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Slovenians advised not to travel for May 1 holiday weekend

Despite the recent improvement, Slovenia's epidemiological situation is still somewhat difficult, which is why the Slovenian government has called on citizens to refrain from travel unless necessary – especially to Croatia over the May 1 Labor Day weekend.

Zagreb, 23 April 2021 (Hina/MIA) — Despite the recent improvement, Slovenia’s epidemiological situation is still somewhat difficult, which is why the Slovenian government has called on citizens to refrain from travel unless necessary – especially to Croatia over the May 1 Labor Day weekend.

The state’s recommendation to delay any non essential travel is still in force and any travelers need to consider conditions for leaving the country and those upon returning to Slovenia, according to a senior official in Slovenia’s Foreign Ministry, Andrej Šter.

He added that this in particular refers to the May 1 holiday weekend and anyone intending to travel to Croatia.

“Many Slovenians would like to travel to Croatia,” Šter said. “However, the situation there is still difficult, with a large number of people infected and an overburdened health system.”

He added that anyone wishing to travel to Croatia should not expect an “ideal tourism situation,” and that anyone crossing the border needs to have been inoculated with both doses of a vaccine, have a report that they have recovered from Covid-19 or possess a negative coronavirus test.

Only people owning property or vessels in Croatia, or traveling to care for immediate family or for similar essential travel reasons are exempted. Their travel, however, is restricted to a limited time.

On Thursday, the Slovenian government relaxed some of its epidemiological restrictions because of the recently improved situation.

In the past 24 hours, Slovenia registered 900 new coronavirus cases with 16.8% of tests proving positive. Six people died.

Hospitals are still admitting new patients and currently there are 629 patients in coronavirus wards and 159 patients are in intensive care units, government spokeswoman Maja Bratuša said.

She warned that the situation was still delicate and unstable.

The average daily number on the week is 689 whereas on Thursday that number was 684. The 14-day incidence rate is still fairly high with 229 per 100,000 population.

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