Here’s firsthand information from us, Croatian wedding photographers. It’s concise and regularly updated.
- Coronavirus status in Croatia: increase in number of daily new cases.
- 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
- Some international flights to/from Croatia are in operation.
- National carrier Croatia Airlines is connecting Zagreb with Split, Dubrovnik, Zadar and Pula. Masks are required to board.
- Intercity buses, trains and flights are operating.
- Boats and ferries to islands are operating normally.
- 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 and are limited in number depending on the county in Croatia.
- Group 1: Splitsko-dalmatinska county (which includes Split, Trogir and islands Hvar, Brač, Vis), Ličko-senjska, Požeško-slavonska, Koprivničko-križevačka, Sisačko-moslavačka, Bjelovarsko-bilogorska, Virovitičko-podravska, Krapinsko-zagorska. Weddings here are limited to 50 people for the next 15 to 30 days, depending on the county. (22.10.2020.)
- Group 2: Dubrovačko-neretvanska (which includes Dubrovnik, Korčula, Mljet), Zadarska county (which includes Zadar) limits weddings to 50 people. Measures expire on November 1st. (30.9.2020.)
- All remaining counties have limits according to a particular venue: there needs to be 4 square meters of space per person, with a maximum of 300 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.
- Weddings of more than 50 people, where allowed, need to be reported to authorities at least 48h earlier for pre-approval and possible inspection during the event. They also need to have a designated person (1 person per 50 guests) who will make sure everyone is following the guidelines. (14.10.2020.)
- List of guests needs to be kept along with their contact info. (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 anyone. (11.7.2020.)
- The seating needs to be spaced at 1,5m (tables at 3m) and marked with names prior to guests’ arrival. Maximum number of persons per table is eight. Seating should remain fixed throughout the evening. (14.10.2020.)
- All staff and suppliers need to wear masks. Guests should wear masks until they’re seated at their tables. (12.10.2020.)
- Dancefloors are not permitted. Only first dance is allowed for newlyweds and their parents. (14.10.2020.)
- Wedding needs to end by midnight, as the venues need to close at that time. (14.10.2020.)
- Buffets are not permitted. (14.10.2020.)
- People should avoid grouping prior to entering the venue. This influences cocktail hours and welcome drinks before dinner.
- There are further recommendations for weddings and dinner receptions. Since they’re extensive, please consult your wedding planners for more details.
- Churches are open and officiants for civil/legal ceremonies are allowed to work.
- Masks are required in all interior spaces and in public transportation. This includes cafés and restaurant — mask should be worn until you’re seated at your table. (12.10.2020.)
- Businesses are open, including shopping malls.
- Restaurants and cafés are open. Capacity is reduced due to observing minimal interpersonal distance. They are allowed to seat guests both inside and on terraces.
- Cafés and night clubs have limited business hours: they must close by midnight. (14.10.2020.)
- 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.