Croatia Travel Update, Questions Answered in Real Time: March 21, 2021

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March 21, 2021 – TCN Croatia Travel Update carries the most relevant updates on travel, borders, and flights to Croatia at one place, updated daily several times, while TCN Total Croatia Travel Info Viber community (click on the link to join – you will need to download the Viber app) provides you with live answers to any question, as well real-time experiences of travellers to Croatia.

Follow our live updates on the situation in the earthquake-hit areas of Croatia here; find out how you can donate here.

Those arriving to Croatia from Zanzibar (Tanzania) were added to the list of those that need to have a negative test AND self-isolate for 14 days. On January 13, the new border rules for entry were announced. On January 15, the rules are further explained, and the biggest change is that travellers arriving in Croatia from the United Kingdom, the South African Republic, the Austrian region of Tyrol and Brasil need to have a negative PCR test AND they need to self-isolate for 14 days (or have their self-isolation shortened if they pay for another test, at least 7 days after they’ve entered Croatia), no matter what their citizenship is.

Basic rules regarding entry in Croatia as of December 1st, 2020 are:

– travellers, regardless of their citizenship, arriving from the ECDC “Green List” region, (the list of Green List regions is increasing with every update, so please consult the website or the map below), or from a country listed on the so-called EU “Safe list”, who can prove that they haven’t spent any time outside of those Green/safe regions while travelling to Croatia, have no symptoms or have not had close contacts with infected persons are allowed to enter Croatia without a test;   

– citizens of the EU/EEA (EU 27 + Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, as well as Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, and the Vatican and including Croatian citizens) or a non-EU citizen with an EU residence permit (or a member of their family, with documents to prove the kinship) are allowed to enter Croatia no matter where they come from and are not required to provide a reason, but need to have a negative PCR test, not older than 48 hours, or get tested upon entry (at their own expense) and self-isolate until they get the results (up to 10 days); the same rule is applied to the third-country nationals travelling from an EU/EEA region;

third-country nationals arriving from anywhere else (except for the UK and the SAR) will be allowed entry in Croatia if they have a negative PCR test, not older than 48 hours (they will also be given an option to get tested upon entry at their own expense and self-isolate until they get the results), HOWEVER, they will have to prove they are travelling for urgent personal/family reasons, business reasons or other economic interest (including seafarers). 

You can find more details, including some exceptions to the rules listed above in the LATEST OFFICIAL GUIDELINES IN ENGLISH FROM THE CROATIAN BORDER POLICE (December 1)


834 new cases, 20 deaths in the last 24 hours; Daily Corona Update (March 21)

There have been 834 new recorded COVID-19 cases in Croatia in the last 24 hours, so 6,922 cases of COVID-19 remain active. 982 people are still hospitalized, with 90 patients on a ventilator.

6,884 people were tested in the last 24 hours, for a total of 1,475,016 since the crisis began. 257,639 people have been confirmed as infected with COVID-19 in Croatia in total (since February 25th, 2020). 244,944 people have recovered and 5,773 have died (20 patients have died in Croatia in the last 24 hours).


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Travelers are advised to fill out the form at before arriving at the border for faster border crossing. is a seemingly great service to check on the entry requirements for any country and nationality; however it doesn’t seem to be updated to reflect the changes of November 30. Check out the website and your travel eligibility to Croatia and anywhere else here.

Check the official website for detailed information for EU countries.

As US Embassy States Croatia Closed, American Tourists Continue to Arrive (December 3)

viber.JPG9There is a lot of confusion at the moment on whether or not Americans and other 3rd-party nationals can enter Croatia after the November 30 changes. Officially, tourism is not a reason to enter, but that is different from tourists not being able to enter. It is possible, as you can see from the official response above, posted in our Total Croatia Travel INFO Viber community

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Index Finds Out New Rules for Cafes, Restaurants, and Sports in Croatia (February 25)

Prime Minister Plenkovic: Cafe Terraces Can Open on Monday (February 25)

New Official Croatian epidemiological measures (January 30)

New Official Croatian Border Crossing Rules, Recommendations (January 16)

Croats, Brits with Croatian Residence Can Return from UK to Croatia (January 1)

Latest updates from the Petrinja earthquake

Croatia Imposes Temporary Ban on Flights from UK over New Coronavirus Variant (December 21)

Travel to Croatia in December 2020: TCTI Viber Community Traveller Experiences (December 15)

Croatian Government Agreed on Fines for Violating Measures, Awaiting Parliament Confirmation (November 30)

New Measures Until December 21 Announced by Prime Minister Plenkovic (November 26)

What is the Number of Ventilators in Croatia? (November 16)

Croatia Travel Update: Answers to Recent FAQs (December 2)

Travel to Croatia: Real-Time Feedback from Total Croatia Travel INFO Viber Community (September 1)

Where Can You Get Tested for COVID-19 in Croatia? (September 1)

Where to Get Tested Before Arriving in Croatia? (August 9)

Flying to Croatia? Why You Should Print Out These IATA Guidelines (June 16)

OFFICIAL INFO PAGE FROM THE CROATIAN BORDER POLICE, with FAQ and form to ask questions is the best source of official advice (available in English, German, and Croatian, updated on December 1) .



What is the Form and Do You Need to Fill It? (June 22)

It is recommended that travellers fill out border entry forms at, to speed their passage across the border and into Croatia. Visitors will only have to provide their name, place where they’re staying, mobile phone number, and email address. An additional reason to do so that is that special fast-track Enter Croatia lanes have been introduced at some borders for quicker entry.

