Croatia works on ‘clear criteria’ for entry

A general view on the new terminal of Franjo Tudjman airport in Zagreb, Croatia, 16 March 2017. [EPA/ANTONIO BAT]

Croatia is preparing clear criteria for entering the country during the pandemic, in accordance with European Commission recommendations for cross-border travel, Tourism and Sports Minister Nikolina Brnjac has said.

Brjnac explained on Wednesday (31 March) that entry requirements will probably include vaccination, a PCR or antigen test, or confirmation of having recovered from COVID-19. Brnjac added that this requires technical preparations which are already underway in the interior ministry and the Croatian Institute for Public Health so that, as soon as the regulation enters into force, it can be integrated into the system. 

“That is important because of the epidemiological situation, which is why at the end of 2020 we launched safe protocols and the ‘Safe stay in Croatia’ label,” she said. 

“We have previously warned that the most important thing is for Croatia to be in the ‘green’ zone and we asked local tourist boards to recommend testing stations for tourists. We need to achieve a flow of both tourists and tests,” Brnjac added. 

“There are fewer bookings than in previous years, even for Easter, but more is expected from the end of May and in June, for which there is more interest by tourists, and that is why we should have the best epidemiological situation possible,” the minister said. 

Asked about aid for travel agencies, which are required to refund deposits for cancelled travel arrangement but can’t afford to do so, Brnjac said: “they can get loans and return what they owe, with state guarantees for up to 100% of the loans that are earmarked for SMEs and 90% of [those earmarked for] large companies.” 

(Željko Trkanjec |

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