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Last updated: 10/23/2020
- For the latest information on COVID-19 cases in Croatia, please visit the Croatian Government’s COVID-19 website.
- Wearing protective masks is mandatory throughout the country, as follows:
- Retail employees and shoppers/customers in stores.
- Employees and clients where face to face contact is required, such as banks, post office, ministry counters, public notary, currency exchange, etc.
- All services that require close contact (hair dressers, salons, etc.)
- Drivers and all other employees in public transportation vehicles, as well as passengers.
- Employees of all hospitality services who serve and prepare beverages and food.
- Guests of all hospitality services who serve and prepare beverages and food , except while sitting in their seats and consuming food, drinks or beverages.
- All health care workers and visitors to hospitals.
- Employees in offices where a physical distance of at least 2 meters from each other cannot be ensured.
- All persons during religious ceremonies and gatherings indoors.
- Spectators at sports competitions held indoors.
- Visitors to all social and public gatherings indoors.
- Other persons who have special instructions from the National Public Health Institute.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
EU/EEA nationals and individuals holding permanent residence or long-term visas in the EU/EEA countries can enter Croatia freely, without restrictions. All other foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, may enter Croatia for business, tourism, education, or other pressing personal reasons if they provide the relevant proof and meet the requirements set forth by the Government of Croatia. Please visit this Croatian Ministry of Interior webpage for more detailed information and instructions to follow.
Passengers in transit may travel through Croatia provided that they can enter or transit through the neighboring country. Individuals in transit have 12 hours to exit the country, and they should use the quickest route without undue delay, using the highway where possible.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
IMPORTANT: U.S. citizens arriving to Croatia for tourism, business, urgent personal reasons, or educational purposes must present a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours (starting from the time of taking the swab until arrival at the border crossing). This is also valid for passengers and crews traveling by yacht.
Travelers whose test is older than 48 hours will be allowed to enter Croatia, but they will be issued a self-isolation order and will have to be tested again locally, at their own expense. Having an expired PCR test upon arrival will allow for a shortened period of time in self-isolation pending a negative result of a local PCR test. Those who do not provide a negative PCR test upon arrival will be ordered to quarantine/self-isolate for at least 7 days prior to taking a local PCR test. Travelers who fail to present a PCR test upon arrival and refuse to take a test locally will be ordered to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days. 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.
EXEMPTIONS: The following categories are exempt from the above requirement: health workers, health researches and associates, nursing professionals and persons requiring urgent medical treatment, cross- border workers, individuals working in the transport of goods, diplomats, civil protection teams, international military personnel in the performance of their functions, personnel of international organizations, passengers in transit – permitting their destination country allows entry.
- 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.
- A test can be arranged at the following locations: COVID-19 Testing Locations in Croatia.
- 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. The Croatian Public Health Institute issued Guidance on Self-Isolation in English.
- U.S. Embassy in Zagreb currently offers a limited number of appointments for American Citizen Services Tuesday – Thursday. Schedule an appointment for routine services.
- 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