Since June 10, regular flights to Croatia have become available again for Russians. Serious tourist traffic is expected towards the beaches of the Adriatic, so we will tell you about the new realities of crossing the border with this country.
The Russian headquarters for the fight against coronavirus allowed two regular flights a week on the route Moscow – Zagreb. Aeroflot has already started to carry them out, while S7 and Nordwind have been carrying out cargo and passenger air transportation since April. All three airlines plan to expand the frequency and geography of flights by the end of June, since they have no doubt that pandemic restrictions will be eased. Croatia is interested in the influx of Russian tourists, so it has simplified the rules of entry.
Pandemic restrictions do not apply to those vaccinated by “Sputnik V”
Those who have been vaccinated with the Russian vaccine do not need to take a PCR test, it is enough to present a certificate of immunization. The same applies to persons vaccinated with drugs officially recognized in Europe. Everyone else will have to prove their antique status to cross the border. To do this, it is necessary to undergo a PCR test 72 before entry, which is a rather liberal condition. Until recently, the test deadline was limited to just 48 hours. The certificate is suitable – the most common one, as long as it is printed in English. Children under 12 years of age do not need such a certificate.
You can enter with a Croatian national visa or multi-Schengen visa
Raiko Ruzicka, head of the Croatian Tourism Office in the Russian Federation, told the media that visas to Croatia are issued without any special restrictions. You do not need to take biometrics for this, and you can submit visa documents six months before the trip. As a matter of urgency, a Croatian visa can be obtained in just two days. In addition, the country is allowed to enter the country on Schengen visas, as well as on multivisa for Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus. According to Ruzicka, today there is a rush of demand for obtaining Croatian visas, which is why there is a queue for the submission of documents. However, in the near future, the number of employees processing applications is planned to increase, which should eliminate force majeure.
Croatia gives green light to digital nomads
Back in March, Croatia introduced the practice of issuing a 12-month temporary residence permit (TRP) for citizens of non-EU countries. The registration of such a temporary residence permit is simplified as much as possible: for this, it is enough to fill out a questionnaire on the Embassy’s website, and after its approval, collect a package of documents. The project is designed to attract freelancers working remotely to Croatia. In a warm country, “digital nomads” can combine work and leisure, they are provided with a free 70-hour course of studying the Croatian language, and children are accepted for training in local schools.
Travel Prospects to Croatia
During the “dock” 2019, the Balkan country was visited by 154 thousand Russians, mainly tourists. Last year, the tourist flow decreased by 6.4 times (due to coronavirus restrictions), but this year it shows encouraging trends. According to experts, tourist traffic will return to pre-pandemic levels around 2023.