The UK’s traffic light system currently allows UK citizens and residents to visit a number of countries, which have been designated as green, amber or red list destinations by the government. The rules for each list differ – and, for amber list countries, there are two sets of rules for unvaccinated and fully vaccinated travellers. As long as you follow the testing and quarantine requirements that apply to the amber or green list destination you’re visiting, travel for leisure is legal once more. Croatia and its islands are currently on the UK’s green watchlist. What does that mean for travel this summer? Here’s what we know.
CROATIA IS ON THE GREEN WATCHLIST – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Croatia is currently on the UK’s green watchlist. The rules for UK citizens and residents travelling back from green list countries include taking one test before departure, and one PCR test on or before day two of arrival in the UK. Travellers do not have to quarantine on their return from green list countries, regardless of vaccination status, unless they test positive.
However, Croatia’s presence on the watchlist signifies that rising cases in the country leave it at risk of being moved from the green list to the amber list. While nothing has been confirmed, there is a chance it could go amber this summer. If it were to move to the amber list, travellers who aren’t yet fully vaccinated would be required to quarantine at home for 10 days upon returning from Croatia, with tests on day two and eight and the option to pay for early release with an extra test on day five (they would still need to test negative on day eight as well). Double-jabbed travellers would be exempt from the requirement to quarantine at home, but would still be required to take a pre-departure test, as well as a PCR test on day two of their return.
WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR CROATIA?
Since Monday 26 July 2021, anyone travelling to Croatia from the UK will need to present a negative Covid test. If they have taken an antigen test, the result must be no more than 48 hours old upon their arrival in Croatia. If they have taken a PCR test, the result must be no more than 72 hours old upon their arrival. Both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated travellers from the UK must present a negative test to enter the country without quarantining. Children under 12 are exempt, as long as they are accompanied by an adult who can present a negative test.
Every traveller visiting Croatia will need to complete an online entry form and present proof of their accommodation.
WHAT ARE THE COVID RESTRICTIONS IN CROATIA RIGHT NOW?
As of Monday 26 July 2021, face masks are mandatory for everyone in Croatia on public transport and in shops. The number of people at gatherings is limited to 50 unvaccinated people, or 1,000 double-jabbed people (or people who can present negative test results).
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