29.03.2020 Aktivnosti SPH

Vessel Restrictions

  • Any vessel entering any port in Croatia MUST undergo port screening inspection by the Port Health Officer
  • Any vessel in international trade who are under obligation of self-isolation or quarantine are prohibited to call any port in Croatia. Exceptions are:
  1. All ships register in Croatia (Croatian flag);
  2. All ships calling Croatian ports for Cargo Operations only;
  3. Passenger ships without passengers which calling Croatian Ports due to lay out;
  4. All ships calling shipyards and repairs

Vessel  Procedures

  • In addition to the standard reporting requirements prior to a ship’s port arrival the ship’s master via ship agent shall communicate to the Croatian Maritime Administration and Sanitary Inspection, a list of persons on board containing information on dates and ports of embarkation.
  • National VTS service is monitoring movements of all ships on international voyages and if entering Croatian sea waters is contacting them on VHF and also informing national services.
  • If an infection is confirmed the ship shall be denied entry into port and the infected person shall receive specific medical treatment in accordance with a specified protocol.
  • If the ship departs before laboratory results are obtained the master and the next port of call shall be given a notification of the patient's condition and eventual confirmation of an infection.
  • In case the laboratory test confirms the infection before ship departure, the patient shall be disembarked and hospitalized subject to the recommended safeguards by medical personnel and advance notice of the patient's transport will be given to the appropriate hospital.
  • Regarding recreational vessels, if coming from covid19 risk areas, all people on bord shall go to quarantine, and if coming from areas with confirmed covid19 cases, they shall go to self-isolation. If foreign citizens have no place to stay in Croatia, they shall leave Croatia by sea. Vessels shall be disinfected.
  • All passenger ships/vessels activities have been cancelled. The only exemption from this rule are necessary domestic ferry transport of persons residing on islands.

Seafarers restrictions

  • In case of suspected infection of persons on board the ship shall be denied entry into port until the sanitary inspectors have identified the health status of persons on board the ship.
  • No crew change permitted (exceptions must be aproveed by Civil Protection Board)
  • No shore leave permitted

Additional Informations:

Croatian seafarers currently embarked on board vessels engaged in international

navigation, who are unable to disembark and repatriate to the Republic of Croatia, are

granted with general extension of the validity of seafarers personal documents up to 3

months for those which will expire before 18 June 2020 in order to allow them to work

legally, in respect of the:

- Certificates of Competency (CoC) and Certificates of Proficiency (CoP)

- Medical certificates

- Endorsements of foreign certificates

- Seamen’s books, Embarkation permits and Seafarers identity documents.

Also, the extension of the validity of the Seafarer employment agreement period is allowedto be granted for a maximum period of 3 months.

Harbour Masters' Office

Until further notice, Harbour Master's Officers (Traffic department) will not visit ships on

arrival/departure unless ordered so in urgent cases.

In carrying out regular tasks or in case of need to go on board, the use of personal protective

equipment (protective mask, rubber gloves, safety, hand sanitizers) is mandatory.

Shipping agencies

All shipping agencies were notified of the obligation to provide the Croatian Maritime

Administration and Sanitary inspectors with the information on embarkation port and date for all persons on board, through national maritime single window.

Recommendation to yachtsmen, boaters and nautical ports related to the COVID-19 epidemic

Nautical tourism ports are open to traffic unless they have order or decision to suspend work issued by the civil protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.

Yachtsmen or boaters arriving by boat to the Republic of Croatia shall complete border formalities at maritime border crossings.

If persons on board are coming from particularly risky areas (at the moment these areas are: Chinese province Hubei including city of Wuhan, Italy, county Heinsberg in German province of North Rhine-Westphalia, South Korean city of Daegu and province Chengdu and Iran) they are quarantined (foreign citizens) or self-isolated (Croatian citizens). Information on particularly risky areas may be found on the following link https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports.

Foreign citizens coming from particularly risk areas, go to organized quarantine at their own expense. Order on compulsory quarantine is issued by sanitary inspector, and traffic police escort to the quarantine is mandatory. If they do not want to quarantine, they must leave the Republic of Croatia by sea.

If persons on board are coming from other risk areas defined by the last report of Civil Protection Headquarters they must be self-isolated.

Croatian citizens will be the subject to the compulsory home quarantine/self-isolation, which must be reached by the shortest possible route.

Foreign citizens that will be the subject to the compulsory quarantine/self-isolation must provide proof of accommodation in the Republic of Croatia, which must be reached by the shortest possible route. If they have no proof of accommodation in the Republic of Croatia, they must leave Republic of Croatia by the sea.

In case that the compulsory self-isolation is ordered, crew of the vessel should navigate from marine border crossing to the nautical port where they have secured berth.

Self-isolation on the vessel is not possible, so it must be provided on land.

In case that quarantine is ordered, crew of the vessel should navigate from marine border crossing to the nautical port closest to the nearest quarantine point (county centre) where they have secured berth.

As soon as the vessel is moored alongside nautical port, all persons on board must report to the service whose contacts they will receive at the marine border crossing.

Upon arrival, Nautical port concessionaire must check if the quarantine or self-isolation order is issued to the persons on board the vessel, and inform marine border crossing that inspected vessel has arrived in the port. Persons provide their own transport to the place of the quarantine /self-isolation. Transport to the quarantine is carried out with exclusive assistance of the Civil Protection, which administer the quarantine.

  • Vessel care includes berth provision and disinfection. Charter Company (for vessels in charter) or owner (for private vessels) of the vessel must ensure disinfection. It must be supervised by nautical port concessionaire


Pripremio: Romano Perić, ITF Inspectorate Coordinator in Croatia