Due to an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection rates, Croatian authorities are tightening nationwide restrictions on Oct. 26. The increased restrictions focus on gatherings and assemblies. Public gatherings are limited to 50 people. Ceremonial private gatherings, such as weddings and funerals are limited to 30 people; however, other private gatherings are limited to 15 people. The new restrictions also mandate end times for all events. All public gatherings and private events must finish by 2200; however, authorities are permitting weddings to proceed until 0000. Organizers of all events with more than 15 people must keep a record of attendance. These measures will be in place until Nov. 9 at least.
Protective face coverings remain mandatory indoors and all outdoor spaces where social distancing of 2 meters (6 feet) cannot be observed. Nonessential businesses are operating provided they adhere to social-distancing requirements and public transport has resumed. Authorities are mandating 2-meter (6-foot) social distancing between people from different households.
As of Oct. 26, Croatia is maintaining international travel restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. All citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland, and the UK, as well as permanent EU/EEA residents, are permitted to enter Croatia without restrictions. Other foreign nationals can enter Croatia for commercial, touristic, or pressing personal reasons without quarantine if they provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to arrival. Arrivals without such evidence will be required to self-isolate for 14 days, which can be reduced to seven days on receipt of a negative COVID-19 test result.
All restrictions are subject to amendment at short notice in response to government reviews and may receive updates or extensions in the coming days.
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.
Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.