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Entry requirements from the Croatian National Tourist Board: Boat owners may enter – charter probably possible again

Einreisebestimmungen Kroatien: Yachteigner und Bootsbesitzer können wieder zu Ihren Booten
Yachteigner können schon mal die Koffer packen - aufgrund der neuen Einreisebestimmungen für Kroatien dürfen sie jetzt wieder zu ihren Schiffen in Kroatien.
Due to a SeaHelp inquiry at the Croatian consulate in Frankfurt because of not completely clarified entry requirements, the link to the publication of the CNTB (Croatian Tourism Office, editor's note) sent by the consulate now provides clarity. We have already translated the English text into German. According to the text, it looks like boat owners can enter the country if they provide sufficient proof of their ownership (IBS, sea letter etc., editor's note) and present a mooring contract. With regard to the charter, we are still expecting a final confirmation of possible entry regulations at short notice, which have not yet been defined here with sufficient accuracy. However, if one looks at it in the overall context of the relaxation of Croatian entry regulations adopted so far, chartering should also be possible again. But: The statement "rental contract" could be interpreted contradictorily. We will report on this at this point when the information has been secured.

In spite of all the euphoria about the relaxed entry regulations, all those who are already planning to enter Croatia should also consider the following: When returning to Austria or Germany, the entry and quarantine rules that are still prescribed will apply. On Wednesday, 13 May, possible relaxation of these rules will be discussed at an EU meeting. For quick readers: Relevant paragraphs, which primarily affect entry regulations for water sports enthusiasts, in blue letters.

Is it safe to travel to Croatia?

Croatia is currently still closed to what is considered normal travel in and out of the country, as a temporary ban on the movement of civilians across the borders is being enforced, with the exception of health professionals, members of the elderly, frontier workers, police officers, civil defence teams, military personnel, international military personnel, passengers in transit. This permit must be issued individually.

Croatian citizens may return to the Republic of Croatia and EU citizens may return to their countries of origin. Since 10 May, Croatian citizens are now allowed to enter and/or leave Croatia in accordance with the measures established by the Civil Protection Agency. If there are valid reasons for travelling, including essential business trips, foreign citizens may enter the Republic of Croatia in accordance with the recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, as well as foreign citizens travelling for urgent personal reasons.

Entry requirements Croatia for foreign citizens.

If a foreign citizen intends to cross the state border, he/she must meet one of the following entry requirements at the border:

  1. He/she must be in possession of documents proving ownership of real estate located in the Republic of Croatia or of a sea-going vessel (boat, yacht, etc.) – (he/she may also be the holder of a lease agreement), or he/she is travelling to the Republic of Croatia to attend a funeral (and has appropriate documents proving this). If one of these entry requirements is met, these foreign citizens are allowed to cross the state border, are registered and the place / address where they will stay or where the object / vessel is located, as well as the contact telephone number and the time of stay – including the date on which they intend to leave the Republic of Croatia – are recorded.
  2. They have documents proving the invitation from a company registered in the Republic of Croatia, the reason why the company requires their visit to the Republic of Croatia or an invitation to a business meeting. For these passengers who cross the border according to the entry regulations, it is necessary to indicate the place/address where they will stay, the contact telephone number and the duration of their stay – including the date on which they intend to leave the Republic of Croatia.
  3. All other foreign citizens who have a business reason that could not be foreseen at that time and do not have the appropriate documents are instructed to send their intention to cross the state border (entry into the Republic of Croatia) to and their request will be processed in the shortest possible time according to the currently valid entry regulations.
    Further information will be provided by the Civil Protection Agency in accordance with all newly published decisions on entry regulations to Croatia.

Further information will be provided by the Civil Protection Agency in accordance with all newly published decisions on entry regulations to Croatia.
Croatia has a relatively low number of Covid-19 cases and has started to ease restrictions within the country. In the coming weeks, a further easing of the existing restrictions on entry is expected as the Civil Protection Agency has started to resume its services and reopen previously closed establishments according to a rolling weekly schedule. Traffic between districts is still limited and an e-passport system is still in place for transit between most districts. It is expected that these measures will also slow down in the coming weeks pending approval by the civil protection authorities.

Safety, hygiene and social distance measures are still required for all openings, and these must be respected as necessary: The latest information on Covid-19 and accompanying measures can be found here:

Are the borders open?

Currently, as mentioned above, the borders are closed for what would be considered normal tourist traffic. Special entry requirements apply.

