Safe Travel in Covid-19 Times

+++ Current: As of Saturday 9th April 2022, almost all Corona measures will be lifted in Croatia! +++

For us as a tour operator, the well-being of our guests always has the highest priority. All hotels and holiday resorts in our programme, as well as the ships in our fleet, have developed hygiene concepts in close cooperation with the Croatian State Health Authority HZJZ. These measures have been well implemented and we have already had very good experience with them in the summers 2020 and 2021.

In the following, we will give you an overview of the measures taken, which relate to the situation during the 2021 season. Depending on the course of the pandemic, these measures may change as a result of official orders on or during the 2022 season.

You will also find up-to-date information on entry regulations for Croatia.

The information on this page is constantly updated!

  • Hand disinfection when entering the ship and in the saloon. Disinfectants are provided at several places on board.

  • The saloons are ventilated by opening windows and doors and less by the use of ventilation systems – especially without recirculation.

  • The air conditioning systems in the cabins use only purified air from the cabin itself. Air conditioners or their filters are disinfected each time guests change.

  • On all ships in the I.D. Riva fleet, an ioniser has been installed in the salon in excess of the official requirements. The ioniser cleans the air of micro-organisms using the latest technology – including HEPA filters, as used in aircraft. These ionisers are produced by Zepter and have been certified by the German institute Gui-Lab. The certificate can be seen here, more detailed information about the Zepter Therapy Air® iOn can be found here.
  • Whenever guests change, the cabins are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with officially approved disinfectants and are not entered by crew members until you arrive.

  • The crew will not enter your cabin during the cruise. Daily cabin cleaning in the deluxe category can be arranged by agreement.

  • We kindly ask you to show responsibility also during the swimming breaks and to keep the minimum distance when entering and leaving the sea, as well as when swimming.

  • The Croatian National Health Authority HZJZ recommends that passengers bring their luggage on board by themselves to avoid excessive contact. If you need the help of a crew member, he will either wear gloves or disinfect his hands. We also recommend that you carry only one piece of luggage per person and one piece of hand luggage.

  • Every guest is free to wear a mouth and nose protection on board.

  • If you feel ill during the trip or show symptoms typical of Covid-19, please inform the captain or a responsible crew member immediately. Our service team will then immediately initiate the necessary measures and will of course assist you.
  • Holiday homes and vacation rentals are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before your arrival and are not entered by the hosts until you arrive.

  • The hosts will not enter the accommodation units during your stay.
  • The potential occupancy rate of hotels was reduced.

  • Sufficient disinfectants are available in all public areas of the hotels.

  • The hotel rooms will be disinfected before your arrival and will not be entered by staff anymore until you arrive. Rooms will only be cleaned during your stay if you wish.

  • In the hotel restaurants, the table arrangement has been adapted so that the minimum distance between individual groups of guests is maintained.

  • In some hotels, due to the size of the restaurant, dinner may be divided into two sessions.

  • At buffets, the dishes selected by the guests can be served on plates by the restaurant staff.

  • Meals can also be offered as a menu choice instead of buffet form and served at the table.

  • Wellness facilities and indoor swimming pools may be available only to a limited extent or not at all.

  • Miniclubs for children may be closed.

  • Animation programmes may be limited or not available at all.
  • The accommodation units are disinfected before your arrival and are not entered by the staff anymore until your arrival. There will be no cleaning of the apartments, mobile homes and tents during your stay.

  • There is sufficient disinfectant available in all public areas.

  • In the restaurants, the table arrangement has been adapted so that the minimum distance between individual groups of people is maintained.

  • In buffet restaurants, the dishes selected by the guests can be served on plates by the restaurant staff.

  • Wellness facilities (if available) may be limited or not available at all.

  • Miniclubs for children may be closed.

  • Animation programmes may be limited or not available at all.
  • Face masks must be worn from the moment you enter the departure airport, during the flight and until you leave the destination airport.

