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01 May 2021 - Koronavirus.hr Website | Recommendations and instructions for crossing the state border

This text contains information regarding the conditions of entry into the Republic of Croatia considering temporary bans, i.e. restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia issued a Decision temporarily prohibiting and restricting the crossing of persons across all border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia (NN 3/21). However, in accordance with the guidelines of the competent authorities, exceptions have been made as follows.

If you cannot find the answer to your question, please contact Croatian Ministry of Internal Affairs by filling in the form.

Note: The necessary epidemiological measure of self-isolation is automatically determined for all passengers in transit, including personnel in the transport sector, if they do not leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from the moment of entering the Republic of Croatia.

Passengers travelling to the Republic of Croatia from an EU / EEA member state

Passengers coming directly from the countries and / or regions of the European Union, i.e. countries and / or regions of the Schengen Area and Schengen associated countries, and who are currently in the so-called green list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, regardless of their citizenship, will be allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia under the same conditions as before the onset of the COVID-19 disease if they show no signs of disease and they have not been in close contact with an infected person.

If the aforementioned persons transited to the border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia through other countries / regions without delay, at the border crossing point they should prove that they did not stay in transit areas and in that case, they will not be required to have proof of testing, a certificate of vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 disease, proof of recovery, nor will they have to stay in self-isolation.

Graphic representation of countries by colour according to the risk of the COVID-19 disease can be found on the website of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

All other passengers who come to the Republic of Croatia from EU / EEA member states / regions, and which are currently not on the so-called green list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, must present one of the following documents:

▪ negative PCR test or rapid antigen test - RAT on SARS-CoV-2, where the RAT test must be listed in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission. If the RAT test findings were made abroad, the manufacturer and/or the commercial name of the test must be visible and the test must be issued by a health institution / laboratory and signed / confirmed by a doctor.
If otherwise, it will not be accepted as credible for entering the Republic of Croatia. The PCR test result must not be older than 72 hours and the RAT test result must not be older than 48 hours, counting from the time the test was taken until the arrival at the border crossing point.

▪ certificate that they have received two doses of vaccine used in the EU, provided that 14 days have passed from the time they received the second dose or from the time they received the first dose if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson).

▪ certificate showing that they have received the first dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or Gamaleya vaccine, on the basis of which they can enter the Republic of Croatia in the period of 22 to 42 days from receiving the vaccine, or 22 to 84 days from receiving the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

▪ certificate showing that they have recovered from COVID-19 and have received one dose of vaccine within six months from contracting the disease, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 180 days from their arrival at the border crossing point.

▪ presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 180 days, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point or upon presentation of a medical certificate of recovery.

▪ or perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until the arrival of a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days.

The following categories are exempted from the above-mentioned obligations:

▪ workers or self-employed persons performing essential tasks, including healthcare workers, frontier and posted workers and seasonal workers as specified in the Guidelines concerning  the exercise of the free movement of workers during COVID-19 outbreak provided they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia or outside the Republic of Croatia for longer than 12 hours;

▪ pupils, students and interns;

▪ seafarers and workers in the transport sector or transport service providers, including heavy goods vehicle drivers transporting goods to be used in the national territory and those in transit only;

▪ diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations and whose physical presence is necessary for the functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties;

▪ persons traveling for necessary family or business reasons, including journalists in the performance of their duties;

▪ passengers in transit with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entry;

▪ patients traveling for necessary health reasons.

The provisions regarding frontier workers apply adequately to other categories of passengers who, due to the nature of their job or occupation, need to cross the state border frequently (e.g. athletes playing for clubs in a neighbouring country).

Passengers who represent one of the previously mentioned exceptions are obliged to present credible documentation upon entering the Republic of Croatia in order to prove the reasons for the exemption.

Citizens of EU / EEA member states as well as members of their families traveling to the Republic of Croatia from third countries, i.e. those that are not members of the EU / EEA

Citizens of EU Member States (including Croatian citizens), i.e. Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States, as well as members of their families and third-country nationals who are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents and persons entitled to reside under other EU directives or national law or who have national long-term visas coming from third countries, upon entering the Republic of Croatia must present one of the following documents:

▪ negative PCR test or rapid antigen test - RAT on SARS-CoV-2, where the RAT test must be listed in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission. If the RAT test findings were made abroad, the manufacturer and/or the commercial name of the test must be visible and the test must be issued by a health institution / laboratory and signed / confirmed by a doctor.
If otherwise, it will not be accepted as credible for entering the Republic of Croatia. The PCR test result must not be older than 72 hours and the RAT test result must not be older than 48 hours, counting from the time the test was taken until the arrival at the border crossing point.

▪ certificate that they have received two doses of vaccine used in the EU, provided that 14 days have passed from the time they received the second dose or from the time they received the first dose if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson).

▪ certificate showing that they have received the first dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or Gamaleya vaccine, on the basis of which they can enter the Republic of Croatia in the period of 22 to 42 days from receiving the vaccine, or 22 to 84 days from receiving the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

▪ certificate showing that they have recovered from COVID-19 and have received one dose of vaccine within six months from contracting the disease, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 180 days from their arrival at the border crossing point.

▪ presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 180 days, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point or upon presentation of a medical certificate of recovery.

▪ or perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until the arrival of a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days.

The exceptions to the above-mentioned obligations are the following categories:

▪ healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly;

▪ frontier workers (as well as e.g. athletes as stated in the exceptions for passengers within the EU / EEA);

▪ workers in the transport sector;

▪ diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations and whose physical presence is necessary for the functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties;

▪ passengers in transit, with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entering;

▪ persons travelling for study purposes;

▪ passengers travelling for necessary personal / family or business reasons or some other economic reason and do not stay in or out of Croatia longer than 12 hours.

Persons who represent one of the previously mentioned exceptions are obliged to present credible documentation upon entering the Republic of Croatia in order to prove the reasons for exemption from having one of the above-mentioned tests / having to self-isolate.

Third-country nationals

Third-country nationals who are not family members of citizens of Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States nor are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents and persons entitled to reside under other EU directives or national law or who have national long-term visas, apart from persons referred to in point 1 of this Decision will be granted entry in the Republic of Croatia only in cases of necessary travel.

Exceptions to the above-mentioned necessary travel are the following categories: 

1. healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly;

2. frontier workers (as well as e.g. athletes as stated in the exceptions for passengers within the EU / EEA);

3. workers in the transport sector;

4. diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations and whose physical presence is necessary for the functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties;

5. passengers in transit, with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entering;

6. persons travelling for study purposes;

7. seafarers:

▪ negative PCR or rapid antigen test - RAT on SARS-CoV-2, where the RAT test must be listed in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission. If the RAT test findings were made abroad, the manufacturer and/or the commercial name of the test must be visible and the test must be issued by a health institution / laboratory and signed / confirmed by a doctor. If otherwise, it will not be accepted as credible for entering the Republic of Croatia. The PCR test result must not be older than 72 hours and the RAT test result must not be older than 48 hours, counting from the time the test was taken until the arrival at the border crossing point;

▪ certificate that they have received two doses of vaccine against COVID-19, provided that 14 days have passed from the time they received the second dose or from the time they received the first dose if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson;

▪ certificate showing that they have recovered from COVID-19 and have received one dose of vaccine within six months from contracting the disease, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 180 days from their arrival at the border crossing point;

▪ presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 180 days, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point or upon presentation of a medical certificate of recovery;

▪ or the person is obliged to perform PCR or rapid antigen testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until the arrival of a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days;

8. persons who travel for tourist reasons and have a certificate of paid accommodation in a hotel, camp, private renter or rented vessel and other form of tourist accommodation or are owners of houses or vessels in the Republic of Croatia, entry into the Republic of Croatia will be allowed upon presentation one of the following documents:

▪ negative PCR or rapid antigen test - RAT on SARS-CoV-2, where the RAT test must be listed in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission. If the RAT test findings were made abroad, the manufacturer and/or the commercial name of the test must be visible and the test must be issued by a health institution / laboratory and signed / confirmed by a doctor. If otherwise, it will not be accepted as credible for entering the Republic of Croatia. The PCR test result must not be older than 72 hours and the RAT test result must not be older than 48 hours, counting from the time the test was taken until the arrival at the border crossing point;

▪ certificate that they have received two doses of vaccine against COVID-19, provided that 14 days have passed from the time they received the second dose or from the time they received the first dose if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson;

▪ certificate showing that they have recovered from COVID-19 and have received one dose of vaccine within six months from contracting the disease, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 180 days from their arrival at the border crossing point;

▪ presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 180 days, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point or upon presentation of a medical certificate of recovery;

▪ or the person is obliged to perform PCR or rapid antigen testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until the arrival of a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days;

9. persons traveling for necessary personal / family or business reasons, or who have other economic interest (if they intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia longer than 12 hours) will be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia upon presentation of one of the following documents:

▪ negative PCR or rapid antigen test - RAT on SARS-CoV-2, where the RAT test must be listed in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission. If the RAT test findings were made abroad, the manufacturer and/or the commercial name of the test must be visible and the test must be issued by a health institution / laboratory and signed / confirmed by a doctor. If otherwise, it will not be accepted as credible for entering the Republic of Croatia. The PCR test result must not be older than 72 hours and the RAT test result must not be older than 48 hours, counting from the time the test was taken until the arrival at the border crossing point;

▪ certificate that they have received two doses of vaccine against COVID-19, provided that 14 days have passed from the time they received the second dose or from the time they received the first dose if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson;

▪ certificate showing that they have recovered from COVID-19 and have received one dose of vaccine within six months from contracting the disease, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 180 days from their arrival at the border crossing point;

▪ presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 180 days, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point or upon presentation of a medical certificate of recovery;

▪ or the person is obliged to perform PCR or rapid antigen testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until the arrival of a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days;

10. persons for whom a positive decision of the competent authority has been made, based on their application for residence / work, including digital nomads.

Passengers who represent one of the previously mentioned exceptions are obliged to present credible documentation upon entering the Republic of Croatia in order to prove the reasons for the exemption of having one of the stated test results / having to self-isolate.

Passengers from the countries covered by the list of countries of the Croatian Institute of Public Health to which special epidemiological measures apply are obliged to present a negative PCR test result not older than 48 hours and they have to stay in self-isolation for 14 days. The duration of self-isolation can be shortened if the person, at the earliest on the seventh day of self-isolation, gets a PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 at their own expense in an institution authorised to conduct testing and if the test result is negative.

Passengers covered by Annex I to Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction

Passengers (regardless of their citizenship) directly coming from countries covered by currently valid amendments to Annex I to Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction, can travel to the Republic of Croatia without restrictions and they will not be asked to present a test or vaccination certificates, proof of having recovered from the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, nor will they be obliged to self-isolate.

During their stay in the Republic of Croatia, they are obliged to adhere to the general and special recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

The aforementioned persons, who transited through other countries / regions to the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia without delays need to prove at the border crossing point that they did not stay in the transit areas.

