Entering Croatia Rules During Coronavirus

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Entering Croatia & The Balkans Rules During Coronavirus

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CROATIA TRAVEL UPDATE

Croatia COVID-19 details change constantly; we are doing our best to keep this page updated and easy to follow. This page was first published in February 2020 and is updated as new Croatia travel information comes to hand.

The below outlines details on entering Croatia, what rules there are to follow as set by the Civil Protection Authority, and our current epidemiological situation.  

Coronavirus Cases In Croatia As At June 3

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 357,109 people infected with the new coronavirus have been recorded to date, of which 280 in the past 24 hours.
 
347,108 people recovered, of which 312 in the past 24 hours.
 
In the past 24 hours, 14 people died, a total of 8,056 people.  
 
To date, a total of 2,032,200 people have been tested, of which 6,049 in the last 24 hours.
 
There are currently 9,603 people in self-isolation.   
 
As of June 2, 1,847,314 doses of vaccine had been consumed. So far, 1,312,272 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose, of which 535,042 have received both doses. 

All current epidemiological measures for cities/counties can be found at the links below :

Can I Travel To Croatia During The Pandemic?

Yes…well, mostly yes. Read on…

Movement within Croatia is not restricted. Public transport is operational (though there are caps on how many can travel at once). 

THE BELOW IS TAKEN FROM THE OFFICIAL GOV. PAGE

These rules apply till June 15, 2021

Passengers traveling to the Republic of Croatia from one of the EU / EEA Member States

Passengers coming directly from the countries and / or regions of the European Union, or countries and / or regions of the Schengen Area and the countries associated with the Schengen Area, and who are currently in the so-called. The green list of the  European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, regardless of citizenship, will allow  entry  into the Republic of Croatia  under the same conditions as before the onset of COVID-19 if they show no signs of disease and have not been in close contact with the patient.

If the aforementioned persons transited  to other countries / regions without delay at the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia  , they should prove at the border crossing  that they did not stay in transit areas, and in that case, they will not be required to provide evidence of testing or confirmation of vaccination against / overcoming SARS-CoV-2 virus disease, nor will they be assigned a self-isolation measure.
 
A graphical representation of countries by color according to the risk of COVID-19 can be found on the website of the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) .
 
All other passengers coming to the Republic of Croatia from EU / EEA member states / regions , who are not currently  on the so-called green list of the  European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, must present one of the following :

  • negative PCR test or rapid antigen test – BAT *  on SARS-CoV-2, where the BAT test must be from the  Common list of rapid antigen tests mutually recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission . When finding a BAT test made abroad, the test manufacturer and / or the commercial name of the test must be visible. Otherwise, the test will not be accepted as credible for entry into the Republic of Croatia. The results of the above tests must not be older than  48 hours  (counting from the time of taking the swab to the arrival at the border crossing) ;
  • vaccination certificate for persons who, more than 14 days ago, received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Exceptionally, in the case of a single-dose vaccine, an acknowledgment of receipt of a single dose if the dose was received more than 14 days before the date of crossing the state border;
  • if a person has had COVID-19 for 180 days and has a certificate of illness and has been vaccinated within one dose, the exemption from the obligation to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test – BAT * or quarantine is extended until six (6) months from vaccination;
  • presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test *, confirming that the owner has recovered from SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which test was performed 180 days ago, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing or upon presentation of a certificate about getting sick issued by a doctor;
  • or perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing – BAT * on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at its own expense), with the obligation of self-isolation until the arrival of a negative finding. In case of impossibility of testing, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days.

