As the Robert Koch Institute announced on its homepage in an announcement today, the classification as a coronavirus risk area for numerous areas of Croatia, in particular the coastal regions of Istria, Dubrovnik-Neretva, and Split-Dalmatia, was withdrawn as of 6. June 2021, so that German travelers returning from Croatia do not have to present a test when entering Germany, nor are they required to fill out the digital travel registration form or go into quarantine. Or, to put it more simply, it’s all back to pre-Corona as of June 6, 2021!
Also Italy and Austria no risk areas
Italy and Austria, with the exception of the provinces of Tyrol and Vorarlberg, are also no longer considered risk areas, while Slovenia continues to be classified as a coronavirus risk area since May 23, 2021.
Is Austria adopting the regulations?
Whether this regulation will also apply in the future to Austrian citizens entering Austria from Croatia is not yet certain, although Austria, as recently reported, wants to adopt the requirements of the German RKI. Therefore, until further notice, the 3-G rule applies to Austrian travelers returning from Croatia: no quarantine for vaccinated, recovered and tested.
From June 6, 2021 Corona no longer an issue
For particularly shrewd, the following question arises: at the RKI it says: “Persons who have stayed in one of the risk areas mentioned below in the last 10 days before your entry into the Federal Republic of Germany…” – this would mean formally legally, who enters Germany from Croatia (or the downgraded regions) in the next ten days, would not be affected by this relief, since he has stayed at least one or two more days in a risk area.
The SeaHelp editorship asked for those, which take it completely exactly, again expressly with the press office of the Ministry of the Interior and received the information, the regulation applies generally starting from 6 June 2021, the 10-day rule is no longer relevant for travelers returning from Croatia starting from this time. Or in other words, Germans returning home from the above-mentioned Croatian regions after June 6 will no longer have to worry about the issue of Corona.
Does not apply to air travel
But beware: this regulation only applies when traveling by yourself with your own car, those who travel to Croatia by plane must present the carrier, i.e. the airline, with a negative test result, proof of vaccination or proof of recovery.
Croatia has seen positive developments
Positive pandemic trends in Croatia have turned nearly all of Croatia green, as shown in the SeaHelp map. The seven-day incidence is 38.7 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. In Istria, which has always had particularly low incidence values, the value is 9.6, in Dubrovnik-Neretva 14, and in Split 25.2. Since also in the other coastal regions the trend tends quite clearly downward, one may probably expect already in the coming week further facilitations with the entry from Croatia.
Many vacationers on the spot
Already 125,000 tourists on site
According to the eVisitor system, about 125,000 tourists are currently spending their vacations in Croatia, of which 110,000 are of foreign origin. Most tourists are currently in Istria – 51,000 in total, in the Kvarner region 22,000 vacationers are enjoying the sunny weather on the Adriatic Sea and in the Split and Zadar counties about 15,000 tourists are enjoying the relaxations in the travel sector. Croatian marinas have also seen a more than significant increase in the number of owners getting their boats and yachts ready for the summer.
Germans and Austrians make up the majority
Most foreign guests came from Germany – 55,000, followed by Austria – 16,000 and Poland, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Compared to Corpus Christi last year, which fell a week later than this year, three times more tourists are already spending their vacations in Croatia, but still half less than in the record year of 2019.
Water sports and charter season opened
Optimism is also inspired by the fact that on the main European Corona maps, such as the map published by the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the summary of the German RKI Institute and, of course, on the SeaHelp map, the Croatian coast is no longer marked in red, which should make boat and yacht owners, but also charter guests, particularly happy.