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SeaHelp request to the Croatian Ministry of the Interior: Is it possible to have quarantine for coronavirus on board?

No quarantine on board for boat owners in Croatia
Quarantine on board because of coronavirus - not possible in Croatia, says the Croatian Interior Ministry.
Like many other European countries, Croatia has closed its borders because of the coronavirus. Although we hear time and again that the measures have obviously not yet got around to all border posts, the initially holey net is closing visibly. Many SeaHelp members have already reported that they have been given the choice at the border to either go into 14-day quarantine or turn back. For this reason, travelers with Croatia as their destination currently have no choice but to hope that the first rays of sunshine will reduce coronavirus activity, as the German Weather Service predicted in a press release.

Resourceful owners came up with the not-so-far-founded idea of having this quarantine onboard their ship, as numerous inquiries at SeaHelp indicated. SeaHelp played it safe and asked the Croatian Ministry of the Interior. The almost expected answer from the Ministry came promptly:

No quarantine on board

Quarantine on board is not possible because not all conditions for self-isolation can be guaranteed.

When crossing the border, a telephone number as well as an address must be given to the shore where you can carry out the 14-day self-isolation.
This will then be checked on a random basis (with a call and/or police check at the address given).
Only after the 14 days have expired, the guest may visit his boat, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

State quarantine order

If no address can be provided, or if the traveller does not have a fixed address at which he can carry out self-isolation, he will be sent to the state quarantine station.
Self-isolation is required for travellers arriving from the countries concerned (see list of 73 countries).
If the traveller has a reservation in a hotel or similar, the hotel must be informed and confirm in writing that the conditions for self-isolation can be guaranteed.

Here one of the flyers given at the border.

Here the list of countries (Germany under point 14 and Austria under point 20).

Flyer: English translation



Translated from the Croatian

The basic rule is to stay at home and avoid close contact with other people. Close contact is defined as contact of less than 2 meters indoors and less than 1 meter outdoors for more than 15 minutes. In particular, avoid contact with elderly people, chronically ill patients and pregnant women.

If you are infected with the new corona virus, staying home protects your friends, colleagues and the whole of society. Staying at home also helps to suppress and prevent the spread of the virus.

We recognize that self-isolation can be frustrating and stressful, but try to find ways to make it easier during this time, such as staying in touch with friends and family on the phone or social networks.


  • Stay at home in a room with a window that can be opened frequently and thus ventilate the room.
  • Avoid contact with other people as much as possible.
  • Monitor your symptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath – Call your doctor if the symptoms occur, do not visit the doctor’s office
  • Cover mouth and nose with a handkerchief during coughing and sneezing. Put them in a waste bin with a lid and wash and disinfect your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water.
  • Use your own towel – do not share the towel with other people


  • Do not leave the house unless there is an urgent need.
  • Do not go to work, do not go to school, do not attend religious and other gatherings and do not stay in public places.
  • Do not share any objects (e.g. dishes, glasses, cups, bed linen, etc.) Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with your hands.
  • Don’t shake hands with anyone.
  • Do not use public transport or taxis.
  • Do not invite anyone home or to visit.

Croatian nationals are contacted by telephone with a competent family doctor and foreigners with a territorially competent epidemiologist.

Only leave the house if necessary and then place a handkerchief over your nose and mouth while keeping the necessary distance from other people. Have your food or supplies delivered by friends, family or delivery men, but keep a distance of at least 1 metre, cover your nose and mouth with a handkerchief when you pick them up, or do not stay in the same room when they are delivered.
Other household members must also apply improved personal and room hygiene and restrict their movements and social contacts so that their work and other immediate commitments are not affected.

Self-isolation measures must be strictly observed!

The observance of self-isolation measures is subject to close scrutiny.

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