Here’s firsthand information from us, Croatian wedding photographers. It’s concise and regularly updated.
- Coronavirus status in Croatia: good, number of active cases is slowly decreasing.
- Adriatic region (Istria, Dalmatia and Dubrovnik) has a very low incidence of corona and is considered safe.
- Borders are open towards many countries, with special conditions for non-EU countries.
- Gatherings and weddings are allowed with certain conditions, businesses are open.
- Summary: a destination wedding in Croatia is currently possible for citizens from many countries.
- Citizens of most countries are able to enter Croatia. On the border crossing, they need to provide proof of booked accommodation (essentially an address where you’ll be residing while in Croatia). (12.7.2020.)
- EU citizents generally don’t need to remain in a quarantine upon entering Croatia.
- Citizens of non-EU countries have special conditions. They can enter Croatia either (1) with a negative PCR test not older than 48h (measured between taking the sample for testing and showing up at the border), or (2) with mandatory self-isolation in Croatia for 14 days, or (3) mandatory self-isolation for 7 days and then taking a PCR test (which they need to cover out of pocket). (12.7.2020.)
- While crossing the border, everyone needs to provide certain epidemiological and contact information. As this takes time and causes delays, authorities created a website to ensure smoother border crossing. Fill in this form to reduce waiting at the border. (28.5.2020.)
- For more info, visit the Ministry of internal affairs FAQ. On the bottom of the FAQ you will also find a form where you can ask a question.
- You can also contact this e-mail (Ministry of internal affairs) and ask for details in your specific case.
International & domestic travel
- Many international flights to/from Croatia have resumed operations, with more expected during August. (27.7.2020.)
- National carrier Croatia Airlines is connecting Zagreb with Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar and Pula. Masks are required to board. (4.6.2020.)
- Intercity buses, trains and flights have continued operating. (11.5.2020.)
- Boats and ferries to islands have been allowed to resume their regular schedules, although some still operate with lesser frequency than before. (18.5.2020.)
- Local public transport has been resumed. (27.4.2020.)
- Permits are no longer necessary to travel between counties. (11.5.2020.)
- According to director of CIPH, if a foreign citizen tests positive for coronavirus while in Croatia, they and their family will need to be quarantined at place of their initial accommodation (unless hospitalization is necessary). It’s unclear whether there would be a way to leave the country while infected — possibly, if they arrived by car. (15.6.2020.)
- If a foreign citizen needs to be hospitalized due to coronavirus, they’ll be treated free of charge if they’re EU citizens. For other countries, they may be liable to pay for their own treatment unless their national insurer agrees to cover it, or they have applicable travel insurance. (15.6.2020.)
Weddings and events
- Wedding receptions are allowed following certain rules. (11.7.2020.)
- Gatherings are limited in number: 300 people indoors and 500 people outdoors. (22.7.2020.)
- County of Vukovarsko-srijemska (inland eastern Croatia, map) has limited weddings only to “closest family” until August 19th. No specific number of guests has been given. (4.8.2020.)
- New measures have been announced for gatherings of more than 100 people, outlined below. Everything in italics pertains only to weddings of more than 100 people:
- Such event needs to be reported to authorities 48h earlier for possible inspection. (11.7.2020.)
- List of guests needs to be kept along with their contact info. (11.7.2020.)
- When guests arrive, they sign a document saying: they confirm they body temperature is below 37,2C; they have not been abroad in the last 14 days, or if they have, they need a negative PCR test not older than 48h; they have not had a contact with infected person or a person under self-isolation in the last 14 days; they have no typical corona symptoms. (11.7.2020.)
- It’s recommended not to invite guests who are under increased risk from corona infection due to their age or existing conditions. (11.7.2020.)
- People should keep distance of 1,5m at all times, unless they’re from the same household. Guests should not shake hands, hug or kiss. (11.7.2020.)
- The seating needs to be similarly spaced at 1,5m, provide 3 square meters per person and marked with names prior to guests’ arrival. Seating should remain fixed throughout the evening. (11.7.2020.)
- People should avoid grouping prior to entering the venue. This possibly influences cocktail hours and welcome drinks before dinner. (11.7.2020.)
- All staff and suppliers need to wear masks, except for musicians. Musicians have further conditions, most important of which is to be at a distance of at least 4 meters from guests. (11.7.2020.)
- Dancefloors are open, but distance of 2m (6ft) should be maintained. Maximum number of people dancing is determined by the surface area (4 square meters per person). (11.7.2020.)
- Buffets at receptions need to be modified so that a waiter serves guests food of their choosing behind a protective glass surface, but it’s recommended to serve food on individual plates and completely avoid buffets. (11.7.2020.)
- There are further recommendations for weddings and dinner receptions, but they’re not dealbreakers. Since they’re extensive, please consult your wedding planners for more details. Here is the link to source PDF in Croatian from 29.5.2020. and here is the link to new recommendations from 10.7.2020.
- Churches are open and officiants for civil/legal ceremonies are allowed to work.
- Masks are required in interior public spaces (e.g. shops) and in public transportation. (12.7.2020.)
- Businesses are open, including shopping malls.
- Restaurants and cafés are open. Capacity is somewhat reduced due to observing minimal interpersonal distance of 1,5m (5ft). They are allowed to seat guests both inside and on terraces.
- Hotels and private accommodation are allowed to operate, following epidemiological guidelines.
If you have more questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’re putting in a lot of effort to follow local news and keep on top of everyday developments.
Finally, here’s some general wedding advice in corona times, which apply no matter where in the world you want to get married.