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Attending events in Slovenia is from Monday onwards possible only with proof of vaccination against COVID-19, negative covid test result or confirmation of having had COVID-19. Slovenian event organisers have welcomed the new rule (EU COVID Digital Certificate) with open arms. The goal is to ensure the safe and healthy execution of events. Thus, Slovenia joins other European countries that have already accepted this rule that enabled the meetings industry to move forward regardless of the epidemiological situation.

Event organisers will oversee if attendees meet the requirements with an app similar to those used by the Slovenian border police at border crossings. Attendees do not need the app, as they need only one of the aforementioned certificates i.e. the EU COVID Digital Certificate. The organisers, on the other hand, have to ensure that participants meet the requirements.

We asked the organisers of the Conventa trade show to share their opinion regarding the new government measure. Natalija Bah Čad explained: “Even before the measure was accepted, we had foreseen the execution of the Conventa trade show with the preventive measure of overseeing the health of attendees. All participants had been informed of this long before the new rule was accepted. We will ensure that our project, taking place at the end of August, will be a best-case example from the aspect of ensuring health and safety. That is why we have acquired the Slovenian Convention Bureau’s certificate of Safe and Healthy Meetings & Events. Above all, we will make sure the participants feel pleasant, safe and healthy in Ljubljana.”

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What exactly does the Vaccinated Tested Recoverd Rule entail, and who can attend events:

1. Proof of negative test result of SARS-CoV-2 virus with the PCR test, no older than 72 hours or with the HAG test, no older than 48 hours.

2. Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 proving that since the dose was received:

– seven days have passed since receiving the second dose of the Comirnaty vaccine produced by BioNTech/Pfizer. Alternatively, at least 14 days must have passed since receiving the second dose of Moderna vaccine or Sputnik V vaccine, produced by Russia’s Gamaleya National Centre of Epidemiology and Microbiology. Likewise, at least 14 days must have passed since receiving either the second dose of CoronaVac by Sinovac Biotech or COVID-19 Vaccine by Sinopharm.

– at least 21 days have passed since receiving the first dose of Vaxzevria (COVID-19 Vaccine), produced by AstraZeneca or the Covidshield, produced by Serum Institute of India/AstraZeneca

– at least 14 days have passed since receiving the one dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine Janssen, produced by Johnson and Johnson/Janssen-Cilag

3. Proof of positive PCR test that is older than ten days (unless your doctor states otherwise) but not older than six months

4. Proof from a personal doctor that the individual has had COVID-19 and since the emergence of symptoms, no more than six months have passed

5. Proof from bullet points 3 and 4 and further proof that during the period up to eight months from the positive PCR test or since the emergence of symptoms, they have been vaccinated with vaccines from the second bullet point.

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Proof of testing is valid if it has been officially published in EU member countries, Schengen countries, Australia, Israel, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, UK, Northern Ireland or the USA.