Slovenia declared an epidemic on 12 March 2020 due to the growing number of coronavirus infections. In order to contain the spread of infection, many countries, including Slovenia, introduced changes in their border crossing regime. The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted an ordinance declaring the end of COVID-19 epidemic effective from 15 May. But since the risk of spreading COVID-19 still persists, the general and specific measures adopted pursuant to the decision on the application of measures under the Communicable Diseases Act will continue to apply.

In this context, certain (temporary) restrictions of traffic are still valid not only on the border with Croatia, but also on the internal Schengen borders (with Italy, Austria and Hungary), where border controls were abolished back in 2007 after Slovenia joined the Schengen area. A few entry and exit requirements have also been changed for foreign nationals and Slovenian citizens.

Do you need our advice during the coronavirus crisis? 

We have set up a special email address to provide advice to people who have questions concerning the new measures being implemented to contain COVID-19 and associated movement restrictions. You can send your questions (or concerns) relating to policing to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Notice! Our contact centre is currently overburdened. Therefore, in automatic response to your message, as of 17 July 2020, you will be directed to websites that publish information and explanations about crossing the state border during a coronavirus epidemic. If you did not find the answers on the website, call +386 (0) 1 51 70 01 within the hours specified in this response. Please do not reply to the notification received. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding.

IMPORTANT! Information on transit through Slovenia on way to another country

 

EN Portal Re open EU'Re-open EU', a web platform to provide up-to-date information on travelling in the EU in 23 languages

The official European Comission's website (https://reopen.europa.eu/) is available in 23 languages and includes practical information provided by Member States on travel restrictions, public health and safety measures such as on physical distancing or wearing of facemasks, as well as other useful information. The website allows people to browse country-specific information for each EU Member State through an interactive map.

 

Stricter measures for crossing state borders as of 4 July

A new ordinance on measures at the state border to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has entered into force on 8 June 2020 and is presented in more detail in press releases: New rules on crossing the Slovenian border begin to apply (8. 6. 2020), New border rules apply as of 15 June (15. 6. 2020), Changes in border crossing regime effective 19 June (18. 6. 2020), Changed rules for border crossing apply as of 25 June (24. 6. 2020), Stricter measures for crossing state borders as of 4 July (3. 7. 2020), As of 8 July quarantine decisions at some border crossings to be served between 6:00 and 22:00 hrs only (8. 7. 2020), and As of 20 July 2020 persons who will be ordered quarantine will be able to enter Slovenia on any border crossing or checkpoint (17. 7. 2020)

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Arriving from countries on the red list

The 14-day quarantine rule applies to all travellers arriving in Slovenia from countries with an unstable epidemiological situation (red list), and travellers with a temporary or permanent residence in these countries entering Slovenia (irrespective of their citizenship or residence).*

Countries on the red list (as of 6 August 2020): Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, The Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Montenegro, United States Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Faroe Islands, Gabon, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Iraq, Iran, Israel, South Africa, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Columbia, Kosovo, Costa Rica, Kuwait, Luxemburg, Maldives, Mexico, Moldavia, Namibia, Oman, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Salvador, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, North Macedonia, Singapore, Serbia, Saint Martin, Suriname, Administrative Units of Spain (Aragon, Basque Country, Catalonia, Navarra), Turks in Caicos Islands, Cape Verde, United States of America, United Arab Emirates.

* By way of exception, travellers from the above listed countries, whatever their nationality or residence, can enter Slovenia without restrictions or having to quarantine if they qualify as one of the eight exceptions in Article 10 of the Ordinance (under points 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 16 and 18). However, travellers entering Slovenia as exceptions under points 3 and 8 also have to show a negative test for Covid-19 that is not older than 36 hours and must be taken in an EU/Schengen Area member state.

Arriving from countries on the yellow list (countries neither on the green nor on the red list)

Slovenian citizens or foreign nationals with a permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia travelling from a country on the yellow list (if the country is a EU member state or a Schengen Area country) may enter Slovenia without a quarantine if they submit a proof that they are not travelling from a country on the red list (example: original invoice for payment of overnight stays, proof of ownership of the real estate or vessel where they were staying, or official crew list in case of chartering a vessel, i.e., other adequate proof).

All other travellers are required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.*

* By way of exception, they can enter Slovenia without restrictions or having to quarantine if they qualify as exceptions referred to in points 1 through 18 of Article 10 of the Ordinance. However, travellers entering Slovenia as exceptions under points 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, and 17 also have to show a negative test for Covid-19 that is not older than 36 hours and must be taken in an EU/Schengen Area member state.

Arriving from countries on the green list

No quarantine is required for travellers who enter Slovenia and have a permanent or temporary residence in a country which is on the list of epidemiologically safe countries (green list) and are coming from those countries.

 

Service of the Decision on quarantine at the state border

Persons who will be ordered quarantine will be able to enter Slovenia on any border crossing or checkpoint. Police officers shall collect the data required for the decision to be issued from the person to be ordered quarantine. The data is to be forwarded to a representative of the Ministry of health, who issues the decision and returns it to the police officer located on the border crossing or the checkpoint. The police officer than serves the decision to the person ordered quarantine before authorising his or her entry to Slovenia.

