Croatia’s Adriatic coast is a vital resource for the economic benefits that tourism brings. Fearing this could be at risk due to the rising COVID numbers the Croatian government has put in place measures to stop the spread of the virus along its Adriatic coast.

This includes limiting the number of people who can gather in public places – even indoors – to 50.

The measures are intended to safeguard its summer tourism season. Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said at a news conference on Friday.

“Any public gathering of more than 50 people will be forbidden from next week.”

The measures do not apply to concerts where up to 1,000 people are able to attend as long as they have recently recovered or been vaccinated or tested negative for the virus.

Tourists, especially from Germany, Austria and Italy have long been attracted to Croatia’s beautiful yet unkempt Dalmatian coast and its soft sand beaches and quaint town and cities such as Dubrovnik. Tourism bolsters Croatia’s coffers by around 20 per cent and officials hope to retrieve at least 70 per cent of revenue this summer. 

Travellers from Britain, Cyprus and Russia travellers must present a negative test even if they have had both jabs. This can be an antigen test taken within 48 hours of arrival or a PCR test taken within 72 hours of arrival.

The new rules come into force from Monday 26th July, and will be over and above existing requirements such as filling out an online form and having proof of paid accommodation.

Here is a link to the form that must be completed before travel entercroatia.mup.hr

The government has also announced that there is a sell-by date for a negative result of the COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test if more than 210 days. 

Currently, everyone must wear a facemask in public places indoors and on public transport.