Water sports enthusiasts in Croatia were least affected by coronavirus in 2020

How safe is water sports when it comes to the corona virus? SeaHelp asked this question in a survey involving 1213 water sports enthusiasts who had spent their vacations in Croatia, a country which, according to the Robert Koch Institute and the Austrian government, was responsible for a large number of infections in Germany caused by people returning from trips....

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Rip-off at cash machines: Pay attention to the exchange rate when withdrawing money on vacation in Croatia.

When it comes to withdrawals at ATMs abroad, especially in countries like Croatia that have not yet introduced the euro, many users still fall into the cost trap. The perfide to it: Usually one notices only after the return from the vacation that the costs of the use of an ATM in Croatia are excessively high. Even if one is...

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Coronavirus Croatia: New infections record numbers

Currently, the media is outdoing itself with bad news regarding the Europe-wide spread of the COVID 19 pandemic caused by Sars-CoV-2. Croatia might step these days again into the focus of the not rarely also politically motivated reporting, because exactly Nikolina Brnjac, since 23 July 2020 Minister for sport and tourism, infected herself with the Corona virus, as Croatian media...

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Actual 7-day incidence (orange line) and 14-day incidence (blue line) for the Croatian county of Istria. Based on the interactive diagram, one can see impressively the development of coronavirus infection in Istria.\r\nData analysis: Sea-Help Ltd<\/a> | Data source: koronavirus.hr<\/a><\/em><\/small><\/div>\r\n

Damocles sword: quarantine when returning home after Easter vacation Croatia<\/h2>\r\nTo summarize: According to common sense or common sense, there is actually nothing against a trip to Croatia at Easter, if not the quarantine threat currently still hovers like a sword of Damocles over the holidaymakers. However, those who put up with the quarantine will have a pleasant time in Croatia, as the majority of tourists are most likely still waiting.\r\n

Entry Croatia: Will boat owners again be among the first tourists?<\/h2>\r\nAnd the entry to Croatia? From Easter there should already have come movement into the currently still strict entry regulations. As a reminder: In 2020, boat owners were again the first to be allowed to enter without restrictions...","post_title":"Easter vacation in Croatia 2021: <\/span><\/span>Can you travel to Croatia again this year for Easter?","post_excerpt":"","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"open","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"easter-holiday-croatia-coronavirus","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2021-02-24 10:24:10","post_modified_gmt":"2021-02-24 09:24:10","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.sea-help.eu\/news-general\/easter-holiday-croatia-coronavirus\/","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":25227,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2020-12-07 17:40:01","post_date_gmt":"2020-12-07 16:40:01","post_content":"How safe is water sports when it comes to the corona virus? SeaHelp asked this question in a survey involving 1213 water sports enthusiasts who had spent their vacations in Croatia, a country which, according to the Robert Koch Institute and the Austrian government, was responsible for a large number of infections in Germany caused by people returning from trips.\r\n\r\nThe inquiry revealed however a completely different picture: From the 1213 water sportsmen only three persons had become infected. And because surveys inevitably reveal a certain inaccuracy in their statements, the results could be validated by PCR tests conducted by KIRT Styria (KIRT stands for Kranken- und Intensivtransporte, editor's note), which operates in Austria and Croatia: With his mobile test station he had, according to his information, taken 1178 tests in the marinas in Croatia from water sportsmen and had them examined in the laboratory of the Austrian MED University of Graz. Only one test turned out to be positive. Thus the result of the SeaHelp inquiry might be sufficiently validated.\r\n

PCR tests among water sports enthusiasts: Less than one per thousand infected in Croatia<\/h2>\r\nThe PCR tests, which the KIRT Styria took in Croatia and had examined in Austria, served as official evidence for the Austrian government authorities to free these travel returnees from the quarantine ordered in Austria at the time. This was therefore quasi an official document. However, one should also take into account a certain inaccuracy in the mass of tests - according to the German \"\u00c4rzteblatt\", a test with a specificity of 95% gives a false positive result in five out of 100 healthy people. If one considers that the person who tested positive was not alone on board and the rest of the crew tested \"negative\", the statement is again put into perspective.\r\n

