COVID-19 – recommendations and latest data

Coronavirus – latest recommendations


Weekly reports on the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Europe and worldwide are published here and here respectively.

For data on cases in individual states,  visit the webpage of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control:

In the case of acute respiratory distress symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste…) or other clinical or epidemiological indication, including testing required in care homes and other social or health care services for reducing the risk of infection spread among vulnerable groups, in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines, testing referral is issued by the designated physician (family practitioner, pediatrician), who will also schedule the testing. In case of severe symptoms that require hospital treatment, your physician will refer you to a hospital. If you have disease symptoms, you can contact your physician or a COVID infirmary via telephone (or a tourist infirmary if you are away from your place of residence).

In case of a SARS-CoV-2 positive PCR or RAT test, or if disease symptoms occur during quarantine, you should inform your physician of the finding or disease symptoms via telephone. If you do not have a designated physician in Croatia and you are staying in a hotel or private accommodation, you should notify the accommodation owner/manager who will then contact the relevant health care service – the designated epidemiologist and/or designated tourist infirmary.

If severe symptoms associated with COVID-19 occur when your physician is off duty, you need to go to a hospital and get examined (in Zagreb, this is done at the Hospital for Infectious Diseases „Dr. Fran Mihaljević“). If this is not possible due to your condition or some other reason, you should call 194 or 112 and arrange for an ambulance. If you choose to arrange your own transportation to the hospital, a personal vehicle should be used (when possible, the patient drives or is driven by a household member). Both the patient and the driver should wear face masks and sit diagonally in the vehicle.

Testing upon request due to administrative, legal (e.g. for travelling abroad etc.) or personal reasons is available, with payment.

For more information on testing for SARS-CoV-2 at the CIPH, click here.

Coronavirus testing protocol

For collective recommendations on SARS-CoV-2 testing priorities, click here.

Coronavirus – latest recommendations

Advice on how to reduce the risk of communicable diseases –  video.

Croatian Institute of Public Health coronavirus helplines: 099 468 30 01 are open on workdays between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For telephone numbers of epidemiologists on call assigned to different territories, click here.

Other coronavirus helplines.