Event: This message contains the following new information: reduced flight availability back to the United States, extension of stay for foreigners, and resources for those affected by the March 22 earthquake in Zagreb.
The State Department advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. The State Department is advising U.S. citizens traveling or residing outside the United States to arrange for immediate return to the U.S. unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period of time. U.S. citizens are urged to take advantage of commercially available options for returning to the U.S. while they are still operating. Those U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States should work with their airlines to make travel arrangements while flights are still available. Please enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov.
Flight Availability: Flight options back to the United States are quickly disappearing. Only Zagreb airport is currently offering international flights; Dubrovnik and Split airports are closed until further notice.
As of March 30, 2020, the following airlines are still offering limited routes from Zagreb to the United States: Croatian Airlines and Qatar Airlines. The following airlines have suspended all flights in Croatia: Air France, KLM, Turkish Airlines through April 17, Air Emirates through April 8, and Austrian Airlines through April 19.
If you are outside the City of Zagreb and have questions about transiting to the Zagreb airport due to the current intercity travel ban, please contact U.S. Embassy Zagreb.
Extension of Stay: U.S. citizens who are in jeopardy of overstaying their 90 days as a tourist due to the current COVID-19 crisis may seek an extension of their stay. Please call your local police station to request the extension.
Movement Restrictions: The government of Croatia has prohibited intercity travel and has implemented extensive social distancing measures to limit the spread of COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 website of the Croatian Government for additional information on these measures or contact the COVID-19 call center by dialing 113 from a Croatian phone. Please also see the U.S. Embassy’s COVID-19 webpage for the latest information.
Entrance Restrictions: 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.
Zagreb Earthquake Victim Resources: City of Zagreb residents can call toll-free 0800 8805 or 0800 8802 for earthquake-related information and resources. The city is providing accommodations in the Cvjetno Naselje student dormitories for those made homeless by the earthquake; please call the above toll-free numbers for additional information.
The City of Zagreb is currently accepting damage reports from those individuals affected by the recent earthquake. Please visit the following City of Zagreb website where you can learn how to file a report. For assistance moving earthquake-damaged vehicles, please visit this City of Zagreb webpage.
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 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.
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.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Croatia.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s websiteon the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- S. Embassy Zagreb, Croatia
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444