Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Zagreb, Croatia (March 19, 2020)

Location: Croatia

Event:  On March 19, 2020, the Croatian Ministry of Health announced 102 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Croatia.

The government of Croatia has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in accordance with the European Commission’s recommended travel ban. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available. Croatia has barred admission to all travelers except Croatian citizens returning home, foreign citizens departing to their home countries, diplomats, law enforcement, medical workers, controlled shipments of goods, and others on a case by case basis.

The government of Croatia has implemented measures to limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Social distancing, including avoiding close personal contact at a distance of at least two (2) meters indoors and one (1) meter outdoors.
  • Cancellation of all public events, gatherings, and meetings of more than 5 persons in one place, to include religious services.
  • Closing of all nonessential stores and services, with exceptions for grocery stores, food delivery, pharmacies, gas stations, shops with sanitary material, etc. who can operate under precautionary measures.
  • Closing of gyms, sports centers, fairs, theaters, cinemas, libraries, restaurants, bars, etc. (with the exception of public and dormitory kitchens).
  • Using teleworking whenever possible, or employers securing safe distances in workplaces between employees.

These are in addition to previously announced closures of all schools, universities, and cultural institutions. Visit the COVID-19 website of Croatian Government for additional information on these new measures or contact the COVID-19 call center by dialing 113 from a Croatian phone.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory for COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Warning for COVID-19 in Europe advising travelers to avoid non-essential travel to Europe.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

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
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