Today, Friday, July 16, the Robert Koch Institute updated the list of coronavirus risk areas was updated, and travelers to Croatia can breathe a sigh of relief: only Zadar County continues to be listed as a risk area; German travelers returning from the Zadar region are only required to have an antigen test within 24 hours; for Austrians continue to be subject to the universally known 3-G rule under the current entry regulation. They, too, can catch up on a test immediately after returning to their own country. Istria with incidence of 2.4 top. At the transit through Slovenia is omitted, as already reported by SeaHelp, both for German vacationers and for Austrians the initially planned test before transit through Slovenia.
Is the RKI measuring with double standards?
More and more, the assessment according to the ECDC map of the EU is obviously losing importance: sharply increased incidence values in Spain including the Balearic and Canary Islands with a 7-day incidence of 329.1 and the Netherlands with 376.2 (as of July 16, 2021) did not lead to a classification as high-incidence areas for both countries. Precarious about this: Mallorca alone reported 795 infections in the last 24 hours. At least as precarious: Croatia was still listed as a high incidence area with a significantly lower 7-day incidence in the past. Obviously, double standards are applied here on the part of the EU.
SeaHelp-Corona map updated daily
Not least for this reason, vacationers should better use normal common sense or common sense and use the information on the daily updated SeaHelp homepage for Italy, Slovenia and Croatia or, to have a second reliable source additionally available, use the Croatian map at www.croatiacovid19.info.
Criticism from Istria – autonomy demanded because of very low values
Massive criticism is also voiced by the head of the Istria County Civil Protection Headquarters, Dino Kozlevac. He stated to Croatian media, “Istria should not bear the consequences of irresponsibility of other counties and due to insufficient controls in certain counties. Istria is a desirable and safe tourist destination,” Kozlevac concluded. He reiterated that Istria County must be considered as a separate entity because “it has excellent indicators, which is crucial for a successful tourist season.”
7-day incidence: Croatia 15.3, Zadar 95.7, Istria 2.4
A not entirely unfounded criticism of the current system of epidemiological consideration of Croatia with a 7-day incidence of 15.3 (as of 7/15/2021) for all of Croatia. Istria has a 7-day incidence of only 2.4, Primorje Gorski-Kotar of an acceptable 14.4, while Zadar looks at much higher incidence values of 95.7. Sibenik-Knin is slightly, but not significantly, better off at 52.9. The fact is: Croatia is still considered a safe vacation destination, and the Istria region is even better off than most regions in Germany and Austria from the point of view of incidence figures.
Differentiated consideration of the regions makes sense
In general, the current figures for Croatia reduce the ECDC assessment to absurdity. According to the unanimous opinion of most tourism representatives, a more differentiated view of the Croatian coastal regions is urgently needed so that the EU figures are brought into line with the actual conditions in the popular vacation region. Only in this way will vacationers have the opportunity to reliably assess the current epidemiological situation in their respective destination.
Vaccination rate among tourism workers at 70%
What should not be forgotten in terms of safety: the executive director of the Croatian Tourist Association (www.udrugaturizma.hr), Veljko Ostojić shared, “Employees of Croatian hotels are vaccinated in much higher numbers than the general population of Croatia. The vaccination coverage rate is markedly high among employees in the tourism industry, reaching up to 70 percent in some hotel companies.”