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Temporary ban and restrictions on Republic of Croatia border crossings
[DateFrom]:
07.04.2021
Temporary ban and restrictions on Republic of Croatia border crossings

Republic of Croatia Civil Protection Authority has issued an order on temporary ban and restrictions on Republic of Croatia border crossings. The order is in effect from 1 April 2021 to 15 April 2021.

Passengers travelling to Republic of Croatia from the EU/EEA member states (regardless of citizenship)

Passengers travelling directly from the European Union member states and/or regions, as well as Schengen Area member states and/or regions and states associated with Schengen Area that have been green-listed by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control will be allowed to enter Republic of Croatia under the same conditions as before COVID-19 outbreak regardless of citizenship, provided they do not show any sign of disease and have not been in close contact with a sick person.

If such persons arrived to Republic of Croatia border crossings by transiting through other countries, yet not stopping there, they will be required to prove they have not been stopping in transit areas, and if they prove it, they will not be required to present proof of testing, vaccination certificate, proof they have recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection, nor will they be ordered to self-isolate.

Visual representation of countries colour coded by COVID-19 risk can be found on European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) web-site.

All the other passengers arriving to Republic of Croatia from the EU/EEA member states or regions that are currently not green-listed by European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control must present one of the following:

  • negative result of a PCR or rapid antigen - RAT test for SARS-CoV-2 that has been taken no more than 48 hours ago (counting from the time of swab taking to the border crossing arrival). If a test taken is a rapid antigen test and if a passenger is staying in Republic of Croatia for more than 10 days, test must be repeated by the tenth day after the original test;
  • vaccination certificate for persons who have received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine over 14 days prior to border crossing. Exceptionally, if a passenger has received a vaccine that is administered in one dose, vaccination certificate confirming single-dose administration over 14 days prior to border crossing;
  • certificate stating a passenger has recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection after having positive PCR or rapid antigen test results. Certificate becomes valid eleven days after the positive test result and remains valid 180 from the first positive result at the most;
  • alternatively, passenger must take PCR or rapid antigen - RAT test for SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival to Republic of Croatia (at their own cost) and self-isolate until receiving negative result. If testing is not possible, self-isolation measure is ordered for ten (10) days.

 

Exceptions to requirements above:

  • essential workers or self-employed persons, including healthcare workers, cross-border commuters and foreign workers sent to work in Republic of Croatia, as well as seasonal workers as defined in Guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during COVID-19 pandemic, providing they do not stay in or out of Republic of Croatia for more than 12 hours;
  • students and interns who commute cross-border daily, providing they do not stay in or out of Republic of Croatia for more than 12 hours;
  • seafarers, traffic workers or transport service providers, including truck drivers transporting goods to be used in the country, as well as those just transiting;
  • diplomats, international organizations personnel and persons receiving invitations from international organization because their presence is necessary for operations of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian workers and civil protection personnel on duty;
  • persons travelling for essential family or professional reasons, including journalists on duty;
  • passengers in transit, providing they leave Republic of Croatia 12 hours upon entrance;
  • patients travelling for essential health reasons.

Terms for cross-border commuters are appropriately applicable to some other passenger categories if those passengers’ job or profession requires frequent border crossing (e.g. athletes playing in neighbouring country teams).

Passengers belonging to one of the exception categories above are required to present valid documentation confirming their exception status upon entering Republic of Croatia.


EU/EEA member states citizens and members of their families travelling to Republic of Croatia from other countries, i.e. from EU/EEA non-member states

European Union member states citizens (including Croatian citizens), Schengen Area citizens and citizens of states associated with Schengen Area, members of their families, as well as the citizens of other countries with long-term residence status based on the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents, and persons with residence rights based on other EU directives, national rights or who are holding long-term national visas, when entering Republic of Croatia from third-countries, must present one of the following:

  • negative result of a PCR or rapid antigen - RAT test for SARS-CoV-2 that has been taken not more than 48 hours ago (counting from the time of swab taking to the arrival to border crossing). If a test taken is a rapid antigen test and if a passenger is staying in Republic of Croatia for more than 10 days, test must be repeated by the tenth day after the original test;
  • vaccination certificate for persons who have received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine over 14 days ago. Exceptionally, if a passenger has received a vaccine that is administered in one dose, vaccination certificate confirming single-dose administration more than 14 days prior to border crossing;
  • certificate stating a passenger has recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection after having positive PCR or rapid antigen test results. Certificate becomes valid eleven days after the positive test result and remains valid for 180 from the first positive result at the most;
  • alternatively, passenger must take PCR or rapid antigen - RAT test for SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival to Republic of Croatia (at their own cost) and self-isolate until receiving negative result. If testing is not possible, self-isolation measure is ordered for ten (10) days.


