Croatian Ministry of Interior: No special status on entry Croatia after Corona vaccination, but for recovered from Corona virus.

Entry Croatia: No PCR test for persons with survived coronavirus disease. Vaccination does not exempt from the PCR test obligation.
Checks are currently being carried out at all border crossings to determine whether people are authorized to enter the country. Those who present a certificate at the Croatian border documenting that the person in question had already contracted the coronavirus are allowed to enter the country without a PCR test. However, despite COVID-19 vaccination, a PCR test is still additionally required.

Since some boat owners have already been vaccinated or have survived a coronavirus infection, there are more and more questions as to whether vaccinated persons and persons who have recovered from coronavirus are allowed to enter Croatia without a PCR test and can do without a corresponding quarantine. We wanted to know exactly and asked the Croatian Ministry of the Interior. There it is said: a corresponding corona vaccination is not relevant, but the immunization by a survived coronavirus disease, provided that this is documented by a medical certificate.

Despite this: The border official is always right!

From experience, Croatian border officials also do not know the rules quite as well, as feedback on the post about “business trips for important reason” showed. Clear statements of the Croatian Ministry of the Interior were ignored by the border guards, so that there were isolated entrants to Croatia forced to undergo a PCR test in Croatia after all. Therefore the SeaHelp editorship advises from purely pragmatic considerations to let translate at least the medical recovery certificate additionally into Croatian. In the end, unfortunately, the old adage is true: “The border official is always right!”

Here the SeaHelp request:

In Germany and Austria, questions about “Entry to Croatia – possibilities for the upcoming tourist season” are increasing. The very specific question:

  1. Does immunization by a proven vaccination exempt from the quarantine obligation in Croatia?
  2. If a person has survived a COVID-19 disease and this is confirmed by a document, does this also exempt from quarantine in Croatia?

Answer from the Croatian Ministry of Interior:

In response to your question, we inform you that persons who have recovered from COVID-19 within the last three months are exempt from the obligation to present a negative PCR test result and to self-isolate.
To prove their recovery, travelers must present a positive PCR test result or a positive antigen test result or a positive neutralization test (NT) result obtained within the last three months and older than 14 days, or a certificate of recovery issued by a physician.

We would also like to point out that vaccination at this point does not exempt you from the obligation to self-isolate upon entry into the Republic of Croatia.

For information on the conditions of entry into the Republic of Croatia, taking into account temporary bans, i.e. restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, please visit our website in English.

Interior Ministry Croatia responds quickly and competently

At this point, we would like to give special praise to the Croatian Ministry of Interior: Legitimate press inquiries are promptly answered by the Ministry of Interior quickly and extremely competently. The answers from Croatia are received by the editorial office much faster than is the case with inquiries in Germany or Austria.

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