Last update: 4/11/2021
Croatia’s borders have been open to international tourism since July 1, 2020. Like many other countries that are open to tourists, Croatia entry requirements depend on the country you are traveling from.
Travelers from EU/EEA/Schengen Area countries on the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s “green” list of countries and other approved countries can enter Croatia without any restrictions or quarantine.
All other travelers will need to present a negative PCR COVID test result from within 48 hours before arrival in Croatia. If they do not present a negative PCR test result, they must either get tested on arrival in Croatia at their own expense and self-isolate until they get a negative result or quarantine for 10 days.
All travelers, regardless of other travel restrictions, should complete an Enter Croatia form online before they arrive.
|ALERT: EXCEPTIONAL ENTRY MEASURES
The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia has restricted all border crossings to travelers who do not come from the EU/EEA/Schengen Area or approved countries and are not traveling for a justified reason specified here.
Can I travel to Croatia right now?
Croatia borders are open to all countries at the moment, but just some countries can visit for tourism purposes. Below is a map of the countries that can enter Croatia for tourism.
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Only travelers from EU/EEA/Schengen Area countries or other approved countries can visit Croatia for tourism purposes. Travelers from other countries can only travel for justified reasons specified here.
Tourists from these countries can travel for any reason:
Croatia COVID-19 travel restrictions and entry requirements
Croatia’s entry requirements vary based on which country you’re traveling from. If you’re traveling from an EU/EEA/Schengen Area country on the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s “green” list of countries or from another approved country, you can enter Croatia as normal. You do not need to quarantine or take a PCR test prior to entering Croatia.
If you are coming from any other country, you can still enter Croatia, but you will be subject to some entry requirements. You must have proof of a negative PCR COVID test result from within 48 hours before arrival in Croatia. If you do not present a negative PCR test result, you must either get tested on arrival in Croatia at your own expense and self-isolate until you get a negative result or quarantine for 10 days.
|ALERT: EXCEPTIONAL ENTRY MEASURES TO STOP THE NEW STRAINS
The Croatian Institute of Public Health has created a list of countries to which special epidemiological measures apply. As of now, this list (in Croatian) includes:
All travelers from these countries must have proof of a negative PCR test result from within 48 hours of arrival in Croatia and must quarantine for 14 days from their arrival. However, travelers can shorten their quarantine period if they take a PCR test at their own expense on the 7th day of their quarantine period. If that test is negative, they can end their quarantine early.
Is PCR testing mandatory to travel to Croatia?
PCR testing is not mandatory to visit Croatia if you are a national or resident of a country on the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s “green” list of countries or are traveling from another approved country.
If you are entering Croatia from any other country or region, you must present a negative PCR COVID test result that was taken within 48 hours of your arrival in Croatia. If you do not present a negative PCR test result, you must either get tested on arrival in Croatia at your own expense and self-isolate until you get a negative result or quarantine for 10 days.
|Travelers who have been in a country in the last 14 days that is not included on the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s “green” list of countries or is not an approved country must present a negative PCR test result that was obtained within 48 hours before the trip.|
Is there a mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Croatia?
There is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Croatia for EU/EEA/Schengen Area nationals and residents of countries that are on the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s “green” list of countries or travelers who are traveling from other approved countries.
If you are traveling from a country on the Croatian Institute of Public Health’s list of countries to which special epidemiological measures apply (currently, Brazil, South Africa, and the UK), you must quarantine for 14 days from your arrival in Croatia. Alternatively, you can take a PCR test at your own expense on the 7th day of your self-isolation period. If that test is negative, you will no longer have to quarantine.
If you are traveling from any other country, you will have to quarantine for 10 days from your arrival if you do not have proof of a negative PCR COVID test result that was taken within 48 hours of your arrival in Croatia and you do not take a PCR test upon arrival in Croatia at your own expense. If you do take a PCR test on arrival in Croatia, you will have to self-isolate until you receive a negative result.
If you do need to quarantine, you must follow these instructions from the Croatian Institute of Public Health. You can find more information on who needs to quarantine here.
Is travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage mandatory to travel to Croatia?
No, you are not required to have travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage to enter Croatia. However, if you want the safety and security of knowing that you’re covered no matter what happens, you shouldn’t travel without it.
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COVID-19 vaccine to travel to Croatia
Although COVID-19 vaccine distribution has begun in most countries around the world, the government has not yet confirmed whether it will be mandatory to present a proof of vaccine record (POVR) or an international certificate of vaccination or prophylaxis (ICVP) to enter Croatia.
If you’re going to get the COVID-19 vaccine before traveling to Croatia, I recommend taking a copy of a vaccination record or certificate with you in case Croatia changes its entry requirements.
Other travel restrictions for Croatia during COVID-19
Croatia also has a few other regulations for travelers:
- All travelers must complete an Enter Croatia Form and present it upon arrival. The form can also be submitted online before departure.
- All travelers may be subject to a health screening upon arrival.
- Face masks must be worn in all public spaces.
- You must maintain a distance of at least 2 meters from others indoors and a distance of at least 1.5 meters from others outdoors.
- Depending on your nationality, you may need a tourist visa to enter Croatia. Check if you need one below.
What’s open in Croatia
Croatia is home to many beautiful sights and attractions. As the country has reopened to international tourism, hotels, beaches, attractions, and restaurants have opened too.
