The Slovenian Ministry of the Interior announced that in order to facilitate contact tracing of those entering the country, from August 16, passengers traveling by plane and ship will be required to fill out a passenger locator form.
According to the ministry, every traveler, including those traveling with their families or in smaller groups, will have to fill out the form, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Slovenia is introducing a passenger locator form for passengers by plane and ships on August 16 to facilitate contact tracing. Each passenger must fill out their own form, including passengers traveling together as a family or in a group,” the ministry said in a statement.
However, it has been noted that only passengers who will remain in the transit area of any airport in Slovenia, as well as members of the cabin crew and ships, will not be required to follow this requirement. Those traveling by bus, train or personal car are also exempt from this obligation.
Slovenian public health authorities are using passenger locator forms (PLFs) to facilitate contact tracing of travelers should they be exposed to COVID-19 during their journey.
As such, all information on the locator form is used only to quickly contact travelers as well as to protect public health and prevent further spread of disease.
“The information provided by travelers in PLFs will be used by the Epidemiology Department of the Slovenian National Institute of Public Health to quickly contact travelers and their acquaintances, with the aim of protecting their health, as well as preventing the further spread of diseases,” the ministry noted.
Currently, Slovenia imposes strict restrictions on travelers who have not been vaccinated or recovered from the COVID-19 disease.
In contrast, people with an EU COVID-19 digital certificate can enter Slovenian territory without being subjected to self-isolation measures.
Those who decide to present a certificate of vaccination should note that Slovenia only accepts vaccines that have been approved for use by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). This means that only people who have been vaccinated with Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson are considered fully immunized.
For travelers who have not been vaccinated, they can either submit a negative PCR test result done within 72 hours or a recovery certificate proving they have previously had COVID-19.
Previously, the Slovenian authorities announced that cross-border workers were no longer required to follow entry restrictions, regardless of their vaccination status.