Friday, 10 July 2020

The National Civil Protection Headquarters announced that there have been 22 new cases of Covid-19 in Croatia over the past 24 hours, meaning a total of 2,388 people have been infected since the pandemic began.

“So far, 73,738 people have been tested. There are 18 people in hospital and no one is on a ventilator. A total of 107 people have passed away due to Covid-19. Three patients were discharged from the hospital. 139 people are actively ill,” commented Maja Grba Bujević, the Director of the Croatian Institute of Emergency Medicine.

"We are actively monitoring the situation, not only in Croatia but also in the neighbouring countries and in Europe in order to adopt the best possible measures to protect the health of citizens. Today a decision will be made on a temporary ban on crossing the border, by establishing a special entry regime for people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and North Macedonia,” said Interior Minister, Davor Božinović.

This new border regulation effectively means that any citizen entering Croatia from the four countries mentioned will have to serve a mandatory two-week quarantine in Croatia.

"A special regime of entry into Croatia for persons coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia and Northern Macedonia is being established. These persons will be obliged to stay in self-isolation for 14 days upon entering Croatia. The isolation obligation does not apply to passengers transiting through Croatia," empathized Božinović, at today’s press conference.

And another new regulation regards passengers on public transport. And passenger who does not have a mask will not be able to enter the vehicle, basically the driver will not be allowed to drive unless everyone has a mask. The decision takes effect at midnight tonight.

Božinović added that "We will continue to monitor what is happening. At this stage, we will be ready to make decisions faster, and we can change them if the need arises."

 

The areas of Medvednica and Biokovo were declared nature parks on this date in 1981. Apart from being mountainous, these two protected areas are also similar because their foothills are densely populated, the connection between the population and the mountains has been present for centuries, and in modern times these areas are extremely visited and marked by tourist activities and influences – the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy.

Medvednica Nature Park is located north of Zagreb. For the capital of Croatia, this mountain range, with the highest peak Sljeme at an altitude of 1035 meters, has exceptional value - not only from an ecological point of view (protection of soil from erosion, prevention of torrents, impact on climate, air and water quality), but also aesthetic , symbolic, recreational, health and tourist aspects. Apart from the area of the City of Zagreb, this protected area of 179 square kilometers covers part of the area of Zagreb and Krapina-Zagorje counties.

Public institution "Nature Park Medvednica" will mark the 39th birthday of the Park on Sunday, June 28th, with educational and entertainment events on the meadow next to the Tourist Apartments "Snow Queen" from 11 am to 2 pm. The SINCERE project (Encouraging Innovation in Forest Ecosystem Services), which is currently being implemented, will be presented there, and its goal is to valorize the recreational and health function of Medvednica forest ecosystem services and raise awareness of forest ecosystem services.

Mount Biokovo is part of the Dinarides mountain massif, it forms the natural hinterland of the Makarska Riviera, and the area of 193 square kilometeres, 30 kilometers long has been put in the category of nature park. Apart from its location, Biokovo is unique because of its geomorphology and biological diversity, which were the main reasons for declaring the mountain Biokovo a nature park in 1981.

The highest peak of the mountain is Sveti Jure at 1762 meters above sea level, making Biokovo the second highest mountain in Croatia. In addition to hiking trails, a 23 kilometer long road leads to the top, which is also the highest paved road in Croatia.
In the Biokovo Nature Park, visitors can hike on more than 20 hiking trails, visit the botanical garden "Kotisina", as well as numerous educational trails, Info Center Ravna Vlaska with a lookout and visit the presentation centers "Brela Gornja" and "Adrion - the heart of the mountain" in Makarska.

Public institution "Biokovo Nature Park" is currently implementing the project "New Adrion - Promoting the sustainable use of natural heritage PP Biokovo" funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Operational Program Competitiveness and Cohesion 2014-2020. The most impressive part of the project is certainly Skywalk in the area of Ravna Vlaska - the construction of a horseshoe-shaped belvedere outside the cliff with a glass surface for walking.

In addition, the project plans to set up a geological pillar, arrange a visitor center in Zupa and arrange Rodiceva street, which will convert the existing macadam road into a pedestrian and bicycle path about 7 kilometers long.

