The travel warning for Croatia due to the COVID 19 pandemic, issued by the Austrian government, has not only caused much resentment among Austrian tourists, but has also directed the focus to the COVID 19 test stations in Croatia. They should give tourists who have to show a negative corona test when they return to their home country the opportunity to have this COVID-19 test performed at one of the Croatian corona test stations. In this way, they avoid possible quarantine regulations in their home country.
Austrians in Croatia surprised by new COVID-19 regulation
Many Austrian tourists on their holiday in Croatia were surprised to learn that their government will again require COVID-19 tests or a corona quarantine for returnees from Croatia as of Monday. In addition, Austrian holidaymakers in Croatia were asked to return home immediately.
No wave of return travel from Croatia due to travel warnin
Against this background, however, anyone who had expected excessive traffic jams at the border crossings from Croatia to Slovenia and from Slovenia to Austria on Saturday and Sunday was mistaken. Those travelling home reported relatively normal return traffic, as was to be expected even in the peak season.
Rupa border crossing: normal waiting times for high season
At the Rupa border crossing, for example, there is said to have been only a two-hour wait on Sunday afternoon, and three lanes were open in the direction of Slovenia. Among the people waiting in the traffic jam there were at most 50 % Austrian vehicles, otherwise mostly German license plates were seen.
Loiblpass: 2 minutes waiting time
In the direction of the Karawanken tunnel the number of Austrians again decreased drastically, they seemed to have decided rather for the “small” border crossings. At the Loibl Pass, for example, the waiting time was less than two minutes, here there was little sign of the big wave of Austrian holidaymakers returning from Croatia.
Many Austrians stayed in Croatia
Looking at the comments on Facebook, one slowly gets the impression that the Austrians are only partly following the calls of their government. As the comments show, many people there seem to be indifferent to what is officially communicated. They prefer to decide at their own discretion. Entries like “Croatia is safer than Vienna” or “It’s not better at home either” actually describe the situation quite well.
Map with Covid-19 test stations in Croatia
In the meantime, Croatia has also reacted and put a list of corona test stations online, just like the WKÖ. At relatively moderate prices one can do a PCR test there and get the result at short notice. If the result is negative, the corona test meets the requirements of Austria to avoid having to go into domestic quarantine after the holiday.
Covid-19 tests also on the island of Krk
According to the Marina Punat, it will be possible to test Covid 19 in the city of Krk from Tuesday, 18 August 2020. Samples will be taken daily (except Saturdays and Sundays between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.) at the Tourist Outpatient Clinic of the Krk Health Centre at Vinogradsa 2b. The cost is HRK 698.21, and the result is available within 24 hours.
Please report other Covid-19 test stations
And here is a call to other institutions that exclusively offer PCR tests according to Austrian law for returning tourists: Let us know when and where PCR tests can be performed, how quickly the results are available and whether advance notification is required. We will then add the test sites to our list.
Croatian National Tourist Board: Coronavirus 2019-nCoV questions and answers
Croatian Institute of Public Health: Important telephone numbers
Österreichische Botschaft Agram: State certified test laboratories for SARS-CoV-2 in Croatia
WKÖ (Austrian Federal Economic Chamber): List of Covid-19 test stations in Croatia