Citizens of EU / EEA Member States as well as members of their families traveling to the Republic of Croatia from third countries, ie, those who are not members of the EU / EEA

Citizens of EU Member States (including Croatian citizens), ie, Schengen Member States and the Schengen Member States, as well as members of their families and third-country nationals who are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109 / EC of 25 November 2003 on the status of third-country nationals with long-term residence and persons entitled to reside under other EU directives or national law or who have national long-term visas  coming from third countries , upon entering the Republic of Croatia,  must present one of the following :

  • negative PCR test or rapid antigen test – BAT *  on SARS-CoV-2 where the BAT test must be from the  Common list of rapid antigen tests mutually recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission . When finding a BAT test made abroad, the test manufacturer and / or the commercial name of the test must be visible and must be issued by a health institution / laboratory and signed / confirmed by a doctor. Otherwise, the test will not be accepted as credible for entry into the Republic of Croatia. The results of the above tests must not be older than  48 hours  (counting from the time of swab collection to the time of arrival at the border crossing);
  • vaccination certificate for persons who, more than 14 days ago, received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Exceptionally, in the case of a single-dose vaccine, an acknowledgment of receipt of a single dose if the dose was received more than 14 days before the date of crossing the state border;
  • if a person has had COVID-19 for 180 days and has a certificate of illness and has been vaccinated within one dose, the exemption from the obligation to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test – BAT * or quarantine is extended until six (6) months from vaccination;
  • presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test *, confirming that the owner has recovered from SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which test was performed 180 days ago, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing or upon presentation of a certificate about getting sick issued by a doctor;  
  • or perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing – BAT * on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at its own expense), with the obligation of self-isolation until the arrival of a negative finding. In case of impossibility of testing, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days. 

Third-country nationals who are not family members of nationals of the Schengen Member States and the Schengen States, nor are they long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109 / EC of 25 November 2003 on the status of third-country nationals of long-term residence and persons who have the right to reside under other EU directives or national law or who have national long-term visas, except for persons referred to in point I of this Decision,  shall be granted entry into the Republic of Croatia only in case of necessary travel . 

Exceptions related to the above necessary trips are : 

  1. health professionals, health researchers, and care workers for the elderly;
  2. border workers (as well as, for example, athletes as stated in the exceptions for travelers within the EU / EEA);
  3. staff in the transport sector;
  4. diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons receiving a call from international organizations and whose physical presence is necessary for the proper functioning of those organizations, military, and police personnel, humanitarian workers, and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties;
  5. passengers in transit, with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours of entry;
  6. persons traveling for schooling;
  7. seafarers; if they intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than 12 hours, entry into the Republic of Croatia will be provided upon presentation of:
    • > negative PCR test or rapid antigen test – BAT * on SARS-CoV-2, where the BAT test must be from the  Common list of rapid antigen tests mutually recognized by the Member States of the European Union , published by the European Commission. When finding a BAT test made abroad, the test manufacturer and / or the commercial name of the test must be visible and must be issued by a health institution / laboratory and signed / confirmed by a doctor. Otherwise, the test will not be accepted as credible for entry into the Republic of Croatia. The results of the above tests must not be older than 48 hours (counting from the time of swab collection to the time of arrival at the border crossing);
    • > presentation of a vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days ago. Exceptionally, in the case of a vaccine administered in a single dose, acknowledgments of receipt of a single dose if the dose was received more than 14 days from the date of crossing the state border; 
    • >  if a person has had COVID-19 for 180 days and has a certificate of illness and has been vaccinated with one dose of the vaccine within that period, the exemption from the obligation to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test – BAT * or quarantine is extended until six (6) months from vaccination;
    • > presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the owner has recovered from SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which test was performed 180 days ago, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing or presentation of a certificate about getting sick issued by a doctor; 
    • > or it is obligatory to perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing – BAT on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at its own expense), with self-isolation until a negative finding arrives.
    • > In case of impossibility of testing, a measure of self-isolation is determined for ten (10) days.
  8. persons who travel for tourist reasons and have a certificate of paid accommodation in a hotel, camp, private renter or rented vessel and another form of tourist accommodation or are owners of houses or vessels in the Republic of Croatia, entry into the Republic of Croatia will be provided upon presentation:
    • > negative PCR test or rapid antigen test – BAT on SARS-CoV-2, where the BAT test must be from the  Common list of rapid antigen tests mutually recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission . When finding a BAT test made abroad, the test manufacturer and / or the commercial name of the test must be visible and must be issued by a health institution / laboratory and signed / confirmed by a doctor. Otherwise, the test will not be accepted as credible for entry into the Republic of Croatia. The results of the above tests must not be older than 48 hours (counting from the time of swab collection to the time of arrival at the border crossing);
    • > presentation of a vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days ago. Exceptionally, in the case of a vaccine administered in a single dose, acknowledgments of receipt of a single dose if the dose was received more than 14 days from the date of crossing the state border;
    • >  if a person has had COVID-19 for 180 days and has a certificate of illness and has been vaccinated with one dose of the vaccine within that period, the exemption from the obligation to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test – BAT * or quarantine is extended until six (6) months from vaccination;
    • > presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the owner has recovered from SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which test was performed 180 days ago, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing or presentation of a certificate about getting sick issued by a doctor; 
    • > or it is obligatory to perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing – BAT on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at its own expense), with self-isolation until a negative finding arrives.
    • > In case of impossibility of testing, a measure of self-isolation is determined for ten (10) days.
  9. persons traveling for urgent personal / family reasons, business reasons, or who have another economic interest; if they intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than 12 hours , entry into the Republic of Croatia will be provided upon presentation of: 
    • > negative PCR test or rapid antigen test – BAT on SARS-CoV-2, where the BAT test must be from the  Common list of rapid antigen tests mutually recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission . When finding a BAT test made abroad, the test manufacturer and / or the commercial name of the test must be visible and must be issued by a health institution / laboratory and signed / confirmed by a doctor. Otherwise, the test will not be accepted as credible for entry into the Republic of Croatia. The results of the above tests must not be older than 48 hours (counting from the time of swab collection to the time of arrival at the border crossing);
    • > presentation of a vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days ago. Exceptionally, in the case of a vaccine administered in a single dose, acknowledgments of receipt of a single dose if the dose was received more than 14 days from the date of crossing the state border;
    • >  if a person has had COVID-19 for 180 days and has a certificate of illness and has been vaccinated with one dose of the vaccine within that period, the exemption from the obligation to present a negative PCR or rapid antigen test – BAT * or quarantine is extended until six (6) months from vaccination;
    • > presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the owner has recovered from SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which test was performed 180 days ago, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing or presentation of a certificate about getting sick issued by a doctor;
    • > or it is obligatory to perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing – BAT on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at its own expense), with self-isolation until a negative finding arrives.
    • > In case of impossibility of testing, a measure of self-isolation is determined for ten (10) days.
  10. persons for whom a positive decision of the competent authority has been made, based on their application for residence / work, including digital nomads.

