Certain restrictions apply for crossing the state borders.
Because the risk of infection with COVID-19 is still present, it is recommended that, upon planning the journey abroad, you monitor the epidemiological situation along the intended route, check the entry requirements of the destination country and take into account the decisions of local authorities. Upon your return to Slovenia, observe the recommendations of the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) and other measures applicable during the epidemic. We also point out that foreigners who enter Slovenia must comply with the regulations that temporarily restrict the gathering of people (e.g. prohibition on gatherings of more than 50 people) to prevent the infection with COVID-19 with the country.
Information regarding transit and prior transit permits: Transit through Slovenia to another country – explanation.
The Police has launched a web application called Enter Slovenia to facilitate travelling to Slovenia. It is intended for passengers travelling to Slovenia or entering the country in order to transit through its territory. Using the application is not mandatory.
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, Slovenia also allows entry for non-essential travel (including tourist travel).
Please note that tourist accommodation facilities in Slovenia are opened. For more information see Measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 infections.
Border crossings are also possible outside the three checkpoints designated for international air traffic (Ljubljana - Jože Pučnik Airport, Maribor - Edvard Rusjan Airport and Portorož) for air traffic taking place within the EU and the Schengen area.
Proof upon entry
The following is accepted as proof upon entry into Slovenia:
- a negative PCR test provided that no more than 72 hours have passed since the swab was taken,
- a negative rapid antigen test provided that no more than 48 hours have passed since the swab was taken,
- a certificate of recovery (a certificate of positive PCR test result, which is more than ten days old, unless a doctor assesses otherwise, but no more than six months old, or a medical certificate confirming that the person has recovered from COVID-19 and that no more than six months have elapsed since the onset of symptoms;
- a certificate of vaccination demonstrating that:
– at least seven days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Comirnaty vaccine produced by Biontech/Pfizer,
– at least 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine produced by Moderna,
– at least 21 days have elapsed since receiving the first dose of the Vaxzevria (COVID-19 Vaccine) produced by AstraZeneca,
– at least 14 days have elapsed since receiving a dose of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine produced by Johnson and Johnson/Janssen-Cilag,
– at least 21 days have elapsed since receiving the first dose of the Covishield vaccine produced by the Serum Institute of India/AstraZeneca,
– at least 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the Sputnik V vaccine produced by Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology,
– at least 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the CoronaVac vaccine produced by Sinovac Biotech,
– at least 14 days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine produced by Sinopharm,
- a certificate of vaccination for persons who have recovered from COVID-19 (a certificate of recovery and proof that the person has been vaccinated with one dose of a vaccine referred to in the preceding point within eight months of a positive PCR test result or the onset of symptoms). The following combination shall be considered adequate proof: proof of vaccination with at least one dose and of a positive PCR test result, or proof of vaccination with at least one dose and a medical certificate of recovery from COVID-19,
- European digital COVID certificate in digital or paper form, bearing a QR code, that contains the data on a negative PCR or rapid antigen test, a certificate of vaccination, a certificate of recovery, or a certificate of vaccination for persons who have recovered from COVID-19,
- digital COVID certificate of third countries in digital or paper form, bearing a QR code, that contains the same data as the European digital COVID certificate and issued in English by the competent health authority of the third country,
- if a person is vaccinated with a combination of two different vaccines under point 4, protection is established after the second dose of a particular type of vaccine has been administered. If such a person is first vaccinated with the vaccine under indent three or five of point 4 (AstraZeneca vaccine), protection is established immediately after they receive the second dose if they are vaccinated for the second time with the vaccine under indent one of point 4 (Biontech/Pfizer vaccine) or indent two of point 4 (Moderna vaccine) and they receive the second dose within 4 to 12 weeks after the first dose.
A PCR test is deemed sufficient if performed in an EU member state, a Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the UK or the US, at check points on flight connections of international air transport, or in Turkey.
A rapid antigen test is deemed sufficient if performed in an EU member state, a Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the UK or the US, at check points on flight connections of international air transport, or also in Turkey, provided the test is on the common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests.
A certificate of recovery is accepted if issued in an EU member state, a Schengen Area country, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the UK or the US, at check points on flight connections of international air transport, or in Turkey.
Proof of vaccination (referred to in point 4) may be:
- a filled-in card of the vaccine producer, or
- an entry in the vaccine booklet, or
- a certificate of vaccination (including a card issued upon 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, date of birth, personal identification number or health insurance number or other unique identifier, information on the type of vaccine (manufacturer, batch, dose number, date of vaccination) and information on the institution that issued the certificate or proof. The decree 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 arrangements (Hungarian, Serbian). In order to avoid possible uncertainty at the border, we suggest that foreigners have their vaccination certificates translated into English or German.
