Croatia’s Civil Protection Headquarters took a decision Wednesday to ease border entry measures for citizens of European Union and Schengen member states.
With the new decision, EU citizens and citizens of Schengen member states will be able to enter Croatia with a shot vaccine if the dose was taken more than 22 days ago, the Croatian Tourist Board confirmed. Prior to today’s decision, a vaccination certificate was required indicating the final dose taken more than 14 days ago.
“Croatia has continuously implemented various epidemiological measures and preparations for this summer season and the rest of the tourist year, and we now have the opportunity to gradually accelerate the flow of tourist traffic. The EU tourism market is extremely important because these are countries that make up more than 80 percent of foreign tourist traffic in Croatia. With all the steps we have taken since the beginning of the year, the Safe Stay project in Croatia, the establishment of additional points for tourist testing, co-financing of tests and vaccination of workers in the tourism industry, creating conditions to strengthen our recognition as a safe destination and generating growing demand. In the coming days, we will continue to communicate intensively with many countries about border crossing procedures so that tourist flows occur as best as possible and so that our guests can start enjoying Croatia as soon as possible. possible, “Tourism and Sports Minister Nikolina Brnjac noted on the occasion of the decision.
According to data from the eVisitor system, tourist traffic from the European Union and Schengen member states accounted for about 80 percent of foreign national tourist traffic in pre-pandemic times, while last year it reached up to 90 percent of total national foreign traffic.
Over the last ten days, tourist traffic has been steadily increasing, so last weekend the number of 100,000 tourists in one day was exceeded for the first time, with the largest number of guests in Croatia currently from Germany (55,000), Austria ( 8,500), Poland (8,000) and Slovenia (6,000).
From January to the end of May, more than 1 million arrivals and 3.9 million overnight stays were realized in Croatia, which is a 42 per cent increase in arrivals and 38 per cent in overnight stays compared to the same period last year. last year. Of the total achievements and overnight stays, foreign tourists have realized more than 516,000 arrivals and 2.5 million overnight stays. In May alone, there were 451,000 arrivals and 1.9 million overnight stays, an increase of 412 percent in arrivals and 256 percent in overnight stays compared to May last year. A significant increase was achieved especially in the maritime segment, namely in the charter segment, where a total of 183,000 overnight stays were recorded, ie an increase of over 1500 percent compared to the same period last year.