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Last updated: 01/20/2021
*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- For the latest information on COVID-19 cases in Croatia, please visit the Croatian Government’s COVID-19 website.
- Wearing protective masks is mandatory in all closed spaces throughout the country. Masks are also mandatory in open spaces where a physical distance of at least 1.5 meters cannot be maintained.
- Due to the recent rise of COVID-19 cases, the following measures are in effect from November 28, 2020 to January 31, 2021. These measures may be revised or updated based on the evolving epidemiological situation:
- Individuals must maintain at least 2 meters of social distance indoors and at least 1.5 meters outdoors.
- All public events, gatherings, and celebrations, including religious services must end at 22:00. Cinemas, museums, galleries, and churches must secure 7m2 of space per person.
- Private gatherings in homes are limited to 10 people from two households and must end at 22:00.
- Funerals are limited to 15 people, but physical contact must be avoided when offering condolences.
- No weddings.
- No sporting events except for category 1, 2, and 3 professional athletes. No spectators allowed and events must end at 22:00.
- All gyms, fitness centers, and sports and recreation facilities are closed.
- All hospitality services (restaurants, cafes, and bars) are closed. Hotels and camps may remain open but only for their guests.
- Catering and food delivery are allowed during normal working hours.
- Nightclubs and casinos are closed.
- Alcohol will not be sold from 22:00 to 6:00.
- No fairs and tourist events.
- No musicals, operas, or dance performances.
- No amateur sporting, cultural, or artistic events, and practice sessions.
- Individual counties and cities may have additional measures. Please visit the Croatian Government’s COVID-19 website for additional information.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Croatia? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- COVID-19 Testing Locations in Croatia.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Croatia approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- According to the Croatian Institute of Public Health, Croatia is participating in the European Commission’s joint procurement of the COVID-19 disease vaccine, and the vaccine will be available in Croatia at the same time as in other European Union countries. The current Vaccination Plan has three phases: 1) employees and residents of homes for the elderly (and other institutions that provide accommodation in the social welfare system) and health professionals, 2) all persons over 65 and all persons with chronic diseases, and 3) the rest of the population. For more information about the Croatian government’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, visit the Croatian Institute of Public Health information page. Contact your local healthcare provider for information on how you may qualify for vaccination at this time.
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? No
- Entry requirements are subject to change at any time without notice. The Croatian Border Police have final authority regarding entry into Croatia. Visit the Croatian Government’s Ministry of Interior Webpage for detailed information regarding border restrictions.
- From December 1, 2020, to January 31, 2021, the Croatian Government has prohibited all border crossings to protect the population from the COVID-19 disease. Exceptions to the border crossing ban are as follows:
- EU citizens, their family members, and EU residents coming directly from EU/EEA member states or regions that on are the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s Green List may enter without restriction and without a PCR test. Travelers who have transited other countries/regions not on the Green List must prove at the border crossing that they did not stay in those transit areas.
- EU citizens, their family members, and EU residents coming directly from EU/EEA member states or regions that on are NOT on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s Green List must present a negative PCR test result 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 done immediately upon arrival to Croatia (at their own expense) and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result. For exceptions to this PCR test requirement, please see the Croatian Government’s Ministry of Interior webpage.
- EU citizens, their family members, and EU residents coming from third countries must present a negative PCR test result 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 done immediately upon arrival to Croatia (at their own expense) and self-isolate until they receive a negative test result. For exceptions to this testing requirement, please see this Croatian Government’s Ministry of Interior webpage. Travelers coming for less than 12 hours for emergency reasons (ex. funeral, medical, or being summoned by a state entity) do not need a PCR test.
- Travelers coming from countries currently covered by Annex I to EU Council Recommendation 2020/912 (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) may enter without restriction and without a PCR test if they have not been in close contact with an infected person and show no signs of illness. Travelers who have transited other countries/regions must prove at the border crossing that they did not stay in those transit areas.
