NEW COVID-RULES AT CROATIAN BORDER CROSSINGS

The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia have recently adopted new measures which shall remain in force until June 15th, 2021.

 

Given the current favourable epidemiological situation and to ensure the guests have as safe as possible stay in Croatia, the National Civil Protection Headquarters has adopted a new set of COVID-19 measures that shall remain in force until June 15th 2021.  The measures include also the Decision on the temporary ban and entry restrictions on national border crossings of the Republic of Croatia. Furthermore, as of 1st June, “COVID-19 Passport” (vaccination passport) has officially been introduced. Read more about it in the following article.

Temporary ban and entry restrictions on national border crossings

All travellers coming directly from the countries and/or regions of the European Union, i.e. countries and/or regions of the Schengen Area and Schengen associated countries, and who are currently in the so-called green list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, regardless of their citizenship, will be allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia under the same conditions as before the coronavirus outbreak if they show no signs of disease and have not been in close contact with an infected person.

All other travellers entering the Republic of Croatia from EU member states/regions currently not found on the green list, as well as travellers arriving in Croatia from Third countries must present one of the following certificates:

  • A negative PCR test or rapid antigen test on COVID-19 must be listed in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union and not older than 48 hours.
  • A vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days before crossing the state border. The same relates to the cases of a vaccine received in a single dose.
  • A presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test or upon presentation of a certificate of recovery issued by a physician confirming that the holder recovered from the COVID-19 virus infection within the previous 180 days and at least 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point; A medical certificate confirming that the traveller has recovered from COVID-19 and a certificate stating that the traveller has received at least one dose of the vaccine, are exempt from the obligation to present a negative PCR or a rapid antigen test and must not self-isolate. These certificates are valid throughout the period of six months from receiving the vaccination.
  • Finally, the travellers can perform the PCR or rapid antigen test right upon arriving in Croatia, at their own expense, with the obligation to self-isolate until the arrival of a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of 10 days.

Moreover, COVID-19 Testing is now available at ACI Marina Dubrovnik and the other ACI Marinas will provide testing sites very soon. Find out more information related to COVID-19-Testing possibilities at ACI Marinas here.

Exempt from the above (separately): 

  • Diplomats, international organizations personnel, persons visiting following the invitation from an international organization and whose physical presence is required for the well-functioning of these organizations;
  • passengers in transit with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from entry;
  • persons travelling for urgent personal/family or business reasons or who have another economic interest, provided they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia or outside the Republic of Croatia for longer than 12 hours;

Core Measures Against Covid-19

To ensure every traveller enjoys an absolute safe stay in Croatia, the National Civil Protection Headquarters have adopted the following measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (separately):

  • Public events or gatherings with more than 100 people in the same place are banned
  • Public events, gatherings and ceremonies of any kind can last up to 11 p.m.;
  • Restaurants and catering facilities are allowed to serve customers in indoor spaces only, providing they strongly adhere to prescribed COVID-19 measures and specific instructions and indications recommended by the Croatian Institute of Public Health and during the allowed opening hours from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages is forbidden from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • Business events such as fairs, trade shows, and other activities related to business and tourism events or exhibitions where products are exhibited, sold or shown in indoor spaces are suspended; these events are allowed in outdoor spaces with face mask-wearing being mandatory.

COVID-Passports

Croatia has been making great efforts every day to protect its own citizens and visitors. In witness thereof, Croatia was the first country in Europe to implement the COVID-19 Passport.  These COVID vaccine passports are the EU Digital COVID Certificates that allow European citizens to travel freely across the EU Member States.  The COVID vaccine passport can be obtained by persons who received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines, persons holding a negative PCR-test result or negative rapid antigen test result and persons who recently recovered from COVID-19. 

The certificate of vaccination has a validity of 210 days for persons who had both doses of vaccine or a single dose for a vaccine that requires just one dose. The validity of the vaccination certificate for a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine is 42 days and for the AstraZeneca vaccines 84 days.  As for the proof of a negative COVID-19 test result or the certificate issued to those who have overcome the virus, the same rules apply as for the border crossings.  The certificates can be issued in digital and paper form with a QR code that contains necessary key information about the certificate holder.

We are very much pleased with this modern and simplified approach and we are so looking forward to meeting you soon.  

We wish you a safe and pleasant journey and stay in Croatia and a safe way back!

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