Foreign travel advice

Croatia

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.

Check the rules that apply to you in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.

When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.

Summary

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Croatia based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

If you are returning to the UK from Croatia, you will need to self-isolate on your return (unless you are exempt). Check the latest guidance for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

Travel to Croatia may be subject to entry restrictions

  • UK nationals travelling to Croatia from the UK, or any other non-EU/EEA country, are not currently permitted to enter the country due to Coronavirus measures. Restrictions are expected to remain in place until 15 March 2021. Limited exemptions apply (but these are subject to evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, undertaken up to 48 hours before arrival in Croatia, and a mandatory 14 day isolation period if you’re travelling to Croatia from the UK, South Africa or Brazil).

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

There are no restrictions on regional travel within Croatia. If you are considering overland travel from Croatia to neighbouring countries, you are advised to consult the FCDO travel advice for those countries before travelling.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Croatia, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

There are rules about taking food and drink into the EU. See Taking food and drink into the EU for further information.

On 29 December 2020, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Petrinja near Sisak, in central Croatia and caused extensive damage to buildings, infrastructure and loss of life. There have been frequent aftershocks and the Croatian government advises against travel to Petrinja, Sisak and neighbouring areas. See Natural disasters

Approximately 875,000 British nationals visited Croatia in 2019 . Most visits are trouble-free.

If you’re living in or moving to Croatia, visit our Living in Croatia guide in addition to this travel advice.

If you’re travelling to Croatia by road or rail, you can find information on road border crossings and international rail journeys on the Croatian Automobile Association (HAK) website.

Carry your passport with you at all times. You must be able to show some form of identification if required, including when checking into hotels. See Local laws and customs

Land mines are still a danger in some isolated areas. See Local travel

Terrorist attacks in Croatia can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

You should take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel. For information on the European Health Insurance Card see Health

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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