Croatia travel restrictions: Is it safe to go to Croatia? All the rules you need to know

Britons are already jetting off abroad, with the FCO changing its travel advice from July 10 for England. The devolved nations handled the situation differently, but citizens from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can now visit a vast array of travel corridor countries including Croatia. Here are all the rules you need to know about travelling to Croatia.

Croatia holidays have been back on since July 10, with the UK Government striking up a travel corridor deal with the country.

Croatian orders reopened to British visitors from July 1, but restrictions meant Brits would need to self-isolate on return. That has changed now.

The tourism sector has taken a devastating blow in Croatia, with the turnover at about 52 percent in July compared to this time last year.

Fancy relaxing in the Balkan country this summer? It is definitely an option.

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Is it safe to go to Croatia?

Croatia has dramatically lower coronavirus cases than the UK.

The country’s total is 4,137, with 2,825 active cases remaining.

The UK has had a total of 292,552 infections with 45,119 deaths.

While the country has only a fraction of the UK’s population, it does seem to be a safer place to holiday at present.

In fact, the country’s Minister of Tourism said on July 9 that no tourist had been infected with COVID-19 in Croatia, and none had “imported” the virus into Croatia.

Mr Cappelli said: “There are practically no problems with COVID-19, safety is everywhere in the facilities and destinations.”

Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said that tourists and citizens will need to follow the HDD rule- which stands for hygiene, disinfection, and distance.

He said: “The more cautious we are the less infection and its consequences there will be.”

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Although borders are open, restrictions are lifted, and Croatia is coping well with the virus, a holiday to the country is not risk-free.

Yes, you will get adequate travel insurance but have you considered what would happen if the virus made a nasty return to Croatia or there was a spike in cases in the UK?

If Boris Johnson reinstated a local lockdown at home or put the entire nation back into draconian conditions, you would need to return home immediately.

Additionally, if there was a local outbreak in Croatia, you could be stranded in the country until the situation improved.

What are the rules?

The country is operating as normal, but with special measures in place to protect citizens and tourists.

Hotels, restaurants, cafes, and beaches have all been allowed to reopen since early May.

You can’t ditch the face mask rule just because you’re on holiday, there are rules in place in Croatia.

It is mandatory for passengers to wear face masks on public transport and taxis.

On top of that, it is also a requirement to wear a face mask in shops and other commercial premises.

As part of the HDD rule, you must remain at least 1.5 metres apart from others while in Croatia.

This applies everywhere, including when on the beach.

The Croatian Institute of Public Health has also recommended that deckchairs are disinfected multiple times a day, and hand sanitiser dispensers will be placed on the beach.

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