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Croatian National Parks and Nature Parks Now Open to Visitors

As Morski writes on the 9th of May, 2020, as part of the gradual easing of restrictions related to COVID-19, by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, eight Croatian national parks and eleven Croatian nature parks will start operating on May the 11th, 2020.

Kopački rit Nature Park

Kopački rit Nature Park will reopen its doors to visitors on the 11th of May. Visits to the park will take place in compliance with all of the prescribed measures for social distancing and hygiene standards, and fishermen will be able to go out onto the water again after having purchased daily and annual permits at the park's reception centre in Kopačevo. Visitors are to be warned that access to construction sites at the Sakadaš Lake pier and in the Tikveš castle complex is in no way allowed for their own safety. More information can be accessed here.

Papuk Nature Park

Papuk Nature Park opens its doors on May the 11th. Tickets at a symbolic price of 10 kuna can be purchased every day from 07:00 to 19:00, and work in the park will be carried out in accordance with the instructions of the competent services. The park will subsequently inform all visitors about the operation of the Duboka Adrenaline Park, the Duboka Camp and the Pannonian Sea House. Read more information here.

Brijuni National Park

Brijuni National Park will also be open to individual visitors as of Monday, May the 11th. The method of work in the park will be carried out in accordance with the instructions of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy and the National Civil Protection Headquarters. Organised trips to Veliki Brijun will start again with expert guides, at promotional ticket prices of 95 kuna for adults and 50 kuna for children aged between four and gourteen. Visitors will also be able to tour Veliki Brijun on their own, without an expert guide, using the new mobile application for visitors called the Brijuni Pocket Guide. Read more information by clicking here.

Northern Velebit National Park

Northern Velebit National Park and the Velebit House Visitor Centre are open to visitors from the 11th of May. The working hours of the Babić Siča entrance are Monday to Sunday from 08:00 to 16:00, and the Velebit House Visitor Centre will be open from Tuesday to Sunday from 08:00 to 16:00. In accordance with the measures of maintaining social distance, for now, visits to the Park and the Velebit House is possible only for individual visitors, while group visits and workshops are currently not possible. In the Velebit House Visitor Centre, it is necessary to ensure a physical distance between visitors and also between visitors and employees. More information can be accessed by clicking here.

Velebit Nature Park

Velebit Nature Park also opens to visitors on May the 11th. As measures prohibiting groups of more than five people still remain in force, individual visitors are allowed to visit the park, and organised groups will be allowed in accordance with the instructions of the National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Institute of Public Health. Zavratnica Bay will be open every day from 11:00 to 19:00, and when visiting the Park, it will be necessary to adhere to the measures of maintaining physical distance and all of the prescribed hygiene standards. Read more information here.

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park opens its doors to its visitors on May 11, 2020. The working hours of the Park are from 08:00 to 19:00, while the purchase of tickets is possible until 17:00. There is only a short boat line (P1-P2) operating from 08:30 to 19:00, while the panoramic train won't be up and running. In accordance with the measures for maintaining physical distance, temporary programmes for touring the Park have been created, and the catering/hospitality facilities Kozjačka draga, Kupalište, Labudovac and Vučnica have been opened. Read more information on that here.

Vrana Lake (Vransko jezero) Nature Park

The Vrana Lake Nature Park is open to visitors from Monday, too. In accordance with the current instructions of the National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Institute of Public Health, visits to the Park are allowed only to individual visitors. Visits of organised groups will be allowed in accordance with any new decisions and instructions of the National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia and the CNIPH. Read more information on Vransko jezero's operations under the current measures here.

Telašćica Nature Park

As part of the gradual easing up of the restrictions related to stopping the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the Telašćica Nature Park will be reopened to visitors as of Monday, the 11th of May 2020. As measures prohibiting groups of more than five people are still in force, visits to the Park are allowed to individual visitors and for organised groups will be allowed to enter in accordance with the instructions of the National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Institute of Public Health. Visits to the park will take place in compliance with all of the measures governing the need to maintain physical distance and proper hygiene standards. Read more information here.

Krka National Park

The much loved Krka National Park will be reopen to visitors from the 11th of May onwards with promotional ticket prices of 50 kuna for adults and 25 kuna for children and young people aged from 7 to 18. Children up to 7 years old can enter for free. Read more information on Krka National Park's current operations here.

Biokovo Nature Park

From May the 11th onwards, the Biokovo Nature Park will reopen its doors to visitors. As measures prohibiting groups of more than five people are still in force - individual visitors are allowed to visit the Park and organised groups will be allowed to enter in accordance with the instructions of the National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia and the Croatian Institute of Public Health as things unfold. Visits to the park will take place in compliance with all of the measures for maintaining physical distance and the proper hygiene standards. Read more information here.

Mljet National Park

NP Mljet in southern Dalmatia will also open its doors to visitors on May the 11th, 2020. With promotional ticket prices until June the 18th, 2020, visitors will have the opportunity to visit Croatia's oldest protected marine area. In order to make the Park more accessible primarily to Croatian visitors, ticket prices during the aforementioned promotional period is 50 kuna for adults and 30 kuna for students. Admission for children under 7 is still free. The ticket also includes a ride on an electric boat and a visit to the island of Sv. Marija. Read more here.

Kornati National Park

''At the time of the implementation of the measures to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, it was actually impossible to completely close our Park, because the Kornati islands are private property and there are a lot of people who came to isolate themselves on their own property. We couldn't control or ban that. The Kornati islands are part of the waterway, so it wasn't possible to close the park from that side either, but while quarantine was declared on Murter, there were restrictions on navigation. Of course, the National Park was closed off to tourists and now we're preparing to open again. As such, preparations are underway to open two official entrances from the 11th of May onwards. The park has been being cleaned of any rubbish and plastic that arrived during the winter months and everything is now ready for the sales of boat tickets etc, but official instructions from the National Civil Protection Headquarters on how everything should look are still awaited,'' explained Šime Ježina, the director of Kornati National Park.

Lastovo Islands Nature Park

As part of the gradual easing of the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, by the decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the Lastovo Islands Nature Park will be reopened to visitors from Monday, the 11th of May. Visits to the park will take place in compliance with all measures regarding maintaining physical distance and hygiene standards. Read more information here.

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