Note: Last update of this article occurred on November 19th.
Croatian nationals and their family members, regardless of their citizenship, are free to enter the Republic of Croatia, without the need to prove their reasons for entry, but they must present a document proving kinship with a Croatian national (e.g. birth certificate).
When entering the Republic of Croatia, nationals of Member States of the European Union, i.e. Schengen Member States and Member States associated with the Schengen area, as well as their family members (regardless of their residence), 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 persons who hold national long-term visas are not required to provide any special reason for their entry (business, economic, tourist, etc.), but can enter the country under the same conditions as before the COVID-19 outbreak, although still under epidemiological control and by mandatory compliance with general and special recommendations issued by the Croatian Institute of Public Health. This also applies to nationals of the Principality of Andorra, the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Monaco and the Holy See.
More details can be found here
As of July 1st, all nationals of EU and EEA countries can enter Croatia. Visitors need to register on this website. This also applies to citizens of the Principality of Andorra, the Republic of San Marino, the Principality of Monaco and the Vatican City State.
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.
For organized travel via bus, the forms can be filled out in advance by the agency organizing the travel, whereas individuals travelling on regularly scheduled bus routes are required to complete the form individually.
2. Epidemiological situation in Croatia
The Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) has created a useful interactive map with marked active Covid-19 cases. The map can be found here
3. Third country nationals
a) If travellers do not hold the citizenship of an EU/EEA Member State or the aforementioned countries, nor have regulated stay in those countries and travel from a non-member country due to urgent personal reasons, they must prove their reason for entering the Republic of Croatia upon arriving at the border crossing point which could be:
- Urgent personal reasons, and it is necessary to present valid documentation: a funeral (e.g. death certificate, obituary); going to a treatment or accompanying the person going to a treatment (e.g. medical call, confirmation of a scheduled medical / dental examination, doctor’s recommendation)
- If you are the owner or lessee (also applies to leaseholders) of real estate, movable property or seagoing vessel (ship, yacht, etc.) in the Republic of Croatia, border control at the border crossing point in the Republic of Croatia must be accompanied by presenting the documentation proving the ownership of real estate / movable property in the Republic of Croatia (e.g. title deed/contract); members of the owner’s family will be allowed to enter upon presenting a valid document from which the kinship with the owner is visible.
A quarantine with health supervision for 14 days has been determined for these persons, with the possibility of shortening its duration to 7 days, if a person gets their nose and throat swabbed at their own expense seven days after entering Croatia and receives a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2.
b) If foreigners who do not hold the citizenship of an EU/EEA Member State or the aforementioned countries nor have regulated stay in those countries want to enter the Republic of Croatia due to:
- Business reasons or economic interest of the Republic of Croatia – it is necessary to present documentation proving the business reason for visiting the Republic of Croatia or the economic interest of the Republic of Croatia, such as an invitation to a meeting of an economic entity from the Republic of Croatia, proof of a board membership, proof of ownership or co-ownership share in a company registered in the Republic of Croatia, documentation on the agreed business obligation with a natural or legal person, etc.
- Tourist reasons – it is necessary to present a confirmation of paid accommodation/reservation in one of the accommodation facilities in the Republic of Croatia (reservation, lease contract or lump sum payment of a camp, permanent berth contract in a nautical tourism port, etc.)
- Education – it is necessary to present a proof of education / studying (e.g. index/student ID, certificate of an educational institution, etc.).
Note: These individuals are not subject to a quarantine / self-isolation measure if they present a negative PCR result of a nasal and throat swab for SARS-Cov-2 at the border crossing point, which is not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the swab to arriving at the border crossing point).
If third-country nationals have a test older than 48 hours when entering Croatia, they will be allowed to enter Croatia, however, they will be obligated to self-isolate and re-test themselves in Croatia at their own expense. The above can be applied to passengers and crew members on yachts.
Individuals who do not present a negative PCR result are subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine
4. Hotels and restaurants
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.
Restaurants and cafes are open provided they have implemented prescribed health and safety measures. From October 12 wearing protective masks when entering and circulating within the facilities is obligatory, except when you are seated and when consuming food and / or drinks.The working hours of hospitality facilities from the category “bars” – such as night clubs, night bars, disco bars, coffee bars – are limited and are allowed to work up to midnight. The provision, which came into force on October 26, introduces a ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages from 00:00 to 06:00.
5. Public transportation within Croatia
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.
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.
For all forms of public transportation, effective June 25th, passengers are required to where face masks.
If you are traveling 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.
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 & Herzegovina, 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.