Covid-19 Situation and Measures Concerning the Filming Industry*

CROATIA|SLOVENIA

Croatia

  1. COVID-19 STATUS
  2. BORDER CROSSING
    • EU nationals who are traveling to Croatia must present a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 that is not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the swab to arriving at the border crossing point) or have the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 done immediately.
    • UK nationals travelling to Croatia from the UK, or any other non-EU/EEA country, are not currently permitted to enter the country due to Coronavirus measures. Restrictions are expected to remain in place until 15 February 2021.
    • Transit of passengers through Croatia for citizens of Great Britain, Tyrol/Austria, Tanzania, South Africa and Brazil is not possible without a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours and self-isolation of 14 days. These persons can reduce the duration of self-isolation if they perform a new PCR test at their own expense at the earliest on the 7th day in the institution authorized for testing and it turns out to be negative.
    • Travel to Third-country nationals remains restricted.
  3. AIR TRAVEL
  4. TRAVEL WITHIN CROATIA
    • There are no restrictions for travel within Croatia
  5. ACCOMMODATION
    • Selected hotels in Croatia are open. Please contact us directly for any assistance.
  6. EPIDEMIOLOGICAL MEASURES / HEALTH MONITORING / RECOMMENDATIONS
    • Wearing face masks is required in enclosed public places and when social distancing can’t be maintained.
    • We remind you that the best defence against this virus is to maintain personal hygiene, sanitize and keep social distance.
    • Businesses allowed to operate have to comply with the measures given by the Croatian Institute for Public Health, which you can find in the latest news section.
  7. RESUMING OF BUSINESS / SOCIAL ACTIVITIES under precautionary measures
    • public events, gatherings and ceremonies of all kinds can only last up to 22.00 hours
    • restaurants, cafes and bars are open and can only serve food and drink on open terraces and they can only last up to 22:00 hours.
    • dining in hotel is possible only for hotel guests
    • gatherings are limited
    • fitness centers are open
    • audiovisual production  can resume by following all the recommendations for the production and recording of audiovisual and music content during the COVID-19 disease epidemic. Learn more by downloading The Croatian Institute of Public Health recommendations document.
  8. WORKING REMOTELY
    • PAKT MEDIA has ensured remote filming/viewing/working solutions for those clients who are not able to join us at this moment.

You can also download Recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health

Slovenia

  1. COVID-19 STATUS
    • Daily updates are available on www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19
    • The government extended the epidemic by 60 days by decree. Valid from 17th of January.
    • Since the situation is changing on a weekly basis, we recommend to check the latest status before arriving.
  2. BORDER CROSSING
    1. Online registration is required for entry into Austria and a negative test entry for Germany.
    2. Entry without quarantine and negative test also for vaccinated and those who survived covid-19 (valid from Feb 13th)
      • Entry into the Republic of Slovenia is also permitted without referral to quarantine at home and without the submission of a negative test result:a person who submits a certificate of a positive rapid antigen (HAGT) or PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 who is older than 21 days but not older than six months, or a doctor’s certificate that he or she has had COVID-19 and from the beginning symptoms did not last more than six months;
      • to the person submitting the COVID-19 vaccination certificate proving that at least seven days have elapsed since receiving the second dose of Biontech / Pfizer, MODERNA at least 14 days and AstraZeneca at least 21 days.These persons are subject to certificates of testing or vaccination issued in EU Member States or the Schengen area or by organizations or individuals in third countries recognized by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory for Health, Environment and Food (NLZOH) as relevant and are published on the NLZOH website. The doctor’s certificate referred to in the first indent referred to above shall be taken into account if it has been issued in the Member States of the European Union or the Member States of the Schengen area.
    3. Other
      • See green, orange and red lists of countries on link: www.gov.si/en/topics/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/border-crossing/
        • Green List
          People with permanent or temporary residence in a country that has been added to the green list, and arriving from such countries, can enter Slovenia without restrictions or quarantine. It shall also be considered that a person is arriving from a country on a green list if they stayed in that country continuously for 14 days before entering Slovenia, which can be proven with a proper certificate
        • Orange List
          If a country is not on the list of epidemiologically safe (green list) or on the list of countries with an unstable epidemiological situation (red list), it shall be considered that it has been included on the orange list (all world countries that have not been included either on the red or on the green list)

          • EU member states of member of the Schengen Area: People arriving to the Republic of Slovenia from those countries that have been included on the orange list can enter Slovenia without restrictions or quarantine.
          • Non EU states on orange list are treated as same ad countries on red list.
      • Red List
        People entering the Republic of Slovenia from these countries shall, due to potential infection with SARS-CoV-2 virus, be required to remain in quarantine for a period of ten (10) days. If a person sent to quarantine at home upon entry into the Republic of Slovenia undergoes testing for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 by the PCR or HAG method during the quarantine period and the test result is negative, the quarantine shall be deemed to have been terminated. However, it is no longer limited in time when the test can be performed (previously it was considered that the fifth day after referral to quarantine).

