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.
The number of new cases in the Republic of Croatia in the 24-hour period is zero, which means that the total number of people who have been infected in Croatia since the pandemic began remains at 2,244.
So far, 62422 people have been tested, of which 940 were tested in the last 24 hours.
There are 3 fewer hospitalized cases, which means that 78 people are in hospital. Out of that, 6 patients are on a ventilator.
The total number of people who have made a full recovery is 2,035, of which is 8 patients have made a recovery in the past 24 hours.
One person died in the past 24 hours, at the General Hospital in Koprivnica. The total number of deaths in Croatia due to Covid-19 now stands at 100.
According to currently available data in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, no new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours.
Of the samples sent on Saturday, the findings of which did not come to the publication of a previous statement, all are negative, and of the samples sent yesterday, 18 are negative, while some of them are still being processed.
In the Dubrovnik General Hospital, the number of hospitalized patients positive for COVID still did not change, and 2 people are in the Infectious Diseases Department.
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.
Between sunseekers, investors, and media pundits, it's not hard to find comparisons between Croatia and Malta.
The two tiny, sun-drenched Mediterranean countries may have a lot of differences but they also have a lot in common. Both countries have similar architecture, economies, and cultures, while both are rapidly becoming some of the most popular tourist destinations on Earth.
It is more than likely that these two friendly EU nations will find themselves in competition with each other in the future when it comes to tourism and investment. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at how the two countries compare.
Let's first take a quick look at how Croatia compares with Malta in a more global context. When it comes to most of the numbers, Croatia has Malta beaten. The country has a population almost ten times higher than Malta, with 4.1 million people to Malta's 493,000.
This helps explain why the GDP of Croatia is also significantly higher, at $60 billion vs $14.7 billion. Croatia is also almost 200 times larger than Malta in terms of geographic size. However, despite Croatia's larger size, it's worth noting that Malta has significantly higher wages and GDP per capita, as well as scoring higher on indices that look at national influence.
There is no skirting around the fact that tourism makes up a disproportionately large chunk of the economies, cultures, and societies of both Croatia and Malta. Dubrovnik is, by some measures, one of the most 'over-touristed' cities in the world, with over a million people descending upon this city of only 42,000 people last year.
Malta suffers from similar problems of over-tourism, with 1.1 million people, equivalent to more than twice the population of the tiny island, paying a leisure visit in 2019. That being said, both countries rely on tourism, given that it is the largest sector of both their economies.
Beyond the strong reliance on tourism, the economies of Malta and Croatia have several striking differences. Most notably, Croatia is a significant manufacturer and exporter, selling billions of dollars worth of crude oil, agricultural products, and products from its massive shipbuilding industry overseas. Malta meanwhile is a much more service-oriented economy.
One of its major economic engines is the online casino industry, with dozens of multi-billion-dollar global casino companies establishing headquarters in Malta in recent years. Major casino platforms such as NetBet, which offer hundreds of online slots from classic fruit machines to TV-inspired games like Narcos and jackpot slots like Mega Fortune, are now a ubiquitous feature of the Maltese economy.
Despite their highly unique and immensely differing histories, Malta and Croatia do share some surprising cultural similarities. For one, both have a business culture that separates them from the other Southern European countries, in that both highly value punctuality and straightforwardness in all business dealings.
In addition, both have strikingly similar cuisines, with lobster, rabbit stews, goulashes, and bean soups all featuring prominently in their respective lists of national dishes. In addition, the inhabitants of both countries have strong reputations for friendliness and honesty in international rankings.
What other notable similarities and differences do you think there are between Malta and Croatia? Drop us a comment to let us know!
Are the Croatian borders open? Are tourists allowed to enter the country? And what regulations will you have to follow when you arrive in Croatia? These, and many similar questions, have been filling our mailbox for weeks. Information on the Covid-19 situation across Croatia has been flowing fluidly and finding the right answer isn’t always that easy in the mass of daily information.
That is why the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT), together with other national professional tourism associations - the Croatian Hotel Employers Association (UPUHH) and the Croatian Camping Association (KUH), made an overview of key tourist information updated on May 22, to better prepare for the opening of the summer tourist season. These new guidelines refer precisely to the conditions under which tourists from abroad can come to Croatia on holiday from this weekend until further notice.
According to the latest information from Veljko Ostojić, the director of HUT, foreign tourists from EU countries must have a confirmation of booking accommodation in a hotel, camp or other type of accommodation facility or a travel agency voucher when entering Croatia. This document must specify the exact place and address of the accommodation facility where the guest will be staying, their contact phone number and the date when the guest plans to leave the Republic of Croatia.
According to the announcements of the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Tourism, an application will soon be published in which guests will be able to enter all this information in advance in order to cross the border faster.
There is no obligation of self-isolation for EU citizens who come as tourists, but upon entering the Republic of Croatia at the border they will receive an information leaflet with recommendations and instructions from the Croatian Institute of Public Health.
In addition to confirming the reservation, the reasons for entering Croatia can be business reasons, ownership of real estate or a boat or urgent personal reasons such as a funeral and the like.
Although everyone expects that in the second half of June or early July all EU members could open their borders, for now different regulations for the entry of different citizens into Croatia still apply to each individual country.
So here is an overview of travel conditions for some of the most important tourist emitting markets for Croatia.
