Where to get vaccinations in Croatia

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UPDATED: 1.2.2024.

In Croatia, there are both mandatory and optional vaccinations available. Mandatory vaccinations are performed according to the annual calendar published by the Ministry of Health. They are free of charge no matter if you are a Croatian citizen or not and are covered by the Republic of Croatia.

Optional vaccinations can be performed at your own request, for example, if you want to be protected from the flu or require specific protection to enter a specific country.

The first time you get vaccinated, the doctor will create your record (called “iskaznica imunizacije”). Given that you keep track of this booklet, this is where you can track all your shots.

Where to get vaccinations in Croatia

You have several options for procuring both mandatory and optional vaccinations. They are offered by:

Health Institutions

  • Doktor opće medicine (Your family doctor)
  • Nadležni županijski zavod za javno zdravstvo (competent county public health institute)
  • Privatni doktor (Private doctor or health care provider)
  • Bolnica (Hospitals) – health workers and newborn children in maternity hospitals

Schools

Schools will offer vaccinations and immunizations as part of the mandatory schedule dictated by the government.

Hrvatski zavod za javno zdravstvo – HZJZ

HZJZ, the Croatian Institute for Public Health, offers vaccinations as well, which are most commonly used for optional shots outside of the mandated schedule. HZJZ has a location for each county within Croatia. You do not need an appointment to visit them.

Here are lists of all HZJZ locations within Croatia.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

In Croatia, vaccination against COVID-19 is now available to everyone including tourists and other foreigners.

Here are the ways to request the vaccination:

  • Contact your family doctor and request it. This is the best option if you have chronic health conditions or are at high risk.
  • Contact HZJZ (County Institute for Public Health) closest to your residence. This option is best for those without HZZO insurance, Croatian OIB, or tourists/foreigners.

The latest health and vaccination recommendations from the Croatian Institute of Public Health are available here.

Mandatory Vaccinations & Immunizations

There are shots that the government requires for babies, children, elementary school children, high school children, adults when they reach 60 years old, and all people under certain circumstances to protect public health.

You can read about these mandatory vaccinations and their schedule as defined by the Croatian government here.

Optional Shots

Optional vaccinations are not free of charge. If you want to get protection for a specific disease, you will have to pay for it regardless of whether you have health insurance or not.

The pricing for optional services applies to both Croatian citizens and non-citizens alike. Below are the approximate prices.

Optional Vaccination Costs

VaccinationPrice (Euro)
Yellow fever75,12
Typhoid fever68,29
Tetanus33,81
Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis52,96
Diphtheria and tetanus34,32
Hepatitis A68,29
Hepatitis A for children68,50
Hepatitis A and B combined vaccine for adults58,56
Tick Meningoencefalitis for adults46,03
Tick Meningoencefalitis for children46,03
Meningococcal Meningitis66,40
Influenza18,80
Chickenpox65,88
Poliomyelitis - Child Paralysis38,40
Pneumococcal Infection82,66

Source: https://zzjzpgz.hr/usluge/epidemioloske-usluge/cijepljenja/

Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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