        • However, a person will not be required to quarantine if, on crossing the border, they submit a negative PCR test, not older than 48 hours after taking the swab and performed in another EU Member State or Schengen Area country by an organisation or sole trader that has been recognised as appropriate and credible by the Institute of Microbiology and Immunology and the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food and is listed on the website of the National Laboratory of Health, Environment and Food, or a negative rapid antigen test performed in an EU Member State or a Schengen Area country.
        • For entry into the Republic of Slovenia, a negative PCR test performed in a third country is also admissible, but a rapid antigen test must be performed in another EU Member State or Schengen Area country.
          • The negative PCR  test must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab.
          • The validity of the rapid antigen test, which a person submits upon entry, is now shortened. This must not be earlier than 24 hours after the swab is taken.
  3. AIR TRAVEL
    • Full timetable and other airline flights at Fraport Slovenia: www.fraport-slovenija.si/en/passengers-and-visitors/flight-info/arrivals-and-departures/
    • Special measures for UK Citizens traveling via:
      • Germany: UK citizens cannot travel by plane to Slovenia via Germany airports. Only German citizens can fly to Germany from UK. This for now is valid until February 17 but may be extended after that.
      • Croatia: UK citizens cannot travel to Slovenia by transit car/van from Croatian airports since Croatian government assigned a mandatory 14 days quarantine. During the quarantine period all transit through Croatia is prohibited.
      • Hungary: UK citizens can travel by plane to Hungary (Budapest airport) and then transit by car/van from airport to Slovenia. Rules for transit Hungary towards Slovenia are:
        • In the case of transit through the territory of Hungary to another country, it is still the case that you can only cross the country along the designated motorway corridor, and you must complete the transit within 24 hours. Upon entering Hungary, a person must provide proof of the purpose of the trip and the country of destination, as well as proof that the person will be able to enter the next country of travel (in your case, an invitation from your company for a business visit). Transit can also take place during hours when there is an otherwise valid restriction of movement in the HU (ie between 20:00 and 05:00).
        • It is also allowed to travel by plane, which means that a foreign citizen can travel to Slovenia via the airport in Budapest or arrive at the airport in Budapest and drive to Slovenia. Notice that driving to / from Budapest Airport is also considered transit can also be found on this website of the Hungarian Police: http://www.police.hu/en/content/humanitarian-corridor (text below) – if If you have problems at foreign airports on your return to Budapest Airport, we suggest that you show the representatives of the airline you are traveling with this website, which also shows a picture of certain corridors for transit routes.
        • When returning to this airport and the way back to Slovenia, it is necessary to follow the rules of transit or. the shortest routes to Slovenia. From the airport of your business partner, the driver can take you to Slovenia. At the Slovenian-Hungarian border, the driver must present a copy of the air ticket and a copy of the identity document of the person traveling at the border control.
        • Information from the British Embassy in Budapest regarding the transit of their citizens: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/hungary/entry-requirements
          • Transiting through Hungary:
            You must provide proof that you entering Hungary is for the purposes of travelling directly to another destination outside Hungary; you must also explain the reason you are travelling and demonstrate that you are able to transit to your final destination, providing, for example, a hotel reservation or proof of address in another country, a travel ticket, or similar evidence.Throughout the transit you can use only specified routes, dedicated petrol and rest stations and specific border crossing points (more information on transit is available in Hungarian).

          • Pre-travel exemption

            It is also possible to apply to the authorities for an exemption to enter Hungary in a further set of specific circumstances. To enter on this basis, you must gain permission in advance of travelling. You will need to show that you are travelling to Hungary for:

            • – court proceedings
            • – business activities justified by central government, demonstrated with a letter of invitation issued by an administrative body, an independent regulatory body or an autonomous public administration body
            • – accessing healthcare with a referral
            • – studying or taking an exam, with certification from an education institution
            • – travelling to the point of departure for cargo-related transit
            • – participation in family events, eg marriage, baptism, funeral
            • – care of a relative
            • – participation in a sporting, cultural or church event of major international importance
            • – any other justifiable reason
          • You should apply for an exemption in advance using the online form on the police website (https://ugyintezes.police.hu/en/home)
            While the forms are in the Hungarian, you may complete your submission in Hungarian or English.

