Friday, 10 July 2020

In the last 24 hours, 2 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. These two new patients are a younger woman from the area of Dubrovnik who became infected in Zagreb and a younger woman from Smokvica who became infected in Split, and since June 25 she has been in self-isolation. Both have mild symptoms of the disease.

In the Dubrovnik-Neratva County, there are 72 people in self-isolation. Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 38 cases of self-isolation violations have been identified.


England has published a full list of so-called safe countries to travel during the summer in the context of a coronavirus pandemic, and Croatia is on the list.

Those Britons returning home from the countries on the list will not have to undergo a prescribed two-week quarantine. The list of these countries includes, among others, Croatia, and neighbouring Serbia.

Apart from Croatia, there are Greece, Spain, France, Belgium and other countries, and this decision will take effect on July 10.

But some countries are not on the safe list, such as China, the United States, Sweden and Portugal, which means that Britons returning from travel from those countries will have to undergo a mandatory two-week quarantine. That decision has infuriated airlines and passenger companies.

The government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been debating the relaxation of these measures for days. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which are pursuing their own health policies, have not announced plans to lift the measures. Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, commented that finalising the list of countries had been delayed due to the fact that there was a hope and belief that all four UK nations could reach a joint decision. This hasn’t happened and now each nation will take its own independent actions. The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, commented for the BBC that “Scotland could not be dragged along by the UK government's "shambolic decision making". After the fallout over Brexit this latest decision from UK nations to take their own paths on travel regulations is being viewed by commenters as further distancing from each other.

The full list of countries on the English, so-called safe countries list, also includes Germany, New Zealand, Greece, Norway, Poland, Australia, Hong Kong, Hungary and Iceland. Ireland is already exempt as part of the common travel area, as are the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.


In the past 24 hours there have been 96 new cases of Covid-19 across Croatia, meaning that the number of people currently infected with the virus has reached 728. Among this total there are 88 patients in hospital, of which 4 are on ventilators. Over the past 24 hours unfortunately two people have passed away due to Covid-19.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 3,008 people have been infected with Covid-19, of which unfortunately 112 have died and on a positive note 2,168 have recovered.

There are currently 4,943 people in self-isolation in Croatia. To date, a total of 82,902 people have been tested, of which 1,465 were tested in the last 24 hours.


The beginning of July is marked with the return of flights to Croatia by numerous airlines. Among others, French tourists are again allowed to travel by air to our country - said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Representation Office in France, Danijela Mihalic Durica.

Croatia Airlines announced flights on Fridays and Sundays from Paris to Zagreb, from July 11th Split will be connected to Paris again, and a flight from Lyon will start flying on Saturdays.

Air France has announced the return of flights from Paris to Zagreb and from Paris to Dubrovnik from 4th of July. The French national airline also announces the return of the flight from Paris to Split on July 13th.

Transavia Airlines announced the return of flights to Croatia in July, departing from Paris to Split and Dubrovnik, but also from Nantes to Dubrovnik.
Easy Jet announces the return of flights from Paris to Split and Dubrovnik in July.

-Destination safety, epidemiological measures taken, availability of information on entering the country are becoming key criteria for choosing a holiday destination, which is why there is currently great interest in Croatia on the French market - said Croatian National Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic.

Currently, there is an increasing trend of reservations for Croatia from many French tour operators such as Fram / Promovacance, Travel Europe, Top of Travel, Ovoyages and Voyamar.

-If the good epidemiological picture of Croatia continues, further growth is expected from this market, especially from August when the French mostly go on vacations, but also during September and October when some airlines have already announced extended departures to Adriatic destinations, especially towards Split and Dubrovnik, traditionally the most visited Croatian destinations for French guests, but also towards Zagreb - said Danijela Mihalic Durica.

After having an amazing time on the islands of Mljet and then Korcula, popular influencers Hofit Golan and Maja Malnar continued their journey in Dubrovnik, where they were joined by Carina Zavline and Jesse Meester.

This good-looking group is followed by millions of fans from all around the world every day and by sharing their beautiful photos from Dubrovnik, they are truly making priceless promotion for our city - where every corner is worth photographing!

In case you didn't know, beautiful Carina Zavline is a model who appeared on Germany's Next Top Model 2017 and was a favorite of judge and supermodel Heidi Klum. She has almost 400 thousand followers on her carinazavline Instagram account

Jesse Meester, the hot man of the group, is well known to the fans of the 90 Day Fiancé reality show because of his turbulent relationship with Darcey Silva that didn't end in good terms. Because of that, many foreign media shared his photos from Dubrovnik, where is surrounded by beautiful ladies. Meester is also an actor, model and entrepreneur and his travels are followed by 331 thousand fans.

