Croatia: New, tightened measures introduced

Croatia: New, tightened measures introduced

The obligation to use a mask in public transportation for passengers and drivers, as well as compulsory self-isolation for persons entering Croatia from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia, will take effect in Croatia tonight at midnight, as the National Civil Protection Headquarters announced on Wednesday.

“A special status of entry to Croatia for persons coming from BiH, Kosovo, Serbia and North Macedonia has been decided. These persons will be obliged to stay in self-isolation for 14 days after entering Croatia. Compulsory isolation does not apply to passengers in transit through Croatia”, said the head of the National Civil Protection Staff Davor Božinović at a press conference.

To a question specifically on whether tourists from BiH would be able to enter Croatia, Božinović replied that, in terms of decisions, those are based on the opinion of the medical experts. “These decisions were made on the basis of epidemiologists’ recommendations given the situation in neighbouring countries. We have an increase in the number of infected people; most of them came from BiH and Serbia. We will continue to monitor all developments on a daily basis. We will make decisions faster and change them if necessary”.

This information was not well received in BiH, as a large number of citizens had already planned their vacations in Croatia. Traditionally, a part of the Adriatic coast from Neum to Makarska is filled with guests from BiH, with many of them owning weekend houses built before the war. Therefore, the decision of Croatia to introduce restrictive measures will have an impact on the tourist turnover in this part of the coast, while for many residents, rooms and apartments to rent constitute their sole source of income.

Božinović added that the Headquarters had made another decision on the requirement to use a medical or a face mask in public transportation.

“Drivers, other employees and passengers will be obliged to use medical masks or protective face masks. Any passenger found without a use of a medical or face mask will be denied entry”, Božinović said. /ibna