Monday, 21 June 2021
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.


Every summer season the beaches of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County are regularly checked to make sure that the sea water reaches a required standard. These findings are then made public so that if any beaches are failing to meet the required level swimmers will be aware.

The first of these checks was carried out on the 121 public beaches of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County from the 17th to the 27 of May.

“According to the program for determining the quality of the sea beaches of Dubrovnik-Neretva County for 2021, the Public Health Institute of Dubrovnik-Neretva County conducted the first regular sea test on 121 beaches in the period from 17 to 27 May 2021,” stated the county.

And the good news is that all beaches across the county passed the first test of the summer with the highest score. The sea on all 121 beaches was rated as a sea of excellent quality.

So feel free to jump in the Adriatic in Dubrovnik, even though it might still be rather “refreshing” with temperatures around the 20 degree mark.


A Covid-19 testing service has been introduced at Dubrovnik Airport from the beginning of June. Antigen or PCR testing is possible on request, and testing is paid on the spot.

The service is available to any citizen, regardless of whether they are passengers, visitors to the airport or from the local population.


In the last 24 hours, three new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. These are two males and one female. Two people are from Vela Luka and one from Dubrovnik.

16 people made a full recovery - six from Vela Luka, five from Metković and one from the Dubrovacko Primorje, Dubrovnik, Korčula, Lumbarda and Ston.

In the last 24 hours, 285 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 75,276 samples have been analyzed.

Eight people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

There are 148 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded.


During May 2021, there were 24,454 tourist arrivals in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is a large increase compared to May 2020 because in that period last year almost all travel was restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In May 2021, 97,478 overnight stays were realized, which is an increase of 236 percent compared to May 2020.

From the beginning of the year to the end of May, there were 49,268 tourist arrivals and 251,463 overnight stays. Most overnight stays were realized in private accommodation, 96,902 in total, and 59,729 overnight stays in hotels.

Most overnight stays were made by guests from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany and Poland.

According to the records of the eVisitor system, yesterday 4,290 tourists were in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, of which 542 are domestic and 3,748 foreign.

In the last 24 hours, 216 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 1,843.

There are 753 people in hospital across Croatia including 82 on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further 8 people died.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 356,397 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 8,034 have died, a total of 346,520 have recovered, of which 300 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 8,927 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 2,020,494 people have been tested, of which 7,039 were tested in the last 24 hours.

As of May 31, 1,280,300 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose, of which 492,989 have received both doses.


From the beginning of this year until the end of May Croatia saw more than a million tourist arrivals and achieved 3.9 million overnight stays. New data from the Croatian National Tourist Board reveals that compared to the same period from last year, which was obviously greatly affected by the pandemic, tourist arrivals in the same period grew by 42 percent.

Of the total arrivals and overnight stays, foreign tourists realized more than 516,000 arrivals and 2.5 million overnight stays.

Looking at May alone, there were 451,000 tourist arrivals and 1.9 million overnight stays in that month, an increase of 412 percent in arrivals and 256 percent in overnight stays compared to May last year. At the same time, foreign guests made more than 312,000 arrivals and more than 1.5 million overnight stays.

"The realization of tourist traffic so far shows that Croatia is positioned in many markets as a safe, quality and well-prepared destination. Currently, more than 100,000 tourists are staying in our country every day, and for the first time this year we exceeded that number on Friday, May 28th. We have now entered the month of June in which we expect further strengthening of tourist traffic, while the largest number of tourists are expected in the main summer months of July and August, for which we have very good announcements,” commented the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić.



During the first five months, most overnight stays were realized in Istria (1.2 million overnight stays), Kvarner (609,000 overnight stays), Split-Dalmatia (516,000 overnight stays) and Zadar County (398,000 overnight stays), while on the continent, together with the city of Zagreb, realized more than 712,000 overnight stays. Looking at destinations, most overnight stays during the first five months were realized in Zagreb, Rovinj, Poreč, Split, Zadar and Dubrovnik.

Most overnight stays were realized by tourists from Germany (782,000 overnight stays), Slovenia (315,000 overnight stays), Austria (180,000 overnight stays), Bosnia and Herzegovina (160,000 overnight stays), Poland (154,000 overnight stays) and the Czech Republic (117,000 overnight stays).

Dubrovnik could well find itself on the front pages of one of the most popular French newspapers. The journalist Sarah Chevalley and award-winning photographer Eric Martin from the prestigious French magazine "Le Figaro" are currently visiting the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

The focus of this trip is the Elaphite Islands, tradition, history, high quality accommodation and gastronomy. The rich seven-day program will include a tour of the islands of Šipan, Lopud and Koločep.

The program will end in Dubrovnik, where they will have an organized tour of the city, Lokrum, the walls, a visit to the cable car with a view of the Elaphite Islands, which are the focus of this article.

Le Figaro magazine has a circulation of 370,000 copies and has 1,300,000 readers in France and the Benelux countries. Such a high-quality 10-page article on the Elaphite Islands and Dubrovnik will be an excellent opportunity to encourage tourists from France and the Benelux countries to visit the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.


In the last 24 hours, four new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. These are three males and one female. Two people are from Opuzen, one from Metković, and one person does not reside in the county.

Twelve people made a full recovery - five from Dubrovnik, four from Konavle, one from Metković and Župa, and one person who does not reside in the county.

In the last 24 hours, 395 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 74,991 samples have been analysed.

Eight people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

159 people are in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been nine violations of the self-isolation measure (eight at the border).

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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