Risk of infection in Croatia not higher than in Germany or Austria<\/h2>\r\nEven if it is difficult to waste thoughts on the coming water haven season in view of high infection numbers with the Coronavirus and a shift of the boat Duesseldorf on April already - it comes as surely as the Amen in at present still empty churches. And because then despite possible inoculations and sufficiently available Corona tests with numerous boat owners the fear, or however at least an unpleasant feeling also on board goes, SeaHelp points out that water sportsmen are exposed also in countries as for example Croatia to a clearly smaller infection risk. This news is nothing new in itself, but was sufficiently validated for the first time by the survey among water sports enthusiasts.\r\n

Returning travelers, especially water sports enthusiasts not responsible for spreading<\/h2>\r\nBut this statement, which describes water sports as an extremely safe form of vacation in times of the Corona pandemic, could also be groundbreaking for all water sports, but also for a country such as Croatia, to which one all too gladly wrongly attributed a complicity in the infection happening. This decision was ultimately also politically motivated in order to limit the flow of tourists to their own country and to boost the local tourism industry.\r\n

Croatia: Corona protection measures in marinas rated very good<\/h2>\r\nHowever, the survey not only provided valuable data on the infection incidence among water sports enthusiasts, but was also intended to shed light on the situation on site in Croatia with regard to the possibility of infection with the corona virus. When asked how the participants in the survey perceived the protective measures in the Croatian marinas, 42.6 % of the respondents described the measures, i.e. compliance with the rules of hygiene and the possibility of keeping the prescribed distance, as very good, 40.7 % as good and 8 % as satisfactory.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\"SeaHelp The Croatian marinas had already prepared themselves for appropriate protection of their guests at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Considerably more than 80% rated the measures as very good or good.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n \r\n

Croatian restaurants also did well<\/h2>\r\nThe survey participants rated the corresponding prescribed measures in Croatian restaurants almost as highly. A total of 28.6 % felt that the hygiene measures were very good, the vast majority of 40.8 % rated them as good, and as many as 15.9 % said they were satisfied with the protective measures against the coronavirus.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\"SeaHelp Predominantly good to very good: The protective measures against the coronavirus for restaurant visitors in Croatia.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n \r\n

Predominantly very good for corona measures of Croatian supermarkets<\/h2>\r\nCroatian supermarkets received similar results when it comes to protecting their customers. 42.5 % considered them to be very good, while 38.6 % still thought they were good. No wonder, given that the Croats, at least in the north of the country, paid attention to the possibility of hand disinfection, distances even at the checkouts, and that the maximum number of customers in the supermarket was not exceeded.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\"SeaHelp The participants in the SeaHelp survey were also satisfied with compliance with the Corona rules in Croatian supermarkets.[\/caption]\r\n\r\n \r\n

Boat owners were the first to return to Croatia in 2020<\/h2>\r\nHowever, one essential point should not be ignored: When Croatia relaxed its entry regulations in late spring, water sports enthusiasts were among the first guests to be allowed to visit the country again. A charter contract or the proof of a berth in one of the numerous Marinas was considered as the tickets to the probably most beautiful coasts of Europe. Also the Croatian government knew that the infection risk on board probably goes against zero and who behaves, similarly as also at home, responsibly in the Croatia vacation, should remain just as spared in Croatia from the Coronavirus as also at home.\r\n

Croatia's economy dependent on tourism<\/h2>\r\nDue to the high incidence figures, the government will take further strict measures by early 2021 at the latest, starting in December with a lockdown light, as is probably the case in most European countries. 20 % of Croatia's economic output depends on tourism. After the gross domestic product has already fallen considerably this year, the Croatian government will hardly be able to afford to cancel the vacation season. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, a high number of vaccine doses and tests have been organized in order to be able to guarantee a safe stay for the 2021 season according to the circumstances.\r\n

