Updated: Dec 1, 2020
Is it safe to travel to Croatia?
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.
More information can be found on the official Government website for timely and accurate information on Covid-19: www.koronavirus.hr.
The Croatian Tourism Association has created a useful map with marked active Covid-19 cases, check out here.
Effective December 1st, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia issued a Decision temporarily prohibiting, i.e. restricting the crossing of persons across all border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia till December 15th.
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.
At the moment 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: email@example.com
Entry into the Republic of Croatia for foreign citizens:
Effective December 1st, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia issued a Decision temporarily prohibiting, i.e. restricting the crossing of persons across all border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia till December 15th. However, in accordance with the guidelines of the competent authorities, exceptions have been made as follows:
Passengers coming directly from the countries and / or regions of the European Union, i.e. countries and / or regions which are Member States of the Schengen Area and Schengen Associated Countries, and which are currently in the green list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, regardless of their citizenship, will be allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia under the same conditions as before the onset of the COVID-19 disease (they do not need to present a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 nor are they assigned the measure of self-isolation) if they show no signs of disease and they have not been in close contact with an infected person. A graphical representation of countries by color according to the risk of COVID-19 can be found on the website of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
If the aforementioned persons transited to the border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia through other countries / regions without delay, they should prove at the border crossing point that they did not stay in transit areas and in that case, they will not be required to have a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours, nor stay in self-isolation.
Exceptionally, on the following link you may find the list of the travelers who do not need to have the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 traveling from EU / EEA member states / regions on the red list. Passengers can check whether they meet the conditions for exemption from this Decision via the website available in Croatian, German or English or at the border crossing itself.
*All other passengers who, regardless of their citizenship, come to the Republic of Croatia from EU / EEA member states / regions, and which are currently not on the so-called green list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, must present a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 that is not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the swab to arriving at the border crossing point) or have the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 done immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation of self-isolation until they receive a negative test result.
Citizens of EU Member States (including Croatian citizens), i.e. of Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States, 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 coming from third countries, upon entering the Republic of Croatia must present a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 that is not older than 48 hours regardless of their citizenship (counting from the time of taking the swab to arriving at the border crossing point) or have the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 done immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation of self-isolation until they receive a negative test result.
All travellers are, however, advised to fill out the form on the ENTER CROATIA web-page.
Third-country nationals not covered by the abovementioned points may enter the Republic of Croatia from third countries if they are:
healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly;
frontier workers (as well as e.g. athletes as stated in the exceptions for passengers within the EU / EEA);
workers in the transport sector;
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;
passengers in transit;
persons travelling for schooling purposes;
seafarers (supported by the PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours or by PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arriving to the Republic of Croatia and by self-isolating until they receive a negative test result);
persons travelling for urgent personal / family reasons, business reasons or other economic interest (supported by the PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours or by PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arriving to the Republic of Croatia and by self-isolating until they receive a negative test result).
*Passengers (regardless of their citizenship) coming from countries currently covered by Annex I to Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction, namely Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Uruguay, China and special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China - Hong Kong and Macao, do not have to present a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 nor are they subject to self-isolation if they have not been in close contact with an infected person and show no signs of disease. During their stay in the Republic of Croatia, they are obliged to adhere to the general and special recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.
At the border crossing point, the aforementioned persons, who transited to the border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia through other countries / regions without delay, should prove that they did not stay in transit areas and in that case, they will not be required to have a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours nor stay in self-isolation.
More information on the Provision you may find here.
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.
Is proof of a negative Covid test required for entry?
YES A decision temporarily prohibiting, i.e. restricting the crossing of persons across all border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia till December 15th is currently in force. More about the exceptions and the possibilities of entering the country may be found here.
If I would like to or am required to get a Covid-19 test while in Croatia, where may I have a test performed?
