By Alison Fox
Jun 25, 2021
THE STRAIGHT-FROM-A-FAIRY-TALE COUNTRY OF SLOVENIA has eliminated quarantine for all tourists from safe-listed countries as well as those from other nations who arrive with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
The gorgeous country, known for its stunning lakes, beautiful old architecture, expansive walking trails and delicious wines, is welcoming visitors without quarantine from dark red and red-listed EU countries who show a vaccine certificate, proof of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival, proof of a negative rapid antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival, or proof they contracted the coronavirus within a certain time period, according to the Slovenian Tourist Board.
Those who arrive from a “Safe listed” EU or Schengen country can enter without any coronavirus-related paperwork. Likewise visitors traveling in from so-called green-listed countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand.
In addition to relaxing its entry restrictions, Slovenia — nestled between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, and known as one of the best places to retire in Europe — has created “GREEN&SAFE” protocols focused on hygiene standards and sustainability.
“The competition between providers will be strong, but for many years Slovenia has been developing and upgrading its commitment to sustainable and safe tourism tailored to the modern guests who want authentic boutique experiences far from mass tourism,” Maja Pak, the director of the Slovenian Tourist Board, said in a statement recently, adding that more than 160 providers already hold the Slovenia Green label.
“This proves that green and safe in Slovenia is not just a promise, but a fact,” Pak added.
Those planning a trip to Slovenia this summer likely have the more famous highlights of Ljubljana, Lake Bled and Piran in mind. But Virtuoso travel agents Matej Knific and Mattej Valenčič, founders of Luxury Slovenia, emphasize the diverse destinations and attractions that are little-known to the wider world.
“There are so many cool places where you will meet only travelers from the region,” they say. “We would strongly recommend for this summer and fall a trip to the Posavje region in the southeast near the Croatia border, and its wine-growing White Carniola region — you’ll have great outdoor fun and culinary experiences.” Where to stay? The Hotel Grad Otočec, a Relais & Chateaux property that is an actual castle on an island in the middle of the Krka River.
What’s that we said about Slovenia being from a storybook?
The updated rules come as the European Union prepares to welcome vaccinated foreign travelers this summer, and launches its much-anticipated EU Digital COVID Certificate, which could potentially be extended to those in non-EU countries.