Canberra, 19 May 2020

Decision amending the Decision on the temporary ban on crossing the state border of the Republic of Croatia extended

The Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia extended the Decision amending the Decision on the temporary ban on crossing the state border at the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia until 15 June 2020.

 

The Decision allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter into Republic of Croatia and go abroad.

 

  • The return to the country of residence for citizens of EU Member Countries, namely citizens of Schengen Countries and Schengen Associated Countries as well as their family members, and third-country nationals who are long-term residents pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU Directives or national law or who have national long-term visas, and entry into the Republic  of Croatia under special conditions.

 

  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions for the application of abovementioned provisions, and they apply to the following:

 

  • healthcare professionals, healthcare researchers and associates, senior care professionals, and those requiring urgent medical treatment

 

  • cross-border workers

 

  • freight carriers and other transport personnel to the extent necessary

 

  • diplomats, police officers in the performance of their duties, civil protection services and teams, personnel of international organizations and international military personnel in the performance of their functions

 

  • transit passengers, and for

 

  • persons who have a business reason or who have some other economic interest

 

  • persons who are traveling due to urgent personal reasons (i.e. they own real estate in the Republic of Croatia or who have some other urgent personal reason).

 

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens

The self-isolation measure in the duration of 14 days from article II. of the Decision is no longer implemented for Croatian citizens, instead upon entry into the Republic of Croatia they are given a leaflet by the border police in which they are notified that they are obligated to adhere to general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian Institute of Public Health, which recommend that they should limit their interaction with other persons from their area and only carry out the most urgent tasks outside of their homes during the 14-day period from the date they entered into the Republic of Croatia. The abovementioned also applies to foreign nationals who are allowed entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.

 

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for foreign nationals

If the foreign national intends to cross the state border he has to meet one of the following conditions:

 

  • Possesses documentation with which he can prove ownership of real estate located in the Republic of Croatia, or vessel (lessee is also permitted), or is attending a funeral in the Republic of Croatia (possesses appropriate documentation which proves this). After meeting the conditions, such foreign nationals are allowed to cross the state border, they are registered and the location/address where they will stay, or where the real estate/vessel is located, is entered as well as the contact telephone number and duration of stay-when they plan leaving the Republic of Croatia.

 

  • They possess documentation with which they prove that they were invited to the Republic of Croatia by an economic operator, the economic operator’s interest for them to enter into Republic of Croatia, or a business meeting invite. For these passengers, it is necessary to enter the place / address where they will stay and the contact phone number and duration of stay - when they plan to leave the Republic of Croatia.

 

  • All other foreign nationals who have a certain business reason, which cannot be foreseen at this time, and do not have the appropriate documentation, should be instructed to announce their intention to cross the state border (enter into the Republic of Croatia) sending an email to: uzg.covid@mup.hr and they will receive an answer as soon as possible.

 

Read the full text of the recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health for Croatian and foreign nationals who are crossing the state border and entering the Republic of Croatia - https://www.koronavirus.hr/recommendations-and-instructions-of-the-croatian-institute-of-public-health-for-croatian-and-foreign-nationals-who-are-crossing-the-state-border-and-entering-the-republic-of-croatia/633