Slovenia tightens pandemic-era entry requirements

There will be three sets of exemptions. [Shutterstock/Andrej Safaric]

Significantly tighter rules for entering Slovenia took effect on Thursday, as the colour-coded list of countries was replaced with the requirement that passengers who wish to enter the country need to have a COVID-19 certificate regardless of where they come from.

The certificate will have to prove that passengers have had a negative PCR test within the last 72 hours, a negative rapid antigen within the last 48 hours, a certificate of vaccination or proof that they have recovered from the virus.

The EU’s green digital certificate and equivalent certificates of third countries are acceptable. The acceptable vaccines are those by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen as well as the Russian vaccine Sputnik V and the Chinese Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines.

There are three sets of exemptions: passengers in transit and lorry drivers, people who own land on both sides of the border and accompanied minors under 15.

Persons without a COVID-19 certificate will have to quarantine for 10 days and foreigners without a certificate and without residence in Slovenia will be allowed entry only if they can prove they have a place to quarantine for 10 days.

It is unclear how compliance will be verified since Slovenia does not currently have police checks on the borders with Austria, Hungary and Italy, only on the Schengen border with Croatia. The decision comes amidst concern about rising coronavirus cases and a surge in the spread of the more infectious Delta variant.

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