COVID-19 in Croatia: List of New Measures Explained

Daniela Rogulj


April 20, 2020 –  In the last two days, the Civil Protection Headquarters in Croatia decided to extend some measures, while others have been loosened.

A look at the latest measures in Croatia, courtesy of

Extended measures:

– Measures to ban the assembly and operation of facilities such as cafes and non-food shops and a range of activities are being extended (extended until May 4)

– The decision on how to hold a funeral is extended. Funerals continue to be held exclusively within the immediate family and representatives of the religious community, subject to precautionary measures, no music, flowers or candles, and obituaries may not contain information on the time and place of the funeral (extended until May 4)

– The decision on measures for marriage and life partnership is extended. Weddings continue to take place within the immediate family and officials or representatives of the religious community, with respect to precautions, none of the participants should have a fever or symptoms of acute respiratory infection, and wedding ceremonies are prohibited (extended until May 4).

– Children’s and sports fields continue to be closed (extended until May 4)

– Mooring ships in international navigation subject to quarantine or self-isolation measures are prohibited (extended until 18 May)

– The decision on border crossings for the transit traffic of freight vehicles is extended without organized convoys (extended until 18 May).

Loosened measures:

– Intra-county passes will be lifted IF requested by the counties and movement in these counties will occur smoothly, while passes will still be needed to move from one county to another.

– Zadar ferry from Ancona, which was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, will resume operations from April 26 twice a week for freight only (more here)

– Truck convoys entering Croatia have been terminated, drivers at the border will be informed that they are allowed to drive only on motorways and stop only at specific places.

Example of E-passes 

The National Civil Protection Headquarters accepted the proposal of the Split-Dalmatia County Civil Protection Headquarters to eliminate e-passes, while previous measures are in force for the islands, with the exception that the e-pass is not required to move from one administrative unit to another on the island.

The head of the National Civil Protection Headquarters and the Minister of the Interior, Davor Bozinovic, on Sunday signed a decision to eliminate the necessary measure to ban movement from permanent residence and permanent residence in the area of ​​Split-Dalmatia County.

Thus, as of April 19, the said measure for the entire county, except for the islands, has been lifted.

This means that persons residing or permanently residing in an island area can only leave the island with an issued e-pass. Also, for persons who do not have a residence or permanent residence in the Split-Dalmatia County island area, arrival on the island is possible only with an issued e-pass.

As of Monday, April 20, 2020, the e-pass is required only to go to the territory of another county or/and to the islands, that is, to an island in Split-Dalmatia County.

See the decision below:


You find information on your county HERE

What could soon be lifted?

At the next government session, the ministers will propose what measures should be lifted for the economy to recover. This is followed by an epidemiological assessment for each of these requirements and then a discussion of what is estimated to be no epidemiological risk. A few days ago, Minister Beros said he hoped some measures could be loosened as early as next weekend.

Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts Minister Darko Horvat said a few days ago that he is sure that smaller crafts such as hairdressers can start working if shops can work. There were also references to tech shops, service shops, showrooms, but also bookstores.

It is also possible that some of these measures will be lifted in those counties where the epidemiological situation is better.

Capak announced the possibility of returning public transport but did not say how long.

“At some point, we will release public transportation, but not as it has been so far – with strict behavioral measures prescribed,” Capak said.

There are also plans to open catering facilities and other services, and they will need to be organized with strict epidemiological measures.

“Hairdressers cannot use social distancing, but they can have protective equipment and disinfect everything they do. When the epidemiological situation permits, hairdressers will start working as well,” Capak said.

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