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Vacation in Croatia: Corona - you should know that about the travel warning

The number of corona infections in Croatia is increasing sharply. Now a new record has been set. What does this mean for traveling to Croatia?

While Croatia initially got through the Corona crisis with only a few cases of infection in spring, the numbers have risen sharply since the summer. The Foreign Office issued a travel warning for several Croatian areas back in August, and the Robert Koch Institute also lists Croatian regions as corona risk areas. A new record number of new infections was reported in mid-October. So what should you keep in mind when traveling to Croatia?

Who can enter Croatia?

A vacation trip to Croatia has been possible for all tourists from the European Union since the end of May. Despite the tense corona situation, there is currently no quarantine or test obligation for entries to Croatia from the EU member states and the Schengen-associated states.

Which areas are now risk areas and where does the travel warning apply?

Due to the increased number of new corona infections, the Federal Foreign Office has issued a travel warning for parts of Croatia. There are currently warnings against unnecessary tourist trips to the counties of Lika-Senj, Split-Dalmatia, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Požega-Slavonia, Vukovar-Srijem, Sisak-Moslavina, Krapina-Zagorje and Virovitica-Podravina due to the high number of infections (status: 14 October).

The following counties are also currently considered to be corona risk areas:

  • Dubrovnik-Neretva (since September 9th)
  • Krapinsko-zagorska županija (since October 7th)
  • Lika-Senj (since September 23)
  • Požega Slavonia (since September 9th)
  • Sisačko-moslavačka (since October 7th)
  • Split-Dalmatia (since August 20th)
  • Virovitica-Podravina (since September 16)
  • Vukovarsko-srijemska (since October 7th)

The classification as a risk area means that returning holidaymakers are required to test for the corona virus. Until the result is available, they have to go into quarantine at home. The central criterion for classification as a risk area is in which states or regions there have been more than 50 newly infected people per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days.

How can you travel to Croatia?

Upon entry, your contact details will be registered for the duration of your stay in Croatia. So that you don't have to wait too long at the border or at the airport, we recommend registering online in advance.

International air traffic has also started again with regular connections to Croatia since July. Airlines such as Croatia Airlines, Lufthansa and Eurowings or tour operators are flying to Croatia again.

The car passage through Austria and Slovenia is free, but because of the Austrian travel warning, there may currently be long traffic jams on the roads between Austria and Croatia. Austria is also stepping up health checks at the Brenner border pass. In addition to Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic, it is mainly German guests who represent the largest market for foreign tourists in Croatia.

What restrictions do tourists expect in Croatia?

Events with more than 50 participants must be approved separately. In addition to hygiene and distance regulations, there is also a mask requirement in Croatia. Anyone who visits health or social facilities, uses public transport or is in shops is obliged to wear the mouth and nose cover. In addition, the mask requirement applies to restaurant staff and guests if they are not sitting in their seats. It is also mandatory to cover your mouth and nose in offices, at sporting events and religious gatherings.

What are the current numbers of infections?

In the EU country Croatia, the authorities recorded a record number of new infections with the coronavirus in mid-October. In the past 24 hours, SARS-CoV-2 had been detected in 748 people, the Croatian government's crisis team announced. The crisis team registered the highest number of 542 newly infected people on October 8th.

Four people died in the last 24 hours in connection with Covid 19 disease. Since the pandemic began in February, 21,741 people have been shown to have contracted the corona virus in the 4.2 million-inhabitant country. That is now three times as many as at the end of August. 334 patients died from the virus. On October 14, 441 patients were treated in the hospital, 27 of them were artificially ventilated.

Officials are concerned that many people would not heed the recommendations to contain the pandemic. "Recommendations are not enough, we need measures that are implemented," said the head of the crisis team for the capital Zagreb, Pavle Kalinic. "Otherwise the numbers will continue to rise, the ceiling has not yet been reached," he told the news channel N1.

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