Due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates, authorities in Slovenia will further tighten restrictions from Oct. 27. Officials have implemented a ban on movement between municipalities, except for essential purposes. Individuals who meet exemption criteria will have to complete a form containing personal data and essential reasons for travel prior to the trip. These measures will be in place until at least Nov. 3.
Authorities previously declared a State of Emergency (SoE) nationwide due to an increase in COVID-19 infection rates. The SoE enables officials to significantly and rapidly tighten restrictions. The following measures will be in place until at least Nov. 18:
- A 2100-0600 curfew restricting movement outside the home except for work, urgent family reasons, and emergencies.
- A ban on movement between regions except for work, healthcare, and emergency situations.
- The limit on public gatherings of people from different households is reduced from 10 to six individuals.
- A ban on all public events and religious ceremonies.
Entry restrictions remain in force in Slovenia as of Oct. 26. Officials are using 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. Travelers arriving from "orange" countries within the EU or Schengen Area can enter Slovenia without restrictions; travelers arriving from all other "orange" countries must self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. Travelers arriving from all "red" counties must self-isolate for 10 days on arrival. The requirement to self-isolate can be waived if the traveler presents a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 48-hours on arrival.
In most areas, gyms and other fitness facilities are closed, as are bars and restaurants except for takeout services. Facemasks are mandatory in indoor and outdoor public spaces nationwide, unless engaged in individual exercise activities such as cycling and running. Many nonessential businesses have been allowed to reopen, provided they can adhere to hygiene directives and social distancing guidelines that require persons from different households to keep at least 1.5 meters (5 feet) away from each other. In addition, all businesses must measure the temperature of their employees before they enter the premises, with those who have a fever being sent home on sick leave. Authorities also recommend that staff work from home whenever possible.
Any restrictions may be extended or amended with little to no advance notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.
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.