How tourists can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Croatia

COVID-19 mass vaccination point in Split, Croatia
COVID-19 mass vaccination point in Split, Croatia

LAST UPDATED: 23/07/2021

While slow-moving at first due to EU shortages, Croatia now has a very efficient, streamlined process for getting vaccinated.

Vaccination against COVID-19 is not required if you want to enter Croatia. It is optional. However, to enter the country, you have to prove that you are not infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Depending on your nationality and where you are traveling from, this can be proven with:

  • Negative PCR test or rapid antigen test
  • Certificate showing you are fully vaccinated
  • Certificate showing you have received at least one vaccine dose
  • Certificate showing you have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least one dose of the vaccine
  • Positive PCR or rapid antigen test from the previous 180 days, but no newer than 11 days.

The COVID-19 vaccine in Croatia is now available to everyone including people without Croatian health insurance, tourists, and foreign nationals with a residence in Croatia. However, vaccination rules may vary in each Croatian county.

We already explained how to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you are a resident of Croatia. [Read: How to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Croatia]

This article includes the latest information that we have found out from government institutions. However, due to frequent changes, it is required to contact the county institute of public health according to the address of your stay to check if there have been any changes.

In this post, we’ve cover:

The facts are these…

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine in Croatia is now available to everyone including:

  • Croatian nationals
  • Foreign nationals
  • Residents with prebivalište, i.e. permanent address
  • Residents with boravište, i.e. temporary address
  • Tourists
  • People with Croatian health insurance
  • People without Croatian health insurance

This means that everyone who lives in or visits Croatia can get the COVID-19 vaccine. Croatian health insurance is no longer required to get the vaccine.

Types of the available vaccine in Croatia

COVID-19 vaccines available in Croatia provide high protection against the COVID-19 disease for most people (between 72% and 95%). All vaccines in Croatia are free of charge.

Vaccines against COVID-19 currently available in Croatia are:

  • AstraZeneca/Oxford
  • Johnson&Johnson
  • Moderna
  • Pfizer/BioNTech (Comirnaty)

Johnson&Johnson vaccine requires one dose and other vaccines from this list require two doses. In some cases, it is possible to get only one dose of the vaccine in Croatia.

For example, let’s assume that you already received your first dose outside of Croatia. In this case, it is possible to get the second dose of the same vaccine in Croatia.

Before you get vaccinated, keep in mind that you must notify the doctor at the vaccination point of possible or previous severe allergic reactions, severe acute illness, or infection with high body temperature. According to provided information, the doctor will decide whether you can get vaccinated against COVID-19 or if the vaccination should be postponed.

How foreigners can get on the vaccination list

In Croatia, the official statement is that foreigners, including people without Croatian health insurance, can now receive free vaccination against COVID-19.

Here is a statement from the official HZJZ pages:

According to the Decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, Croatian citizens with health insurance, Croatian citizens without health insurance, and all people who have foreign citizenship and are on the territory of the Republic of Croatia can get vaccinated.

We called each of the county institutes of public health in Croatia to check out the latest information on the vaccination. It turns out that each county institute organizes vaccination according to its own internal rules.

If you are not sure of your options...

Below are the steps to request a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in Croatia for persons without Croatian health insurance and tourists, according to the Croatian Red Cross and HZJZ.

Step #1 Contact HZJZ

Contact the county institute of public health (HZJZ) according to your current Croatian address called “boravište”. Call them and tell them that you want to get on the vaccination list. Each county HZJZ will provide you with the latest information.

You must provide them with this information:

  • Name
  • Surname
  • Date of birth
  • OIB (if you have one)
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Information on foreign health insurance

Here is a full list of Croatian County institutes of public health:

This list is also available to download here.

Step #2 Wait for the vaccination appointment

HZJZ will get back to you. They will give you a call and provide you with information on where and when you will get vaccinated. You will be informed of the time a few days before the vaccination.

Mass vaccination point in Split, Croatia
COVID-19 Vaccination stations for Moderna and Pfizer at Spaladium Arena in Split, Croatia

Step #3 Get vaccinated

On the day of your vaccination appointment, show up at the location 5-10 minutes early.

The doctor will ask you if you have any allergies or severe diseases. If they conclude that everything is okay, you will receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If they find anything suspicious due to the information you provided, the vaccination will be postponed.

After you get vaccinated, you will receive a small card with your name, the date of the first dose, and the name of the vaccine.

You’ll need to stick around for 15-30 minutes after your jab to make sure you don’t have any adverse reactions.

After your vaccination

After you get vaccinated against COVID-19, you still must follow some epidemiological measures in Croatia. This is necessary to protect yourself and others from getting or spreading the disease.

  • Wear a mask when you are indoors or cannot socially distance
  • Maintain a distance of at least 2 meters from other people
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Follow the epidemiological instructions recommended for your workplace, school, public spaces, traveling, etc.

All important information regarding the COVID-19 epidemic in Croatia can be found on the government’s web site here.

If you are struggling with the COVID-19 epidemic and all the stress it carries, you can get free psychological support. [Read: How to get psychological support due to the earthquakes or coronavirus]

Read our other COVID-19 posts


Sources:

https://www.hzjz.hr/
https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212
https://www.koronavirus.hr/en
https://www.hzjz.hr/sluzba-epidemiologija-zarazne-bolesti/cijepljenje-protiv-covid-19-bolesti-najcesca-pitanja-i-odgovori/

Please note: All information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal advice in any form. For legal advice, you must consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. We can recommend one if you contact us.

