Is it safe to travel to Croatia?
Croatia is open to tourists. The requirements may slightly differ depending on your country of origin, but EU/EEA Member States have the freedom to enter with a valid reservation, or if you are from one of 10 countries where restrictions have currently been lifted, border crossing is no longer subject to additional requirements.
Citizens from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Germany and Slovak Republic
Effective May 28th, the Civil Protection Directorate passed an amendment regarding the temporary ban on crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.
This Decision specifies that the following Member States of the European Union (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Republic of Austria, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Poland, Republic of Slovenia, Federal Republic of Germany and Slovak Republic) will not be restricted to any of the above categories of entry, but will be able to enter under the same conditions as before the outbreak of COVID-19, but will still be subject to epidemiological control, and with the obligation to comply with general and special recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.
When citizens of the above Member States enter the Republic of Croatia, their entry will be recorded with the collection of additional data (place of destination, mobile phone number and e-mail address), due to the possible need for contact for epidemiological reasons.
Citizens from other EU/EEA countries may still enter Croatia, but will still have to prove their reason for entering the country (business, economic, touristic or personal reason). For a touristic visit, it is necessary to present the confirmation of accommodation booking in an accommodation establishment in Croatia (confirmation, voucher, camp lease contract, permanent berth contract etc.). Additional information about border crossing can be found here.
For other foreign nationals who intend to cross the state the border, they must meet one of the following conditions:
1. Possesses documentation proving the ownership of real estate located in the Republic of Croatia or a marine vessel (boat, yacht, etc) - (may also be the holder of a lease), or is travelling to attend a funeral in the Republic of Croatia (and possesses appropriate documentation proving this). If any of these conditions are met, these foreign citizens are allowed to cross the state border, are registered and the place / address where they will stay or where the property / vessel is located will be recorded, along with the contact phone number and time of stay – including the date they plan to leave the Republic of Croatia.
2. They have documentation proving the invitation by a business registered in the Republic of Croatia, the reason the business requires their visit to the Republic of Croatia, or an invitation to a business meeting. For these passengers crossing the border, it is necessary to enter the place / address where they will stay and the contact phone number and the duration of the stay – including the date they plan to leave the Republic of Croatia.
3. All other foreign citizens who have a business reason, which cannot be foreseen at this time, and do not have the appropriate documentation, are instructed to send their intention to cross the state border (entry into the Republic of Croatia) to firstname.lastname@example.org and their request will be addressed in the shortest possible timeframe. In addition an online form in lieu of email and Q&A related to this and the above is available here.
EnterCroatia form for faster border crossing
Effective May 28th a new online web form EnterCroatia has been launched and may be accessed here: https://entercroatia.mup.hr/
The EnterCroatia online form allows visitors to enter all the necessary information to ease border crossing prior to traveling to Croatia.
The online form includes all data normally requested in the process of crossing the border and 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. In this way, the time to complete 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 that are currently in place for visitors to Croatia.
At the moment the page is available in English and Croatian, but will soon be available in other languages such as German, Slovenian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, etc., namely 10 different language versions will be made available.
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
Are the borders open?
Currently, as mentioned above, borders are open in line with the above-mentioned requirements.
Is proof of a negative Covid test required for entry?
No, Croatia does not require Covid testing, nor proof of a negative test to enter.
Overall safety and hygiene measures, as well as social distancing are to be respected as required: The latest Covid-19 information and accompanying measures may be found here: https://www.koronavirus.hr/en and additional visitor information may be found here.
The recommendations of the Croatia Institute of Public Health
Any travelers or citizens that are allowed entry or return to Croatia at this time are required to adhere to the recomendations of the Croatia Institute of Public Health. With the number of active Covid-19 cases at a minimum, new measures are taken frequently and we expect further changes to border openings and protocols over the upcoming weeks. Prior to making plans, please contact your local consulate or embassy for the latest travel information and consult your home country’s travel advisories for exit and re-entry requirements, to ensure that your travel falls within current guidelines.