Croatia is now open to tourists, including the Americans

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The Croatian authorities have decided to open their borders for all travellers who intend to enter the country for business, tourism, or other personal reasons, including Americans.

Despite the EU-wide entry ban on United States citizens, Croatia (a non-Schengen EU Member State), has taken the matter on its own hands and opened the borders to all EU/EEA nationals and individuals holding permanent residence in the EU/EEA countries, and more.

According to a notice of the US Embassy in Zagreb, published in its official website, all third-country nationals have been eligible to enter Croatia since July 1.“All other foreign nationals, including US citizens, may enter Croatia for business, tourism, or other pressing personal reasons if they provide relevant proof,” the notice reads.

Americans and other travellers are now given a document called “Pamphlet with Recommendations and Instructions from the Croatian Institute of Public Health”. They are obliged to follow all the recommendations and instructions in this document for a period of two weeks upon arrival to the country.

Though quarantine is no longer mandatory, some travellers may still be obliged to self-isolate if border authorities see it as necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The EU published a list of 15 countries deemed as epidemiologically safe on June 30, recommending to all its member states to open their borders to the residents of these countries. The US, as expected, was not in this list.

Yet, Americans who legally reside in one of these countries are eligible to enter the EU and Schengen Area Member States, given that the EU/Schengen country he/she wants to enter has included the country of residence in its personalised list of safe countries.

Despite the possibilities to travel to at least one country in Europe, the US Embassy in Zagreb has reminded all American travellers that the Department of State advises US citizens to not travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19.