Croatia has decided to reopen its borders for the citizens of 10 European countries, as Coronavirus cases have started to decrease.
Croatia opened its borders to the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Germany, and Slovakia. Nationals from those countries now do not have to prove the reason for their entry into the Republic of Croatia and are able able to enter under the same conditions as before the outbreak of COVID-19, but still, with epidemiological control, and with the obligation to comply with general and special recommendations of the Institute of Public Health.
Kufner was asked who and under what conditions, besides those citizens from the 10 EU nations, can now enter Croatia. EU citizens from outside those nations need a reason to enter Croatia.
“The procedure is such that when arriving at the border crossing, in addition to the standard procedure that was before coronavirus, handing over travel documents for examination, people must now also give their phone number and address where they will stay in Croatia. These are health or epidemiological measures to have data in case epidemiologists have to get in touch with them,” Kufner said.
He also added that in order to reduce congestion at border crossings and shorten the waiting time, the Croatian government had launched the Enter Croatia website where forms with personal data can be filled out in advance.
State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs Andreja Metelko-Zgombic says that Croatia can decide for itself who to let into the country. It is true that each country applied separate rules because each country was affected differently by the epidemic.
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