Slovenia Ramps Up Border Security 🛂 Over the weekend, Slovenia bolstered its border crossings with Croatia and Hungary by deploying police forces. This move was aimed at averting potential security threats, albeit at the cost of longer queues as travelers awaited document checks.
Temporary Border Controls Announced 📢 Following in the footsteps of neighboring Italy, the Slovenian government decided on Friday to enact temporary border controls through October 30, to enhance domestic security.
Police Deployment at Key Crossings 🚓 Slovenia's strategy involved deploying police at 14 border crossings with Croatia and Hungary, as per the Slovenian news agency STA. However, the other 18 crossings won't see a constant police presence.
Travelers Face Delays at Obrezje Crossing 🕰️ At the Obrezje crossing on the Croatian border, travelers found themselves in queues for the first time since Croatia joined the Schengen Area on January 1, requiring no checks until now.
Journey Anticipation Amid New Controls 🧳 Katica Fjacko, traveling from Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, mentioned she embarked on her journey earlier due to the new controls. She described the situation as chaotic and mentioned people's growing concerns.
Government Cites Security Threats as Basis 🛡️ The introduction of border controls was driven by potential security threats, specifically from "members of various terrorist and extremist movements and groups" transitioning from conflict zones with an aim to enter Europe. Additionally, a surge in organized crime within the western Balkans was noted.