- All other travelers from third countries, including the United States, are prohibited from entering Croatia unless they fall into one of the following categories:
- Persons traveling for urgent personal/family reasons, business reasons or other economic interest (must have a PCR test result not older than 48 hours or take a PCR test immediately upon arriving to Croatia and self-isolate until receiving a negative test result). Entry for tourism is not permitted.
- Healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly.
- Frontier workers (as well as 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 (individuals in transit have 12 hours to exit the country, and they must show that they can enter or transit through the neighboring country).
- Persons traveling for schooling purposes.
- Seafarers (must have a PCR test result not older than 48 hours or take a PCR test immediately upon arriving to Croatia and self-isolate until receiving a negative test result).
- Travelers coming from South Africa or the United Kingdom must provide a negative PCR test no older than 48 hours AND self-isolate for 14 days. The self-isolation period may be shortened if they get tested (at their own expense) after seven days and receive a negative result.
- All travelers (regardless of citizenship) who meet the entry conditions are advised to fill out an arrival form at Enter Croatia in advance to facilitate their entry at the border.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- With limited exceptions (see entry requirements above), travelers 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 done immediately upon arrival to Croatia and remain in self-isolation until they receive a negative test result. A local test cost ranges from $130 to $300 or more, depending upon the location, and the result can be expected between 24-48 hours. A test can be arranged at the following locations: COVID-19 Testing Locations in Croatia. After receiving a negative test locally, travelers will need to contact a local epidemiologist to clear them from self-isolation. Please direct questions regarding this requirement to the Croatian Ministry of Interior via the contact form at the bottom of the web page.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Information regarding visa extensions for residents and/or tourists:
- U.S. citizens who want to stay in Croatia beyond the permitted 90 days of visa-free status should contact their local police station and apply for a temporary residence permit in order to avoid overstay penalties. Please visit the Ministry of Interior website for contact details by county.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- Individuals who do not present a negative PCR test result upon arrival (see Entry and Exit Requirements) are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation measure. Additionally, travelers may be ordered to self-isolate or spend 14 days in official government quarantine facilities if deemed necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19; placement in quarantine is at the expense of the traveler.
- Travelers who do not receive self-isolation orders are given a Pamphlet with Recommendations and Instructions from the Croatian Institute of Public Health that they must follow for 14 days after entering the country.
- If you need to contact a local epidemiologist in Croatia, the following is a list of on-call epidemiologists by county.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Wearing protective masks is mandatory throughout the country in public transportation.
Fines for Non-Compliance:
- Health Inspectors of the Croatian State Inspectorate are monitoring and enforcing individual 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.
- People caught not wearing a mask (or improperly wearing a mask) in mask-designated areas will be fined 500 HRK, but they will be eligible to pay half that amount (250 HRK) if they agree to put on a mask immediately.
- Owners of private property who organize or allow gatherings with more than 10 people will be fined 5,000-10,000 HRK.
- Legal entities will be fined 10,000-40,000 HRK if they do not respect the epidemiological measures related to public gatherings (max 25 people, mask wearing, social distance).
- Businesses will be fined 5,000-10,000 HRK for not implementing epidemiological measures.
- American Citizen Services: A limited number of appointments are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Schedule an appointment for routine services.
- Visa Services: Emergency appointments may be approved for C1/D, F, M, J, E, I, O, P, H, and L visas with immediate planned travel. Very limited appointments will be approved for emergency, mission-critical B1/B2 travel. To apply for a visa interview you must register in the system, make payment and schedule the first available appointment. Next, please follow our guidance to request an emergency appointment.
- View U.S. Embassy Zagreb Most Recent Alerts
- Enter Croatia
- List of on-call epidemiologists in Croatia
- Government of Croatia’s COVID-19 website
- European Union – Reopen Europe – Croatia Information
- European Center for Disease Prevention and Control Coronavirus Page
- Other links:
- COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Croatia Country Information and Travel Advisory page