Entry into Slovenia

Slovenia applies entry restrictions depending on the epidemiological situation. Consult the website for the latest rules, applicable exemptions, quarantine measures and border crossing points.

Start date: 
08.07.2020

Further information: 
https://www.policija.si/eng/newsroom/news-archive/103470-cro..

More info:
https://www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/

Source: https://ec.europa.eu/transport/coronavirus-response_en

Suspension of all international passenger flights (18.03.2020)

Slovenia has suspended from 17.03.2020 all international passenger flights, including on general aviation. The emergency measure stays in force until 30 March 2020 for the EU Member States, and until revoked for the so-called third countries. This measure was notified under Art. 21 of Regulation 1008/2008.

Start date: 17.03.2020

End date: 30.03.2020

Further information: https://www.gov.si/en/news/2020-03-16-the-government-has-adopted-the-pro.





26.06.2020

As of 15 June, Italian and Slovenian citizens can use all border crossing points to travel between the two countries, whilst citizens from other countries can only use the following border crossing points:

  • Vrtojba ‒ St. Andrea,
  • Fernetiči ‒ Fernetti,
  • Škofije ‒ Rabuiese,
  • Krvavi potok ‒ Pesse.

On the border with Austria, Austrian and Slovenian citizens can use all border crossing points to travel between the two countries, whilst remaining individuals can only use the following border crossing points.

  • Karavanke – Karawankentunnel,
  • Ljubelj – Loibltunnel,
  • Šentilj (motorway) – Spielfeld (motorway)

On the border of Hungary, Hungarian and Slovenian citizens can use all border crossing points to travel between the two countries, whilst citizens from other countries can only use the following border crossing points:

  • Dolga vas – Redics,
  • Pince (motorway) – Torniyszentmiklos (Országút).

On the border with Croatia, all local border crossing points have been opened.

Due to the deterioration of epidemiological conditions, regardless of citizenship or residence, a 14-day quarantine is imposed on all persons coming to Slovenia from the countries listed here and persons entering Slovenia and having permanent or temporary residence in those countries.

The provision does not apply to, among others, workers in international transport and international goods drivers driving to, from or through Slovenia. Drivers transiting through Slovenia must leave the country after 12 hours from their entry.

On 25 June, effective immediately, the government decided to take Luxembourg and Montenegro off the Green List, and also added Portugal and Albania to the Red List (where the following European countries are included: the UK, Andorra, Belgium, Sweden, Russia, Belarus, Serbia, Moldova, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Albania). Individuals coming from these countries need to quarantine for 14 days upon entering Slovenia.

Members are reminded that quarantine provisions do not apply to Slovenian citizens or foreigners with permanent or temporary residency in Slovenia, whilst they apply to individuals coming from countries included in the Yellow and the Red Lists.

Source: Slovenian government

                                                                                                     

25.06.2020

As of 25 June, the Slovenian government will be constantly monitoring and updating a list of countries from which travellers are not subject to restrictions upon arrival. Currently, the countries are: Croatia, Austria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland. Updates are published by the National Institute of Public Health here.

Travellers coming from countries not on the list must transit and leave Slovenia within 12 hours after their entry. In case this doesn’t happen, they will be put in quarantine. Professional drivers are not exempted from this provision.

Health authorities have also published guidelines for regular and occasional passenger transport operators (in Slovenian only), with which all buses and coaches must comply while driving in Slovenia.

Source: Permanent Representation of Slovenia to the EU

                                                                                                     

09.06.2020

On 26 May, the Slovenian Government issued a new Ordinance which updates conditions for entry into the country. The ordinance immediately entered into force and provides for the following:

  • The Gorjansko – San Pelagio border crossing point, on the border with Italy, is now open. The ordinance contains the full list of open border crossing points.
  • Slovenian citizens and foreigners with temporary or permanent residence in Slovenia can now enter the country without mandatory quarantine. Persons with permanent or temporary residence in Croatia are currently exempt from quarantine upon entry into Slovenia as well;
  • People who don’t have a residence in Slovenia and who, at the border, are positive or show typical signs of infections, will not be allowed to enter the country;
  • Persons with permanent or temporary residence in EU or other Schengen Area member states who are not on the list of countries whose residents may enter Slovenia have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon entry into the country. Exceptions to this rule are listed here.
  • Travellers coming from third country must quarantine for 14 days. Exceptions to this rule are listed here.

Source: Slovenian Government

                                                                                                     

20.04.2020

Following Croatia’s decision on 18 April, convoys have now also been abolished in Slovenia.

Source: Government of Slovenia

                                                                                                     

31.03.2020

·        Restrictions

General restrictions

Slovenian-Italian borders are closed for passenger transport by train and international occasional and regular bus services.