Persons travelling to the Republic of Croatia for humanitarian reasons related to providing assistance to the areas affected by the earthquake

Persons travelling to the Republic of Croatia for humanitarian reasons related to providing assistance to the areas affected by the earthquake (Sisak-Moslavina County, Karlovac County and Zagreb County), regardless of their citizenship and the area from which they arrive, are allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia based on the previous consent of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia. These persons will not need to present test or vaccination certificates, proof of having recovered from the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, nor will they be obliged to self-isolate.

General Notes:

When entering the Republic of Croatia, passengers can also show their EU Digital Covid Certificate.

If the passenger's validity of the PCR test of 72 hours from sampling expired during border checks when entering the Republic of Croatia or they do not have the PCR test result at all, or if the validity of their rapid antigen test – RAT for SARS-CoV-2 of 48 hours from sampling expired or they do not have it at all and they meet other conditions of entry, they will be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia, provided that they immediately get a PCR or RAT test in the Republic of Croatia at their own expense, with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until they receive a negative test result. If the person is unable to get one of the above-mentioned tests, the total duration of self-isolation is 10 days.

The rapid antigen test – RAT is listed in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission. In addition to the tests from the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, the SARS-COV -2 ANTIGEN TEST KIT from the Chinese manufacturer SHENZEN ULTRA - DIAGNOSTIC BIOTEC Co., which is not on the list of approved RAT tests of the European Commission, is also accepted.
If the RAT test findings were made abroad, the manufacturer and/or the commercial name of the test must be visible and the test must be issued by a health institution / laboratory and signed / confirmed by a doctor. If otherwise, it will not be accepted as credible for entering the Republic of Croatia.

Lifting the measure of self-isolation (assigned at a border crossing point), upon receiving a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result:

In such cases, passengers will be handed a leaflet at the border crossing point with instructions on how to proceed when they receive a negative result of a molecular PCR or a rapid antigen test (serological tests will NOT be recognized).

The leaflet will contain the e-mail address of the border crossing point where the passenger was assigned a measure of self-isolation, and to which they will send a negative result of one of the previously mentioned tests, obtained by the health institution where the test was performed, in order to remove (delete) the assigned measure.

These persons are required to be tested in the place of residence, i.e. domicile, where they are provided with conditions for self-isolation and wait for a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result there.

Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six (6) months are exempt from the obligatory testing and self-isolation.

To prove that they have recovered from COVID-19, passengers should have a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result that is older than 11 days but not older than 180 days from the time of sampling or confirmation that they have recovered from COVID-19 issued by a physician.

Persons who received the second dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 (the first and only dose for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) administered by Member States more than 14 days prior do not have to test and self-isolate.

If a person has recovered COVID-19 in the past 180 days and has a medical certificate or a positive PCR or rapid antigen test (RAT) and has been vaccinated with at least one dose of vaccine after recovery, the exemption from presenting a negative PCR or rapid antigen test - RAT or self-isolation is extended until six (6) months after vaccination.

Children under twelve years of age traveling accompanied by a parent / guardian are exempt from the obligation to present a negative test result and to self-isolate if the parents / guardians have a negative PCR or RAT test result, i.e. if they have a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of having recovered from COVID-19.

Persons who have a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test made in the Republic of Croatia due to a short trip to our neighbouring or another country and who return to the Republic of Croatia within less than 48 or 72 hours from the date of testing will not be required to present a new PCR (validity of 72 hours) or a rapid antigen test result (validity of 48 hours) from the country where they stayed for a short time and will be allowed to enter upon presentation of a test made in the Republic of Croatia.

When staying in the Republic of Croatia, all passengers, regardless of their category and country of origin, are obliged to follow the general and special instructions and recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

In order to shorten the procedure at the border crossing point, we advise all foreign passengers, regardless of their citizenship, to fill the announcement in advance at Enter Croatia.

Source: Croatian Government | Koronavirus.hr | Published 01 May 2021 | https://www.koronavirus.hr/recommendations-and-instructions-for-crossing-the-state-border/736


31 March 2021 - Koronavirus.hr Website | Recommendations and instructions for crossing the state border

This text contains information regarding the conditions of entry into the Republic of Croatia considering temporary bans, i.e. restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On 13th of January 2021, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia issued a Decision temporarily prohibiting and restricting the crossing of persons across all border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia (NN 3/21). However, in accordance with the guidelines of the competent authorities, exceptions have been made as follows.

Note: The necessary epidemiological measure of self-isolation is automatically determined for all passengers in transit, including personnel in the transport sector, if they do not leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from the moment of entering the Republic of Croatia.

Passengers travelling to the Republic of Croatia from an EU / EEA member state (regardless of their citizenship)

Passengers coming directly from the countries and / or regions of the European Union, i.e. countries and / or regions of the Schengen Area and Schengen associated countries, and who are currently in the so-called green list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, regardless of their citizenship, will be allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia under the same conditions as before the onset of the COVID-19 disease if they show no signs of disease and they have not been in close contact with an infected person.

If the aforementioned persons transited to the border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia through other countries / regions without delay, at the border crossing point they should prove that they did not stay in transit areas and in that case, they will not be required to have proof of testing, a certificate of vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 disease, proof of recovery, nor will they have to stay in self-isolation.

Graphic representation of countries by colour according to the risk of the COVID-19 disease can be found on the website of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

All other passengers who come to the Republic of Croatia from EU / EEA member states / regions, and which are currently not on the so-called green list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, must present one of the following documents:

▪ a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result 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) and, in the case of a rapid antigen test and a stay longer than 10 days in the Republic of Croatia, the test must be repeated within ten days from the date of issuing that test;  
vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days prior. Exceptionally, in the case of a vaccine received in a single dose, a certificate of receipt of a single dose if the dose was received more than 14 days before crossing the state border;
▪ presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 180 days, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point or upon presentation of a certificate of recovery issued by a physician;
▪ or perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until the arrival of a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days.

The following categories are exempted from the above-mentioned obligations:

▪ workers or self-employed persons performing essential tasks, including healthcare workers, frontier and posted workers and seasonal workers as specified in the Guidelines concerning  the exercise of the free movement of workers during COVID-19 outbreak provided they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia or outside the Republic of Croatia for longer than 12 hours;
▪ pupils, students and interns who travel abroad every day, provided that they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia or outside the Republic of Croatia for longer than 12 hours;
▪ seafarers and workers in the transport sector or transport service providers, including heavy goods vehicle drivers transporting goods to be used in the national territory and those in transit only;
▪ diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations and whose physical presence is necessary for the functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties;
▪ persons traveling for necessary family or business reasons, including journalists in the performance of their duties;
▪ passengers in transit with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entry;
▪ patients traveling for necessary health reasons.

The provisions regarding frontier workers apply adequately to other categories of passengers who, due to the nature of their job or occupation, need to cross the state border frequently (e.g. athletes playing for clubs in a neighbouring country).

Passengers who represent one of the previously mentioned exceptions are obliged to present credible documentation upon entering the Republic of Croatia in order to prove the reasons for the exemption.

Citizens of EU / EEA member states as well as members of their families traveling to the Republic of Croatia from third countries, i.e. those that are not members of the EU / EEA

Citizens of EU Member States (including Croatian citizens), i.e. Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States, as well as members of their families and third-country nationals who are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents and persons entitled to reside under other EU directives or national law or who have national long-term visas coming from third countries, upon entering the Republic of Croatia must present one of the following documents:

▪ a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result 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) and, in the case of a rapid antigen test and a stay longer than 10 days in the Republic of Croatia, the test must be repeated within ten days from the date of issuing that test; 
▪ vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days prior. Exceptionally, in the case of a vaccine received in a single dose, a certificate of receipt of a single dose if the dose was received more than 14 days before crossing the state border;
▪ presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 180 days, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point or upon presentation of a certificate of recovery issued by a physician;
▪ or perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until the arrival of a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days.

The exceptions to the above-mentioned obligations are the following categories:

▪ workers or self-employed persons performing essential tasks, including healthcare workers, frontier and posted workers and seasonal workers;
▪ pupils, students and interns who travel abroad every day;
▪ seafarers and workers in the transport sector or transport service providers, including heavy goods vehicle drivers transporting goods to be used in the national territory and those in transit only;
▪ diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations and whose physical presence is necessary for the functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties;
▪ persons traveling for necessary family or business reasons, including journalists in the performance of their duties;
▪ passengers in transit with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entry;
▪ patients traveling for necessary health reasons.

Persons who represent one of the previously mentioned exceptions are obliged to present credible documentation upon entering the Republic of Croatia in order to prove the reasons for exemption from having one of the above-mentioned tests / having to self-isolate.

Third-country nationals

Third-country nationals who are not family members of citizens of Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States nor are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents and persons entitled to reside under other EU directives or national law or who have national long-term visas, apart from persons referred to in point 1 of this Decision will be granted entry in the Republic of Croatia only in cases of necessary travel.

Exceptions to the above-mentioned necessary travel are the following categories:

1. healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly;

2. frontier workers (as well as e.g. athletes as stated in the exceptions for passengers within the EU / EEA);

3. workers in the transport sector;

4. diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations and whose physical presence is necessary for the functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties;

5. passengers in transit, with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entering;

6. persons travelling for study purposes;

7. seafarers (if they intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia for longer than 12 hours, entry will be allowed with a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result for SARS-CoV-2  which is not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the swab to arriving at the border crossing point). If a rapid antigen test result is presented and the stay in the Republic of Croatia is longer than 10 days, the test must be repeated within ten days from the date of issuing that test; presenting a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 for persons who have received the second dose of the vaccine more than 14 days prior. Exceptionally, if the vaccine is taken in only one dose, a certificate of receiving one dose if it was received more than 14 days prior to the date of crossing the state border; presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 180 days, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point or upon presentation of a certificate of recovery issued by a physician; or the person is obliged to perform PCR or rapid antigen testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until the arrival of a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days;

8. persons who travel for tourist reasons and have a certificate of paid accommodation in a hotel, camp, private renter or rented vessel and other form of tourist accommodation or are owners of houses or vessels in the Republic of Croatia, entry into the Republic of Croatia will be allowed upon presentation of a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result on SARS-CoV-2 which is not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the swab to arriving at the border crossing point) and, in case of a rapid antigen test and a stay longer than 10 days in the Republic of Croatia, the test must be repeated within ten days from the date of issuing that test; vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days prior. Exceptionally, in the case of a vaccine received in a single dose, a certificate of receipt of a single dose if the dose was received more than 14 days before crossing the state border; a presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 180 days, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point or upon presentation of a certificate of recovery issued by a physician; or perform PCR or rapid antigen testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until the arrival of a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days;

9. persons traveling for necessary personal / family or business reasons, or who have other economic interest (if they intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia longer than 12 hours) will be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia upon presentation of: a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result on SARS-CoV-2 which is not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the swab to arriving at the border crossing point) and, in case of a rapid antigen test and a stay longer than 10 days in the Republic of Croatia, the test must be repeated within ten days from the date of issuing that test; vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days prior. Exceptionally, in the case of a vaccine received in a single dose, a certificate of receipt of a single dose if the dose was received more than 14 days before crossing the state border; presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 180 days, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point or upon presentation of a certificate of recovery issued by a physician; or perform PCR or rapid antigen testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until the arrival of a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days;

10. persons for whom a positive decision of the competent authority has been made, based on their application for residence / work, including digital nomads.

