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The Latest Travel to Croatia – update 01st April 2021

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How to Travel to Croatia 2021?

Update April 01, 2020

The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia has made a decision on a temporary ban and restriction of crossings at the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia. The decision applies until April 15, 2021.

Passengers traveling to the Republic of Croatia from one of the EU / EEA Member States (regardless of citizenship).

Passengers coming directly from the countries and/or regions of the European Union, or countries and/or regions of the Schengen Area and the countries associated with the Schengen Area, and who are currently in the so-called green list of the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, regardless of citizenship, will allow entry into the Republic of Croatia under the same conditions as before the onset of COVID-19 (they do not need to present a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 or be assigned a measure self-isolation) if they show no signs of illness and have not been in close contact with the affected person.

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

A graphical representation of countries by color according to the risk of COVID-19 disease can be found on the website of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. 

All other passengers who, regardless of citizenship, come to the Republic of Croatia from EU / EEA member states/regions, and who are not currently on the so-called green list of the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, must present a 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;
  • a certificate confirming that the certificate holder has recovered from SARS-COV-2 virus infection after having previously had a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result, which is valid at the earliest on the eleventh day from the date of arrival of the positive test and no later than 180th day from the day of the first positive test;
  • 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.

Exceptionally, the following categories of passengers traveling from EU / EEA Member States/regions do not have to have a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2, although they come from countries that do not belong to the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention's green list: 

  • workers or self-employed persons performing key tasks, including health workers, frontier and posted workers, and seasonal workers as specified in the Guidelines on the Free Movement of Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic, provided they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia or outside the Republic of Croatia for more than 12 o'clock;
  • 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 more than 12 hours;
  • seafarers and workers in the transport sector or transport service providers, including lorry drivers transporting goods for use in the territory of the State and those only in transit;
  • diplomats, the staff of international organizations and persons receiving a call from international organizations and whose physical presence is necessary for the functioning of those organizations, military personnel, and police officers, and 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 of entry;
  • patients traveling for necessary health reasons.

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.

Citizens of EU / EEA Member States as well as members of their families traveling to the Republic of Croatia from third countries, ie those who 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;
  • a certificate confirming that the certificate holder has recovered from SARS-COV-2 virus infection after having previously had a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result, which is valid at the earliest on the eleventh day from the date of arrival of the positive test and no later than 180th day from the day of the first positive test;
  • 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.

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 the Schengen Member States and the 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 traveling 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; proof of having recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 infection after having a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result with the confirmation being valid which is valid at the earliest on the eleventh day from the date of arrival of the positive test and no later than 180th day from the day of the first positive test; 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 certificate confirming that the certificate holder has recovered from SARS-COV-2 virus infection after having previously had a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result, which is valid at the earliest on the eleventh day from the date of arrival of the positive test and no later than 180th day from the day of the first positive test; 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; a certificate confirming that the certificate holder has recovered from SARS-COV-2 virus infection after having previously had a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result, which is valid at the earliest on the eleventh day from the date of arrival of the positive test and no later than 180th day from the day of the first positive test; 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.

For all foreign passengers, regardless of citizenship, due to the shortening of the procedure at the border crossing, we advise you to fill in the announcement in advance via the Enter Croatia application.

For more information and questions, please visit the Official Government website for accurate and verified information on Coronavirus.