Strict restrictions on Slovenia’s borders took effect on Monday, ahead of an eleven-day blockade. Fewer exemptions have been granted as testing requirements have increased.
With the exception of a narrow list of exemptions, travel to all countries listed in red – all of Slovenia’s neighbors are on the list – is prohibited and the mandatory ten-day quarantine upon entry from those countries cannot be broken earlier with a negative test.
All travelers from countries listed in red will be required to quarantine unless they submit a PCR test performed in an EU country or Schengen area within the last 48 hours.
A vaccination certificate with the Pfizer / BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccine or proof that the person has recovered from COVID-19 in the last six months, provided it has been issued in an EU country or Schengen area, will also suffice.
Some passengers may enter Slovenia without quarantine or testing: international carriers, carriers leaving or entering the country for no more than eight hours, persons in transit, diplomats and young people under the age of 13 traveling to school every day, along with their drivers.
There are also several groups of travelers who can avoid quarantine with a quick test or PCR that is not more than seven days old. These include daily cross-border travel, persons over the age of 13 crossing the border to go to school and their drivers, landowners on both sides of the border and persons on emergency travel.
School students cannot be exempted from quarantine or testing requirements when schools are closed.
At the meeting of the state leadership with the representatives of the political parties and the health authorities, it was decided that the restrictive measures would be tightened. Among the new measures, the decision to impose an 11-day deadlock on April 1 sparked the strongest reactions.
“We are not choosing between the positive and the negative; we are choosing between taking actions that will have negative consequences and inaction that will have even more negative consequences, “said Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša at a meeting in Brdo pri Kranju.
Opposition parties once again boycotted the meeting.