Coronavirus Situation in Croatia

Coronavirus Situation in Croatia – Autumn Update

Here we are, already in November 2020, and it seems that the coronavirus pandemic that many hoped would be over or more manageable by summer has certainly reached its second wave – and how. Many countries in Europe and beyond are experiencing huge leaps in daily case numbers and are undergoing new measures, be that lockdowns or more. We, of course, wrote up a post in March about the coronavirus situation in Croatia (as well as advice for Visiting Croatia in Summer 2020, based on covid-related travel restrictions). However, rather than continue to update those older posts, we feel it’s now wiser to write another piece based on the situation in Croatia today. We will continue to update this post regularly.

Coronavirus Situation in Croatia

Latest update Today, 24th November 2020, 1,973 new cases have been announced. There are presently 19,275 active cases in the country. Most active cases are currently located in the City of Zagreb (3,775 cases), followed by Split-Dalmatia county (2,088 active cases) and Varazdin county (1,605 active cases). Sadly there have been 1,398 deaths in total in Croatia.

Updated Today, 20th November 2020, 2,958 new cases have been announced. There are presently 18,193 active cases in the country. Most active cases are currently located in the City of Zagreb (3,481 cases), followed by Split-Dalmatia county (2,155 active cases) and Varazdin county (1,567 active cases). Sadly there have been 1,257 deaths in total in Croatia.

Updated Today, 16th November 2020, 1,313 new cases have been announced. There are presently 15,699 active cases in the country. Most active cases are currently located in the City of Zagreb (3,098 cases), followed by Split-Dalmatia county (1,765 active cases) and Varazdin county (1,498 active cases). Sadly there have been 1,082 deaths in total in Croatia.

Updated Today, 10th November 2020, 1,467 new cases have been announced. There are presently 14,524 active cases in the country. Most active cases are currently located in the City of Zagreb (3,021 cases), followed by Split-Dalmatia county (1,520 active cases) and Varazdin county (1,428 active cases). Sadly there have been 865 deaths in total in Croatia.

Updated The last few weeks (from mid-October onwards) in Croatia have seen huge jumps in daily new case numbers, with records on case numbers being frequently broken. It is not uncommon for there to be more than 2,500 new cases announced in any one day. In fact, today, 6th November 2020, 2,890 new cases have been announced – a record. (Beating the previous day’s record.) That means that there are presently 15,567 active cases in the country. Most active cases are currently located in the City of Zagreb (3,594 cases), followed by Split-Dalmatia county (1,888 active cases) and Varazdin county (1,232 active cases). Sadly there have been 717 deaths in total in Croatia.

Where to find the latest news and data

All stats related to cases can be found on the Koronavirus.hr website (in English); the map on that site shows active cases by county. The CroatiaCovidInfo website also shows active cases per 100,000 by region and maps out hotspots (or not).

Another useful website to check is the is the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) website. This shows 14-day cumulative number of cases per 100,000 for all EU countries.

Coronavirus Regulations in Croatia

The main regulations you must adhere to in Croatia are:

  • Face masks must be worn in all indoor spaces, including catering establishments (cafes, restaurants etc), except when you are seated
  • Face masks must be worn outdoors in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained (and it is recommended that face masks be worn anyway in outdoor situations)
  • You must wear face masks in commercial indoor spaces e.g. shops
  • You must wear face masks on all forms of public transport (buses, ferries, catamarans, trains, trams, taxis)

If you are an EU/EEA/UK citizen, you are allowed to enter and visit Croatia without restriction. For others, you must have a specific reason for visiting Croatia (and touristic is considered to be a valid reason – but you must be able to show proof of paid accommodation) as well as showing proof of a negative covid PCR test that is not older than 48 hours at the point of entry. All regulations regarding entry into Croatia can be found on the Ministry of the Interior website.

Other regulations

Other regulations that are currently required in Croatia (although these may not affect visitors to the country) include:

  • Alcohol is not allowed to be sold between the hours of midnight and 6am
  • Sports events cannot have any spectators
  • Public events or gatherings with more than 50 people are banned
  • A maximum of 30 people can attend weddings
  • A maximum of 30 people can attend funerals
  • A maximum of 15 people can attend other private ceremonies

Updated as of 22/11/20 The above regulations have been further updated, the additional restrictions now include:

  • Nightclubs, night bars, casinos and similar are not permitted to open
  • A maximum of 15 people can attend weddings
  • A maximum of 25 people can attend funerals
  • A maximum of 10 people can attend other private ceremonies
  • Alcohol cannot be sold between the hours of 10pm and 6am
  • Shops and catering facilities that are permitted to open must clearly display the maximum number of people that can be in the premises at any one time
  • Shops must take on additional measures at expected busy times (holidays) to ensure more customers do not stay in the premises at the same time

Coronavirus Testing in Croatia

Should you be in Croatia and need to take a covid test, you can find a list of testing centres on the Koronavirus website. That page also details how to book a test at these centres.

Updated You can now also see a map of testing centres (including others not listed on the site above) at koronatestiranje.com/en. This map also details which centres can be booked in advance (and how to do so) as well as prices.