The end of the Covid-19 epidemic in Slovenia
The Covid-19 epidemic, which was declared in Slovenia in October, has officially ended 15. 06. 2021, but all existing restrictions remain in place and face masks remain obligatory.
The government has decided to extend the majority of existing coronavirus restrictions while slightly easing them in the cultural sector, where serving food and drinks will once again be permitted during cultural events. The remaining restrictions – the majority have to do with consumer-facing services – have been extended until 20 June. The government said on Thursday this was done based on an assessment by the Health Ministry’s coronavirus advisory group.
The head of the advisory group, Mateja Logar, told the STA yesterday the group would propose that the formal declaration of epidemic, which is due to end on Tuesday, be left to lapse. Nevertheless, the group thinks the existing measures should remain in place given the still high incidence of new cases. Slovenia currently has a 14-day incidence of 162 per 100,000 population. While this places it in tier yellow in the Slovenian classification, it is still red according to the criteria of the European Centre for Disease Control.
Slovenia Covid 19 Active Cases Per 100.000 People, 20.06.21
Slovenia Covid 19 New Daily Cases Per 100.000 People (7-days average)
Slovenia has declared the end of the epidemic as of 15 June 2021. Despite the improved epidemiological situation, however, certain measures continue to apply:
- Both service providers and guests from all countries are required to comply with the recovered-vaccinated-tested requirements:
- inside catering establishments,
- inside tourist accommodation establishments (hotels, apartments, camps),
- at swimming pools,
- at trade fairs,
- at conferences and congresses,
- in casinos and gaming halls.
The recovered-vaccinated-tested requirements do not apply to children up to 18 years of age who are accompanied by close family members or guardians.
- The rule of 10 square metres per person applies to:
- public events or gatherings,
- visits to libraries, archives, museums or galleries,
- the sale of goods and services,
- the collective exercise of religious freedom,
- participants in sports events if there is no seating available.
Masks are mandatory in enclosed public spaces, and the distance between participants must be at least 1.5 metres, except between persons sharing the same household.
- Masks are mandatory in enclosed public spaces. This rule also applies outdoors where a distance of 1.5 metres between persons cannot be maintained.
Masks are also mandatory for visitors to public cultural events and spectators at sports competitions at both indoor and outdoor venues. The exception to this rule is children up to six years of age.
- The 75% capacity cap applies to:
- cultural events and sports events at both indoor and outdoor venues,
- accommodation units where the provider has more than 60 units,
- swimming pools,
- conferences and congresses.
Everything you need to know about travelling to Slovenia
1.1 Passengers from the “Safe listed” EU and Schengen countries
NO QUARANTINE – FREE ENTRY
In the areas that are not included on the dark red or red list, no high risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2 is incured. A person arriving from these areas may enter Slovenia without a quarantine, but only if a proof is provided that they have not resided in a dark red or red listed area at least 5 days in a row prior arrival. If they are not able to prove this, the conditions for the dark red or red listed countries apply.
For detailed information, visit the official website of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia dedicated to current information related to crossing of borders VISIT WEBSITE
1.2. Passengers from the dark red and red listed EU and Schengen countries
Persons arriving from countries or regions from the dark red or red list can enter Slovenia without quarantine, if they submit:
- a negative PCR test for COVID-19 that is not older than 48 hours according to the date of the swab taken.The PCR test is adequate if it is performed in the Member States of the European Union, the Member States of the Schengen area, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America, and also at check points on air links for international air transport if it is performed in Turkey.
- a negative RAT test result not older than 48 hours from the time the swab was taken (from 5 June).The RAT test is adequate if it is performed in the Member States of the European Union, the Member States of the Schengen area, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the United States of America, and also at check points on air links for international air transport if it is performed in Turkey, and is listed in the common list of rapid antigen tests published. The HAG tests of all the manufacturers on the list are adequate, regardless of whether they are marked yellow or white. List of HAG tests
- certificate of positive result of a PCR test that is older than 10 days and not older than six months, or medical certificate of recovery from COVID-19, if not more than six months have elapsed since the beginning of symptoms.
- certificate of vaccination against COVID-19, which proves 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 first 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 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
A 10-DAY QUARANTINE: If none of the documents can be submitted, a 10-day quarantine is required, which can be interrupted in 5 days by taking the test.
For detailed information, visit the official website of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia dedicated to current information related to crossing of borders.
Exceptions for the entry to Slovenia without quarantine and negative PCR test for travellers from the dark red and red lists of member states of the EU and Schengen Area
Permitted to enter Slovenia without quarantine are people who have recovered from COVID-19 who got vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine recognised by Slovenia not later than eight months after a positive PCR test or the beginning of symptoms.
Passengers who have recovered from COVID-19 and have been vaccinated within eight months following a positive PCR test or the start of symptoms with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine that is recognised in Slovenia – no quarantine is required.
Children up to the age of 15 can cross the border together with a close family member or in an organised group accompanied by an educator, teacher or guardian. In both cases the valid condition is that the child is not ordered to quarantine at home or is not denied entry into Slovenia.
The red list includes the administrative units of Valle d’Aosta, Basilicata and Calabria (valid as of 12 June 2021). Persons arriving from other administrative units can travel from Italy to Slovenia without quarantine and the submission of a negative test.
Residents of the Italian-Slovenian border area on both sides of the border can cross the border freely (without Covid-19 restrictions) for 24 hours and not farther than 60 kilometres from their residence.
Exceptions without quarantine and with a negative result of a PCR or rapid antigen test – for detailed information about crossing borders visit the official website of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.
With new coronavirus infections steadily declining, the National Institute of Public Health (NIJZ) has relaunched the active tracing of contacts of those who have tested positive, which had been suspended in autumn due to an unmanageable inflow of daily cases.
Between 70 and 100 contact tracers will be available each day, Mario Fafangel, the head of the NIJZ’s Centre for Communicable Diseases, told the press on Tuesday. Those who have been in a high-risk contact with an infected person will be notified via the contact tracing app #OstaniZdrav, by the infected persons themselves, or by the contact tracers at the NIJZ call centre.
“We have three tools and as always, the power of these tools depends on the extent to which people are willing to cooperate,” Fafangel said. He described the system as optimal given the current resources, but said it might be worth considering professional call centres in the event of a new pandemic.
Active contact tracing was abandoned in October, when cases started surging to over 1,000 per day. But as Fafangel pointed out, epidemiologists still called every infected person, the difference is that now the tracing will be expanded to high-risk contacts.