All travellers or citizens who are allowed to enter or return to Croatia at this time are obliged to follow the recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health. As the number of active cases of Covid-19 is decreasing, new measures are being taken daily and we expect further changes to border openings and entry regulations in the coming weeks. Before making any plans, please contact your local consulate or embassy to obtain the latest travel information and advice for your home country and to ensure that your trip is in accordance with current guidelines.

Are there flights to Croatia?

Croatia currently maintains one daily return flight: Zagreb – Frankfurt – Zagreb is operated by Croatia Airlines. Croatia Airlines is currently holding talks about resuming other flights, such as Amsterdam, Brussels and London, but all of them are subject to further permissions. For more information about Croatia Airlines flights, please visit their website.

As soon as official information on other commercial airlines and/or resumed flights becomes available, an update on these flights will be provided. If you already have tickets for upcoming trips and/or have a question about travelling with a particular airline, it is best to contact the airline directly, as most of them update their schedules weekly. If you are unable to use your current airline ticket, we recommend that you postpone your trip to a later date.

Are there domestic flights within Croatia?

Domestic flights have now resumed and currently include return flights between Zagreb and Split and between Zagreb and Dubrovnik. These flights are operated by Croatia Airlines and more information can be found here.

Are hotels currently operated in Croatia and if not, when are hotels, camps and other accommodation expected to reopen?

It is important to emphasize that accommodation facilities have not been banned for the accommodation itself, but due to border closures and restrictions on restaurants and bars, most hotels have remained closed for both economic and health and safety reasons. However, with the beginning of the relaxation of the measures and from 11 May, when various catering and accommodation facilities were allowed to start operating pending the implementation of the prescribed health and safety measures, the gradual opening of the hotels and camps, with all the associated facilities, began, with the individual accommodation facilities choosing to start operating depending on the opening of the state borders and the free movement of travellers, i.e. depending on market demand.

Are restaurants open?

Until now, restaurants in Croatia were only allowed to offer delivery and drive-through services. However, since 11 May, restaurants and cafés have been allowed to offer outdoor seating and services until the implementation of mandatory health and safety measures. As the measures continue to weaken, we expect full service to resume in the coming weeks pending the approval of the civil protection authorities.

Are beaches, parks and outdoor recreational facilities open?

As the measures are beginning to wear off, outdoor public areas, including parks and public recreational facilities, have slowly been reopened for public use, but health and safety measures and social distance guidelines still apply. We expect that all beaches will be open to the public again, but health and safety measures and social distancing policies will still apply. The Zagreb Zoo was reopened to the public last week, and national and nature parks may open from today, 11 May, provided that they have implemented and comply with the prescribed health and safety measures.

Entry requirements: Are private boats allowed to enter Croatian waters and/or moor in Croatia?

At present, yachts (boats) longer than 24 metres are allowed to enter Croatian ports, i.e. yachts are allowed to enter berths in ports of nautical tourism and in ports open to public traffic, subject to the current entry regulations. In addition, yachts may enter shipyards for overhaul or repair, and as we approach the main summer months, a further relaxation of the measures is expected. Nautical tourism is very popular in Croatia and we are ensuring that any new measures will help to ensure that nautical tourists return to our country, but with a clear overall focus on health and safety.

Do you use public transport in Croatia?

Since 11 May, travel between regions in Croatia has no longer been restricted, which means that various bus routes between cities and regions in Croatia have been reintroduced. For timetables and information about the re-introduced bus lines, it is best to contact the local bus stations. Contact information for the main stations can be found here.

Is there passenger transport and/or a public ferry service to islands?

Currently there is a limited ferry service from various Croatian islands, which is subject to the health and safety measures of the Civil Protection Agency, and since 11 May freedom of movement within Croatia has been possible without the need for a special permit. This means that it is now possible to travel to and from all Croatian islands, with the exception of the island Brač, for which an extended 14-day isolation order applies. All travel to, from and to the island is restricted and currently requires a special permit. For information about the ferry lines operated by Jadrolinija. When entering the island from abroad, the current entry regulations must be observed.

Declaration for entry and transit (Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior):

Returnees to Austria have to fill out a document regarding the entry regulations Austria, you can download it here.

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Update 12.02.2020 – 21:00

Entry requirements Croatia: e-mail of the border administration CroatiaEntry requirements Croatia: E-mail from the Croatian border police Incidentally, the Croatian border police answered a specific SeaHelp inquiry about the new entry requirements in Croatia surprisingly quickly. As a result, entry is no problem. The text of the answer regarding the entry regulations was published at the end of this article.

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