The country is welcoming back holidaymakers – and Britons are not required to self-isolate on their return
Croatia is included on the list of countries compiled by UK Government for which quarantine rules do not apply.
This means that summer holidays to the Balkan country are back on, as of July 10.
Borders reopened to visitors from the UK in mid May and, as of July 1, they can enter without restriction.
British tourists returning to the UK from Croatia do not have to self-isolate for two weeks on their return.
The country’s travel and tourism sector is hugely important to its economy and has been hard hit by the coronavirus crisis. Figures show for that so far in July the tourism turnover is only around 52 per cent of that of the same period in 2019.
Croatia’s minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, said on July 9 that so far no tourist had been infected with Covid-19, or had “imported” the virus into Croatia.
“There are practically no problems with Covid-19, safety is everywhere in the facilities and destinations,” Mr Cappelli added.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said that the protection and safety of tourists and the local community against the virus while restarting the economy requires adhering to the “hdd rule” – hygiene, disinfection, distance. He added: “The more cautious we are the less infection and its consequences there will be.”
The country has recorded 3,416 cases of the virus and 115 deaths among its population of 4.1 million.
Below, we detail some of the questions travellers will be asking about trips to Croatia.
Can I visit Croatia?
Yes. Croatia was excluded from the Foreign Office (FCO) warning against all but essential overseas travel from July 4. As of July 10, holidays are unrestricted with UK quarantine measures dropped.
The Croatian government has an online entry form to expedite the entry of foreign visitors. You are also advised to carry a copy of your accommodation booking or proof of ownership of holiday homes or boats for arrival in Croatia.
Can you fly there?
You can, a spot check found flights from the UK to six Croatian airports available in July. Direct services operating from London this month include:
- British Airways from Heathrow to Dubrovnik
- Jet2 from Stansted to Dubrovnik
- EasyJet from Gatwick to Dubrovnik
- British Airways from Heathrow to Split
- Wizz Air from Luton to Split
- EasyJet from Luton to Split
- Croatia Airlines from Heathrow to Split
Our spot check show you could fly from Heathrow to Split on Sunday with British Airways and return on July 18 for £166.
Ryanair is also offering flights from Stansted to Pula and Rijeka. Airline schedules are set to ramp up next month. EasyJet plans to resume 75 per cent of its routes by August.
Are hotels open?
Yes, they’ve been open for a while. Hotels were permitted to reopen on May 11.
Some 60 per cent of hotels have now returned to business, according to the country’s tourism board, with 698 of a total of 1173 open. Plus, 72 per cent of campsites have reopened.
Hotels that have reopened include Adriatic Luxury Hotels, which began a phased reopening. Hotel Kompas opened on May 26, Hotel Dubrovnik Palace – with Adriatic views – opened on May 3. Hotel Odisej and Hotel Excelsior reopened in mid-June. Hotel Croatia in Cavtat, one of the country’s biggest, resumed business on July 1.
Do I need to wear a face mask?
Croatia’s rules on face coverings are not as strict as some other British holiday favourites, such as Spain or Italy. You are required, however, to wear a face mask on public transport. It is recommended in other public spaces, but is not mandatory.
Are beaches and restaurants open?
Yes and yes. All beaches are now open, with visitors advised to keep a distance of five feet (1.5 metres) from one another. The Croatian Institute of Public Health issued other recommendations including deckchairs being disinfected multiple times a day and hand sanitiser placed in visible spots.
Many restaurants and cafes have reopened, having been allowed to do so since early May. Staff are required to wear face masks.