Also, in cooperation with the association "Geopark Imotska jezera" it is planned to apply Geopark Biokovo - Imotska jezera in the UNESCO world program of geoparks. This would enable the launch of various production and service activities that contribute to the socio-economic development of the local community.

There are no new cases of coronavirus infection in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, and of the samples sent for analysis on Tuesday, 38 are negative, the remaining are in processing. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 3,534 samples have been sent for analysis.

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, there are 33 people in self-isolation.

The headquarters of the Civil Protection for the County continues to appeal to citizens to adhere to all prescribed measures by the Croatian Institute of Public Health and the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia.

 

The company Krilo line informs that the high-speed line Split - Brac - Hvar - Korcula - Mljet - Dubrovnik and vice versa starts sailing again.

Daily sailing in the 2020 season starts on Monday, June 29th.

The catamaran departs from Split at 7:40 am in the morning and arrives to the pier Petka in the port of Gruz at 12:15.

The catamaran will depart daily from Dubrovnik during June, July and August at 4:30 pm, and in the period from Semptember 1st to October 25th daily at 4 pm.

Ticket sales for this line will be organized in Dubrovnik Travel Corner - Avansa Travel d.o.o. in Gruz, Obala Stjepana Radica 40, right across the place where the ship comes.

-We believe that the re-establishment of this extremely popular line will improve the connection of Dubrovnik with other tourist centers on the coast and thus contribute to this tourist season - the company stated.

The city of Dubrovnik has installed free internet in the historic city center, on Pile and Lazareti, using 15 thousand euros of non-refundable EU funds. As part of the initiative "WiFi4EU - promoting Internet connectivity in local communities", Dubrovnik is one of one hundred cities in the Republic of Croatia that has got this support through a tender.

The WiFi4EU voucher covers the cost of equipment and installation of Wi-Fi access points. With this co-financing, the City of Dubrovnik has built a total of ten access points for free wireless internet network in public areas, and locations have been selected where both citizens and guests will benefit.

The goal of the WiFi4EU initiative is to provide high-quality free internet access for citizens and visitors through Wi-Fi access points. The total budget was 51 million euros, and applications were received from all countries participating in the program from EU Member States, Iceland and Norway, and 3,400 municipalities received vouchers worth 15 thousand euros each for costs of installation.

British guests could well be holidaying on the Croatian Adriatic this summer as the UK government plans talks on air bridges. According to a report in The Guardian British tourists could soon be sunning themselves on a Croatia beach, as British ministers are negotiating with Spain, Italy, Greece, France and Turkey, as well as Croatia.

Croatia has already fully opened its borders to ten European destinations but as the UK still has a relatively high Covid-19 infection rate it wasn’t included on this list.

British ministers are in talks with the leaders of six European countries in order to establish 'air bridges' for British tourists who want to spend their holidays. The idea is to allow Britons to go on holiday to countries with low prevalence of the infection and return home without going into quarantine.

Apparently Singapore, Australia and Bermuda were considered, but in the end Mediterranean countries were chosen as low distance destinations require transfers in countries where the epidemiological situation is much more serious.

Although the UK have expressed an interest in opening “air bridges” to Croatia there are no signs yet from the Croatian side. British tourists are extremely important to Croatia’s tourism industry, especially in Dubrovnik where they are the most numerous visitors, and if this “air bridge” project were to be allowed it would no doubt give a much needed shot in the arm to the country’s tourism industry.

The current 14-day quarantine regulation for people arriving in the UK is set to be reviewed on the 29th of June, although there is a possibility that an announcement could be made a few days before that date. The quarantine was proved extremely unpopular with the UK travel industry, airlines and with politicians from all parties. Indeed, it isn’t clear why the regulation was introduced, unless to motivate UK tourists to stay at home on holiday and therefore bolster the flagging economy.

 

One of the largest hotels in the Dubrovnik region, indeed in the whole of Croatia, is set to reopen its doors to guests on the 1st of July. Hotel Croatia in Cavtat will once again be welcoming guests as it opens in the middle of next week. This five-star hotel has been closed since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Hotel Croatia will be the fourth hotel in the Adriatic Luxury Hotels (ALH) group to reopen, after Hotel Dubrovnik Palace, Hotel Excelsior and Hotel Odisej on Mljet. This Cavtat hotel is extremely popular with guests from the UK and ALH have already stated that they are monitoring the situation in the UK carefully.