While you wait for the answers from Croatian Border Police, check the real-life experiences of tourists coming to Croatia and get your questions answered in our Total Croatia Travel INFO community (you will need to download the Viber app). This Viber community has been an excellent source of information exchange, where tourist questions are getting answered in real-time. Here are 10 things I learned from the Viber community in the first days. If you have a question or some verified useful travel info to contribute, join us. Please make sure you read the pinned message and our FAQ article before asking any questions.

Borders (This section is being updated regularly to reflect the changes of November 30)


Croatia Announces New Border Rules, Expands PCR Test Requirements

The changes of November 30 brought some changes to just about every category of traveler to Croatia: as of December 1st, almost all Croatian and EU citizens need to have a negative PCR test in order to enter Croatia (there are few exceptions, including those arriving from the ECDC “Green list”), or get tested upon entry and self-isolate until they have the results. As for the third-country nationals, if they are arriving from within the EU, the same rules apply to them. If the third-country nationals want to enter Croatia after spending time elsewhere, they will be asked to provide proof that they are travelling for urgent personal/family reasons, business reasons or other economic interest (including seafarers). We have not been able to officially confirm if potential tourist arrivals will continue to be regarded as “other economic interest”, as has been the case before this change. Please consult with your embassy and the Croatian authorities to make sure you’ll be able to enter Croatia.

There is no age limit for testing in order to enter Croatia, which means that children need to get tested as well. 

One important piece of information we have heard unofficially is that those travellers who have already had COVID-19, and who have since recovered, will not be required to present a negative PCR test or be given a self-isolation measure. They need to be able to prove with medical documentation that they have had the disease. That documentation needs to reflect that the final day of their disease was not within 14 days of arrival at the Croatian border or more than 90 days before that. 

Follow our regularly updated article to find out if there are any measures imposed when you leave Croatia and enter other countries (updated on November 2)

This section gets regularly updated, as more information becomes available. For more answers in the meantime, please follow our Answers to Recent FAQs (not updated to reflect the changes of Nov 30) and Where Can You Get Tested in Croatia, as well as the Croatian Police official info page, regarding crossing the Croatian border during COVID-19, in English (not updated to reflect the changes of Nov 30). Use the e-mail address [email protected] for additional questions and official confirmations from the Croatian Border Police. US citizens should also check the US embassy in Croatia travel advisory.

For the latest rules and information on who can enter and transit Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro please check the linked official government pages. 

3rd country citizens (Americans, Canadians, etc.) have to spend at least 15 days in an EU country (such as Croatia) to be allowed to enter Montenegro (August 7)

Update on July 16: citizens of the European Union and Schengen countries, as well as visa- or residence permit-holders in the EU countries, are allowed to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a negative PCR test for coronavirus, not older than 48 hours. We’ve received confirmation that the Croatian citizens are exempt from this, ie. that they can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina freely. Please follow Official Bosnian travel advice for more updates. Transit through Neum will be exempt from this rule, you will just have to leave the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina in an hour (it’s 23 km, so it shouldn’t be a problem).

For more information regarding travel to Slovenia and Montenegro, please visit our sister sites:

Total Slovenia News (Slovenia modifies their red list: 8 Croatian counties on the Red list, other on the Orange list, September 28, 2020)

Total Montenegro News (new measures in force in Montenegro, August 7, 2020)

For comprehensive overviews on crossing the Croatian borders, check out the Total Croatia 2021 guides: Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (updated on Feb 26, 2021)

You can see the current situation at the borders through the border webcams. Simply select ‘Border Crossings’ under ‘Traffic cams’ in the menu on the left.

What Do the Green, Yellow & Red Lists Mean for Entering Slovenia During the Corona Crisis? (July 5, Total Slovenia News)

Behind the Scenes at the Croatian Border Control System: AMAZING! (June 9)


Croatia Airlines is now operating a number of international flights to European cities. Domestic flights are running daily.

Check the latest flight situation at Croatia’s airport websites: Zagreb, Split, Zadar, Pula, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Osijek, Brač and Lošinj.

The Croatia Airlines contact center is available on the following numbers: 0800 77 77 (toll-free calls from Croatia), 072 500 505 or +385 1 66 76 555. More info and Live Schedule.

We have consolidated all the latest flight news into this section. New flight announcements will be added here.

Roads, Ferries, Buses, and Trains

Latest information on the roads from HAK.

Latest ferry information from HAK.

Jadrolinija ferry and catamaran timetable.

Krilo catamaran timetable

Croatia Airlines and Jadrolinija Team Up to Improve Croatia’s Tourist Offer (July 24)

For the latest on the trains from HAK.

The best resource we have found for bus timetables is GetByBus.

The situation is constantly evolving, and for the latest on travel updates and all other coronavirus developments, we recommend you follow the dedicated TCN COVID-19 section.

Current Situation

Croatian Tourism Association (Hrvatska udruga turizma) has created a helpful tracker of active COVID-19 cases in various Croatian regions – (the color-coding they use is similar to what ECDC has been using, and is indicative of the 14-day average). For more day-to-day visualizations of COVID-19 situation in Croatia, follow

We remind you that the best defense against this virus is to maintain personal hygiene, sanitize, and keep a social distance.

More at:

TCN has a dedicated coronavirus section where you can follow all the latest news.

To see how Croatia coronavirus numbers compare to the rest of EU/EEA please check here.

Looking for more details? The latest tourism and travel articles on TCN are here.

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