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The Latest Travel to Croatia – update 11th July

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How to Travel to Croatia 2020?

Travel to Croatia Update
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Update July 11th 2020
Recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of public Health for passengers crossing the state border of the Republic of Croatia.

The Decision on the 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.
  2. 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 organizations and international military personnel in the performance of their functions
2e) Transit passengers
2f) Passengers traveling for tourism or other business reasons or having other economic interest and passengers traveling for the purpose of education
2g) Passengers traveling 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 an 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 neighboring country enables it to enter. 

2f) – Passengers entering the Republic of Croatia for tourism or other business reasons or having other economic interests, as well as persons traveling for educational purposes.
These passengers may enter Croatia without the obligation of self-isolation upon presentation of a negative PCR test of the nose and pharynx 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, the performance of necessary activities with the 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 meters), 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 meters and availability of disinfectants, and avoid unnecessary meetings.
  • Payment services are performed by non-cash card payments or online 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.
Update July 1st 2020
From midnight without entry restrictions for EU / EEA citizens, with mandatory registration at entercroatia.mup.hr.

From midnight, all EU / EEA citizens and permanent residents in the EU / EEA (with the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican) are free to enter Croatia without restrictionsIt is still valid for all passengers to fill in the entercroatia.mup.hr form and thus announce their arrival in order to cross the border faster and in order to potentially monitor contacts in case of infection.  All other foreign nationals can enter for business or tourist reasons (with paid accommodation reservations).  The European Commission has decided that from 1 July, all member states will open borders for citizens of 15 countries that are considered safe. These countries are:

  • Algeria
  • Australia
  • Montenegro
  • Georgia
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • China (provided that China lifts restrictions on EU citizens)
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay

The list of countries will be revised every two weeks, according to epidemiological criteria. These criteria are:

  • the number of new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days and per 100,000 inhabitants will be around or below the EU average (as of 15 June 2020)
  • a stable or downward trend of new cases in this period, compared to the previous 14 days
  • overall response to COVID-19, including testing, surveillance, contact monitoring, infection retention, treatment and reporting, and the reliability of the information required.

Travelling to Croatia? 

By the decision of the Civil Protection Headquarters from 30.06.2020. citizens of the Member States of the European Union or the Member States of the Schengen area 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 on the status of nationals third countries with long-term residence and persons entitled to reside under other EU directives or national law do not have to prove the reason for their entry (business, economic, tourist, etc.).  Those persons can enter under the same conditions as before the disease COVID-19, but still with epidemiological control, and with the obligation to comply with general and special recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health. In order to shorten the waiting time at border crossing point it is recommended that foreign nationals who will come to Croatia, send additional data in advance via web address entercroatia.mup.hr.   All other foreign nationals may enter the country for business reasons or other economic interests for the Republic of Croatia, and pressing personal reasons, if they provide relevant proof. Please note that once you receive confirmation that you may enter the Republic of Croatia, you are advised to fill in the announcement form on the following link: entercroatia.mup.hr in order to shorten the waiting time. 

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Update June 15th 2020
Re-open Europa platform

As of today, The European Commission launches the Re-open EU platform, which provides a number of useful information on borders, transport, travel, restrictions, and security measures in EU member states.

The European Union, and all of its member states, are planning for a safe re-opening of Europe.

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Update June 01st 2020

To cross the state border and travel to Republic of Croatia faster and easier, we recommend all foreign citizens to register via the entercroatia.mup.hr website.

As of 28th May 2020. the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia passed a Decision amending the Decision on the temporary ban on crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.

According to a decision by the Civil Protection Authority, Slovenian, Hungarian, Austrian, Czech, Slovak, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and German citizens can enter Croatia under the same conditions that were valid prior to the outbreak of the corona-virus pandemic.

However, epidemiological checks remain as does the obligation to adhere to general and special recommendations by the Croatian Institute for Public Health.

When citizens of these 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.

In order to reduce congestion at border crossings and shorten the waiting time for crossing the state border, which will be extended compared to border control in recent years due to the collection of additional data, we recommend foreign citizens who intend to stay in Croatia to submit their data via entercroatia. mup.hr

Also, passengers who submit data in this way, will receive a return confirmation of the received announcement and all the necessary information related to the instructions and recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

Passengers who do not submit their data in advance via the above application will be able to do all this at the border crossing when entering the Republic of Croatia, but they will need a longer waiting time in a separate lane.

Citizens of other EU/EEA countries can enter Croatia if they meet the following conditions:
  • are guests who have a confirmation of booking accommodation in Croatia
  • own real estate in Croatia (show proof of real estate ownership at the border crossing)
  • own a vessel in Croatia (show proof of ownership of the vessel at the border crossing)
  • go to a funeral in Croatia (show documentation proving it at the border crossing)
  • travel to Croatia on business (show proof of business interest at the border, for example, invitation to a meeting, etc.)
  • all others who have a justifiable reason and cannot document it must send a request to covid@mup.hr

Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the conditions of entry into the Republic of Croatia

If you can’t find the answer to your question, please contact Ministry of the Interior using on-line form.

Update May 15th 2020

As a result of a decisive and persistent struggle with COVID 19, which turned our lives upside down, Croatia entered the third, final phase of easing measures on 11 May.

Schools and kindergartens, bars, restaurants, hotels, camps, marinas and shopping malls have been reopened. A few days ago, the state borders were opened for foreign citizens who travel for business reasons, own real estate or a boat in Croatia.

Renting a charter boat and using the accommodation service on ships, yachts and boats is considered an important economic reason for coming to the Republic of Croatia. Followed by this, as of today, 15 May  foreign citizens are allowed to enter Croatia and charter a yacht. It is proved by presenting the List of crew and passengers entered into the e-Nautika system by the charter company or the owner of the vessel.

Here are few important guidelines to follow while sailing and yacht charter in Croatia:

Upon entering the Republic of Croatia, all Croatian and foreign citizens are obliged to follow the general and special Recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health for Croatian and foreign citizens who cross the state border and enter the Republic of Croatia from May 9, 2020.

More information on corona-virus disease and measures to reduce the risk of spreading the disease can be found on the website of the Croatian Institute for public health. https://www.hzjz.hr/en/

  • For all vessels that do not have built-in automatic identification systems (AIS) or other electronic navigation tracking systems, it is recommended to keep records of all landings from the beginning of navigation to the end of the navigation.
  • For all the above crew members and boaters, it is recommended to limit the visits to the mainland to the most necessary in the first 14 days of stay in the Republic of Croatia. These 14 days would also include the days of sailing or staying at the anchorage before arriving in the Republic of Croatia, which they spent without contact with other persons.
  • In addition to the above, all Croatian and foreign citizens are obliged to comply with other epidemiological measures published by the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

Nautical tourism ports, charter companies, and boat owners for multi-day cruises are obliged to adjust their work and provision of services to specific recommendations issued by the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

Please always keep in mind that keeping a distance is essential for disabling the spread of the virus. The health of all of us, visitors, workers and partners comes first!


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