Due to ongoing uncertainties regarding the travel regulations related to COVID-19, IFR will assess the local conditions closer to the travel date (5-6 weeks prior to the program beginning) and will make Go/No Go decisions then. We urge you to participate in the mandatory orientation meeting when we will discuss the latest travel information and regulations. We also suggest you consider postponing the purchase of your airline ticket until after the program orientation.
Students should purchase airline tickets to the Dr. Franjo Tuđman Airport in Zagreb.
On June 20 2022, students will meet our assistant at the information desk/meeting point at the Dr. Franjo Tuđman Airport in Zagreb, from where they will be escorted directly to their accommodation in Zagreb. The exact time of the meeting will be provided after the student confirm their flight bookings.
If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email Ms. Jana Skrgulja or Ms. Petra Niksic. A local emergency cell phone number will be provided to all enrolled students.
Please consult the following websites regularly for up-to-date restrictions/protocols for travelers to Croatia: Croatian Ministry of the Interior and the US Embassy in Croatia.
Current (as of Dec. 21, 2021) travel regulations/requirements are summarized below:
Travelers from third countries, including the United States, are prohibited from entering Croatia unless they meet certain requirements. Persons traveling from the U.S. for study purposes are allowed into Croatia, but will need to present credible, written documentation (provided by IFR) upon entry to Croatia.
These travelers must present upon arrival:
- a negative PCR test result for SARS-CoV-2 that is not older than 72 hours or rapid antigen test (list of acceptable antigen tests) not older than 48 hours (counting from the time of taking the swab to arriving at the border crossing point). Instead, travelers can opt to have a PCR test done immediately upon arrival to Croatia and remain in self-isolation until they receive a negative test result. If testing cannot be performed, travelers must self-isolate for a period of 10 days. A local test cost ranges from $40 to $150 or more, depending upon the location, and the result can be expected between 24-48 hours. A test can be arranged at the following locations: COVID-19 Testing Locations in Croatia. After receiving a negative test locally, travelers will need to contact a local epidemiologist to clear them from self-isolation. Please direct questions regarding this requirement to the Croatian Ministry of Interior.
- certificate not older than 365 days of receipt of two doses of vaccine used in EU Member States (Pfizer, Moderna, AstaZeneca, Gamaleya, Sinopharm) or vaccines approved by the World Health Organization for emergency use (Serum Institute of India – Covishield, Bharat Biotech – Covaxin,Sinovac – CoronaVac) or presentation of a certificate not older than 365 days of receipt one dose of vaccine received in one dose (Janssen / Johnson & Johnson) if 14 days have passed since receiving that one dose;
- OR: certificate showing that they have recovered from COVID-19 and have received one dose of vaccine used in EU Member States (Pfizer, Moderna, AstaZeneca, Gamaleya, Sinopharm within eight months from contracting the disease, provided that the vaccine was administered less than 356 days from their arrival at the border crossing point;
- OR: they will be imposed self-isolation upon arriving in the Republic of Croatia with a possibility of getting a PCR test or rapid antigen test for SARS-CoV-2 and if they cannot get tested, they have to self-isolate for a total of 10 days.
- All travelers (regardless of citizenship) who meet the entry conditions are advised to fill out an arrival form at Enter Croatia in advance to facilitate their entry at the border.
- All airline passengers to the United States must get a COVID-19 viral test (regardless of vaccination status or citizenship) no more than 1 day before you travel by air into the United States. You must show your negative result to the airline before you board your flight.
- If you recently recovered from COVID-19, you may instead travel with documentation of recovery from COVID-19 (i.e., your positive COVID-19 viral test result on a sample taken no more than 90 days before the flight’s departure from a foreign country and a letter from a licensed healthcare provider or a public health official stating that you were cleared to travel).
A graphical representation of countries by color according to the risk of COVID-19 can be found on the following website: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/covid-19/situation-updates/weekly-maps-coordinated-restriction-free-movement.
- If a student is held at the border for health reasons, they should contact Mrs. Jana Škrgulja via Whatsapp.
- Students will travel from the airport to the hostel by van and all COVID-19 related safety measures will be ensured. Students and staff will be transferred daily from the hostel to the field site according to the COVID-19 related regulations. Masks will be worn in vehicles at all times. The vehicles will be disinfected as needed. The number of occupants per vehicle will be determined according to the protocols set by the Croatian Institute of Public Health with lower-density passenger loads than those set by the vehicle manufacturer.
Citizens of the US, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand do not need visa to visit Croatia for up to 90 days. All nationals who are holders of valid Schengen documents, as well as national visas and residence permits of Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Romania do not require an additional (Croatian) visa for Croatia. Citizens of other countries are asked to check the embassy website page at their home country for specific visa requirements. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Zagreb University can send an official invitation letter that, if needed, can be used at the relevant embassy to secure a visa to the program.