Passengers who represent one of the aforementioned exceptions are obliged to present credible documentation upon entering the Republic of Croatia in order to prove the reasons for exemption from the obligation to possess one of the above tests / determine the self-isolation measure.

Travelers from countries included in the  list of countries of the Croatian Institute of Public Health to which special epidemiological measures  are applied are required to present a negative PCR test result not older than 48 hours and are assigned the necessary measure of mandatory self-isolation for 14 days. The duration of self-isolation may be shortened if the person, at the earliest on the seventh day of self-isolation, performs at his own expense PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 in the institution authorized to perform the test and if the test result is negative.

There are some exceptions, e.g.: health workers and transport workers. Full details should be checked on this official Government page and here.

Previous rules were as follows: 13 January , 15 January ,  29 January ,  12 February ,  26 February ,  12 March ,  31 March ,  15 April ,  30 April ,  14 May, and 26 May. 2021.

Test Results Older Than 48 Hours

Travelers who arrive in Croatia with a negative PCR test that 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. 

If you arrive and 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.

Tests cost are $300 or more, depending upon the location, which can be done at the following locations: COVID-19 Testing Locations in Croatia

What If You’ve Had Covid-19

If you can prove that you’ve had COVID-19 in the past 180 days, you may enter Croatia without showing the negative PCR test and without self-isolating.

Where To Get Tested In Croatia

COVID TESTING CENTERS IN CROATIA Here are the places you can get tested for coronavirus in Croatia. https://www.koronavirus.hr/testing-centers-in-croatia/764

Kids COVID-19 Tests

Children under the age of twelve (used to be seven) who are traveling accompanied by a parent/guardian are exempted from presenting a negative test result or self-isolation if the parents/guardians show a negative PCR/rapid antigen-BAT test or have a certificate of vaccination or recovery from COVID-19.

