Is Croatia open to vaccinated travelers? What you need to know now
And its national parks look like something out of a dream.
You’ve heard of hygge, the Danish word for coziness and coziness. But Dalmatians – those who live along Croatia’s central coast – prefer fjaka: the state of languishing in sublime contentment.
Since gaining independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, Croatia has become a magnet for fjaka researchers. With 4000 miles of breathtaking Adriatic coastline, secret beaches, mysterious blue caves, Romanesque churches, historic old towns, and national parks riddled with waterfalls, it’s easy to find your happiness here – and now. as the country is open to vaccinated travelers, you can also take a small portion of fjaka.
What is open in Croatia and how to get there
Fully vaccinated people, look at you! You are allowed to enter Croatia, no Covid testing or quarantine is necessary. However, you will need to complete a Registration Form, as well as providing either proof of receipt of a final dose at least two weeks prior to travel, or proof of recovery from Covid within the past 180 days. More information here.
You will also need proof of accommodation, as well as proof that it is fully paid. According to U.S. Embassy in Croatia, a booking confirmation alone will not solve the problem, although there is some flexibility: “accommodation” can mean a hotel, a campsite, a private rental or a rented boat. (Boat life!)
Right now, flights to Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb (with 1 or more stopovers) cost on average around $ 1000 … although sometimes you can get a deal for less. Beaches, hotels and national parks are open across the country, as are restaurants, cafes and terrace bars. Casinos and betting shops are open, but liquor sales stop at 10 p.m., so stock up.
Visit the medieval towns of Croatia
Balkan beauty and medieval architecture abound in Croatia. The southern town of Dubrovnik is one of the ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Croatia, and has gained international fame as King’s Landing in Game of thrones. AT Cafe Buža, a bar built into the walls of the old town fortress, you can jump into the water (or, more practically, admire a beautiful sunset). More inland Zagreb, the old world capital which is quickly becoming a prime European destination for nightlife (and for lonely hearts, thanks to the Museum of Broken Relationships).
Lesser traveled towns include the beautiful walled mountain village of Motovun, which arises from dense and truffled forests. And these are no ordinary tuffles: white truffles from the Istrian peninsula rival their more famous (and much more expensive) Italian and French counterparts.
Also on the Istrian peninsula you will find the sixth largest Roman Coliseum in the world at Pulatown center, directly by the water. (Instead of epic gladiatorial battles, it is now used for concerts and events.) The port city of Trogir is on a small island connected to the mainland by a bridge; the five minutes it takes to cross are filled with panoramic views, best seen from the tower of St. Lawrence Cathedral. And the walled city of Korcula, found on an island of the same name, is often referred to as ‘Little Dubrovnik’ for its similar terracotta roofs, Gothic architecture, and excellent bars and restaurants.
Discover the incredible national parks of the country
Chances are you’ve never seen anything like it Plitvice Lakes. The country’s most famous national park is a wonderland of cascading waterfalls, aquamarine pools, and spectacular bridges that let you watch it all from above. Alternatively, you can splash around in seven different waterfalls at Krka national park, or take a ferry to Brijuni Islands National Park, a collection of fourteen once-private islands off the north coast.
It’s also worth knowing how to reach Kornati National Park (a chartered boat is your best bet), where you’ll be rewarded with nearly 90 uninhabited islands ready for pristine nautical adventures. The islands themselves are barren, so for a greener escape, rent a bike and head out to explore Mljet National Park. (Be sure to stop at St. Mary’s Island, home to a Benedictine church and monastery.) Hikers will find their rhythm in the northern national parks of Velebit, Paklenica, and Risnjak, where they might spot a glimpse of bears, lynxes and wolves.
And don’t forget to try the wine
Croatia has been producing wine since over 2400 years, thanks to their cool Mediterranean climate. Most of their fantastic products, which come from over 300 wine regions across the country, are consumed locally. It is therefore normal that you do like the locals and that you taste as much as possible.
On the island of Hvar you will find Plain of Stari Grad– the longest continuously cultivated vineyard in the world, colonized for the first time in the 4th century BC. Try the reds in Istria and the whites in the Croatian highlands near Zagreb. And if you venture closer to Slovenia and the Danube, you can’t go wrong with the Gewürztraminer.
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