Goods vehicles whose final destination is Slovenia and goods vehicles carrying postal items, medical equipment, pharmaceutical products or humanitarian aid are permitted to enter the country. At national level, the transport of goods is allowed for postal items, medical supplies and humanitarian aid.

Convoys

On 14 March, the authorities of Slovenia and neighbouring countries agreed to create convoys of passenger and freight vehicles to solve the issue of long queues of vehicles blocked at borders. Agreements have been made with the authorities of Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine (available information here). Since 14 March, 71 freight convoys (Italy-Croatia and Italy-Hungary) have been organised. Each convoy has to obtain permission before the start of its journey.

Border with Italy

On the SLO-IT border, only the following four border crossing points are open to traffic: Vrtojba, Fernetiči, Škofije andKrvavi Potok.These border crossing points are open 24 hours a day except for Krvavi Potok which is open from 05:00 until 23:00. All other border crossings are closed.

Entry into the Republic of Slovenia from the Italian Republic is permitted for citizens of the Republic of Slovenia, individuals who are not Slovenian citizens or who do not have a registered permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Slovenia if they submit proof in Slovenian, English or Italian, no older than three days, of having tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). If an individual does not have such proof, he/she is allowed to enter the Republic of Slovenia only if his/her body temperature is less than 37.5°C, and if he/she shows no clear signs of upper respiratory tract infection (cough, sneezing, shortness of breath).

Border with Austria

On the SLO-AUT border, only the following entry points are open:Gornja Radgona (open at all times), Kuzma (open at all times), Holmec (from 05:00 to 21:00), Karavanke (open at all times), Jurij (from 06:00 to 21:00), Vič (from 05:00 to 23:00), Ljubelj (open at all times), Trate (open at all times), Radlje (open at all times), Gederovci (open at all times), Šentilj (motorway, open at all times), Šentilj (highway, from 06:00 to 21:00) and Korensko (from 05:00 to 23:00). No passenger train traffic is allowed.

Entry from Austria is permitted for Slovenian citizens, temporary or permanent residents in Slovenia, and foreigners if they present proof, not older than three days, of having tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), or foreigners with a body temperature below 37.5°C with no clear signs of upper respiratory tract infection.

The ordinance does not apply to those who own land on both sides of the state border who perform agricultural work, cross-border labour migrants, freight transport, passengers of emergency/ambulance vehicles, and for transit carried out in organised humanitarian convoys. Transit of persons who are assumed to be unable to leave the territory of the Republic of Slovenia due to actions of neighbouring countries shall not be allowed. The ordinance entered into force on 25 March at 00:00.

Border with Croatia

On the SLO-HR border, the following border crossing points are open for transit of vehicles from Italy: Gruškovje, Obrezje and Starod. Drivers must bear in mind that so far only Obrezje has been used by convoys coming from Italy.

Border with Hungary

On the SLO-HUN border, entry into Hungary is possible at three border crossing points: Dolga vas, Pince and Pince R1/232. The latter is only open to Slovenian and Hungarian citizens. All vehicles entering Hungary are subject to controls, and while there is no particular restriction or control procedure on vehicles entering Slovenia, drivers should avoid contact with others and have protective equipment with them.

·        Relieves

As of 27 March, road freight transport is allowed during the weekend.

Extension of validity of control documents

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted a Decree on the temporary ban on performing periodic technical inspections and other procedures related to the registration of motor vehicles and work in tachograph workshops in the Republic of Slovenia, which temporarily prohibited, until 16 April 2020, the carrying out of technical inspections and other procedures. Therefore, validity of driving licences including motor vehicle insurance and ADR certificates for transport of dangerous goods has been extended until 16 May 2020.

The Decree on temporarily prohibiting the offering and sale of goods and services directly to consumers in driving schools and authorised driver training centres in the Republic of Slovenia prohibits the training of learner drivers, additional training for learner drivers, training for safe driving, and training for learner driver providers and safe driving training. As a result, the validity of driving licences has been extended until 16 May 2020.

The Decree amending the Decree on temporarily prohibiting the offering and sale of goods and services directly to consumers in driving schools and authorised driver training centres in the Republic of Slovenia prohibits Initial Qualification Training, theoretical and practical tests for obtaining CPC certificates, and also the periodic training for renewal of the Union Code “95”. In addition, it is prohibited to carry out all activities related to the obtaining and renewal of driving licences.

Initial and refresher training courses for drivers transporting dangerous goods, basic and refresher professional training and tests for exceptional transport attendants, medical examinations for candidates, for the driver, and for the renewal of driving licences, control medical examinations of motor vehicle drivers, and training and tests for safe handling of tractors and tractor attachments are also prohibited. As a result, the validity of driving licences, CPC certificates and ADR driver qualification certificates which expire on 16 April 2020 has been further extended until 16 July 2020. Instructions were sent to the Slovenian Police and the Inspectorate of Infrastructure and Financial Administration to take into account the exceptional circumstances related to the validity of different documents in the transport sector, and also for foreign users.

