Croatia Is Open To US Travelers
If you’ve been enchanted by the idea of Croatia – with its pristine beaches, azure Adriatic waters, jaw-dropping, centuries-old history and culture, and tantalising Med-style food and wine – we wouldn’t blame you.
It’s the perfect place for a sun-kissed vacation and somewhere that is still, despite the pandemic, very much open for business. In fact, it’s a great time to start planning your adventure for either later in 2020 or in 2021.
Croatia may be the perfect country for a dream getaway, but in these uncertain times, you need to know if it’s safe to travel to.
We pride ourselves in creating personal relationships with our customers – we’re with you every step of the way when it comes to customizing your trip. But our involvement doesn’t stop there: we work with local businesses and suppliers in Croatia to make sure you get the best experience. And, even when you’re on your trip, end-to-end safety is our paramount goal.
That’s why we have trusted people on the ground in the country you can contact when you’re there.
And it’s why using a specialist travel company like us is ever more important. We know Croatia, we know people, and we know that our specialized services are a reassuring way to book your dream trip to this European idyll.
But you need more than that.
If you’re thinking of travelling to Croatia you need to know that you and you’re family and friends will be safe.
We are delighted to already have travelers visiting Croatia from the US – if you are planning your trip we’ve put together this update and guide on what to expect when you travel to Croatia.
Croatia’s response to Covid-19
The country’s response to the pandemic has been swift and ro
bust. The country’s Institute of Public Health issued guidelines from as early as January 2020. The government then issued health checks at border crossings, and arrivals from some countries had to quarantine and self-isolate. A nation-wide lockdown came towards the end of March, with people confined to their neighborhoods. These restrictions all helped to suppress the virus but were eased in the summer.
Do you have to present a negative COVID test to enter the country?
Yes – as of July 2020, US citizens arriving in Croatia for tourism, business, urgent personal reasons, or educational purposes must present a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours (starting from the time of taking the swab until arrival at the border crossing).
Travelers whose test is older than 48 hours will be allowed to enter the country, but they will be issued a self-isolation order and will have to be tested again locally, at their own expense. Having an expired PCR test upon arrival will allow for a shortened period of time in self-isolation pending a negative result of a local PCR test.
Those who do not provide a negative PCR test upon arrival will be ordered to quarantine/self-isolate for at least 7 days prior to taking a local PCR test.
Travelers who fail to present a PCR test upon arrival and refuse to take a test locally will be ordered to self-isolate or quarantine for 14 days. A local test cost ranges from $130 to $300 or more, depending upon the location, and the result can be expected between 24-48 hours.If you need to get a test, here’s a list of local testing sites.
What to expect when you travel to Croatia
The Croatian government has introduced a new online entry form to speed up the entry of foreign visitors. You are advised to carry a copy of your accommodation booking when you arrive in Croatia. That’s something we can help you with.
What to expect when you’re exploring Croatia
While lockdown restrictions have been lifted in the country, the government is exercising caution – it has made face coverings mandatory on public transportation (including taxis), and in stores, malls, salons and in other commercial premises where face-to-face contact is necessary.
Unlike some European countries, there is no curfew in place and there are no restrictions for interstate travel.
The Croatian authorities ask that visitors use common sense – for example, if there’s a crowded nightclub or bar, it’s best to stay away.
If you want to find out more about restrictions and guidelines visit the US Embassy of Croatia’s website.
Alternatively, you can visit the Croatian government’s coronavirus website.
Otherwise, give us a call. Our friendly and knowledgable team will advise and help you plan your trip at every stage of the process.