The Croatian tourism industry has been short on good news for the past 18 months, but this week the positivity started. After the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC) last week removed the entire Croatian coast from the red epidemiological zone and placed it in the yellow zone, the German state epidemiological institute Robert Koch removed Croatia from the list of risky areas on Monday.
Moreover, the Split-Dalmatia County, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the Istria County, the Karlovac County, the Krapina-Zagorje County and the Požega-Slavonia County entered the green zone of this prestigious institute. On Tuesday, Switzerland removed the whole of Croatia from the list of epidemiologically risky countries.
Since the ECDC map, like the opinion of the German Robert Koch Institute, is considered the most relevant indicator of the safety in a destination for European tourists, the door to a successful season in Croatia in early June is wide open to all Europeans. This is the best confirmation of the fact that the epidemiological situation is the only criterion that will determine the success of the season and that the effort of reaching the "green" zone pays off.
“Given the current epidemiological situation as well as the forecasts for the coming weeks and if something unforeseen does not happen in the next period, the overall result of the season could be significantly better than last year, but still below record 2019. What is crucial is that we ensure a quality epidemiological situation for as long as possible, preferably to be "green" at least until October,” said Veljko Ostojic, the director of the Croatian Tourism Association.
But whilst the EU has placed Croatia on the green list and other countries have followed suit, the Americans still have Croatia officially listed as a high risk country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Croatia is listed at level 4, or the highest level of risk. Level 4 – Covid-19 – Very High means that the CDC is still giving advice for travel to Croatia as “Avoid travel to Croatia. If you must travel to Croatia, make sure you are fully vaccinated before travel.” This is especially confusing as this week the CDC relaxed travel warnings for over a 100 countries, however Croatia wasn’t on the list.
“It has been great to see the number of cases decline to 34 per 100,000 as of yesterday according to Reuters. When the EU and our CDC reclassified and downgraded warnings yesterday for 110 countries, Croatia stayed at the red level for the CDC which is inconsistent with the measures of 500 or less per 100,000 used to reclassify,” commented an American reader. However, it is also clear that US travellers are ignoring the advice of the CDC as they are currently one of the most numerous nations in Dubrovnik.