Foreign travel advice

Croatia

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

Travel in your area, including international travel, may be restricted because of domestic regulations. Different rules apply in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Follow all the rules that apply to you.

Other countries may close borders, restrict movement or bring in new quarantine rules with little warning. Check our advice on things to consider, and be prepared to stay overseas longer than planned.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. Also check if you need to self isolate.

Entry requirements

The information on this page covers the most common types of travel and reflects the UK government’s understanding of the rules currently in place. Unless otherwise stated, this information is for travellers using a full ‘British Citizen’ passport.

The authorities in the country or territory you’re travelling to are responsible for setting and enforcing the rules for entry. If you’re unclear about any aspect of the entry requirements, or you need further reassurance, you’ll need to contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country or territory you’re travelling to.

You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus

Entry to Croatia

On 30 November, the Croatian authorities announced new border controls, which came into force from 1 December to 15 December. UK nationals travelling to Croatia should present a negative PCR test that is no older than 48 hours on arrival, or isolate until a negative test result has been obtained locally. Those travelling from any country that is marked green on the ECDC ‘Combined Indicator’ Map are exempt from this requirement.

Tests are not available at Croatia’s airports. Those seeking a test on arrival will need to contact a clinic directly and may temporarily leave their accommodation to attend a test appointment. More information about testing centres in Croatia is available here. Tests cost approximately 700 Croatian Kuna and results are generally available within 48 hours.

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. UK nationals will continue to be treated as EU/EEA nationals until 31 December 2020. UK nationals should familiarise themselves with the latest travel restrictions for third country nationals if travelling after this date.

Quarantine requirements

UK nationals are now required to produce a negative COVID test on arrival in Croatia or to self-isolate for a period of 10 days or until a negative test result has been obtained locally. Travellers are advised to check the latest situation with the Croatian authorities before starting a journey, as health requirements may change. It is mandatory for passengers to wear masks on public transport and taxis and in shops and other commercial premises.

Screening on arrival

The Croatian government has introduced a new online entry form to expedite the entry of foreign visitors. You are advised to carry a copy of your accommodation booking or proof of ownership of holiday homes / boats when arriving in Croatia. If you are travelling to Croatia for business, you are advised to carry evidence of a business invitation or meetings.

Restrictions on travel may change at any time. You should check the latest regulations before travelling on the Croatian government website. British citizens are permitted to leave Croatia and it remains possible to return to the UK by air and road.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

If you hold a British Citizen passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Croatia. If you’re planning a stay of longer than 3 months, see our Living in Croatia guide and contact the Croatian Embassy if you have further questions. 

The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.

Visas from 1 January 2021

The rules for travelling or working in Europe will change from 1 January 2021:

  • you will be able to travel to Croatia for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa as a tourist, to visit for family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training.
  • as Croatia is not within the Schengen area, visits to other EU or Schengen countries will not count towards the 90-day limit
  • to stay for longer, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the entry requirements set out by Croatia. This could mean applying for a visa and/or work permit. You should check with the Croatian Embassy what type of visa and/or work permit, if any, you will need
  • if you are in Croatia with a visa or permit, your stay will not count towards the 90-day limit

The 90-day limit for visa-free travel will begin on 1 January 2021. Any days you stay in Croatia before 1 January 2021 will not count towards the 90-day limit.

At border control for Croatia, you may need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show you have enough money for your stay, and
  • use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing

Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit.

Passport validity

The rules on travel will stay the same until 31 December 2020.

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.

Passport validity from 1 January 2021

From 1 January 2021, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).

If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.

Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. You will need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK ETDs are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Croatia and are a valid ID document in Croatia.