Croatia's success in 2020 should be repeated in 2021<\/h2>\r\nIn 2020 this finally worked, Croatia was one of the safest European vacation destinations in summer and was able to realize the highest number of foreign tourists of all vacation countries in Europe. This leap of faith should also bear fruit in 2021, especially since it has probably been recognized at the political level that travel returnees, especially not water sports enthusiasts, are to be regarded as drivers of new coronavirus infections, as the television appearance of the Austrian Chancellor Kurz made clear.","post_title":"SeaHelp survey on the spread of the corona virus in Croatia: <\/span><\/span>Less than one per thousand of people returning home infected - water sports enthusiasts safe","post_excerpt":"","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"open","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"watersport-croatia-less-corona-infections","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2020-12-07 17:40:01","post_modified_gmt":"2020-12-07 16:40:01","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.sea-help.eu\/news-general\/watersport-croatia-less-corona-infections\/","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":25016,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2020-11-19 20:50:32","post_date_gmt":"2020-11-19 19:50:32","post_content":"

Boredom in lockdown and longing for Croatia's Adriatic Sea? We have put together a small selection of films that are as entertaining as they are interesting. From culinary and cultural topics to a critical contribution about the construction of an LNG terminal on Krk, we hope there is something for everyone. But of course SeaHelp also offers on its own Youtube-Channel<\/a> many interesting pictures, which show the Croatian coast from above and can be integrated outstanding into the coming vacation planning and\/or the coming trip. Sometimes, however, you should quickly watch the corresponding broadcasts, because the media libraries do not store the content indefinitely.<\/p>\r\n

longing for the coastal country<\/h2>\r\n

Whoever wants to be transported back to the good old days should take this journey into the past in the Luxury Train to the Adriatic<\/a>. All sorts of interesting facts from the time of the Habsburgs are presented in an interesting way and processed into a contribution. Anyone who has seen it will know why the Austrians in particular consider the Croatian Adriatic to be one of their places of longing. Attention: Only available until 18.12.2020 The same category applies to the contributions: \"longing for the coastal land<\/a>\" and \"The Adriatic of the Habsburgs<\/a>\"<\/p>\r\n

The taste of Istria<\/h2>\r\n

The good taste of Croatia<\/a> undoubtedly comes from Istria. The peninsula in the north of Croatia lives culinary from its Italian influence, but in the meantime it has developed an independent direction, which cannot hide its Italian origin. But caution: When looking at it, the urgent desire can germinate to want to pay a visit to the Adriatic Sea again immediately. Similar risks and side-effects can be found in the program: Travel and food around the Mediterranean<\/a>, where, of course, Mediterranean cuisine is the main focus.<\/p>\r\n

Dubrovnik and the Crusaders<\/h2>\r\n

Not just anyone's cup of tea is Dubrovnik. The former pearl of the Adriatic Sea has lost much of its luster since the cruise ships moored there and released whole armies of crusaders into the city. Anyone who wants to avoid this tourist overkill, which at least in pre-Corona times caused a lot of resentment among Dubrovnik connoisseurs, is well served by the film<\/a>.<\/p>\r\n

charter experiences in Croatia<\/h2>\r\n

In the article \"\"On the sailboat in Croatia<\/a>\" you get a small impression of how it is done in the charter, while the short Rijeka contribution<\/a> takes a closer look at the current European Capital of Culture.<\/p>\r\n

detour to Slovenia<\/h2>\r\n

Tourism will then once again be the focus of the program \"Wonderful - Slovenia<\/a>\" which not only provides insights from the coast, but also pays sufficient tribute to the hinterland. Maybe after the show you will get the idea to leave the freeway for Croatia...<\/p>\r\n


The influence of Italy<\/h2>\r\n

Italian way of life in Croatia\". The film clearly proves that not only the Austrians, but also the Italian influence has had a decisive influence on today's Croatia.<\/p>\r\n

