COVID-19: Croatian Measures Limiting Travel, Imposing Quarantine and Social Distancing
COVID-19: Croatian Measures Limiting Travel, Imposing
Due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases the Croatian government updated the packages of measures.
- limiting the entry of the disease into the country, and
- enhancing the authorities’ goal of getting control of the spread of the coronavirus.
The measures effectively quarantine the whole country and place severe restrictions on entry into the country and on social gatherings.
- nationals of the European Union (EU) member states, i.e., member states of the Schengen Area and countries associated with the Schengen Area, as well as members of their families, and
- third-country nationals who are long-term residents based on Council Directive 200/109 / EC of 25 November 2003.
The travel restrictions are being enforced on all Croatian borders crossings.
- health professionals, health researchers and associates, professionals in the care of the elderly, and persons requiring urgent medical treatment;
- cross-border workers;
- freight carriers and other transport personnel to the extent necessary;
- diplomats, police officers in the performance of their duties, civil protection services and teams, personnel of international organizations, and international military personnel in the performance of their functions;
- passengers in transit.
All foreign and Croatian nationals entering Croatia from the list of countries (available on the following link) will be issued a decision requiring them to go into a 14-day self-imposed isolation.
- People's Republic of China: Hubei Province;
- Italian Republic;
- FR Germany: Heinsberg County in the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia;
- Republic of Korea: Daegu City and Cheongdo Province;
- Islamic Republic of Iran;
- Republic of Slovenia: Bela Krajina and Dolenjska.
Furthermore, starting 23 March 2020 new rules concerning travel within Croatia’s borders are in force,2 namely, leaving the area of one’s permanent personal residence will be prohibited. The prohibition does not apply to the following:
- Those undertaking the transportation of necessary supplies;
- Employees who “migrate” daily to undertake their services, which are essential for: provision of health and veterinary care, delivery of medicines and medical supplies, maintenance of communal services, water supply and drainage, gas and electricity supply, security services;
- Public reporting;
- Residents requiring urgent medical care;
- Those who “migrate” for vital family reasons, such as the care of children and the elderly or the purchase of food and basic necessities;
- Commuting to work, if that work is necessary and cannot be done from home;
- Emergency and operational services involved in the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
When entering or leaving the area of permanent residence the measures relating to (i) social distancing, (ii) not staying in public areas, and (iii) possession of a valid pass permit, must be observed.
The strict measure of social distancing requires avoiding close personal contact, and keeping at a distance from others of at least two (2) meters indoors and one (1) meter outdoors. In addition, there is a prohibition on holding any public events and gatherings of more than five (5) persons in one place.
- organise work from home where possible;
- cancel meetings or organise tele-conferences and use other technologies to hold remote meetings;
- cancel business trips outside the country except as necessary;
- prohibit entry into workplaces of workers who have fever and respiratory distress, especially dry cough and shortness of breath.
- Odluka o privremenoj zabrani prelaska graničnih prijelaza Republike Hrvatske (available on the following link).
- Odluka o zabrani napuštanja mjesta prebivališta i stalnog boravka u RH (available on the following link).
- Odluka o mjerama ograničavanja društvenih okupljanja, rada u trgovini, uslužnih djelatnosti i održavanja sportskih i kulturnih događanja (available on the following link).
- For additional information and updates, see the Croatian government’s COVID-19-dedicated website (in Croatian): https://www.koronavirus.hr/.
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