Still, Have Questions?

If you have questions about if you are eligible to cross the border, you can email: uzg.covid@mup.hr and ask for clarification, or this page here has an official online form to help you figure out if you can enter. 

Wearing A Mask In Croatia – Do You Need To?

This is currently mandatory when using any form of public transport and in closed spaces such as shopping malls and getting your haircut OR where a minimum distance of 1.5 meters can not be achieved. Fines (500 HRK) for non-compliance apply.

As you know, the use of a medical mask is advised if you have any respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing) to protect others. Masks should be disposed of properly to ensure their effectiveness and to avoid any increased risk of transmitting the virus. 

Transport In Croatia During The Pandemic

Flights To Croatia

There are flights to and from Croatia. They get canceled and added so frequently; we stopped adding them all in detail. Please check with your travel agency or directly with the airlines.

Private Transport

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Operational. We recommend you use our own transport company for travel within Croatia. Contact Octopus Transfers Croatia here. Local drivers, safety measures in place, and guaranteed satisfaction.

Public Buses & Taxis

Operational.

Though there are no limits on the number of people allowed on buses and trams to help maintain distance. 

Domestic Flights

Croatian airlines are operational. Masks are required to be worn by all passengers.

Health Insurance If You Get Sick

EU, EEA, UK, and Swiss nationals and are covered by your national health insurance provider for any COVID-19-related services in Croatia just as they would be in their home country if the policy is current.

Be sure to check the validity of your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) and/or have a new one issued prior to your trip. 

Nationals of countries with who Croatia have a bilateral agreement with such as Bosnia & Hercegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Turkey, are entitled to coverage. You will need a certificate from your national healthcare providers (which must be obtained prior to travel).

Gatherings & Events In Croatia

Private gathers are capped at 10.

Public gatherings are capped at 25.

Border Crossing Into Croatia & Driving

The rules for driving in Croatia have not changed; all the roads are now open (police blocks have been removed), though you should check which borders are open in case they change suddenly. You can do that here

County By County Regulations

All current epidemiological measures for cities and counties can be found below :

Pandemic Rules and Regulations For Hotels In Croatia 

Hotels, campsites, and private accommodations can open at any time they choose (they are not banned), pending the implementation of the directed health and safety measures listed by the Croatian Civil Protection Authority.

Hotels and camps have already started making their own opening announcements for summer 2021. Try here for our favorite ones.

Exact detail on any restrictions that get announced for hotels will be added here. Some we know of are:

  • Physical distance. During their stay at the hotel, visitors must adhere to a measure of physical distance of 2 meters in relation to other visitors, unless they are members of the same family or group
  • Disinfectant. At the entrances of hotel premises, it is necessary to install dispensers with disinfectant
  • Lifts. Social distancing and a set number of guests in the lift at any one time

Nautical Tourism

We’ll update this soon. In the meantime, this helps (just use Google translate).

Cafes & Restaurants during COVID-19

Most restaurants and cafes and the like can only be open if they have outdoor seating or provide take-away. Though in some counties, like Dubrovnik they are not open at all. This changes on the daily.

National Parks In Croatia During COVID-19

All of these are now open in Croatia. It has been said that Croatia expects all national parks and beaches to be operational for summer tourism.

There are measures set in place for Croatia’s national parks to keep you safe. The main one that you should know is that it is recommended that visitors maintain a physical distance of 1.5 meters unless they are members of the same group.

Beaches In Croatia During COVID-19

Beaches in Croatia are open, though there are some measures you should know about:

Social Distancing Rules For Beaches, Lakes & Waterparks:

  • For both the sea and for freshwater swimming areas, the maximum number of people allowed to stay at the same time is determined according to the principle of 15 persons per 100 square meters
  • All visitors and employees are advised to adhere to a distance of 1.5 meters between each other
  • Deckchairs need to be separated to ensure the 1.5-meter distance rule, and these are to disinfected several times a day
  • Hand disinfectant should be available 
  • Persons must adhere to the 1.5-meter rule when swimming
  • Cleaning and disinfection of sanitary facilities every two hours

Where To Get Information Of COVID-19 About Croatia

As you already know, COVID-2019 (also known as SARS-CoV-2) was first reported in Wuhan, China, and has now been reported in dozens of countries globally. You can see up-to-date worldwide stats here and in Europe here, thanks to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. So far, 90%+ people have been reported as recovered (some cases still being treated and sadly some 2% deaths).

