
  4. Andorra
  5. Angola
  6. Argentina
  7. Armenia
  8. Azerbaijan
  9. The Bahamas
  10. Bahrain
  11. Bangladesh
  12. Belize
  13. Belarus
  14. Benin
  15. Bolivia
  16. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  17. Brazil
  18. Burkina Faso
  19. Burundi
  20. Bhutan
  21. Chad
  22. Chile
  23. Montenegro
  24. The Democratic Republic of Congo
  25. The Dominican Republic
  26. Egypt
  27. Ecuador
  28. Equatorial Guinea
  29. Eritrea
  30. Eswatini
  31. Ethiopia
  32. The Philippines
  33. Gabon
  34. Gambia
  35. Ghana
  36. Georgia
  37. Guiana
  38. Guatemala
  39. Guinea
  40. Guinea-Bissau
  41. Haiti
  42. Honduras
  43. India
  44. Indonesia
  45. Iraq
  46. Iran
  47. Israel
  48. Jamaica
  49. Yemen
  50. Jordan
  51. South Africa
  52. South Sudan
  53. Cameron
  54. Qatar
  55. Kazakhstan
  56. Kenya
  57. Kyrgyzstan
  58. Columbia
  59. Comoros
  60. Kosovo
  61. Costa Rica
  62. Kuwait
  63. Lesotho
  64. Lebanon
  65. Liberia
  66. Libya
  67. Madagascar
  68. Malawi
  69. Maldives
  70. Mali
  71. Morocco
  72. Mauritania
  73. Mexico
  74. Moldova
  75. Mongolia
  76. Mozambique
  77. Nepal
  78. Niger
  79. Nigeria
  80. Nicaragua
  81. Oman
  82. Pakistan
  83. Panama
  84. Papua New Guinea
  85. Paraguay
  86. Peru
  87. Republic of Congo
  88. Russia
  89. El Salvador
  90. São Tomé and Príncipe
  91. Saudi Arabia
  92. Senegal
  93. North Korea
  94. North Macedonia
  95. Sierra Leone
  96. Syria
  97. Côte d'Ivoire
  98. Somalia
  99. Central African Republic
  100. Suriname
  101. Tajikistan
  102. Tanzania
  103. Togo
  104. Trinidad and Tobago
  105. Tunisia
  106. Turkey
  107. Turkmenistan
  108. Ukraine
  109. Uzbekistan
  110. Venezuela
  111. East Timor
  112. Zambia
  113. The United States of America
  114. United Arab Emirates
  115. Cape Verde
  116. Zimbabwe