Wednesday, 1 July 2020

644 Hotels and 344 Campsites Currently Open in Croatia

July 1, 2020 - There are currently 644 hotels and 344 camps open in Croatia, other tourist facilities are opening daily along the coast, and the number of tourists is increasing by about 30,000 a day, says the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT).

Slobodnna Dalmacija reports that introducing the news with the headline "Security Before Everything", this and other information and news for tourists, tourism and other sectors were published by HUT in the fifth issue of the bulletin "Croatia Tourism & Travel Weekly" (in Croatian and English). HUT emphasized that by July 1 (the issue date of the bulletin), none of the total 1.6 million tourists who were in Croatia this year by the end of June "were infected with the coronavirus during their stay in all types of commercial accommodation in Croatia".

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They also say that due to the implementation and observance of protective measures and better comfort of tourists, a large number of hotels and camps and other accommodation facilities are currently operating with smaller capacities, including the largest tourist company in Croatia, Valamar Riviera, at 20 percent less.

"Although there are no restrictions in Croatia (wearing masks is mandatory only in public transport, and certain additional safety measures have been adopted in some regions, while face masks are recommended indoors across the country), safety standards in all tourist facilities are high, and Croatian epidemiologists have made very detailed guidelines for all types of facilities and tourist services that have been implemented throughout the country," HUT points out.

HUT's analyzes show that the demand for Croatia as a summer holiday destination is growing day by day and that the number of tourists is constantly increasing, about 30 thousand a day.

Currently, most foreign tourists in Croatia are from Germany, followed by Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Austria. Through the official application Entercroatia, and according to the data of the Ministry of the Interior, more than a million tourists have applied to enter Croatia so far, the HUT bulletin states.

They also state that Croatia has elaborated guidelines in case of infection in tourist destinations, which provide for adequate isolation and treatment, as well as that all major destinations have specialized tourist clinics that are ready to act quickly and safely and that all tourism workers know the precise procedure and manner to respond if needed.

In the bulletin from July 1, HUT states, among other things, that "Croatia, in coordination with other members of the European Union, has opened its borders as of today and enabled free entry into the country for all EU citizens, citizens of countries that are in the Schengen area, nationals of countries associated with the Schengen area and nationals of third countries residing in those countries."

In addition, the HUT bulletin from July 1 provides a list of facilities (hotels and others) that open in early July, as well as upcoming airlines in July at Croatian airports and other information and attractions.

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Who Doesn't Have to Self-Isolate After Entering Croatia from BiH or Serbia?

June 25, 2020 - Who will be able to enter Croatia from BiH, Serbia, Kosovo and North Macedonia without having to self-isolate? Head of the Border Service of the Split-Dalmatia Police, Mladen Bužančić, explains. reports that encouraged by the growing number of cases in Croatia, but also in neighboring countries, the Croatian Civil Protection Headquarters introduced a new measure at border crossings and mandatory self-isolation for people entering Croatia from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia.

Mladen Bužančić, head of the Border Service of the Split-Dalmatia Police Administration, revealed to Dnevnik Nova TV that there are certain exemptions to the rule. 

"The border police are ready. Everyone who enters the Republic of Croatia from those countries on June 25 must be aware that they will be self-isolated. There are exceptions for those who, due to the nature of their work and living circumstances, will not have to isolate themselves, and among them are cross-border workers and those transiting through these four countries and through Croatia," Bužančić explains, urging that travel be kept to a minimum.

Asked what will happen to those who come to Croatia from those four countries in the region for a funeral or to care for an elderly family member, Bužančić answered that they are also exempt and will not have to self-isolate.

"If it is an urgent personal reason or it is about people who are coming to a funeral or need emergency medical care or transport, they will not be subjected to the new rule," says Bužančić.

However, when it comes to tourists from those countries who already have confirmed reservations in Croatia, Bužančić says that they must be aware that this arrangement will probably not be realized.

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