Passengers who represent one of the previously mentioned exceptions are obliged to present credible documentation upon entering the Republic of Croatia in order to prove the reasons for the exemption of having one of the stated test results / having to self-isolate.

Passengers from the countries covered by the list of countries of the Croatian Institute of Public Health to which special epidemiological measures apply are obliged to present a negative PCR test result not older than 48 hours and they have to stay in self-isolation for 14 days. The duration of self-isolation can be shortened if the person, at the earliest on the seventh day of self-isolation, gets a PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 at their own expense in an institution authorised to conduct testing and if the test result is negative.

Passengers covered by Annex I to Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction

Passengers (regardless of their citizenship) directly coming from countries covered by currently valid amendments to Annex I to Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction, can travel to the Republic of Croatia without restrictions and they will not be asked to present a test or vaccination certificates, proof of having recovered from the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, nor will they be obliged to self-isolate. During their stay in the Republic of Croatia, they are obliged to adhere to the general and special recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

The aforementioned persons, who transited through other countries / regions to the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia without delays need to prove at the border crossing point that they did not stay in the transit areas.

Persons travelling to the Republic of Croatia for humanitarian reasons related to providing assistance to the areas affected by the earthquake

Persons travelling to the Republic of Croatia for humanitarian reasons related to providing assistance to the areas affected by the earthquake (Sisak-Moslavina County, Karlovac County and Zagreb County), regardless of their citizenship and the area from which they arrive, are allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia based on the previous consent of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia. These persons will not need to present test or vaccination certificates, proof of having recovered from the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, nor will they be obliged to self-isolate.

General note:

If the passenger’s validity of the PCR or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 of 48 hours expired during the border control at the entrance to the Republic of Croatia or they do not have the PCR test at all and they meet other conditions of entry, they will be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia, provided that they immediately get a PCR or RAT test in the Republic of Croatia at their own expense, with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until they receive a negative test result. If the person is unable to get one of the above-mentioned tests, the total duration of self-isolation is 10 days.

The rapid antigen test - RAT is listed in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission. If the RAT test findings were made abroad, the manufacturer and/or the commercial name of the test must be visible. If otherwise, it will not be accepted as credible for entering the Republic of Croatia.

If the passenger is allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia based on a rapid antigen test and they stay in the Republic of Croatia longer than 10 days, the test must be repeated within ten days from the date of issuing that test.

Lifting the measure of self-isolation (assigned at a border crossing point), upon receiving a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result:

In such cases, passengers will be handed a leaflet at the border crossing point with instructions on how to proceed when they receive a negative result of a molecular PCR or a rapid antigen test (serological tests will NOT be recognized).

The leaflet will contain the e-mail address of the border crossing point where the passenger was assigned a measure of self-isolation, and to which they will send a negative result of one of the previously mentioned tests, obtained by the health institution where the test was performed, in order to remove (delete) the assigned measure.

These persons are required to be tested in the place of residence, i.e. domicile, where they are provided with conditions for self-isolation and wait for a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result there.

Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six (6) months are exempt from the obligatory testing and self-isolation.

To prove that they have recovered from COVID-19, passengers should have a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result that is older than 11 days but not older than 180 days from the time of sampling or confirmation that they have recovered from COVID-19 issued by a physician.

Persons who received the second dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 (the first and only dose for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) administered by Member States more than 14 days prior do not have to test and self-isolate.

Children under seven years of age traveling accompanied by a parent / guardian are exempt from the obligation to present a negative test result and to self-isolate if the parents / guardians have a negative PCR or RAT test result, i.e. if they have a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of having recovered from COVID-19.

Persons who have a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test made in the Republic of Croatia due to a short trip to our neighbouring or another country and who return to the Republic of Croatia within less than 48 hours from the date of testing, or within the validity of the test, will not be required to present a new PCR or a rapid antigen test result from the country where they stayed for a short time and will be allowed to enter upon presentation of a test made in the Republic of Croatia.

When staying in the Republic of Croatia, all passengers, regardless of their category and country from which they came, are obliged to follow the general and special instructions and recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

In order to shorten the procedure at the border crossing point, we advise all foreign passengers, regardless of their citizenship, to fill the announcement in advance at Enter Croatia.

Source: Croatian Government | Koronavirus.hr | Published 31 March 2021 | https://www.koronavirus.hr/recommendations-and-instructions-for-crossing-the-state-border/736


20 January 2021 - Koronavirus.hr Website | Recommendations and instructions for crossing the state border

On 13 January 2021, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia issued a Decision temporarily prohibiting and restricting the crossing of persons across all border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia (NN 3/21). However, in accordance with the guidelines of the competent authorities, exceptions have been made as follows:

Passengers travelling to the Republic of Croatia from an EU / EEA member state (regardless of their citizenship)

Passengers coming directly from the countries and / or regions of the European Union, i.e. countries and / or regions which are Member States of the Schengen Area and Schengen Associated Countries, and which are currently in the so‑called green list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, regardless of their citizenship, will be allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia under the same conditions as before the onset of the COVID-19 disease (they do not need to present a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 nor are they assigned the measure of self-isolation) if they show no signs of disease and they have not been in close contact with an infected person.

If the aforementioned persons transited to the border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia through other countries / regions without delay, they should prove at the border crossing point that they did not stay in transit areas and in that case, they will not be required to have a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours, nor stay in self-isolation.

Graphic representation of countries by colour according to the risk of the COVID-19 disease can be found on the website of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

All other passengers who, regardless of their citizenship, come to the Republic of Croatia from EU / EEA member states / regions, and which are currently not on the so-called green list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, must present a negative PCR test result 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 upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation of self-isolation until they receive a negative test result. In the case of impossibility of testing, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days.

Exceptionally, the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 is not obligatory for the following categories of passengers traveling from EU / EEA member states / regions although they come from countries that do not belong to the green list of the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention:

▪ workers or self-employed persons performing essential tasks, including healthcare workers, frontier and posted workers and seasonal workers as specified in the Guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during COVID-19 outbreak, provided they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia or outside the Republic of Croatia for longer than 12 hours

▪ pupils, students and interns who travel abroad every day, provided that they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia or outside the Republic of Croatia for longer than 12 hours

▪ seafarers and workers in the transport sector or transport service providers, including heavy goods vehicle drivers transporting goods to be used in the national territory and those who only transit

▪ diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations whose physical presence is necessary for the functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties

▪ persons traveling for necessary family or business reasons, including journalists in the performance of their duties

▪ passengers in transit with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entry

▪ patients traveling for urgent health reasons.

The provisions regarding frontier workers apply adequately to other categories of passengers who, due to the nature of their job or occupation, need to cross the state border frequently (e.g. athletes playing for clubs in a neighbouring country).

Citizens of EU / EEA member states as well as members of their families traveling to the Republic of Croatia from third countries, i.e. those that are not members of the EU / EEA

Citizens of EU Member States (including Croatian citizens), i.e. of Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States, as well as members of their families and third-country nationals who are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents and persons entitled to reside under other EU directives or national law or who have national long-term visas coming from third countries, upon entering the Republic of Croatia must present a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 that is not older than 48 hours regardless of their citizenship (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 upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation of self-isolation until they receive a negative test result. In the case of impossibility of testing, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days.

Exceptionally, for the abovementioned persons, a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours will not be obligatory at the border crossing point for healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly, frontier workers, workers in the transport sector, diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations whose physical presence is necessary for the good functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties, passengers in transit with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entry and persons travelling for schooling purposes, as well as persons who travel for urgent personal / family reasons, business reasons or have some other economic interest, and do not stay in or out of the Republic of Croatia for more than 12 hours.

Third-country nationals not covered by the abovementioned points

Third-country nationals not covered by the abovementioned points may enter the Republic of Croatia from third countries, and on that occasion, they do not need to present a negative PCR test result, nor a self-isolation measure will be assigned to them, only if they are:

1. healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly

2. frontier workers (as well as e.g. athletes as stated in the exceptions for passengers within the EU / EEA);

3. workers in the transport sector

4. diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations whose physical presence is necessary for the good functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties

5. passengers in transit with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entry

6. persons travelling for schooling purposes

7. seafarers (if they intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than 12 hours, entry into the Republic of Croatia will be provided upon presentation of a negative PCR test on SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours or by PCR testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arriving to the Republic of Croatia and by self-isolating until they receive a negative test result)

8. persons travelling for urgent personal / family reasons, business reasons or other economic interest (if they intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than 12 hours, entry into the Republic of Croatia will be provided upon presentation of a negative PCR test on SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours or by PCR testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arriving to the Republic of Croatia and by self-isolating until they receive a negative test result)

Passengers covered by Annex I to Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction

Passengers (regardless of their citizenship) coming directly from countries covered by Annex I to Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/2169 of 17 December 2020 amending Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction do not have to present a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 nor are they subject to self-isolation if they have not been in close contact with an infected person and show no signs of disease. During their stay in the Republic of Croatia, they are obliged to adhere to the general and special recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

At the border crossing point, the aforementioned persons, who transited to the border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia through other countries / regions without delay, should prove that they did not stay in transit areas and in that case, they will not be required to have a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours nor stay in self-isolation.

When entering the Republic of Croatia, nationals of third countries covered by the list of countries of the Croatian Institute for Public Health to whom special epidemiological measures are applied (available here) must present a negative PCR test result not older than 48 hours and they are obliged to stay in self-isolation for 14 days, which could be shortened if a person takes a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 at their own expense on the seventh day of self-isolation at the earliest at an institution authorized to perform PCR testing and the result is negative.

Persons travelling to the Republic of Croatia for humanitarian reasons related to providing assistance to the areas affected by the earthquake

Persons travelling to the Republic of Croatia for humanitarian reasons related to providing assistance to the areas affected by the earthquake (Sisak-Moslavina County, Karlovac County and Zagreb County), regardless of their citizenship and the area from which they arrive, are allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia based on the previous consent of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.

These persons present an exception and will be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia without the need to present a negative PCR test result on SARS-CoV-2, nor will they be obliged to self-isolate upon entering the Republic of Croatia.

In order to shorten the procedure at the border crossing point, we advise all foreign passengers, regardless of their citizenship, to fill the announcement in advance at Enter Croatia.

General note: if the passenger’s validity of the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 of 48 hours expired during the border control at the entrance to the Republic of Croatia or they do not have the PCR test at all and they meet other conditions of entry, they will be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia, provided that they immediately get tested in the Republic of Croatia at their own expense, with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until they receive a negative test result.

Lifting the measure of self-isolation (imposed on the border crossing point) after the receipt of a negative PCR test result:

In such cases, passengers will receive a leaflet at the border crossing point with instructions on the actions to be taken after they receive a negative molecular PCR test result (rapid antigen tests or serological tests will not be accepted).

The leaflet will include an e-mail address of the border crossing point where the passenger was imposed the measure of self-isolation, to which he/she can send the negative test result obtained from the medical facility where the test was taken, so that the imposed measure can be lifted (removed).

