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General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
General advice to avoid non-essential travel and ‘Normal Precautions’ list of exemptions:
In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.
Travel to a very limited set of locations is exempted from this advice. Individuals arriving into Ireland from these locations will not be required to restrict their movements upon entry. These locations currently have a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) security status rating. As of 4 August 2020, these locations are:
Inclusion on the list is based on the current epidemiological situation and related public health information in each location. The list and related travel advice will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis, based on advice from officials, including public health experts. Any updates or changes will be based on Government decisions. The latest updates will always be uploaded first to this General COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Country-specific tabs will be updated subsequently, and as quickly as possible, but this advisory is the primary source of information for the latest version of the list. The above list was updated on 4 August following the latest review.
If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:
Irish citizens travelling to locations with a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc. The security rating for all other locations remains unchanged at either to ‘avoid non-essential travel’ (“orange”) or to ‘do not travel’ (“red”).
The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves. The COVID19 pandemic continues to accelerate internationally, and there are significant risks associated with international travel. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad are advised to monitor closely our travel advice and we recommend that citizens download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. Citizens travelling abroad should also register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Should you need to travel for essential reasons, you should inform yourself about any requirements in place in the destination to which you are travelling. Flight restrictions and route cancellations are happening on a daily basis worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will continue to operate as scheduled. Testing and restrictions may be imposed or may already be in place in other countries. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time.
What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:
The Irish Authorities advise anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland and individuals arriving in Ireland from locations with a security rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. To ensure that this is being observed all passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Exemptions are also in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements and further advice on returning from abroad.
Where to go for more information:
We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.
Avoid non-essential travel.
Security Status Last Updated: 16 March 2020
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There have been a number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in Slovenia and there have also been fatalities.
It was announced on 15 May that the national health emergency status in Slovenia was being lifted. However, a number of targeted restrictions remain in place that are being amended on an ongoing basis. It is therefore advisable to confirm these before making travel plans.
The airport at Ljubljana is open again.
While a limited service on internal public transport has now resumed, there are social-distancing and other related restrictions still in place. There are fines for breaching regulations.
There is in Slovenia a general requirement for quarantine of fourteen days. These measures do not currently apply to Irish citizens arriving from Ireland and in the case of most other EU and Schengen countries. They do apply, however, in respect of people who have left these zones within 14 days. These measures are the subject of regular updates. It is therefore advised that you check the measures in place before making any concrete travel plans.
Slovenia announced on 30 March that it is automatically renewing residency during this situation.
Information is also available at the following points:
There is a toll-free number 080 1404 (from abroad: +386 1 478 7550) every day between 08:00 and 20:00.
National Institute for Public Health of the Republic of Slovenia (NIJZ): https://www.nijz.si/sl/pojav-novega-koronavirusa-2019-ncov
Up-to-date traffic information including waiting times at borders is available: https://www.promet.si/portal/sl/razmere.aspx
Up-to-date information about border regime is available at the Police website: https://www.policija.si/nase-naloge/nadzor-drzavne-meje/prehajanje-drzavne-meje-med-epidemijo-zaradi-koronavirusa
The police has also set up a hotline to help those with questions about the restrictions. The hotline is available every day of the week between 7am and 7pm at 01 514 70 01. Questions can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel Information Centre Ljubljana. This includes updated details concerning international border crossings: https://www.visitljubljana.com/en/visitors/travel-information/coronavirus-covid-19/
If you are in Slovenia, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities.
The National Institute of Public Health has set up a contact phone number, +386 31 646 617, which the public can call daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm to obtain all available information and advice in the event of any suspicion of infection with the coronavirus.
Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.
If a foreign citizen is concerned that he/she has been exposed to the coronavirus, he/she should call the emergency services on 112. All operators can offer assistance in English and medical professionals will be available at a call centre. If a patient tests positive, he/she will be taken to one of three dedicated hospitals:
• University Clinical Centre, Ljubljana
• University Clinical Centre, Maribor
• University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases, Golnik.
HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is below.
• wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze
• put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands
• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for South Africa.
Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:
The authorities in Slovenia have put in place a range of restrictive measures in relation to public events and activities.
Latest Travel Advice
Irish citizens do not need a visa to enter Slovenia, but please ensure that your passport is valid for the length of your stay.
Slovenia has introduced a modern electronic tolling system for heavy vehicles (weight > 3.5 tonnes). Under this system, only those vehicles registered with the DarsGo system, equipped with a DarsGo Unit and with valid financial coverage for electronic toll payments will be able to use Slovenian motorways and expressways.
For further information concerning registration etc, please click on the following link: www.darsgo.si
There can be extended delays at border crossings between Croatia and Slovenia.
When travelling from Slovenia into Croatia, the Embassy strongly advises that you carry your Irish passport or passport card as you will be leaving the Schengen Area. Your passport should be valid for at least the duration of your stay.
If traveling on to Bosnia and Herzegovina, the passport should be valid for a minimum of 90 days from the date of departure from that country.
Slovenia is within a zone of seismic activity. The department of civil protection of the Slovenian ministry of defence has prepared some useful background information: http://www.sos112.si/eng/page.php?src=np1.htm
You should keep your passport with you or safely stored away when engaged in activities such as swimming. Fines can be imposed in Slovenia on a person who fails to present to an official an identity document issued by a state and with the photograph of the named individual. The fines can range from €400 to €800, with a 50% reduction for fines paid within eight days.
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local regulations, customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal.
