The situation regarding new cases of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is changing day by day, so monitoring up-to-date information and taking prompt action on the spread of the disease is crucial to staying healthy.
During the epidemic, you need to diligently follow the preventive measures and the hygienic recommendations to prevent the spread of the disease in Rovinj, Istria, Croatia.
Here, you can find current information about crossing the national borders, about the preventive guidelines adopted in the tourism sector and hospitality services concerning visiting public areas, about public transport, etc.
1. IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO ROVINJ, ISTRIA, CROATIA?
Travel to Rovinj requires all visitors to comply with current health and safety guidelines. When staying in the Republic of Croatia, all passengers, regardless of their category and country from which they came, are obliged to follow the general and special instructions and recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.
A useful interactive map of Croatia with marked active Covid-19 cases by regions can be found https://www.croatiacovid19.info/.
Daily reports about active Covid-19 cases for Istria may be found here: https://www.istra.hr/en/business-information/itb/covid19/daily-reports-for-istria.
In Croatia is underway the vaccination of the population. So far, 50% of the adult population has been vaccinated.
2. POSSIBILITIES FOR COVID-19 TESTING IN ROVINJ AND PULA, ISTRIA
Citizens and guests staying in the Region of Istria can be tested for SARS-CoV-2 (by PCR-based test):
Rovinj - There is a possibility of testing in Rovinj for registered guests. For all inquiries, information and reservations contact your host or the Tourist Board of Rovinj-Rovigno via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +385 (0) 52 / 811-566.
Pula - Public Health Institute of the Istrian Region in the street Nazorova 23, www.zzjziz.hr organize the testing. It is possible to perform PCR testing or a rapid antigestion test. The price of the PCR testing method is HRK 375. The price of a rapid antigen test is 100.00 HRK. Price: 75 HRK (rapid antigen test) for guests who stayed a minimum of 3 nights with the eVisitor certificate. Payment is possible by card (VISA, MAESTRO, MASTERCARD) or in cash in HRK. The results are available within 24 hours at the e-mail address. The result is translated in English. Prior notice is required by e-mail: email@example.com or +385 99 529 8222. The announcement must be made in a timely manner due to the limited number of daily tests.
3. ENTRY INTO THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA FOR FOREIGN CITIZENS DURING CORONAVIRUS
Entry into the Republic of Croatia is allowed for all passengers, subject to the conditions of entry that were valid before the COVID-19 epidemic.
4. SAFE STAY IN ROVINJ AND ISTRIA
The safety and health of our fellow citizens and guests are of utmost importance for us. Get acquainted with the Safe stay in Croatia project, part of the Safe travels project implemented by the WTTC (World Tourism Travel Council). All tourism stakeholders awarded with the Safe stay in Croatia label guarantee the application of security and health protocols in their business to prevent COVID-19 infections. Tourist Board of Rovinj – Rovigno is proud to be awarded with the Safe stay in Croatia label. Find more details here: www.safestayincroatia.hr
The project website offers:
- a search of all tourist stakeholders bearing the Safe stay in Croatia label
- information on health and safety protocols in 7 basic categories
- information on how to proceed in case of suspicion of Covid-19.
5. PROCEDURE IN CASE OF SUSPECTED COVID -19 DISEASE
If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 disease, please proceed as follows:
1. Stay inside the accommodation unit.
2. Notify the manager or authorised person of the accommodation unit by phone about the disease.
3. If it is not possible to contact the accommodation unit manager, call the epidemiologist - phone: +385(0)995294455.
The owner of the accommodation where you are staying, in case of suspicion of COVID 19 disease is obliged to:
1. Inform the epidemiologist - phone: +385(0)995294455.
2. Inform the guest to stay inside the accommodation unit until a medical examination has been carried out and until further instructions have been received.
3. Provide the guest with a protective mask and tissues.
4. While awaiting COVID-19 test results, inform the guest about the possibility of a contactless delivery of ready meals.
5. Inform the guest that while awaiting the COVID-19 test results, he/she should maintain the hygiene of the room.
6. Designate one person to communicate with the guest, without entering the accommodation unit. This person should be informed of the mandatory wearing of a protective mask and protective gloves and should maintain physical distance with the infected unit.
7. Following the use of protective equipment (masks, gloves), dispose of them in a waste bin with a lid in which two plastic waste bags are placed, and then wash and disinfect your hands thoroughly.
8. Inform any contacts the guest might have had of the presumed COVID-19 infection and instruct them to remain within the accommodation unit until the test findings are known.
9. Should the guest receive a positive COVID-19 test result, an epidemiologist (mob. +385(0)995294455) will decide on further treatment.
