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The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and to impairment of public life.

Before unnecessary, tourist trips to Croatia will be due to high numbers of infections warned.

Epidemiological situation

Croatia is very badly affected by COVID-19. Nationwide, the number of new infections exceeds 200 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over seven days, which is why Croatia is classified as an area with a particularly high risk of infection (high incidence area).

The Corona websites of the Croatian government and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control ECDC provide current and detailed figures.

entry

Entry into Croatia is permitted for all citizens of EU member states with restrictions. Upon entry, the travelers' contact details are registered for the duration of their stay in Croatia. To avoid long waiting times when crossing the border, the Croatian Ministry of the Interior recommends storing the contact and residence details online in advance.

The current test and quarantine regulations are also published in German by the Croatian Ministry of the Interior. Violations of the test and quarantine requirements are punished with a high fine.

Transit and onward travel

Transit through Croatia is permitted, provided that the transit through the adjoining transit countries and entry into the destination country is secured. When entering from countries outside the EU or the Schengen-associated countries, the transit must be completed within 12 hours. Some countries have classified Croatia as a risk area, so that transit through Austria, for example, is only permitted without a stopover.

Travel connections

The availability of regular public transport (plane, bus, train) has not yet reached the level before the outbreak of the corona pandemic. International flight connections exist; scheduled flights offered are sometimes merged at short notice. International bus and train traffic is currently taking place on a reduced scale. National bus and train traffic takes place. The ferry traffic to the islands is carried out reliably, the frequency of the connections can be found on the website of the operator Jadrolinija.

Restrictions in the country

The tourist infrastructure is only available within the framework of the official hygiene recommendations. Cafés and restaurants are open outside.

Hygiene rules

It is compulsory to wear a face mask in public transport, shops and hospitals as well as outdoors wherever the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained. Failure to comply with the mask requirement may result in fines. A reduced number of people are permitted on public transport and in shops.

As a result of the high number of infections, the various counties have also adopted their own measures to protect against infection, which can be read on the Croatian government's Corona website.

Special features in the regions

Should the infection rate increase on the Croatian islands, travelers must expect that bridge and ferry connections will be severely restricted at short notice and that it will not be possible to leave or enter the islands. This can lead to considerable delays in arrival and departure.

  • Note the detailed information on the health situation based on data from the ECDC, existing restrictions including quarantine and testing requirements for travelers and mobile coronavirus contact tracking and warning apps on Re-open EU.
  • Please find additional information on the website of the Croatian government.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, do not leave your accommodation and, if necessary, contact the nearest hospital with the help of your host. If the symptoms are very pronounced, call the medical emergency number 112.
  • Please always follow the instructions of local authorities.
  • If you are staying in the regions classified as a risk area for tourism and would like to return early, please contact your tour operator or airline.
  • When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, test and quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the responsible company or your tour operator, if necessary, and contact the health department at your place of residence or residence if you are entering from a risk area . Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

security

terrorism

Domestic situation

There can be isolated protests and demonstrations, most of which are peaceful. Isolated violent clashes, especially in the context of football matches and other major sporting events, as well as traffic obstructions cannot be ruled out.

  • Find out about the local media.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people in large areas.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.

Land mines

Although extensive mine clearance operations have been carried out in Croatia since the end of the Balkan War, there is still a risk from mines in some parts of the country, especially in the areas contested until 1995 and along the front lines at that time. The following areas are affected:

  • Eastern Slavonia (30 to 50 km from the border with Serbia and on the border with Hungary, especially areas around Vukovar and Vinkovci)
  • West Slavonia (Daruvar, Pakrac, Virovitica area)
  • the western and southwestern border area with Bosnia and Herzegovina (the area south of Sisak and Karlovac, east of Ogulin, Otočac, Gospić, on the eastern outskirts of Zadar and in the hinterland of the coast between Senj and Split and in the mountains southeast of Dubrovnik)

Warnings are given in these areas against leaving roads and paths. Warning: mines were often laid close to the roadside. Known minefields are identified by triangular signs with warning imprints (“Ne prilazite”). They can also be cordoned off with yellow plastic strips or marked by signs or posts with plastic strips. Sometimes, however, there is no marking.

National parks are not affected; there is usually no danger when staying and traveling in the immediate vicinity of the coast, on the islands and the peninsula of Istria or in the greater Zagreb area.
More information is available from the Croatian Civil Defense Directorate. The endangered areas can be seen there on the basis of a detailed map.

  • Do not leave the streets and paths in the above-mentioned areas.
  • Never enter rubble or empty buildings.

crime

Street crime is very low in Croatia, and violent crimes are also rare. Small crimes such as pickpockets and property crimes occur mainly in tourist areas, also in Zagreb at night, at the main train station, especially in an underground shopping arcade and at the bus station.
Thefts occur through breaking into cars and on the beach. In summer, break-ins using narcotics occur in holiday apartments and overnight stays at popular motorway rest areas on the north-south route in your own mobile home. Occasionally, bars and nightclubs charge excessively high prices, some of which are charged under threat of violence.

