MUP’s Message to Non-EU Nationals in Croatia Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Lauren Simmonds

Coronavirus has wreaked havoc with international travel, and an official answer to the question on the lips of many foreigners, particularly non-EU nationals who have no EU laws to fall back on to allow them to stay in Croatia, has come from MUP.

As Index writes on the 30th of March, 2020, because of the epidemic situation, no measures will be taken against non-EU nationals overstaying their three months of tourist/short stay in the Republic of Croatia under the Aliens Act, the Ministry of the Interior (MUP) said in a statement.

“Due to the current situation caused by the coronavirus outbreak, a certain number of [non-EU] foreigners on a short stay (a stay of up to a maximum of ninety days in a 180 day period) are unable to leave the Republic of Croatia for objective reasons within the period prescribed by the Schengen Borders Code.

In accordance with the recommendations of epidemiologists, we instruct all foreign nationals who find themselves in such a situation to submit their information for the purpose of recording it, primarily by emailing [email protected] or by calling the number on the website of the competent police department (which means the administrative police station responsible for your area of stay), and to avoid possible problems at the border crossing point when leaving the Republic of Croatia.

Please do not come to the police stations or administrations personally, but do so only when called upon by an official when speaking with them on the telephone.

Because of the above [situation], no measures will be taken against such foreigners [who are overstaying their ninety days of short/tourist stay] as prescribed by the Aliens Act,” the Ministry of the Interior’s statement said.

A note from TCN: This means you do not need to engage a lawyer, and you do not require any sort of legal assistance.

Make sure to follow our dedicated section for all you need to know about coronavirus in Croatia.


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