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We are trying to contain the spread of new coronavirus infections by the use of entry restrictions and other measures at the borders of Slovenia. Thus, we wish to ensure the maximum safety of the national population and travellers to the country.

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.

As of 16 August 2021, Slovenia is introducing the European Digital Passenger Locator Form (dPLF) to ensure rapid and easy contact tracing in case passengers travelling by plane or ship are exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19 during their travels.

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

A person who meets the recovered/vaccinated/tested rule (RVT rule) may enter the Republic of Slovenia without being ordered to quarantine at home. The RVT rule is met if a person provides one of the certificates listed below:

  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;

    – the 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

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).

Vaccinated persons can print out their vaccination certificate via the zvem.eZdrav.si portal (access with a digital certificate) or smsPASS.

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.

Lifting quarantine

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:

  1. persons posted to carry out tasks in the international transport sector* who leave Slovenia within 12 hours of crossing the border. On crossing the border, the person must present a Certificate for International Transport Workers from Annex 3 of the Communication from the Commission on the implementation of the Green Lanes under the Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services (OJ C No. 96 of 24 March 2020, p. 1), or another appropriate document which shows that these persons were posted by their employer,
  2. persons without a residence in Slovenia who are in transit** through Slovenia and leave Slovenia in the shortest possible time or within 12 hours of entry,
  3. children under the age of 15 who are crossing the border with a close family member who has not been ordered to quarantine at home or refused entry to the Republic of Slovenia, or in an organised group accompanied by a teacher or guardian who has not been ordered to quarantine at home or refused entry to the Republic of Slovenia, or accompanied by a person who is transporting them for reasons of their education, provided that this person has not been ordered to quarantine at home or refused entry to the Republic of Slovenia ***,
  4. 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),
  5. 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*****.
  6. a person who is transporting a child under the age of 15 for reasons of the child's education and who returns within two hours of crossing the border,
  7. persons who provide proof of a scheduled urgent medical examination or procedure in the Republic of Slovenia, another EU Member State or Schengen Area country, and return across the border immediately after the medical examination or procedure or as soon as their medical condition allows.

*An exception for performing duties in the international transport sector applies to drivers of cargo vehicles. This exemption applies only during working hours (for work), but no longer for travelling to and from work. Persons claiming the right to this exemption must leave Slovenia within 12 hours.

** 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. This exemption applies only to persons without a residence in Slovenia (if a person with a residence in Slovenia enters Slovenia, they are not in transit but are entering with the intention of going home). 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.