  • Although your fare may allow you to carry two pieces of hand luggage, most European airports currently allow passengers to pass through security checks with only one piece of hand luggage
  • Face masks are compulsory for all passengers, even during the journey.

  • The first row of seats is locked to ensure the minimum distance from the driver’s seat.

  • During the journey a minimum distance between seats is not required by law, but we ask you to maintain a safety distance of 1.5 metres during boarding and exiting.

  • Entering and leaving the bus is possible via the front and rear doors. This is to prevent the persons getting in and out of the bus from jamming themselves.

  • There is no free choice of seats, but passengers are allocated their seats according to a seating plan.

  • No snacks and drinks are sold on board, please bring your own food and drink for the journey.

  • Toilets on board will remain closed during the entire journey, but there will be sufficient breaks at rest areas.

  • Disinfectant is provided at the doors.

  • When loading and unloading luggage, drivers wear a face mask and disposable gloves.

  • When passengers change buses, handholds and tables are disinfected by the driving personnel.

Valid from 9th April 2022

On Saturday 9th April 2022, almost all Corona measures will be lifted in Croatia:

  • Masks will no longer be compulsory in shops and enclosed spaces in general.
  • Masks will only be compulsory in the health sector (hospitals, doctors’ surgeries, outpatient clinics).
  • All restrictions on opening hours in gastronomy will be lifted.

Last updated on 7th April 2022, valid from 9th April 2022.

Travellers coming directly from the countries and/or regions of the European Union or from countries and/or regions of the Schengen area and associated Schengen countries no longer need an EU COVID certificate to enter Croatia. This means that neither a vaccination or convalescence certificate needs to be presented, nor a valid negative test result.

Current status, updated 7th April 2022

Travellers from third countries are granted entry to the Republic of Croatia under the following conditions:

  • negative PCR test or rapid antigen test - RAT on SARS-CoV-2, where the RAT test must be listed in the Common list of rapid antigen tests recognized by the Member States of the European Union, published by the European Commission. If the RAT test findings were made abroad, the manufacturer and/or the commercial name of the test must be visible and the test must be issued by a health institution / laboratory and signed / confirmed by a doctor.If otherwise, it will not be accepted as credible for entering the Republic of Croatia. The PCR test result must not be older than 72 hours and the RAT test 24 hours from the moment of testing until arrival at the border crossing.

  • vaccination certificate for persons who received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine used in EU Member States (BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Gambaleya, Sinopharm) not older than 365 days. Exceptionally, in the case of a vaccine received in a single dose, a certificate of receipt of a single dose if the dose was received more than 14 days before crossing the state border;

  • confirmation of receipt of the first dose of Pfizer, Moderna or Gamaleya, with which it is possible to enter the Republic of Croatia in the period from the 22nd to the 42nd day of receipt of the vaccine, or from the 22nd to the 84th day of receipt of the first dose of vaccine AstraZeneca.

  • confirmation of COVID-19 recovery and receipt of a single dose of vaccine within six months of the onset of the disease, provided that vaccination must be carried out less than 270 days before arrival at the border crossing point;

  • presentation of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, confirming that the holder recovered from the SARS-CoV-2 virus infection, which was performed in the previous 180 days, and older than 11 days from the date of arrival at the border crossing point or upon presentation of a certificate of recovery issued by a physician;

  • or perform PCR testing or rapid antigen testing on SARS-CoV-2 immediately upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia (at their own expense), with the obligation to stay in self-isolation until the arrival of a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, a measure of self-isolation is determined for a period of ten (10) days.

On entry, the contact details of travellers are registered for the duration of their stay in Croatia. In order to avoid long waiting times when crossing the border, the Croatian Ministry of the Interior recommends that contact and residence details are registered in advance online.

Further information can be found here.

You can find detailed and up-to-date information – including information on entering your home country on your return from Croatia – here in German.


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