Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Zagreb, Croatia (June 5, 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: flight availability.

Flight Availability:  Croatia Airlines continues adding international flights out of Zagreb airport.  Currently, it operates flights to Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. On June 8, Croatia Airlines is restarting flights to Zurich. On June 15, the airline will reintroduce flights to Munich, Sarajevo, London Heathrow, Dublin, Rome, Brussels, and Vienna.  Serbian Airlines will restart its Belgrade-Zagreb route on June 16, and other European carriers have plans to resume flights to Croatia later in the summer.

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 June 15.  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, and 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 contact them directly if you have further questions.

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.

Movement Restrictions: Movement within Croatia is no longer restricted, and intercity public transportation has resumed.

Social Distancing Measures: The Croatian government continues easing the 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.

Passports and Citizenship Services: Passport processing centers in the United States have suspended operations due to COVID-19 and are no longer printing non-emergency passports or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad received from U.S. embassies and consulates.  U.S. Embassy Zagreb is still accepting appointments for passports and citizenship services, but the processing and delivery of those documents are suspended until further notice. Please consider waiting to apply until we resume normal operations. Emergency passports are still available at the Embassy.

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.

Global Health and Travel Advisories: The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

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