Air Serbia, the national carrier of the Republic of Serbia, yesterday started with flights between the capital of Croatia and the Serbia capital. These new flights between Zagreb and Belgrade will operate once a day, every day, and is the first of a range of new connections with Air Serbia, reports Croatian Aviation.

Air Serbia re-establish connections between the two neighbouring capitals on an evening flight from Belgrade to Zagreb yesterday, although according to information there was little interest for this first flight and bookings were poor.

Air Serbia has already launched flights on the Belgrade-Split route. The company operated its first flight on Sunday, June 28, and flights will run twice a week through July, Fridays and Sundays.

The company will also launch flights to Dubrovnik. The Dubrovnik - Belgrade line will be in operation from today, July 3, with two weeks of flights, Fridays and Mondays, and from July 15, another flight will be added per week, every Wednesday.

The Belgrade - Zadar line is also being introduced. The company will operate on this line from July 11 with two flights a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The long-term seasonal line Belgrade - Pula will be in operation from July 10, with as many as three weeks of flight, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.


In the past 24 hours, 81 new cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in Croatia, and the number of currently infected (active cases) in Croatia today has reached a total of 647 people. Among that number of cases 84 patients are in hospital, of which 3 are on a ventilator. Unfortunately, in the past 24 hours two people have passed away due to Covid-19 in Croatia.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 2,912 people have been infected with Covid-19, of whom 110 have died and 2,155 have recovered. There are currently 4,065 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 81,437 people have been tested, of which 981 in the last 24 hours.


After the American Airlines route between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik was completely canceled for this summer season due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the company announced in its latest statement that it no longer intends to launch the line – Croatian Aviation reports.

Philadelphia - Dubrovnik line was introduced in the summer of 2019, and operated from the beginning of June to the end of September three times a week, while in September the line had one additional weekly flight.

Before the outbreak of the pandemic, the company announced that in the summer of 2020 aircraft on this route would operate daily, which was a clear sign that the line was very successful in the previous year. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the line was completely canceled for this summer season, and flights were announced from June 2021 on Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which represented an increase in capacity and a standard of service on the line itself – Croatian Aviation explains. 

And now, American Airlines announced in its latest statement that due to the crisis caused by the pandemic, it is permanently canceling certain routes, including this one between Philadelphia and Dubrovnik.
With this, Croatia was again left without a direct connection with the United States.

Croatian Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, said on Thursday morning during a working visit to the County Health Centre in Split that, according to current data, the increase in new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours will be at yesterday's level.

When asked about more and more tourists arriving in Croatia and the possibility of more imported Covid-19 cases Beroš stated that Croatia still has a favourable epidemiological situation that is under control. And that tourists have not contributed to the slight increase that has occurred recently, but other imported cases.

Croatia has certainly seen a spike in new Covid-19 cases in recent days and this has coincided with the opening of borders and a large influx of tourists in the country. However, Beroš states that these new cases have come from neighbouring countries and not from tourists.


World tourism could lose more than 1,200 billion US dollars or 1.5 percent of global GDP after almost four months of disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and among the 15 countries whose GDP could suffer the most due to tourism losses, is Croatia, in fact Croatia is third on the list, according to a new report by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

In the new report on the economic consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic on tourism, published this week, the UNCTAD also estimates losses in three 'scenarios' given the length of tourism disruptions - four, eight and 12 months.

"If the disruption of international tourism continues for eight months, the global loss in that sector could rise to 2,200 billion dollars, which is about 2.8 percent of global GDP, while in the most pessimistic scenario, if the interruption lasts 12 months, the losses could exceed $ 3.3 trillion, or 4.2 percent of GDP,” UNCTAD estimates.

They recall the great importance of the share of the travel and tourism sector in global GDP, as well as that tourism is the backbone of the economies of many countries and the 'life' of millions of people in the world.

"Covid19 has halted long-standing positive trends in world tourism, causing serious economic consequences around the world. Although tourism is slowly restarting in a growing number of countries, it is still stagnant in many, and for many, such as small islands and developing countries, a collapse in tourism also means a collapse in their development prospects,” Pamela Coke-Hamilton, UNCTAD’s director of international trade, warned in a report.

Analysing the impacts of tourism losses on its share of national GDP, UNCTAD estimates that Jamaica and Thailand could suffer the largest loss of tourism’s share of GDP, at 11 and 9 percent, respectively. In Croatia, that loss, according to their, as they say, moderate estimates, could be 8 percent, followed by Portugal with a loss of 6 percent, and the Dominican Republic with a loss of 5 percent.

Among the 15 most affected countries are Kenya, Morocco, Greece, Mauritius, Senegal, Ireland, Egypt, South Africa, Malaysia and Spain, and UNCTAD warns that the tourism sector will also feel pressure in many rich countries. They mention, they say, popular European and North American destinations, including France, Italy and the United States, which are also forecast to lose billions of dollars due to the dramatic decline in international tourism.


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