“The operational procedures in the hotels have been fully adjusted to comply with all prescribed measures and recommendations for the operation of hotels during the Covid-19 epidemic submitted by the Croatian Institute of Public Health with maximum effort to maintain the expected level of a luxury hotel service,” states Hotel Croatia.

 

The Interior Minister and Head of the Civil Protection Directorate, Davor Bozinovic, announced that a new regime would be introduced on the borders with Bosnia and Hercegovina and Serbia, which could include 14-day mandatory self-isolation.

"We are monitoring the epidemiological situation in neighbouring countries and what we have been recording in recent days are infections that come, that is, are brought by people who mostly come from the countries of our eastern borders,” stated Bozinovic.

Adding that today there will be a meeting of the Directorate today and that they will probably make a decision on changing the regime that currently exists at the border crossings with Serbia, BiH and Montenegro, but also when it comes to travel for citizens of Kosovo and northern Macedonia.

"We will make a decision on Wednesday, you know that they will come into force at 00.00 the next day, but I would not prejudge now, but probably the regime that existed - self-isolation for those coming from those countries, it will be discussed on Wednesday and probably we will make a decision on that track, but let's wait,” concluded Bozinovic yesterday.

 

Croatia remains an epidemiologically safe destination for Slovenians, the Slovenian government spokesman, Jelko Kacin, and one of the leading infectologists confirmed on Tuesday, explaining that the situation in both countries is similar.

Speaking at an extraordinary press conference on Tuesday about 13 new cases of coronavirus in Slovenia, including 6 cases of transmission from abroad, Kacin said that the statement of Health Minister, Tomaz Gantar, about Croatia as a potentially epidemiologically dangerous destination for Slovenians was " insufficiently thought out” since the epidemiological situation in both states is similar.

Due to that statement and Gantar's warning that Croatia could be on the "red list" of countries from which a 14-day quarantine is required for entry into Slovenia, the Slovenian government has been overwhelmed with inquiries, which has resulted in problems with telephone lines.

This means that despite the increase in the number of new cases in recent days in Croatia, but also in Slovenia, the border crossing regime remains the same as before.

Of the 13 new infections confirmed in Slovenia in the last 24 hours, six of them are "imported", of which three from BiH, and one case each from Serbia, Kosovo and Croatia.

 

According to the first results of the eVisitor system, 185,389 arrivals and 842,659 overnight stays were realized in Croatia during the extended weekend, in the period from Friday 19th to Sunday, 22nd of June. There were about 210 thousand tourists in Croatia daily.

-We have entered the main part of the tourist year, Croatia is among the few Mediterranean countries in which tourist traffic is currently being realized and we should be proud of that fact. The defense system against the coronavirus throughout the country is set at a high level. We respect the efforts and recommendations of the competent professional services. Conditions have been provided for a safe tourist summer, day by day we will record an increasing influx of guests, and it is up to all of us, citizens and tourists to act responsibly and adhere to all prescribed epidemiological measures - said Croatian National Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that promotional activities aimed at the domestic market will start in a few days.

Out of the total number of overnight stays, domestic tourists realized 23 percent, and foreign tourists 77 percent. The greatest number of overnight stays was made by tourists from Germany (202 thousand overnight stays, 24 percent share in total overnight stays), Slovenia (168 thousand overnight stays, 20 percent share), Austria (79 thousand overnight stays, nine percent share) and the Czech Republic (63 thousand overnight stays, seven percent share).

In terms of counties, the highest number of overnight stays was recorded in the County of Istria (258 thousand, 31 percent), followed by the County of Primorje-Gorski Kotar (200 thousand overnight stays, 24 percent) and the County of Zadar (144 thousand overnight stays, 17 percent). In terms of destinations, most of the overnight stays were made in Rovinj (44 thousand overnight stays), Vir (35 thousand overnight stays), Medulin (27 thousand overnight stays), Mali Losinj (26 thousand overnight stays) and Porec (25 thousand overnight stays).

During the extended weekend, most overnight stays were realized in household facilities (31 percent of overnight stays, 263 thousand overnight stays), camps (26 percent, 218 thousand overnight stays) and hotels (13 percent, 112 thousand overnight stays).

The Voice of Dubrovnik

THE VOICE OF DUBROVNIK


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