Will traveling to Croatia during the coronavirus pandemic be problematic? Plan B in place
April 14, 2021 – As the season approaches, the question for all is whether traveling during the coronavirus pandemic in Croatia will cause problems for tourism in the country? A light at the end of the tunnel might still be possible.
While many well-known magazines regularly praise Croatia as a top destination, this summer the season will be as strong as the health situation when it comes to coronavirus – both in Croatia and abroad, from where the country receives as many tourists as possible. Unfortunately, as Croatian National Broadcasting Corporation (HRT) reports that due to the bad pandemic situation, many European countries, including Croatia, are canceling the travel season.
While, as we reported on TCN, many flights return and arrive in Croatia, the measures may be demotivating travelers.
HRT says Croatia is declared a high-risk country in Germany and returning citizens must test negative within 48 hours, which is a change from previous arrangements when Germans could take a test after their back home.
“The British were planning to allow travel from May 17, but tour operators and the like don’t have a large number of bookings to make it profitable so everything is postponed to June 24,” hotelier Domagoj Tomasović told HRT .
British tourists were indeed expected in mid-May, but as Darija Reić, director of the Croatian Tourist Board in London, said on HRT’s “Good Morning Croatia” program, there are still fines. for non-essential travel.
„Traveling outside the UK is still illegal if you are not traveling for essential reasons such as business, educational or medical travel. Otherwise, it is possible to be fined 5,000 pounds, ”explained Reić, as noted. Turizmoteka.
Tonči Glavina, Secretary of State at the Tourism Department, told HRT that the UK is not alone in sending a message to its citizens not to move anywhere and went on to say that this might not be bad for Croatia.
While the UK has a better percentage of people vaccinated than Croatia, Croats are focused on reaching the green zone by the end of May. Seventy thousand vaccinated tourism workers are the target for the country.
“If that doesn’t happen before the start of the season, then we need testing and it would be nice if the tourist office creates test areas and if we co-finance the testing costs to our customers,” concluded Tomasović.
The Ministry of Tourism has already secured 20 million kuna to co-finance tests for tourists if Croatia does not reach the green zone.
PCR tests currently cost 500 kuna; the rapid antigen test is 150 kuna and the English translations of the results are 125 kuna. Twenty tourists have already been tested in Zagreb on Tuesday.
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