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.

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As of Friday, 21 August 2020, midnight, Croatia has been on the red list of countries according to the Government ordinance. Article 12 of the ordinance also brings changes applying to transit across the territory of the Republic of Slovenia. The latest amendments to the ordinance that enter into force on 13 September 2020 are introducing several changes to the border-crossing rules, for instance: mandatory quarantine is being cut from 14 to 10 days, validity of negative tests for SARS-CoV-2, is extended from 36 to 48 hours.

For most recent information on changes introduced by the ordinance and updates on the green, yellow and red lists of countries please go to the government web site Border Crossing

Information regarding transit and prior transit permits: Transit through Slovenia to another country – explanation

 

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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.

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Border Crossing (recent information on entry requirements and updates on green, yellow, and red lists of countries)  

 

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 Quarantine decisions

If you expect to be ordered to quarantine, you may enter Slovenia at any border crossing point or check point. You have to provide your personal details to a police officer who will refer your data to an official of the Ministry of Health. The public health official will then issue a quarantine decision and hand it over to the police officer who will serve the decision on you, after which you will be allowed to enter Slovenia.

If you do not hold a permanent or temporary residence or are unable to reside at such an address for a well-founded reason, you will be ordered to undergo a quarantine at the place of your actual stay. If you are a foreign national with no permanent or temporary residence registered in Slovenia and you are unable to provide an address of your stay, you will be refused permission to enter Slovenia. If you intend to work in Slovenia, you will be ordered to quarantine at the address indicated in the certificate of your employer which you have to demonstrate upon entry into Slovenia.

Quarantine decisions issued and served inland. A person who should have been given a quarantine decision upon entry into Slovenia, but did not receive one because he or she had already moved further into the territory of Slovenia (e.g. illegal border crossing) will be processed by the police and required to provide their personal details (i.e. name, surname, date of birth, permanent/temporary residence address or the place where they are staying for 14 days, e-mail address for the purpose of on-line service of documents). The police will submit the data to the competent public health authorities. The public health authorities will issue a decision and send it to the police unit in charge of the case to serve the decision on the person at issue.

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.

 

Permission to enter Slovenia for those with quarantine orders issued by another country

If you are a Slovenian citizen or a foreign national holding a permanent or temporary address in Slovenia and you have been ordered to quarantine by another state, because you were exposed to a Covid-19 infected person, and you wish to quarantine in Slovenia, you will be permitted to enter Slovenia. The police will let you into the country on the basis of a prior announcement by the competent authority of Slovenia and let you use your own vehicle to reach the address of your quarantine stay.

 

Transit through Slovenia

Passengers are permitted to transit Slovenia on their way to another country within 12 hours. If you are under a quarantine decision issued abroad, then your permitted transit time is 6 hours. Prior transit permits are not issued. 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. 112/20 and 115/20) .


 

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

Austria is currently on the green list (no-quarantine entry).

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

Italy is currently on the green list (no-quarantine entry).

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

Hungary is currently on the green list (no-quarantine entry).

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

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Pince (regional road) – Torniyszentmiklos (Helyi út) 24/7 citizens of Slovenia and citizens of Hungary
Hodoš – Bajasenjye 24/7 citizens of Slovenia and citizens of Hungary
Verica-Čepinci – Ketvolgy from 6.00 till 18.00  citizens of Slovenia and citizens of Hungary

 

 

Crossing the border with Croatia

Croatia is on the red list of neighbouring countries (mandatory quarantine).

Due to the specific nature of cross-border exchanges, a broader range of exceptions is in place for crossing the border with Croatia: exceptions under paragraph one of Article 10 of the Ordinance, except for point 17 (tourist visits), and three exceptions under paragraph two of Article 11 of the Ordinance (e.g. property owners, boat owners, holders of flat-rate leases at campsites and persons with scheduled medical examinations, including non-urgent).

*Slovenian citizens or foreign nationals holding a permanent residence in Slovenia who are owners of real estate, live-aboard boats, or who hold lease contracts based on which they are entitled to use a property, a live-aboard boat or a campsite pitch in one of these neighbouring countries (Italy, Croatia, Austria or Hungary), and are arriving in Slovenia from one of these countries together with their close family members, which they have to support by appropriate evidence, may enter Slovenia without having to quarantine even though the neighbouring country is red-listed on condition that they return to Slovenia within 48 hours after leaving it. Travellers are advised to present an adequate proof that they have not overstayed the 48-hour period to the border police.

The border with a red-listed neighbouring country may be crossed without a quarantine by persons who can prove they have a pre-scheduled medical examination or treatment in the neighbouring country provided that they return on the same day, or immediately after the medical examination or treatment if the examination or treatment lasted more than one day.
Prior to entering Croatia, passengers may register their data on-line through Enter Croatia of the Croatian Ministry of the Interior.

As of 15 June 2020, all border crossings for local border traffic on the border with Croatia are back in operation. 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.

Slovenian and Croatian citizens and persons enjoying the right to free movement as per EU law can cross the state border at border crossings for local border traffic.

 

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: 18 September, 2020