No More COVID-19 Restrictions in Croatia

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People visiting Croatia no longer have the obligation to show a health certificate when entering the country due to the lifting of all COVID-19 restrictions in the country.

As confirmed by the Total Croatia News, on May 1 traveling rules were changed to the pre-pandemic ones. At all border crossings, travelers with passports wishing to visit Croatia will be able to do it without an obligation to answer questions regarding COVID-19. The media stresses that despite the decision, the rules on the official website created by the Croatian police regarding the COVID-19 situation have not been changed yet. 

According to the data provided by European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) 55.4% of Croatians are vaccinated against COVID-19, which might be the reason why the restrictions have been abolished. In some countries, for example, Bulgaria, there have been cases of lifting the entry rules despite low vaccination rates. Nevertheless, Croatia’s situation seems to be very stable regarding vaccination rollouts, reports

As for the primary course of COVID-19 vaccination, the country is 17% behind EU/EEA, however, it is 25.7% ahead of Bulgaria. What is more, a little over half of the Croatians have been vaccinated with the first dose and 22% have gotten the booster shot. According to the statistics gathered by the World Health Organisation (WHO), since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 15.843 deaths and around 1 million 123 thousand registered infections in Croatia. In the last week, 53 deaths were reported.

Lithuania has also abolished the entry restrictions, resulting in visitors not having to show negative COVID-19 test results or proof of vaccination/ recovery. Next to take that route was Greece – the only country in the EU which enjoyed high tourism rates in 2021 despite the complications of the pandemic.

Nevertheless, other coastal countries known to heavily rely on tourism (for example Spain or Italy) have not lifted all entry restrictions. Spanish authorities have stated that the entry restrictions are supposed to last until May 15, and travelers are required to present a health certificate before visiting the country. This is also mandatory in Italy, where, despite that, people are no longer obliged to show the document when visiting bars and cafes.