Netherlands open Croatia trip and timing couldn’t be better
More good news for Croatian tourism came from the Netherlands, at the end of last week the country upgraded Croatia from the “yellow” list to a “green” list, meaning it lifted all travel restrictions for its citizens, including the requirement to test or isolate on return.
The news probably comes at the most opportune moment, in the Netherlands, the school holidays started two or three weeks ago, depending on the region, and end on September 1 or 7, which is the height of the year. tourist season. And combine that with the headlines in the Netherlands saying ‘Croatia in green, Italy in yellow’, and it’s clear Croatia is in a good position.
The Dutch four-color code system is based on advice from the National Institute of Public Health, which takes into account a number of criteria: from the number of newly infected and tested per 100,000 inhabitants, to the number of ‘hospitalized, to epidemic measures in each country and their adherence to the practice. One of the important criteria is the number of Dutch people who report the infection after returning from vacation.
So last Thursday, the Dutch Foreign Ministry announced that Croatia was going from yellow to green, while at the same time Italy and the rest of Greece were going from green to yellow. Portugal, Spain, Malta and other major tourist destinations are also yellow or red.
In the current part of the tourist season in Croatia, a sharp increase in the number of Dutch tourist arrivals is noticeable, families with children traditionally choose accommodation in camps, and younger ones most often stay in large cities. Many of them chose Croatia at the last minute, after Covid-19 figures exploded in June and July in traditional party destinations like Portugal or Spain.