The gorgeous sunsets of Croatia’s golden beaches are worth a try, but these perks are only part of what you can see and experience in the southern Balkan country.
Island hopping is a great way to see all the tourist sites that Croatia has to offer, which can be done by kayaking or boat trips. But the country also has beautiful architectural cities with cultural and historical sites in Dubrovnik and Split, seen many times in the film industry, TheSchengen.com reports.
Before planning a visit to Croatia, here is a guide to the rules and requirements imposed by the country due to the coronavirus situation.
Entry requirements and restrictions in Croatia are based on the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) recommendation, according to which countries are ranked in color based on their 14-day infection rates, as the list below indicates:
Green countries are those where the infection rate is less than 50 and the test positivity rate is less than 4 percent or if the infection rate is less than 75 and the test positivity rate is less than 1 percent, the orange countries are those that have reported less than 50 positive cases a positive test of 4 percent or more; If infection rates are between 50 to 75 and test positive is 1 percent or more, or if positive cases are between 75 to 200 and test positive is less than 4 percent, the red countries are those with 75 to 200 positive cases and the test is positive by four percent or more; Or, if infection rates are more than 200 but less than 500 dark red countries consider those with more than 500 positive cases, gray countries consider those with a testing rate of less than 300 cases per 100,000 population, or no data available For country classification Who is allowed to travel to Croatia and what are the entry rules?
All travelers from the Schengen Area and EEA countries are allowed to visit Croatia by presenting a valid EU digital vaccination certificate for COVID-19.
However, if travelers from these countries cannot present such a document, they will be allowed to enter Croatia if they present one of the following documents:
A negative PCR result, taken within 72 hours before departure or a rapid antigen test (RAT), taken within 48 hours before departure, which must also be recognized by EU Member States as a positive PCR or RAT result, indicating that its carrier contracted the virus 11 to 180 days before arriving at the Croatian border; Or the traveler can provide a medical authority-issued recovery certificate Certificate of Vaccination, certifying that the holder has been fully vaccinated with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca (including CoviShield), Gamaleya (Sputnik V) or Sinopharm vaccine, 14 to 210 days prior to vaccination . Arrival A vaccination certificate indicating that the traveler has received only the first shot of the Pfizer, Moderna or Jamaliah vaccine, 22-42 days before arrival in the country and 22-84 days for those who received the first shot of AstraZeneca vaccine. A recovery certificate indicating the bearer has recovered from the virus Corona and got his first vaccine within six months of being infected with the virus, and the vaccine was taken 210 days before arriving in Croatia
If travelers from EEA/EU countries cannot provide any of the above documents, they can take a PCR or RAT test (at their own expense) on arrival and self-isolate until they get the result. If they cannot get the test, they must self-isolate for ten days.
Croatia is the first country in Europe to set a maximum deadline for passport vaccinations of 210 days.
Who is forbidden to visit Croatia?
The Croatian Institute of Public Health discloses that passengers arriving from South Africa and Tanzania (Zanzibar) must present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before entering the country and are subject to a 14-day self-isolation requirement.
On the other hand, travelers from Brazil are required to take a PCR test before departure or an antigen test 24 hours before arrival, regardless of vaccination status.
The same rule applies to non-immune and non-refundable EU member states and Schengen area travelers who come from countries marked in dark red, as the ECDC list reveals:
Estonia Latvia Lithuania Half Slovakia Half Croatia Romania Part of Bulgaria Half of Greece French Goian
Furthermore, the red category consists of the following states:
Finland Half of Norway Ireland Germany Belgium Luxembourg Half of the Netherlands Austria Part of Poland Part of the Czech Republic Part of Slovakia Almost all of Hungary Half of Croatia More than half of Bulgaria Cyprus Almost half of Greece Martinique
These travelers can end their quarantine time by taking a PCR test no later than the seventh day of quarantine and must remain in isolation until the test result is released.
Croatian vaccination passport for COVID-19
Croatia is the first EU country to successfully contact the EUDCC, along with Bulgaria, Germany, Denmark, Poland, Greece and the Czech Republic, a month before the EU deadline set in July.
The EU COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate has been created in an effort to facilitate travel across Europe amid the pandemic and revive tourism affected by the coronavirus pandemic and entry restrictions imposed to prevent it.
The country recorded a nearly 60 percent decrease in overnight stays for March 2021 compared to April 2020, European statistics provider EUROSTAT revealed.
Anyone vaccinated with one of the European Medicines Agency approved vaccines (Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Pfizer) tested negative for the virus within 48 hours (RAT) or 72 hours (PCR test) or recently recovered from COVID-19 is eligible for the document.
What is open to visit in Croatia this winter?
Wearing a protective mask is mandatory at all events and activities held in close quarters. Furthermore, if a 1.5m social distance cannot be maintained in open spaces, participants must also wear a face covering. The distance of indoor facilities should be two metres.
Entry to restaurants, bars and nightclubs is permitted as long as customers and staff wear face masks in closed areas (except when they are eating) and a maximum of ten people are present in the common areas of the facility.
People can attend public events such as gatherings and celebrations, but the curfew is set at midnight for those who have not yet been fully vaccinated. Furthermore, EUDCC holders are allowed to enter social activities free from restrictions related to Coronavirus. Moreover, conferences and conferences can only allow up to 100 participants who must follow all prescribed epidemiological restrictions. Furthermore, sporting events can allow more than 100 spectators if they, technical staff and competitors are EUDCC holders.
“Cinemas, museums, theaters and professional art performances can operate at a limited capacity, also subject to public safety standards. Institutions should close at 23.00,” explains the official EU platform providing information on COVID-19 travel restrictions across the EU.
Get travel insurance to fully prepare for the inconveniences of traveling to Croatia
Travel insurance is a must when traveling to Croatia due to many flights being canceled due to coronavirus emergencies and other inconveniences.
Purchasing travel insurance allows travelers to visit their destination and get a partial or full refund of their money in case of any problem during the trip.
Travel insurance for travel to Croatia at budget rates can be marketed from AXA Assistance, MondialCare or Europ Assistance.
Status and vaccination rates for COVID-19 in Croatia
The World Health Organization has revealed that 680 positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Croatia, and that 22 deaths related to the coronavirus have been recorded in the past 24 hours.
Since January 2020, the country has seen 9,060 deaths, and 446,005 people have fallen ill.
According to EDCC data, Croatia has administered approximately 3,523,326 COVID-19 vaccines, with 52 percent of the entire population vaccinated and 55.2 percent of the adult population receiving a single dose of the vaccine.
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Note: This article was originally published on July 27. Since then, it has been constantly updated with the latest changes. The last changes to the article were made on October 26, in line with the latest updates from the Croatian authorities.