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18 thoughts on “How tourists can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Croatia

  1. ayumi
    June 10, 2021 @ 3:22 pm

    Hi there,

    I was wondering if you could give me any links to government or official sites that confirm this information? I have had many people calling all over to try and get me a vaccine but they all get told foreigners can no longer get vaccinated in Croatia. Any links or suggestions would be hugely appreciated.

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    • Marija Tkalec
      July 1, 2021 @ 6:25 pm

      Hi Ayumi,

      You can find all official sources at the end of this article. We are constantly updating this article according to the latest news.

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  2. yoonhee park
    June 13, 2021 @ 2:04 pm

    Hello, I am planing to travelling Croatia.

    If I can have vaccine I would like to add Split in my plan.
    For making appointment do I need only passport?
    what about the procedure?

    and is there any place can I get vaccine easily in Zagreb?

    Thanks:)

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    • Marija Tkalec
      July 1, 2021 @ 6:29 pm

      Hi Yoonhee,

      The latest information is that only people with Croatian health insurance can get the vaccine in Croatia. We are tracking the news, so keep in touch. Have a nice stay in Croatia (:

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  3. Maude Frances
    June 14, 2021 @ 8:46 am

    I can’t see a date for this article. Is this information up-to-date (14 June 2021)?

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    • Marija Tkalec
      June 22, 2021 @ 6:47 pm

      Hi Maude,

      We update this article whenever we find new information. It was last updated on June 16, 2021. Thank you for reading (:

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  4. Elisa
    June 24, 2021 @ 3:43 pm

    I checked with the health centre in Korčula and they say so far they won’t be vaccinating tourists. I will be 6 weeks in Croatia and I’m hoping to get my 2nd dose there. Will post an update if I manage to find something.

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    • Marija Tkalec
      June 28, 2021 @ 6:49 pm

      Hi Elisa,

      Thanks for letting us know, we are tracking the news and updating this post accordingly. Fingers crossed for getting your 2nd dose (:

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  5. Lina
    June 24, 2021 @ 3:55 pm

    Hi, I just wanted to give an update of how easy it is to vaccinate here 🙂 Me and my boyfriend walked in to the clinic, Asked for Janssen, showed our passport and got it. No questions asked about if we are tourist or anything. I live here but my boyfriend is not registered but it didn’t seem to matter.

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    • Marija Tkalec
      June 29, 2021 @ 6:40 pm

      Hi Lina,

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Where did you get the vaccine?

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  6. Elisa
    June 24, 2021 @ 5:54 pm

    Me again, I just heard back from the health centre and here is the latest news. Tourists can be vaccinated in Korčula. You have to book the appointment either by phone number: +385 (0) 99 529 4945 or you can register by online form https://dom-zdravlja-korcula.hr/cijepni-punkt/
    you can also contact them by e-mail: [email protected]

    Hope this helps!

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    • Marija Tkalec
      June 28, 2021 @ 6:52 pm

      Hi Elisa,

      Thank you for your update, we appreciate it a looot 🙂

      So, the latest information that we got from the HZJZ is that the vaccine is not available to tourists and that only persons with Croatian health insurance can get it. Do you maybe have Croatian health insurance for some reason?

      Enjoy your stay,
      Marija

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      • Elisa
        June 30, 2021 @ 3:34 pm

        I don’t have insurance. We just arrived in Croatia so I haven’t tried to reach these contacts yet. I hope Croatia will change their minds about vaccinating tourists . It’s really for the good of the world that everyone gets it somehow. Especially with so many tourists arriving very soon. People are not following rules with masks and distancing here, it’s going to be a problem again.

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        • Marija Tkalec
          June 30, 2021 @ 4:38 pm

          Hey Elisa,

          Yes, we all hope that the situation will change and that tourists will be able to get their dose easily. Have a nice stay in Croatia and keep us posted (:

          Warm regards,
          Marija

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  7. Martin Wood
    June 28, 2021 @ 2:30 pm

    Just tried calling the Dubrovnik HZJZ and was told no vaccines were available anybody without Croatian healthcare despite me and my wife being residents.

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    • Marija Tkalec
      June 28, 2021 @ 5:59 pm

      Hi Martin,

      Yes, you are right – this is the latest information that we got from the HZJZ as well and we already updated this article accordingly. Thanks for sharing this information with us!

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  8. Dario
    June 30, 2021 @ 11:36 am

    I’m not sure how tourists and those who “borave” in Croatia are allegedly getting coronavirus shots, but repeated phonecalls and emails to the Dubrovnik health department has yielded firm NOs even for dual Croatian citizens who reside part time in Croatia. Having Croatian health insurance is mandatory. The Korčula health department website requires you to fill in the Croatian MBO number (health insurance number) in order to register as well. The Dubrovnik health department has stated that the information posted here about the 380kn payable to receive the coronavirus shot is incorrect.

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    • Marija Tkalec
      July 7, 2021 @ 2:18 pm

      Hi Dario,

      They changed the rules several times. The latest information is that only people with Croatian health insurance can get vaccinated.

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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