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Croatia Removes Pre-Travel PCR Test Requirement for Fully Vaccinated Travellers From UK

Fully vaccinated travelers from the UK will not have to submit negative coronavirus test results when planning to enter Croatia, as the latter’s government has decided to scrap this requirement.

Up until this point, Britons had been required to take a PCR test before leaving when planning to head to the Balkan country, and prove they tested negative for the virus, reports.

According to the Croatian authorities, travelers from the UK will be required to fill out a passenger locator form and provide proof of accommodation reservation. In addition, they will also be required to present a valid vaccination document showing that the second dose was administered within a year and at least two weeks prior to their arrival.

If Britons are not able to meet the above requirements, they will need to provide evidence that they have fully recovered from the virus and have taken the second dose of the vaccine within eight months of being tested for the virus.

It will also allow them to provide valid proof of a PCR or Antigen test showing that they have recovered from the disease.

If travelers cannot show any of the above evidence, they will have to submit a negative result of the COVID-19 PCR test, which is not more than 72 hours old, upon entering Croatia.

However, children under the age of 12 are excluded from the COVID-19 test requirements if their parents meet one of the conditions.

At the same time, the UK authorities have also implemented new changes to their travel rules, including scrapping the amber list and using the red list instead for all countries that pose a risk in terms of infection with the COVID-19 virus. In addition, the UK authorities have made clear that all Red List travelers will be required to stay in self-isolation for 11 days in a quarantined hotel at a total cost of £2,285 per adult.

Even amid the ongoing pandemic, authorities in Croatia previously eased travel restrictions, allowing all people from the Schengen area and the European Economic Area to enter the Balkan country, provided they present a digital EU COVID-19 vaccination certificate.

However, the Croatian government previously made clear that all travelers will be barred from entering the country without submitting a negative COVID-19 test result if more than 210 days have passed since passengers took a second hit from any approved COVID-19 vaccine.

“Travelers must have a certificate certifying that they have received the first dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or Gamaleya vaccine, based on which they can enter the Republic of Croatia from 22 to 42 days after receiving the vaccine, or from 22 to 84 days after receiving the first dose of the vaccine. AstraZeneca, the Croatian government tightened at the time.

Since the start of the pandemic, Croatia has reported 408,699 cases and 8,678 deaths, based on figures provided by the World Health Organization (WHO). The same source shows that 2,392 people tested positive for the virus during the past 24 hours, while 28 people died.

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