If you plan to travel to Croatia (once borders open, of course), you must follow the travel advice from your home country about travel to Croatia (and the Balkans). You can also stay up-to-date with information from RELIABLE sources*.

For example: As an Australian, I love to look at the Australian Smarttraveller website. The Smartraveller is provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has all the latest information, and they will update the information on that site if travel restrictions for any country are required.  This website also allows you to sign up to travel alerts for the countries you plan to visit.

My American friends use this site which has similar information to the Australian site and also this one from the CDC

Canadian colleagues have told me this site is where they look.

* Only reliable sources have been used for this post, mostly from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Australian and Croatian government sites.

Be Informed, & Do Not Take Advice From Random Social Media Posts  

Kind of ironic to say, given I am writing about the topic, though it’s important to note that you should rely only on credible sources – like the government websites I mentioned. Here are a few from Croatia:

The Croatian authorities have published the following information and contact details:

  • For urgent queries call the 24-hour on-call epidemiologist: +385 98 227753
  • The Clinic for Infectious Diseases “Fran Mihaljevic” advises those WITH symptoms as described for COVID-19 to contact: +385 91 4012 784 or +385 91 4012 790
  • Public inquiries related to Coronavirus can be sent to the Civil Protection Crisis Committee: stozercz@mup.hr

You can also find daily (updated at 15:00h) information about Croatia here on this link about Coronavirus in Croatia.

Is Croatia Taking Coronavirus Seriously?

100%, yes they are. Once borders open, you’ll see that for yourself.

Restrictions For Balkans Countries

Please check with your airline and the country you plan to travel to directly for the latest most up-to-date information (links below). As a guide here is what I know so far…

Turkey Covid-19 Border Regulations

Turkey has introduced a nationwide lockdown from 29 April until 5 am on 17 May. Grocery stores, markets, butchers, and other essential shops will be permitted to operate between 10 am and 5 pm during the lockdown. You can walk to your closest market for essential supplies during these times. Temporary foreign tourists are exempt from lockdown measures. If you’re entering Turkey, you’ll need to complete an online form in the 72 hours prior to travel. Travelers must also present proof of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test taken within 72 hours of boarding your flight unless you’re traveling from a limited list of countries.

Montenegro Covid-19 Border Regulations

Serbia Covid-19 Border Regulations

Romania Covid-19 Border Regulations

Bosnia-Hercegovina Covid-19 Border Regulations

Slovenia Covid-19 Border Regulations

Macedonia Covid-19 Border Regulations

Greece Covid-19 Border Regulations

Bulgaria Covid-19 Border Regulations

Albania Covid-19 Border Regulations

Kosovo

 

Balkan Website Links

CONTACT NUMBERS IN THE BALKANS - CORONAVIRUS

Here are other government links for the Balkans that you may find helpful:

So far, the best advice has been to follow the local government rules and to follow basic hygiene rules as a way of protection. Those are:  

Basic Protective Measures Against The New Coronavirus

Most people who become infected experience mild illness and recover, but it can be more severe for others.

All the government websites say there is no need to stop traveling, and you must take care of your health and protect others by doing the following simple steps:

Wash Your Hands Frequently

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Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water for a minimum time of 20 seconds.

What is the best way to wash your hands properly?

  • Step 1: Wet hands with running water
  • Step 2: Apply enough soap to cover wet hands
  • Step 3: Scrub all surfaces of the hands – including the back of hands, between fingers and under nails – for at least 20 seconds.
  • Step 4: Rinse thoroughly with running water
  • Step 5: Dry hands with a clean cloth or single-use towel

Wash your hands often, especially before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; and going to the bathroom. 

If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water, if hands are visibly dirty.

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Maintain Social Distancing

Maintain at least 1 meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Why? When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth, which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.

Avoid Touching Eyes, Nose And Mouth

Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose, or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

Practice Respiratory Hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu, and COVID-19.

