Non-essential travel possible again, also for tourism purposes
As of 14 June 2021, entry into the Republic of Slovenia is possible for non-essential travel in accordance with the Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction, including amendments thereto.
Categories of persons and requirements
Non-essential travel (including for tourism purposes) is allowed for the following categories of persons and subject to the following conditions:
- all persons residing in the EU member states and the Schengen area who provide proof that they fulfil one of the General requirements for entry into the Republic of Slovenia (as listed below) of the Ordinance determining the conditions of entry into the Republic of Slovenia to contain and control COVID-19 (Ordinance). Andorra, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican are treated in the same way as the Schengen Area countries;
- persons residing in the following third countries/entities listed in Annex 1 of the Recommendation, belonging to the green list countries:
- New Zealand,
- South Korea,
- citizens of countries who do not require a visa to enter the Republic of Slovenia if, at the time they enter the Republic of Slovenia, they provide the proof specified in points 4 or 5 of the General requirements for entry into the Republic of Slovenia of the Ordinance (vaccination certificate or a medical certificate of recovery from COVID-19 within the last six months plus a certificate of vaccination with at least one vaccine dose referred to in point 4 of the General requirements for entry into the Republic of Slovenia).
Citizens of countries who require a visa to enter the Republic of Slovenia are treated in the same way on entry as all other foreigners and are thus subject to the measures of temporary restriction on non-essential travel. In accordance with these measures, the issuing of visas has only been resumed in the green list countries, for which the Republic of Slovenia has lifted the restrictions on non-essential travel on the basis of the EU recommendations.
As regards issuing visas, the resuming of visa operations will depend on the criteria and measures agreed between the member states present in individual third countries with their representations. The decision to resume visa operations will be published on the websites of the diplomatic missions and consular posts of the member states in those countries. The Slovenian diplomatic missions have resumed visa operations in Australia, Bulgaria and Israel. In countries that do not yet met these criteria, visas can only be issued in emergencies and only for urgent travels. Visa representation has been suspended in most third countries and can only be used in cases of urgent travel.
Persons who do not submit one of the required certificates when entering the Republic of Slovenia may be refused entry into the Republic of Slovenia by the police.
The use of tourist capacities in the Republic of Slovenia is only possible upon presentation of one of the certificates referred to in points 2, 3, 4 or 5 of the General requirements for entry into the Republic of Slovenia.
Proof of vaccination
A vaccination certificate of a country with which Slovenia has not concluded an agreement or arrangement must contain at least the following information:
- name, surname,
- unique identifier of the person (personal identification number, health insurance number, number of travel document or other document of the country, date of birth or other similar identifier),
- information on the type of vaccine (manufacturer, batch, dose number, date of vaccination),
- information on the institution that issued the certificate or proof.
The Ordinance does not explicitly prescribe the language of certificates. In addition to certificates in Slovenian, valid certificates include those in the languages of the national minorities (Italian, Hungarian) in bilingual areas and the languages of countries recognised by mutual agreements or agreements (Hungarian, Serbian). In order to avoid any uncertainty at the border, we suggest that foreigners have their vaccination certificates translated into English or German.
Until the EU digital COVID certificate comes into use, the certificate must be in paper form.
General requirements for entry into the Republic of Slovenia
You may enter Slovenia:
1. if you are coming from an area that is not on the red list or on the dark red list and you provide proof that you have stayed in an area that is not on the red list or dark red list in the last 5 consecutive days;
2. if you can provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid AG test taken in the last 48 hours in an EU member state, a Schengen area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or in the United States of America. At checkpoints on flight connections of international air transport, negative tests performed in Turkey are also accepted (rapid AG tests are accepted if they are on the common list of trustworthy manufacturers);
3. if you provide proof of a positive PCR test result taken more than 10 days ago (unless a doctor assesses otherwise) whereby such a test must not be older than six months, or if you provide a medical certificate of recovery from COVID-19 and not more than six months have elapsed from the onset of symptoms, or
4. if you can provide a vaccination certificate proving that:
– at least seven days have passed since the second dose of the Comirnaty vaccine by BioNTech/Pfizer,
- at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Moderna,
– at least 21 days have passed since the first dose of the Vaxzevria (COVID-19 vaccine) by AstraZeneca,
– at least 14 days have passed since the dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Janssen by Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag,
– at least 21 days have passed since the first dose of the Covishield vaccine by the Serum Institute of India/AstraZeneca,
– at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the Sputnik V vaccine by Russia's Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology,
– at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the CoronaVac vaccine by Sinovac Biotech, or
– at least 14 days have passed since the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Sinopharm.
5. if you can provide proof of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e. proof referred to in point 3 above) and proof of having received at least one dose of any of the vaccines in point 4, which provide protection on the day of vaccination, in the period of up to eight months following a positive PCR test or the onset of symptoms.