LNG terminal on Krk under criticism<\/h2>\r\n

Critical is the decision to build an LNG terminal on the Island of Krk<\/a>, where liquid natural gas will be landed and then transported from the cryogenic transport state of approx. minus 160 degrees and changes its aggregate state from liquid to gaseous in order to be further transported in gas pipelines.<\/p>\r\n

SeaHelp Youtube channel: Croatia's coast from above<\/h2>\r\n

But last but not least we also recommend the SeaHelp channel on Youtube<\/a>. Under the working title \"Croatia's coast from above\" has SeaHelp has published its own videos<\/a>, which not only show skippers the beauty of the respective region, but can also be used to plan a cruise. And anyone who subscribes to the channel with one click will not miss a new video in the future. The SeaHelp editorial team wishes you a lot of fun and amusement in lockdown times.<\/p>\r\n


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Even if at present straight other events stand in the focus of the medium reporting, the SeaHelp editorship follows the obligation to throw once again a view of the spreading of the Coronavirus in Europe in order to hold the mirror up to those, which think Corona is a national problem, which could be solved with national measures. If we look at the number of new coronavirus infections as of November 4, we find that Spain (302.8), Italy (323.8), Montenegro (340.5), Austria (360.5) and Croatia (379.4) have a coronavirus infection rate of 300 to 380 new coronavirus infections per 100,000 inhabitants (7-day incidence). Slovenia (562.5) represents the outlier on the top, while Germany (136.9) falls off the grid on the bottom.<\/p>\r\n

Coronavirus knows no national borders<\/h2>\r\n

At this point, a light should dawn on the political actors: The virus does not stop at national borders and cannot be stopped by holidaymaker controls at the Karawanken tunnel, when elsewhere commuters, harvest workers, seasonal workers and business travelers can enter and leave unhindered. At the latest in view of the figures, in which holidaymakers and people returning to their home countries are likely to account for a rather small share at present, since the 2020 vacation season is a long time ago, politicians should recognize that closing borders is unlikely to be a suitable means of stopping the spread of the pandemic in the future.<\/p>\r\n

Sense and nonsense of travel warnings<\/h2>\r\n

The whole insanity of the practice practiced so far becomes clear nevertheless at a few numbers: On the cut-off date 4 November the 7-day incidence<\/a> in the province Vienna was clearly over 800 coronavirus new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. The Croatian county of Zadar had a 7-day incidence of only 158.8, Split 376.3 and in Istria the value was 142.3. This raises the serious question of why countries such as Germany or Austria warn against certain regions, be it Croatia<\/a>, Slovenia or Italy.<\/p>\r\n

Check travel health insurance<\/h2>\r\n

Another argument that the local health care system is overburdened does not work either. Responsible vacationers who go to the countries bordering the Adriatic Sea should be in possession of appropriate travel health insurance, which ensures that they are transported back to their home country in case of coronavirus infection. SeaHelp-tip: Here there could be still pitfalls with some insurers, therefore it is recommended to clarify also such questions with the insurer before travel start.<\/p>\r\n

Only reasonable behavior on site protects against corona<\/h2>\r\n

Effective protection, as most of us have learned in the course of the pandemic, consists only of sensible local behavior, not of closing borders and bans. Water sports enthusiasts probably still belong to the species of holidaymakers who are most easily put in a position to exercise caution simply by the form of their vacation. But also camping vacationers, apartment guests and those who prefer accommodation in a hotel with appropriate hygiene concepts should be able to enjoy the sun in 2021 in Italy, Slovenia or Croatia.<\/p>\r\n

Common sense: Avoid corona hotspots<\/h2>\r\n

The coronavirus will certainly still be with us in 2021, but the decisive factor will probably be how sensible holidaymakers deal with it. If skippers, but also other vacationers avoid corona hotspots like the party miles of Split, the bars on Hvar or the discos in the area of Zrce (Pag),<\/a> the danger of infection for them in Croatia, respectively on the whole Adriatic coast, should not be higher than at home.<\/p>\r\n