6. LIST OF EPIDEMIOLOGICAL MEASURES THAT TRAVELLERS ARRIVING FROM THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA SHOULD OBSERVE WHEN CROSSING THE STATE BORDERS OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES
Entry into Austria is possible in compliance with the 3G rules - either fully vaccinated or overcame or tested. As a test it is recognizes PCR test not older than 72 hours or BAT- rapid antigen test not older than 24 hours. If none of the 3G evidence can be presented, entry is achieved with prior registration and subject to ten days of quarantine / self-isolation, after entering Austria (pre-travel clearance https://entry.ptc.gv.at/en.html). Quarantine ends with the presentation of a negative test.
Detailed information in German can be read on the website of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Welfare and Consumer Protection:
https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Aktuelle-Ma%C3%9Fnahmen.html and answers the most frequently asked questions: https://www.sozialministerium.at/Informationen-zum-Coronavirus/Coronavirus---Haeufig-gestellte-Fragen/FAQ-Einreise-nach-Oesterreich.html
More information is available at the link.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Citizens of the Republic of Croatia can enter Bosnia and Herzegovina with a valid passport or identity card and do not need to present a negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 when entering Bosnia and Herzegovina directly from Croatia, nor do their minor children and spouses who are citizens of other countries.
BiH borders are open to all foreign nationals, provided they have:
- negative PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 not older than 48 hours if coming from the EU, and if coming from third countries 72 hours before arrival at the BiH border crossing or
- a negative antigen test not older than 48 hours if they come from the EU, and if they come from third countries 72 hours before arriving at the BiH border crossing, or
- certificate of vaccination with two doses of vaccine (or one dose of vaccine received in one dose) 14 days or more before arrival at the BiH border crossing, or
- a doctor's certificate on overcoming COVID-19 in the period from 14 to 180 days before arriving at the BiH border crossing.
As of March 11, 2022, entry into Montenegro is allowed without a COVID certificate. Read more at the link.
Citizens of EU member states can travel to the Czech Republic without epidemiological restrictions.
Citizens of the Republic of Croatia, and all travelers over 12 years of age traveling from the Republic of Croatia to France, who have been vaccinated with one of the vaccines against COVID-19 virus approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA - Pfizer, Moderna , AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson) may travel to France without restriction upon presentation of an appropriate vaccination certificate, COVID passport containing a digital code of vaccination.
Citizens of the Republic of Croatia, and all travelers over the age of 12 traveling from the Republic of Croatia to the France, who have not been vaccinated and do not have a certificate of illness COVID-19 (older than 11 days, not older than 6 months), are required to present a negative result of PCR testing not older than 72 hours or antigen test not older than 48 hours.
See the link for more information.
As of 1 May 2022, the obligation to fill in the passenger location, introduced in March 2021, has been abolished.
Passengers entering Italy from EU countries, ie the so-called "List C" on which the Republic of Croatia is on entry should present a digital or paper certificate that meets one of the following conditions:
- Completed vaccination cycle against Covid-19 (2 or 3 doses) or
- Recovery from disease caused by Covid-19 virus or
- Negative finding of a molecular or antigenic test performed by swab (molecular test must not be older than 72 hours, and antigenic must not be older than 48 hours before entering Italy).
Before embarking on a trip, it is recommended to check all additional regulations of the destination regions, by direct contact or through the official website of the regions that you can find at the link.
The Decree of the Government of Hungary of 7 March 2022 lifted all restrictions on entry into Hungary by road, rail, river or air, regardless of nationality and protection against COVID-19, subject to general conditions of entry, such as a valid travel document or ID cards.
As of 27 February 2022, the Republic of Croatia is no longer categorized as a COVID-19 high risk area. All passengers over the age of 12 are required to present the following upon entry into the Federal Republic of Germany, regardless of their mode of arrival and means of transport:
- certificate of complete vaccination;
- evidence of illness or
- negative result (PCR test or antigen test for direct detection of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus).
As of Monday, March 28, 2022, all restrictions on travel to the Republic of Poland imposed during the coronavirus pandemic are lifted.
Pursuant to the Decision of the Slovenian Government, which entered into force on 19 February 2022, proof of compliance with PCT requirements (proof of vaccination, recovery or testing for COVID-19) is no longer required for entry into Slovenia at border crossings. For more information about travel to Slovenia visit link.
As of Tuesday, May 3, 2022, all measures of control and restrictions on entry into the Republic of Serbia, related to the infectious disease Covid-19, will cease to apply, both for foreigners and citizens of the Republic of Serbia.
From 18.03.2022. all entry restriction measures in place due to the coronavirus pandemic were lifted.