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Croatia to allow tourists with proof of negative test or vaccination

British travellers will be able to enter Croatia if they have proof of vaccination, a negative Covid-19 test or confirmation they have recovered from the virus.

Nikolina Brnjac, tourism minister, said: “EU citizens, as well as non-EU citizens, who have either recovered or been vaccinated or have a negative PCR or EU-approved antigen test, will be able to enter Croatia for tourist reasons.

“We have intensified preparations for the upcoming tourist year; we are arranging additional points for testing in tourist places in order to make our tourists’ stay in the Republic of Croatia as pleasant and safe as possible.”

As well as proof of their Covid-19 status, travellers must have confirmation of accommodation that is booked and paid for.

The tests can be a PCR test or a rapid antigen test, listed on the Common List of Rapid Antigen Tests recognised by the EU. The test must not be older than 48 hours at the time of arrival at the Croatian border.

If a traveller is presenting a negative antigen test and is planning to remain in Croatia for longer than 10 days, they must do another test during their stay which should be done within the 10 days of receiving the results of their first test.

If it is not possible to produce a test at the border, a mandatory self-isolation will be necessary until the person has tested in Croatia and received negative results.

If a traveller is presenting a vaccination certificate, they must have received their second vaccine dose more than 14 days before travel.

The confirmation of recovery from Covid must be no older than 180 days, and not more recent than 11 days before arrival at the Croatian border.

Children under the age of seven travelling with a parent or guardian are exempt if the parents or guardians have a negative PCR or rapid antigen test, or confirmation of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19.

Travellers are encouraged to enter their details on the Enter Croatia website before travelling.

The UK government is expected to reveal more details of its Global Travel Taskforce report later this week, having initially set a publication date of April 12, with non-essential international travel from England to resume no earlier than May 17.

Antigen tests use lateral flow devices (LFDs) and are cheaper and quicker than PCR tests.

Everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free rapid coronavirus test twice a week from Friday (April 9).

Rapid testing has so far been available to those most at risk and people who need to leave home for work, including frontline NHS workers, care home staff and residents, and schoolchildren and their families.

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