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Croatian Institute of Public Health issues coronavirus-related guidance for people entering Croatia

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ZAGREB, July 11 (Hina) – Following a recent spike in coronavirus cases, the Croatian Institute of Public Health has issued recommendations and guidance for people crossing the state border and guidance for the medical observation of third-country nationals entering Croatia.

The temporary ban on crossing the Croatian border does not apply to citizens of the European Union (regardless of their place of residence), the Schengen area and associate members of the Schengen area, as well as to their family members and third-country nationals who are long-term residents.

The temporary ban on entry into Croatia from third countries does not apply to health workers, medical researchers and associates, elderly care professionals, and people requiring emergency medical treatment. Cross-border workers, freight operators and other transport operators, diplomats and police officers on duty are also exempt from the ban. The ban also does not apply to civil protection teams, staff of international organisations and international military personnel.

The ban does not apply to travellers in transit, people travelling for tourism or business purposes or those who have any other economic interest, and people travelling for education purposes. It also does not apply to people who are travelling for pressing personal reasons, including owners of real estate in Croatia.

All third-country nationals entering Croatia who are not exempt from the temporary ban are required to go into 14-day quarantine/self-isolation under medical observation. The duration of quarantine/self-isolation can be reduced to seven days if the person has a nose and throat swab taken at their own cost within seven days of entering Croatia and receives a negative result of the PCR test for SARS-CoV-2.

People travelling to Croatia for tourism or business reasons and those travelling for educational purposes will be allowed into the country without having to self-isolate provided they present a negative PCR test result not older than 48 hours.

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