The so-called COVID passports are now available in Croatia. The full name for the COVID passport is “EU digital COVID certificate”, which translates as “EU digitalna COVID potvrda” in Croatian.
COVID-19 passports should make movement within the EU Member States easier and more flexible. However, it is still possible to cross borders without the COVID-19 passport by showing medical documentation.
In this post, we’ve cover:
- What is a COVID-19 passport
- Who can get a COVID-19 passport in Croatia
- Types of COVID-19 passports
- Where the COVID-19 passport is valid
- How to get a COVID-19 passport in Croatia
- What does the passport look like
The facts are these…
The COVID-19 passport is a certificate that serves as permission for you to travel within the EU Member States during the COVID-19 epidemic. It is free of charge and available in Croatian and English.
The COVID-19 passport allows checking of someone’s vaccination or recovery status without any access to personal and medical data. This is done by scanning the QR code on the COVID-19 passport.
The COVID-19 passport can be issued:
- In digital form, which can be saved on your mobile phone, sent via email, or printed
- As a paper certificate
Both versions contain a QR code including general information and a digital signature authenticating the certificate. Official staff and border patrol will scan this code when checking the certificate.
COVID-19 passports are available to:
- Nationals of the EU Member States
- Third-county nationals with a regulated stay in the EU
The European Commission has announced that non-EU travelers/citizens including UK citizens and US citizens may also get the COVID-19 passport. However, each EU member state can decide whether or not they wish to issue it to non-residents. Croatia has not confirmed that they will offer the EU digital certificate to non-residents. If that changes, we will update this post.
To get the passport, you must belong to one of these groups:
- Persons vaccinated against COVID-19
- With two/both doses of the vaccine
- With one/first dose of the vaccine
- With a single-dose vaccine
- Persons with a negative test result
- A negative result of a PCR test
- A negative result of a rapid antigen test
- Persons who have recently recovered from COVID-19
There are three types of COVID-19 passports. Each of them is available to a certain group of persons from the section above.
#1 Vaccination certificate
A vaccination certificate is available to persons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine they received must be approved by HALMED.
Vaccines that are currently approved in Croatia (and the EU) are:
Vaccination certificates are available to:
- Persons who received both doses of the vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca)
- In this case, a COVID-19 passport is valid 210 days from the day they received the second dose of the vaccine. Persons can get their passports immediately after receiving the second dose of the vaccine.
- Persons who received the first dose of the vaccine
- Persons who received AstraZeneca can get their COVID-19 passport on the 22nd day after they received the first dose of the vaccine. The passport is valid for 210 days after vaccination.
- Persons who received Pfizer or Moderna can get their COVID-19 passport on the 22nd day after they received the first dose of the vaccine. The passport is valid for 42 days after vaccination.
- Persons who received a single-dose vaccine (Janssen)
- In this case, a person can get their COVID-19 passport on the 22nd day after they have been vaccinated. The passport is valid for 210 days after vaccination.
A vaccination certificate is available only to persons aged 18 or older.
More information is available here.
#2 Test certificate
A test certificate is available to persons who tested negative for COVID-19 by a PCR or rapid antigen test.
The negative result of the PCR test must not be older than 72 hours after taking the swab. In this case, a COVID-19 passport is valid for 72 hours from taking the sample.
The negative result of the rapid antigen test must not be older than 48 hours after taking the swab. In this case, a COVID-19 passport is valid for 48 hours from taking the sample.
A test certificate is available both to minors and to persons aged 18 or older.
More information is available here.
#3 Certificate of recovery
Persons who have recovered from COVID-19 can get a certificate of recovery. They can obtain it after the 11th day from the date of their first positive PCR test result.
In this case, the passport is valid for 180 days from the date of the first positive PCR test result.
A certificate of recovery is available both to minors and to persons aged 18 or older.
More information is available here.
COVID-19 passports are valid in the territory of the European Union.
During travel or stay in any of the EU member states, COVID-19 passports serve to prove the COVID-19-related health status of an individual. They show that a person is vaccinated against COVID-19, has recovered from COVID-19, or has a negative result of the test.
If a person with a valid COVID-19 passport is placed in quarantine or is additionally tested, the particular EU member state must notify the European Commission and the other EU Member States and give them appropriate reasons.
The COVID-19 passport can be obtained in Croatia via:
- e-Građani online app – Security level 2 or 3 is required – Process is in Croatian only
- HZZO – In person by going to the nearest HZZO location from this list
- When going in person, bring your residence permit or osobna iskanica (if a citizen) with you.
If you are a legal resident, then you likely already have access to the e-Građani system. You’ll need security level 2 or 3 to make the request. If you have a Croatian bank account, you can most likely use your mobile banking app to access e-Građani using security level 3.
Unfortunately, this part of the system is only in Croatian, so we will walk you through it step-by-step with translations into English. To get the passport, you don’t need to provide any additional documentation. The e-Građani application will automatically populate your data from the database of the Croatian Ministry of Health.
Step 1: Visit this page.
Step 2: Click on the button that says “EU digitalna COVID potvrda” as shown below
Step 3: Click button that says “Pristajem”, which means you want to proceed with the authentication.
Step 4: Authenticate into the system
In this step, you’ll need to choose your method of authentication. Once you land on this page, scroll down to see the list. The full list is shown in the below screenshot. Once you decide how to authenticate, click on the associated button and follow the instructions.
Step 5: Click on the green button that says “Zatraži potvrdu” to start the request, which means “Ask for confirmation”.
Step #6: Your OIB will auto-populate in the form shown in the below screenshot. Enter your email address, then click the button that says “Pošalji zahtjev”, which means “Submit request”.
Step #7: Confirmation
If the request was successful, you’ll get the below confirmation, which says “An application CONFIRMATION-NUMBER has been created for the issuance of an EU digital COVID certificate. Confirmation will be sent to EMAIL. You can see the status of the request in the list of requests at the bottom of the page.
Step #8: Download certificate
It only took 5 minutes for the certificate to be issued. Once issued, it can be downloaded from this same page. You’ll also receive a PDF on your email.
Below is an example of what the EU digital certificate passport will look like if issued in Croatia.