Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Zagreb, Croatia (December 3, 2020)

Location:  Croatia

Event: From December 1 to December 15, 2020, the Croatian Government has prohibited all border crossings to protect the population from the COVID-19 disease. For detailed information, visit the Croatian Government’s Ministry of Interior webpage

Exceptions to the border crossing ban exist for the following groups of travelers:

  • EU citizens, their family members, and EU residents coming directly from EU/EEA member states or regions may enter Croatia. A negative PCR test is required unless coming from a country/region on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s Green List.  See the Croatian Government’s Ministry of Interior webpage for additional details and exceptions to the testing requirement.
  • EU citizens, their family members, and EU residents coming from third countries must present a negative PCR test result for entry. Please see the Croatian Government’s Ministry of Interior webpage for additional details and exceptions to the testing requirement.
  • Travelers coming from countries currently covered by Annex I to EU Council Recommendation 2020/912 (does not include the U.S.) 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. See the Croatian Government’s Ministry of Interior webpage for details.
  • 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). Tourism is not a valid reason for entry. 
    • 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.
    • 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).

Global Health and Travel Advisories:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4: Very High Level of COVID-19 in Croatia travel advisory.  The Department of State has issued a Level 3: Reconsider Travel health advisory for Croatia.

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