These persons are obligated to take the test at the place of their temporary or permanent residence, where they have all of the necessary conditions for self-isolation until their negative PCR test result arrives.

Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 within the past three months are exempt from the obligation to provide a negative PCR test result and to self-isolate.

In order to prove their recovery, passengers need to have a positive PCR test result or antigen test result, or a positive neutralization test (NT) result obtained within the last three months and older than 14 days, or a certificate of recovery issued by a doctor.

Persons who have a negative PCR test result made in the Republic of Croatia due to a short trip to our neighbouring or another country and return to the Republic of Croatia within less than 48 hours from the day of testing, i.e. within the period of test validity, will not be required to present a new PCR test from the country in which they have been staying for a short time, but will be allowed to enter upon presenting the test made in the Republic of Croatia.

When staying in the Republic of Croatia, all passengers, regardless of their category and country from which they came, are obliged to follow the general and special instructions and recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

Source: Croatian Government | Koronavirus.hr | Published 01 December 2020 | Updated 20 January 2021 | https://www.koronavirus.hr/recommendations-and-instructions-for-crossing-the-state-border/736


01 December 2020 - Koronavirus.hr Website | Recommendations and instructions for crossing the state border

On 30 November 2020, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia issued a Decision temporarily prohibiting, i.e. restricting the crossing of persons across all border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia in order to protect the population of the Republic of Croatia from the COVID-19 disease. However, in accordance with the guidelines of the competent authorities, exceptions have been made as follows:

Passengers travelling to the Republic of Croatia from an EU / EEA member state (regardless of their citizenship)

Passengers coming directly from the countries and / or regions of the European Union, i.e. countries and / or regions which are Member States of the Schengen Area and Schengen Associated Countries, and which are currently in the so‑called green list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, regardless of their citizenship, will be allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia under the same conditions as before the onset of the COVID-19 disease (they do not need to present a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 nor are they assigned the measure of self-isolation) if they show no signs of disease and they have not been in close contact with an infected person.

If the aforementioned persons transited to the border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia through other countries / regions without delay, they should prove at the border crossing point that they did not stay in transit areas and in that case, they will not be required to have a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours, nor stay in self-isolation.

Graphic representation of countries by colour according to the risk of the COVID-19 disease can be found on the website of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

All other passengers who, regardless of their citizenship, come to the Republic of Croatia from EU / EEA member states / regions, and which are currently not on the so-called green list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, must present a negative PCR test result 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 upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation of self-isolation until they receive a negative test result.

Exceptionally, the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 is not obligatory for the following categories of passengers traveling from EU / EEA member states / regions on the so‑called red list:

▪ workers or self-employed persons performing essential tasks, including healthcare workers, frontier and posted workers and seasonal workers as specified in the Guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during COVID-19 outbreak, provided they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia or outside the Republic of Croatia for longer than 12 hours

▪ pupils, students and interns who travel abroad every day, provided that they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia or outside the Republic of Croatia for longer than 12 hours

▪ seafarers and workers in the transport sector or transport service providers, including heavy goods vehicle drivers transporting goods to be used in the national territory and those who only transit

▪ diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations whose physical presence is necessary for the functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties

▪ persons traveling for necessary family or business reasons, including journalists in the performance of their duties

▪ passengers in transit with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entry

▪ patients traveling for urgent health reasons. The provisions regarding frontier workers apply adequately to other categories of passengers who, due to the nature of their job or occupation, need to cross the state border frequently (e.g. athletes playing for clubs in a neighbouring country)

Citizens of EU / EEA member states as well as members of their families traveling to the Republic of Croatia from third countries, i.e. those that are not members of the EU / EEA

Citizens of EU Member States (including Croatian citizens), i.e. of Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States, as well as members of their families and third-country nationals who are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents and persons entitled to reside under other EU directives or national law or who have national long-term visas coming from third countries, upon entering the Republic of Croatia must present a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 that is not older than 48 hours regardless of their citizenship (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 upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation of self-isolation until they receive a negative test result.

Exceptionally, for the abovementioned persons, a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours will not be obligatory at the border crossing point for healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly, frontier workers, workers in the transport sector, diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations whose physical presence is necessary for the good functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties, passengers in transit and persons travelling for schooling purposes.

Third-country nationals not covered by the abovementioned points 

Third-country nationals not covered by the abovementioned points may enter the Republic of Croatia from third countries if they are:

▪ healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly

▪ frontier workers (as well as e.g. athletes as stated in the exceptions for passengers within the EU / EEA)

▪ workers in the transport sector

▪ diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations whose physical presence is necessary for the good functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties

▪ passengers in transit

▪ persons travelling for schooling purposes

▪ seafarers (supported by the PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours or by PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arriving to the Republic of Croatia and by self-isolating until they receive a negative test result)

▪ persons travelling for urgent personal / family reasons, business reasons or other economic interest (supported by the PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours or by PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arriving to the Republic of Croatia and by self-isolating until they receive a negative test result)

Passengers covered by Annex I to Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction

Passengers (regardless of their citizenship) coming from countries currently covered by Annex I to Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction, namely Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, China and special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China - Hong Kong and Macao, do not have to present a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 nor are they subject to self-isolation if they have not been in close contact with an infected person and show no signs of disease. During their stay in the Republic of Croatia, they are obliged to adhere to the general and special recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health. At the border crossing point, the aforementioned persons, who transited to the border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia through other countries / regions without delay, should prove that they did not stay in transit areas and in that case, they will not be required to have a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours nor stay in self-isolation.

In order to shorten the procedure at the border crossing point, we advise all foreign passengers, regardless of their citizenship, to fill the announcement in advance at Enter Croatia.

General note: If the passenger’s validity of the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 of 48 hours expired during the border control at the entrance to the Republic of Croatia or they do not have the PCR test at all and they meet other conditions of entry, they will be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia, provided that they immediately get tested in the Republic of Croatia at their own expense, with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until they receive a negative test result. 

Persons who have a negative PCR test result made in the Republic of Croatia due to a short trip to the neighbouring or another country and return to the Republic of Croatia within less than 48 hours from the day of testing, i.e. within the period of test validity, will not be required to present a new PCR test from the country in which they have been staying for a short time, but will be allowed to enter upon presenting the test made in the Republic of Croatia.

When staying in the Republic of Croatia, all passengers, regardless of their category and country from which they came, are obliged to follow the general and special instructions and recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

Source: Croatian Government | Koronavirus.hr | Published 01 December 2020 | https://www.koronavirus.hr/recommendations-and-instructions-for-crossing-the-state-border/736


31 August 2020 - Koronavirus.hr Website | Recommendations and instructions for crossing the state border

Recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health for passengers crossing the state border of the Republic of Croatia.

Important note: Valid until 15 September 2020

The Decision on temporary prohibition of crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia (NN 74/20) prohibits or restricts the crossing of passengers through border crossings, of which are exempt:

EU nationals (irrespective of their place of residence), the Schengen Area and Schengen associated countries, as well as members of their families and third-country nationals who are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109/EZ of 25 November 2003 on the status of long-term nationals of third countries and persons entitled to stay under other EU or national Directives or having national long-term visas.

The temporary prohibition on entry into the Republic of Croatia from third countries, with the exception of passengers referred to in point 1, shall not apply to:

2a) Health care professionals, health researchers and associates, nursing professionals and persons requiring urgent medical treatment
2b) Cross-border workers
2c) Carriers of goods and other transport personnel to the extent necessary
2d) Diplomats, police officers in the performance of their duties, civil protection services and teams, staff of international organisations and international military personnel in the performance of their functions
2e) Transit passengers
2f) Passengers travelling for tourism or other business reasons or having other economic interest, and passengers travelling for the purpose of education
2g) Passengers travelling for urgent personal reasons (e.g. they own a property in the Republic of Croatia) or have any other immediate personal reason

Instructions for the health supervision of passengers entering the Republic of Croatia from third countries:
a) For all passengers entering the Republic of Croatia from third countries, under exemption from the prohibition to cross the border referred to in point 2g, health supervision with 14 days quarantine/self-isolation is mandatory.

Quarantine/self-isolation can be shortened to seven days if a passenger does a nasal and pharynx swab at his/her expense seven days after entering Croatia and gets a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2.

b) The obligation of self-isolation for passengers entering the Republic of Croatia from third countries does not apply to passengers referred to in points 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, and:

2e) Transit passengers:

▪ For transit passengers, the border police will, after they have been granted entry, check whether they have left the territory of the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours
▪ This rule can only be applied if the departure from the Republic of Croatia to a neighbouring country enables it to enter

2f) Passengers entering the Republic of Croatia for tourism or other business reasons or having other economic interest, as well as persons travelling for educational purposes.

These passengers may enter Croatia without the obligation of self-isolation upon presentation of a negative nasal and pharynx swab test for SARS-CoV-2, not older than 48 hours (starting from the time of taking the swab until arrival at the border crossing), or with the obligation of 14 days quarantine/self-isolation if they do not have a negative PCR test.

Passengers entering Croatia without the obligation of self-isolation shall comply with the following measures during the first two weeks of their stay in Croatia:

▪ During the first 14 days after entering the Republic of Croatia, exits from accommodation are limited only to the necessary ones: performance of work if it is a business reason for entering the Republic of Croatia, performance of necessary activities with continuous intensified implementation of hygiene measures.
▪ During the necessary exit from accommodation it is recommended to use a mask or covers for the nose and mouth, maintain physical distance from other persons (minimum 1.5 metres) and conduct hand hygiene.
▪ Hands wash as often as possible with warm water and soap and/or use a hand disinfectant that needs to be rubbed in the palms. Avoid touching the face, mouth, nose and eyes.
▪ Avoid the use of public transport. In a means of transport, it is desirable that a person is alone or exclusively with persons sharing a common accommodation.
▪ Gatherings should be consistently avoided.
▪ During business meetings it is necessary to meet as few people as possible, ensure a physical distance of 1.5 metres and availability of disinfectants, and avoid unnecessary meetings.
▪ Payment services are performed by non-cash card payments or on-line services.
▪ Every morning it is necessary to measure the body temperature if it is higher than 37.2C, the measurement should be repeated after 10 minutes, and if the temperature is higher than 37.2C it is necessary to stay at home/in accommodation and contact a doctor in a tourist or COVID-19 infirmary or a territorially responsible epidemiologist.
▪ In case of symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, fever, short breathing/difficulty or loss of smell), it is necessary to stay at home/in accommodation and contact a doctor in a tourist or COVID-19 infirmary or a territorially responsible epidemiologist.
▪ In case of sudden onset of severe, life-threatening symptoms, contact emergency medical service at 194.

Source: Croatian Government | Koronavirus.hr | Published 31 August 2020 | https://www.koronavirus.hr/recommendations-and-instructions-for-crossing-the-state-border/736


11 July 2020 - Koronavirus.hr Website | Necessary measure of obligatory use of face masks

This Decision introduces the necessary measure of mandatory use of face masks or medical masks.

