Plenkovic: All Tools Will Be Used To Reduce Crowds At Borders

By , 21 Apr 2017, 10:28 AM Travel
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Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic hopes for a speedy resolution to Croatia's problematic border situation.

Opening yesterday's session of the government, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic took another look at the current problems facing Croatia's border crossings, an unexpected and unappealing situation involving enormous delays and crowds following the quick implementation of new regulations earlier this month. Assessing that systematic controls for Croatia, a nation which relies almost entirely on the tourism industry, were unsatisfactory. He commented that Croatia has since launched a broad diplomatic activity on this issue with the aim of coming to a resolution.

"We will use all the possible legal, institutional and political tools we have available through dialogue within the European Council to solve this problem because it can not be acceptable to us as a tourist country" stated Plenkovic, before adding that Croatia would continue with the engagement approach to meet Schengen criteria.

It is worth remembering that Croatia shares land borders with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Montenegro and Hungary. Traffic from throughout Europe entering the country through these borders, particularly via Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina during the summer months is typically heavy even without such targeted controls. Those travelling by car down to Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik riviera (which is at risk of becoming one of the biggest victims of this undesirable issue if it is not resolved with haste) have to cross the border into and back out of Bosnia and Herzegovina at Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina's only piece of coastline.

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  • Traffic is heavy on most of the roads leading towards the coast and towards the interior of the country (on most of the motorways A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče, A2 Zagreb-Macelj, A3 Bregana-Lipovac, on the A7 Rupa-Diračje), on the Krk bridge in both directions and on most of the roads in the coastal area, especially near Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski, Zadar, Šibenik, Dubrovnik, on the section Split-Omiš-Makarska and between Klek and Zaton Doli through Neum. The state road DC59 between Kistanje and Ivoševci is closed due to a wild fire. on the A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče there is some queueing traffic between the rest area Vukova Gorica and Karlovac at the toll station Lučko 6 km in direction Zagreb, at Demerje 2 km in direction coast traffic is occasionally queueing between Lučko and Karlovac on the A2 Zagreb-Macelj on the A2 Zagreb-Macelj westbound traffic is occasionally stopped at the junction Krapina due to heavy traffic at the toll station Trakošćan the queue is 5 km long, at the toll station Krapina 2 km at the border crossings Kaštel and Plovanija in Istria 6 km queueing traffic towards Slovenia on the A7 Rupa-Diračje at the junction Rupa occasional hold-ups towards the border crossing Pasjak on the state road towards the border crossing Pasjak 7 km at the toll station Rupa 1,5 km in direction Slovenia at the border crossing Rupa 500 m in direction Slovenia Driving restrictions: freight vehicles exceeding 7,5 t - Saturday, 19th of August; 4AM - 2PM - Sunday, 20th of August; 12AM - 11PM Sections of the roads closed due to roadworks: -the DC29 from Novi Golubovec (DC29, DC35) -the DC502 Smilčić-Pridraga state road -ŽC5042 Višnjan-Tićan. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only: -on the DC1 state road in Knin, on the section Sučević-Otrić in Otrić -on the state road DC2 in Vukovar, (Kudeljarska and Priljevo street) -on the state road DC66 Pula- Raša bridge -on the state road DC206 Valentinovo-Petrovsko. With the sunny and dry weather, more and more cyclists and motorists are on the roads. Other vehicles (such as cars or trucks) should look carefully for bicyclists before turning left or right, merging into bicycle lanes and opening doors next to moving traffic. Check your mirrors and be aware of blind spots before turning. While at a stop sign or red light, make a complete stop in order to let bikers pass, and check for unseen riders. Respect the right of way of bicyclists because they are entitled to share the road with you. Cyclists are not immune to traffic violations: pay attention to red lights and practice arm signaling!
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  • Due to heavy traffic during the tourist season longer wait times are possible on most border crossings with Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.
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