Exceptions to the requirements above:

  • essential workers or self-employed persons, including healthcare workers, workers from border areas and foreign workers sent to work in Republic of Croatia, as well as seasonal workers;
  • students and interns who commute abroad daily;
  • seafarers, traffic workers or transport service providers, including truck drivers transporting goods to be used in the country, as well as those just transiting;
  • diplomats, international organizations personnel and persons receiving invitations from international organization because their presence is necessary for operations of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian workers and civil protection personnel on duty;
  • persons travelling for essential family or professional reasons, including journalists on duty;
  • passengers in transit, providing they leave Republic of Croatia 12 hours upon entrance;
  • patients travelling for essential health reasons.


Passengers belonging to one of the exception categories above are required to present valid documentation confirming their exception from having to present one of the mandatory test results or having to isolate, and they need to present that documentation upon entering Republic of Croatia.


Third-country nationals

Third-country nationals who are not family members of Schengen Area or states associated with Schengen Area citizens, nor are they persons with long-term residence status based on the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents, and persons with residence rights based on other EU directives, national rights or who are holding long-term national visas, except for the persons from the item I. in this Order, will be allowed to enter Republic of Croatia only in case of essential travel.

Exceptions to aforementioned essential travel:

  1. healthcare workers, medical research personnel, and elderly care personnel;
  2. cross-border commuters (and, similarly, athletes, as defined in exceptions for passengers within EU/EEA);
  3. traffic industry personnel;
  4. diplomats, international organizations personnel and persons receiving invitations from international organization because their presence is necessary for the proper operations of those organizations, military and police personnel, as well as humanitarian workers and civil protection personnel on duty;
  5. passengers in transit, providing they leave Republic of Croatia 12 hours upon entrance;
  6. persons travelling to school;
  7. Seafarers (if they plan to stay in Republic of Croatia for more than 12 hours, they will be allowed to enter Republic Croatia providing they present negative result of a PCR or rapid antigen - RAT test for SARS-CoV-2 that has been taken no more than 48 hours ago (counting from the time of swab taking to the border crossing arrival). If a test taken is a rapid antigen test and if a passenger is staying in Republic of Croatia for more than 10 days, test must be repeated by the tenth day after the original test; vaccination certificate for persons who have received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine over 14 days prior to border crossing. exceptionally, if a passenger has received a vaccine that is administered in one dose, vaccination certificate confirming single-dose administration over 14 days prior to border crossing; certificate stating a passenger has recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection after having positive PCR or rapid antigen test results. Certificate becomes valid eleven days after the positive test result and remains valid for 180 from the first positive result at the most; alternatively, they are required to take PCR or rapid antigen - RAT test for SARS-CoV-2 and self-isolate until receiving negative result. If testing is not possible, self-isolation measure is ordered for ten (10) days);
  8. persons travelling as tourists and can present a document confirming paid accommodation in a hotel, camp, private accommodation facility, chartered vessel and any other type of tourist accommodation facility, or if they own a house or vessels in Republic of Croatia will be allowed to enter Republic Croatia providing they present negative result of a PCR or rapid antigen - RAT test for SARS-CoV-2 that has been taken no more than 48 hours ago (counting from the time of swab taking to the border crossing arrival). If a test taken is a rapid antigen test and if a passenger is staying in Republic of Croatia for more than 10 days, test must be repeated by the tenth day after the original test; vaccination certificate for persons who have received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine over 14 days prior to border crossing. exceptionally, if a passenger has received a vaccine that is administered in one dose, vaccination certificate confirming single-dose administration over 14 days prior to border crossing; certificate stating a passenger has recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection after having positive PCR or rapid antigen test results. Certificate becomes valid eleven days after the positive test result and remains valid for 180 from the first positive result at the most; alternatively, they are required to take PCR or rapid antigen - RAT test for SARS-CoV-2 and self-isolate until receiving negative result. If testing is not possible, self-isolation measure is ordered for ten (10) days);
  9. persons travelling for urgent personal/family reasons, on business or other economic interest (if they plan to stay in Republic of Croatia for more than 12 hours, they will be allowed to enter Republic Croatia providing they present negative result of a PCR or rapid antigen - RAT test for SARS-CoV-2 that has been taken no more than 48 hours ago (counting from the time of swab taking to the border crossing arrival). If a test taken is a rapid antigen test and if a passenger is staying in Republic of Croatia for more than 10 days, test must be repeated by the tenth day after the original test; vaccination certificate for persons who have received their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine over 14 days prior to border crossing. exceptionally, if a passenger has received a vaccine that is administered in one dose, vaccination certificate confirming single-dose administration over 14 days prior to border crossing; certificate stating a passenger has recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infection after having positive PCR or rapid antigen test results. Certificate becomes valid eleven days after the positive test result and remains valid for 180 from the first positive result at the most; alternatively, they are required to take PCR or rapid antigen - RAT test for SARS-CoV-2 and self-isolate until receiving negative result. If testing is not possible, self-isolation measure is ordered for ten (10) days);

10.  persons who received a positive response to their residence/work permit request, including digital nomads.


