Dear travellers, enjoy Croatia and travel safely and responsibly!

Travel requires all visitors to comply with current health and safety guidelines. Please ensure that you review the current travel measures, as well as guidelines in effect both nationally and regionally.

 

Certain epidemiological measures have been introduced for some Croatian counties, while more information can be found on the official GovernmentCovid-19: www.koronavirus.hr

 

The Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) has created a useful interactive map with marked active Covid-19 cases that may be found here.

 

Please see below for more detailed information.

Passengers (regardless of their citizenship) coming directly from countries covered by the currently valid amendments to COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION (EU) 2021/1085 of 15 July 2021 amending Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restrictioncan travel to the Republic of Croatia without having to prove or justify their reasons for travel if they meet the abovementioned epidemiological conditions for entry into the Republic of Croatia that are prescribed for third-country nationals.

More information may be found here.

The EnterCroatia online form allows visitors to enter all the necessary information and data prior to travelling to Croatia to ease border crossing upon entry. All travellers are advised to fill out the form before arrival. More about the exceptions and the possibilities of entering the country may be found here.

 

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

 

The online form includes the same data requests that would normally be provided at border control along 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 so that 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 on the measures that are currently in place for visitors to Croatia.

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

Passengers (regardless of their citizenship) coming directly from countries covered by the currently valid amendments to COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION (EU) 2021/1085 of 15 July 2021amending 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 having to prove or justify their reasons for travel if they meet the abovementioned epidemiological conditions for entry into the Republic of Croatia that are prescribed for third-country nationals.

 

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, regardless of their citizenship, will be allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia if they possess a valid EU digital COVID Certificate.

 

Exceptionally, passengers arriving 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, who do not yet posses an EU digital COVID Certificate, will be allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia if they have the following:

 

  • negative PCR test result or rapid antigen test result - RAT for 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 results were made abroad, the manufacturer and/or the commercial name of the test must be visible. 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 Member States (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, Sinopharm) not older than 270 days, or a certificate that they have received one dose of the vaccine if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson) not older than 270 days, provided that 14 days have passed since they received the single dose;
     
  • 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 eight months from contracting the disease, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 270 days from their arrival at the border crossing point;
     
  • positive PCR test result or rapid antigen test result, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 270 days and which is older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point, or  a medical certificate of recovery;
     
  • or if they perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing – RAT for SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon their arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until they obtain a negative test result. In case they cannot get tested, they have to self-isolate for ten (10) days.

 

Exceptions to the application of a valid EU digital COVID certificate or the above obligations can be found at the following link: https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286211.

 

Citizens of EU Member States (including Croatian citizens), i.e. of Schengen Member States 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/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 and are coming from third countries, must present a valid a valid EU digital COVID Certificate when entering the Republic of Croatia. 

 

Exceptionally, the abovementioned category of passengers who do not yet possess an EU Digital COVID Certificate will be allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia if they have the following:

  • negative PCR test result or rapid antigen test result - RAT for 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 results were made abroad, the manufacturer and/or the commercial name of the test must be visible. 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 Member States (Pfizer, Moderna, AstaZeneca, Gamaleya, Sinopharm) not older than 270 days, or a certificate that they have received one dose of the vaccine if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson) not older than 270 days, provided that 14 days have passed since they received the single dose;
  • 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 eight months from contracting the disease, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 270 days from their arrival at the border crossing point; 
  • positive PCR test result or rapid antigen test result, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 270 days and which is older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point, or  a medical certificate of recovery;
  • or if they perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing - RAT for SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon their arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until they obtain a negative test result. In case they cannot get tested, they have to self-isolate for ten (10) days.

 

All travellers are, however, advised to fill out the form on the ENTERCROATIA web-page.

 

THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS

 

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

  1. healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly;
  2. frontier workers;
  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 entering;;
  6. persons travelling for study purposes;
  7. seafarers
  8. persons who travel for tourist reasons and have confirmation of reservation or 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;
  9. persons travelling for necessary personal / family or business reasons or who have other economic interest
  10. persons for whom a positive decision of the competent authority has been made, based on their application for residence / work, including digital nomads will be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia upon presentation.

 

Persons referred to in items 7, 8, 9 and 10 will be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia with:

 

  • negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours from the moment of testing, or rapid antigen test result - RAT for SARS-CoV-2 that is included in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission, provided that the test result is not older than 48 hours from the moment of testing to the moment of arrival at the border crossing point
  • certificate that they have received two doses of vaccine used in the EU Member States not older than 270 days, provided that 14 days have passed since they received the second dose, or a certificate that they have received one dose of the vaccine, not older than 270 days, if the vaccine is administered in a single dose (Janssen/Johnson&Johnson), provided that 14 days have passed since they received the single dose
  • certificate showing that they have recovered from COVID-19 and have received one dose of vaccine within eight months from contracting the virus, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 270 days ago
  • a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result, referred to in paragraph III, item 1, subitem 1 of the said Decision, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 270 days, and which is older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point, or a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 issued by a physician
  • or they will be imposed self-isolation upon arriving in the Republic of Croatia with a possibility of getting a PCR test or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 and if they cannot get tested, they have to self-isolate for a total of 10 days.

