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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Since the Covid-19 restrictions started to be eased on the 27th of April life in Croatia has slowly but surely returned to some kind of normal. Cafés, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers are back to work and after the third phase of relaxing the measures the number of new cases of Covid-19 across Croatia hasn’t increased, in fact it has continued its downward spiral. One measure that was dealt with special care was the reopening of Croatia’s borders. The European Union extended the travel ban on its external borders until the 15th of June.

“The entry of EU citizens into Croatia has increased. In the period between May 13 and 21, a total of 277,805 people entered, with 145,801 Croatian citizens, and 132,000 foreigners. In the same period, 225,438 passengers left Croatia, an equal ratio of foreigners and Croatian citizens,” commented the Minister of the Interior Davor Bozinovic on Thursday.

Bozinovic added that Croatia’s borders were primarily open for EU citizens but that citizens of other countries could also enter if they meet certain conditions.

In spite of these Covid-19 relaxation measures the actual number of new cases of the virus up and down the country continues to fall. The entire Dubrovnik – Neretva County hasn’t recorded a new cases of Covid-19 for a full two weeks. And even with this new influx of foreign visitors the numbers are still stable.


easyJet will restart flights from June 15, but Croatia and Dubrovnik will have to wait until July for first flights. The UK low-cost airline has announced that from June 15 they will commence with flights on domestic routes and a small number of European destinations.

All flights with easyJet with have increased safety measures, and all passengers will have to wear a facemask whilst on board, and no food will be available on their planes. However, easyJet have said that they will not block the middle seats on planes as had been previously implied. They say that they are working closely with the European Union Aviation Safety Agency and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and will follow all their guidelines.

Flights will begin from London Gatwick, Belfast, Edinburgh and Liverpool in the UK, as well as some European destinations such as Paris, Nice, Lyon and Geneva. And the airline has stated that as demand increases and as Covid-19 travel restrictions are eased that they will connect other destinations.

easyJet had connected Dubrovnik with a dozen European destinations, and indeed carried the second most number of passengers to Dubrovnik after Croatia Airlines.


The Civil Protection Headquarters announced today that from May 27, it wants to enable the holding of private and business catering gatherings, including weddings, celebrations and receptions, with new epidemiological recommendations from the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

"After a series of meetings with official representatives of the catering and event industry, an agreement was reached that the Croatian Institute of Public Health will make recommendations with an appropriate epidemiological framework for holding private and business catering gatherings, including weddings, celebrations and receptions," stated the Civil Protection Headquarters. They continued that the goal was to enable the organization of these activities starting from May 27, 2020.

Over the next week, the Institute will publish recommendations that will describe in detail the epidemiological framework for carrying out work in these activities. From 27 May, it is envisaged that 100 visitors will be allowed indoors and 300 outdoors, and further figures will depend on the epidemiological situation.


The number of new Covid-19 cases in the Republic of Croatia in the past 24 hours is 3, which means that the number of people who have contracted the virus since the pandemic began is 2,237.

The new patients are from Osijek - Baranja and Koprivnica - Križevci counties. So far, 58,091 people have been tested, of which 1,070 were tested in the last 24 hours.

The number of hospitalized cases is the same as yesterday, which means that 117 people are in hospital. Out of that, 9 patients are on a ventilator. The total number of deaths due to Covid-19 in Croatia is 97.


A clear 14 days, it has been a full 14 days since the last case of Covid-19 was detected in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County. The number of people who contracted the virus remains at 118.

According to currently available data in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, no new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours. The remaining findings sent for analysis on Tuesday were negative, as were 38 samples sent for analysis on Wednesday while 5 are still being processed.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 2,816 samples have been sent to Zagreb for analysis.

As of today, 2 positive patients are hospitalized in the Infectious Diseases Department of the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

A total of 7 citizens are in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours no violation of the self-isolation measure has been established.


The Slovenian government was the first in the EU to declare an end to the coronavirus epidemic almost a week ago, despite protests that it was too early. It seems that Croatia will wait for some more time for that decision.

And when asked if Croatia could soon declare itself as corona-free the Croatian Minister of Health, Vili Beros commented "We certainly won’t do that yet. It is a new disease, the challenges are numerous,” for the newspaper 24 sata.

“For example, when we had a measles epidemic, we determined its end solely on the basis of medical criteria - it lasts until the moment when the last case is the period of maximum incubation or two such periods, depending. This is something completely different, which I have not encountered in 25 years of work in this institution,” explained Bernard Kaic, the head of the Department of Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at the CNIPH.


After the relaxation of security measures by the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia and the adoption of new measures and instructions on behaviour in public inter-county passenger transport, FlixBus returned to the roads on 11 May 2020 and connected Zagreb and Varaždin with cities such as Zadar, Split and Trogir. From 28 May, the connection of the southern part of Croatia continues, with Flixbus buses travelling all the way to Omis, Makarska, Ploče, Opuzen, Metković and Dubrovnik.

Passengers are still encouraged to think about their safety when buying their tickets and to use the online way of buying tickets via a free mobile application or website. This will reduce unnecessary physical contact and long queues. Special attention is paid to enhanced prevention, hygiene and disinfection of the bus area for passengers and drivers, protective equipment for drivers as well as regulated boarding and disembarking of passengers with the maximum capacity.

“Bus transport of passengers even after the situation around the coronavirus should remain an important part of a sustainable and affordable way of traveling. The allowed capacity on the existing FlixBus bus lines is mostly full. We expect further easing of the measures of the Civil Protection Headquarters in order to continue with unhindered traffic throughout Croatia and enable passengers to realize their planned tourist or business trips,” commented Ante Grbeša, director of FlixBus CEE South region.


The latest airline to announce their 2020 summer flight schedule to Dubrovnik is the Spanish low-cost airline, Volotea. The first flights to Dubrovnik will commence in June with Volotea connecting Dubrovnik to a total of 11 European destinations. And the airline is currently offering special discounted tickets, with a single ticket around 29 Euros.

This summer Volotea, according to their official website, will connect Dubrovnik to Venice, Strasbourg, Nantes, Lyon, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Marseille, Bari, Palermo, Athens and Mykonos.


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