Given the terrorist attacks that have taken place in other European cities, Irish citizens are advised to follow the advice of police and local authorities and to exercise a high level of vigilance, especially when travelling on public transport, if attending large public gatherings or other crowded locations. The attacks elsewhere indicate that they could occur at any time and could target tourist attractions, restaurants, transport hubs or other public areas. Citizens should remain aware of their surroundings and ensure they have access to exits or escape routes at all times.
The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, talk to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management. The emergency services in Slovenia may be contacted by dialling 112.
In the event of an emergency situation in Slovenia or Bosnia and Herzegovina, you may also contact the Embassy in Ljubljana on +386 (0)1 300 8970.
If you contact the Embassy outside of office hours, you will be requested to leave your name, telephone number and a brief message outlining the nature of the emergency. An Embassy staff member will subsequently make contact with you. The out of hours service is strictly for genuine emergencies only. Queries or requests that would be best processed during normal office hours would not be dealt with by the duty officer.
Alternatively, you may contact the Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin at (+353) 1 408 2000.
Our tips for Safe Travels:
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
- Get a European Health Insurance Card
- Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
- Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Although the threat from terrorism in Slovenia is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Crime remains low in Slovenia but you should take sensible precautions.
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home
- Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you are alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business
- Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafes, train and bus stations
- Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible
Reporting a crime
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Slovenia, you should report it to the local police immediately and get a report. The telephone number for the Police is 113 and the general emergency number is 112. You can also contact us at the Irish Embassy in Ljubljana if you need help.
The rules of the road in Slovenia are broadly similar to those in Ireland, and roads are modern and well maintained. Roads are generally not lit outside urban areas so please take extra care when driving at night.
If you want to drive:
- Bring your full Irish driving licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
- Be aware of Slovenia’s traffic laws, such as speed limits
- The rider and passenger on a motorcycle or motorised bicycle must both wear strapped homologised crash helmets and it’s against the law to carry children under 12 on a motorcycle
- Heavy on-the-spot fines are in place for traffic offences such as speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and for using mobile telephones without a hands-free device. There are also fines for jay walking
- You must drive with dipped headlights at all times, even during the day
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged). If hiring a car in another country, you must tell the hire company that you are planning to travel to Slovenia in order to get proper cover.
It’s illegal for professional drivers (class C, D and E) to drive with any alcohol in their system. The blood/alcohol limit is 0.05 for all drivers of private vehicles and motorcycles. In Ireland, the limit is 0.08.
Anyone suspected of driving or attempting to operate a vehicle when under the influence of alcohol or drugs must submit to a breath test or a medical examination. Drivers who refuse to submit to a breath test are presumed to have been driving while intoxicated.
Driving on the motorway
Slovenia has a vignette system for motorway travel. Every vehicle under 3.5 tons must have a vignette to drive on motorways and expressways. Weekly, monthly and yearly vignettes are available. The police monitor motorway use, and stop motorists who do not have a vignette. Failure to have or display a vignette will lead to an on-the-spot fine of up to €800. You can find information about prices and locations of where to buy the vignettes on the Motorway Company of the Republic of Slovenia (DARS) website.
From mid-November to mid-March and during winter weather conditions outside of these dates, vehicles up to 3.5 tons must be fitted with winter tyres. Under certain conditions, snow chains will suffice. You can find out more on the Automobile Association of Slovenia website.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.
Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.
Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.
Your policy should cover:
- All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
- Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
- 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
- Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
- Lost and stolen possessions.
- Cancellation and curtailment.
- Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).
Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.
European Health Insurance Card
As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.
The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.
Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Irish citizens don’t need a visa to enter Slovenia, but please ensure that your passport is valid for the length of your stay. A number of airlines during the checking-in process require that a passport would also be valid on the date of the return flight. It is therefore advisable to renew a passport to ensure validity of the passport for the entire period of travel and any visa or other requirements.
If you intend staying in Slovenia for a long time, we advise you to register with the Irish Embassy in Slovenia.
All foreign citizens are required to register with the local police within 72 hours of arriving in Slovenia. This is usually done automatically at your accommodation. A standard fee of around €1 may be added to your bill.
However, if you’re staying in private accommodation, such as with friends or family, you must register at the local police station, together with your host, within three days of your arrival. Failure to do so may result in a fine of up to €400 being levied at the airport as you leave the country, or your host may have to pay a fine when you have left.
Police have been known to carry out checks on tourists in Slovenia and a failure to produce appropriate proof of registration may also result in an on-the-spot fine being levied.
You must carry personal proof of identity at all times (passport, national ID document or driving licence). Anyone failing to produce photo ID when requested may be fined on the spot. The fines can range from €400 to €800, with a 50% reduction for fines paid within eight days. We recommend that you carry at least a photocopy of your passport or other identity document at all times, and original documentation where possible.
Slovenia uses the euro. ATMs are widely available and major credit cards/travellers’ cheques are accepted. You can withdraw cash from your Irish account if your ATM card has a Maestro or Cirrus symbol. Banks and bureaux de change will change travellers’ cheques, sterling and other main currencies.
In the event of an emergency situation in Slovenia or Bosnia and Herzegovina, you can contact the Embassy in Ljubljana on +386 (0)1 300 8970. The mobile telephone number of the officer on duty will be available on the answering machine.
The out of hours service is strictly for genuine emergencies only. Queries or requests that can wait until normal office hours will not be dealt with by the duty officer.
Alternatively, you can contact the Consular Assistance Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin at (+353) 1 408 2000.
Embassy of Ireland
Palača Kapitelj, 1st floor
Poljanski nasip 6
Monday to Friday 09:00-12:30 and 14:30-16:00
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Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.