Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Zagreb, Croatia (July 24, 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: 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.  For new additional information on this requirement, please visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage.

Individuals who do not present a negative PCR test result upon arrival 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.

Social Distancing Measures: Wearing protective masks is mandatory throughout the country in public transportation, medical facilities, stores, malls, salons, and businesses where face-to-face contact is required (ex. banks and post offices). 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.

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.

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