LAST UPDATED: 21/10/2021
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 cover:
- Who can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Croatia
- Types of the available vaccine in Croatia
- How foreigners can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Croatia
- After your vaccination
- How foreigners can get the COVID-19 passport in Croatia
- More resources about COVID-19 in Croatia
The facts are these…
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
- 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.
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:
- Astra Zeneca/Oxford
- Johnson & Johnson
- 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.
Here you can view a Croatian vaccination map that shows the COVID-19 vaccination statistics in Croatia according to Croatian municipalities.
In Croatia, the official statement is that foreigners, including people without Croatian health insurance and tourists, 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...
In Croatia, foreigners/tourists can get vaccinated at:
- Mass vaccination points – Immediately upon arrival, without a prior subscription to the vaccination list
- HZJZ County Institutes for Public Health – After they subscribe to the vaccination list and get the appointment
Below are the steps to get a COVID-19 vaccination in Croatia for persons without Croatian health insurance and tourists, according to the Croatian Red Cross and HZJZ.
Note: You don’t have to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at the same location. It is possible to receive the second dose at another location. However, you can’t receive two doses of different vaccines.
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:
- Date of birth
- OIB (if you have one)
- Phone number
- Information on foreign health insurance
Here is a full list of Croatian County institutes of public health:
- Bjelovar-Bilogora county – +385 (0)99 410 5495; +385 (0)43 247 201
- Brod-Posavina county – +385 (0)35 204 081
- Dubrovnik-Neretva county – +385 (0)99 4932 743
- Istria county – +385 (0)52 702 617
- Karlovac county – +385 (0)99 5472 088
- Koprivnica-Križevci county – +385 (0)91 456 8799
- Krapina-Zagorje county – +385 (0)49 221 595
- Lika-Senj county – +385 (0)91 6041 309; +385 (0)53 573 432
- Međimurje county – +385 (0)40 372 350
- Osijek-Baranja county – +385 (0)31 225 762; +385 (0)31 225 769
- Požega-Slavonia county – +385 (0)34 311 553; +385 (0)34 311 563; +385 (0)34 411 872
- Primorje-gorski kotar county – +385 (0)51 554 801
- Sisak-Moslavina county – +385 (0)44 567 188
- Split-Dalmatia county – +385 (0)21 401 174; +385 (0)21 401 173
- Šibenik-Knin county – +385 (0)91 4341 265
- Varaždin county – +385 (0)42 653 137
- Virovitica-Podravina county – +385 (0)99 2117 437; +385 (0)99 2495 670; +385 (0)99 3828 348; +385 (0)99 4944 630
- Vukovar-Srijem county – +385 (0)32 370 429
- Zadar county – +385 (0)23 643 377
- Zagreb – +385 (0)1 4696 308; +385 (0)1 5563 102; +385 (0)1 4696 315
- Zagreb county – +385 (0)1 3322 956
This list is also available to download here.
If you want to call a COVID-19 info phone, call +385 (0)800 0011.
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.
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.
Croatia currently has enough vaccines for everyone. In the largest Croatian cities, it is possible to get the COVID-19 vaccine without a prior subscription to the vaccination list. It is available at mass vaccination points.
This option is ideal for tourists. To check out the latest schedule, track the official city pages of the city where you’d like to get the vaccine. Each city publishes its mass vaccination schedules and the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccination on its pages.
You can choose the type of vaccine you’d like to get. However, check the schedule because mass points vaccinate with one type of vaccine on one day and then with some other type on another day. For example, on Wednesday, somewhere you can get Pfizer, but on Friday, you can get Johnson&Johnson.
A list of all current mass vaccination points in Croatia is available here.
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.
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- 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.
There are two Facebook groups for COVID-19 in Croatia, that include the latest information for the country.
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]
The COVID-19 passport or EU Digital COVID Certificate serves as permission to travel within the EU Member States during the COVID-19 epidemic. It is available in Croatian and English and free of charge.
The COVID-19 passport is also available to foreigners who visit Croatia, regardless of whether they have a residence in Croatia or are tourists. [Read: How to get the COVID-19 passport (EU digital certificate) in Croatia]
To get this passport as a foreigner, you must be entered into the central database of the Croatian Ministry of Health (HZZO) after vaccination or receiving a negative test result.
Visit an HZZO administration office according to the address of your residence. It would be good to call them before the visit to check if there are any changes. [Read: HZZO List of Local Health Insurance Offices]
While traveling to Croatia, Croatia also recognizes international COVID-19 passports that are issued in the other EU Member States.
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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.