Sailing rules in the Republic of Croatia during domestic travel restrictions caused by coronavirus pandemic
Croatia has also banned or, in certain cases, restricted temporarily border crossings including those via sea. The boats arriving from international waters are not allowed to enter any port unless a pass permit has previously been issued. If it hasn’t, the vessel has to turn around and leave the Republic of Croatia via sea.
In such circumstances when sailing is practically impossible, foreign seafarers who keep their boats in Croatian marinas and ports cannot get to them. However, there might be seafarers who find themselves sailing and they could be taken ashore as an exception provided that the Civil Protection Directorate has approved that there is a justified reason for such a decision and that there is an adequate place in the quarantine for the passenger. In such a case, the Civil Protection Directorate can also help with provision of what is necessary for the boat such as gas, food, water and medicine. For boaters from other countries who have residence in Croatia and are currently in Croatia, the same rules apply as for all Croatian citizens.
According to the current measures to minimise the spread of coronavirus, no one in the Republic of Croatia is allowed to leave the permanent address without a valid document. There is a saying in Croatia „If you dip your finger into the sea, you will be connected with the whole world“ which is not true at the moment because we are currently disconnected even from the neighbouring ports unless we have a pass permit.
This means that if you have a boat in your local port which is at the same time the county of your residence, you can go out, but you cannot enter another local harbour outside your county. The rules to practice social distancing between people apply in both, open and closed areas. As public and organized gatherings of any kind have been suspended, there are no regattas nor training at sea.