March the 13th, 2020 – As COVID-19 continues to put pressure on public health and the global economy, the British Embassy in Zagreb and the British Government has updated its Croatia travel advice section on the official website GOV.UK to alert travellers to the following:
”The Croatian Government has introduced with immediate effect a compulsory fourteen day self-isolation for all foreign nationals arriving from the UK, France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Austria, Netherlands, China, Korea, Japan, Singapore and Sweden.
Visitors with no residence in Croatia will be asked for proof of an accommodation booking. Those refusing self-isolation will be denied entry into Croatia and be instructed to return to their point of origin. Failure to comply with public health decisions may result in fines or even criminal charges.”
What does this mean if I am coming from one of the above countries/am a national of one of the above countries and have legal residence in the Republic of Croatia?
If you have legal residence in Croatia which is evidenced by a national ID card/residence card proving your status as a temporary or permanent resident in the Republic of Croatia, it will already have your biometric information and your current address in Croatia written on it.
In this case, you will be allowed to enter your country of residence but you will still need to place yourself in the prescribed mandatory fourteen day isolation if you have travelled from one of the aforementioned countries.
We recently wrote an article on the introduction of fines for people who break the rules on self-isolation. That article can be read here.
For more on COVID-19 and its effects on Croatian public health, tourism, the economy and much more, follow our dedicated section on the matter.