Tuesday, 02 June 2020
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.

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Spanish airlines, Iberia and Vueling, announced on Thursday that they would return some flights from Madrid and Barcelona to foreign destinations, including Dubrovnik and Split, from the 1st of July, after those flights were suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Since a state of emergency was declared in Spain on the 14th of March, Iberia has only operated foreign flights to London and Paris so that passengers can reach their destinations in an emergency. Tourist travel was banned, and border police checked the documents and certificates of those rare foreign passengers at airports.

But after the Spanish government announced on Monday that it would allow foreign tourists to arrive in the country from the 1st of July, Iberia and Vueling announced the gradual return of their flights.

In July, Iberia will open flights between Madrid and Dubrovnik, which will be one of its 15 foreign destinations. It will introduce an additional 28 destinations in Europe and North Africa in August.

"In order to restore customer confidence, we will not charge penalties for changing tickets purchased from today until the 30th of June, for flights until the 31st of December," Iberia said in a statement posted on its website on Thursday.

Iberia also had flights between Madrid and Zagreb and Zadar, but it is unknown at this time what will happen to them.

Iberia's business in July and August will be at 21 percent capacity compared to previously forecast this summer, and in the event of increased demand, capacity could increase to 35 percent.

Flights between Madrid and Split can be booked via Iberia's website from the 1st of July, and passengers will be transported by Vueling Airlines.

Iberia and Vueling, in fact, have a joint owner, the company International Airlines Group.

"We can confirm that we will gradually return flights from Barcelona to Dubrovnik and Split from July," said Vueling's spokesman Xabier Martinez Serrano.



It's one thing trying to build your credit rating but when it comes to a partner, their credit score can have just as much of an effect on your life as your own. For example. if you want to enter into a financial agreement together, such as a mortgage or joint bank account - their credit will play a part in the approval or denial of the request.

It is therefore important to work as a team to improve the credit score of your partner and in this article, we are going to be exploring some great ways that you can help you, partner, to boost their credit score.

3 Ways To Help A Partner With Bad Credit

Help Them To Create A Budget

It is easy to set a budget, however, it is not always as simple to stick to it. For many people, a budget can be impossible without someone to guide and advise.

Sitting down with your partner and creating a realistic budget that they can stick to can help them to get their finances in order and pay off any pesky debts. On top of this, your partner may trust you enough to take care of their debit cards and cash so that you can distribute them according to the budget. Not only will this ensure that your partner sticks to the budget but it is also a great way of building trust and demonstrating how you work together as a financial team. Add Your Partner Onto Your Credit Card

If you have a good credit rating, simply adding your partner as an authorized user on the card can boost their score greatly. Your first thought might be that you do not want them having the ability to spend on your card but this doesn't have to be the case.

You do not need to supply your partner with a physical credit card linked to your account, the idea here is that by having their name on the account they will be associated with a recurring debt that is regularly paid - this will improve their score. Encourage Your Partner To Take Out A Credit Boosting Loan

One of the best ways to boost your partner's credit is to get them a loan that they can make regular, affordable repayments on. This will reflect on their credit score as them being a responsible borrower.

One of the main concerns when getting a loan if you have bad credit is that rejection is almost inevitable, but that is where you come in. By being a guarantor on the loan, your partner will be much more likely to obtain credit and in turn, be able to boost their score.


Boosting the credit score of your partner will have a positive impact on your life and your finances, especially if you are going into a financial commitment together,

There are various ways of helping your partner to improve their credit score such as encouraging them to take out a loan. This can easily be done by using a website such as NowLoan.co.uk which will allow you to find the best deal for your partner and provide you with a wealth of options to suit both of your needs.


Over the past 24 hours in the Republic of Croatia there has been one new cases of Covid-19 detected, and unfortunately one more patient has passed away. The new case has been found in the Brod-Posavina County.

With today’s new case a total of 2,245 people have been infected with Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

So far, 65,094 people have been tested, of which 828 were tested in the last 24 hours. Across the country there are 33 people in hospital, and from the number 33 patients are on a ventilator.

On a positive note four more people have made a full recovery, meaning that 2,051 patients have now made a total recovery from Covid-19. The total number of people who have died due to the virus in Croatia is 102.


For the past 21 days, or a full three weeks, there have been no new cases of Covid-19 in the whole of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County. In fact, over the past 42 days there have only been eight new cases detected in the county.

Since the first case was detected in Konavle at the Dubrovnik Airport on the 18th of March a total of 118 people in the county have contracted the virus, of which 101 people have made a full recovery.

