Visiting Croatia Post-COVID-19: Everything You Need to Know

Croatia is back in contention as a prime tourist destination after it reached a 90% recovery rate for people infected with the coronavirus. If you are looking to get some sun and enjoy your summer on a Croatian beach, you can do so because the population of Croatia is only 4 million, which makes it easy to find isolated relaxation spots. If you want to visit Croatia post-COVID-19, there are a few things you should know.

For starters, Croatia is one of very few countries currently accepting US passport holders. This fact alone has drawn a lot of attention recently.

Dubrovnik, Croatia

There Are Lots of Places to Stay

Although some establishments closed their doors during the pandemic, the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik did not, and it remains open to visitors. It is only 50 meters from the iconic Pile Gate, but there are some restrictions that are likely to stay in place. For example, there are new check-in procedures and physical contact with anyone has been reduced to a minimum. This is not just for the Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik, though, because a lot of other hotels have these restrictions in place too.

South of Dubrovnic, you will find the Dubrovnik Riviera Sheraton hotel, which is close to different sandy beaches, shopping malls, restaurants and bars. It is a perfect location for enjoying some sun and sand, hiking, and walking to explore abandoned locations and fishing villages. The Sheraton hotel is large enough to allow for adequate physical distance, but you will be treated to custom meals rather than standard ones.

For Those Who Need Private Accommodation

If you need private accommodation, there are lots of options in the old town. You can stay at Apartment Eja, a private house with amazing views, or at the Laneli apartment, which is located in a residential building. Although Dubrovnik old town parking is affordable, the Laneli apartment still has private parking. It is also close to some famous beaches, which makes it the perfect place to self-isolate if you need to. Both of these apartments are great if you will be in Dubrovnik for more than a few days.

Dinner at Taj Mahal in Dubrovnik Old Town

Places to Eat

Most of the places that are open are in the Old Town. The Pizzeria Castro is still open, as is the Taj Mahal where you can meet, interact, and mingle with locals. The Taj Mahal is located on a street with a number of bars and restaurants. The Pizzeria Castro will remind you of the streets of Italy while the Taj Mahal will give you a taste of Bosnian cuisine.


There are lots of things to do in Croatia, and there will be a lot more as more and more businesses continue to reopen. If you want to relax in nature, you should visit Lokrum Island or perhaps Banje Beach for a swim and some stunning views of the surrounding areas. Hiking is still a popular activity because the cable car has suspended operations. (But not too popular, don’t worry about crowds.)

Dubrovnik Old Town, as seen from the hills above

If you are looking for a cultural taste of Dubrovnik, you can visit the House of Marin Držić, which has a lot of information and lots to learn about why the locals love him so much.

If you love souvenirs, you will be sad to know that none of the shops that sell souvenirs are open. That said, many of these shops have websites where you can place your orders and have the souvenirs delivered within Croatia. Cannot go home no souvenirs, after all 😉

Croatia Is Open For Tourism

While Croatia has largely recovered from COVID-19, a lot of countries have not. Croatia initially limited which nationalities can visit and since things went well now visitors from all nations are allowed back in to enjoy the magic of Croatia.

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If you are looking for a summer vacation in a safe, affordable, and accessible destination, you should choose Croatia. There is a lot to do and see, and the best thing is that a lot of locals speak English, so you will never feel lost. Unless you want to 😉

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"Some people eat, others try therapy. I travel."   Cultural enthusiast. Adrenaline junkie. Eater of strange foods. Chasing unique and offbeat adventures around the world since 2008. Derek loves going to new destinations where he does not speak a word of the local language and must communicate with hand gestures, or places where he is forced to squat awkwardly to poo -- supposedly its healthier and more efficient. For more information (about Derek, not squat pooing) including popular posts and videos, check out his bio.

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