Somewhat surprisingly, but quite justifiably, Croatia is once again requiring a test (antigen test or PCR test) upon entry into Croatia as of today, July 1, 2021, unless you have been vaccinated or have recovered. One may criticize the short notice announcement on the day of entry into force, but in the end all Croatia vacationers will benefit from the additional security this measure offers, especially since antigen tests are free of charge in most of the countries of origin of Croatia vacationers and are carried out in an uncomplicated manner in the test centers. Those who are unable to present a test in advance have the opportunity to make up for it immediately in one of the Croatian test centers, but then at their own expense.
EU Covid certificate with expected teething troubles
Although a valid digital Covid certificate of the EU is also sufficient, but there are still at least in Germany still almost expected start-up difficulties, as the SeaHelp editorial team had to determine based on their own experience. Therefore, we recommend to carry the required documents classically in paper form, possibly as a copy.
Croatia: safety of vacationers in the foreground
Since it is precisely on vacation always comes to contacts of holidaymakers, whether in supermarkets, restaurants, clubs or on the beach, holidaymakers should actually welcome this measure, because it creates significantly more security with relatively little effort than it would be the case with an unregulated entry. Only when British citizens enter Croatia is it worth considering whether a simple antigen test does justice to the current situation.
Here is the message from the Croatian National Tourist Board in Frankfurt:
From today, July 1, 2021, holidaymakers with a valid EU Covid digital certificate will be able to enter Croatia.For travelers without a Covid certificate, new entry requirements will apply.
On July 1, 2021, the EU officially launches the Covid digital certificate and allows fully vaccinated and recovered and negatively tested people to travel within the EU without restrictions. Croatia is also compliant and has been on board from the beginning. In the course of the introduction, Croatia has adjusted the entry requirements..
All EU and Schengen citizens, regardless of whether they come from a country that is on the so-called green list of the ECDC or marked with another color on the ECDC card, must present the EU digital COVID certificate or one of the certificates of vaccination, recovery, testing or more when entering the Republic of Croatia.
Entry requirements to Croatia from July 1, 2021:.
To be allowed to enter Croatia, visitors must meet and provide proof of one of the following criteria:
- Possession of a valid EU digital COVID certificate
- A negative PCR test not older than 72 hours at border crossing or a negative antigen test not older than 48 hours at border crossing
- A vaccination record proving that the second/last vaccination (at least 14 days ago for a single dose) was given and that is not older than 210 days from the date of receipt of the second vaccine dose (BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca) or a single dose (Johnson & Johnson). Fully vaccinated individuals may enter the country immediately after the second vaccination.
- Proof of recovery from Covid-19, demonstrating that recovery has occurred at least 11 days but not more than 180 days ago.
- Proof of recovery from Covid-19 and receipt of first vaccination within six months of disease onset, provided vaccination occurred less than 210 days prior to border crossing.
- A test at own expense upon arrival followed by self-isolation pending a negative test result or commencement of a 10-day quarantine.
- Proof of receipt of first vaccine dose from BioNTech/Pfizer or Moderna (for travel between the 22nd and 42nd day after vaccination) or AstraZeneca (for travel between the 22nd and 84th day after vaccination).
It should be noted that all tests performed as evidence of a positive or negative result must be recognized by the European Union.
All children under 12 years of age are exempt from submitting test results if their parent or guardian meets the requirements.
It is also recommended to complete the EnterCroatia form before arrival. The EnterCroatia online form allows visitors to enter all necessary information and data before traveling to Croatia to facilitate border crossing upon entry. The form can be accessed online at https://entercroatia.mup.hr.
All information on regulations and entry options, as well as information on how to travel safely and responsibly to and within Croatia, is regularly updated by the Croatian National Tourist Board on the Q&A website.