Information for Foreign Students – Updates on Corona Virus in Slovenia

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On May 15th, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted an ordinance declaring the end of COVID-19 epidemic. Slovenia is thus the first country in Europe to take this step. Since the risk of spreading COVID-19 still persists, the general and specific measures adopted will continue to apply based on expert opinion until 31 May 2020.

Nevertheless, we strongly advise all students before coming to Slovenia to contact their host institution and inquire about any possible measures regarding the virus. In principle, all Slovenian higher education institutions will complete the academic year 2019/2020 with on-line learning.

The Government of the Republic of Slovenia also introduced mandatory 14-day quarantine for all citizens, except for most of the EU countries and EEA states. More concretely this refers to:

  • all third-country nationals without a permanent or temporary residence in the European Union;
  • persons who have permanent or temporary residence in the EU and have left the territory of the EU for more than 14 days. The border police will provide everyone entering Slovenia with the instructions of the National Institute of Public Health on the implementation of measures to prevent the spread of the virus.

Strict measures remain in force for foreign nationals who arrive at Slovenian border with visible signs of upper respiratory tract infection or with a positive test result for coronavirus; they may be denied the entry.

(Source: taken from the press release of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia, 15. 5. 2020)

At the same time, we urge higher education institutions to inform their third-country national students not to return to study in Slovenia as long as they are subject to quarantine measures.

At present, it is not possible to ensure the implementation of quarantine measures for a large number of foreign students and the Ministry for Education will not allow exceptions. If students, despite these recommendations, want to travel, they should carefully study the possibilities that concern their travel and obtain the latest information from the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in their country. Student dormitories are not suitable for carrying out quarantine measures. According to the latter, the Ministry asks all higher education institutions to allow foreign students, if it is possible, to complete their studies on-line.

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