            Entry rules may change at short notice. You can find the latest announcements on the Hungarian government website (in English): http://abouthungary.hu/news-in-brief/coronavirus-heres-the-latest/
  4. TRAVEL WITHIN SLOVENIA
  5. ACCOMMODATION
    • Accommodation capacities remain closed. Transactions with legal entities are permitted (e.g. a company can procure accommodation with an accommodation provider for their business partners or workers).Inns, restaurants, pubs, cafés, confectioners, snack bars and bars remain closed. Food and beverages can be personally collected from designated takeaway locations from 6 am to 9 pm. The collected food and beverages cannot be consumed at the designated takeaway locations.
  6. EPIDEMIOLOGICAL MEASURES / HEALTH MONITORING / RECOMMENDATIONS
    • To prevent the spread of Covid-19, the movement and gathering of people have been temporarily restricted in Slovenia.
    • Restriction of movement between 21:00 and 6:00.
      Movement of people on the entire territory of the Republic of Slovenia is temporarily prohibited between 22:00 and 6:00 with the following exceptions:

      • the elimination of immediate threats to health, life and property;
      • travel to and from work and the performance of urgent work duties;
      • access to and provision of emergency services;
      • delivery of food or medicines;
      • the travel of persons who have entered the Republic of Slovenia in order to transit to a neighbouring country or to their residence in the Republic of Slovenia.
    • Ban on gathering of people; Gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited.
      A temporary ban on gathering is being imposed throughout the Republic of Slovenia. Temporarily are prohibited all events, gatherings, celebrations, weddings and religious ceremonies.
    • Masks are compulsory:
      • in all closed public spaces,
      • on public transport,
      • in open public spaces or outside if physical distancing of at least two metres cannot be maintained and
      • in personal vehicles.Mandatory use of face masks:
      • Masks are not compulsory for:
        • children younger than six years of age;
        • pupils in primary schools and students in secondary schools but only when they are in their classrooms;
        • persons practicing individual sports if a distance of at least three metres is maintained;
        • persons or members of the same household when taking a walk on green spaces or practicing sports or recreational activities if a distance of at least three metres is maintained at all times;
        • in personal vehicles when more than one person or member of the same household is in the vehicle;
        • direct communication with deaf and hard-of-hearing people (if it is possible to maintain a distance of two metres) and Slovenian sign language interpreters.
  1. RESUMING OF BUSINESS / SOCIAL ACTIVITIES – TIMELINE
    • Due to the deterioration of the epidemiological situation in the Coastal-Karst region, those exceptions will be reduced in accordance with the plan for the red phase. In the Coastal-Karst region, in addition to the currently applicable exceptions, which are not conditional on testing for the novel coronavirus, the following activities are also permitted, on the condition that employees are tested for the novel coronavirus once a week:
      • retail shops that primarily sell food, personal care and cleaning products, including the sale of agricultural products on farms
      • shops selling medical and orthopaedic devices
      • agricultural supply shops
      • specialised shops selling products for children
      • shops with a surface area up to 400 m2, regardless of type of goods sold
      • Markets
      • movable stalls for the sale of agricultural and farm products
      • newspaper and magazine stands and kiosks
      • other repair shops with an area of up to 400 m2 and manufacturing, maintenance and installation services
      • property brokerage services
      • personal hygiene services (e.g. hair salons, cosmetics salons, pedicures, manicures, body care salons)
      • individual professional or business education and training services (e.g. tutoring, language schools, professional workshops)
      • services in pet care salons
  2. AUDIOVISUAL PRODUCTION
    • productions may resume, following the relevant official COVID-19 guidelines & recommendations
    • please contact us directly for more detailed and up to date information
  3.  PAKT MEDIA has ensured remote filming/viewing/working solutions for those clients who are not able to join us at this moment.

*The information contained herein is not intended to constitute legal or medical advice or recommendations, and is subject to modification in accordance with the development of the COVID-19 situation in Croatia and Slovenia and the relevant recommendations from the Croatian and Slovenian regulative bodies .

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