Germany has extended the existing partial travel warning for the Croatian regions of Split and Sibenik due to a significant increase in new COVID-19 infections to include the region of Zadar with effect from September 2, 2020. With this, the German Foreign Office probably surprised a not inconsiderable number of German tourists who are currently still spending their vacations in the Zadar region.
Croatia tourists overnight in the risk area
The SeaHelp editorship inquires with the Foreign Office, how these tourists are to behave now. A press spokesman of the German Foreign Office said: “Travel warnings are in character an urgent appeal by the Foreign Office, not a travel ban. In any case, travelers decide on their own responsibility whether to begin a journey or – if they are already in the country – to continue. However, the existence of a travel warning can have further legal consequences, for example for the validity of travel health insurance. For this purpose, travelers should contact their insurance provider. In addition, we refer to the travel and safety instructions which contain the partial travel warning for several Croatian counties, including Zadar; the travel warning is valid immediately from the moment of its publication yesterday.
No advance notice of the travel warning was missing
However, the lack of advance notice has not inconsiderable consequences for holidaymakers staying in the Zadar region on their return journey, as can be seen on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health: “Anyone who enters the country and has stayed in a risk area for 14 days prior to entry must, in accordance with the Test Obligation Ordinance of the Federal Ministry of Health, either prove a negative test result for SARS-CoV-2 or take a test within 14 days of entry at the request of the competent health office or other body designated by the state. The actual implementation is carried out by the federal states,” it says.
Quarantine regulations by federal states
Continue is executed: “The regulation on the quarantine obligation is issued by the federal states in their own responsibility. Therefore, please consult the website of the federal state in which you are resident or will be staying for information on the specific quarantine regulations there. Ten to 14 days of quarantine, which can be stopped after the fifth day by a negative PCR test for COVID-19 after receipt of the result, are possible, but in the end it is a matter for the federal states.
COVID-19 test difficult in Croatia
Although Croatia also offers the possibility to be tested on site, the results are not always sent on time to the persons tested for COVID-19. Generally applies officially for all the holiday-makers, who are still in the region Zadar: “The test must have been accomplished in a member state of the European Union or in another state specified by the Robert Koch institute under www.rki.de/covid-19-tests. If the test result is carried with you on entry, the test must have been taken no more than 48 hours before entering Germany”.
Costs for COVID-19-Test are covered
Much is discussed at present also still over it, who still takes over the costs of the COVID 19 tests at present. Also in this point applies: Entering from risk areas and from non-risk areas can be tested free of charge. The costs for it are taken over since 1 August, if the test takes place within 72 hours after the entry. The costs for a repeat test per person are also covered”.
Despite the large number of facts, it should be pointed out once again that a travel warning is not a travel ban, but can have a negative effect on professional life if the boss expects his employee to be at work relaxed but can only work from his home office because of the quarantine order.
Do not panic
Those who are not affected should not panic now. Depending on the type of vacation, i.e. whether it is a boat, yacht vacation, charter, apartment or camping site or hotel, the holidaymaker can still decide at his own discretion how high the personal risk of infection with the coronavirus is. And that is also good.