Slovenia’s foreign ministry Head of consular affairs, Andrej Ster, warned on Monday that many Slovenian tourists who were vacationing in Croatia were caught unawares by the government’s decision on Saturday to put a good portion of Croatia in the COVID orange zone.
“Last weekend, quite a lot of Slovenians were on the Croatian coast,” Ster told Slovenian Television on Monday, adding that they had trouble returning to the country.
He warned that decisions regarding risks of the COVID contagion in countries should become effective a few days after their announcement so that people can be prepared, and not immediately as was done this weekend.
According to the Slovenian government’s latest decision, which entered into force on Saturday, three Croatian statistical regions – Adriatic, the City of Zagreb, and northern Croatia – were declared orange, and therefore less safe, with regard to COVID-19.
As a result, Slovenian tourists were required to present a negative test against coronavirus, a certificate of vaccination, or confirmation of having recovered from COVID, on their return to Slovenia.
The government’s decision probably hampered border police work, who were faced with disgruntled tourists returning from their vacations, said Ster.
Slovenia’s green list includes Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Pannonian Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Finland, and a good portion of France and Kosovo as COVID safe countries.
In the past 24 hours, Slovenia has registered only 19 new coronavirus cases with a 2.4 per cent rate of positive cases among those tested. The seven-day daily average is 75, the health ministry said on Monday.
There are still 105 hospitalised COVID patients.
A total of 794,068 people or 46 per cent of the adult population have received the first vaccine dose and 594,092 or 34.4 per cent of the adult population have received both shots.
The Croatian Public Health Institute (HZJZ) said on Saturday that a quarter of Croatia’s adult population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
“A total of 875,503 persons have received two vaccine doses and another 18,769 have received the single required dose of the Jannsen vaccine,” the HZJZ said on its website, noting that 894,272 people, which is 22 per cent of the total population and 26.6 per cent of the adult population, have been fully vaccinated.
The highest first-dose vaccination coverage rate was achieved in Zagreb – 41.4 per cent of the total population and 50.3 per cent of the adult population, while the highest full vaccination coverage rate was achieved in Krapina-Zagorje County – 30.3 per cent of the total population and 36.3 per cent of the adult population.