Also politics must show understanding<\/h2>\r\n

And because it is up to everyone to decide how to protect themselves, whether in Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Portoroz, Porec or Zadar, SeaHelp will continue to work to ensure that, among other things, water sports enthusiasts are not lumped together with partygoers. House or human understanding before political understanding, then the slogan for vacation 2021 at the Adria should read.<\/p>","post_title":"Coronavirus record numbers and water sports: <\/span><\/span>Rethink instead of limiting","post_excerpt":"","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"open","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"coronavirus-holiday-croatia-2021","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2020-11-06 14:58:23","post_modified_gmt":"2020-11-06 13:58:23","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.sea-help.eu\/news-general\/coronavirus-holiday-croatia-2021\/","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":24798,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2020-10-29 22:11:40","post_date_gmt":"2020-10-29 21:11:40","post_content":"

When it comes to withdrawals at ATMs abroad, especially in countries like Croatia that have not yet introduced the euro, many users still fall into the cost trap. The perfide to it: Usually one notices only after the return from the vacation that the costs of the use of an ATM in Croatia are excessively high. Even if one is annoyed in the moment, up to the next stay one forgot it usually again and falls again on the tricks of the Aufsteller of cash dispensers into the trap.<\/p>\r\n

Reject suggested exchange rate!<\/h2>\r\n

How should you proceed if you want to withdraw money from an account in Germany or Austria as a holidaymaker in Croatia without falling for the ATM rip-off when withdrawing money in the Croatian currency Kuna? First you insert the card into the ATM, select the amount to be withdrawn in Kuna and then you will be given the option to \"reject exchange rate\" or \"accept exchange rate\".<\/p>\r\n\"ATM The machine suggests 6.69 kuna as exchange rate. Those who reject it will get much better conditions from their bank.[\/caption]\r\n

On some machines you are additionally tempted to accept the exchange rate, as it is called a \"safe exchange rate\".<\/p>\r\n\"Cash Who would not like to have a guarantee? At Croatian cash dispensers one should do without it. If you choose \"no guaranteed exchange rate\" here, you will really save money in the end.[\/caption]\r\n


Exchange rate of the banks in the home country significantly more favorable<\/h2>\r\n

This supposedly \"safe exchange rate\" is set by the company that installs the machine. In our example the exchange rate was 6.7 kuna for one euro. However, at that very moment the usual bank rate was 7.38 kuna for one euro. See picture 2, which shows the debiting of the account. This process corresponds to the amount shown on the ATM which is based on a real withdrawal.<\/p>\r\n\"ATM The surprise comes only at home - you will not find anything about the exchange rate on the receipt which you will receive after withdrawing cash in kuna from Croatian ATMs.[\/caption]\r\n

The difference is not exactly insignificant: 332.73 euros would have been charged to the account with the currency conversion suggested by the cash dispenser, as one can easily see.<\/p>\r\n

300 Euro withdrawal from the machine costs an additional 26.68 Euro<\/h2>\r\n

If one rejects the suggested exchange rate however, only 306.05 euro are debited to the account, since now the own bank determines the exchange rate and that corresponds obviously rather to the reality. The saving for the withdrawing user of the cash dispenser: 26.68 euro, only because he rejected the given exchange rate. With several withdrawals in the course of a stay in Croatia this can add up already not insignificant.<\/p>\r\n\"Cash Picture 2: Exchange rate rejected, here the account statement after the rejection: instead of 332.73 euro only 306.05 euro are charged to the account, thus 26.68 euro less. The difference of 26.68 Euro would have been paid into the cash box of the vending machine operator if the suggested exchange rate had been accepted.[\/caption]\r\n


