Travel advice from ABTA Magazine as tourism restarts.
Located between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, Slovenia is home to breathtaking mountains, 11,000 karst caves and the Pannonian Plain, which is rich in healthy water springs. Brimming with fruitful wine regions, Unesco heritage sites and diverse terrain, Slovenia is a haven for wine lovers, outdoor adventure enthusiasts and cultural explorers. Around 160,000 British nationals visit Slovenia every year.
As lockdown continues to ease, the government has revealed a list of countries from which inbound tourist and returning travellers do not need to self-isolate (also known as the travel corridors list) – ending its blanket 14-day quarantine policy. However, it is not necessarily the case that Britons can enter the countries on the exemptions list without needing to quarantine, or that flights are even currently available (research suggests as little as a third of the countries can be visited without restrictions). Although firm favourites France and Italy made it on to lists revealed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Transport (DfT), the USA and Portugal were notable exceptions.
Slovenia is no longer exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel. It was added to the Department for Transport’s exemption list, but has now been removed meaning when returning to the UK, travellers will need to self-isolate for 14 days. The FCO advises that health checks are conducted at all border entry points to Slovenia. It adds: “if you display signs of coronavirus infections you will be refused entry, unless you hold a permanent residence permit for Slovenia.”
Hand sanitation and face masks or scarves are still mandatory in indoor public spaces, as well as on public transport, in Slovenia. You can read more about the government’s coronavirus measures here.