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The current epidemiological situation has prompted the Croatian government to take drastic measures. In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 disease, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia has imposed stricter anti-epidemic measures that further restrict events and public gatherings. 

The Omicron variant of COVID-19, which has been spreading rapidly around the world, has caused an unwanted rise in infected people in many countries, including Croatia. As a result, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia issued a decision to amend the Decision on necessary epidemiological measures restricting gatherings and introducing other necessary epidemiological measures and recommendations to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. The new anti-epidemic measures entered into effect on January 11 and will remain valid until January 31.

Up to 200 people outdoors and up to 50 people indoors allowed with EU-COVID certificates

Instead of 100 participants, the new measures allow up to 50 people at outdoor public meetings and events. The previously unlimited number of people allowed to gather at events with digital EU COVID certificates and with permission from the local COVID-19 crisis management team is now limited to 200 people.

Indoor gatherings are limited to 25 people without or 100 people with the digital EU COVID certificate and with permission from the local crisis management team. The same restrictions apply to private gatherings which are limited to 20 people without the digital EU-COVID certificate or 50 people with the certificate, except for wedding ceremonies.

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Organizers of public events and gatherings attended only by people holding an EU digital COVID certificate, are required, no later than 7 days before the event, to inform the local crisis management team of the intention to organize such a gathering. The competent civil protection headquarters is required to respond to the request within 3 days of its receipt.

Conferences, conventions, and fairs

Strict adherence to all measures and recommendations

Conferences and conventions can only take place provided that all participants have digital EU-COVID certificates, use face masks and adhere to all mandatory epidemiological measures and special recommendations and instructions issued by the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ), and in particular, keep physical distance.

Fairs and other forms of trade shows, as well as tourist events or events involving the sale, display or indoor exhibition of products, are permitted in strict adherence to the recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, so long as the event organizer ensures that only people with digital EU COVID certificates can enter the venue (exhibitors, visitors, technical staff, etc.).

Sports competitions can be held only without spectators and in strict compliance with epidemiological measures, the realization of which must be supervised by the organizer. As an exception, sports competitions can be held in the presence of spectators with digital EU COVID certificates. In this case, indoor sports facilities may operate with up to 20 per cent of spectator seating occupied, and outdoor sports events with up to 40 per cent of spectator seating occupied.

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An updated decision of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia, along with the statement of reasons, is available here, and all the latest information on coronavirus in Croatia can be found on the website.


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