Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Croatia extends all coronavirus-related restrictions until at least May 4. Severe business and transport disruptions to continue.

This alert affects Croatia

This alert began 18 Apr 2020 21:22 GMT and is scheduled to expire 04 May 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Incident: COVID-related restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least May 4
  • Impact: Severe business and transport disruptions; increased security

Summary
Croatian authorities have extended all of the country's existing restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through at least May 4. The measures were originally slated to expire April 20.

Measures currently in place in Croatia that will continue under the extended edict include:

  • Closure of numerous nonessential businesses, with the exception of grocery markets, pharmacies, and gas stations;
  • Suspension of all public transport nationwide;
  • Ban on public gatherings of more than five people are banned;
  • Entry into Croatia limited to returning citizens and permanent residents, travelers in transit to their home countries, diplomats, law enforcement officers, and medical workers;
  • 14-day quarantine for persons arriving in Croatia from most countries;
  • Ban on all intercity travel and vehicular traffic, with specific exceptions;
  • Strict social distancing mandate with fines and/or jail terms for violations.


Zagreb's Franjo Tudjman Airport (ZAG) is the only airport that remains open in the country, albeit operating with a severely reduced schedule of flights.

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-related measures are possible in the coming weeks. There have been 1,830 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Croatia as of April 18.

Background and Analysis
The measures the 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.

Resources
Government of Croatia - vlada.gov.hr

Croatian Government Coronavirus Information Portal - koronavirus.hr

World Health Organization (WHO): www.who.int