Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Zagreb, Croatia (June 19, 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 flight availability.

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:  Airlines continue ramping up the number of daily flights operating in and out of Croatia.  As of June 15, more than thirty international flights operate daily linking Croatia to destinations including major hub airports with onward connections to the United States.  Croatia Airlines released an updated flight schedule on June 16 that includes international flights to Frankfurt, Munich, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Zurich, Brussels, London, Dublin, Rome, Sarajevo, and Paris. Croatia Airlines also operates five daily domestic flights.

Entrance Restrictions:  The European Union has closed its borders to all non-European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) nationals, and this entrance restriction is currently in effect in Croatia through at least June 30, 2020.  Limited exceptions include foreign citizens departing to their home countries, diplomats, law enforcement, medical workers, transport workers, and others with legitimate travel needs (such as property ownership, business, funerals, urgent personal reasons, and the right to residency or long-term visas).  If you need to transit through or travel to Croatia, please review the Croatian Ministry of Interior’s official website to learn whether you are eligible to enter Croatia or to request permission to enter.

The European Commission launched a new Re-open EU website to that provides information on borders and available means of transport and tourist services in European Union member states.

Croatia has lifted mandatory self-isolation and quarantine restrictions for individuals entering Croatia.  Instead, individuals 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.  Travelers still 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.

Extension of Stay: U.S. citizens who are unable to leave Croatia within 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.

Social Distancing Measures: The Croatian government has eased most social distancing measures that were implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19.  Please visit the Croatian Government’s COVID-19 website for the latest information.

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.

Passports and Citizenship Services: Passport processing centers in the United States have resumed operations that were previously suspended due to COVID-19.  U.S. Embassy Zagreb is accepting appointments for passports and citizenship services.

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