Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Zagreb, Croatia (July 15, 2020)

Location:  Croatia

Event:  U.S. Embassy Zagreb is sending weekly updates to ensure all U.S. citizens in Croatia have the latest information about COVID-19 and local conditions. This message contains the following new information: entrance restrictions and social distancing measures.

Entrance Restrictions:  As of July 1, 2020, all EU/EEA nationals and individuals holding permanent residence in the EU/EEA countries can enter Croatia freely, without restrictions. All other foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, may enter the Croatia for business, tourism, education, or other pressing personal reasons if they provide 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 as well as a contact form to ask specific questions.  Prior to entering Croatia, all travelers are asked to complete this form to register their arrival.

IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION: 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).  If you have a test that is older than 48 hours, you will be allowed to enter Croatia, but you will be issued a self-isolation order and will have to be tested again locally, at your own expense.  A local test costs around $230 and the result can be expected between 24-48 hours. This requirement is also valid for passengers and crews traveling by yacht. Those who do not provide a negative PCR test will be ordered to self-isolate.  Please direct questions regarding this new requirement to Croatian Ministry of Interior via the contact form at the bottom of webpage.

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.

Social Distancing Measures: Wearing protective masks is mandatory in public transportation, medical facilities, shops, and malls throughout the country. For more information on the latest measures, please visit the Croatian Government’s COVID website.

Global Health and Travel Advisories: The Department of State still advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  For additional information, please see the Global Level 4 Health Advisory issued by the Department of State for COVID-19.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice. CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.

Flight Availability:  Travelers from Croatia now have connections to major hub airports both inside and outside of Europe with onward connections to the United States. Croatia Airlines operates more than 70 weekly international and domestic flights.

Overseas Voting: U.S. citizens living overseas can vote absentee in their state’s upcoming election, no matter where they are. The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential impact it may have on the election cycle. For additional information on registering to vote and potential changes to your state’s election, visit FVAP.gov/COVID-19.

Actions to Take:

Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Zagreb, Croatia
    Ulica Thomasa Jeffersona 2
    10010 Zagreb, Croatia
    Telephone: +385-1-661-2200
    Email address: ZagrebACS@state.gov
    Embassy Zagreb website
  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444