New conditions for crossing the border: Temporary ban and restriction of crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia

In the past 24 hours, 2.623 new cases were recorded, so the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 11.306. Among them, 1.337 patients are in hospital, of which ...

In the past 24 hours, 2.623 new cases were recorded, so the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 11.306. Among them, 1.337 patients are in hospital, of which 144 are on respirators. In the past 24 hours, 920 people recovered and 10.622 were tested. 

Today, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia made a decision on a temporary ban and restriction of crossings at the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.

Passengers coming directly from the countries and / or regions of the European Union, or countries and / or regions of the Schengen area and the countries associated with the Schengen area, and who are currently in the so-called. green list The European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, regardless of nationality, will be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia under the same conditions as before the onset of COVID-19. This means that they do not need to present a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 or be assigned a measure of self-isolation, unless they show signs of disease and have not been in close contact with the infected person.

If the above-mentioned persons are at the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia transited through other countries / regions without delay, at the border crossing should prove that they did not linger in transit areas and in that case they will not be required to take a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 that is not older than 48 hours, as well as stay in self-isolation.

A graphical representation of countries by color according to the risk of COVID-19 disease can be found on the website European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

All other passengers who, regardless of nationality, come to the Republic of Croatia from EU / EEA member states / regions currently not found on the so-called. green list European Center for Disease Control and Prevention, must present a negative PCR test result on SARS-CoV-2 which not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of swabbing to arrival at the border crossing) or perform PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at his own expense), with the obligation of self-isolation until the arrival of a negative finding. In case of impossibility of testing, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days.

Exceptionally, The following categories of passengers traveling from EU / EEA Member States / regions do not have to have a PCR test for SARS-CoV-2, although they come from countries that do not belong to the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention's green list:

  • workers or self-employed persons performing key tasks, including health workers, frontier and posted workers and seasonal workers as referred to in Guidelines on the exercise of free movement of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic provided that they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia or outside the Republic of Croatia for more than 12 hours;
  • pupils, students and interns who travel abroad every day, provided that they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia or outside the Republic of Croatia for more than 12 hours;
  • seafarers and workers in the transport sector or transport service providers, including lorry drivers transporting goods for use in the territory of the State and those only in transit;
  • diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons receiving a call from international organizations and whose physical presence is necessary for the functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, and humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties;
  • persons traveling for necessary family or business reasons, including journalists in the performance of their duties;
  • passengers in transit with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours of entry;
  • patients traveling for necessary health reasons.

The provisions on frontier workers apply adequately to other categories of passengers who, due to the nature of their job or occupation, need to cross the state border frequently (eg athletes playing for clubs in a neighboring country).

Passengers in transit, including persons in the transport sector, if they do not leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours from the moment of entry into the Republic of Croatia, are automatically assigned the necessary epidemiological measure of self-isolation. 

Citizens of EU / EEA Member States as well as members of their families traveling to the Republic of Croatia from third countries, ie those who are not members of the EU / EEA

Citizens of EU Member States (including Croatian citizens), ie Schengen Member States and Schengen Member States, as well as members of their families and third-country nationals who are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109 / EC of 25 November 2003 on the status of third-country nationals of long-term residence and persons entitled to reside under other EU directives or national law or holding national long-stay visas, coming from third countries, upon entering the Republic of Croatia regardless of citizenship, they must present a negative PCR test result on SARS-CoV-2 which not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of swabbing to arrival at the border crossing) or perform PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at his own expense), with the obligation of self-isolation until the arrival of a negative finding. In case of impossibility of testing, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days.

Exceptionally, for the aforementioned persons, upon entering the Republic of Croatia, at the border crossing it will not be required to present a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 which is not older than 48 hours in the case of health professionals, health researchers and caregivers. persons, border workers, transport staff, diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons receiving a call from international organizations and whose physical presence is necessary for the proper functioning of these organizations, military and police personnel, humanitarian workers and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties, passengers in transit with the obligation to leave the Republic of Croatia within 12 hours of entry and persons traveling for education, as well as other persons traveling for urgent personal / family reasons, business reasons or have some other economic interest and do not stay in the Republic Croatia or outside the Republic of Croatia for more than 12 hours .

The decision applies until March 31, 2021. Find out more in the attachment.

Side dish: Decision on temporary prohibition and restriction of crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia

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