- Published: March 25, 17:00
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Self-isolation and quarantine measures
At the proposal of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, the Minister of Health adopts:
Decision amending the Decision on a specific security measure of isolation of persons in their own home or other appropriate space (self-isolation)
In the Decision on the specific security measure of isolation of persons in their own home or other appropriate space (self-isolation) of 14 March 2020, amended by the Decisions amending the Decision to a specific security measure of isolation of persons in their own home or other appropriate space (self-isolation) of 16 March and from 19 March 2020, paragraph II is amended and reads as:
II. The special security measure referred to in point I of this Decision applies to all persons coming from the following countries / territories:
- Italian Republic
- Kingdom of Spain
- French Republic
- Federal Republic of Germany
- Swiss Confederation
- Kingdom of Denmark
- Kingdom of Sweden
- Kingdom of Netherlands
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
- Republic of Austria
- Kingdom of Belgium
- Kingdom of Norway
- Czech Republic
- Republic of Finland
- Hellenic Republic
- Republic of Estonia
- Russian Federation
- Republic of Ireland
- Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
- Republic of San Marino
- Republic of Moldova
- Republic of Island
- Republic of Slovenia
- Republic of Albania
- Republic of Poland
- Portuguese Republic
- Slovak Republic
- Republic of Belarus
- Republic of Bulgaria
- Republic of North Macedonia
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Republic of Serbia
- Republic of Cyprus
- Republic of Lithuania
- People's Republic of China
- Republic of Korea
- Republic of Singapore
- Republic of Armenia
- Republic of the Philippines
- Socialist Republic of Vietnam
- Brunei Darussalam
- Kingdom of Cambodia
- Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
- Kingdom of Thailand
- Republic of India
- Republic of Indonesia
- Republic of Maldives
- Islamic Republic of Iran
- Kingdom of Bahrein
- State of Kuwait
- State of Israel
- United Arab Emirates
- State of Qatar
- Republic of Iraq
- Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
- Islamic Republic of Pakistan
- Lebanese Republic
- People's Republic of Bangladesh
- New Zealand
- United States of America
- Commonwealth of the Bahamas
- Republic of Costa Rica
- Republic of Panama
- Dominican Republic
- Federal Republic of Brasil
- Republic of Chile
- Argentine Republic
- Republic of Colombia
- Republic of Peru
- Republic of Ecuador
- Republic of Paraguay
- Republic of Guyana
- Kingdom of Morocco
- Republic of Tunisia
- Arab Republic of Egypt
- Peoples Democratic Republic of Algeria
- Republic of South Africa
- Republic of Senegal
- Republic of Rwanda
- Republic of Kenya
- Republic of Cameroon
The special security measure of isolation defined by this Decision shall apply to all persons referred to in point II. of this Decision except to persons that are a subject of a special quarantine security measure in accordance with the Minister of Health's decision to establish a quarantine.
This Decision enters into force on 20 March 2020.
All foreign nationals entering the Republic of Croatia from the following countries/territories:
- 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
UPDATED 18th March
27 border crossings were closed between Croatia and Slovenia. Closed border traffic includes regular border crossing for the inhabitants of the border area for the purpose of their movement and stay.
The following border crossings are closed: Lucija, Slum, Vele Mune, Lipa, Prezid II, Zamost, Blaževci, Prilišće, Pravutina, Obrež, Vivodina, Kašt, Novo Selo Žumberačko, Kraj Donji, Gornji Čemehovec, Draše, Plavić, Luke Poljanske, Mali Tabor, Klenovec Humski, Gornja Voća, Preseka, Sveti Martin na Muri, Čabar, Cvetlin, Zlogonje, Banfi.
CURRENT EUROPEAN BORDER MEASURESAlbania - Country declared natural disaster situation and decided to limit free movement within our outside the country according to the needs dictated by the natural disaster.
Austria - As of 20 March 2020, a new regulation entered into force with regard to the entry into Austria by plane. Upon entry, Austrian citizens must quarantine themselves at their homes for 14 days. This equally applies to foreigners who have a right of residence in Austria. Third-country nationals without a right of residence (who otherwise would be allowed to travel to Austria) who come to Austria from outside the Schengen area by plane, are not allowed to enter. However, a series of exceptions exists. For details, please consult the regulation of the Ministry of Health.
Bosnia and Herzegovina - As of Thursday 2 April, following an agreement between Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, in order to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, 20 border crossings between these two countries will be temporarily closed for traffic: Svilaj, Gejkovac, Pašin Potok, Bogovolja, Kordunski Ljeskovac, Lička Kaldrma, Bili Brig, Aržano Pazar, Dvorine, Cera, Jovića Most, Sebišina, Slivno, Podprolog, Unka, Vukov Klanac, Imotica, Slano, Hrvatska Dubica, Gabela Polje. The Council of Ministers took the Ministry of Security-proposed Decision on Temporary Closing of International Border Crossings in Air traffic for Passenger Travel in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Under the Decision, border crossings at airports are to be closed for passengers, with open border crossings for cargo transport only. The decision takes effect on March 30, at 6.00 hrs. The Council of Ministers of BIH took the Ministry of Security-proposed Decision on defining border crossings for goods transport in road traffic in transit through Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Decision defines border crossings between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Croatia, Republic of Serbia and Montenegro for transport of goods in transit and communications by which cargo motor vehicles registered in other states are allowed to transit through BIH, as a measure of prevention and containing of the contagious disease caused by new corona virus. See more details on the link.