Face masks or medical masks are required for:

▪ employees of health care institutions and persons visiting patients if visits are allowed
▪ drivers, other employees in public transport vehicles and public transport passengers
▪ trade employees and customers during their stay in stores
▪ employees in hospitality business who are in contact with guests or participate in serving and preparing meals and beverages
▪ other persons bound to do so by special instructions and recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health

The Decision shall apply from 13 July 2020.

Source: Croatian Government | Koronavirus.hr | Published 11 July 2020 | https://www.koronavirus.hr/latest-news/necessary-measure-of-obligatory-use-of-face-masks/735


11 July 2020 - Koronavirus.hr Website | Recommendations and instructions for crossing the state border

Recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health for passengers crossing the state border of the Republic of Croatia.

The Decision on temporary prohibition of crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia (NN 74/20) prohibits or restricts the crossing of passengers through border crossings, of which are exempt:

1) EU nationals (irrespective of their place of residence), the Schengen area and Schengen associated countries, as well as members of their families and third-country nationals who are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109/EZ of 25 November 2003 on the status of long-term nationals of third countries and persons entitled to stay under other EU or national Directives or having national long-term visas.

The temporary prohibition on entry into the Republic of Croatia from third countries, with the exception of passengers referred to in point 1, shall not apply to:
2a) Health care professionals, health researchers and associates, nursing professionals and persons requiring urgent medical treatment
2b) Cross-border workers
2c) Carriers of goods and other transport personnel to the extent necessary
2d) Diplomats, police officers in the performance of their duties, civil protection services and teams, staff of international organisations and international military personnel in the performance of their functions
2e) Transit passengers
2f) Passengers travelling for tourism or other business reasons or having other economic interest, and passengers travelling for the purpose of education
2g) Passengers travelling for urgent personal reasons (e.g. they own a property in the Republic of Croatia) or have any other immediate personal reason

Instructions for the health supervision of passengers entering the Republic of Croatia from third countries:
a) For all passengers entering the Republic of Croatia from third countries, under exemption from the prohibition to cross the border referred to in point 2g, health supervision with 14 days quarantine/self-isolation is mandatory.

Quarantine/self-isolation can be shortened to seven days if a passenger does a nasal and pharynx swab at his/her expense seven days after entering Croatia and gets a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2.

b) The obligation of self-isolation for passengers entering the Republic of Croatia from third countries does not apply to passengers referred to in points 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, and:
2e) Transit passengers:
▪ For transit passengers, the border police will, after they have been granted entry, check whether they have left the territory of the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours.
▪ This rule can only be applied if the departure from the Republic of Croatia to a neighbouring country enables it to enter. 
2f) Passengers entering the Republic of Croatia for tourism or other business reasons or having other economic interest, as well as persons travelling for educational purposes.
 
These passengers may enter Croatia without the obligation of self-isolation upon presentation of a negative nasal and pharynx swab test for SARS-CoV-2, not older than 48 hours (starting from the time of taking the swab until arrival at the border crossing), or with the obligation of 14 days quarantine/self-isolation if they do not have a negative PCR test.
 
Passengers entering Croatia without the obligation of self-isolation shall comply with the following measures during the first two weeks of their stay in Croatia:
▪ During the first 14 days after entering the Republic of Croatia, exits from accommodation are limited only to the necessary ones: performance of work if it is a business reason for entering the Republic of Croatia, performance of necessary activities with continuous intensified implementation of hygiene measures.
▪ During the necessary exit from accommodation it is recommended to use a mask or covers for the nose and mouth, maintain physical distance from other persons (minimum 1.5 metres) and conduct hand hygiene.
▪ Hands wash as often as possible with warm water and soap and/or use a hand disinfectant that needs to be rubbed in the palms. Avoid touching the face, mouth, nose and eyes.
▪ Avoid the use of public transport. In a means of transport, it is desirable that a person is alone or exclusively with persons sharing a common accommodation.
▪ Gatherings should be consistently avoided.
▪ During business meetings it is necessary to meet as few people as possible, ensure a physical distance of 1.5 metres and availability of disinfectants, and avoid unnecessary meetings.
▪ Payment services are performed by non-cash card payments or on-line services.
▪ Every morning it is necessary to measure the body temperature if it is higher than 37.2C, the measurement should be repeated after 10 minutes, and if the temperature is higher than 37.2 C it is necessary to stay at home/in accommodation and contact a doctor in a tourist or COVID-19 infirmary or a territorially responsible epidemiologist.
▪ In case of symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, fever, short breathing/difficulty or loss of smell), it is necessary to stay at home/in accommodation and contact a doctor in a tourist or A COVID-19 infirmary or a territorially responsible epidemiologist.
▪ In case of sudden onset of severe, life-threatening symptoms, contact emergency medical service at 194.

Source: Croatian Government | Koronavirus.hr | Published 11 July 2020 | https://www.koronavirus.hr/recommendations-and-instructions-for-crossing-the-state-border/736


18 June 2020 - CNTB Website | Croatia welcomes tourists back

For questions specifically related to travel to Croatia not addressed by the Q&A please contact mintcz@mint.hr and Cc info@htz.hr.

Questions regarding crossing the border of Republic of Croatia: https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212

Questions regarding filling entercroatia online form: entercroatia@mint.hr

Questions regarding epidemiological measures, economic measures and legal framework in Republic of Croatia during COVID-19 pandemic: mintcz@mint.hr

Additional information may be found here with additional information specific to travel Q&A available here*.

For additional information, the EU has launched ‘Re-open EU’, an interactive tool which aims to support a safe relaunch of travelling and tourism across Europe.

*Please note, all external links provided are not updated by the CNTB and the CNTB cannot be held accountable for their accuracy.

Below you can find the latest measures regarding travel to the Republic of Croatia.

Is it safe to travel to Croatia?
Croatia is open to tourists. The requirements may slightly differ depending on your country of origin, but EU/EEA Member States have the freedom to enter with a valid reservation, or if you are from one of 10 countries where restrictions have currently been lifted, border crossing is no longer subject to additional requirements.

The current border regulations will remain in effect in alignment with the Civil Protection Directorate decision published June 15th.

More information is provided below.

Croatian Citizens
Croatian citizens are allowed to return to the Republic of Croatia without any additional requirements or special measures.

EnterCroatia
The EnterCroatia online form allows visitors to enter all the necessary information and data prior to traveling to Croatia to ease border crossing upon entry.

EnterCroatia may be accessed here: https://entercroatia.mup.hr/

For those entering Croatia from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Republic of Austria, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Poland, Republic of Slovenia, Federal Republic of Germany and Slovak Republic, the form is used to speed up border crossing, whereas other visitors entering the country in addition to filling out the form, still require one of the valid reasons listed below and must provide proof of reason for the visit (business, economic, touristic or personal reason). For a touristic visit, it is necessary to present the confirmation of accommodation booking in an accommodation establishment in Croatia (confirmation, voucher, camp lease contract, permanent berth contract etc.).

The online form includes all data normally requested in the process of crossing the border and with the simple presentation of a passport or identity document to a police officer at the border, the number or code from the identity card or passport is automatically linked to all pre-entered data. In this way, the time to complete the entire procedure of data entry at the border for each individual person in any given vehicle is reduced to a minimum and traffic flow is increased.

All visitors who fill out the online form will receive email instructions that will include epidemiological guidelines and information that are currently in place for visitors to Croatia.

At the moment the page is available in eleven languages including English, Croatian, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Slovenian, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak and Czech.

Please note that for organized travel via bus, the forms can be filled out in advance by the agency organizing the travel, whereas individuals traveling on regularly scheduled bus routes are required to complete the form individually.

The form is also available in a mobile-responsive format that may be accessed via the same link and completed on a mobile device. Should there be any issues or questions with regard to the form, please contact: entercroatia@mint.hr

 

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for foreign citizens:

I am a citizen of a Member State of the EU/EEA and I have booked tourist accommodation in the Republic of Croatia. What documents do I need to have to enter the Republic of Croatia?

It is necessary to present the confirmation of accommodation booking in an accommodation establishment.

The confirmation of accommodation booking in an accommodation establishment includes:
▪ Confirmation of accommodation booking of all accommodation service providers / all types of accommodation
▪ Camp lease contract
▪ Permanent berth contract in a nautical tourism port
▪ Confirmation of berth reservation in a nautical tourism port
▪ Travel agency voucher etc

Further information may be found here and additional Q&A here and additional announcements will be made available in accordance with any newly published Civil Protection Directorate decisions.

Croatia continues to have minimal Covid-19 cases and almost no new cases have been recorded over the last few weeks.

On May 13th the European Commission announced plans to enable freedom of movement across borders where the epidemiological criteria are similar and citizens can safely cross borders, while continuing to respect health and safety protocols, as well as any social distancing measures in place. Further information on the EC guidelines and recommendations may be found here.

Effective May 28th, the Civil Protection Directorate passed an amendment regarding the temporary ban on crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.

This Decision specifies that the following Member States of the European Union (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Republic of Austria, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Poland, Republic of Slovenia, Federal Republic of Germany and Slovak Republic) will not be restricted to any of the above categories of entry, but will be able to enter under the same conditions as before the outbreak of COVID-19, but will still be subject to epidemiological control, and with the obligation to comply with general and special recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

When citizens of the above Member States enter the Republic of Croatia, their entry will be recorded with the collection of additional data (place of destination, mobile phone number and e-mail address), due to the possible need for contact for epidemiological reasons.

Citizens from other EU countries may still enter Croatia, but will still have to prove their reason for entering the country (business, economic, touristic or personal reason). For a touristic visit, it is necessary to present the confirmation of accommodation booking in an accommodation establishment in Croatia (confirmation, voucher, camp lease contract, permanent berth contract etc.). Additional information about border crossing can be found here.

For other foreign nationals who intend to cross the state the border, they must meet one of the following conditions:

1. Possess documentation proving the ownership of real estate located in the Republic of Croatia or a marine vessel (boat, yacht, etc) - (may also be the holder of a lease), or is travelling to attend a funeral in the Republic of Croatia (and possesses appropriate documentation proving this). If any of these conditions are met, these foreign citizens are allowed to cross the state border, are registered and the place / address where they will stay or where the property / vessel is located will be recorded, along with the contact phone number and time of stay – including the date they plan to leave the Republic of Croatia.
2. They have documentation proving the invitation by a business registered in the Republic of Croatia, the reason the business requires their visit to the Republic of Croatia, or an invitation to a business meeting. For these passengers crossing the border, it is necessary to enter the place / address where they will stay and the contact phone number and the duration of the stay – including the date they plan to leave the Republic of Croatia.
3. All other foreign citizens who have a business reason, which cannot be foreseen at this time, and do not have the appropriate documentation, are instructed to send their intention to cross the state border (entry into the Republic of Croatia) to uzg.covid@mup.hr and their request will be addressed in the shortest possible timeframe. In addition an online form in lieu of email and Q&A related to this and the above is available  here.

Overall safety and hygiene measures, as well as social distancing are to be respected as required: The latest Covid-19 information and accompanying measures may be found here: https://www.koronavirus.hr/en and additional visitor information may be found here.

Are the borders open?

Currently, as mentioned above, borders are open in line with the above-mentioned requirements.