Slovenia has signed ADR Multilateral Agreements:

-         M324 concerning driver training certificates and safety adviser certificates; and

-         M325 concerning periodic or intermediate inspections of tanks and certificate of approval for vehicles (more details: https://www.unece.org/trans/danger/multi/multi.html).

Exemptions from driving and rest time rules

Slovenia has notified the European Commission that it will apply (from 16 March to 16 April 2020) a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest times for drivers of vehicles transporting essential goods. It will apply to drivers involved in the delivery of goods in domestic and international transport. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Art. 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006.

A comprehensive overview of measures taken by the Government of Slovenia can be downloaded here.

Source: GIZ Intertransport and Government of Slovenia

                                                                                                  

27.03.2020

Temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest time rules for drivers

Slovenia has informed of a temporary and limited relaxation of the enforcement of driving and rest time rules for drivers of vehicles transporting essential goods. It will apply to drivers involved in the delivery of goods in domestic and international transport. This relaxation is granted pursuant to Art. 14(2) of Regulation (EC) No 561/2006.

Start date: 16.03.2020

End date: 16.04.2020

Further information here.

Source: European Commission COVID-10 website

                                                                                                            

26.03.2020

Extension of validity of documents

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia has adopted a Decree on the temporary ban on performing periodic technical inspections and other procedures related to the registration of motor vehicles and work in tachograph workshops in the Republic of Slovenia, which temporarily prohibited, until 16 April 2020, carrying out technical inspections and other procedures.

Therefore, the validity of such certificates including motor vehicle insurance and ADR certificates for the transport of dangerous goods will be extended until 16 May 2020.

The Decree on temporarily prohibiting the offering and sale of goods and services directly to consumers in driving schools and driver/vehicle authorised training institutes in the Republic of Slovenia prohibits the training of learner drivers, additional training for learner drivers, training for safe driving and training for learner driver providers and safe driving training.

As a result, the validity of driving licences is extended until 16 May 2020.

Special conditions applicable to entry from Italy

General conditions and border crossings from Italy

With a Government Order determining the conditions of entry into the Republic of Slovenia from the Italian Republic, in order to prevent the spread of infectious disease and with the Decree laying down the conditions of entry into the Republic of Slovenia from the Italian Republic for the control of infectious disease, only the following four border crossing points are open: Vrtojba, Fernetiči, Škofije and Krvavi Potok. These border crossing points are open 24 hours a day except for Krvavi Potok which is open from 05:00 until 23:00. All other border crossings are closed.

Entry from Italy

Entry into the territory of the Republic of Slovenia from the Italian Republic is allowed for citizens of the Republic of Slovenia, individuals who are not Slovenian citizens or who do not have a registered permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Slovenia,if they submit proof in Slovenian, English or Italian, no older than three days, of the completion of a medical test confirming the absence of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

If an individual does not have such proof, he/she is allowed to enter the Republic of Slovenia only if:

·         his/her body temperature is less than 37.5°C, and

·         he/she shows no clear signs of upper respiratory tract infection (cough, sneezing, shortness of breath).

Road freight transport entering from Italy

Road freight transport from the Italian Republic to the Republic of Slovenia is also suspended, except forthe transport of postal items, medicines, protective equipment and medical devices, as well as humanitarian aid.

Freight vehicles (freight transport) whose final destination is the Republic of Slovenia are exempted.

Based on agreements with different neighbouring countries, road freight transit transport is currently operated in organised convoys, in cooperation with the police and with the assistance of DARS Toll Inspection service.

Conditions applicable to entry into Slovenia from Austria

·       13 entry points:  Gornja Radgona, Kuzma, Holmec, Karavanke, Jurij, Vič, Ljubelj, Trate, Radlje, Gederovci, Šentilj (motorway), Šentilj (highway) and Korensko.

·       No passenger train traffic is allowed.

·       Entry from Austria is allowed for: Slovenian citizens, temporary or permanent residents in Slovenia, foreigners - if they present proof, no older than three days, of having tested negative for SARS-CoV-2, or foreigners with a body temperature of below 37.5°C with no clear signs of upper respiratory tract infection.

·       The ordinance does not apply to those who own land on both sides of the state border who perform agricultural work, cross-border labour migrants, freight transport, passengers of emergency/ambulance vehicles, and for transit carried out in organised humanitarian convoys.

·       Transit of persons who are assumed to be unable to leave the territory of the Republic of Slovenia due to actions of neighbouring countries shall not be allowed.

·       The ordinance entered into force on 25 March at 00:00.

Source: Government of Slovenia