Passengers belonging to one of the exception categories above are required to present valid documentation confirming their exception from having to present one of the mandatory test results or having to isolate, and they need to present that documentation upon entering Republic of Croatia.

Persons from countries on the Croatian Institute of Public Health list of countries to which special epidemiological measures apply must present a negative PCR test result not older than 48 hours, and they will be ordered a necessary self-isolation measure for 14 days. The duration of self-isolation can be shortened on the seventh day of self-isolation at the earliest, if the person takes a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 at their own cost in an institution authorised to conduct testing and if the test result is negative.


Passengers covered by Annex I to Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction

Passengers (regardless of citizenship) coming directly from countries covered by currently valid amendments to Annex I to Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 on the temporary restriction on non-essential travel into the EU and the possible lifting of such restriction, can travel to the Republic of Croatia without restrictions and they will not be asked to present a test or vaccination certificates, proof of having recovered from the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, nor will they have to self-isolate.
During their stay in Republic of Croatia, they must comply with the general and special recommendations, as well as instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

The aforementioned persons, who transited through other countries/regions on their way to the Republic of Croatia border crossings without stopping, need to prove at the border crossing that they did not stop and stay in the transit areas.

Persons travelling to Republic of Croatia for humanitarian reasons related to helping areas affected by the earthquake

Persons travelling to Republic of Croatia for humanitarian reasons related to helping areas affected by the earthquake (Sisak-Moslavina County, Karlovac County and Zagreb County), regardless of their citizenship and the area from which they arrive, are allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia based on the previous consent of the Republic of Croatia Civil Protection Authority. These persons do not need to present test results or vaccination certificates, proof of having recovered from the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, nor will they have to self-isolate.

General notes:

In order to shorten the border procedure, we advise all foreign passengers to fill out an announcement form in the Enter Croatia app.

If the 48-hour validity of a passenger’s PCR or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 expires before the border control at the entrance to Republic of Croatia or they do not have the PCR test at all, but they meet other criteria for entry, they will be allowed to enter Republic of Croatia, provided that they take a PCR or rapid antigen RAT test in the Republic of Croatia at their own cost, and to self-isolate until they receive a negative test result. If a person cannot take any of the tests mentioned, the full duration of self-isolation for them is 10 days.

Rapid antigen test – RAT is listed on a Common list of COVID-19 rapid antigen tests mutually recognized by the European Union member states, and which is issued by the European Commission.

If the passenger is granted entrance to Republic of Croatia based on a RAT test and they stay in Republic of Croatia for more than 10 days, they must repeat the test within ten days after the former test was taken.

Lifting the self-isolation measure (ordered at the border crossing) after receiving negative PCR or rapid antigen - RAT test:

In such cases, passengers will be given a leaflet at the border crossing, with instructions on how to proceed when they receive a negative result of a molecular PCR or a rapid antigen test (serological test results will NOT be admitted).

The leaflet will contain the e-mail address of the border crossing where a passenger was ordered a self-isolation measure. Upon receiving a negative result from a healthcare facility that conducted one of the tests listed above, a passenger will send the results to the provided e-mail address in order to get their self-isolation order lifted (deleted).

Specified persons are required to get tested in their place of residence, where they are provided with adequate self-isolation conditions, and they should wait for their PCR or rapid antigen RAT test result there.

Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 in the last six (6) months are exempt from the mandatory testing and self-isolation.

As a proof that they have recovered from COVID-19, passengers should provide a positive PCR or rapid antigen test result that is older than 11 days but not older than 180 days counting from the sampling time, or a certificate that they have recovered from COVID-19 issued by a doctor.
Persons who have received a second dose of any COVID-19 vaccine approved in the EU member states at least 14 days ago (in case of Johnson&Johnson vaccine, 14 days after first and only dose) are exempt to the mandatory testing and self-isolation.
Children under seven years of age travelling with parents/guardians are exempt on providing negative test results or self-isolation if their parents/guardians provide negative PCR or rapid antigen RAT test results, have a vaccination certificate or a proof that they have recovered from COVID-19.

Persons who have a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test conducted in Republic of Croatia for the purpose of a short trip to a neighbouring or another country, and who return to Republic of Croatia within less than 48 hours from the testing date, or within the validity of the test, will not be required to present a new PCR or a rapid antigen test result from the country where they stayed for a short time and will be allowed to enter upon presentation of a test conducted in Republic of Croatia.

During their stay in Republic of Croatia, all the passengers, regardless of their category or country from which they arrive, must comply with the general and special recommendations, as well as instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

Additional info on traveller health monitoring is available on this link.

The order on temporary ban and restrictions on Republic of Croatia border crossings from 30 November 2020 is available on this link

 

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