Any travellers or citizens that are allowed entry or return to Croatia at this time are required to adhere to the recommendations of the Croatia Institute of Public Health. With the number of active Covid-19 cases at a minimum, new measures are taken frequently and we expect further changes to border openings and protocols after June 30th. Prior to making plans, please contact your local consulate or embassy for the latest travel information and consult your home country’s travel advisories for exit and re-entry requirements, to ensure that your travel falls within current guidelines.

Is proof of a negative Covid test required for entry?
No, Croatia does not require Covid testing, nor proof of a negative test to enter.

Are there flights to Croatia?
Flights to and from Croatia are increasing weekly throughout June. Croatia Airlines maintains flights from Zagreb to and/from most major cities throughout Europe. For more information on Croatia Airlines flights, please check their website.

Many other commercial airlines have updated flight schedules and have begun or are soon to begin flights to and from Croatia.  Please check their websites for flights to various Croatian cities for June and/or July start dates (depending on the airline). If you already have tickets for upcoming travel and/or have a question regarding travel with a specific airline, it is best to contact the airline directly as most are updating their flight schedules on a week by week basis. Should you be unable to use your current flight ticket we recommend postponing your travel to a later date.

Please find a list of airline websites below*:

www.aerlingus.com
www.austrian.com
www.swiss.com
www.britishairways.com
www.lufthansa.com
www.easyjet.com
www.ryanair.com
www.klm.com
www.turkishairlines.com
www.emirates.com
www.airfrance.com
www.eurowings.com
www.airserbia.com
www.iberia.com
www.qatarairways.com
www.airtransat.com
www.aeroflot.ru
www.lot.com
www.wizzair.com
www.volotea.com
www.vueling.com
www.transavia.com
www.brusselsairlines.com
www.luxair.lu
www.aegeanair.com

*the above list is not exhaustive and may be added to or removed from as information becomes available; some of the aforementioned airlines may not have announced exact flight dates and it is best to check directly with the airline for flight schedules, whereas others may or may not have announced the resumption of flights to Croatia.

Are there any domestic flights operating within Croatia?
Domestic flights are operating and flights between Zagreb and Split, as well as Zagreb and Dubrovnik, along with flights from Zagreb to Pula and Zadar are available. These flights are operated by Croatia Airlines and more information may be found here.

Are hotels currently operation in Croatia and if not, when are hotels, camps, private accommodation and other expected to reopen?
A large number of hotels, camps, private accommodation and other accommodation facilities have resumed operations in Croatia, with many continuing to reopen as we approach July. Please check with the hotel, camp or accommodation provider directly for details on timing. Please note, all accommodation facilities are required to prescribe to the recommended health and safety procedures that may be found here.

Are restaurants open?
Restaurants and cafes have been open and operational since early May, and are also allowed to provide outdoor seating and service, provided they have implemented prescribed health and safety measures.

Are beaches, parks and outdoor recreational facilities open?
Parks and public recreational facilities (including pools, aquaparks and thermal spas) have reopened, however health and safety measures, as well as social distancing guidelines still apply. Beaches are open for public use, again keeping in mind that health and safety, as well as any social distancing measures in effect at the time will apply. The Zagreb Zoo reopened to the public and National Parks and Nature Parks reopened May 11th, and continue to adhere to the prescribed and applicable health and safety measures.

Are events and public gatherings allowed?
Effective May 27th the 40-person limit on events and public gatherings was lifted, larger gatherings are allowed, including weddings, night-clubs, conferences and the like. All organized events and public gatherings are subject to the guidelines and recommendations outlined by the Croatian Institute of Public Health. Further details will be made available on the CIPH website in due course. More information can be found here (currently available in Croatian only).

Effective June 15th sport events (matches, tournaments, etc.) are now open to the public, but will be subject to the recommendations and measures outlined by the Civil Protection Directorate.

Are private boats allowed to enter Croatian waters and or mooring in Croatia? What is the situation with nautical tourism?
The sea border is also open for private vessels effective June 12th under the same conditions as land borders. The Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure will provide guidelines on their  website. Please be sure to fill out the enclosed PDF prior to travel.

Is there public transportation available within Croatia? Within and/or to and from various cities and regions. What about international train and bus service?
Public transportation is readily available throughout Croatia. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with the local bus stations. Contact information for major stations may be found here.

Croatian domestic rail service is also available. Routes, timetables and availability may be found here.

Meanwhile, organized international bus service (charter and regular bus lines), as well as rail service, are now increasing in availability with many routes being reinstated from mid-June. For ease of travel please see the EnterCroatia information and ensure you or the agency you are travelling with has filled out your details in advance to ensure a quick and efficient border crossing. Contact information for major stations may be found here.

Is there passenger traffic and/or public ferry transport available to and from the Croatian islands?
Travel to and from all Croatian islands is available from the mainland and between islands where such a service exists.

For information on ferry lines operated by Jadrolinija please check here.

Information on additional ferry and catamaran lines to and from Croatia and/or to and from Croatian islands from the mainland may also be found via:

Krilo
Rapska Plovidba
Split Express**
SNAV*
Venezia Lines*
Adriatic Lines*
Trieste Lines*

*As with airlines, this list may not be exhaustive and the timetables and start of service is dependent upon the individual company. Please check directly with the service provider in order to ensure accuracy, as timetables and service may change at any time.

Additional Information
Various recommendations and guidelines for the tourism sector may be found here or via the Croatian Institute of Public Health here.

Transiting through Croatia
If you are travelling through Croatia to another country, please note that there are specific guidelines in place regarding this. Travel is limited to the main highways and stops are limited. All transiting passengers are instructed to follow the guidance provided by the border control officers. A map of approved roadways may be found here (currently only in Croatian).

What in case I get infected by Covid-19?
In case you identify any symptoms that are similar to the mild flu-like symptoms, such as: fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle pain and fatigue, or you had a close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of coronavirus infection, immediately call your doctor or epidemiological service. Describe your symptoms and follow their advice. We suggest calling by phone before going to the doctor's office.

Does my healthcare insurance cover any Covid-related health services in Croatia?
If you are an EU or Swiss national and are covered by your country’s national health insurance provider, your coverage will cover any Covid-related services should they be required in Croatia just as they would be in their home country.

Nationals of other countries should check their health insurance coverage prior to travel to ensure they are covered in case of emergency health services that include any Covid-related health services.

Source: Croatian Tourist Board | Updated 18 June 2020 | Coronavirus-2019 Q&A


28 May 2020 - EnterCroatia website open

The Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Tourism have opened the website https://entercroatia.mup.hr/ in order to increase the efficiency of crossing the border of the Republic of Croatia and to make our guests aware of the epidemiological measures in force in Croatia.

On this page there is an online form in which all data normally requested in the process of crossing the border are entered and with a simple presentation of a passport or identity document to a police officer at the border, the number or code from the identity card or passport is automatically linked to all pre-entered data in the online form. In this way, the entire procedure of entering the data of each individual person in the vehicle is reduced to a minimum time and traffic flow is increased.

"This Government is continuously considering all possibilities to create a balance between economic and health security, and at the same time make the entire system in which we connect the segments of tourism, transport and health as efficient as possible. This innovative solution will enable the accelerated entry of tourists into Croatia, where we ensure all security protocols and communication with our guests. Croatia is recognized as a country with a highly efficient preparedness system and a favourable epidemiological picture, and in terms of tourism it is an opportunity to prove ourselves once again as a destination that emphasizes security and innovation" - said Minister Cappelli on the occasion of the 'EnterCroatia' project.

"After the excellent epidemiological situation in Croatia and after the opening of borders by creating this special website, we have created all the necessary preconditions for a quick, efficient and safe arrival of tourists in Croatia. We believe that our new promotional campaign 'The Vacation You Deserve Is Closer Than You Think', which was launched in markets in the region such as Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Poland, will achieve good results and that citizens of these countries will soon be visiting in increasing numbers" - said the Director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić, adding that an online platform 'EnjoyTheViewFromCroatia' has been created for promotion in markets that mostly depend on air transport connections such as Great Britain, France, Scandinavia, but also distant markets such as China, USA and South Korea.

At the same time, all those who fill in their data online will be sent to their email address, instructions containing epidemiological information and measures in force in the Republic of Croatia for their safe stay in Croatia.

At the moment, the website has a form available in Croatian and English, and over the next few days it will be available in many other languages ​​and passengers will receive instructions in the same languages ​​(eg German, Slovenian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Polish etc), ie everything will be available in more than 10 different languages.

Source: Republic of Croatia Ministry of Tourism | Updated 28 May 2020 | EnterCroatia website open


27 May 2020 - Tourist Purpose Visit to Croatia - Proof of Travel Arrangements

Example of confirmation of accommodation reservation / charter services / etc proving entry into the Republic of Croatia for tourist purposes

Note: It can be printed in the form of a document or e-mail and it is necessary to have it when entering the Republic of Croatia, and it should contain the following information:

Information about the service provider:

▪ Name and surname of the owner of the accommodation provider / company name
▪ Address of the accommodation / company 
▪ Type of service (example - accommodation service)
▪ Information about the service and the recipient of services
▪ Name and surname of the customer
▪ Number of persons for which the service is purchased (example - 4) 
▪ Period for which the service was purchased (date from / to) (example - 01.06.2020 - 15.06.2020)

Source:  Republic of Croatia Ministry of Tourism | Written News | Updated 27 May 2020 | Example of confirmation of accommodation reservation / charter services / etc


22 May 2020 - Cappelli: Croatia to have controlled tourism

In the coming period Croatia will have a controlled tourism and by filling out an online application visitors will be able to cross the border in a few seconds, without having to wait, Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli told a news conference on Friday.

"Guests will not have to wait at the border but will be able to cross it in a few seconds by filling out an online application in advance. By 28 May we will have the application based on the platform that was previously used to issue movement permits" - said Cappelli.

He stressed that hotels were being reopened, depending on capacity and the number of arrivals and that instructions had been prepared for guests in English on how to behave during their stay.

The minister said that part of the tourists who had previously cancelled bookings for Croatia were again making bookings for June and that Germany had expressed a wish, in agreement with other EU countries, to allow cross-border travel for its nationals for the purpose of vacationing as of 15 June. The same date applies to Poland as well, he said.

"As for third countries, the situation will depend on an agreement at EU level. We are trying to follow the protocol agreed at EU level, as well as bilateral agreements, such as the one with Slovenia" - said Cappelli.

Croatia is monitoring the situation at border crossings and entries of tourists into the county will be monitored by epidemiologists and the Croatian Public Health Institute (HZJZ), Interior Minister and head of the coronavirus crisis response team Davor Božinović said.

"We are monitoring the situation at border crossings. It is important to understand that entry into Croatia, particularly for tourism purposes, will be monitored by our epidemiological services and HZJZ. It is important to protect the health of citizens and our guests and respond if need be" - Božinović said.

Speaking about the situation at border crossings, Božinović underlined that an online questionnaire has been made available as of Thursday that explains the conditions for entry into Croatia which until now were not available via e-mail. He added that border police were resolving up to 90% of inquiries via that application.

Božinović said that the application was voluntary and would enable tourists to meet conditions to enter Croatia in advance.

He said that by the end of May the border would be opened for Austrians, Slovaks, Czechs and Hungarians. He also said that as of midnight Thursday until 1.00pm on Friday 5,336 foreign citizens had entered Croatia, mostly from Slovenia.