Also with exchange offices look exactly on the course<\/h2>\r\n

In plain language this means: 26.68 Euro is paid additionally if one accepts the suggested exchange rate. By the way: Even when exchanging on the spot in many exchange offices, you should take a close look at the exchange rate beforehand: Many offer similar exchange rates as suggested by our greedy cash machine. Answer of the German DKB-Bank:<\/strong> For safety's sake we have once again contacted the press office of the German DKB-Bank<\/a>, whose friendly press spokesman sent the following statement: \"Cash withdrawals in foreign currency are free of charge for active customers on the part of DKB; for standard customers, a currency conversion fee of 2.20% of sales is charged. If the customer directly chooses currency conversion at the ATM when withdrawing kuna, a fee charged by the bank issuing the ATM will be included in the conversion rate. This can be very expensive under certain circumstances. When choosing the \"unguaranteed exchange rate\", the scenario described above comes into effect. The exchange rate used is the DKB exchange rate, which is the Euro reference exchange rate of the ECB. In the past, we have found that the exchange rate of the ATM issuing bank is less favorable than the conversion by the DKB.\"<\/em> statement Raiffeisenbank \u00d6sterreich<\/strong> Austrian banks also confirmed this practice: The Raiffeisen Bank International<\/a> additionally stated: \"A Raiffeisen ATM card in Germany\/Austria does not automatically make you a Raiffeisen customer in Croatia\" and pointed out that you should always have a look at the offered exchange rate. <\/em> statement BAWAG \u00d6sterreich<\/strong> And the BAWAG<\/a> stated: For withdrawals in foreign currency (Kuna), the exchange rate is calculated and the fees are charged by the card-issuing bank. If EUR is selected, the dynamic currency conversion (DCC) is used to calculate the exchange rate and charge fees. These costs are beyond our control. When selecting DCC, it is advisable to compare the exchange rate quoted at the ATM with the current exchange rates.<\/em>.<\/p>\r\n

Do not take cash with you<\/h2>\r\n

Unproblematic for the Holiday in Croatia<\/a> is when the holidaymaker forgoes large amounts of cash, i.e. euros, and instead withdraws the Croatian currency kuna from ATMs. Then however in any case on the exchange rate look and the suggested exchange rate reject, so that the conversion can take place with the own house bank to clearly more favorable conditions.<\/p>","post_title":"Cost trap ATM Croatia: <\/span><\/span>Reject always suggested exchange rate","post_excerpt":"","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"open","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"cost-trap-money-machine-vacation","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2020-10-29 22:11:40","post_modified_gmt":"2020-10-29 21:11:40","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.sea-help.eu\/news-general\/cost-trap-money-machine-vacation\/","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":24674,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2020-10-26 13:09:21","post_date_gmt":"2020-10-26 12:09:21","post_content":"

Currently, the media is outdoing itself with bad news regarding the Europe-wide spread of the COVID 19 pandemic<\/a> caused by Sars-CoV-2. Croatia might step these days again into the focus of the not rarely also politically motivated reporting, because exactly Nikolina Brnjac, since 23 July 2020 Minister for sport and tourism, infected herself with the Corona virus, as Croatian media report. From our point of view absolutely no reason to draw wrong conclusions, Germany's health minister Jens Spahn is also in quarantine. As is well known, the US president was not spared by the corona virus. The editorial staff has no other choice than to wish Nikolina Brnjac a speedy recovery and turn to the actual corona situation in Croatia<\/a>.<\/p>\r\n

Record reports of new coronavirus infections throughout Europe<\/h2>\r\n

The situation in Croatia is developing almost as expected, hardly differently than in the other European countries. There the record number of new coronavirus infections is increasing day by day, in Austria<\/a> and Germany<\/a> the bad L-word, i.e. lockdown, is already making the rounds, and Slovenia is already restricting regional traffic.<\/p>\r\n

Transit through Italy, Slovenia, Austria possible at any time<\/h2>\r\n

For boat and yacht owners, who now have to or want to travel to Croatia to prepare their boat for winter storage, this should not be a reason to panic. The transit routes through Italy, Slovenia and Austria will remain open, only at the borders there is the possibility to have a closer look. However, this should not lead to excessive waiting times either, because there are significantly fewer travelers on the road at the moment.<\/p>\r\n

Low coronavirus infection risk in Croatia's coastal regions<\/h2>\r\n

A stay in the Croatian coastal regions, with this opinion remains the SeaHelp editorship, represents also further no larger risk in the comparison with the attendance of a German or Austrian city.<\/p>\r\n

