Entry requirements

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Croatia set and enforce entry rules. For further information contact their embassy, high commission or consulate. You may also check with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and travel documents meet their requirements.

If you are travelling to Croatia for work, read the guidance on visas and permits as the rules have changed since 1 January 2021.

Entry rules in response to coronavirus

Entry to Croatia

To be allowed entry into Croatia, all travellers from the UK must present one of the following documents on arrival:

  • proof of a vaccination, or;
  • a negative COVID-19 antigen not older than 48 hours, or;
  • a negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours, or;
  • a doctor’s certificate of recovery from COVID-19. (See ‘Demonstrating your COVID-19 status’).

Children under 12 and accompanied by a parent or guardian are exempt from these requirements if the parent or guardian has one of the documents set out above.

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test.

Details of further exemptions from the requirements set out above are available here and include for example passengers transiting Croatia in under 12 hours.

If you are arriving in Croatia from countries other than the UK, Cyprus, Russia, South Africa, Brazil or Zanzibar and do not have one of the documents listed above, and are not subject to a specific exemption, you will be required to take a PCR test or rapid antigen test upon arrival in Croatia. You will need to self-isolate until the results of a negative test are received. Upon entry to Croatia, you will be handed instructions regarding the conditions for self isolation, which will include details about ending your self-isolation through a negative test. See more information about testing centres in Croatia.

If you travel to another country after receiving a negative PCR (72 hours validity) test or rapid antigen test (48 hours validity) in Croatia and return back to Croatia within less than 48 or 72 hours (for PCR) from the date of testing, you will not be required to provide a new test from the country you travelled to.

Additional documents for entry

You will need to complete an online entry form before you travel to Croatia.

You should 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 should carry evidence of a business invitation or meetings.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 status

Croatia will accept either certificate of completion of a two dose vaccine course (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, Sinopharm) or a certificate of receipt of a one dose vaccine (Janssen, Johnson & Johnson). In both cases immunization must have been completed 14 days prior to arrival.

Alternatively, Croatia will accept a doctor’s certificate of recovery within the previous 8 months, alongside proof of a first dose of the vaccine.

Croatia will accept the UK’s proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. Your NHS appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Travelling to Croatia from South Africa, Brazil, India or Zanzibar

There are additional restrictions if you are travelling to Croatia from South Africa, Brazil, India or Zanzibar. In addition to holding a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours prior to arrival, permitted travellers must also undergo a mandatory 14 day self-isolation period on arrival to Croatia. The isolation period can be reduced to 7 days if a subsequent PCR test confirms a negative result.

Details of eligibility to travel, possible exemptions, and instructions for arrivals including approved rapid antigen tests are available from the Croatian Ministry of Interior. PCR tests are available at most Croatian airports – travellers should check this with the specific airports they are travelling to. Those seeking a test on arrival will need to contact a clinic directly and may temporarily leave their accommodation to attend a test appointment. See more information about testing centres in Croatia. Tests cost approximately 700 Croatian Kuna and results are generally available within 48 hours.

Regular entry requirements

Visas

The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed from 1 January 2021:

  • you can travel to Croatia for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training
  • visits to other EU or Schengen countries do not count towards your 90-day limit in Croatia as it is not in the Schengen area. Visits to Croatia do not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit in the Schengen area
  • to stay longer, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Croatian government’s entry requirements. Check with the Croatian Embassy in London as to what type of visa and/or work permit you may need
  • if you stay in Croatia with a residence permit or long-stay visa, this does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit

Any time you spent in Croatia before 1 January 2021 does not count towards the 90-day visa-free limit.

When queuing at the Croatian border control, you should use different lanes to those specifically designated for EU, EEA and Swiss citizens. Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit.

You may also need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • Show proof of accommodation
  • show you have enough money for your stay

There are separate requirements for those who are resident in Croatia. If you are resident, you should carry proof of residence in addition to a valid passport at all times whilst in Croatia and when you travel. For further information on these requirements, see our Living in Croatia guide.

Passport validity

Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip, and renew your passport if you do not have enough time left on it.

Make sure your passport is:

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave Croatia
  • less than 10 years old

The 3 months you need when leaving a country must be within 10 years of the passport issue date.

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 minimum 3 months needed.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

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