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Slovenia Lifts COVID-19 Certificate, Testing & Quarantine Requirement for All Travellers

Travelers from other territories are subject to more moderate entry rules when planning to enter Slovenia after the latter’s Ministry of the Interior announced that the requirement to present a certificate of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result, or proof of refund on arrival had been rescinded.

In addition, the government of the Balkan country has also decided to abolish the mandatory quarantine requirement for those coming from other regions, TheSchengen.com reports.

“Based on the opinion of the expert team of the Minister of Health, Covid-19 is no longer considered a quarantine disease and the quarantine has been lifted, and for this reason there is no longer any reason to restrict entry into the Republic of Slovenia,” reads the statement published by the Ministry of the Interior.

The recent changes by the Slovenian authorities come as part of efforts to facilitate the travel process and prevent further damage from the Corona virus and its new variants, similar to other European Union countries.

Despite the current situation of COVID-19, the authorities in the European Union decided to ease travel rules and change the approach to dealing with the virus, considering the virus more like an endemic disease.

More than 868,142 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Finland since the start of the pandemic, while 6,713 people have died during the same period based on data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The same shows that in the past seven days, a total of 39,296 people have contracted the virus while 6,713 people have died.

The number of new daily cases in Slovenia has begun to decline over the past weeks, allowing the country’s government to gradually lift some restrictions imposed on it to stem the spread of the virus.

Starting today, February 21, Slovenia will also cancel COVID-19 restrictions on stores, services and other businesses. Besides, restrictions on nightclubs and on working hours in establishments have been lifted, following the decision taken by the country’s government on Saturday.

Until this moment, cafes, bars and restaurants have been allowed to offer their services between 5 am and 10 pm, provided they have a certificate of vaccination against the Corona virus, while nightclubs have been closed. This rule became effective last November in an effort to contain the spread of the virus and prevent a further increase in cases.

However, as of today, the COVID-19 certification requirements will not apply to all healthcare organizations and nursing homes. In addition, the maximum number of customers in services has also been raised, according to the announcement by Slovenian Economy Minister Zdravko Počivalšek.

Thus, we have heeded the pleas of economics as much as medical experts have allowed. In this regard, the minister pointed out that “the economy cannot operate efficiently and intensively unless the employees are in good health.”

Earlier, a report published by the European statistics provider, Eurostat, revealed that Slovenia experienced the largest drop among EU countries in air passenger traffic in 2020, or a total of 83.3 percent of the decline, which was mainly as a result of the ban and other preventive measures. The measures imposed due to the Corona virus and its new variants.

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