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. In Makarska, there's a special container for coronavirus testing, located on the west side of the city ambulance. Testing is performed every working day from 07:00 to 08:30 am, and longer if necessary. The opening of "drive-in" testing in Makarska has enabled patients with milder symptoms not to travel to Split and faster diagnosis for residents of the Makarska Riviera and surrounding towns and municipalities that gravitate to Makarska.
What additional health and safety measures are in place?
Aside from all the currently applicable health and safety measures recommended by the Croatian Institute of Public Health, starting from October 12, 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, 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.)
Going home for Christmas or planning a trip to Croatia? Christmas holidays are approaching, and you are surely wondering what the coronavirus situation is in our country. We bring you some latest news.
3.987 new recorded COVID-19 cases in Croatia in the last 24 hours, so 23.573 cases of COVID-19 remain active. 2.221 people are still hospitalized, with 262 patients on ventilator. In the last 24 hours, 2.767 people recovered, while 11.282 were tested.
As published a week ago, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic presented new, strict measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Catering Facilities and Gyms Close in Croatia Until December 21.
We hope that these rigorous measures will not last too long and that we will get back to normal soon.
There are currently 26 testing places in the Republic of Croatia that perform RT-PCR analysis and collect samples. All processed samples enter national Croatian Health Insurance Institute platform, which is accessible to all county public health institutes.
All EU/EEA citizens and EU/EEA permanent and other residents (EU 27 + UK + Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican), as well as members of their immediate families they're traveling with (with documents proving their kinship), can freely enter Croatia as of July 1st, without any restrictions. Travelers are advised to fill out the form at http://entercroatia.mup.hr before arriving at the border. Croatians and official partners of Croatian nationals and their children, no matter what passports they might have, may enter Croatia unconditionally at any time and they do not need to fill in the entercroatia.mup.hr form.
Currently, Croatia does NOT require any COVID-19 test, and there is NO quarantine/self-isolation requirement if you are a citizen or resident of an EU/EEA country. EU/EEA passport or residence is crucial for Croatia, not where you come from.
All other third-country nationals (including the USA and Canada) are allowed to enter Croatia for tourism (with a paid reservation) or for business, but subject to new health conditions issued on July 10 (negative PCR test or 7-14 days self-isolation).
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It is recommended that travelers fill out border entry forms at entercroatia.mup.hr, to speed their passage across the border and into Croatia.
Disclaimer: The shown data are taken from the official websites and news portals. This is not a health recommendation! If you are not feeling well - do not travel. Follow the recommendations and regulations.
Stricter COVID-19 measures in Croatia will take effect from midnight on Sunday, November 22, and will last until December 15.
According to the Croatian Institute for Public Health, since the beginning of the epidemic in Croatia, 96.837 people tested positive for Coronavirus. 1.257 people died with this diagnosis.
Coronavirus numbers in the Makarska Riviera are not alarming, but people should be aware of possible infections. We urge you to adhere to the measures and act responsibly. Today, 20 new coronavirus cases in the Makarska Riviera are registered.
In the whole of Croatia, over 600.000 people have been tested, and a total of 1257 people have died since the beginning of the epidemic in Croatia. That's why the Croatian government introduced stricter measures. Minister Davor Bozinovic announced that stricter measures will take effect from midnight on Sunday, and will last until December 15.
Public gatherings are now limited to 25 people instead of 50
Wedding ceremonies to 50, private ceremonies to 10 instead of 15
At funerals, the number is to 25 people
Sports competitions will be held without spectators
At 10 pm, all catering facilities will have to close
Ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages from 10 pm to 6 am
For art performances, at least 4 meters distance must be maintained for each person present
Source: Total News Croatia
In Makarska, there's a special container for coronavirus testing, located on the west side of the city ambulance. Testing is performed every working day from 07:00 to 08:30 am, and longer if necessary. The opening of "drive-in" testing in Makarska has enabled patients with milder symptoms not to travel to Split and faster diagnosis for residents of the Makarska Riviera and surrounding towns and municipalities that gravitate to Makarska.