Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Croatia begins phase two of three-phase coronavirus recovery plan from May 11. Additional restrictions eased.

This alert affects Croatia

This alert began 11 May 2020 21:30 GMT and is scheduled to expire 06 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: From May 11
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions; increased security

Summary
Croatian authorities began implementing phase two of the nation's three-phase coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery plan on May 11. Additional restrictions have been lifted as part of the new phase, resulting in the following changes in Croatia's business and travel environment:

  • EU citizens may enter Croatia on business.
  • Individuals traveling for urgent personal reasons may enter Croatia.
  • Stores and shopping malls are allowed to reopen.
  • Service industries, including coffee shops, restaurants, and hotels, may reopen.
  • Health, beauty, and personal care businesses may reopen.
  • Sports venues, playgrounds, and national parks are allowed to reopen
  • Gatherings of up to 40 people are allowed, provided participants comply with social-distancing guidelines.
  • Permits are no longer required for domestic travel.
  • Intercity public transport has resumed.
  • Gyms and fitness centers are allowed may from May 13.
  • Swimming pools, cinemas, and theaters may reopen from May 18.


Split Airport (SPU) and Dubrovnik Airport (DBV) have reopened as of May 11. Zagreb's Franjo Tudjman Airport (ZAG) remains the only airport open for international flights in the country and is operating with a severely reduced schedule of flights. Returning citizens and permanent residents must still self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Travelers in transit to their home countries, diplomats, law enforcement officers, and medical workers are also allowed entry into Croatia. A strict social distancing mandate with fines for violations will remain in place.

The government has recently passed legislation to allow foreign nationals to continue using their existing Croatian permanent resident permits to live and work in Croatia with no interruptions, even if the permits have expired. Further changes to COVID-19-related measures are possible in the coming weeks.

Background and Analysis
The measures the Croatian government has taken are similar to actions taken by other European governments in recent days in response to the spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Advice
Follow all official directives. Abide by national health and safety measures. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Prepare for freight delivery disruptions. Consider delaying or detouring goods.


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