Denmark - The Government has introduced border control measures until at least 13 April 2020. Due to these measures, non-Danish nationals or residents who want to enter Denmark can expect being refused entry at the Danish borders unless they have a worthy purpose of entering the country and moreover do not have any visible symptoms of COVID-19. The Government will decide before 13 April 2020 whether to extend the Danish border control measures, taking into account any EU decision to extend the EU/Schengen entry ban. See more details on the link.
France has decided to suspend the issuance of visas until further notice. All visa types are affected : short stay Schengen visas, long stay visas to France, visas to overseas territories. This suspension also applies to visa applications for which an appointment has already been made. See the link.
Germany - In cases of suspected infection with the coronavirus, measures may have to be taken in consultation with the responsible health authorities on the basis of the Protection against Infection Act (Infektionsschutzgesetz). The decision whether to allow entry at the border is at the discretion of the border official. The following principles apply to persons entering Germany by land, air or sea from Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg or Denmark. German citizens are not subject to any restrictions on entry. Those who are not German citizens may enter Germany under certain conditions. For more details see the link.
Greece - Upon decision of the Greek Government, restrictions to travel to and from: Albania, Italy, North Macedonia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany (apart from flights from Germany to Athens “Eleftherios Venizelos” International Airport), are in effect. For more details see the link.
Hungary - All border crossings on the Hungarian-Austrian border and the Balassagyarmat crossing between Slovakia and Hungary have been re-opened to commuters with jobs on either side of the border. Pursuant to the decision of the Government, Hungarian authorities closed the borders of Hungary from passenger traffic 17 March 2020. Only Hungarian citizens are allowed to enter the country. The restriction relates to all road, railway, water and air borders.See more on the link.
Montenegro National Coordination Body for diseases brought on 24 March decision to suspend passenger international traffic, except for the announced arrivals of Montenegrin citizens, through diplomatic and consular representations, the Operational Headquarters of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases, with the obligatory quarantin in accordance with the health-sanitary inspection solution. For more details, see the link.
Latvia has forbidden entry to all other citizens than their own and those with permanent residence in the country. The movement of people and vehicles through airports, ports, railways and border crossings at the external border of the European Union, as well as at border crossings intended for local border traffic, with the exception of freight transport, is prohibited from 17 March 2020. The Minister of the Interior and the Minister for Foreign Affairs may make exceptions to the movement of people and vehicles.
Poland On 15 October Poland announced that it closes borders for foreigners with certain exceptions that you can find here.
Serbia - The government of the Republic of Serbia adopted on 28th March the latest measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including the decision to extend all self-isolation measures from 14 to 28 days. All citizens of the Republic of Serbia, as well as foreigners with a residence permit, who entered the country on 14 March and later, are being extended the mandatory self-isolation measure from 14 to 28 days. This practically means that anyone who has received a verbal or written home self-isolation decision for two weeks upon entering the country, the isolation automatically continues for another two weeks. All border crossings for passengers in road, rail, air and water traffic in the Republic of Serbia are closed. According to this decision, only transport trucks can enter the territory of the country. See more on the link.
Slovakia has closed all borders and airports for foreign citizens who cannot prove that they are residing in the country.
Slovenia - Public rail international passenger transport has been suspended, as all air traffic, from 17th till 30th of March 2020 (until 24:00) with certain exceptions. See more details on the link.
Switzerland has also declared a state of emergency. In consultation with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA, the Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA defines countries or areas designated high-risk countries or areas. Under the Ordinance of 25 March 2020, all countries are currently considered to be high-risk countries or areas, with the exception of the Principality of Liechtenstein. People from high-risk countries and areas will be refused entry into Switzerland. Exceptions are possible, for example for people who live or work in Switzerland. See more details on the link.
All citizens are recommended to postpone their travel to all countries and regions affected by the new coronavirus, if not essential.
UPDATED on March 19
A temporary ban on the movement of persons through border crossings in Croatia entered into force on March 19 and is valid for 30 days.
UPDATED on March 18: European Union closes external borders
At the video conference on Tuesday, EU leaders agreed on a 30-day entry restriction to non-EU citizens on their external borders and on the establishment of high-speed lanes at internal borders to ensure normal flow of goods.
The decision is the responsibility of the Member States and the governments of the Member States should implement it. The decision should be valid for the next 30 days. The European Commission also recommends lifting the blockade at internal borders.
On Monday, the Commission proposed temporary restrictions on travelling not obliging non-EU citizens and their families who work legally in the EU and EU citizens returning home from non-EU countries. Doctors, scientists and cross-border workers are also excluded from this decision.
Restrictions on entering EU should remove controls at internal borders between Member States themselves. Numerous states have introduced such controls in an attempt to minimize the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.
Heads of Member States also supported measures to help the economy, joint public procurement of protective medical equipment and flexibility in implementing state aid rules, which the Commission proposed on Monday.