Croatia is open to tourism, Americans are welcome
Many (especially in the United States) are happy to plan trips after vaccination. Although I know that many people hope to travel to Europe, we have no reason to believe that Europe’s most popular tourist destinations will open up, such as France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
However, there is one often overlooked country in the European Union that is already open to visitors and might be worth considering. This country is so easily able to establish its own rules in this regard because it does not yet belong to the Schengen zone.
Croatia open to those who are vaccinated or tested
Croatia is already open to visitors from all over the world, with just a few requirements. For those coming from the United States, you can enter without having to quarantine yourself if:
- You are fully vaccinated, which means at least two weeks have passed since your last recommended dose
- You show a negative PCR test result taken no more than 48 hours before you arrive in Croatia, and if your test is more than 48 hours old, you can get tested when you arrive and simply quarantine until you get a negative result; if you are staying in Croatia for an extended period, you will need to get tested again on the tenth day
- You present proof of recovery from the coronavirus, in the form of a positive PCR or rapid antigen test, carried out 11 to 180 days ago
All tourists must also provide “a certificate of paid accommodation”. In other words, you just need to be prepared to show proof that you have booked a hotel or other accommodation.
Is it time to plan a trip to Croatia?
I would love to hear from OMAAT readers who are more familiar with traveling to Croatia, both because I am considering a trip there this summer and because I am sure other readers are as well.
While I flew through Croatia a few years ago, I have only visited the country once before, and I don’t even remember much. I must have been 10, or something, and I was on a cruise with my mom. We spent a day in Dubrovnik, but again it was a few decades ago, and I really don’t remember much except walking through the old town.
But yeah, Croatia looks pretty tempting, right? I have always found Croats to be friendly on my travels, and the coast along the Adriatic Sea is beautiful.
The three most popular cities in Croatia to visit are Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb. I haven’t done much research yet, but my first thoughts are:
- Dubrovnik seems like the obvious choice and could be great, especially since there probably won’t be any cruise ship passengers this year.
- Split is also on the water so if anyone has any ideas about Dubrovnik vs Split I would love to hear them
- Is Zagreb worth a visit compared to the other two cities, given that it is inland which on the surface attracts me less
It seems the best potential hotel options would be the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which participate in the World of Hyatt partnership, allowing you to earn and redeem points.
For example, the Excelsior hotel seems to be one of the best hotels in Dubrovnik and is part of the partnership. Tiffany also had a good stay at the Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera several years ago.
Excelsior Dubrovnik Hotel
There are other cool-looking properties, like the Vestibul Palace Hotel, though on a closer look at the property, it looks like the cool design may be limited on the outside.
Vestibul Palace Split Hotel
At the end of the line
If you are looking to travel to a European Union country this summer and want to be realistic, Croatia might be worth considering. The country is already open to visitors from around the world in conjunction with testing or proof of vaccination.
I only visited Croatia briefly as a child on a cruise, although I am seriously considering a trip here this summer.
I would love to hear from anyone who has been to Croatia more recently and would be happy to receive advice on where to go, where to stay and what to see (and I’m sure I’m not alone, because many OMAWO readers are probably considering something similar).
Is anyone planning a trip to Croatia anytime soon?