Croatia Opens Borders for EU, Schengen Countries

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June 30, 2020 – The news we’ve all been waiting for finally (at least partially) arrived today: the Croatian Civil Protection Headquarters officially decided that Croatia will open its borders fully for all EU and Schengen area passengers (EU/EEA citizens and permanent residents). 

Update – Croatian Police Publish New Official Border Guidelines, Effective July 11, 2020

It’s been months since things started changing on the Croatian borders (and elsewhere), but not one single day has been anticipated as this one has been during that whole period. The Croatian Civil Protection Headquarters have uploaded to their website their decision (this link opens a .pdf document) which states clearly that Croatian borders are still closed for all passengers, EXCEPT all EU-passport holders, as well as those whose countries belong to the Schengen area and associated countries. The decision clearly states that the exception for the EU/Schengen nationals includes the family members of those with the aforementioned passports. 

It also states that the third-country citizens that have permanent residence in the EU, based on the EU Directive 2003/109/EZ from November 2003, as well as any other directive or national long-term visas are also exempt from the ban, i.e. are allowed to enter Croatia. 

All those aforementioned people who want to enter Croatia are instructed to announce their intention of entering Croatia at for epidemilogical reasons and faster border crossing. without any administration.

The decision also states that the third-country passengers with special status (such as medical workers, cross-border employees, transportation workers, and others) are also allowed into Croatia, but with possible conditions. The most interesting case mentioned in the exceptions is the fact that all third-country passengers can enter Croatia if they are here for tourism and any other business, but they can be subject to special epidemiological measures. By the end of the day, we will almost certainly know more about the scope of those measures.

The decision will take effect at midnight tonight, i.e. will be enforced as of July the 1st (it says in it that it is in place until July the 15th, and then another one will arrive – possibly just extending this one). 

Additionally, the self-isolation measure for the citizens of 4 countries (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Northern Macedonia), which has been introduced on June 24, has not been prolonged today, which means that the travelers from those countries can also enter Croatia without any restrictions, tests or self-isolation.


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