Direct flights from the United States to Croatia officially return this summer
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croatia loversthis is the moment you have been (im)patiently waiting for.
After a very successful first launch in 2021, and looking to meet even higher travel demand for 2022, United Airlines is bringing back its direct seasonal flights to the Mediterranean destination this year. From May 29, Americans will once again be able to fly from New York-Newark to the picturesque Croatian citadel of Dubrovnik.
Here is all you need to know before the official start of the season, and why Dubrovnik is your best bet to start exploring Croatia:
What makes Dubrovnik so special?
It may not be the capital of the country – that title belongs to Zagreb – nor its second most important city – here we think of Split – but Dubrovnik is arguably the main tourist destination in Croatia, and perhaps the Balkans as a whole. With its medieval walls, cobbled streets and views of the Adriatic, it’s not hard to see why:
Dubrovnik is the quintessence European destinationwith beaches of clear blue waters, featured in the hugely popular TV show The iron Throne like the fictional King’s Landing, and amassing centuries of real history. It may be compact, but it’s certainly packed with landmarks and, quite literally, every tourist’s dream.
United is now the only carrier offering flights to Croatia directly from the United States
As one of the most profitable markets in Europe and a destination that has been on the wish list of American travelers for years for The iron Throne, United simply could not pass up this opportunity. Last summer, it operated regular flights to Dubrovnik from early July to September, with an offer of 21,928 seats for the 2021 season.
A seasonal successUnited flights from Dubrovnik offered the first direct flights between New York and the small Balkan hub. Taking into account last year amazing resultsmany were already expecting United to return to the Dalmatian coast in 2022, especially after rival Delta pulled out of the road, effectively ending the competition.
This year, however, United have upped their game and will launch the service even earlier, starting at the end of May and ending at the end of September. Additionally, it will fly the first jumbo jet on this route, which will offer 8,032 additional seats over the 2021 launch, or 29,960 in total for the extended period.
With Delta out of the game, at least for now anyway, United is the only airline offering direct connections between the United States and Croatia. United Airlines’ B767-300ER will operate four times a week between May 29 and September 29, 2022, with departures from Dubrovnik scheduled every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Apart from the Newark-Dubrovnik air route, United Airlines has also signed a codeshare agreement with another member of the Star Alliance group, Croatia Airlines, the Balkan country’s flag carrier. This means that customers who travel more often to Croatia have the option of booking flights from Zagreb to New York with a stopover in Dubrovnik.
Americans can visit Dubrovnik again without worrying about crazy logistics
For years, Dubrovnik has been very accessible to European tourists, as several low-cost carriers from the mainland offer services to the city during the summer. American visitors hadn’t been so lucky until recently, when United stepped in and offered them the chance to visit the Dalmatian coast without long layovers in other European hubs – or worse, long delays at land borders.
Although it is certainly a solid Croatian outpost, Dubrovnik is located in the far south of Croatia map, where the country’s coastline gradually thins out until it is barely discernible from the border of neighboring Montenegro. In fact, it’s even separated from the rest of Croatia by a Bosnian section of 5.5 miles.
However, when attempting to visit Dubrovnik by road from other places in Croatia, visitors inevitably have to cross the border into Bosnia and Herzegovina and then back into Croatia. Like Bosnia is the only Balkan country to have yet abandoned Covid rules, crossing their borders will not be fun. While the Croatian government has built a bridge to circumvent Bosnia, it is not yet inaugurated.
Simply put, due to its intriguing location, Dubrovnik isn’t necessarily the easiest to visit, especially in summer when the crossing points are packed with tourists in both directions. On top of that, given its distance from other Croatian towns further up the coast, flying remains the best option to visit Dubrovnik.
Croatia has no entry requirements this year
Naturally, the country’s recent scrapping of all entry requirements has made it even more attractive than it was in 2021, as American travelers are no longer required to produce vaccination certificatespre-departure testing, quarantine, or even showing the once mandatory proof of tourist accommodation booked when landing in Croatia.
Americans are also not required to wear face masks on flights in Croatia, as the country recently rescinded the mask mandate following an EU recommendation. Like much of the Balkan Peninsula, Croatia is finally ready to transition from Covid and has officially resumption of international tourism without restriction.
Traveling to Croatia in 2022 is the same as in 2019, and if this season brings surprise results for United, like the year before, there’s a good chance Dubrovnik will continue to feature on the United’s summer schedule. airline for years to come. In case you were wondering, tickets can already be purchased directly through this link.
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