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Changes in border crossing, aid for tourism, donation of vaccine to the Czech Republic

At yesterday’s regular session, the Government adopted amendments to the Decree on determining the conditions for entry to the Republic of Slovenia due to the containment and control of the infectious disease COVID-19.

It is stipulated that for foreign air traffic within the EU and the Schengen Area, border crossings are also possible outside the three checkpoints designated for international air traffic (Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport, and Portorož). In addition, several countries have been removed from the red list, namely the Croatian Adriatic administrative unit is no longer on this list, nor are Switzerland, the Vatican, the Austrian administrative unit of the Tyrol, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Germany, Poland and Slovakia.

There is no high risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in areas not on the dark red or red list. A person coming from such an area may enter Slovenia without being obliged to quarantine at home if upon entry he or she submits proof of having resided continuously for at least the last five days in a region that is not on the red or dark red list. However, a person only needs to submit proof for the period from departure from Slovenia to return if this period is less than five days. Therefore, a person who leaves Slovenia and returns earlier than within five days does not have to provide proof of an uninterrupted five-day stay but only for the period that they were not in Slovenia. If the relevant evidence is not provided, he or is she is deemed to have come from a red or dark red region.

Donation of Pfizer vaccine to the Czech Republic

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has decided that part of the order of Pfizer vaccine, namely 10,530 doses, will be used for donation to the Czech Republic to control the COVID-19 pandemic. The vaccine will be provided from one of Pfizer’s future deliveries to the Republic of Slovenia and will be delivered to the Czech Republic directly from the manufacturer.

On 25 and 26 March, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, Janez Janša, attended a audio-video conference of the European Council at which the leaders discussed, among other things, the distribution of additional vaccine to the countries most in need.  The leaders failed to reach an agreement, causing the Czech Republic to lose out the most. Therefore, in solidarity with the Czech Republic, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia has decided to dedicate part of the Pfizer vaccine order to the Czech Republic, namely 10,530 doses, in order to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aid to the economy

At today’s session, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia began discussions on the bill on long-term care and the bill on intervention measures for aid to the economy and tourism in mitigating the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue in the coming days.