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:
- 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 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 is 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.
In Croatia, vaccination against the COVID-19 is now available to everyone including tourists and other foreigners.
Here are the ways to request the vaccination:
- Over the phone at:
- Contact your family doctor and request it. This is the best option if you have chronic health conditions or are at high risk. Your family doctor has the power to adjust your priority on the list.
- Online – You can subscribe to the COVID-19 vaccination list via “Cijepi se” – online registration system. It is available here.
- 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.
- Pharmacies – Croatian pharmacies started to vaccinate against the COVID-19 in August. You have to announce your arrival to the pharmacy and they will provide you with the term.
- Mass vaccination points – They are usually available in the largest Croatian cities. Everyone can go there and get the vaccine immediately.
- COVID-19 buses – COVID-19 buses are available in smaller rural places. You can get the vaccine on the spot, without a prior subscription to the vaccination list.
If you get on the vaccination list, you will then be notified via email, phone or SMS when it is your turn.
If you go to a mass vaccination point, you can get vaccinated immediately, without a prior appointment. A list of all current mass vaccination points in Croatia is available here.
You can learn everything about getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Croatia here.
For more coronavirus resources, please check out our dedicated section here.
There is also a Croatian Facebook group called “Koronavirus Hrvatska – COVID19 – savjeti i informacije” which is available here. It provides the latest information and advice on prevention and protection against the COVID-19 in Croatia.
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 for all people under certain circumstances to protect the public health.
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
|Diphtheria and tetanus||185|
|Hepatitis A for children||237|
|Hepatitis A and B combined vaccine for adults||340|
|Tick Meningoencefalitis for adults||213|
|Tick Meningoencefalitis for children||196|
|Hemophilus Influenza Infection||185|
|Measles, Rubella and Mumps||146|
|Poliomyelitis - Child Paralysis||143|
Please note: All information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. For legal advice, you must consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, you must consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant. We can recommend one if you contact us.