Croatia Travel Update – Coronavirus
Following some recent questions we have received, the team at Adventures Croatia has put together the following information regarding travel to Croatia concerning the coronavirus disease.
For nearly two months the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak has been at the forefront of international news. Originating from Wuhan in China’s Hubei province, there are now nearly 75,000 confirmed cases worldwide. Whilst the overwhelming majority of these cases are located in China near the epicenter of the outbreak, there have been a very small number of cases confirmed in Europe. At the time of writing we can confirm that none of these cases have been registered in Croatia.
There are a number of factors that have contributed to this:
- There are currently no direct flights between China and Croatia. Also, during the off-season of January & February there are significantly less tourists visiting from the region.
- As the current chair of the rotating EU Presidency, Croatia activated the bloc’s integrated response mechanism to the coronavirus outbreak, facilitating rapid and coordinated decision-making.
- Following their evacuation on a French plane from Wuhan organised by the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry, all Croatian citizens that chose to leave the epicentre were required to complete 14 days of isolation in Southern France, to eliminate any risk of being contagious upon their return to the country.
- Healthcare in Croatia is considered to be of a very high caliber and is in line with European Union standards for which Croatia is a member. Healthcare is free at the point of use for all Croatian citizens and benefits from modern facilities and advanced treatment for all of its patients.
The current situation in Croatia is the same as on the 7th of February when, in a Croatian government cabinet meeting, Health Minister Vili Beros said…
“There is no case of coronavirus detected in Croatia and the Health Ministry and the government acted quickly and adequately when the epidemic emerged in the world and there is no need for panic”
At the time of writing the US Department of State’s ‘Travel Advisory Level’ for Croatia is at ‘Level 1’. This is the lowest of the four levels and means US citizens traveling to Croatia need only “Exercise normal precautions” when traveling.
At Adventures Croatia we are confident that the situation at the time of writing is ‘low risk’ and should not impact your vacation. We are closely monitoring the situation and are in constant contact with our team members on the ground. If there are any updates or developments that may impact your vacation, rest assured that our team will keep you informed and updated.
If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to get in touch.