Visiting Croatia Amid the Pandemic: What Every Traveller Needs to Know

Croatia’s extraordinary island-speckled coastline is indisputably its main attraction. The first thing that strikes you is the remarkable clarity of the water. When it’s set against a dazzling white pebbly beach, the water sparkles with a jewel-like intensity in shades of emerald and sapphire. There are long sandy and shingly stretches too – perfect for lazy days spent lounging and devouring trashy holiday novels. Planning a visiting Croatia?

Before planning to visit Croatia, here is a guideline of the rules and requirements the country has imposed due to the Coronavirus situation.

Croatia’s entry requirements and restrictions are based on the European Centre for Disease and Prevention Control (ECDC) recommendation, according to which, countries are categorised in colours based on their infection rates for 14 days, as the list below indicates:

  • Green countries are considered those in which the infection rate is less than 50 and test positivity is less than four per cent or if the infection rate is less than 75 and the test positivity rate is less than one per cent
  • Orange countries are considered those that report less than 50 positive cases and test positivity is four per cent or more; if the infection rates are between 50 to 75 and test positivity is one per cent or more, or if the positive cases are between 75 t 200 and test positivity is less than four per cent
  • Red countries are those with 75 to 200 positive cases and test positivity of four per cent or more; or, if the infection rates are more than 200 but less than 500
  • Dark red countries are considered those with more than 500 positive cases
  • Grey countries are considered those with a testing rate lower than 300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, or there isn’t available data for the country to be categorised

Who Is Permitted to Travel to Croatia & What Are the Entry Rules?

All travellers from Schengen Area and EEA countries are permitted to visit Croatia by providing a valid EU Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate.

However, if travellers from these countries cannot present such a document, they will be allowed to enter Croatia if they provide one of the following documents:

  • A negative PCR test result, taken within 72 hours before departure or a rapid antigen test (RAT), taken within 48 hours before departure, which also has to be recognised by the Member States of the European Union
  • A positive PCR or RAT result, indicating the holder was infected with the virus 11 to 180 days before reaching the Croatian border; or the traveller can present a recovery certificate issued by a medical authority
  • A vaccination certificate, proving the holder has been fully vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Gamaleya or Sinopharm vaccine, 14 to 210 days before the arrival
  • A vaccination certificate indicating the traveller has received only the first shot of Pfizer, Moderna or Gamaleya vaccine, 22 to 42 days before reaching the country and 22-84 days for those who got the first shot of AstraZeneca vaccine
  • A recovery certificate indicating the holder recovered from Coronavirus and has received the first shot of the vaccine within six months of being infected with the virus, and with the vaccine being taken 210 days before reaching Croatia

If travellers arriving from EEA/EU countries cannot provide any of the documents mentioned above, they can get tested with a PCR or RAT (at their own expense) upon arrival and self-isolate until they receive the result. If they cannot get tested, they must self-isolate for ten days.

Based on the EU’s list of epidemiologically safe countries, the following third countries are allowed to enter Croatia:

For travellers arriving from the remaining regions and countries (orange category), no entry restriction applies if they can present a vaccination, recovery or negative test certificate.  EU countries and regions included in the orange zone are:

  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Most French regions, except Centre Val-de-Loire and Bourgogne-Franche-Comte
  • Italian regions of Veneto, Sicily, Lazio and Sardinia
  • Greece
  • Southern Finland regions

Who Is Banned From Visiting Croatia?

According to the Croatian Institute of Public Health, passengers arriving from the list of countries below are obliged to present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours before entering the country and undergo a 14-day self-isolation requirement:

For travellers arriving from the countries mentioned below, a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours before arrival or a RAT not older than 48 hours, regardless of the vaccination status, is required.

  • Russian Federation
  • India

The testing requirement, regardless of vaccination status, also applies to red and dark red countries categorised by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), as the following list indicates.

Dark red countries and regions are:

  • Cyprus
  • The French region of Martinique
  • Greek region of Crete
  • Most Dutch regions
  • Most Spanish regions

Red countries and regions are:

  • Malta
  • Ireland
  • Portugal
  • The Spanish region of Azores, Canary Islands
  • The French region of Guadeloupe and Saint Martin, La Reunion, Guyane and Corsica
  • Greek regions of Ioannina Thessaly and Athens
  • The capital region of Denmark

The quarantine time can be reduced if travellers from these countries get tested for Coronavirus on the seventh day of the quarantine, at their own expense.

Croatia’s COVID-19 Vaccination Passport visiting croatia

Croatia is the first country in the EU to successfully connect to the EUDCC, alongside Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Greece and Czechia, a month ahead of the EU’s deadline set in July.

The EU Digital COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate has been established in a bid to ease travelling across Europe amid pandemic and to revive tourism which has been affected by Coronavirus pandemic and entry restrictions imposed to prevent it.

The country has recorded an almost 60 per cent decline in overnight stays for March 2021 compared to April 2020, as the European statistics provider, EUROSTAT, revealed.

Anyone who has been vaccinated with one of the European Medicines Agency authorised vaccines (Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen and Pfizer) tested negative for the virus in the 48 hours (RAT) or 72 hours (PCR test) or have recently recovered from COVID-19 is eligible to obtain the document.

What Is Open to Visit in Croatia This Summer?

Wearing a protective mask is mandatory in all events and activities held in close spaces. Furthermore, if the 1.5 meters social distance cannot be maintained in open spaces, the participants must also wear a face covering.

Depending on the epidemiological measures of the location, the country imposes different restrictions. However, wearing a mask indoors unless seated is a common requirement.

Organisations with larger audiences may require visitors to present a negative test or vaccination certificate. For example, wedding parties can host up to 120 guests if participants are vaccinated against COVID-19 or tested negative for the disease recently.

Get Travel Insurance to Fully Prepare for Inconveniences While Travelling to Croatia

Travelling insurance is a must when travelling to Croatia since there have been numerous flights cancelled due to Coronavirus emergencies and other inconveniences.

Purchasing travel insurance enables travellers to visit their destination and get a partial or full refund of their money if any issue happens during the trip.

Travel insurance measures for travelling to Croatia can be merchandised with economical prices from AXA Assistance, MondialCare or Europ Assistance.

COVID-19 Situation & Vaccination Rates in Croatia

As of July 27, Croatia has reported two deaths related to Coronavirus and 27 people have tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, the World Health Organisation confirms.

Since January 2020, the country has experienced 8,247 deaths, and 362,648 people have been infected with the disease.

According to Our World in Data, Croatia has administered around three million COVID vaccines, with 1.3 million people being fully vaccinated (33.9 per cent of the population) and 1.6 million people received one shot of the vaccine (39.7 per cent of the population).

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