This blog post will be updated regularly to inform you about the current coronavirus situation in Slovenia, eventual travel restrictions, and more. If you have any questions regarding the coronavirus situation in Slovenia or would like to start planning a trip to Slovenia, we are here to help.
Slovenia was a “COVID-19 free” destination when this blog post was first written back in June 2020. It was actually the first country in Europe to declare an end to the coronavirus epidemic on May 15th, 2020. New daily discovered COVID-19 infections in Slovenia were close to zero throughout summer. However, the same as in other parts of Europe and North America, autumn 2020 has brought different news and new lockdowns.
CURRENT COVID-19 SITUATION IN SLOVENIA
On January 14th, 2020:
- Average new SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) reported cases in the first half of December: approx. 1.600 per day. More numbers.
- Schools, restaurants, bars, and all non-essential stores & services are closed. Restaurants are allowed to deliver food or offer a take-away service. Food stores, pharmacies, banks, post offices, etc. are open.
- Hotels are closed, except for professional sports teams, business, and diplomatic delegations.
- Public transport operates.
- There is a restriction of movement between municipalities (with certain exceptions) & a ban on gathering of people. Read more about it here.
- Outdoor recreation within the region is allowed as long as the prevention recommendations are taken into account.
- The use of face masks is mandatory when entering any indoor spaces and public transport. When outdoors, face masks are obligatory if the physical distance (2 m / 6 feet) can not be maintained.
- Employees are generally encouraged to work from home, although many offices operate normally with the implementation of physical distancing, wearing of face masks, disinfection, etc.
- The official website of the European Union has great and detailed information about the coronavirus situation in Slovenia and other European countries as well.
BORDER CROSSING RESTRICTIONS
On January 14th, 2020:
- All world countries are classified depending on the epidemiological (coronavirus) situation in that particular country or region. There is a list of green countries (epidemiologically safe), red countries (unstable epidemiological situation), and orange countries (neither green nor red countries). See all lists and details here.
- All passengers coming from “green” or “orange countries” can enter Slovenia without any restrictions.
- All passengers coming from “red countries” are required to remain in quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine is not ordered if you bring a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) or a negative rapid antigen test performed in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country. Important: test must not be older than 48 hours and performed by an organization approved by the Slovenian National Laboratory of Health, Environment, and Food. Here is a list of all approved organizations.
- You can only cross the Slovenian border at certain checkpoints. See all details here.
- At the moment Ljubljana airport has flight connections to Frankfurt (Lufthansa), Istanbul (Turkish Airlines), and Belgrade (Serbia). More operators are announcing their return in February and March 2021.
TRAVEL IN SLOVENIA AFTER COVID-19
Everybody in Slovenia is eager for the normality to return and welcome travelers again. Slotrips company is committed to the Slovenian Tourist Board’s GREEN&SAFE label to designate and highlight superior hygiene standards and protocols, and sustainable recommendations for tourist service providers and destinations.
Understanding that after the coronavirus outbreak, the world of traveling will change, we have created several new Self-Guided, Family Holidays and Unique Experiences for independent travel and holiday adventures in Slovenia. Our small group tours are mostly limited to 8 travelers, but you can always go private or get a custom-made trip and travel with your family and friends within your bubble. Expect small, boutique, and secluded accommodations, as well as the implementation of all health protection measures, requirements, and recommendations, to protect you, our employees, and local communities.
Please also check our Book & Travel With Confidence policy with more information about what we do to keep you safe and learn about our updated cancellation policy for risk-free bookings in 2021, in case the coronavirus situation in Slovenia or your home country remains uncertain.
Considering many travelers are not yet comfortable to travel during the coronavirus outbreak, yet eager to stay close to us and Slovenia and rather plan for the future, we have launched our Slotrips Blog with the ‘Sign me up’ option, to never miss out.
SLOVENIANS STRIVE FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE IN TRAVEL
Slovenians too love to live an active, healthy and green life, striving for a sustainable future and swear by boutique and unique trips around the country, where you can experience, visit, feel and taste the cultural heritage of the only country in Europe where Alps, Mediterranean and Pannonian Plain meet. Because Slovenia is also one of the safest countries in the world by the 2019 Global Peace Index, it gives you far more than the 22 Reasons to Make Slovenia Your Next Holiday Destination. Demonstrated by numerous international awards, recently by the European Best Destinations, listing Slovenia with Bohinj on the Coronavirus – Safest Destinations to Visit in 2020, and the Forbes adding Slovenia among the seven rising stars in travel with potential to become Major Tourist Destination In A Post-Covid World.