Croatia Travel Restrictions

Croatia Coronavirus Travel Updates

This extensive and detailed travel hub for travel to and from Croatia, will be updated daily to provide you with the most current information available, regarding the current entry requirements to Croatia, which are changing regularly.

In 2019, Croatia experienced nearly 20 million international visitors and had been one of the fastest growing destinations for visitor numbers for any country in recent history. Due to the Pandemic in 2020, visitor numbers fell with the closing of the borders and travel restrictions that affected the entire globe. 

Croatia was fortunately one of the first European countries that had immediately closed its borders for international tourism in March 2020, gradually opening up and easing restrictions on entry, as the summer season progressed. As Croatia is predominantly a summer European travel destination, international tourism between November and April is always very limited, which is why the country opted to close its borders over the quieter winter period.

From mid-May 2020 onwards the Croatia borders were open to all travelers, including Americans who required a PCR test to enter the country. Whilst the EU banned American visitors from entering Schengen countries in 2020, Croatia is not part of the Schengen region and is able to maintain control of its own borders. Therefore Croatia allowed American travelers to still travel to the country from May through to October 2020 and are currently allowed to enter Croatia, subject to conditions as below.

Update on May 3 2021 – The Croatian government has announced that they promise to have 50% of population vaccinated by June 30 2021.
All the hospitality sector is now operating with restaurants, cafes and bars now all closing at 10pm.

See below for further details regarding vacation and travel options for Croatia in 2021 and 2022.

Coronavirus Situation in Croatia as of May 6 2021

  • CountryNew Covid CasesActive Covid CasesCritical Covid CasesTotal Covid Deaths
  • Croatia+1,64011,9422267,365
  • Italy+9,116413,8892,243121,738
  • France+26,538989,8745,804104,224
  • Portugal+47023,7338916,974
  • Greece+1,36823,46078310,668
  • Turkey+37,674493,2493,58139,737
  • Spain+10,143243,8922,32078,080

The chart above shows the 24 hour Coronavirus data for Croatia. We’ve included other European countries to show how Croatia is performing against other European Summer holiday destinations.

 

Croatia Travel Restrictions for Travelers from the US

The current regulations on entry to Croatia below are extremely fluid and will undoubtedly be updated regularly, as we approach the important tourist season, which operates from May through to October, with the peak season being late June through to mid September. The Croatian Government closed its borders in winter/ spring 2020 and opened its borders in mid-May 2020 for international visitors. 

The Croatian authorities are now planning for a successful 2021 season and the hospitality sector started to reopen from March 2021 with table service outdoors only at this time.  There is currently no curfew in place in Croatia as the authorities are gradually easing restrictions in all sectors, in particular to aid the vital tourist sector. Face coverings are required for indoor use only and locals and visitors are currently enjoying Croatia and the hospitality of the people.  

Travelers from USA, Traveling to Croatia

Passengers must have a negative PCR test in their possession upon entry, taken not more than 48 hours prior to entry. As of March 14 2021, passengers do not now need to stay in self-isolation upon arrival and can continue with their trip.  If not in possession of the negative test, a PCR test is taken at their own expense, at an institution authorized to perform PCR testing and the result must be negative.

As of April 1 2021, it was stated that entry is permitted for passengers in possession of a vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days prior. Further details are on this link.

Entry for tourism reasons is currently permitted only with documentary evidence of an accommodation paid in advance and in full, prior to arrival at the border. A reservation which has not been paid in full, is simply not sufficient for entry to Croatia.   

Travelers from USA, Traveling from Croatia

Effective January 26, 2021. All air passengers arriving to the US from any foreign country must get tested for the COVID-19 infection, no more than 3 days before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. All US clients booked to travel to Croatia with Unforgettable Croatia, will be supported on the ground with pre-departure testing.

