Croatia to open to foreign tourists but holiday hotspot remains on amber list for Britons

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Croatia has reopened its beautiful, sun-drenched Adriatic coastline to visitors, and has become the first European country to drop most of its coronavirus restrictions. The Adriatic coastline is simply stunning with more than 1,000 islands. The coastline is lucky enough to have almost year-round sunshine and is home to a plethora of resorts.

In the country’s Istria region, coronavirus restrictions are almost non-existent, according to Sky News.

However, Britons may have to wait a while longer before they visit the country as it remains on the UK Government’s “amber list”.

That means the UK Government recommends the British public does not travel there unless it is for an essential purpose.

Anyone arriving back in Britain from Croatia will have to quarantine for 10 days or be subjected to a test-to-release scheme.

Croatia’s tourism minister, Nikolina Brnjac, said the country is applying strict health measures to avoid what happened last year when visitors ignored the country’s social distancing rules on beaches and in bars.

The country experienced a surge in Covid cases which saw the holiday season end early.

Those who work in tourism will be prioritised for vaccinations and PCR testing stations will be installed so holidaymakers can easily receive their test results.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) is currently advising “against all but essential travel to the whole of Croatia based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”

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Those who have an essential purpose to travel to Croatia are subject to “strict epidemiological measures”.

UK nationals must carry evidence of their health status which includes a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test result taken up to 48 hours before their arrival in Croatia, proof of vaccination, or a certificate of recovery following a positive test result between 11 and 180 days prior to their arrival.

The FCDO website added: “Travel is permitted within defined purposes, including, but not limited to, residence, business and tourism.

“In addition to evidence of your negative COVID-19 status, those travelling under the tourism exemption are required to hold a valid accommodation booking or proof of property ownership in Croatia.

“In the case of a rapid antigen test, and a stay longer than 10 days in the Republic of Croatia, a test must be repeated within 10 days from the date of issuing the first test.”

Croatia has upped the pace of its coronavirus vaccine rollouts, with officials predicting that almost half of the country’s population will be fully vaccinated by the summer.

According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, 30.9 percent of Croatians have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 16.8 percent of people have received both doses.

Croatia has also seen a welcome drop in coronavirus cases after hitting a spike late last year and early this year.

The number of cases peaked at more than 50,000 on January 10 but dropped to 2,071 on May 22.

The country has had over 350,000 cases in total and just under 8,000 deaths from coronavirus.

Currently, there is only a small list of countries on the UK Government’s “green list” for travel.

Travellers returning from a country not on the green list don’t need to quarantine and will only be required to take a Covid test two days after arriving in the UK.

Countries on the green list are Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Brunei, Iceland and the Faroe Islands, and several small remote islands that are British Overseas Territories.

Gibraltar is not requiring UK visitors to be tested or vaccinated, however, entry to Australia, New Zealand and Singapore is restricted.

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