If You Have Fever, Cough And Difficulty Breathing, Seek Medical Care Early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority on how to report suspected cases of having Covid-19.

National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to direct you to the right health facility quickly. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.

What Are The Symptoms Of Covid-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • fever
  • tiredness
  • dry cough

Some patients may have:

  • aches and pains
  • nasal congestion
  • runny nose
  • sore throat or
  • diarrhea.

These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell.

Once infected with the virus, symptoms can take up to 14 days to show. You can still spread the virus to others during this period. A person is most contagious when they are exhibiting symptoms of the virus.

Is Coronavirus Fatal?

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every six people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. About 2% of people with the disease have died. People with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

One thing to note is that as this is a new virus, there is not yet enough known how it affects children or pregnant women. We know it is possible for people of any age to be infected with the virus, but so far there have been relatively few cases of COVID-19 reported among children. The virus is fatal in rare cases, so far mainly among older people with pre-existing medical conditions.

How Is Coronavirus Diagnosed?

Coronavirus is diagnosed by a polymerase chain reaction test. A sample of a person’s nose or mouth secretions is collected and tested. The swaps are then checked for genetic markers for the virus.

Before You Go Home

If you do travel to Croatia (or other places that have confirmed Coronavirus cases), you should check in with your local authorities in what is expected (if anything) of you before returning home. 

As an example, Australia has these rules for returning home –  and Canada has this advice for Canadians.

So tell us, what are your thoughts on travel plans for Croatia and the Balkans in 2020.

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Comments (56)

  1. So much info I was looking for! Thank you for your time. Soon I am gonna experience tis beautiful country on yacht

  2. Constantly confronted with different modes of transport, one wants to try different journeys that trigger immunity. COVID-19 poses a threat to travelers – everything related to communication, but entertainment and travel have acquired cultural rather than entertainment value. When traveling, keep in mind that fast food is not the best choice, and eating a variety of foods provides all the necessary vitamins. By choosing a tour of Croatia’s natural wonders, travelers have the opportunity to get to know the country up close, see nature and discover local attractions.

  3. Thanks for all the great information. I am a Spanish citizen wanting to go to Croatia from Spain with my US girlfriend. We´ll be staying for 3 weeks in July biking around the country. Do you know if I will be allowed into the USA from Croatia? I cannot travel from Spain to the USA. Thanks in advance.

    1. Sorry I have no clue, you are best to check with the US embassy – plus July is so far away, anything can happen between now and then…

    2. We arrived in Split on Apr 29.. We are US citizens living in Florida. We flew to Newark, NJ, then from there to Frankfurt, Germany. United Airlines required proof of a negative test to board that flight. Then we flew on Air Croatia to Split. On arrivals showed our passports, of course, and our vaccination certificates. We also showed our test results, but they are not necessary if you have the vaccination certificate. We also showed proof that our lodgings for our 4 week stay are paid in full. Everything went smoothly and we are thrilled to be back for our fifth visit to spectacular Croatia!

  4. The prices quoted for PCR tests on this site say 1500HKR but this info was dated April 2020. What is the up to date price for a PCR test in Croatia please

  5. Hi! Thanks so much for sharing this information! I am a US Citizen and plan on traveling to Turkey in July, then flying directly to Croatia. Everywhere I read says that tourism is now allowed from USA, just have to prebook accommodation and provide negative covid test. My question is, do you know if there are any restrictions flying from Turkey (or other countries) to Croatia?

  6. Hi, thanks for your wonderful blog!
    My S/O other & I were thinking about travel plans to Croatia in August, but I read here that can be an incredibly busy time.. Do you think that will still be true this August w/Covid and everything?
    Thanks!

  7. I just want to say that your blog is excellent. You have so much great information and thank you so much. Stay strong, stay healthy and keep up the great work. Best wishes.

  8. During this pandemic, travel is so tough task right now. But this is not impossible. For this reason, we should need to properly maintain social distance and the rules of WHO.

