Croatia (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 21 July, 2021.

 

At a Glance

Travel Restrictions

Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: You can travel to Croatia if you present a vaccine certificate, proving that the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine (or single dose for Johnson & Johnson) was received more than 14 days before crossing the state border.

You won’t need to present a negative PCR test nor to follow a quarantine.
Tourist Entry: Partially Allowed
Testing: Test is required for some travellers.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine required for some travelers.

Local Restrictions

Lockdown in Effect: Partial
Events: Partially Allowed
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Shopping: Open
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
 

Detailed Travel Advisory

Published 15.07.2021
1. Until 31 July 2021, passengers are not allowed to enter.
This does not apply to:
– nationals of Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Vatican City (Holy See) and their family members;
– passengers with a long term residence permit or a long term “D” visa issued by Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland (Rep.), Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden or Switzerland;
– residents of Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Israel, Japan, Korea (Rep.), Kosovo (Rep.), Lebanon, Moldova (Rep.), Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia (Rep.), Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Thailand and USA, if arriving from their country of residence;
– passengers traveling through Croatia to a third country for a maximum stay of 12 hours. They must prove that they can enter the destination country;
– passengers traveling as tourists with proof of paid accommodation;
– passengers traveling on business with an invitation letter from a company in Croatia;
– passengers with a diplomatic passport traveling on duty;
– passengers traveling as students;
– merchant seamen;
– military personnel.
2. Passports and national ID cards issued to nationals of Croatia which expired on 11 March 2020 or later are considered valid.
3. Passengers arriving from Brazil, India, South Africa or Tanzania (only Zanzibar) must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 48 hours before arrival. They are subject to mandatory self-isolation for 14 days.
4. Passengers arriving from a country other than Brazil, India, South Africa or Tanzania (only Zanzibar) must have:
– a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken at most 72 hours before arrival; or
– a rapid antigen test taken at most 48 hours before arrival. The rapid antigen test must be listed on https://tinyurl.com/b57mretv ; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days and at most 210 days before arrival. Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm or Sputnik V; or
– a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most 180 days before arrival and a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that the passenger received the first dose of the vaccine not more than 210 days before arrival; or
– a positive COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test result issued at least 11 days and at most 180 days before arrival; or
– are subject to a COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test upon arrival and self-isolation for up to 10 days.
– This does not apply to:
– passengers arriving directly from Switzerland or an EEA Member State with an EU Digital COVID Certificate;
– passengers arriving directly from Switzerland or an EEA Member State with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they received the first vaccine dose of Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech or Sputnik V between 22 and 42 days before arrival, or showing that they received the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria) between 22 and 84 days before arrival;
– minors younger than 12 years accompanied by their parents or legal guardians. The parents or guardians must have an EU Digital COVID Certificate, a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test result, a vaccination certificate or a recovery certificate;
– more exemptions can be found at https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212
5. Passengers could be subject to self-isolation; details can be found at https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212
6. Passengers must complete an “Enter Croatia Form” and present it upon arrival. The form can be completed before departure at https://entercroatia.mup.hr/ or upon arrival.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Croatia.
7. More information can be found at https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212

 

Detailed Tourist Information

In order to be allowed to enter Croatia, third country nationals are required to have a certificate of paid accommodation in a hotel, campsite, rented vessel or other form of tourist accommodation, or they must be owners of houses or vessels in Croatia.

All travellers aged above 12 arriving from third countries, including citizens of EU Member States and Schengen Associated countries, as well as members of their families and third-country nationals who are long-term residents or entitled to reside under other EU directives or national laws, can enter Croatia without being subject to any isolation or testing requirement in the following cases:

-Vaccination
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 (entry allowed between 22 and 42 days from the jab), or the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine (entry allowed between 22 and 84 days from the jab).

-Positive PCR or rapid antigen test older than 11 days performed in the previous 180 days, or recovery from COVID-19 in the last 6 months + 1 dose of vaccinePositive result to a COVID-19 test (PCR or rapid antigen test) confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, performed in the previous 180 days, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point, or presentation of a certificate of recovery issued by a physician.

-Negative COVID-19 test
A negative PCR test or rapid antigen test (RAT), where the RAT test must be listed in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognised by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission. If the RAT test was taken 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.

Children under 12 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.

In lack of a valid COVID-19 test, travellers will have to immediately perform, upon arrival in Croatia, a PCR or rapid antigen test at their own expenses, with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, a 10-day quarantine is imposed.

Some categories of people are exempt (https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212) from previously mentioned requirements.

Provisions for people applying for residency/work in Croatia

Persons who, following their application for residence / work in Croatia (including digital nomads), have received a positive decision of the competent authority, are obliged to present credible documentation upon entering Croatia to prove the reasons for their exemption to COVID-19 testing or isolation. During their stay in Croatia, they are obliged to follow the general and special recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.
 

Lockdown Details

A range of measures are currently in effect throughout Croatia.  These measures may be revised or updated based on the evolving epidemiological situation.

Wearing protective masks is mandatory in all closed spaces throughout the country. Masks are also mandatory in open spaces where a physical distance of at least 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.

Restrictions for Individuals and Businesses

Most notable epidemiological restrictions include:

-All public events, gatherings, and celebrations, including religious services must end at 22:00 and cannot have more than 100 persons in attendance. Wedding parties of up to 120 guests are permitted with a mandate that all guests, staff, and entertainers must have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 or have a negative viral test.

-Restaurants can offer food and beverages for takeout/delivery and may also serve guests seated both indoors and in an open-air space. Coffee shops and bars can only serve guests in open-air spaces.

-Nightclubs are closed. Casinos and betting shops are open until 23:00.

-Sporting events are allowed with no spectators and the events must end at 22:00.

-Alcohol will not be sold from 23:00 to 6:00.
 

Sources

https://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/HRV
Data Source: covidcontrols.co