Slovenia to indefinitely suspend entry for travelers from Italy lacking the proper health documentation, starting March 11.

Severity: Warning Alert

This alert began 11 Mar 2020 14:20 GMT and is scheduled to expire 16 Mar 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Entry restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Heightened screening and associated processing delays

Summary
Health authorities in Slovenia announced March 11, enhanced health screenings and the partial closure of the border with Italy in the coming days as a measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Numerous border crossing points will be closed, while the remaining border crossings will feature enhanced health screenings. The border crossing closures will be in effect by March 16; however, an exact timeline for the closures is unclear. The following border crossings will remain open subject to heightened health screenings:

  • Ratece border crossing
  • Robic-Stupizza border crossing
  • Gorizia-Vrtojba border crossing
  • Fernetti-Sezana border crossing
  • Kozina border crossing
  • Skofije border crossing


Foreign nationals traveling from Italy will not be permitted to enter the country unless they are in possession of a health certificate, issued within the previous three days, declaring them free of COVID-19. The border will remain open for the passage of freight.

Increased screening of individuals arriving from Italy could lead to processing delays, even with appropriate documentation. Other governments could place similar restrictions on travel from Italy in the coming days.

Background and Analysis
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.

Older individuals, infants, and those with chronic illness are more susceptible to infection and are at increased risk for severe complications. Human-to-human transmission can occur, though it remains unclear how easily the virus spreads between people. Preliminary investigations indicate the course of illness is not as severe as seasonal influenza, nor as contagious.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Confirm health documentation requirements before traveling from Italy to Slovenia and allow additional time for processing at airports and border crossings between Italy and Slovenia. Carry proper identification documents to present at security checks. Heed all official advisories and remain nonconfrontational if stopped by authorities. Consider delaying travel if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays and possibly result in quarantine. Carry proper identification documents to present at security checks. Shipping disruptions may occur; consider delaying or rerouting shipments.

Exercise basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. 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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