Here’s firsthand information from us – local Croatian photographers. We’ll keep it short, informative and regularly updated.
- Coronavirus status in Croatia: good — around 50 active cases, mostly no daily increases.
- Borders are open for many EU/EEA citizens.
- Gatherings and weddings are now allowed.
- Most businesses have reopened.
- Summary: a destination wedding in Croatia is possible – or will soon be possible – depending on your home country.
- Citizens of following countries are free to enter Croatia: Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. (28.5.2020.)
- While crossing the border, you need 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.)
- Citizens of other EU/EEA member countries (including UK) should also be able to enter Croatia, according to email communication I had with Ministry of internal affairs today. On the border crossing, they need to provide additional proof of booked accommodation (essentially an address where you’ll be residing while in Croatia). (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.
- Minister of tourism said that opening the borders to citizens of more countries may happen around mid-June. (20.5.2020.)
- Currently, when you enter Croatia, you generally don’t need to remain in a quarantine. However, there may be exceptions for certain countries. (28.5.2020.)
International & domestic travel
- Many international flights to/from Croatia are stil out of operation. Flights currently operating regularly fly to Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and soon Zürich. Addition of 23 more destinations are expected in mid-June, and a few more in early July. (1.6.2020.)
- National carrier Croatia Airlines is connecting Zagreb with Split and Dubrovnik. Masks are required to board. (28.5.2020.)
- Intercity buses, trains and flights have continued operating. (11.5.2020.)
- Boats and ferries to islands have been allowed to resume their regular schedules. (18.5.2020.)
- Local public transport has been resumed. (27.4.2020.)
- Permits are no longer necessary to travel between counties. (11.5.2020.)
Weddings and events
- Wedding receptions are now allowed. (27.5.2020.)
- Gatherings are limited in number. Currently this is 100 people indoors and 300 people outdoors. After June 15th this will be 200 indoors and 500 outdoors. After July 1st limits will be raised to 350 indoors, and 1000 outdoors. (29.5.2020.)
- People should keep distance of 1,5m unless they’re from the same household.
- Restaurants need to have at least 1,5m (5ft) spacing between tables.
- Dancefloors are open, but distance of 2m (6ft) should be maintained. Maximum number of people dancing is determined by the surface area (around 4 square meters per person). (29.5.2020.)
- There are other 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. (29.5.2020.)
- Buffets at receptions need to be modified so that a waiter serves guests food of their choosing behind a protective glass surface. (20.5.2020.)
- Churches have reopened and officiants for civil/legal ceremonies are allowed to work.
- Most businesses have been allowed to reopen, including shopping malls. (11.5.2020.)
- Restaurants and cafés are allowed to resume mostly normal operations. 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. (11.5.2020.)
- Hotels and private accommodation are allowed to operate, following strict rules. (12.5.2020.)
- Some hotels should start accepting guests by the end of May, while most are expected to be opened by the end of June. (23.5.2020.)
- A/C units should be turned off (both in businesses and transportation), using draft ventilation instead. (20.5.2020.)
- Masks and gloves are currently not required in public.
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.