Structure of the coastal regions and the large cities differently<\/h2>\r\n

A SeaHelp coworker from Punat, who was only recently vocationally in Zagreb, hits the nail on the head with her perception: In the large cities, not only in Croatia, many families live in small dwellings and are used to being in pedestrian zones and Shopping centers. Especially when the weather gets worse. In addition there is the considerable number of commuters who travel to the city by train or bus to work. Distance rules often cannot be observed, and the corona virus has a good chance of spreading in this environment\".<\/p>\r\n

Example Krk: Easy compliance with corona distance rules<\/h2>\r\n

She was all the more relieved when she was finally back on \"her\" island of Krk: \"Here the weather is much more pleasant until the winter, many things are still happening outside and now most of the island's inhabitants are busy with the olive harvest anyway\". But for all coastal regions the following applies: \"Hardly anyone uses public transport, if at all possible we drive our own car to do errands. This for us coastal inhabitants almost oppressive narrowness in the big cities simply does not exist here\". And therefore the virus has much less chance to spread. No discos, shopping facilities that are actually designed for the tourist rush in summer - distance rules are much easier to keep.<\/p>\r\n

New corona strategy: regions and forms of vacation instead of national borders<\/h2>\r\n

And it is precisely for these reasons that rising coronavirus new infections should be viewed in a differentiated manner according to regions and not according to national borders. But also according to forms of vacation, because the risk of infection for water sports enthusiasts is not comparable with the risks of party tourists.<\/p>\r\n

Without bad conscience at Croatia's coast!<\/h2>\r\n

In the plain language that means: Who must prepare now still its real estate, its ship or its caravan in Croatia for the lining up winter, can these work without bad conscience settle. In the Croatian Marinas like everywhere at the coast it is not difficult to keep the distance rules with house or human understanding. In most cases it is even easier than in your home country.<\/p>","post_title":"Croatian Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac infected with Coronavirus: <\/span><\/span>Croatian coastal regions without problems - problem child big cities","post_excerpt":"","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"open","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"nikolina-brnjac-corona-virus","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2020-10-26 14:16:31","post_modified_gmt":"2020-10-26 13:16:31","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.sea-help.eu\/news-general\/nikolia-brnjac-corona-virus\/","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"},{"ID":24572,"post_author":"4","post_date":"2020-10-24 05:30:52","post_date_gmt":"2020-10-24 03:30:52","post_content":"

May one look forward now already to the water sport season 2021 and thus to the vacation in Croatia? The SeaHelp editorship has itself despite constantly rising corona new infections, which, as we learned, in the winter months are normal, already once thought, why the water haven in Croatia might experience also in the coming year despite the Corona pandemic<\/a> hardly a break-down. However, we have based this on the assumption that the topic of corona will continue to accompany us in 2021.<\/p>\r\n

Reason 1:<\/strong> COVID 19 tests become easier<\/h2>\r\n

The previous test strategy in Germany and Austria almost without exception provided for expensive, time-consuming PCR tests. In some cases, results were waited for several days and the laboratories responsible for testing (not only in Croatia, editor's note) seemed to be overloaded. In addition, there were discussions about whether it would be better to reserve testing capacities for risk groups such as persons in need of care rather than for vacationers. With the development of the new antigen tests, which are clearly more inexpensive and supply within 15 minutes a relatively reliable result, the sheet could turn. This would take the quarantine issue off the table. Austria has already integrated antigen tests<\/a> into its test strategy.<\/p>\r\n\"Coronavirus Corona quick tests are developing rapidly in terms of accuracy and reliability. So nothing should stand in the way of a vacation in 2021. Picture source: Roche Germany Holding GmbH[\/caption]\r\n


Reason 2:<\/strong> Governments differentiate according to forms of vacation<\/h2>\r\n

