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New measures at the border with Croatia: Entry to Croatia only with antigen test from 1 April decided.

01 April 2021: Entry Croatia possible with antigen test
A negative antigen test will be sufficient for entry into Croatia from April 1, 2021. However, this must be confirmed in writing by an independent body.

Antigen tests will be sufficient for entry into Croatia from April 1, 2021, and the costly PCR tests will no longer be required, as announced at today’s press conference of the National Headquarters for Civil Defense Croatia to combat the coronavirus pandemic. This measure is sure to bring relief to many Easter holidaymakers planning to travel to Croatia, especially Istria (not a coronavirus risk area).

Entry Croatia in practice – antigen test valid for 10 days only

The measures, which were so expected in advance already (SeaHelp reported), are obviously knitted with the much-cited “hot needle”, so you should pay attention to the following when entering Croatia in the next few days, even if it is currently not yet found in a regulation text:

  1. Antigen tests should also not be older than 48 hours when crossing the border, that is, between the test and entry into Croatia should not be more than 48 hours.
  2. Antigen tests should not be self-tests, such as those that can be purchased in supermarkets. They should have been performed in a testing center, doctor’s office or pharmacy. In any case, a written confirmation of the performance and the result is required. Whether a confirmation on the cell phone in the form of a PDF document is sufficient, could not be found out in the short time available. Therefore, we recommend classically as a printout in paper form to show the result at the border.
  3. Attention: The exemption from the PCR test requirement is valid only for 10 days from smear test, who stays longer than 10 days on site, must have another antigen test performed in Croatia.
  4. Children do not have to be tested until they are 7 years old.

Vaccinated persons and convalescents without testing but with detection

Also for vaccinated persons and persons who have already survived a COVID-19 disease, there should be relief when crossing the border in that they do not have to present any test. The vaccination or illness must have occurred no more than six months previously. In any case, both the vaccination against the coronavirus and the proof of the survived coronavirus disease must be proven in writing.

Primorje Gorski Kotar with high incidence figures

Against the background of increasing new coronavirus infections in Croatia, it seems necessary to keep an eye on the current situation. In particular, the trend in Primorje Gorski Kotar County is causing concern with regard to incidence figures of 779 new coronavirus infections in one week (7-day incidence) per 100,000 population, or 1,298 new coronavirus infections within 14 days (14-day incidence). Nevertheless, these figures should also be properly classified: While in so-called hotspots like Rijeka the coronavirus is spreading strongly, the island of Krk has so far hardly been affected by the strongly rising infection rates.

Incidence Primorje-Gorski kotar

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Istria travel continues to be problem-free

Istria, the only county in Croatia with its own coastline for which there is currently no travel warning from a German perspective, continues to hold up very well, with a 7-day incidence of 51 and a 14-day incidence of 81. The low incidence figures for Istria are also clearly reflected in the number of positive Corona tests: while in Primorje Gorski Kotar 40% of those tested were positive, in Istria it was only 5% of test candidates who had to go into quarantine with a positive result.

Croatia tightens corona measures regionally

Specific measures apply to individual regions. For example, in Dalmatia (Split-Dalmatia and Sibenik-Knin), the sale of alcohol is prohibited between 20.00 h and 6 h, and in the capital Zagreb there is to be a general mask requirement.

Tighter controls and traffic jams expected in Easter travel

Although the press conference did not expect a larger volume of tourists over the Easter holidays, vacationers entering Croatia should be prepared for longer waiting times at the borders, as tighter controls are expected from Maundy Thursday. Already, Croatia travelers are reporting up to 2 hours of waiting time at the Slovenian-Croatian border when entering Croatia, and that’s with normal traffic.

Discipline required when entering Croatia

Therefore, at this point again the urgent request to have all the necessary papers at hand when crossing the border into Croatia. In addition, it is essential to register beforehand at EnterCroatia to register.


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