Slovenia and Norway impose restrictions for Czech travelers

This isn't the first time Slovenia has placed Czech Republic on their medium-risk list

Samantha Tatro

Written by Samantha Tatro
Published on 07.08.2020 09:07 (updated on 07.08.2020)

Slovenia and Norway have imposed new restrictions on travelers coming from the Czech Republic in light of the growing number of coronavirus cases in the country.

On Thursday evening, Slovenia put the Czech Republic on its list of medium-risk countries overnight without warning, reintroducing obligatory two-week quarantine for Czech permanent and temporary residents, according to the Czech Foreign Ministry. This includes travelers who will stay in the country for 12 hours or less.

Czech permanent residents, temporary residents, and citizens who have booked accommodation in Slovenia prior to Thursday, August 6 will not have to go into quarantine if they produce a negative COVID-19 test.

This isn’t the first time Slovenia has placed the Czech Republic on their medium-risk list. At the beginning of July, Slovenia declared the Czech Republic a medium-risk country over the rising number of coronavirus cases. A few days later, officials in Ljubljana softened the restriction by declaring only the Czech Republic’s Moravia-Silesia Region as moderate risk. As of July 17, Slovenia fully lifted all limitations for Czechs.

Kayakers on the Soča River in Slovenia via iStock / Ziga Plahutar
Kayakers on the Soča River in Slovenia via iStock / Ziga Plahutar

“As of August 6, 2020, the Czech Republic has again been put on the yellow list that binds the travelers to undergo 14-day quarantine after entering Slovenia. Transit across Slovenia is possible without quarantine if it does not last more than 12 hours,” the ministry wrote on their site. Many Czech tourists prefer crossing Slovenia on their way to Croatia, a popular holidaying destination.

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There are several exceptions to the quarantine requirement, according to the ministry. Those exceptions include daily commuters with a certificate of employment, weekly commuters, and more. Find the full list here.  Most of these exceptions, nevertheless, will have to produce a negative COVID-19 test and leave Slovenia within 24 hours.

In addition, Czech permanent and temporary residents face new restrictions heading to Norway. Starting Friday at midnight, Czech residents entering Norway will have to spend 10 days in quarantine.

Officials in Oslo put the Czech Republic on their red list together with France, Switzerland, and Monaco due to the escalating epidemiological situation in the countries.

In the past two weeks, the Czech Republic has recorded more than 200 new coronavirus cases almost every day. A record number of people remain actively infected with the virus. According to epidemiologists in the Czech Republic, the infection remains under control and only a small fraction of patients require intensive care.