Entry restrictions remain in force in Slovenia as of Oct. 14 as part of the government's effort to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Slovenia is 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. Nonresident foreign nationals entering from "orange" countries, i.e. locations that pose a moderate risk, must self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. The entry restrictions do not apply to Slovenian citizens or residents returning from these countries. All persons arriving from countries designated as "red" or high-risk locations must produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival and quarantine for 10 days on entry.

Most 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. Protective face coverings are mandatory in indoor public spaces and on public transport. 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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