Yesterday, 20 samples were sent for analysis, and all 10 of them are negative, and the findings from the other 10 are still in processing. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 3,034 samples have been sent to Zagreb for analysis.

The number of hospitalized patients positive for Covid-19 hasn’t changed and there are 2 people in the Infectious Diseases Department of the Dubrovnik General Hospital.
A total of 5 people are still in self-isolation, and no violation of the self-isolation measure has been established in the last 24 hours.


For the third day in a row there are no new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Croatia. The Civil Protection Directorate announced today that over the past 24 hours there have been no new cases of Covid-19 in Croatia.

The total number of people who have contracted the virus since the pandemic began remains at 2,244. So far 64,266 people have been tested, of which 584 in the last 24 hours.

In the last 24 hours, one person has made a full recovery, meaning that 2,047 people have recovered from Covid-19.

There are 6 patients on ventilators, and a total of 38 people are currently. There were no new deaths in the past 24 hours meaning that the Covid-19 death toll in Croatia remains at 101.

To add some global perspective to the Covid-19 figures in Croatia the deaths per million population in Croatia is currently 25, whilst in Belgium it is 808, in Spain 580, in the UK 546 and in the US 305.


Due to the further development of the ever favourable epidemiological situation across Croatia, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia is continuing to relax the strict measures that were put in place and today they issued three more new decisions.

The first new relaxation measure concerns the banning on restricting social gatherings, sporting and cultural events, work in trade and service activities. The ban on public events and gatherings with more than 40 people is lifted, and from today the number of people who can be present at certain public events and gatherings will be determined by the recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health, together with other anti-epidemic measures. And sporting competitions will be able to be held, without the presence of spectators, from May 30 in the open air and from June 13 indoors.

The second easing of Covid-19 restrictions refers to amending the decision on the manner of holding funerals. As of May 29, the restriction that only family members and a representative of the religious community may attend funerals will be lifted, as well as the ban on publishing the place and time of the last farewell. Funerals, last farewells and urn laying are still held in compliance with general anti-epidemic measures and recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

And the last decision released by the Civil Protection Directorate today concerns an amendment to the decision on measures for marriage and life partnership contracts. From May 29, marriage ceremonies and life partnerships can be attended by other persons, not only family and witnesses, and the ban on holding wedding ceremonies will be lifted. Marriage and life partnership ceremonies, as well as wedding ceremonies will be held in compliance with general anti-epidemic measures and recommendations and instructions of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.


Dubrovnik will have a new flight connection for this summer, direct flights between the Slovenia capital and the pearl of the Adriatic. On Wednesday, the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, announced on a show on Radio Dubrovnik, that special charter flights would connect Dubrovnik with the Slovenian metropolis, Ljubljana, twice a week.

“We are currently arranging charter flights between Ljubljana and Dubrovnik with a Slovenian agency, which should start by the end of June at the latest. We have very good relations with Ljubljana, especially with Mayor Zoran Janković, and we have no doubt that there will be a response, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Therefore, we will launch a promotional campaign on the Slovenian market,” announced Franković.

The Mayor also pointed out that in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic and the troubled economic situation that the City of Dubrovnik is still financially stable.

“Considering that we predicted that this year the budget will be at a loss of about 60 million Kuna, we opened an overdraft with our business bank for that amount. We calculated that we would enter into that overdraft on the 1st of May, but today we are still in a slight plus,” concluded Franković.


In the last 90 days, and especially in the last two weeks, Germans have been searching for Croatia on Google, much more so than Spain, Italy or Greece with keywords such as holiday homes, camps or vacations, according to a new survey by Arbona.

When searching for holiday destinations on Google, Germans have been searching for Croatia the most in the last 90 days, and even more in the past few days, which makes its index in searches for these keywords (vacation) higher than 75 percent, and even goes to 100 percent, which means that potential German tourists are often only searching for Croatia, in terms of a holiday destination, on Google.

"This index is much higher than, for example, Spain, Italy and Greece, which are known to be the top destinations for German tourists. Such search results also mean that Croatia is in the lead position as a destination where many tourists would like to spend their holidays. The opening of the Croatian borders in combination with the good handling and results around the epidemiological situation, means that guests can feel safe there," pointed out Arbona, a certified Croatian partner of Google for the so-called AdWords.

The results are similar for the keywords "holiday homes" and "campsites/camping" which Germans are also searching Croatia more than the other three Mediterranean countries, according to Google.


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