Croatia will be moved from the UK’s amber travel list to the green list from Monday the 19th of July. This news will certainly be met with interest from the travel and tourism industry in Croatia, especially in Dubrovnik were traditionally Brits are the most numerous guests. UK airlines have welcomed the news and a range of new flights and destinations have been announced.
The British Embassy stated in an announcement that “Croatia is on the amber list for entering England. From 4 am on Monday 19 July Croatia will move to the green list for entering England. Check what you must do to enter England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland."
The transport secretary, Grant Shapps, announced the updated lists in the Department for Transport’s latest reshuffle on 14 July, a day earlier than anticipated.
In fact, Croatia has been placed on the green watch list, which basically means that there is a chance of being downgraded to amber.
A total of 29 countries are now on the UK green travel list, meaning that tourists returning from these countries require just one Covid test before departure and one post-arrival Covid test, and there is no need for self-isolation on returning to the UK.
However, news that British tourists could soon arrive in large numbers on the Croatian coast has not been greeted with open arms in all quarters. The newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija warned on the news that travel restrictions would be lifted with “This optimism and mass Croatian hope for the salvation of the tourist season, but one very important detail is completely overlooked: Britain still has more than 20 times the incidence of coronavirus infection than Croatia. Wherever they have been arrived en masse so far, they soon witnessed the outbreak of an epidemic and the end of the season just after it began: from Spain and Portugal, to Cyprus.”