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 where tourists can get vaccinated

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

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 younger than 11 days.

Until recently, the COVID-19 vaccine in Croatia was available only to legal residents in Croatia. We explain how to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you are a resident of Croatia in this post.

The excellent news is that the vaccine is now available to tourists as well as foreign nationals during their stay in Croatia.

In this post, we’ve cover:

The facts are these…

Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine in Croatia is available to:

  • Tourists
  • Croatian nationals
  • Foreign nationals
  • Residents with prebivalište, i.e. permanent address
  • Residents with boravište, i.e. temporary address

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)

Most vaccines from this list require two doses. If you are a tourist or a foreign national, 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, you can get the second dose of the same vaccine in Croatia (if it is available).

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 tourists can get on the vaccination list

In Croatia, tourists can receive free vaccination against COVID-19 with or without health insurance. You may also get vaccinated even if you don’t have a family doctor called “doktor obiteljske medicine” in Croatia.

Foreign tourists can get vaccinated with a temporary address called “boravište” in Croatia along with their passport. This temporary address may be your accommodation like a hostel, hotel, or vacation rental.

To get on the vaccination list, tourists and persons without a family doctor must visit or call the county institute of public health (županijski zavod za javno zdravstvo – HZJZ) according to their current address of stay in Croatia.

An easier way to get vaccinated in Croatia...

We know firsthand that the mass vaccination point at Spaladium Arena in Split is giving away vaccinations to tourists, as well as long-term residents without an appointment as long as you bring your passport or OIB.

We have called responsible government institutions around the country to get official information about this, as well as the other mass vaccination points available to tourists. However, everyone is denying that it is possible for tourists to obtain a vaccination without an appointment. So, officially, you need an appointment. Unofficially, you can probably get one without an appointment.

Below we have provided instructions on how to request an appointment. But, we’ve also provided a list of the mass vaccination points. You can try and just show up at the one closest to you to see if they will give you your jab.

Here is a list of all mass vaccination points in Croatia organized by Croatian counties.

Here is a list of all testing points in Croatia.

Below are the steps to request a COVID-19 vaccination appointment in Croatia, 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.

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

After they collect a group of foreign tourists, 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.

Vaccination of tourists will be organized at a special location after they collect a large enough group, according to priority. 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 our other COVID-19 posts


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