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Croatia: COVID-19 Entry Requirements For Travelers

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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
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 one of the following:

  • Proof of vaccination with at least 14 days from the last shot
  • A 48-hour negative PCR or antigen test
  • Proof of recovery from the virus with a positive test between 11 to 180 days old or a certificate of recovery from a doctor

If one of the three options is not presented for entry, the passenger may be denied boarding into Croatia or may face quarantine upon arrival.

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 one of the three options for entry explained above.

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Entry Requirements 

Croatia is allowing vaccinated tourists to enter without testing/quarantining, but it is not a mandatory requirement for entry.

The official government site reads: “vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days prior. Exceptionally, in the case of a vaccine received in a single dose, a certificate of receipt of a single dose if the dose was received more than 14 days before crossing the state border,” 

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, a certificate of vaccination, or proof of recovery
  2. Confirm the list above if you will need confirmation of accommodation booking
  3. Check if your country requires a visa to enter Croatia
  4. Follow all Croatian health protocols.

Read More: 

Countries Open For American Tourists

COVID-19 Entry Requirements By Country: Travelers Guide

All Countries Reopening For Tourism

Countries in Europe That Have Reopened For Tourism

Travel Insurance That Covers Covid-19

Sources: Croatia Government/ Croatia Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. 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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David D

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

Is that 48 hour test have to be no older than 48 hrs. old from passport contol(arrival) or departure)?

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 15th of April 2021

The test must be performed no more than 48 hours before arrival. It's a very short window for Croatia

Fred

Thursday 8th of April 2021

So does that mean citizens of Sweden can travel to croatia as well??

Kashlee Kucheran

Friday 9th of April 2021

Yes

tom

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Hello i have question . I can't find information about the test for children anywhere .... I have 2 sons 1 year and 10 years old ... do they also have to have a pcr test before entering croatia?

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 11th of February 2021

Hi Tom, many countries clearly post if certain ages are exempt from testing (and it usually ranges from 2 to 10), however I can't seem to find any information on Croatia's stance on this either. I can only advise you to contact their government, or just assume everyone needs a test and get them for your children

Laura Cumming

Saturday 6th of February 2021

Hi there. We are currently in Spain and planning to travel to Croatia in early March. We are from the Uk but have been in Spain since October 2020. Will wee need a test? Thanks for your time

Rosalie

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Traveling from US TO Zagreb Airport staying with family Do we need a Covid test prior to entering Zagreb ? What other documents do we need? We have Passports .

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Currently, tourists from the USA are not permitted into Croatia for non-essential reasons. Unless you are a Croatian citizen or you have some essential reason for entering that is approved by the government, travel might not be possible at this time