Let's remember: At the beginning of the Corona pandemic, Croatia went into lockdown, after which water sports enthusiasts were among the first groups of people to be granted entry. Meanwhile even in the responsible ministries the realization might have become generally accepted, which one should differentiate more strongly: The water sportsman, who usually travels with the own passenger car to Croatia, goes there on its boat or its yacht, exhibits a substantially smaller risk of infection than the party tourist, who travels with airplane or bus and makes itself after six days party again on the way back.<\/p>\r\n

Reason 3:<\/strong> Protective measures are effective if they are followed<\/h2>\r\n

The example of Istria shows how effective protective measures are when they are monitored. While elsewhere in Croatia new infections increased drastically, the development in the north of Croatia, especially in Istria, is relatively manageable. At least in comparison to the rest of Europe. Why in Istria the numbers run contrary to the general trend, shows also a RTL contribution<\/a> to this topic. Istria could quasi be the blueprint for the whole of Croatia.<\/p>\r\n

Reason 4:<\/strong> EU concept could take effect as early as spring 2021<\/h2>\r\n

Even if one says to the parliamentarians with the European Union in Brussels that they are not the fastest in things resolution, a fast, time near regulation for the summer vacation might take place after the foreseeable debacle in the winter sports season with substantial losses of turnover for the winter sports regions. The pressure from countries within the EU that participate in the winter sports value chain should be great enough to enable rapid action to be taken. Uniform rules within Europe will create confidence and could revive tourist flows, despite Corona.<\/p>\r\n

Reason 5:<\/strong> Water sportsmen possess common sense<\/h2>\r\n

Water sports enthusiasts, especially boat and yacht owners, are used to making decisions based on hard facts in their profession and hobby. Next year they will hardly let themselves be put on a leash by politically motivated travel warnings of individual governments, but will pursue their hobby with common sense. And they are used to finding solutions to problems. For example, as early as 2020 charter companies organized their own PCR tests for Croatia travelers so that they could immediately reintegrate into working life when they returned.<\/p>\r\n

Reason 6:<\/strong> Water sports in Croatia by far safe<\/h2>\r\n

SeaHelp has itself visited some marinas in Croatia unannounced to check on the spot that the Corona rules are being observed. In general, all rules to prevent infection with the corona virus as far as possible were followed according to the general guidelines. After a SeaHelp inquiry the predominant number of the water sportsmen, who stayed in Croatia in this year, was content with the measures, judged it with good, and\/or very good.<\/p>\r\n

Reason 7:<\/strong> Water sportsmen know their territory<\/h2>\r\n

Whoever owns a boat or yacht in Croatia or is planning a charter vacation has usually dealt with the country or region in detail. Exactly that differentiates the water sportsman in the long run from the overall tourist. That selects its vacation goal in the travel agency according to criteria such as departure airport, price, beach and leisure offers. Whether it becomes then in the long run Croatia, Bulgaria, Mallorca or Italy, is relatively all the same to him - main thing sun. For water sportsmen completely different criteria apply, they know, how it looks like in their goal area, which expects them and how they can protect themselves. This enumeration does not claim to be complete, it is only an attempt to show why the 2021 water sports season can still be better than the previous season due to the current increase in corona numbers. In the meantime, we have all learned from the pandemic to protect ourselves accordingly and to deal with it. Hopefully this learning curve will continue in politics. Of course, we are always happy when our readers provide us with further reasons to continue the story.<\/p>","post_title":"Holiday 2021 in Croatia: <\/span><\/span>Seven good reasons to look forward to the water sports season","post_excerpt":"","post_status":"publish","comment_status":"open","ping_status":"closed","post_password":"","post_name":"water-sports-croatia-holiday-2021","to_ping":"","pinged":"","post_modified":"2020-10-24 07:30:52","post_modified_gmt":"2020-10-24 05:30:52","post_content_filtered":"","post_parent":0,"guid":"https:\/\/www.sea-help.eu\/?p=24572","menu_order":0,"post_type":"post","post_mime_type":"","comment_count":"0","filter":"raw"}],"next":false,"prev":true,"total_page":2},"paged":1,"column_class":"jeg_col_2o3","class":"epic_block_25"};

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