 

Children under twelve years of age travelling 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 valid EU Digital COVID Certificate or a negative PCR or rapid antigen - RAT test result or if they have a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of having recovered from COVID-19.

 

Passengers from the countries covered by the list of countries of the Croatian Institute of Public Health to which special epidemiological measures apply


Passengers arriving from the countries that are in the list of countries to which special epidemiological measures apply when they are crossing the border of the Republic of Croatia, and which are published on the website of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, are obliged to present, depending on the category of the country,
 

  • a negative PCR test result not older than 48 hours and they have to stay in mandatory self-isolation for 14 days (Republic of South Africa, Zanzibar (Tanzania), Brazil), or
  • a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours or a negative rapid antigen test result not older than 48 hours, regardless of their vaccination status and recovery (Brazil). This provision also refers to countries and/or regions of Schengen Member States and Schengen associated countries which are on the red or dark red list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control if the Croatian Institute of Public Health listed them as countries to which special epidemiological measures apply.


The duration of self-isolation may be shortened for passengers arriving from the countries for which quarantine is mandatory if they take a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 at their own expense at an institution authorised for testing no sooner than the seventh day of self-isolation, and the test result comes back negative.

 

More information on the Provision you may find here.

 

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) are allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia based on the prior approval 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 and they do not have to meet the epidemiological requirements.  

 

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.

 

Other general notes on the provision may be found here.

YES – however there are many other acceptable entry requirements including those outlined in the section entitled “Entry into the Republic of Croatia for foreign citizens “.

More about the exceptions and the possibilities of entering the country may be found here.


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).

 

Passengers in transit may travel through the Republic of Croatia provided that it is possible to enter or transit through the neighbouring country. During transit, the shortest traffic routes should be used without undue delay, including the motorway where possible. It is necessary to leave the Republic of Croatia as soon as possible and no longer than 12 hours from the moment of entry, which will be checked by the border police.

 

Please note that passengers allowed entry to Croatia, as well as Croatian citizens transiting via Neum will not be subject to any additional requirements and can freely travel to and from southern Croatia by car.

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. Please check their websites for flights to Croatian cities. 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.alitalia.com
www.qatarairways.com
www.aeroflot.ru
www.lot.com
www.wizzair.com
www.volotea.com
www.vueling.com
www.delta.com
www.united.com
www.transavia.com
www.brusselsairlines.com
www.luxair.lu
www.aegeanair.com/

www.tui.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.

The sea border is also open for private vessels under the same conditions as land borders. For further information on nautical requirements please see here.


Please note that in order to enable online payment for nautical tourist taxes, please visit https://nautika.evisitor.hr/ The site is available in Croatian, English, German and Italian and accepts all major credit cards.

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.

For all forms of public transportation, since June 25th, 2020 passengers are required to where face masks.

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*

Gomo Viaggi*

Jadrolinija*

 

 

*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.

 

For all forms of public transportation, since June 25th 2020 passengers are required to where face masks.

 

As of October 12 2020, it is recommended to wear protective masks in open spaces where it is not possible to maintain a physical distance, which includes public transport stops.

There are no car traffic restrictions in Croatia and updates on the latest traffic conditions may be found via the Croatian Automobile Club website here. Meanwhile Croatian Motorways has implemented a Safe Travel campaign with road signage and the information leaflets being made available. More information may be found here.


Aside from all the currently applicable health and safety measures recommended by the Croatian Institute of Public Health, starting from October 12 2020, it is mandatory to wear protective or surgical masks in all enclosed spaces where it is not possible to maintain a distance of 1.5 m. Furthermore, the regulation, which came into force on October 26 2020, stipulates a strict measure regarding physical distancing, with a distance of at least 2 meters indoors and 1.5 meters outdoors. The obligation to use face masks or medical masks outdoors when it is not possible to maintain physical distance was also introduced, as well as the obligation of wearing masks when entering and visiting cemeteries. Details may be found here. (Currently only in Croatian.)

 

As of, December 5th 2020, penalties were introduced for not wearing or for improper wearing of masks and for non-compliance with other health and safety measures. Fines range from HRK 500 for improper wearing of masks to HRK 10,000 for organizations of private parties and gatherings that have not enforced current measures.