  9. Sir I read a lot of posts on covid-19 for Croatia on google but no one could explain it so nicely, I have benefited a lot from visiting your site-
    I subscribed to your blog to get such beautiful posts. We hope you will come to us in a more legitimate way. Thank you very much

  10. Thank you for this blog, very informative. I would like to know about non-EU nationals who have a temporary residence permit from Poland. Which rules apply to them? Thank you.

  11. Me & my partner are travelling to Croatia (Porec, Istria) on 1 September from the UK, do we need to take a Covid test?

  12. really nice to see this post here. you provided very useful information. the article is nicely explained and easy to understand. thanks for sharing this valuable information with us. keep your good work.

  13. Thanks for all that valuable information!! I just want to say your article is very helpful, that’s very clear.Thanks.

  14. Thank you so much for keeping us updated. fingers crossed that we can make our holiday at the end of August.

  15. The health department recommendations provided upon arrival for non EU travelers say you must self isolate for 14 days (undefined necessary outings are OK). There is also the statement elsewhere that there is no mandatory quarantine period. I am confused by that. If the 14 day self isolation “recommendation” is “mandatory”, how is that different from a 14 day quarantine (whether monitored or self)?

    Is it possible to have a negative Covid test upon arrival and use that as a basis to avoid the 14 day health department “recommendation” to stay in? I do not see that anywhere but it would seem logical.

  16. I love your post and have had several great visits to Zadar since following you. We are due to visit at the end of August from the Uk. The proposed airbridge is not going ahead so we will need to quarantine for 14 days back in the uk. Our itinerary will need to change as your flight uk to split has now been cancelled. We plan to take an earlier flight to Zadar and will need to book advance accommodation there for 1st night then on Iz or Dugi Otak for 3 nights before taking the bus to split where we have accommodation1 night before the ferry to Vis booked for 7 nights , bus back to Zadar for 5 nights which is booked.
    Is this allowed, can we use buses and ferries and move to lots of different places and are there any restrictions on what we can do whilst on holiday? We like to walk, the beach, restaurants, bars and will been provisions as self catering.
    Sorry for so many questions but the information in the uk is conflicting.
    Thank you in advance

    1. Right now it is too early to say. We don’t even know when cafes and restaurants will open up… so I am afraid you’ll have to wait a few months to see what will happen. I’d guess it’ll be all okay… but you never know huh!?

  17. Great info thanks so much! The us embassy Croatian website says they can decide to quarantine you for 14 days. It’s not too clear but it feels like it could be at their discretion. Thoughts?

  18. Thanks for the information about entry into Croatia – VERY helpful indeed! I am an Australian/New Zealand national, currently in Italy and have booked accommodation in Dubrovnik for three months from late August. I imagine that by then the rules about non-EU residents will be formalised, but good to know that email authorisation is currently an option! Congratulations on a great blog!!!

  19. My parents live in Croatia and we are flying in from NY through Paris and final destination into Zagreb with a bus ride to Zadar to get to them. Will we be required to be held anywhere ?

    1. I have no idea. You’ll need to check with the airlines. Also, be sure to have booked accommodation as “staying at your parents” doesn’t count unless you are a Croatian citizen.

  20. This is a great blog. I am very impressed to see it. It is a very useful website that you have given me. Thank you very much for this wonderful information.

  21. Today (9-05-2020) Paul Bradbury wrote a blog on Total Croatia News about a Belgian traveling by car through Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia to Hvar. Not an official site but giving the information of what to expect traveling these days from someone with recent experience. I think blogs are here to inform each other by directing them to official information but also information from first hand. I was very glad to hear the PRACTICAL NEWS in this blog. So, if the status of the information is clear also not official info can be very helpful. Love your reply to Laura, keep up the good work!

  22. thanks for sharing important blog please stay to home snd your blog very useful to us today covid -19 very serious

  23. It is very important to not copy information from any media and to go to primary sources and credible sites for information As of now, Feb. 25 at 21:23 there is no word on the Croatian Ministry of health website (I am reading it in Croatian) about the first case of covid 2019 in Croatia. What is stated in this blog is simply not true. The link in the article takes to a news portal, and not to the information that relates to this subject on the Croatian Ministry of Health page. Some individuals have been hospitalized, but no one tested positive. Please don’t spread misinformation.

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