Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Officials in Slovenia reduce COVID-19-related self-quarantine duration from 14 to 10 days beginning Sept. 14. Other restrictions remain.

Alert Begins 14 Sep 2020 07:04 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel, transport, and business disruptions

Summary
As part of ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), authorities in Slovenia reduced self-isolation or quarantine mandates from 14 to 10 days on Sept. 14. Travelers arriving from countries designated as yellow (medium risk) or red (high risk) and any individuals who have been in direct contact with someone infected with COVID-19 will now be required to self-isolate for 10 days instead of the previous mandated two weeks.

Slovenia implemented a color-coded three-tier system for assigning restrictions on travel from foreign countries based on their levels of COVID-19 activity. Travelers from locations designated as "green" – or epidemiologically safe – can enter Slovenia without restrictions. Nonresident foreign nationals entering from "yellow" countries or locations that pose a moderate risk must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival from Sept. 14; the requirement does not apply to Slovenian citizens or residents returning from these countries. All persons arriving from countries designated as "red" or high-risk locations must poses a negative COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test no older than 48 hours at the time of arrival, and quarantine for 10 days on entry.

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 coverings 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 50 people are prohibited.

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

Advice
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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