Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Croatia Ready to Welcome Vaccinated Travellers From EU/EEA & US

As one of the most popular summer holiday destinations, Croatia is among the first European destinations to abolish most of its COVID-19 measures after the country decided to reopen its coastline to tourists from the European Union, European Economic Area countries, United States and beyond.

All foreign travellers will be permitted entry to Croatia as long as they hold a vaccination certificate, provide a negative COVID-19 test result or prove that they have recovered from the virus.

“It is our duty to provide all the prerequisites for a safe and comfortable trip, as well as predictable vacation planning. In that sense, Croatia is among the first, if not the first, European destination that already applies broader criteria for tourist visits, the same ones that should soon be applied at the EU,” the Minister of Tourism Nikola Brnjac said.

Now, the possibility to reach Croatia depends on individual countries’ travel restrictions and rules, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Croatia relies heavily upon the travel and tourism sector, as more than 20 per cent of its revenue comes from foreigners visiting the country during the summer.

Consequently, the officials of Croatian tourism expect an increase in arrivals from the United States, as direct flights from New York to Dubrovnik are anticipated to restart in July.

Croatia abruptly ended the tourist season last year as the COVID-19 measures were not being fully followed.

Therefore, Brnjac said that the country continues to keep in place its measures in order to avoid a repetition of what happened last summer when visitors overlooked social distancing restrictions on beaches and bars, leading to a tremendous increase in COVID-19 cases.

Nonetheless, in Rovinj, sun loungers, beach bars, and open area music environments are already open. Hardly anyone wears a mask on the streets or restaurants, and the rules that require to keep the distance between the tables are no longer being followed.

“People are fed up with lockdowns. They have a glass of wine, watch the sea, and that’s all they need.” Nikola Sandic, a seafood restaurant waiter, said.

As for this year, Coronavirus cases are dropping, and the health authorities predict that around 50 per cent of the population in Croatia will be fully vaccinated by mid-summer.

The country’s tourism workers are treated with priority in undergoing the COVID-19 vaccination process.

Until now, Croatia has registered a total of 354,383 COVID-19 cases, 7,950 deaths, and 343,414 have fully recovered since the beginning of the pandemic. The country currently numbers 3,019 active Coronavirus cases.

Previously, the head of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, revealed that the bloc is planning to permit entry to tourists from third countries as well, including Americans and Britons.



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