Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Slovenia maintaining international entry restrictions as of July 31 to reduce spread of COVID-19; social distancing requirements in force.

  • Alert Begins: 31 Jul 2020 03:44 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 14 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel, transport, and business disruptions

The Slovenian government is maintaining international travel restrictions as of July 31, as part of its response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Travelers from so-called Green – or epidemiologically safe – locations can enter without restriction. Arrivals from elsewhere must self-isolate for 14 days. Slovenian citizens or residents do not need to self-isolate if arriving from Yellow countries. The Slovenian government’s assessment of a country’s epidemiological status is available on the Ministry of Health’s website.

Most nonessential businesses have been allowed to reopen providing they can adhere to hygiene and social-distancing recommendations; persons from different households are required to maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters (5 feet). Protective face masks are mandatory in indoor public places and on public transport. Domestic public transport operations have resumed, though the requirement for strict hygiene and social distancing means service disruptions are likely. Public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

Any restrictions may be extended or amended with little to no advance notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by the Slovenian government are similar to actions taken by other European governments in response to COVID-19 activity. As countries relax blanket restrictions across Europe, authorities could begin to reintroduce sporadic, targeted measures in response to local COVID-19 outbreaks. Such measures could apply to local government areas, neighborhoods or specific facilities, including schools, factories, or accommodation and office blocks. Mandatory social distancing procedures in public places and on public transport, as well as widespread voluntary “self-policing” by residents, will assist in reducing the potential for contagion, reducing the necessity for a large-scale, blanket reintroduction of significant restrictions.

COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions.

Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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