The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for water sports enthusiasts in Croatia have not yet been fully overcome. If you plan to enter Croatia not by car but by boat, you should note that not all ports of entry are open again. As SeaHelp (as of June 8, 2020) was informed on telephone inquiry, the Ports of Entry in Umag, Poreč, Rovinj, Mali Lošinj, Korčula and Ubli are still closed. Those entering on their own keel should reschedule to other ports in time to clear in.
Here the translation of the information of the Croatian authorities, which unfortunately is only available in Croatian language on the Internet:
All Croatian and foreign boats and yachts may enter the Republic of Croatia. To avoid unplanned crowds, is recommended to the owner or user of a foreign boat or yacht when entering the Republic of Croatia, submit its data in advance via the website https://entercroatia.mup.hr/.
Editors’ note: It is also recommended that the planned route, planned moorings & anchorages, mobile phone number and e-mail address be listed separately and, if necessary, given to the border officials.
Foreigners owning yachts and boats in the Republic of Croatia, with the exception of citizens exempt from the obligation to prove the reason for their entry (Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Poland, Republic of Slovenia, Federal Republic of Germany and Slovak Republic), in accordance with the amendment to the Decision of 28 June 2003 on the temporary prohibition of the crossing of the border of the Republic of Croatia 05.2020 may cross the state border if they present documents proving that they are the owner of the vessel and documents proving that they are users of the vessel. Together with the documents proving the ownership of the vessel, a berth contract and / or a certificate from the marina must be presented, stating that the vessel has booked a berth in the port of destination.
For all vessels not equipped with an integrated automatic identification system (AIS) or other electronic navigational tracking system, it is recommended to record all stations from the beginning of the trip to the end of the trip.
Member experiences are gladly published
Of course, SeaHelp is always happy to hear about practical experience from the large number of members who reach us every day. We are happy to pass them on, because they are a valuable help for all members, not only in Corona times.
A SeaHelp member wrote to us in this regard: To complement the current situation for boats, here are our new experiences. It is possible to enter Croatia with your own sailing boat from Slovenia (in our case Koper). The clearance had to be done with us in Pula, because in Istria only this port of entry is open (24h). This must also be taken into account on departure. When the other offices in Umag or Rovinj will open again, the official in Pula could not give any information about that. So far our experience.
The Croatian Government had temporarily postponed the opening of all seasonal border crossings for international maritime traffic due to the COVID 19 epidemic. This affected Umag-ACI Marina, Novigrad, Sali, Božava, Primošten, Komiža, Hvar, Vis, Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, Vela Luka and Cavtat. For the same reasons, six permanent border crossings were temporarily closed at that time, namely Umag, Poreč, Rovinj, Mali Lošinj, Korčula and Ubli for international maritime passenger transport. These border crossings are reopened with effect from 13 June.