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UPDATE: Croatia and COVID-19

Current situation in Croatia

Borders will be open from May 29 for citizens of Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, and from June 15th for citizens of Germany and Poland as well as citizens of other non-EU countries.

Croatia has a relatively low number of total Covid-19 cases and no new cases over the last few days and continues to ease restrictions within the country. Further relaxation of existing restrictions is expected during the upcoming weeks, as the Civil Protection Directorate has begun with reinstating services and reopening previously closed businesses on a rolling, weekly schedule.

On May 13th the European Commission announced plans to enable freedom of movement across borders where the epidemiological criteria are similar and citizens can safely cross borders, while continuing to respect health and safety protocols, as well as any social distancing measures in place. Further information on the EC guidelines and recommendations may be found here. It is expected that various freedom of movement measures within the EU will be put in place over the upcoming weeks.

All openings still require safety and hygiene measures, as well as social distancing to be respected as required: The latest Covid-19 information and accompanying measures may be found here: https://www.koronavirus.hr/en and additional visitor information may be found here.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • All measures of self-isolation imposed by border police officers were revoked on 9 May 2020. 
  • When entering the Republic of Croatia, border police officers will provide you with a leaflet containing instructions and recommendations issued by the Croatian Institute of Public Health which you have to comply with in the following 14 days.
  • It is necessary to present the confirmation of accommodation booking in an accommodation establishment. This includes:
    • Confirmation of accommodation booking of all accommodation service providers / all types of accommodation
    • Camp lease contract
    • Permanent berth contract in a nautical tourism port
    • Confirmation of berth reservation in a nautical tourism port
    • Travel agency voucher etc.

Traveling to Croatia

As of May 21, 2020, all foreign citizens who intend to enter the Republic of Croatia, as well as Croatian citizens who do not reside or reside in the Republic of Croatia, can find out, in one place, answers to all questions related to entering the Republic of Croatia. If you do not find an answer on the conditions of entry, an online inquiry form is available through which you can contact Ministry of Interior for specific answer about the possibility of entering. The page and the online form are currently available in Croatian, English and German, and it is planned to expand to other foreign languages.

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Traveling to Croatia by air

With the planned reopening of borders in the upcoming weeks, some commercial airlines have scheduled flights now available on their websites to various Croatian airports for June and/or July start dates (depending on the airline). If you already have tickets for upcoming travel and/or have a question regarding travel with a specific airline, it is best to contact the airline directly as most are updating their flight schedules on a week by week basis.

Traveling to Croatia through Slovenia

  • Slovenian government decided that citizens and residents of the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA) are free to cross Slovenia provided that they do so in the same day and provided they did not stay outside Europe in the last 14 days.
  • Restrictions for third-country citizens remain in place. They must currently undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine.
  • Air transport to Slovenia is no longer restricted. (more information) Some airlines, including Lufthansa and easyJet, have announced they will resume flights to Ljubljana in June

Past updates

  • On 14 May 2020, the Slovenian government called an official end to the coronavirus epidemic, becoming the first country in Europe to do so. (More information). As of 15 May 2020, there is no quarantine for EU residents entering Slovenia. For non-EU citizens, a 14-day quarantine is required upon entering Slovenia. 
  • On May 11th we were thrilled to see Croatia move into the third and final stage of easing its measures that were put in place to limit the impact of COVID-19. For many, this signifies the country’s relative return to normalcy for most of its citizens with bars and restaurants open as well as national parks and cultural and heritage sites.”
  • Since May 11th 2020, Croatia has relaxed it’s internal restrictions and people are now allowed to travel within the country. The bars and restaurants are reopening and life is resuming to almost-normal, with some restrictions still in place, including the wearing of face-masks, social distancing, etc. By the end of May we should have a good idea of how Croatia is faring with open state borders.

Please see the following links for the most up to date information:

Croatian Ministry of Internal Affairs – Frequently asked questions regarding the conditions of entry into the Republic of Croatia considering the restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Official Croatian government website with accurate and verified information on coronavirus:

Croatian US Embassy COVID-19 information: