Good news for all those who plan to travel to Croatia over Easter: Croatian Interior Minister and Chief of the National Staff, Davor Božinović, announced in the Croatian media that there will be significant facilitations in entering Croatia on April 1 (Maundy Thursday) with the official start of the Easter travel season.
Most important factor: Instead of the costly PCR test, Croatia also wants to accept antigen rapid tests at entry from next Thursday, as he further announced. However, we expressly point out at this point: This is an announcement from the Croatian Ministry of the Interior, the corresponding Croatian entry regulation has not yet been revised or amended. If a binding confirmation of the new relaxed regulations for entry to Croatia is available, we will report here immediately and refer to appropriate regulations.
Immunized persons without testing
Among the other measures, those who have already survived a COVID-19 disease can also count on facilitated entry conditions to Croatia, as well as people who have already been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Children under the age of seven will then also be exempt from compulsory testing. By Monday or Tuesday at the latest, the new measures are expected to be implemented and officially announced.
EU created basis for planned decision
Earlier, the 27 EU countries agreed in the Health Security Committee on a common list of COVID-19 antigen rapid tests, mutual recognition of rapid test results, and a common standardized data set for test results. EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides welcomed the decision, saying “Rapid antigen tests are critical to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and are part of our response to the pandemic. If negative tests are mandated or recommended, it is important that they be mutually recognized.” This is especially essential in the context of travel, she said: “Our citizens need clarity and predictability.”
Preliminary stage to the “green passport”
In addition, in the future, according to the will of the EU also immunization against the coronavirus by vaccination or survived COVID-19 infection should be taken into account. The solution, which Croatia is aiming for before Easter, can almost be called the precursor to the “Green Passport“, which should make future travel in the EU safer despite the Corona pandemic.
Incidence levels rise in Croatia
One downer remains, however: incidence levels are also rising in Croatia, with the country showing a 7-day incidence of more than 222 new coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants. If this trend continues over a longer period of time, there is a possibility that Germany will also change its assessment and classify Croatia as a high-incidence area.
The criteria of the Robert Koch Institute:
“High-incidence areas are risk areas with particularly high numbers of cases. As with risk areas, classification as a high-incidence area is based on a two-step assessment. First, it is determined which states/regions had more than 200 new infections per 100,000 population in the previous seven days. Based on other qualitative and quantitative criteria, the second step can determine whether a particularly increased or not particularly increased risk of infection is justified despite an under- or over-incidence.”
Will Croatia become a high-incidence area?
Whether then Istria will also lose its classification as a non-risk area and you classify the whole of Croatia as a high-incidence area, is currently not yet foreseeable. At the very least, however, the possibility exists. That would mean that when returning also from Istria quarantine in Germany and of course PCR test threatens again.
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