As of July 1 2020, Croatia has now reopened to all tourists. EU countries and nations can enter with no reason given, while ‘third-party' countries outside the EU are welcome, but must show proof of accommodation or tourist activity.
Tourism Minister Gari Cappelli was happy to announce that 246,000 tourists were already vacationing in Croatia as of June 27, partially because Forbes put Zagreb, Cavtat and Rijeka among the 20 safest and best European destinations for post-coronavirus travel and tourism.
That number is now passing 1 million tourists as Croatia further relaxed their entry regulations.
All European Union countries are currently allowed to enter Croatia, however they are divided into two separate lists, based on risk and similar epidemiological stats.
The 10 countries that are listed on the ‘pre-approved’ list may come in without showing proof of hotel or other tourist reservation. The rest of the EU countries must show valid reservations through a confirmed booking, travel agency voucher, or rental contract and a reason for entering the country.
The 10 EU countries that are exempt from the valid reservation requirement are:
- Czech Republic
All other EU countries that wish to visit Croatia must show proof of hotel or other travel-based reservation within the country and a valid reason to enter.
Third-party countries outside the EU
Entry into Croatia from all third-party nations outside the EU is now permitted as of July 1, 2020.
All countries and nations that could previously travel to Croatia under ‘pre-covid' immigration/entry rules are now allowed to enter again.
Entry Rules for Third-Party Countries into Croatia
Upon entry into the Republic of Croatia of citizens of third-party countries will have their entry recorded with the collection of additional data (destination, mobile phone number and e-mail address), due to the possible need for contact for epidemiological reasons.
All third-country nationals, including US citizens, can still enter Croatia, but will still have to prove their reason for entering the country (business, economic, tourist or personal reason). For a tourist visit, it is necessary to present a confirmation of the reservation of accommodation in an accommodation facility in Croatia (confirmation, voucher, camp rental agreement, permanent connection agreement, etc.). Additional information on crossing borders can be found here.
Also the EnterCroatia form must be filled out prior to entry
“We have always been recognisable because of the safety and nature in Croatia. Now it turns out that safety is once again Croatia's strongest trump card for this season and I believe that's the main reason for the arrivals. Croatia managed to defend itself from that plague and to organise itself very well.” Said Cappelli
Are negative tests required to enter Croatia?
No, Croatia currently does not require a negative test to enter the country.
What is open in Croatia?
- Hotels, camps and bed and breakfasts
- Restaurants and cafes
- Beaches and public parks
- Some pools, thermal spas and aquaparks
- Zagreb Zoo
- Public transportation
- Intercity transportation
- Ferry boats to Croatian islands
- Many shops, boutiques and stores
Many of the restaurants, hotels, parks and shops started opening as of May 11th 2020 when restrictions within Croatia started lifting. Even though many things are now open in Croatia, the government is still asking locals and tourists to abide by social distancing, hand washing, facemasks for staff, etc.
Is there an isolation period upon arrival?
No, currently visitors not showing any symptoms are not subject to a mandatory isolation period.
Are there any other entry requirements?
The ‘EnterCroatia' Form
The EnterCroatia online form allows visitors to enter all the necessary information and data prior to traveling to Croatia to ease border crossing upon entry.
EnterCroatia may be accessed here: https://entercroatia.mup.hr/
All visitors must fill out this form prior to arrival.
Last year Croatia was just celebrating over 20 million visitors, which broke all previous tourism records. Between the year 2000 to 2011, tourism was around 8 million a year, but not really growing or shrinking. However, since the mega-popular show ‘Game Of Thrones’ starting filming in 2011, tourism in Croatia has been in a sharp incline, now contributing around 20% of the national GDP.
*Important Note: The reopening of tourism activities is dependent on approval of the Croatian government and can change at any time. Be sure to check with proper authorities before traveling.