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Latest information on non-essential travel

In accordance with Council Recommendation 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of this restriction, including amendments thereto, the Republic of Slovenia allows entry into the Republic of Slovenia for non-essential travel as well. The information has been updated according to entry conditions applicable as of 15 July 2021.

Non-essential travel (including for tourism purposes) is allowed for the following categories of persons and subject to the following conditions in accordance with the Ordinance determining the conditions of entry into the Republic of Slovenia to contain and control COVID-19:

  • all persons residing in the EU member states and the Schengen area (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 (as of 14 July 2021):
    • Albania,
    • Armenia,
    • Australia,
    • Azerbaijan,
    • Bosnia and in Herzegovina,
    • Brunei,
    • Canada,
    • Israel,
    • Japan,
    • Jordan,
    • Lebanon,
    • Montenegro,
    • New Zealand,
    • Qatar,
    • Kosovo,
    • Moldova,
    • North Macedonia,
    • Saudi Arabia,
    • Serbia,
    • Singapore,
    • South Korea,
    • Ukraine,
    • United States of America,
    • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China,
    • Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China,
    • Taiwan;
  • other foreign nationals if, on entry to the Republic of Slovenia, they present a vaccination certificate or proof that they recovered from COVID-19 during the last six months as well as a certificate proving that they have been vaccinated with at least one dose.

Visas for non-essential travel are only issued in the countries for which the Republic of Slovenia has lifted the restriction on non-essential travel on the basis of the EU recommendations. Whether and when the issuing of visas is resumed also depends on the criteria and measures agreed by the Member States that have their representations in individual third countries. 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, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and USA. In countries that do not yet met these criteria, visas can only be issued in emergencies and only for essential travel. Visa representation has been suspended in most third countries and can only be used in cases that qualify as essential travel. What is deemed essential travel is defined in the Guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during COVID-19 outbreak.

Persons who do not present the required certificates when entering the Republic of Slovenia may be refused entry into the Republic of Slovenia by the police.

Staying at tourist facilities in the Republic of Slovenia is only possible for persons who present a certificate of a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result, a certificate of recovery from COVID-19, a vaccination certificate, or a certificate confirming that they have recovered from COVID-19 and have been vaccinated. Undergoing quarantine at tourist facilities is not possible under any circumstances.

Slovenia is introducing the Passenger Locator Form for passengers travelling by airplane and ship on 16 August 2021 to facilitate contact tracing. 

Requirements for entry into the Republic of Slovenia

To enter the Republic of Slovenia without quarantine travellers have to present one of the following:

  1. a negative PCR test provided that no more than 72 hours have passed since the swab was taken, or a negative rapid antigen test provided that no more than 48 hours have passed since the swab was taken,
  2. EU Digital COVID Certificate in digital or paper format and with a QR code (EU DCC),
  3. a digital COVID certificate of a third country in digital or paper format and with a QR code, which must contain the same data as the EU DCC and be issued in English by a competent health authority of the third country (DCC of a third country),
  4. a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination to show that the person has received:

    – the second dose of the Comirnaty vaccine produced by Biontech/Pfizer or the Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine produced by Moderna or the Sputnik V vaccine produced by Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology or the CoronaVac vaccine produced by Sinovac Biotech or the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Sinopharm or the Vaxzevria COVID-19 vaccine produced by AstraZeneca or the Covishield produced by the Serum Institute of India/or a combination of two previously listed vaccines;

    – dose of the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine produced by Johnson and Johnson/Janssen-Cilag. Proof of vaccination is obtained as of the day of vaccination;

  5. a certificate of a positive PCR test result that is older than 10 days, unless a doctor determines otherwise, but not older than 180 days;
  6. proof of recovery from COVID-19 referred to in the preceding point and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to show that the person has received one dose of a vaccine under indent one of point 4 within a period of no more than 180 days since receiving a positive PCR test result or from the onset of symptoms; The person is protected as of the day of vaccination.

A PCR test is deemed to be valid if performed in an EU member state, a Schengen Area country, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Turkey, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the UK or the US. If a PCR test is performed in a country other than those listed above, it is deemed to be valid if it meets all of the following conditions:

- it contains at least the same data set as a PCR test issued in an EU member state or a Schengen Area country: name, surname, the person's unique identifier (personal identification number, health insurance number, number of passport or another document issued by that country, date of birth or other similar identifier), data on the test type (producer, date and time of taking the swab), data on the issuer of the certificate, and the date of the issuing of the certificate, and
- has a QR code in accordance with the standards and technological systems that are interoperable with the European Digital COVID Certificate System, and
- allows the authenticity, validity and integrity of the certificate to be verified in the same way as a European Digital COVID Certificate.

A rapid antigen test is deemed to be valid if performed in an EU member state, a Schengen Area country, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Turkey, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the UK or the US. If a rapid antigen test is carried out in a country other than those listed above, it is deemed to be valid if it meets all of the following conditions:

- it contains at least the same data set as a rapid antigen test issued in an EU member state or a Schengen Area country: name, surname, the person's unique identifier (personal identification number, health insurance number, number of passport or another document issued by that country, date of birth or other similar identifier), data on the test type (producer, date and time of taking the swab), data on the issuer of the certificate, and the date of the issuing of the certificate, and
- has a QR code in accordance with the standards and technological systems that are interoperable with the European Digital COVID Certificate System, and
- allows the authenticity, validity and integrity of the certificate to be verified in the same way as a European Digital COVID Certificate.

Regardless of the issuing country, a rapid antigen test is valid only if it is listed in the on the common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests.

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, date of birth, unique identifier of the person (personal identification number, health insurance number, number of passport or another document issued by that country, data of birth or another similar identifier), information on the type of vaccine (manufacturer, name of vaccine, dose number, date of vaccination) and information on the institution that issued the certificate. The language of the certificate is not explicitly prescribed in the Ordinance. 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 arrangements (Hungarian, Serbian). In order to avoid any difficulties at the border, we suggest that foreigners have their vaccination certificates translated into English or German. If the certificate is not part of the digital COVID certificate with a QR code, which is compatible with the European system of digital COVID certificates, it must be in paper form.