Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia Tirana /Newsroom /
18.03.2020  

COVID-19 - MEASURES TAKEN BY THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA

Measures at the borers

• Control of health at entrance for passengers on the border between Italy and Slovenia:

Six health check points were set up at the following locations: Rateče, Robič, Vrtojba, Škofije, Fernetiči and Krvavi Potok. All other road connections with Italy are temporarily closed.

Non-Slovenian nationals and persons without permanent or temporary residence in Slovenia are subject to health checks when passing the border. Persons crossing the border are required to submit certificates issued by a competent authority and indicating that they tested negative for the coronavirus. The certificate must be issued in the Slovenian, English or Italian languages and must not be older than three days.

Individuals without such certificates may still be allowed to enter the Republic of Slovenia if their body temperature is below 37.5 °C and they show no clear signs of upper respiratory tract infection (cough, sneezing, shortness of breath).

All freight transport between Slovenia and Italy has stopped (apart from the transportation of postal shipments, medicine, protective equipment and medical supplies as well as humanitarian aid).

Bus and railway passenger traffic between the republic of Slovenia and the Italian Republic has stopped.

Travel restrictions

Due to limitations on travel being instituted in Europe and elsewhere, the Ministry of foreign affairs has issued an appeal to citizens to delay any travel abroad and for those who are abroad to return to Slovenia immediately.

Transport restrictions

• As of 16 March public railway and bus transportation, as well as gondolas and funiculars have stopped running.
• As of 17 March all passenger air travel to and from Slovenia is to be cancelled, with flights within the EU cancelled until 30.3. and flights to non-EU countries cancelled until further notice. These restrictions do not apply for (1) scheduled or extraordinary flights for the transportation of goods or postal shipments; (2) 'ferry flights' without passengers to carrier bases or for maintenance; and (3) individual flights for humanitarian or medical purposes.

Measures intended to limit social contacts

• Indoor public gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited.
• Mass outdoor public gatherings are prohibited.
• Most public institutions are closed (libraries, museums, cinemas, galleries, etc.).
• As of 16 March the sale of goods and services directly to customers is prohibited, which includes accommodation and hospitality services, restaurants and bars, wellness and recreational facilities, as well as entertainment and cosmetic facilities and other comparable activities. Exceptions to this ban are stores selling general provisions and pharmacies.
• Most hospitals in Slovenia have imposed a total ban on visits.
• A total ban on visits in the homes for the elderly in order to protect the health of residents.
• As of 16 March all educational institutions in Slovenia, apart from [institutions for work with adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders] are closed. The responsible ministry has issued guidelines for enacting remote education and guidelines for childcare to all primary and secondary schools.
• The functioning of administrative units is limited to urgent tasks until further notice. The following measures are in place:
- an appointment must be arranged by telephone, e-mail or post;
- only the most urgent cases are considered
- applications and other forms are only considered by post or email
- the formation and separation of marital unions is not taking place.
• The functioning of courts and notary offices is also limited.