Travelling to Istria and Croatia
To make it easier for you to plan a trip to Croatia, we have gathered information and resources that will help you make your trip as easy as possible and without unnecessary delays.
Current circumstances probably require a bit more planning than we are used to. To help you in this process, we have collected relevant information and official sources through which you will more easily plan your trip to the sunny coast of southern Istria.
As of June 2nd, 2021 entry into the Republic of Croatia has been even further facilitated.
Entry into Croatia
All other passengers who come to the Republic of Croatia from EU / EEA member states / regions, and which are currently not on the so-called green list of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, must present one of the following documents:
- EU digital COVID Certificate
- negative PCR test or rapid antigen test - RAT on SARS-CoV-2, where the RAT test must be listed in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission. If the RAT test findings were made abroad, the manufacturer and/or the commercial name of the test must be visible and the test must be issued by a health institution / laboratory and signed / confirmed by a doctor.
If otherwise, it will not be accepted as credible for entering the Republic of Croatia. The results of the above tests must not be older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the swab to arriving at the border crossing point);
- vaccination certificate for persons who received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 22 days prior
- If a person has recovered COVID-19 in the past 180 days and has a medical certificate or a positive PCR or rapid antigen test (RAT) and has been vaccinated with at least one dose of vaccine after recovery, the exemption from presenting a negative PCR or rapid antigen test - RAT or self-isolation is extended until six (6) months after vaccination;
- presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 180 days, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point or upon presentation of a certificate of recovery issued by a physician;
- or perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until the arrival of a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days.
Children under seven years of age travelling accompanied by a parent/guardian are exempt from the obligation to present a negative test result and to self-isolate if the parents/guardians have a negative PCR or RAT test result, i.e. if they have a certificate of vaccination against COVID-19 or proof of having recovered from COVID-19.
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 (ECDC), regardless of their citizenship, will be allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia under the same conditions as before the onset of the COVID-19 disease if they show no signs of disease and they have not been in close contact with an infected person.
Further information can be found on the official website of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia.
We recommend guests to announce their arrival in Croatia via the official website of the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia EnterCroatia. By filling in the EnterCroatia form, guests will facilitate and accelerate the crossing of the border of the Republic of Croatia and will be introduced to the epidemiological measures in force in Croatia.
To learn real-time information on borders and available means of transport as well as tourism services, visit Re-Open EU, an official European Union web platform.
European Health Insurance Card
Health insured citizens of the European Union and the European Economic Area (Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland) and Switzerland, who own a European Health Insurance Card, who during a temporary stay in Croatia get coronavirus disease have the right to use all necessary or urgent health care in the Republic of Croatia required for the treatment of the disease, covered by mandatory health insurance. For additional information, insured persons can contact the National Contact Point for cross-border healthcare at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to a quality public health system and high epidemiological standards, Croatia still has one of the best epidemiological situations in the EU and the least active cases among EU members in the Mediterranean. Additionally, guidelines in the case of the appearance of infected people in tourist destinations have been elaborated in detail, and all tourist workers are familiar with them.