COVID-19 Information

Covid-19

COVID-19 Information – April 2, 2020

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The European Union has announced it has closed its borders to all non-European Union residents. Travel within the European Union is restricted on a country by country basis. Croatia has barred admission to all travelers except Croatian residents returning home, foreign citizens departing to their home countries, diplomats, law enforcement, medical workers, controlled shipments of goods, and others on a case by case basis.

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to not travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Please see the Global Health Alert for more information.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Croatia has 1011 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
  • As of March 22, 2020, all public transportation in Croatia except for individual taxi services has been suspended for 30 days. Some ferry lines that connect islands with the major coastal cities like Split, Sibenik, Zadar, and Dubrovnik will remain open, but only for individuals having registered residences on one of the islands or on Peljesac peninsula.
  • Starting March 23, 2020, intercity travel and vehicular traffic is suspended, with exceptions for employees of essential services, transport of essential goods, media reporting, commuting to essential employment that cannot be done from home, emergency medical care, and vital family reasons.  Please see the Government of Croatia’s guidance on where to obtain an intercity travel pass based on your purpose of travel.
  • U.S. citizens whose travel is affected should contact airlines or ground transportation companies to re-arrange travel or schedule alternative travel (see “Entry/Exit Information” below for more details).
  • U.S. citizens should reconsider any nonessential travel into and out of Croatia as they may be subject to a range of health-related measures restricting movement such as self-isolation or quarantine. See the section on “Quarantine, Health Monitoring, and Self-Isolation” below for more details.
  • Health Inspectors of the Croatian State Inspectorate are monitoring and enforcing orders to self-isolate. They are authorized to fine any individual violating this order with fines ranging from 8000 HRK for the first violation to 30,000 HRK, 60,000 HRK and 120,000 HRK for repeat offenders. Persons violating health inspector orders may also be subject to criminal charges. The Croatian Public Health Institute issued Guidance on Self-Isolation in English.
  • As of midnight March 19, 2020 the Government of Croatia is implementing extensive measures of social distancing. These measures include banning of public gatherings of more than five individuals, closure of restaurants, cafes, bars, night clubs, shopping centers, sports and fitness centers, museums, cinemas, theatres, places of worship, hairdressers, beauty parlors and similar services where close human contact can be expected. Grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, shops selling food and hygiene products will continue to be open with the implementation of measures of social distancing. These restrictions are currently limited to 30 days. They are in addition to previously announced closures of all schools, universities, and cultural institutions.
  • Please review the list of countries affected by the Presidential Proclamations restricting travel to the United States from the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland. U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents are exempted from the travel restrictions. For more information, please visit the following websites:

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • The European Union has announced it has closed its borders to all non-European Union residents. Travel within the European Union is restricted on a country by country basis.
  • The U.S. government is not evacuating U.S. citizens from Croatia. If your departure flight has been canceled, you should contact the airlines directly to re-book your flight for a later date or review other airline/flight options. The Embassy is unable to assist with rescheduling your flight. Here you can find Croatian airport schedules:
  • U.S. citizens who are unable to leave Croatia within the permitted 90 days of visa-free status should call their local police station and provide their details in order to avoid overstay penalties.  When calling, ask to speak with the Foreigner Affairs unit.  Please visit the Ministry of Interior website for contact details by county.

Quarantine/Health Monitoring/Self-Isolation:

  • Croatia has closed its borders to foreign nationals, with limited exceptions. If you are permitted entry, do note that as of March 12, 2020, any foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, traveling to Croatia from narrowly defined COVID-19 affected areas are mandated to spend 14 days in official government quarantine facilities. Placement in quarantine is at the expense of the traveler. These areas are:
  • China: Hubei province
  • Germany: the County of Heinsberg in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Slovenia: Bela Krajina and Dolenjska regions
  • South Korea: the city of Daegu and the County of Cheongdo
  • Additionally, the Croatian Ministry of Health has implemented health monitoring and self-isolation measures aimed at individuals traveling from any COVID-19 affected countries. These countries are:
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China (except region listed above)
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany (except region listed above)
  • Greece
  • Guam
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Rwanda
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia (except region listed above)
  • South Africa
  • South Korea (except region listed above)
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam

Persons traveling from these countries/areas are subject to health monitoring when entering Croatia. These individuals, even if they do not have a cough, elevated temperature or any other signs of a flu, are ordered to self-isolate at home for 14 days and report their condition to the nearest epidemiologist for further instructions. Individuals showing signs of illness arriving from the affected areas are referred to hospitals for diagnostic processing and treatment.

If you need to contact a local epidemiologist in Croatia, the following is a list of on-call epidemiologists by county.

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