  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe and make copies for emergencies.
  • Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • Be particularly vigilant in larger crowds such as at airports, train stations and in shopping malls in Zagreb as well as in coastal towns and watch out for your valuables.
  • If possible, park in guarded parking lots or campsites and do not spend the night in motorway service stations and parking lots.
  • Do not leave valuables and documents in the car or on the beach.
  • Check the prices in local restaurants before ordering.
  • Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

There is a Mediterranean climate on the coast and a temperate continental climate in the interior.

In the summer months, bush and forest fires occur again and again in Croatia due to the prevailing climatic conditions. Impairment of the infrastructure in tourist areas must be expected in these cases.

Croatia lies in a seismically active zone, which is why earthquakes can occur.
On December 28 and 29, 2020, earthquakes measuring 5.2 and 6.4 on the Richter scale occurred around 50 km south of the capital Zagreb, near the villages of Sisak and Petrinja. There were fatalities and numerous injuries as well as considerable damage and destruction in the communities mentioned. Many buildings in the capital Zagreb were also damaged. Aftershocks still occur.

  • Pay attention to reports in the media and, if necessary, information from local authorities about fires in summer. These are published by the Croatian Automobile Club, among others.
  • Always observe prohibitions, signs and warnings as well as the instructions of local authorities.
  • Familiarize yourself with behavioral guidelines for earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis. These are provided by the fact sheets of the German Research Center for Geosciences.

Travel info

border controls

When crossing the Schengen external borders, not only must the validity of travel documents be checked, but each travel document is systematically compared with the relevant databases.
This control obligation also applies to EU citizens and other persons who enjoy EU freedom of movement. It is valid at all external, air, sea and land borders of the Schengen area and is carried out both on entry and on exit.

  • Expect long waiting times at the Slovenian-Croatian border crossings and in the direction of Serbia at the Bajakovo border crossing, especially during the main travel times and on public holidays.

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

There is a railway and a well-developed network of motorways and expressways, as well as shipping to the islands.

A toll is levied on the motorways, which has to be paid in kuna or euros in cash or by credit or debit card at local toll stations.

There is a blood alcohol limit of 0.5, for drivers under 25 years of age 0.0.

During the winter time (last Sunday in October to last Sunday in March) a light requirement also applies in daylight. Winter tires are only compulsory due to the weather on some roads or sections of road.

If a vehicle registered abroad is involved in an accident in Croatia, a damage assessment (Croatian: potvrda) of the police officer who recorded the accident.

Up-to-date information in German on the traffic situation in Croatia is available from the Croatian Automobile Club.

Driver's license

The German driving license is sufficient.

LGBTIQ

In Croatia, homosexuality is legally respected, but it is not accepted in parts of society, especially outside the larger cities and tourist areas. Same-sex registered partnerships have existed since 2014. LGBTIQ activists report discrimination in society, occasionally also by the authorities.

Legal specifics

Drug trafficking is severely punished; the minimum penalty is three years, even for small quantities.

The collection of fossil finds and archaeological objects, but also of protected and valuable mussels such as the pen shell, is forbidden and can result in severe penalties.

The use of drones in the Republic of Croatia is subject to the control of the Croatian Civil Aviation Agency, which gives English-language instructions on the prescribed control procedures that must be observed when using a drone on Croatian territory and for the use of photo and video recordings.
If known, violations can result in criminal consequences and / or fines.

Money / credit cards

The local currency is the kuna (HRK). Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, gas stations and shops. Cash withdrawals are possible at most ATMs with the German bank or credit card. In many places you will be charged in euros, but you have to pay in kuna. Cash can be exchanged in banks (closed on Saturdays and Sundays) and in the numerous exchange offices. The exchange rate of the local currency Kuna fluctuates around 7.5 HRK for 1 euro.

Banks usually offer a "guaranteed exchange rate" when withdrawing euro accounts from ATMs. However, this is regularly significantly worse than the (“not guaranteed”) daily rate that is otherwise used. Usually the "non-guaranteed exchange rate" is the cheaper choice.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes
  • Identity card: Yes
  • Provisional identity card: Yes
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must be valid for the duration of the stay.

The Croatian border police have had full access to the Schengen information system and insight into the search for stolen or lost identity documents since the end of June 2017. Even if the local German police or passport authority has lifted the search for this document, there is no guarantee that this information will also be available at the foreign border inspection post. Such documents are consistently confiscated by the Croatian police.

Since Croatia's accession to the EU, the EU's residence regulations have been in effect.

Please note that Croatia is not yet a member state of the Schengen Agreement. Strict border controls are still carried out at the Slovenian-Croatian border. A valid ID / travel document is required. This applies to all travelers, including children. If no such document can be presented, they are regularly rejected at the border. Expired IDs, driver's licenses or children's birth certificates cannot replace the missing valid ID.

