As of Saturday, third country nationals can enter the Republic of Croatia with a COVID certificate, while EU citizens will no longer need it.
What’s more, catering facilities may now operate longer hours. In other words, you will be able to gather without any restrictions and party until dawn!
The epidemiological situation in Croatia is substantially better than it was at the beginning of the year
The consequences of COVID no longer have a significant impact on public health and the population. What’s more important, the health care system is not as burdened as it was few months ago.
From tomorrow, masks will no longer be mandatory. The exceptions apply to health and social care institutions that house the elderly and people with disabilities.
“Recommendations remain for all those situations where we have more people, whether it is public transport or some larger gatherings”, said Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović. Wearing a mask will depend on the individual, and there will be no sanctions for those who do not wear it.
The decision to temporarily restrict border crossings remains in force, but it also has significantly relaxed criteria.
The Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, stated that the lifting of the measures was “very well thought out”. He added that the current parameters of the pandemic movement were considered when making that decision.
“By entering the third year, we are witnessing that the pandemic is subsiding. If that means that the virus has lost its potential infectious capacity, I believe it has”, said Beroš.
The director of the CNIPH, Krunoslav Capak, pointed out that the easing of measures is based on the improvement of the epidemiological situation, with more than 70 percent of the adult population vaccinated with at least one dose and about 600,000 people who have acquired immunity since the beginning of the year.
No requirements to enter from EU
There is no longer a ban on entering Croatia, regardless of the country and the reason for travelling. “Third-country nationals will be able to cross the border without proving the reason for their arrival – it is enough to have a COVID certificate,” Božinović explained.
People coming from EU member states will no longer need a COVID certificate to enter the Republic of Croatia, Božinović said. He added that the obligation to present a COVID certificate will not apply to displaced persons from Ukraine.
So, those who are arriving from non-EU countries will either have to have a COVID certificate or:
1. A negative PCR (taken 72 hours before arrival at the border) or Antigen test (taken 24 hours before arrival at the border).
2. A vaccination certificate showing the final dose taken more than 14 days ago.
3. Booster dose certificate.
4. Proof of recovery from Covid more than 11 days and less than 180 days ago.
5. Proof of recovery from Covid and the first dose of vaccine more than 11 days and less than 270 days ago.
6. Pay for a test on arrival and remain in self-isolation until a negative result.
All children under 12 years of age are exempt from providing test results if their parent or guardian fulfills all requirements.
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