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Croatia releases new Covid-19 border controls - Russian and Chinese vaccines recognized

Written by  Apr 01, 2021

As of today, Thursday April 1, the Croatian government have introduced a new system for crossing international borders in line with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Croatian Minister of the Interior, Davor Bozinovic, announced the new border crossing regulations for all Croatian borders. “You be able to enter Croatia with a vaccination certificate or a certificate that you have recovered from, which will be valid for 180 days, instead of 90 as before. Crossing the border for tourism is regulated, exceptions for crossing the border include digital nomads and children up to seven years of age if they are with parents or guardians who have a negative test or certificate of vaccination or illness, and will not have to have a negative test to cross the border."

He added that “Rapid antigen tests will be recognized for entry into Croatia.” And Croatia has also taken the step to recognise vaccination certificates including the Russian and Chinese vaccines, both of which are still waiting for full European Union confirmation. “We have made a decision that we will recognize the certificate for those vaccines that are not registered in the EU and this is valid from April 1,” commented Krunoslav Capak, the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.


According to a decision of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia, from April 1, 2021, tourists from the European Union and third countries who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid-19 or who have a negative PCR or antigen test from the EU test list can enter the Republic of Croatia.

This decision by the National Staff is welcome news for the Croatian tourism sector, which is preparing for the upcoming season.

The new decision of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia from March 31, 2021 stipulates that persons who have recovered from Covid-19 are exempt from the obligation to obtain a negative PCR or quarantine. To prove that they have recovered from the virus they should have a PCR or antigen test that was taken inside the last 6 months (180 days) and is older than 11 days, or a certificate of illness issued by a doctor.

Persons who have received a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine administered by an EU Member State more than 14 days ago (for Johnson & Johnson first and only dose) are also exempted from the obligation to obtain a negative PCR or BAT test and quarantine.

Children under the age of seven are exempted from the obligation to present a negative test and self-isolation if their parents/guardians have a negative PCR, or they have a vaccination certificate or proof of illness.

The same conditions apply to third countries with proof of reservation/payment of accommodation in a hotel, camp, private renter or rented vessel and other form of tourist accommodation or owners of houses and vessels in the Republic of Croatia.


The Voice of Dubrovnik


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