Croatia’s measures regarding the regulation of entry due to the Corona pandemic, issued on January 15, 2021, have been extended until shortly before Easter, i.e. March 31 (Wednesday). How the situation will continue from Maundy Thursday and during the Easter holidays will probably depend primarily on the development of incidence figures, particularly in the Croatian coastal regions.
Despite rising incidences across Europe, Istria as the northernmost region of Croatia is currently holding up very well with comparatively low new infections according to the incidence figures and is preparing for tourist arrivals at Easter. SeaHelp updates official 7-day incidence figures and 14-day incidence figures by county daily on its homepage to allow travelers to Croatia to self-assess the risk of coronavirus infection. But not only land borders, sea borders are also open under the same conditions.
Incidences on the Croatian Adriatic coast
Croatia: PCR test, not older than 48 hours
Therefore, as of now, the following continues to apply until probably March 31, 2021, as also communicated by the Croatian tourism authorities:
“…Persons coming to the Republic of Croatia from EU/EEA member states/regions that are not currently on the so-called green list of the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, regardless of their nationality, must present a negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR test, which is not older than 48 hours (calculated from the time of swabbing until arrival at the border crossing), or perform a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test immediately after arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to go into self-isolation until a negative result is obtained. If PCR testing is not possible, 10 days of self-isolation will be required.”
Croatia: Travelers from Tyrol to undergo at least 7 days of quarantine
For travelers to Croatia from the Tyrol, a special regulation is currently still in effect:.
“Nationals of the third countries that are on the list of the Croatian Institute of Public Health and to whom special epidemiological measures apply, must present a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours upon entering the Republic of Croatia. They are also required to undergo a mandatory 14-day self-isolation period, which may be shortened if the individual has a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test performed at his or her own expense in one of the authorized institutions no earlier than the seventh day of isolation and if the test is negative.”
Croatia: On-site testing also possible
Those who were unable to have a PCR test performed in their home country prior to travel, or who are unable to cross the border into Croatia within 48 hours of the test, also have the option of having the test done on-site in Croatia. According to the Croatian authorities, the test not available when crossing the border will be noted in the entry data. At the same time, the person entering the country will be asked to take the test immediately.
In the majority of cases, the test centers take over the reporting of the test result to the authorities, but we advise you to have this explicitly confirmed and to keep all documents carefully. Here is the link to the test centers known so far, but the list will expand considerably with the start of the tourist season, as the Croatian Ministry of Tourism announced.
In Croatia, masks are mandatory even indoors if a distance of 1.5 to 2 meters cannot be maintained. Outdoors, mask obligation applies if it is not possible to keep a distance of 1.5 meters.
Croatia: Restaurants and cafes serve only outside
Already since March 1, the operation of restaurants, bars and coffee houses is allowed only on the terraces from 6:00 to 22:00. While on the terraces of catering establishments must comply with the epidemiological measures and the minimum distance. Bakeries and stores selling bread and bakery products may be open until 10:00 pm. The delivery of food is allowed in compliance with all epidemiological measures.
Croatia: maritime borders are open
For private watercraft, as it is called in official German, the sea borders are still open. The conditions apply when entering Croatia, which are also valid at the land borders. In detail you can read the here.
Slovenia: transit possible, entry with PCR test, antigen test, proof of vaccination possible
Transit through Slovenia is possible without PCR testing, but should be completed within six hours. Stopovers for refueling are not expressly prohibited, but overnight stays are not allowed by transit regulations. Germans or Austrians wishing to stay longer in the country are subject to a 10-day quarantine requirement upon entry. A test (PCR or antigen) for the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) can be performed at the earliest 5 days after the start of quarantine. If the test result is negative, the quarantine is considered to be over. However, it is better to enter the country with a negative test. Then it is valid that from the quarantine obligation those persons are released, who are
- can present a negative test for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) upon entry. The test must be either a PCR test no more than 48 hours old from the time of swabbing or an antigen test no more than 24 hours old from the time of swabbing. The test must have been performed in an EU member state or in a member state of the Schengen area.
- be able to provide a certificate of vaccination against Covid-19 stating that at least 7 days have elapsed since receipt of the second dose of Biontech/Pfizer vaccine, or at least 14 days have elapsed since receipt of the second dose of Moderna vaccine, or at least 21 days have elapsed since receipt of the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine.
- Be able to provide a certificate of a positive antigen or PCR test result for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. At the time of entry into Slovenia, that result must be older than 21 days and must not be older than 6 months.
- Be able to present a medical certificate/attest stating that an illness with Covid-19 has been overcome and no more than 6 months have passed since the onset of symptoms.
Whether the quarantine may be completed, for example, on their own ship, should be clarified in each individual case with the respective marina.
Italy: transit possible, transit to the ship and continue to Croatia possible
Italy handles it once again a bit more complicated. According to current information from the Italian Embassy in Berlin, the entry for Germans and Austrians is theoretically possible at any time. But since in the orange and red colored regions a traffic between the respective municipalities is not allowed, at the latest from the local border Tarvisio when entering from Austria to Italy, for example, a continuation of the journey would not be allowed if the destination should be Lignano.
Now, however, the exception: If I, as an Austrian or German citizen, would like to go to my ship in the Lignano region and then immediately continue my journey by ship to another country, for example Croatia, this is permitted by transit, as the Italian Embassy in Berlin informed SeaHelp upon request. Likewise, of course, transit via Italy to Slovenia is generally allowed.
Italy: In case of doubt, ask the responsible prefecture in writing
Resourceful owners also like to invoke the secondary residence regulation. The Italian provision states, “The movement towards “secondary residence” is now generally possible, that is, it is considered a case of return to the household. Considering that in some regions or provinces decrees have been issued that contain more restrictive rules than those in force at the national level (which in some cases explicitly prohibit the visit of second homes), it is necessary to carefully check that there are no specific prohibitions in place locally.
If in doubt, contact the relevant prefecture directly.” In any case, the request to the prefecture should be made in writing and one should also insist for a written answer in order to have something to show in case of an inspection.
Whether a ship represents a secondary residence, however, the Italian embassy has considerable doubts and does not consider itself responsible for an assessment of the facts. One refers there likewise completely pragmatically to an inquiry with the responsible prefecture. Owners in the Lignano region, however, can save themselves the trouble: Here there is a prohibition to visit second homes and likewise all activities in connection with leisure boats are not allowed.
If you have further questions: On YouTube in livestream the editorial staff will answer the questions on the subject of entry/return Croatia on March 17, 2021 and will be available in the chat.