After making this announcement, Croatia is recorded as the first European country to flout the EU Travel Ban on U.S residents and opened its border to American tourists and other visitors on business and official purpose.
Following the Croatian minister of interiors announcement, Croatia lifted its border restrictions to all EU/Schengen countries on July,1 and added that all other foreign countries including U.S can now enter Croatia for tourism, business, official or any other pressing purpose with a relevant proof.
the minister also said, travellers from other countries are required to fill a travel registration form in order to declare their reason for visit and also present a negative covid-19 test report taken within hours or isolate for days they don’t present a valid test report. travellers are also required to provide proof of their accommodation.
According to the new rules, Americans can enter Croatia by transiting through the Schengen airport with proper documentation. It has been mentioned that health professionals, health researchers and associates, care professionals for the elderly and persons requiring emergency medical treatment, cross-border workers, carriers of goods and other transport staff (to necessary extent), diplomats, police officers performing their duties jobs, services and teams of Civil Protection, personnel of international organizations and international military personnel in performing their functions, passengers in transit, individuals travelling for tourist or other business reasons or with other economic interests, and persons travelling for education or other urgent personal reasons are allowed to enter the country.
Before Croatia took the bull by the horn, European Union had previously published a list of 15 third countries where travel restrictions would be lifted by July 1. but U.S., Russia and Brazil was not part of the list due to constant concerns of increasing covid cases and remained banned from the Schengen zone. But as Croatia is a part of the EU and not the Schengen area, authorities successfully opened that borders to American tourists and other banned third-country citizens.