If the person who should have been ordered quarantine upon entry to Slovenia is already in Slovenia (for example after illegally crossing the state border), the officer shall collect the person's data required for issuing the decision (name(s) and family name(s), date of birth, permanent or temporary residence address where the person is to be quarantined and the person's email address to which the decision shall be served digitally) inside the country and forward the data to a representative of the Ministry of health. The representative shall issue the decision on quarantine and return it to the unit of the police officer who collected the data. The police officer then serves the decision.

At the border, the police will provide the travellers not ordered a quarantine with Instructions of the National Institute of Public Health on the implementation of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 . Instructions are available also in other languages: Slovenian, Italian, Hungarian, German and Croatian.

 

Refusal of entry into the country

Entry into Slovenia will not be allowed for travellers without a residence in Slovenia who on crossing the border tell the authorities that they are SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) positive or have typical signs of infection with this virus (high fever, cough, shortness of breath. The entry of persons who presumably will not be able to leave the territory of Slovenia on account of measures taken by neighbouring countries will not be allowed either.

 

Transit through Slovenia

Transit through Slovenia on way to another country is allowed within 12 hours from entering. More information

 

Crossing the border at individual checkpoints

The implementation of border control will be adjusted to traffic density and the traveller risk observed at a given checkpoint. Persons allowed to cross the border at individual checkpoints, which are indicated in the tables below, must also act in compliance with the Ordinance of imposing and implementing measures to prevent the spread of epidemic COVID-19 at the border crossing points at the external border and inspection posts within national borders of the Republic of Slovenia (Official Gazette RS, no. 100/20, 16. 7. 2020, available in Slovenian only) - entered into force on 20 July 2020

 

Border crossing points at international flight and maritime connections

Checkpoints on international flight connections (Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, Maribor Edvard Rusjan Airport and Portorož Airport) and checkpoints on international maritime connections (Koper and Piran border crossing points for international maritime traffic) are being reopened. The opening times are published on our website Border crossings.

 

Border crossing points at the Slovenia-Austria border

Border crossing point
Opening times
Categories of travellers permitted to cross the border
Karavanke – Karawankentunnel 24/7 all
Ljubelj – Loibltunnel 24/7 all
Šentilj (motorway) – Spielfeld (Autobahn) 24/7 all
Šentilj (railway) ‒ Spielfeld (Eisenbahn)

24/7 Timetable (times) of piggyback trains and twice a day as per timetable of passenger trains

In addition to international freight transport, international passenger railway transport from Austria (Vienna) to Slovenia (Ljubljana), twice a day. One direct train every day, and one where passengers need to change trains in Maribor.

 

The border with Austria outside the listed checkpoints on road connections may only be crossed by citizens of Slovenia and citizens of Austria. This means that they may cross the Slovenia-Austria border at the former (pre-Schengen) border crossing points (BCPs). Other travellers may cross the border only at the above-listed checkpoints.

 

Border crossing points at the Slovenia-Italy border

Border crossing point
Opening times
Categories of travellers permitted to cross border
Vrtojba ‒ St. Andrea 24/7 all
Fernetiči ‒ Fernetti 24/7 all
Škofije ‒ Rabuese 24/7 all
Krvavi potok ‒ Pesse from 5.00 to 23.00 all

 

The border with Italy outside the listed checkpoints on road connections may only be crossed by citizens of Slovenia and citizens of Italy. This means that they may cross the Slovenia-Italy border at the former (pre-Schengen) border crossing points (BCPs). Other travellers may cross the border only at the above-listed checkpoints.

 

Border crossing points at the Slovenia-Hungary border

Border crossing point
Opening times
Categories of travellers permitted to cross the border
Dolga vas – Redics 24/7 all
Pince (motorway) – Torniyszentmiklos (Országút)

24/7

all

 

The border with Hungary outside the listed checkpoints on road connections may only be crossed by citizens of Slovenia and citizens of Hungary. This means that they may cross the Slovenia-Hungary border at the former (pre-Schengen) border crossing points (BCPs). Other travellers may cross the border only at the above-listed checkpoints.

 

Crossing the Slovenia-Croatia border

Border-crossing points for local traffic are being reopened. Travellers seeking to cross the Slovenia-Croatia border can also go through border crossing points for international traffic. The opening times are published on our website Border crossings.

Border crossing regime for owners of land on both sides of the national border and tenant farmers. At the Slovenian-Croatian border (i.e. the external Schengen border), farmers have to use points of crossing in accordance with the (still applicable) agreement between Slovenia and Croatia on local border traffic and cooperation.

 

Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU

As of 31 March 2020, third-country nationals seeking to enter Slovenia will be checked not only for their fulfilment of regulatory entry conditions but also whether their travel is really essential. This regime will be in operation at all border crossing points along the external Schengen border. For more information go to: Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU means third-country nationals can enter Slovenia only in urgent cases

 

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Last edited: 7 August 2020