Few controls on entry
SeaHelp members unanimously report a quite relaxed entry into Croatia, without any significant controls and spookily empty highways, on which hardly any cars, but all the more trucks were on the road.
A sailor who is well known in the Austrian scene (name of the editorial team known) experienced something similar on his trip to Split. “When entering Slovenia from Austria, Slovenian border officials asked me only where I wanted to go”. The answer seemed to satisfy the border guards: “To my boat to Split! Then he could continue his journey.
Entry Croatia without problems
He further reports on a control on entry into Croatia: “A very nice officer from the border police asked about the identity cards. She wanted to know where the journey was going, briefly checked the papers and then wished her a good journey. There was no leaflet, as it is written in the regulations for entering Croatia, or other instructions for conduct. Actually, everything was very pragmatic and uncomplicated, and that’s how it should stay,” says the skipper, who is happy to see his boat again soon.
Little traffic on highways
He also speaks otherwise of a carefree tour to Dalmatia: “Cloudy skies in places, a pleasant 23 degrees outside temperature and almost no traffic, apart from a few trucks”. He could even remember the nationalities of the cars on the road: “An Austrian, a Serb, several Germans and a Polish license plate – that was it.” Travelling in Corona times can be quite pleasant.
In Slovenia, it is reported that, just as in Croatia, not all but most of the petrol stations and rest stops were open, and even the purchase of the “Pickerl” for Slovenia did not present him with a particular challenge.
Corresponding information also from another skipper from his trip to Croatia. He was simply waved through when entering Slovenia and only had to hold up his passports when entering Croatia to cross the Croatian border. Also here: no traffic jams, no waiting times.
Also on the return journey to Austria few controls
In the meantime, some members also report on their return to Austria. No trace of the pompously announced border controls with the obligation to immediately quarantine themselves in Austria because of COVID-19. There was also no trace of the signed form, which should actually be obligatory for crossing the border on entry. The people declared that they had simply driven through without even being stopped.
Similar things are heard again and again from the border to Germany. Please note: This is only a snapshot. SeaHelp expressly points out that it will only pass on descriptions of people who set off for Croatia shortly after the border was opened. Whether the situation as described by the two members will continue as it is, we too cannot say with certainty. However, as many of them want to set off for Croatia already at the weekend, we believe that these descriptions of people entering Croatia or leaving again for Austria can be very helpful.
Croatian Marinas are working again
And in this context: Most marinas report that pleasure boats also enter and leave without restrictions.
Current pictures of the entry Croatia from Wednesday, 13 May 2020
Entry into Croatia: Useful links about the situation at the borders:
SeaHelp informs: Current traffic jams at border crossings
Asfinag-Homepage (Congestion reports in Austria)
Traffic information for the area Slovenia
Croatian Automobile Club HAK