A person who does not provide one of the above is referred to quarantine at home for a period of 10 days. In the case of a foreigner who is not resident in Slovenia, they may enter Slovenia and are sent to quarantine at home for 10 days if they provide unequivocal proof that they have a guaranteed place in which to undergo quarantine, otherwise entry to Slovenia will not be permitted.
A person ordered to quarantine at home upon entering Slovenia may end quarantine early by producing a negative PCR test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2. Testing may only be performed from the fifth day of home quarantine.
Exceptions to the quarantine and vaccinated-tested-recovered rule
Entry to Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home and without applying the vaccinated-tested-recovered rule is permitted to the following categories of persons:
- persons posted to carry out tasks in international transport* or returning from such tasks (until 15 August 2021);
- persons transiting** the territory of the Republic of Slovenia and exiting the Republic of Slovenia within 12 hours of entry (until 15 August 2021);
- children under the age of 15 who cross the border together with a close family member who has not been put under home quarantine or has not been refused entry to Slovenia, or in an organised group escorted by a teacher or caregiver who has not been ordered to quarantine at home or has not been denied entry to the Republic of Slovenia***;
- persons who own or lease land in the border area or on both sides of the state border and cross the state border with a neighbouring country for the purpose of carrying out agricultural and forestry work and return to Slovenia within 10 hours of crossing the border (this exception also applies to close family members**** and other people with a registered residence at the same address when travelling together),
- cross-border migrant workers who are employed in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country and residing within 10 kilometres aerial distance from the common border of Slovenia and a neighbouring country, and who return within five days of crossing the border*****.
*An exception for performing duties in the international transport sector applies to drivers of cargo vehicles. Drivers without a cargo vehicle who do not have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia, may claim an exception that applies to drivers in international transport. Drivers without a cargo vehicle who have a registered temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia cannot claim this exception.
** Transit means that a person must leave Slovenia within 12 hours and their travel must be accomplished without unnecessary and redundant stopping and leaving the transit route. Passengers can make necessary stops in transit, i.e. for refuelling and resting for physiological needs, but they cannot stay overnight. A person in transit must carry a valid travel document (also a visa or residential permit, when required) and a document proving the purpose and goal of transit (as of 14 July, only non-EU residents must submit a document proving the purpose and goal of transit; EU residents can submit a valid travel document). Entry to Slovenia shall not be permitted to anyone for whom it is envisaged that they will be unable to exit the territory of Slovenia due to the measures in force in neighbouring countries.
*** If the child referred to in point 3 is travelling in the company of other family members (e.g. grandparents, uncle, aunt), the person accompanying the child is required to present a signed consent from the parents, legal representative or guardian upon entering Slovenia.
**** A close family member is a spouse, cohabiting partner, partner in a formal or informal civil union, divorced spouse or partner who, on the basis of a court order, is paying child support, and their parents and children.
***** A valid proof of the existence of an employment relationship is an employment contract, a signed statement from the employer or a similar proof justifying the employment relationship as a reason for crossing the border. The aerial distance is determined using a freely accessible geographic data server and Google Maps. Residence in Slovenia is permanent or temporary residence as defined by the Residence Registration Act, but not accommodation in a short-term accommodation facility (e.g. accommodation in hotels, tourist facilities, campsites and similar facilities).
A person claiming any of the exceptions listed above must provide the police with evidence of the existence of these exceptions, otherwise they are sent to quarantine at home. In the case of a foreigner who is not resident in Slovenia, they may enter Slovenia and is sent to quarantine at home for ten days if they provide unequivocal proof that they have a guaranteed place in which to undergo quarantine, otherwise entry to Slovenia will not be permitted.
Crossing the state border with Croatia
Prior to entry to Croatia, passengers can send their data via a designated website of the Croatian Ministry of the Interior, i.e. Enter Croatia.
All border crossings for local border traffic on the border with Croatia are open. Slovenian and Croatian citizens and persons with the right to free movement as per union law can cross the state border at those border crossings.
Crossing the state border with Italy
The checkpoints on road connections in the border area with Italy are abolished on 28 April 2021.
Important notice: Please check Italy’s entry requirements and the measures in place at the borders before travelling to Italy.
Crossing the state border with Austria
The checkpoints on road connections in the border area with Austria are abolished on 28 April 2021.
For entering Austria is mandatory electronic registration.
Important notice: Please check Austria’s entry requirements and the measures in place at the borders before travelling to Austria.
Crossing the state border with Hungary
Checkpoints on road connections on the border with Hungary are abolished as of 22 May 2021.
Important notice: before travelling to Hungary, check their conditions for entry and measures on the border crossings.
As of 1 May 2021, an agreement is in force between Slovenia and Hungary on the mutual recognition of certificates of vaccination/immunity from Covid-19 issued in Slovenia and Hungary. Hungarian certificates indicate the date when a second dose of the vaccine was received (when a second dose is required) or the expiry date of the document in the case of persons who have recovered from Covid-19.