Source: Republic of Croatia Ministry of Tourism | Hina | Updated 22 May 2020 | Croatia to have controlled tourism


18 May 2020 - Recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health for Croatian and foreign nationals who are crossing the state border and entering the Republic of Croatia

What to expect when you cross Croatian border?
The Decision on the Temporary Ban of Transit through Border Crossings of the Republic of Croatia (“Official Gazette” number 32/20 and 48/20), and the Decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned Decision from 09 May 2020, allows:

▪ Croatian citizens to enter into Republic of Croatia and go abroad. 

▪ The return to the country of residence for citizens of EU Member Countries, namely citizens of Schengen Countries and Schengen Associated Countries as well as their family members, and third-country nationals who are long-term residents pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU Directives or national law or who have national long-term visas, and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.

▪ The same decision also prescribes exceptions for the application of abovementioned provisions, and they apply to the following:
- healthcare professionals, healthcare researchers and associates, senior care professionals, and those requiring urgent medical treatment
- cross-border workers
- freight carriers and other transport personnel to the extent necessary
- diplomats, police officers in the performance of their duties, civil protection services and teams, personnel of international organizations and international military personnel in the performance of their functions
- transit passengers, and for:
- persons who have a business reason or who have some other economic interest
- persons who are traveling due to urgent personal reasons (ie they own real estate in the Republic of Croatia or who have some other urgent personal reason)

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens
The self-isolation measure in the duration of 14 days from article II. of the Decision is no longer implemented for Croatian citizens, instead upon entry into the Republic of Croatia they are given a leaflet by the border police in which they are notified that they are obligated to adhere to general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian Institute of Public Health, which recommend that they should limit their interaction with other persons from their area and only carry out the most urgent tasks outside of their homes during the 14-day period from the date they entered into the Republic of Croatia. The abovementioned also applies to foreign nationals who are allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for foreign nationals
If the foreign national intends to cross the state border he has to meet one of the following conditions:

▪ Possesses documentation with which he can prove ownership of real estate located in the Republic of Croatia, or vessel (lessee is also permitted), or is attending a funeral in the Republic of Croatia (possesses appropriate documentation which proves this). After meeting the conditions, such foreign nationals are allowed to cross the state border, they are registered and the location/address where they will stay, or where the real estate/vessel is located, is entered as well as the contact telephone number and duration of stay-when they plan leaving the Republic of Croatia.

▪ They possess documentation with which they prove that they were invited to the Republic of Croatia by an economic operator, the economic operator’s interest for them to enter into Republic of Croatia, or a business meeting invite. For these passengers, it is necessary to enter the place / address where they will stay and the contact phone number and duration of stay - when they plan to leave the Republic of Croatia.

All other foreign nationals who have a certain business reason, which cannot be foreseen at this time, and do not have the appropriate documentation, should be instructed to announce their intention to cross the state border (enter into the Republic of Croatia) at uzg.covid@mup.hr and they will receive an answer as soon as possible.

Epidemiological measures
All of the abovementioned Croatian and foreign nationals have to be instructed regarding the epidemiological measures that they are obliged to adhere to, and they are as follows:

▪ Persons from these categories are obligated to reduce contact with other persons to a minimum and adhere to instructions on reducing the risk of disease transmission (avoid physical contact, maintain a distance of at least 1.5m during face-to-face contact; wash or disinfect hands often

▪ Avoid touching your face, and it is recommended that they wear a face mask or surgical mask indoors, or outside of their home or accommodation. During the 14-day period from the date of entry into the Republic of Croatia, the persons measure their body temperature during the morning hours and if the body temperature reading is higher than 37.2 °C, if the person feels sick or has any signs of the disease, he should contact the chosen family physician, if he has one, or a territorially competent epidemiologist. The property owner or his representative or host, ie the organizer of their arrival, may assist the foreign nationals in contacting the epidemiological service.

▪ Occurrence of symptoms of the disease during the stay in the Republic of Croatia. If the persons cross the state border and develop symptoms of the disease after entering into the Republic of Croatia, they will stay in their accommodation and contact their host, ie organizer of their arrival, via telephone, who will notify the epidemiologist on standby or the competent primary healthcare physician. Outside of the working hours of the competent primary healthcare physician, the host of the foreign (official) person, who is exhibiting pronounced symptoms of the disease, calls the emergency medical services or contacts the closest COVID infirmary via telephone.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for persons exhibiting signs of the disease
If a person is exhibiting signs of the disease when entering the Republic of Croatia, the border police shall inform the border sanitary inspector and / or the sanitary inspector of the Regional or Central Office of the State Inspectorate. Such persons are recommended not to enter the Republic of Croatia, and if they have to cross the state border due to urgent reasons, they are sent to the competent health institution for testing and treatment by the shortest possible route, that is, they are sent to be tested and undergo isolation.

Recommendation not to travel
Persons who have an elevated body temperature and/or acute respiratory infection symptoms should postpone their trip to the Republic of Croatia. Before traveling, foreign nationals are advised to measure their morning body temperature. If the person’s body temperature, which was measured in the morning hours, is higher than 37.2 °C, if the person feels sick or is exhibiting any signs of the disease (relates to all symptoms and signs of the diseases, not just respiratory diseases), it is recommended that that person should not travel.

Recommendations and instructions by the Croatian Institute of Public Health
Croatian and foreign nationals who are entering the Republic of Croatia are obligated to adhere to these instructions for a duration of 14 days from the date of crossing the border, in the following manner:

▪ During the first 14 days after entering the Republic of Croatia, leaving the accommodation is limited to the following: for work, if the entry into the Republic of Croatia was due to business reasons, performing necessary activities while continuously adhering to hygienic measures.

▪ When leaving the accommodation due to necessary reasons, it is recommended to use a face mask or a nose and mouth cover, maintain physical distance from other people (no less than 1.5m) and maintain hand hygiene.

▪ Wash hands as often as possible with warm water and soap, and/or use hand disinfectant which should be thoroughly rubbed between the palms. Avoid touching the face, mouth, nose and eyes.

▪ Avoid using public transportation. In a means of transport, it is preferable for the person to be alone or exclusively with persons who are sharing the accommodation.

▪ Consistently avoid groups and public gatherings.

▪ Meet as few people as possible during business meetings, ensure a physical distance of 1.5 meters with disinfectant being readily available, avoid unnecessary meetings.

▪ During their stay at the accommodation, such persons prepare their own food, or use food and beverage delivery services.

▪ Payment is done by contactless payment or through on-line services.

▪ The body temperature has to be measured each morning, if it is higher than 37.2 C° it has to be measured again after 10 minutes, and if it is still higher than 37.2 C°, they should stay at home/accommodation and notify the chosen family physician, if they have one (Croatian citizens), or the territorially competent epidemiologist.

▪ In the event that symptoms of acute respiratory infection occur (cough, sore throat, elevated body temperature, shortness of breath/trouble breathing, loss of smell and taste) it is necessary to stay at home/accommodation and notify the chosen family physician, if they have one (Croatian citizens), or the territorially competent epidemiologist.

▪ In the event that severe, life-threatening symptoms suddenly occur, the person should contact the urgent medical services. If symptoms of respiratory disease occur (elevated body temperature, cough, shortness of breath, trouble breathing, sore throat, weakness) call your chosen physician, who will evaluate the need for testing for the novel coronavirus on the basis of your health condition. If you require medical assistance for reasons other than respiratory diseases, call your chosen physician or have one of your household members contact him for a consultation and to arrange a house visit. Do not go to a healthcare facility alone without notifying them over the telephone beforehand. You can read more information about the coronavirus disease and measures for reducing the risk of spreading the disease on the CIPH website, as well as from your chosen doctor and territorially competent epidemiologist.

Recommendations and instructions on English are available here.

Source: Koronavirus.hr | Updated 18 May 2020 | KORONAVIRUS.HR


14 May 2020 - Information regarding entering Croatia for non-Croatian citizens

Recommendations & instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health
Croatian and foreign nationals entering the Republic of Croatia must comply with these recommendations and instructions in the period of 14 days following their crossing of the state border, as follows:

▪ During the first 14 days following the entry into the Republic of Croatia, accommodation may be left only in absolutely necessary situations: carrying out business activities if business was the purpose of entry into the Republic of Croatia, carrying out necessary activities with continuous increased hygiene measures in place.

▪ When leaving accommodation in absolutely necessary situations, it is recommended to wear a mask or a covering for the nose and mouth, to keep a physical distance from others (a minimum of 1.5 metres) and to practice hand hygiene.

▪ Hands should be washed as often as possible with warm water and soap and/or a hand disinfectant should be used that needs to be well rubbed on the palms. Touching one’s face, mouth, nose and eyes should be avoided.

▪ Using public transport should be avoided. In the means of transport, a person should preferably be alone or exclusively with persons with whom he/she shares accommodation.

▪ Grouping and public gatherings should be consistently avoided.

▪ During business meetings, it is necessary to meet with as few persons as possible, to ensure a physical distance of 1.5 metres and availability of disinfectants, to avoid unnecessary meetings.

▪ During their stay in the accommodation, the persons concerned prepare the food themselves or use food and beverage delivery services.

▪ Payments are made by using non-cash card payments or online services.

▪ Body temperature should be measured every morning. If it exceeds 37.2 degrees, it should be taken again after 10 minutes. If the temperature again exceeds 37.2 degrees, the person should stay at home/one’s accommodation and contact the chosen general practitioner, if any (Croatian nationals), or a competent local epidemiologist.

▪ In case of any symptoms of acute respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, high temperature, short breath/difficulty in breathing, loss of smell and taste), it is necessary to stay at home/your accommodation and contact the chosen general practitioner, if any (Croatian nationals), or a competent local epidemiologist.

▪ In case of sudden onset of severe, life-threatening symptoms, the person should contact the emergency medical services.

▪ In case of respiratory disease symptoms. If you develop respiratory disease symptoms (high temperature, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing, sore throat, weakness), you should contact your chosen doctor by phone who will, based on your medical condition, assess the need for you to be tested for the new coronavirus. If you require medical assistance for reasons other than a respiratory disease, you should phone your chosen doctor or one of the members of your household can contact the doctor for consultations and arranging a house call. Do not visit healthcare facilities without having previously contacted them by phone. You can find more information on the coronavirus disease and measures for reducing the risk of spreading the disease on the website of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, or from your chosen general practitioner and a competent local epidemiologist.

Croatian and foreign nationals may request additional information and clarifications by calling 112 or 113.

Source: Koronavirus.hr | Updated 14 May 2020 | KORONAVIRUS.HR


23 Apr 2020 - Croatian Government to relax lockdown measures in three steps

Zagreb, 23 April 2020 (Hina) - On Thursday, The Croatian Government has accepted a decision on measures to re-launch economic and other activities in the face of the declared epidemic of the COVID-19 disease, which stipulates the gradual loosening of the measures introduced, starting on Monday 27 April, and further on 04 and 11 May 2020.

In the first phase, which starts on 27 April, all retail stores will be able to re-open, except for those operating in shopping centres. Stores that already had permission to operate in shopping centres during lockdown measures, will continue to be able to operate.

