May 22, 2020 – Update travel advice from the Croatian Ministry of Tourism following a TCN media request (republished in full).
Dear Mr. Bredbury,
Thank you for your interest in promoting Croatian tourism and providing information for tourists. Below you can find information regarding your questions prepared by the Ministry of Tourism.
Border crossing information
The Decision on the Temporary Ban of Transit through Border Crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the Decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned Decision from 9 May 2020, allows:
Croatian citizens to enter into Republic of Croatia and go abroad.
The return to the country of residence for citizens of EU Member Countries, namely citizens of Schengen Countries and Schengen Associated Countries as well as their family members, and third-country nationals who are long-term residents pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU Directives or national law or who have national long-term visas, and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
If the foreign national intends to cross the state border he has to meet one of the following conditions:
Possesses documentation with which he can prove ownership of real estate located in the Republic of Croatia, or vessel (lessee is also permitted), or is attending a funeral in the Republic of Croatia (possesses appropriate documentation which proves this). After meeting the conditions, such foreign nationals are allowed to cross the state border, they are registered and the location/address where they will stay, or where the real estate/vessel is located, is entered as well as the contact telephone number and duration of stay-when they plan leaving the Republic of Croatia.
They possess documentation with which they prove that they were invited to the Republic of Croatia by an economic operator, the economic operator’s interest for them to enter into Republic of Croatia, or a business meeting invite. For these passengers, it is necessary to enter the place / address where they will stay and the contact phone number and duration of stay – when they plan to leave the Republic of Croatia.
All other foreign nationals who have a certain business reason, which cannot be foreseen at this time, and do not have the appropriate documentation, should be instructed to announce their intention to cross the state border (enter into the Republic of Croatia) atmailto:[email protected] and they will receive an answer as soon as possible.
Given the restrictions currently in force, to combat the spread of COVID-19, and to obtain relevant information faster, all frequently asked questions and answers about the conditions of entry into the Republic of Croatia are published on the official website of the Ministry of Interior under the category UZG COVID on main menu bar.
If you do not find the answer on the conditions of entry into the Republic of Croatia among the most frequently asked questions and answers, an online inquiry form is available through which you can contact Ministry of Interior to get a specific answer to your question about the possibility of entry. The mentioned page and the online form are currently available in Croatian, English and German, and it is planned to expand to other foreign languages.
The address [email protected] still remains a place where interested users can turn to with a slightly different procedure.
Ministry of Tourism in cooperation with the Ministry of Interior is working on implementation of a web form which will enable the preparation of the necessary data to cross the border before starting the travel. This web form will enable more efficient and faster cross of the Croatian border while allowing to send notification with all the necessary information for safe stay in Croatia.
Safety information and health care
In all tourist facilities such as restaurants, accomodation, swimming pools, beaches and similar, safety measures prescribed by professional epidemiological services are applied to combat the spread of coronavirus what ensures the highest standards of health and hygiene of guests.
Guidelines for all types of tourist facilities and activities can be found on the website of the Ministry of Tourism at the following link
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