As the German Foreign Office in Berlin announced today (10.9.2020), Germany has extended the partial travel warning due to the corona virus to the regions of Dubrovnik-Neretva and Požega-Slavonia. From now on the homepage of the Federal Foreign Office reads as follows:
„There are currently warnings against unnecessary tourist trips to the counties of Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, Dubrovnik-Neretva and Požega-Slavonia due to high infection rates.“
The county of Zagreb is also under strict observation, and the Foreign Office expressly points out the high infection rates.
An average of more than 50 cases in seven days per 100,000 inhabitants
The German Federal Foreign Office justifies the extension of the travel warning for the two Croatian regions: “The COVID-19 infection volume in Croatia continues to increase strongly. In the counties of Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, Dubrovnik-Neretva and Požega-Slavonia, the incidence is currently more than 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants per seven days, which is why these parts of the country have been classified as risk areas. This results in a mandatory free COVID 19 PCR test on entry (return journey, editor’s note) to Germany and, if necessary, a quarantine obligation.”
At the same time it explains in addition, a travel warning is not a travel prohibition.
Constantly updated table of COVID-19 infections in Croatia
Entry Croatia: Destinations of the vacationers over enter croatia recorded
For this reason, the Foreign Office once again expressly points out that entry to Croatia is permitted to all citizens of EU member states without restrictions. And also further applies: With the entry the contact contacts of the travelers are registered for the duration of their stay in Croatia on the portal enter croatia. In order to avoid long waiting periods when crossing the border, the Croatian Ministry of the Interior strongly recommends that contact and residence data be registered online in advance.
Transit through risk areas without consequences
Further the AA explains: “There is currently no 14-day domestic quarantine obligation for entries into Croatia from EU member states and Schengen associated states. The presentation of a health certificate/COVID-19 negative certificate is also not required for entry from the above-mentioned states.
Transit through Croatia is permitted, provided that the transit through the subsequent transit countries and entry into the destination country is secured. For entry from countries outside the EU or Schengen associated countries, the transit must be completed within 12 hours. Some states have classified Croatia as a risk area, so that a transit e.g. through Austria is only permitted without a stopover.
Hygiene rules Croatia: Strict mask obligation in Split
Hygiene rules Croatia: Strict mask obligation in Regarding the hygiene rules in Croatia clear guidelines exist: “There is an obligation to wear a mouth nose protector in public transport, stores and hospitals as well as for persons active in the hotel and restaurant industry.
In the County of Split-Dalmatia, the obligation to wear a mask also applies to visitors* to cafés and bars, exhibitions, church services and other social gatherings; in closed rooms where there are more than three people, mouth and nose protectors must also be worn; fitness centers are currently closed and organized sporting events are prohibited”. As Croatian media report, party tourism in the region is also to be drastically reduced at last.
“Travelers are recommended in principle to carry a mouth nose protection outside of the accommodation, to keep at least 1.5 meters distance to third parties and to wash regularly the hands; social contacts are to be reduced to a minimum “, one gives on the part of the Foreign Office to all holiday-makers in the region also on the way.
So that however no misunderstandings arise: The regions of Istria and Kvarner still have relatively low infection rates, so that a vacation in the off-season there is no greater risk. Many even claim that a visit to Vienna is more dangerous. Istria and Kvarner are explicitly excluded from the partial travel warning, as the number of new infections is currently at a reasonable level compared to the population.