Saturday, 19 September 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.


The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair will continue to operate to five Croatian airports in September: Pula, Rijeka, Zadar, Split and Dubrovnik, according to a report on Croatian Aviation.

Ryanair will continue to be present at Croatian airports in September, operating on as many as 16 scheduled routes. This is a slightly smaller number of lines compared to July and August, given that certain lines have stopped operating.

Ryanair’s flights schedule to Croatia for September is as follows -

Pula - Brussels Charleroi: runs twice a week, Mondays and Fridays,

Pula - Berlin: continues to operate once a week, on Saturdays,

Pula - London Stansted: runs twice a week, on Thursdays and Sundays.


Rijeka - Frankfurt Hahn: runs once a week, on Saturdays,

Rijeka - London Stansted: runs twice a week, Mondays and Fridays, until 28 September.


Zadar - Brussels Charleroi: runs twice a week, on Thursdays and Saturdays,

Zadar - Prague: runs once a week, on Saturdays,

Zadar - Berlin: runs once a week, on Thursdays, until September 24,

Zadar - Cologne: runs once a week, on Sundays,

Zadar - Dusseldorf Weeze: runs twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays,

Zadar - Karlsruhe / Baden-Baden: runs twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays,

Zadar - Stuttgart: runs once a week, on Sundays, until September 27,

Zadar - Poznan: runs once a week, on Sundays.


Split - Stuttgart: runs once a week, on Sundays, until September 27,

Split - Dublin: runs twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


Dubrovnik - Dublin: runs twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 15 new cases of Covid-19 have been detected over the past 24 hours.

These new cases are 4 males and 5 females from Dubrovnik for whom an epidemiological link is being established, 2 males from the borough of Zupa (1 has an established epidemiological link), 1 woman from Konavle (an established epidemiological link) and 3 men who do not reside in the area of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

On a positive note 6 people have made a full recovery - 1 from Dubrovnik, 2 from Metković, 1 from Ploče and 2 people who do not reside in our county.

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

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 9,931 samples have been sent for analysis.

There are 445 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, 1 case of violation of the self-isolation measure was determined.

Whereas many destinations in Croatia, especially the northern Adriatic coast, have seen encouraging tourist figures in spite of the travel chaos caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Dubrovnik has been hit the hardest. As many tourists have decided to hop in their cars and drive to Istria and even Split, especially tourists from Slovenia, Austria and Germany, the southernmost city in Croatia has been off their radar.



Figures just released by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board are testament to the shock waves that the pandemic has sent through the county’s tourism sector. In August, traditionally the busiest month of the year, the absolute height of the season the county saw the number of overnight stays drop by almost half. In August 2020 the whole county achieved 1.17 million overnight stays, which is only 54 percent when compared to the same month last year. And hotels across the county were the hardest hit, with 637,857 overnights stays this August, or just 41 percent of last year’s numbers.

From the beginning of the year to the end of August, there were 416,006 arrivals with 2,465,719 overnight stays, which is 35 percent compared to the same period in 2019.

Since the beginning of the year, most overnight stays were realized by domestic tourists, followed by tourists from Poland, Germany, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom and France.

At this morning’s press conference of the National Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia, the director of the Croatian Public Health, Krunoslav Capak, revealed when we can expect a reduction in the number of new cases of Covid-19.

“There are prediction models, ours say there will be a reduction in the number of patients, in late September or early October the curve will drop significantly downwards,” Capak said.

He went on to further explain the reasoning behind this calculation.

"There is a certain mathematical model that by entering data on new patients and other parameters, population mobility, for example. Our model that we use in the Croatian Public Health Institute, but also some other models, have shown for some time that we have introduced good measures and that our numbers will start to fall. A downward trend is expected.”

He concluded that “These are mathematical models that can always be changed by some new event or data. But as things stand now, the model shows a significant drop in late September, early October,” he said.


The National Civil Protection Headquarters announced that in the last 24 hours, there were 311 new cases of Covid-19 in Croatia, meaning that there are currently 2,566 active cases of Covid-19 in Croatia. Unfortunately, four people have passed away in Croatia is the past 24 hours due to Covid-19.

Since February 25, when the first case of Covid-19 was recorded in Croatia, a total of 10,414 people have caught the virus to date.

"We have had a total of 10,725 cases. We tested 175,346 people, 4,122 in the last 24 hours. There are 258 people currently in hospital with 15 patients on a ventilator, which is four more than yesterday. In the past 24 hours, 30 people were discharged from hospital. Four people have died, a total of 191 have died since the beginning of the epidemic in Croatia," said Vera Katalinic Jankovic, at this morning’s press conference.

Two men from Split died, and one woman, and the fourth person to die was from Zagreb.


After coming into close contact with people positive for Covid-19 at a meeting the Prefect of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Nikola Dobroslavic, the deputy prefect and head of the Civil Protection, Josko Cebalo, the director of Public Health for the county Mato Lakic and the county spokesperson, Niksa Miletic, were all on Tuesday tested for Covid-19.

The results came back this morning and all of the four tests were negative.

However, in accordance with the applicable protocols, they will all remain in self-isolation until 10 September.


Magic Johnson, one of the best NBA players of all time, visited Croatia this summer with his wife Cookie. To the delight of many fans he met on his travels through Dubrovnik, Split, Hvar, Skradin and the Krka Waterfalls, the retired basketball player spent several weeks exploring the beauties of Croatia.

The former LA Lakers player spoke on social media today about how much he and his family liked their holidays in Dalmatia. He posted a photo from his vacation in Korcula on Twitter and wrote: "Cookie and I have just returned from Croatia and we warmly recommend it to everyone! The food was fantastic and the country is simply beautiful!" wrote Johnson.

Needless to say the post on Twitter received hundreds of comments and likes. Although it would appear from the comments that American travellers hadn’t realised that although Croatia was a member of the EU it isn’t in the Schengen zone and therefore has been open to US guests. “How could an American get into Europe as it is has the travel restrictions in place for Americans?” being just one of such comments.


In the last 24 hours, 145 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 2,492. Among them, 258 patients are in hospital, of which 14 are on a ventilator. Unfortunately, in the past 24 hours one person has died due to Covid-19.

Since 25 February 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 10,414 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of whom 187 have died and 7,735 have recovered.

There are currently 8,808 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 171,224 people have been tested, of which 2,995 in the last 24 hours.

The Split-Dalmatia County, with 45 new cases and the City of Zagreb with 29 new cases, again dominated the number of new cases of Covid-19 in Croatia.


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