Other businesses in trade sector will be able to operate with physical distancing measures, except those businesses in which close contact with clients cannot be avoided. These are businesses such as tailors, key makers, carpenters, travel agencies etc.

As of Monday, public city and suburban transport lines, and high-speed catamaran lines are being re-introduced for islands not connected by ferry lines. Libraries, museums, galleries, antiques and bookstores are also able to re-open.

Training can recommence for first and second category athletes in individual sports and senior sports teams that compete in the highest level of competition.

The second phase would follow on 04 May, providing the first phase was successful and the epidemiological situation did not worsen. It would allow a full-scale public health system and private health practices to resume operating as normal, except those subject to specific measures by the Ministry of Health.

Businesses engaged in activities with close contact with clients, such as beauticians, barbers and hairdressers, would be allowed to re-open with special measures.

The third phase is scheduled for 11 May, which would allow the gatherings of up to ten people while respecting physical distancing measures, and would also allow the operation of shopping centres, as well as the operation of kindergartens and elementary schools from grades 1-4 and classes for children with special needs and disabilities. Students could take practical laboratory, artistic and clinical exercises, working in small groups.

Inter-city public transport lines and domestic air services would be re-introduced from 11 May, and restaurant services could be provided exclusively in outdoor areas and terraces, with due regard for epidemiological measures.

The hospitality sector in accommodation capacities only would be able to resume and National and Nature Parks would be allowed to re-open.

All three phases presuppose the application and adherence to measures of physical distancing and the highest hygiene and disinfection standards.

Employers are still under obligation to provide working conditions according to epidemiological measures and, wherever possible from home, organising virtual meetings and banning employees with fever and respiratory symptoms from coming to work.

The ban on holding public events and large gatherings continues.

Source: ​Hina​. (2020). VLADA Popuštanje mjera u tri koraka [Government relaxing the measures in three steps]. https://www.hina.hr/vijest/10347802


Zagreb, 18 April 2020 - Decision on amendment of the temporary restriction of crossing the border of the Republic of Croatia

The decision on temporary restriction of the crossing of the border of the Republic of Croatia has been extended to 18 May 2020.

Croatian citizens will be allowed to return to the Republic of Croatia, that is, to go to the country in which they work and reside, following the instructions and measures of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

Return to the countries of origin will be granted to nationals of Member States of the European Union, ie Member States of the Schengen Area and countries associated with the Schengen Area as well as members of their families, and third-country nationals who are long-term residents under Council Directive 200/109/EC of 25 November 2003 on the status of long-term third-country nationals and persons entitled to stay under other EU directives or national law or holding national long-stay visas. Until the end of 2020, UK citizens will be treated in the same way as EU citizens.

The instructions and measures of the Croatian Institute of Public Health are compulsory for these persons. 

The exceptions to this Decision are:
▪ health professionals, health researchers and associate professionals in the care of the elderly and persons requiring urgent medical treatment
▪ cross-border workers
▪ freight carriers and other transport personnel to the extent necessary
▪ diplomats, police officers in the performance of their duties, civil protection services and teams, personnel of international organizations and international military personnel in the performance of their functions
▪ passengers in transit

The above exceptions are subject to the instructions and measures adopted by the Croatian Institute of Public Health. 

The measure came into force on 19 March 2020 and originally in effect until 18 April 2020, now extended to 18 May 2020.

Source: Koronavirus.hr - Republic of Croatia - Official Government Page for COVID-19 Information


Zagreb, 07 April 2020 - All short-term travel to Croatia to be avoided unless urgent!

Following the earlier call on Croatian nationals who temporarily or permanently live and work abroad to postpone all unnecessary travel to Croatia until further notice, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, in agreement with the Civil Protection Headquarters, reiterates the importance of this appeal.

We advise that Croatian nationals stay in their place of residence to minimize exposure and reduce the risk of coronavirus infection for themselves, their families and those around them. It is recommended that all short-term travel to Croatia be avoided unless it is urgent!

All persons entering Croatia from abroad will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine or will be issued an order to self-isolate for 14 days. They will undergo the same procedure upon return to the countries they came from.

The Ministry also warns of frequent changes in other countries, including changes of rules concerning border crossing or air travel, which could make it difficult or impossible for Croatian nationals to return to the countries they live and work in.

Source: Republic of Croatia - Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs


Zagreb, 03 April 2020 - Postponement of unnecessary travel for Croats living, working abroad

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, in agreement with the Civil Protection Headquarters, calls on the Croatian nationals living, residing or working abroad to postpone all unnecessary travel to Croatia until further notice.

Citizens are advised to stay in their place of residence in order to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 and thus protect themselves, their families and everyone around them.

All those departing for Croatia with the intent of short-term stay should be aware that the situation in other countries is changing and that regulations regarding border crossing or air traffic are subject to change without prior notice, which can hinder or prevent their return altogether.

We would like to point out the epidemiological measures in place for all those that enter Croatia from other countries. Consequently, they will be informed about the obligatory 14-day quarantine or 14-day self-isolation.

Source: Republic of Croatia - Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs


Zagreb, 23 March 2020 - Coronavirus control strengthening measures for Croatian and foreign nationals entering the Republic of Croatia

The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia, on 19 March 2020, adopted the Decision on the temporary ban on crossing the state border at the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia. To protect the population of the Republic of Croatia from COVID-19, persons are temporarily prohibited from or restricted in crossing the state border at all border crossings of the Republic of Croatia. This Decision entered into force on 19 March 2020 and shall be implemented for 30 days.

Croatian citizens will be allowed to return to Croatia or to go to a country where they work and live, implementing the instructions and measures of the Croatian Institute for Public Health (hereinafter: CIPH).

Return to their domicile states will be allowed to the citizens of the Member States of the European Union and the countries of the Schengen Area and the Schengen Associated States, and their family members, as well as the third-country nationals who are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents, and persons deriving their right to reside from other EU Directives or national law or who hold national long-term visas. UK nationals are still to be treated in the same way as EU citizens until end of 2020.

The interest of the Republic of Croatia for the persons referred to in the preceding paragraph to enter the Republic of Croatia shall be confirmed by the heads of the respective ministries in accordance with the scope of their authorisation in exceptional cases. To such persons, the instructions and measures adopted by the CIPH shall apply.

The following persons shall be exempt from the implementation of this Decision:
▪ Healthcare professionals, healthcare researchers and collaborators, experts in care for the elderly, and persons requiring urgent medical treatment
▪ Cross-border workers
▪ Goods carriers and other transport personnel to the extent necessary
▪ Diplomats, police officers in the performance of their activities, Civil Defence services and teams, international organizations staff and International military personnel in carrying out their functions
▪ Passengers in transit

The above mentioned exempt persons shall be subject to the instructions and measures adopted by the CIPH.

The Croatian Civil Protection Headquarters on 16 March 2020 updated the package of measures for limiting the entry of disease into the population and strengthening control over the coronavirus spread.
 
All foreign nationals entering the Republic of Croatia from the following countries/territories:
▪ People's Republic of China: Hubei Province
▪ Italian Republic
▪ FR Germany: Heinsberg County in the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia
▪ Republic of Korea: Daegu City & Cheongdo Province
▪ Islamic Republic of Iran
▪ Republic of Slovenia: Bela Krajina & Dolenjska

will be informed about their compulsory 14-day quarantine, while all Croatian nationals will be issued a decision requiring them to go into a 14-day self-imposed isolation.

All foreign and Croatian nationals entering the Republic of Croatia from the following countries/territories:

Kingdom of Spain, French Republic, Federal Republic of Germany (except Heinsberg County in the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia), Swiss Confederation, Kingdom of Denmark, Kingdom of Sweden, Kingdom of Netherlands, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Austria, Kingdom of Belgium, Kingdom of Norway, Czech Republic, Republic of Finland, Hellenic Republic, Republic of Estonia, State of Israel, Russian Federation, Ireland, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Republic of San Marino, Republic of Moldova, Republic of Island, Republic of Slovenia, Republic of Albania, Republic of Poland, Romania, Portugese Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Bulgaria, Republic of North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Republic of Serbia, Montenegro, Republic of Cyprus, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Malta, People's Republic of China (except the Hubei province), Republic of Korea (except Daegu City and the Cheongdo Province), Japan, Republic of Singapore, Malaysia, Republic of Armenia, Republic of the Philippines, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Brunei Darussalam, Kingdom of Cambodia, Mongolia, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Maldives, Kingdom of Bahrein, State of Kuwait - United Arab Emirates, State of Qatar, Republic of Iraq, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Lebanese Republic, Peoples Republic of Bangladesh, Guam, Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, Canada, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Jamaica, Republic of Costa Rica, Republic of Panama, Dominican Republic, Federal Republic of Brasil, Republic of Chile, Argentine Republic, Republic of Colombia, Republic of Peru, Republic of Ecuador, Republic of Paraguay, Republic of Guyana, Kingdom of Marocco, Republic of Tunisia, Arab Republic of Egypt, Peoples Democratic Republic of Algeria, Republic of South Africa, Republic of Senegal, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Cameroon

will be issued a decision requiring them to go into a 14-day self-imposed isolation.

The list will be updated in accordance with recommendations and the epidemiological situation.

Instructions are updated daily and published on the website: Croatian Institute of Public Health

Source: Republic of Croatia - Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs


IATA website - Latest update published on 12 February 2021
For updates check on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website​.


TRAVEL INSURANCE
New Zealander’s travelling or living in Croatia and surrounding European destinations should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air. Some insurance policies are now providing medical cover related to coronavirus while overseas.


For up to date information and advice please refer to the following websites:

USEFUL LINKS

New Zealand - Dedicated Healthline 0800 number for COVID-19 health advice and information
The number is 0800 358 5453 (or for international SIMs +64 9 358 5453)
It is free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

New Zealand Government - Unite Against COVID-19
https://covid19.govt.nz/

Immigration New Zealand - COVID-19
https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19

SafeTravel NZ - Official advice for New Zealanders living & travelling overseas
https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

Visit World Health Organisation for useful reading on the Coronavirus (COVID-2019):
Q&A on travelling during the coronavirus (COVID-2019) outbreak
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/travel-advice

Coronavirus disease (COVID-2019) situation reports (updated daily)
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

Visit the Ministry of Health for the current situation on COVID-19 in New Zealand:
https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Republic of Croatia - Official Government Page for COVID-19 Information
Website can be translated to English by clicking the translate button
https://www.koronavirus.hr/

Republic of Croatia - Enter Croatia
In order to facilitate your entry and stay in Croatia, we kindly ask you to fill out the pre-registration form.
https://entercroatia.mup.hr/

Republic of Croatia - Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs
Website can be translated to English by clicking the translate button
http://www.mvep.hr/

Republic of Croatia - Ministry of Health - Croatian Institute of Public Health
Website can be translated to English by clicking the translate button
Check here for daily updates:
https://www.hzjz.hr/priopcenja-mediji/koronavirus-najnoviji-podatci/

International Air Transport Association (IATA)
https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/international-travel-document-news/1580226297.htm
https://www.iata.org/en/programs/safety/health/diseases/government-measures-related-to-coronavirus/


DISCLAIMER
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