There are no restrictions on movement between Slovenia and the Republic of Croatia for Slovenian citizens. When entering the Republic of Croatia as a tourist, Slovenes must present a reservation of accommodation in the accommodation facility. There is no obligation of self-isolation when crossing the border between Slovenia and Croatia and vice versa.
Citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany must present a reservation of accommodation in an accommodation facility when entering Croatia. There is no measure of self-isolation for citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany when entering Croatia. Given that Croatia is a member of the EU with a very good epidemiological picture, most regions in Germany do not prescribe the obligation of self-isolation for their citizens returning from Croatia. Thus, the regions of Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate and Niedersachsen have already abolished the obligation of self-isolation, i.e. quarantine for returnees from EU countries, and the obligation of self-isolation, i.e. quarantine, will be abolished by the province of Hessen from 25 May. Travel between Germany and Croatia through Austria and Slovenia runs smoothly with a document confirming the reservation of accommodation in Croatia.
CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA, HUNGARY
Foreign tourists who are citizens of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary must present a reservation of accommodation in the accommodation facility when entering Croatia. There is no obligation for them to self-isolate when entering the Republic of Croatia. According to current and unofficial information, the citizens of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary are not expected to have to carry out self-isolation when returning from Croatia from May 29, although the exact dates will be known in the coming days.
Austrian citizens, like everyone else from the EU, must have a document of accommodation with all the information when entering the Republic of Croatia. There is no obligation of self-isolation for citizens of the Republic of Austria upon entering the Republic of Croatia, and according to current unofficial information, for citizens of Austria it is expected that from the beginning of June it will not be necessary to self-isolate when returning from Croatia.
OTHER EU COUNTRIES
Foreign tourists who are citizens of EU countries when entering the Republic of Croatia must have an official reservation of accommodation in the accommodation facility, and there is no obligation for them to self-isolate when entering the Republic of Croatia. According to current and unofficial information, during June, self-isolation for guests from countries with a favourable epidemiological picture should be abolished upon return from Croatia, but the exact dates will be known in the coming days.
If you have to self-isolate then hanging around on a luxury yacht in the middle of the turquoise Adriatic Sea probably isn’t the worst way to do it. The first luxury yacht of the season dropped anchor in the Bay of Zupa this morning, and it immediately reminded us of times before Covid-19.
The 50-metre-long “All About U”, which was launched in 2017, can accommodate 12 guests in six luxurious cabins. And to give you some idea on the price, her sister ship All About U2 was up for sale for a whopping $15 million.
'All About U' was built by ADA Yacht Works in Turkey at their Bodrum shipyard, she was delivered to her owner in 2018. And this morning in the Bay of Zupa she certainly looked impressive.
German airline Lufthansa has announced relaunching if its fleet June with flights to tourist destinations, including Dubrovnik, stated the airline today.
“In the second half of June, Lufthansa is reintroducing flights to 20 tourist destinations,” one Lufthansa spokesman confirmed to the German newspaper, Bild am Sonntag daily.
Among these destinations, in addition to Mallorca, Crete, Venice, Rhodes and Ibiza, is Dubrovnik.
As of June, a total of 160 of the 760 aircraft from the Lufthansa fleet and companies such as Eurowings and Swiss, which are all part of the wider group, will start flying routes again.
At the same time, negotiations are underway between the state and Lufthansa to rescue Germany's largest airline, which has fallen into financial difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to information in the German media, the government plans to help Lufthansa to the tune of around nine billion euros. In return, the state would, at least for a period of time, enter Lufthansa’s ownership structure.
And the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, was quick to pick up on the fact that one of the leading international airlines once again has Dubrovnik on its radar. On his Facebook profile we wrote “We have optimistic news! Many participated in the project of returning international air transport to Dubrovnik, and special thanks to the Government of the Republic of Croatia, led by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. We were not silent observers but active negotiators and that is why Dubrovnik is coming back stronger than ever.”
The National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia issued a statement with the latest data on coronavirus patients. In the last 24 hours one new case of Covid-19 has been recorded in Croatia. The one new case is a person from the Zagreb County.
So far across Croatia 61,482 people have been tested, with 618 tested in the past 24 hours. In total 2,244 people up and down Croatia have been infected with the virus, with 2,027 people making a full recovery.
"The feeling when we saw no new cases yesterday was priceless, but there is no relaxation. The fact is that it was the best day, at least for the last two months, but we all know this is a new disease and we don't know how it will behave. Everyone is talking about the second wave and we must remain vigilant and continue to be responsible,” commented the Minister of Health, Vili Beros.
"What is gratifying is that experts report that the clinical pictures of patients are getting milder, which means that the virus is weaker, but there are still those who are, unfortunately, on a ventilator. But the general impression is good, and we are certainly being helped by the nice weather, which generally has a good effect on respiratory diseases,” concluded Beros.
The Greek airline, Aegean Airlines, has announced it will restart flights to Dubrovnik from the 2nd of July. Aegean airlines will connect Dubrovnik with Athens four times a week from early July and has also stated that it will resume its Zagreb and Split connections.
Aegean is just the latest of a number of international airlines who have released their new flights schedule for summer 2020 to Croatia, with Ryanair and easyJet both announcing new flight dates.
The Greek airline has already reinstalled domestic flights through both Greece and Crete, and is slowly planning to restart European flights.