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Over the last decade, the popularity of Croatia has skyrocketed and is visited by almost 20 million tourists a year. 

Unique architecture, gorgeous coastlines and rich historical heritage makes Croatia one of the most popular destinations in the world. 

Below are all the current COVID-19 Entry Requirements and everything you need to know before you travel to Croatia. 

View of Fort Lovrijenac from Dubrovnik City Wall,
View of Fort Lovrijenac from Dubrovnik City Wall

Travelers Permitted to Enter Croatia:

  • Tourists from ANY country (regular visa rules apply) with confirmation of paid accommodation in Croatia.
  • European Union, Schengen Member States and Member States associated with the Schengen area do not need a reason for traveling to Croatia or proof of paid accommodation

***Important Update Dec 4: Croatia has removed their tourism clause from all official sources, suggesting that visiting for the purposes of tourism from NON-EU nations is currently prohibited. This means travelers from places like the USA and Canada may no longer be permitted, until at least January 15.

Temporary Update: Croatia has also announced a temporary travel ban between counties/areas. Between Dec 23 to Jan 8, non-essential travel between different counties of Croatia is prohibited. See more details here

Old Town Rovinj, Croatia

COVID-19 Testing Entry Requirements

The following countries DO NOT have any COVID-19 testing requirements:

All Other Countries: 

Passengers arriving from all other countries not listed above  (both EU and third-party) will need to present proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 which is not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the swab to arriving at the border crossing point). 

If a negative test is not presented, quarantines rules apply (see below). 

Old Town Split, Croatia
Split, Croatia

Quarantine Entry Requirements 

The following countries will NOT need to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival: 

All other countries will have to self-quarantine for 14 days unless they present a negative PCR test result which is not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the swab to arriving at the border crossing point).
Aerial view on cathedral in Zagreb city, capital town of Croatia
Aerial view of cathedral in Zagreb, Croatia

COVID-19 Travel Insurance Entry Requirements 

Travel insurance is not mandatory for entry but all incoming travelers should have medical insurance that covers COVID-19 for the duration of their trip to Croatia. 

COVID-19 Health Requirements While in Croatia

All visitors must follow COVID-19 health protocols while in Croatia:

  • It is mandatory for passengers to wear face masks on public transport and taxis.
  • It is also a requirement to wear a face mask in shops and other commercial premises when instructed.
  • Follow all social distancing markers and guidelines.

Important Update Nov 28: Croatia is entering a partial lockdown from Nov 28 to Dec 21 due to a surge in cases. Some businesses and services will temporarily close or modify hours. 

Beach in Dubrovnik, Croatia (2)
Beach in Dubrovnik, Croatia

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

A COVID-19 vaccine is not yet available. Croatia does not have any officials plans to make proof of vaccination records (POVR) required for entry.

Visa Entry Requirements For Croatia During COVID-19

All travelers will still need to follow Croatia's regular visa requirements. Croatia embassies and consulates are once again issuing visas.

Citizens of the U.K., EU countries, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to visit Croatia

If you are unsure if your country requires a visa to visit Croatia, use this easy government tool to find out.

The visa application can be started online, but must be submitted at a Croatian Embassy or Consulate in your country. 

Harbor in Split, Croatia

Transiting Entry Requirements For Croatia During COVID-19

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.

Korcula Island, Croatia
Korcula Island, Croatia

Croatia Covid-19 Entry Requirements:

  1. Check the list of countries above that will be required to present a negative COVID PCR test.
  2. Confirm the list above if you will need a confirmation of accommodation booking
  3. Check if your country requires a visa to enter Croatia
  4. Follow all Croatian health protocols.

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Disclaimer: Current Croatia travel rules are changing without notice and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Article originally published August 19, 2020 with updates

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