Since July of 2020, Croatia has been allowing the entry of foreign visitors. Travelers coming from EU/EEA countries can enter for non-essential reasons, including tourism.
But like most countries in Europe, Croatia’s rules on Covid-19 travel have been changing constantly due to the constant threat of the Covid-19 virus. Borders are still open, but travelers are required to submit either an EU Digital Covid Certificate, proof of vaccination, proof of having recovered from Covid-19, or a negative result of the Covid-19 test.
If you are planning to travel to Croatia during this Covid-19 pandemic, here’s everything you need to know.
Who Can Enter Croatia?
All travelers arriving from within the EU and Schengen-associated countries are allowed to enter Croatia as tourists, regardless of their nationality. However, they will be required to submit an EU Digital Covid Certificate.
Travelers who don’t have a Digital Covid Certificate can still enter, but they must present either of the following:
• Vaccination Certificate – the certificate must prove that the traveler has been vaccinated by any of the vaccines approved for use in the EU and that the last dose has been completed within the past 270 days.
• Certificate of recovery from Covid-19 – those who have been previously infected with Covid-19 and have recovered can show a certificate of recovery from Covid-19, along with proof of having received at least one dose of the vaccine within eight months of getting infected.
• Negative test result – the test must be performed through PCR test or a rapid antigen test that’s recognized by EU and that the test has been taken within 72 hours for PCR test or 48 hours for rapid antigen test.
Those who cannot present any of the requirements above can opt to get tested on arrival. But they must stay isolated until they get a negative result. This same rule applies to nationals of third countries who are residing in any of the EU or Schengen countries.
Travelers who came from countries or areas that the European Center for Disease Control has considered as “red” or “dark red” will be subjected to stricter restrictions.
Entry Rules For Third-Party Countries
The borders of Croatia are officially closed to travelers coming from third countries. However, Croatian authorities consider tourism as a valid exception. To be allowed entry as tourists, travelers from third countries must submit an EU Digital Covid Certificate. Without this certificate, they can provide any of the requirements mentioned above, such as a certificate of vaccination, proof of recovery, or negative Covid-19 test. In addition, travelers from third countries have to show proof of paid accommodation for the entire duration of stay.
Travelers who came from countries that are considered “high-risk” by the Croatian Institute of Public Health will be subjected to additional entry measures regardless of their vaccination status.
Those who came from Brazil, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zanzibar must submit a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of arrival, and undergo quarantine for 14 days upon entry.
Travelers who came from the UK, Cyprus, Russia, and India are required to present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours. For those who opted for the antigen test, the test must be performed within 48 hours.
Those who came from countries or areas that are under the “dark red” or “red” list of countries must abide by the same rules as that of the travelers coming from the UK, Cyprus, Russia, and India. As of August 10, 2021, these countries now include Spain, Portugal, most areas of Greece, and some parts of Italy and France.
Safety Measures and Health Protocols
The government of Croatia is encouraging both residents and tourists to follow social distancing guidelines, hand washing, and practice wearing face masks as much as possible.
What’s Open in Croatia?
Restrictions in Croatia have started lifting as of May 11th, 2020. Here are the list of what’s open in Croatia:
- Hotels, Camps, and Bed & Breakfasts
- Restaurants and cafes
- Beaches and public parks
- Pools (but not all), thermal spas, and aquaparks,
- Zagreb Zoos
- Public transportation
- Intercity transportation
- Ferry boats
- Most shops, boutiques, and stores.
You can also check Croatia on our live map for full details.