The 3-day period is the 3 days before the flight’s departure. The Order uses a 3-day timeframe instead of 72 hours to provide more flexibility to the traveler. By using a 3-day window, test validity does not depend on the time of the flight or the time of day that the test was administered. For example, if a passenger’s flight is at 1pm on a Friday, the passenger could board with a negative test that was taken any time on the prior Tuesday or after.

 

Croatia Travel Restrictions for Travelers from Canada

Travelers from Canada, Traveling to Croatia

Passengers must have a negative PCR test in their possession upon entry, taken not more than 48 hours prior to entry. As of 14 March 2021 passengers do not need to stay in self-isolation upon arrival and can continue with their trip.  If not in possession of the negative test, a PCR test is taken at their own expense, at an institution authorized to perform PCR testing and the result must be negative.

Entry for tourism is permitted only with documentary evidence of an accommodation paid in advance and in full, prior to arrival at the border. A reservation which has not been paid in full, is simply not sufficient for entry to Croatia.   

As of April 1 2021, it was stated that entry is permitted for passengers in possession of a vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine more than 14 days prior. Further details of this policy are on this link.

Travelers from Canada, Traveling from Croatia

All air passengers arriving in Canada from any foreign country must get tested for the COVID-19 infection, no more than 72 hours before their flight departs and to provide proof of the negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight. All Canadian clients booked to travel to Croatia with Unforgettable Croatia, will be supported on the ground with pre-departure testing.

You will need to provide one of the accepted types of tests, not an antigen test
Keep proof of your test results for the 14-day period that begins on the day you enter Canada

Airlines will refuse boarding to travellers who are unable to provide a valid molecular test result.

 

Croatia Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions

What travel documents do I need for entry to Croatia? 

All travelers into Croatia are required to complete an online form prior to arrival, that can be downloaded from this website – http://entercroatia.mup.hr. This will ensure a seamless transit through the border control upon arrival into Croatia.

How can I get a PCR test done prior to my flight back to the US / Canada?

There are PCR testing offices in the main cities throughout Croatia, where pre-departure testing can be actioned. Our ground team in Croatia will support clients who have booked with us to get this testing completed, minimizing any disruption to your trip.

As of April 27 2021, it has been announced that PCR testing is available at Split airport, including rapid PCR tests. Click here

Do children need to be PCR tested for entry to Croatia?

All visitors to Croatia will need to show a negative PCR test for all travelers in their party, if over the age of seven.

Please get in touch if you have any further questions

If you have any further questions regarding travel to Croatia and assistance in booking a trip in 2021 or 2022, please do get in touch by email: [email protected]

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We live and breathe Croatia, with several thousand clients from the US and around the world traveling to Croatia with us each season from April to October. We have a hand-picked a team of expert Croatia travel specialists, who are based in our offices in San Francisco, London and in Split.

With an operational hub in Split, we provide a warm welcome to our guests on arrival and a personal service that you rarely experience in today’s world. Since the pandemic hit in 2020, our ground team in Croatia have played an integral part in helping our valued guests with 24/7 phone assistance, supporting guests with in- country PCR testing prior to departure and providing our guests and travel agent partners with up to date information on travel restrictions.

We’re proud to be awarded the Best Luxury Tour Operator to Croatia in 2019, backed by Feefo Awards for our 99% positive client feedback for 4 years running. We’ve got you covered.

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100% Financial Trip Protection

Unforgettable Croatia are a fully bonded tour operator and member of the Association of Bonded Tour Operators Trust (ABTOT). All clients that book trips with us, no matter their country of origin are financially protected by ABTOT. Further details of ABTOT can be read here and our membership number is 5381.

Each year we are required to pass a financial fitness test and pay a sizeable bond to protect the monies guests pay us for their trips. We also hold an Air Travel Oganisers License (ATOL 7583) which issued by the Civil Aviation Authority.

