Wednesday, 28 October 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.


A weaker earthquake of magnitude 2.1 on the Richter scale was recorded in Zagreb at 8.38am this morning.

This morning at 8:38 seismologists from the Seismological Service recorded a weak earthquake with its epicentre in Zagreb near Gračani. The magnitude of the earthquake was 2.1 according to Richter.

The EMSC also reported that at 08:38 an earthquake of magnitude 2.1 on the Richter scale hit Zagreb with its epicentre in the vicinity of the city.

They first reported a magnitude 1.9 earthquake, and then gave a new estimate of 2.1 on the Richter scale.


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A reader of The Dubrovnik Times sent us this rather beautiful video of Dubrovnik entitled “People from Dubrovnik.”

Piotr Tymosiak, a filmmaker from Poland, and his friend Kuba, visited the pearl of the Adriatic back in July of this year and has created a video based around the people that they met.

“We met some wonderful people and we made this film about people who live in Dubrovnik,” commented Piotr and added that the video was a small thank you for the great time that they had in the city.

Check out the video below


In the last 24 hours, 819 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 5,164.

There are 548 patients are in hospital, of which 32 are on a respirator.

Unfortunately, a further 8 people have passed away due to Covid-19.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 25,580 people have been infected with Covid-19, of which 363 have died. A total of 20,053 people have recovered, of which 491 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 21,148 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 397,000 people have been tested, of which 4,948 in the last 24 hours.


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Due to the pandemic and the consequences of the earthquake, Zagreb tourism suffered as every other tourist destination in Croatia this year and tourist arrivals and overnight stays are about 30 percent of last year’s figures and the holding of "Advent in Zagreb" is uncertain, according to the Zagreb Tourist Board (TZGZ).

"The conditions and possibilities of holding certain events have changed significantly this year, even for those outdoors in autumn and winter. We are currently completing preparations for several autumn projects through which Zagreb will once again be confirmed as the most important cultural and tourist destination in Croatia. We are also developing possible scenarios for Advent," Martina Bienenfeld, the director of the Zagreb Tourist Board, told Hina.

She emphasized that the health and safety aspect is always the primary consideration when organising events.

"We are in contact with the competent authorities of the City of Zagreb, the national and city civil protection headquarters. We are working on measures and organization, and if it takes place, we will respect and insist on all the guidelines that will be recommended," added Bienenfeld.

Presenting data on the decline in tourist traffic for the nine months of this year, she noted that this was expected, but also pointed out the average length of stay of tourists in Zagreb, increased from 1.83 nights to 2.21 nights.

By the end of September this year, almost 283 thousand tourists came to Zagreb, with most tourists coming from Croatia, followed by Germany, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Poland.

Due to the damage caused by the earthquake, 15 museums and seven galleries and art collections are currently closed, which all reduces the tourist offer, and Bienenfeld also pointed out that changes in the behaviour of those who travel are noticeable in the pandemic.

"Individual and smaller family and business trips have completely prevailed in Zagreb. Tourists go more to individual rather than group city tours, visit Zagreb attractions on their own, and spend more time outdoors and visit the Zagreb area, which is also contributed by our first destination campaign in cooperation with the Zagreb County Tourist Board "Near the city, close to the heart", says the director of the Zagreb Tourist Board.

Due to the whole situation, the Zagreb Tourist Board changed the work program for this year and reduced expenditures by 35 percent, primarily costs for promotional activities, appearances at fairs and international workshops, support for events, materials and souvenirs and offline advertising, as well as reducing the number of employees.


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In the last 24 hours, 20 new cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

These are 13 people from Dubrovnik (7 males and 6 females, of which 4 males and 3 females have an established epidemiological link). Furthermore, 3 males from Vela Luka (all with an established epidemiological link), 1 male from Mljet (established epidemiological link), 1 male from Metković, 1 female from the borough of Župa (with an established epidemiological link) and 1 a male person from Ston.

13 people have made a full recovery - 6 from Dubrovnik, 3 from Kula Norinska, 2 from Metković, 1 person from Župa and 1 person who does not have a residence in our county.

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

In the last 24 hours, 174 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 16,999 samples have been analysed.

There are 500 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, 1 violation of the self-isolation measure was established.


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After two consecutive days of over a 1,000 new Covid-19 cases across Croatia the Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, stated today that “we have no plans for a new lockdown.”

Speaking to N1 Plenković said that everyone is aware of what the closure of the economy means.

"We will do everything we can to appeal to reason. So far we have no plans for a new lockdown, but we also need to raise the level of responsibility. I understand that people are having a hard time, frustrated, nervous. This situation is happening to everyone. Some countries are taking restrictive measures. But if we are not disciplined we will not win this. It is the same throughout the EU," the prime minister said.

He appealed to the youth again. "This is not a disease we can joke about. This is a disease we can overcome together if we respect others. No matter how strong, healthy and you think you won't feel Covid-19, some others will. Some will go to the hospital, some to ventilators, and some will and die," Plenković concluded.

Over the past 24 hours a further 1,096 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected across Croatia and this comes after a record breaking day for new cases on Thursday when 1,131 new cases were recorded. This is the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic began that Croatia has seen more than 1,000 new cases over a 24-hour period.


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Time is running out for drivers to change their UK driving licence for a EU one as Brexit looms. If you are living in Croatia and driving a car with a UK driving licence, you’ll have to change your UK licence for a Croatian one. Whilst driving licence rules will stay the same until 31 December 2020 you’re going to need to exchange your UK licence to be ready for Brexit in 2021.

According to official information from the UK government website “If you are resident in Croatia, you should exchange your UK licence for a Croatian one. You can still use your Croatian licence in the UK for short visits or exchange it for a UK licence without taking a test if you return to live in the UK. You should exchange your driving licence at the nearest police station. You can do this if you have either an approved temporary or permanent residence in Croatia.”

Obtaining a Croatian driving licence isn’t that difficult but don’t leave it to the last minute. You’ll need a few things to be able to exchange your UK driving licence, yes exchange because you won’t be able to have both a UK and an EU driving licence. UK driving licences are replaced with Croatian driving licences without the obligation to pass a driving exam, regardless of the category of the vehicle listed on the UK driving licence.

To exchange your licence, you will need the following -

- your original UK driving licence and translation

- payment slip

- administrative fee

- a 35 x 45 mm photograph

And the UK government website adds that other documentation may be required. Don't wait to the last minute and exchange your UK driving license as soon as possible.

We’ll keep you informed on other developments as Brexit comes ever closer.

You can find more information on driving in Croatia on these following links –

what you need to drive abroad

road travel in Croatia

driving licence renewal and exchange



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In the last 24 hours, 1,096 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 4,844.

The City of Zagreb once again saw the biggest number of new Covid-19 cases with a record breaking 24 hours of 387 new cases, followed by the Split-Dalmatia County with 104 new cases.

There are currently 530 people in hospital across the country and 28 people on a ventilator.

Unfortunately, over the past 24-hour period a further 10 people have passed away due to the virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 24,761 people have contracted the virus, of which 355 have died, a total of 19,562 have recovered, of which 475 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 20,389 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 392,052 people have been tested, of which 6,980 in the last 24 hours.


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