The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to not travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Please see the Global Health Alert for more information.
- For the latest information on COVID-19 cases in Croatia, please visit the Croatian Government’s COVID-19 website.
- Wearing protective masks is mandatory throughout the country in public transportation, medical facilities, shops, malls, salons, and businesses where face-to-face contact is required (ex. banks and post offices). For more information on the latest measures, please visit the Croatian Government’s COVID website.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- As of July 1, 2020, all EU/EEA nationals and individuals holding permanent residence or long-term visas in the EU/EEA countries can enter Croatia freely, without restrictions. All other foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, may enter Croatia for business, tourism, education, or other pressing personal reasons if they provide the relevant proof and meet the requirements set forth by the Government of Croatia. Please visit this Croatian Ministry of Interior webpage for more detailed information and instructions to follow.
- IMPORTANT: As of July 10, 2020, U.S. citizens arriving to Croatia for tourism, business, urgent personal reasons, or educational purposes must present a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours (starting from the time of taking the swab until arrival at the border crossing). This is also valid for passengers and crews traveling by yacht.
- Travelers whose test is older than 48 hours will be allowed to enter Croatia, but they will be issued a self-isolation order and will have to be tested again locally, at their own expense. Having an expired PCR test upon arrival will allow for a shortened period of time in self-isolation pending a negative result of a local PCR test. Those who do not provide a negative PCR test upon arrival will be ordered to quarantine/self-isolate for at least 7 days prior to taking a local PCR test. Travelers who fail to present a PCR test upon arrival and refuse to take a test locally will be ordered to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days. A local test cost ranges from $130 to $300 or more, depending upon the location, and the result can be expected between 24-48 hours. A test can be arranged at the following locations: COVID-19 Testing Locations in Croatia. After receiving a negative test locally, travelers will need to contact a local epidemiologist to clear them from self-isolation. Please direct questions regarding this new requirement to the Croatian Ministry of Interior via the contact form at the bottom of the web page.
- U.S. citizens who want to stay in Croatia beyond the permitted 90 days of visa-free status should contact their local police station and apply for a temporary residence permit in order to avoid overstay penalties. Please visit the Ministry of Interior website for contact details by county.
- Passengers in transit may travel through Croatia provided that they can enter or transit through the neighboring country. Individuals in transit have 12 hours to exit the country, and they should use the quickest route without undue delay, using the highway where possible.
- Individuals who do not present a negative PCR test result upon arrival (see Entry and Exit Requirements) are subject to a mandatory 14-day self-isolation measure. Additionally, travelers may be ordered to self-isolate or spend 14 days in official government quarantine facilities if deemed necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19; placement in quarantine is at the expense of the traveler.
- Travelers who do not receive self-isolation orders are given a Pamphlet with Recommendations and Instructions from the Croatian Institute of Public Health that they must follow for 14 days after entering the country.
- Health Inspectors of the Croatian State Inspectorate are monitoring and enforcing individual orders to self-isolate. They are authorized to fine any individual violating this order with fines ranging from 8000 HRK for the first violation to 30,000 HRK, 60,000 HRK and 120,000 HRK for repeat offenders. Persons violating health inspector orders may also be subject to criminal charges. The Croatian Public Health Institute issued Guidance on Self-Isolation in English.
- If you need to contact a local epidemiologist in Croatia, the following is a list of on-call epidemiologists by county.
Source: U.S. Embassy in Croatia