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Low Deposit & Full Flexibility

In light of the Covid-19 situation, we appreciate that our guests may need to modify their trips or make changes to their itineraries.  Therefore if you book a private land tour with us, you will pay a small holding deposit to secure your booking. If you decide to cancel up to 60 days before the departure, we will refund you the funds paid towards your trip less a 10% cancellation fee. This 10% cancellation fee will be kept for you in credit for you to use towards your next trip with us. Please refer to our Flex-Booking conditions which apply to bookings from 1st November 2020 onwards. (These terms do not apply to small ship cruises)

Unforgettable Croatia Split Team

24/7 In Country Support & PCR Testing

Unforgettable Croatia enjoys a reputation for service in Croatia which is second to none. We’ve built our reputation on going the extra mile and our 99% positive client feedback and awards are testament to that. We offer a 24/7 concierge service for all clients that travel with us with emergency support available in Split, Dubrovnik and Zagreb. We are on hand to provide all guests who travel with us, full support and assistance, with pre-departure PCR testing, including private transfers to and from the testing centres to minimize any disruption to your travel.

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Private Journeys with Hand-Picked Covid-Safe Partners

We’ve built our brand on providing exceptional journeys with a huge amount of attention to detail and experiences with only the best local guides in Croatia. We know the vineyard owners you will be visiting on a first name basis, we love the truffle hunting family we use and their adorable dogs Pico and Mel. We use the same private speed boat and friendly skipper Antonija for most of our clients trips around the Pakleni Islands. Ante, our local Croatian-Australian guide in Split is fully of knowledge, passion and part of the Unforgettable family. We have developed an enviable black book of hand-picked partners, who are exceptional at what they do. Because of the tight knit selection of partners we use, we are able to control the quality of our trips to ensure our partners are following strict Covid-protocols to protect all of our guests.

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Setting the Standards in Guest Safety

We are proud to operate our own fleet of the newest luxury balcony ships in Croatia. Unlike many of our competitors who simply book cabins on other cruise companies vessels, we are able to maintain stringent safety and hygiene procedures on our vessels. While efforts to contain the coronavirus continue to evolve, Unforgettable Croatia is taking proactive steps to raise the bar when it comes to hygiene and service on board our ships. Please read our safety policies here.

Update March 2nd 2021 – it has been announced by the Croatian authorities that during 2021, all staff and guests must wear a protective mask while indoors and to maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 meters between each couple or group of guests.

 

Fully Refundable & Financially Protected Trips, Designed by the Croatia Experts

We’ve put together a list of our bestselling itineraries which can be booked with a low deposit, which is fully refundable if cancelled 60 days before the departure. All bookings done with Unforgettable Croatia are 100% financially protected for your peace of mind. Therefore any funds you pay towards your trip are financially protected by our insurance underwriters.

Any clients who book with us benefit from 24/7 assistance on the ground in Croatia from our team of operations staff, including support with pre-departure PCR testing as required by the US, Canadian and other governments. Our travel designers will design your trip to ensure you are near a testing centre at the end of your trip and our ground team will make the necessary arrangements to get you tested and private transfers to and from the test centre.

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    Passion on the Adriatic Private Trip

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    Highlights of Croatia Private Tour

    Hit the highlights on this journey through some of the best of Croatia, from the capital city of Zagreb to Dubrovnik. Soak up breathtaking scenery, take expert led tours, and taste plenty of mouthwatering Dalmatian cuisine. Just a few of the most unforgettable flavors include; an introduction to rare truffles on the stunning Istrian peninsula, Ston’s famous oysters, and fine local wines on Hvar.
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    Croatia Lakes & Cities Vacation

    A fun and active 9-night trip with a focus on outdoor activity. Experience extraordinary Zagreb and the enchanting rural area surrounding this captivating capital. Visit the stunning UNESCO-listed Plitvice Lakes national park, with awe-inspiring waterfalls and lakes, Roman-founded Split and Dubrovnik, famed for the Game of Thrones’ most famous scenes!
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The Information on this page is accurate to the best of our knowledge based on the availability of up to date information. This page is provided as guidance only and is subject to review and change at any time based on the fluid situation involving Covid-19.