 

Effective December 12th 2020, new measures for shops and shopping centers takes effect, the measures additionally limits the number of customers or visitors that can be in the store or shopping center at the same time. More information may be found here. (currently only in Croatian)

 

Additional county-level measures may periodically be implemented and more information on these may be found here (Croatian only)

 

The UNWTO/IATA introduced “Travel Tracker” as the first global dashboard on Air Travel Restrictions and Health-related Travel Requirements at the destination, including Croatia. The tracker includes data on: Health Indicators (Interactive Map), Current Air Travel Regulations, Destination-specific Restrictions and Health Regulations and may be found here.

Covid-19 testing centres are organized at the county-level at various facilities. A list of contact information for them may be found here. Should you require a time dependent test, please call-in advance to ensure that the testing centre will be able to accommodate you and provide instructions as to the testing protocol and any other necessary information. More information on locations, process of ordering, instructions and so on you may find here.

 

Additional information regarding testing centres in certain counties may be found on following links:
 

 

Some hotels are providing testing services for their guests. Please check with your hotel as to whether they provide this service.

 

Additionaly, Zagreb Tourist Board has enabled testing for all foreign visitors staying at least one overnight in commercial accommodation in the city via its Visitor Center at the address Trg bana Josipa Jelačića 11 (Jelačić Square). Additional information may be found here.

 

From January 23, 2021, it is possible to perform rapid antigen testing and PCR testing for passengers on flights at Franjo Tuđman Airport. More information here.

 

From April 24, 2021, testing can be done at Split Airport as well. More information at the link.

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,, also you can contact one of tourist ambulances, contacts can be found here. Describe your symptoms and follow their advice. We suggest calling by phone before going to the doctor's office.

 

The Croatian Institute of Public Health has also issued a protocol for local municipalities and accommodation providers should any guest show symptoms of Covid-19. The protocol may be found here. Should you be visiting Croatia and exhibit any symptoms, please let your accommodation provider know immediately, in order to ensure health and safety protocol is followed.

If you are an EU, EEA, UK 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. Please take the time to check the validity of your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and/or have a new one issued prior to your trip. Or alternatively have a Certificate issued by your national health care provider.

 

Nationals of countries with which Croatia has a bilateral agreement (such as Bosnia & Hercegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, N. Macedonia and Turkey) are entitled to coverage by way of certificate as determined between national healthcare providers, which must be requested prior to travel to Croatia.

 

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 issues or purchase adequate travel insurance that provides Covid-related coverage.


Hotels are open, although seasonal hotel and accommodation closures unrelated to the current epidemiological situation are common across Croatia. Check with the hotel or accommodation provider when booking as to their dates of operation. Please note, all accommodation facilities are required to prescribe to the recommended health and safety procedures that may be found here.

The decision, which came into force on November 22nd 2020, suspended the operation of nightclubs. Slot machine clubs, betting points and casinos are allowed to work until 12 AM. Food delivery is allowed provided all health and safety measures are complied with. Outdoor terraces of all catering facilities (including cafes and restaurants) all allowed to work from 6 AM to 12 AM. Indoor service is available at restaurants and pastry shops, however this provision currently does not apply to cafes and bars. When staying on the terraces of catering facilities, it is necessary to adhere to epidemiological measures and maintain physical distance. Bakeries and shops selling bread and bakery products can be open until 12 AM.  

 

The provision, includes a ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages from 12:00 AM to 06:00 AM. There are also updated health and safety guidelines in place that may be found here (currently in Croatian only)

 

 All current epidemiological measures for cities / counties can be found on the official website: https://www.koronavirus.hr/zupanije/139 (currently in Croatian only)

The latest information for gatherings may be found here (Currently only in Croatian).

 

Note! Information and current epidemiological measures may vary by county depending on the epidemiological situation in a particular destination, so it is recommended to check the current epidemiological measures on the websites of county tourist boards, as well as on the official koronavirus.hr website. (currently only in Croatian).

Parks and zoos are still open, however health and safety measures, as well as social distancing guidelines still apply. Permitted sports competitions and trainings can be held only without spectators and with strict adherence to all prescribed epidemiological measures and special recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health. The organizers are obliged to ensure that all athletes and technical staff adhere to the prescribed epidemiological measures and that sports facilities are used exclusively for the purposes of permitted activities. Beaches and thermal spas 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. Outdoor and indoor sports and recreation is allowed (except school gyms), pools and tented sporting facilities are open. The Zagreb Zoo is open to the public as well as National Parks and Nature Parks, and they continue to adhere to the prescribed and applicable health and safety measures.


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

 

For questions regarding crossing the border of Republic of Croatia, please check: https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212

 

For questions regarding filling out the entercroatia online form please contact: entercroatia@mints.hr

 

For specific questions regarding epidemiological measures, economic measures and any legal questions in the Republic of Croatia during the COVID-19 pandemic please contact: mintcz@mints.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.

 

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

 

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