Hotels and accommodations that are open in Croatia
There are plenty of hotels and accommodations that are open in Croatia at the moment. However, some accommodations do close seasonally (unrelated to COVID-19), so if there is a specific accommodation you have in mind, be sure to check the dates that they are open when you book. All accommodations that are currently open must abide by the rules found here. Additionally, hotels are currently only open for their guests.
These rules include that guests must maintain a 1.5-meter distance from other visitors who are not in their family group. Hand sanitizer will be available at the accommodation’s entrance for all guests to use. Guests will be informed of all of the accommodation’s hygiene guidelines during check-in, with a pamphlet, or with informational posters around the accommodation. All public, high-contact surfaces will be disinfected frequently.
Beaches that are open in Croatia
Croatia has some lovely beaches, which are currently all open to the public. Of course, some safety regulations are in place to protect swimmers and sunbathers.
Only 15 people are allowed per 100 square meters of space in the water. All beach visitors must keep a distance of 1.5 meters from other groups, both on the beach and in the water. Hand sanitizing stations are scattered around beaches so that visitors can disinfect their hands. Showers and bathrooms will be disinfected at least every two hours.
More information on beach regulations can be found here.
Attractions that are open in Croatia
There are lots of things to see and do in Croatia: you can visit the Walls of Dubrovnik (which were featured on Game of Thrones), the Palace of Diocletian, Plitvice Lakes and other Croatian national parks. Many attractions are currently open, although they are subject to increased health and safety requirements.
All guests should disinfect their hands before and after the attraction. Guests must also maintain a distance of 1.5 meters from other visitors who are not in their family group and wear face masks at all times while visiting the attraction.
Some of the best tours that are currently running with safety measures are:
- 5 Islands and Blue Cave Day Trip
- Krka National Park Day Trip
- Dubrovnik: Game of Thrones Tour
- Rastoke & Plitvice Lakes National Park Tour
- Trogir and Blue Lagoon Tour
Restaurants that are open in Croatia
Tasting the delicious local cuisine is just one of the many things you can do on a trip to Croatia. Currently, restaurants and cafes are open but only for takeout and delivery.
There is a ban on selling alcoholic beverages from 10 PM to 6 AM. All guests must wear face masks in cafes and restaurants when picking up food. Guests must also disinfect their hands when entering the cafe or restaurant.
Airports that are open in Croatia
Croatia has 9 different airports, many of which are international. Four of the most prominent international airports are Zagreb Airport (also known as Franjo Tudman), Dubrovnik Airport, Split Airport, and Zadar Airport, all of which are open. Zagreb Airport is the largest and busiest international airport, so most international travelers will arrive there.
All airports have instituted health and safety measures for travelers to follow, including wearing a face mask at all times, maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 meters from others, and sanitizing hands. Travelers may also be subject to health screenings.
Where to get a PCR test in Croatia – COVID-19 Testing in Croatia
Your country may require you to take a PCR test in order to fly back home. If you need to get a PCR test in Croatia, here is a list of places you can get tested.
Croatia reopening to International Tourists – F.A.Q.
Check out these FAQs related to Croatia reopening for tourists and let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below.
Yes, you can travel to Croatia from any country in the world at the moment. Just keep in mind that you may be subject to increased restrictions depending on the country you are traveling from.
There are currently 2,400+ active cases and 5,100+ deaths due to COVID-19 in Croatia as of today. The CDC classifies travel to Croatia as “Level 4- Very High Risk.” If you have a pre-existing condition or any health condition that could increase your chances of serious illness, do not travel to Croatia. Additionally, even if you are not high-risk, you might want to reconsider travel to Croatia.
Yes, only citizens and residents of the EU/EEA/Schengen Area can currently travel to Croatia for tourism purposes.
No, quarantine is not required if you are a national or resident of a country that is on the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s “green” list or you are traveling from other approved countries.
If you are traveling from any other country, you may have to quarantine if you do not present a negative PCR COVID test result. You can check if you need to quarantine here and you can find instructions for quarantining here.
Yes, if you are not a national or resident of a country that is on the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control’s “green” list and you are not traveling from other approved countries, you must have proof of a negative PCR COVID test result from within 48 hours before arrival in Croatia.
No, there is currently no curfew in Croatia.
No, there are currently no restrictions on intercity and interregional travel.
Yes, hotels in Croatia are open at the moment.
Yes, Croatia’s airports are currently open.
Yes, restaurants and cafes are currently open but only for takeout and delivery.
Yes, beaches in Croatia are open.
Yes, the Walls of Dubrovnik are open.
Yes, the Palace of Diocletian is open.
No, Americans can’t currently visit Croatia for tourism purposes. However, if they travel for one reason specified here, they will need to take a PCR COVID test 48 hours prior to arrival.
This guide to Croatia reopening for tourism will be updated with any new developments as they are reported. However, if you want more information on travel to Croatia, you can check these official sources:
- US Embassy Updates on COVID-19 in Croatia
- CDC Travel Recommendations for Croatia
- General Croatia Travel Advisory
- Croatian Government Information on COVID-19 Entry Requirements in English
- Enter Croatia Form
- Croatian Institute of Public Health Quarantine Instructions in English
- Croatian Government Coronavirus Dashboard in English
- Croatian Hotel Regulations in English
- Croatian Beach Regulations in English
- Croatian Restaurant and Cafe Regulations in English
- Updated Croatian Restaurant and Cafe Regulations in Croatian
- Croatian Tourist Board COVID Q & A in English
- Croatian Regulations for National Parks and Zoos in English
- Croatian Regulations for Tourist Entertainment Activities in English