Clarification regarding entry to Slovenia when transiting to another country (updated on 18 September 2020).

The call centre for police advice during the Coronavirus has been receiving many questions regarding modes of transiting Slovenian territory when travelling to another country.

Prior transit permits are not issued.

Prior permits to enter and transit through Slovenia are not issued. The fulfilment of conditions for crossing the border (entry to and transit through Slovenia) is checked at the border crossing point during border control on the day of crossing the border.

Transit through Slovenia on the way to another country allowed within 12 hours from entering

In addition to general conditions, which must be met to enter Slovenia, passengers are required to transit Slovenia within 12 hours from entering.

Persons entering Slovenia in transit must have with them:

  • Valid travel document (including a visa or a residence permit when required)
  • A document on the purpose and destination of transit (as of 14 July 2020 this document is not required for travellers with a permanent or temporary residence in EU member states)

Entry to Slovenia shall be denied to persons for whom it is foreseen that they may not be able to exit Slovenia due to measures in neighbouring countries.

Passengers under quarantine orders issued by other states have six hours to transit through Slovenia

As of 21 August 2020 the following passengers are given six hours to transit Slovenia on their way to another state: passengers under quarantine orders issued by other states on account of having been exposed to a person with SARS-CoV-2 infection, who wish to spend their quarantine in another state and do not show any signs of infection. The police may allow entry into Slovenia to such a passenger based on a prior announcement made by a competent authority in Slovenia, i.e. Ministry of Health or the National Institute of Public Health.

What does “transit” mean?

According to the exemption covered in point 6 of Article 10 of the Ordinance, a person may enter Slovenia without any restrictions and the need to quarantine if he or she is to transit Slovenia within a 12-hour period.

Transit within the 6-hour period is set out in point 3 of Article 10 of the Ordinance and applies to persons who are under quarantine orders issued by other states on account of their exposure to a person infected with Covid-19, who wish to spend their quarantine in another state and do not show any signs of infection.

This means that passengers must exit Slovenia within 12 hours or 6 hours and must travel through Slovenia without making unnecessary or redundant stops or leaving the main transit route. While transiting, passengers may attend to necessary things such as fill up the gas tank, stop for physiological needs (drink, food, toilet, etc.), but may not stay overnight.

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