Border checks

The police carries out border checks for crossing the national border (entries and exits), which includes checks on persons, items and vehicles

Note: During the epidemic, special conditions for crossing the border of the Republic of Croatia will be prescribed by decisions of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.

Croatia’s accession to the EU did not result in removing border checks with EU Member States (Slovenia and Hungary).

On 7 April 2017, with the entry into force of amendments to the Schengen Borders Code, the procedure for conducting border checks changed. Border checks now include systematic verification of all persons crossing the border of the Republic of Croatia, which applies, both on entry and on exit, to the internal and the external border.
For persons enjoying the right of free movement under Union law, this includes:
  • verification of their identity and nationality
  • verification of the validity of their travel document
  • consulting the relevant databases.
On entry and exit, third-country nationals will be subject to thorough checks which, in addition to the aforementioned systematic verification, include additional verification.

Accession to the Schengen area

Upon the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the Schengen area, checks at internal borders between EU Member States will be lifted, while checks at external borders will remain.

Before travelling abroad, it is recommended to check the website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs for the current conditions for entry into a specific country at
Consular information.