  • Do not attempt to travel with an identity document that has (previously) been reported as stolen / lost and recovered.
  • Always have valid travel documents with you, even for small children.
  • If your relatives are not citizens of an EU member state, inquire about a visa requirement at the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Long-term stay

EU citizens no longer need to register with the local authorities for a stay of up to 90 days. For an intended stay of more than 90 days, EU nationals must register their temporary place of residence with the police station responsible for them no later than 8 days after the expiry of the three-month period.

The certificate of the recorded registration of the temporary residence of EU nationals is issued in the form of a biometric residence card and is valid for up to 5 years.
It is recommended to obtain binding information from the relevant Croatian diplomatic mission or to obtain information from the Croatian Ministry of the Interior.

Minors

There are no known special regulations for the entry of minors.

Import regulations

The import and export of goods from or to the other EU countries is subject to the provisions of the European Union.Goods controls do not take place, random checks in the context of police surveillance of borders and police control of cross-border traffic cannot be ruled out. These suspicion-independent controls are carried out by authorized customs officers and are announced with a stopping trowel with the inscription "Stop Carina". It is possible to check vehicles, their occupants and, in particular, the goods carried, including luggage.

Imports from third countries are subject to separate provisions. The following upper limits apply to the import of certain articles from third countries by land:

- 40 cigarettes

- 20 cigarillos (up to 3 grams weight per cigarillo)

- 10 cigars

- 50 grams of cigarette tobacco

- 50 grams of heat tobacco

- 10 milliliters of liquid for e-cigarettes

There is an obligation to register for the import of hunting or sporting weapons and their ammunition. It is done by entering it in the travel document. Foreigners are given permission to carry their sporting weapons by the border police for the duration of their stay in Croatia.

It is strongly advised not to bring objects in and through that are suitable for attacking people, such as baseball bats, pepper spray, brass knuckles, knives with sharp blades on both sides, bayonets, rubber truncheons (so-called cold weapons). A confiscation of the item and a fine must be expected.

Pets

For trips with certain pets (dogs, cats, ferrets) to countries of the European Union with the exception of Ireland, Great Britain, Malta and Finland, where different regulations apply, an EU pet passport is required. He serves among other things. as proof that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies.
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture offers a sample ID as well as further information.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required to enter Croatia.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the Robert Koch Institute's vaccination calendar up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and in the case of long-term stays or special exposure also against hepatitis B, rabies and TBE.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

West Nile fever

West Nile fever is a viral disease spread by migratory birds and transmitted to humans by diurnal mosquitoes. Seasonal outbreaks can occur in Croatia during the summer months; The ECDC provides current case numbers. The infection is mostly clinically normal, but in rare cases severe neurological symptoms can occur. There is no vaccination or specific treatment, see information sheet West Nile fever.

  • To avoid West Nile fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

Tick-borne diseases

In the north of the country, tick bites can transmit early summer meningoencephalitis (TBE) between May and August, see the TBE leaflet.

Furthermore, diseases such as borreliosis and so-called tick bite fever (rikettsia) are transmitted through tick bites. There are no vaccinations for these two diseases.

  • Protect yourself consistently against tick bites as part of exposure prophylaxis.
  • Contact a travel doctor well in advance of your arrival about a possible TBE vaccination.

Air pollution

Medical supplies

Acute medical treatment and hospital treatment is possible on presentation of the European health insurance card from a German statutory health insurance company. You may have to pay co-payments for certain examinations, treatments and medication. In individual cases, immediate payment of the treatment costs is required; in such cases it is advisable to have a detailed invoice issued. The statutory health insurance companies do not cover the costs of repatriation; It is therefore advisable to take out private travel health insurance.

In addition to resident doctors, there are health centers (“Dom Zdravlja”) in many places. Most polyclinics are private facilities.

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Before you go on a trip, seek personal advice from a travel doctor and adjust your vaccination protection. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always just a consultation offer. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

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Further information for your trip

The global threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains unchanged.

Since September 2014, the terrorist organizations “Al Qaeda” and “Islamic State” (IS) have been threatened with attacks against various countries and their nationals. There were a number of attacks with firearms, explosives, kidnappings and hostage-taking.

Even if there are currently no specific indications of a threat to German interests abroad, it cannot be ruled out that German nationals or German institutions abroad will also become targets of acts of terrorist violence.

Places with a symbolic character come into question as possible targets. These include well-known sights, government and administrative buildings, transport infrastructure (especially airplanes, trains, ships, buses), economic and tourism centers, hotels, markets, religious meeting places and generally larger gatherings of people.

The level of terrorist threat differs from country to country. There is a particular risk of an attack in countries and regions in which attacks have already been carried out repeatedly or can be carried out relatively easily due to a lack of effective security measures, or in which terrorists have the support of the local population.