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All you need to know about the corona virus in Croatia & Balkans – realistic numbers, Croatian Government official statement, and our special booking policy to current situation

{June 5}

There are no newly diagnosed patients in Croatia. 12 people are currently treated in the hospitals and 3 patients are connected to the respirators. 8 people recovered in the last 24 hours. Fortunately, there are no new death cases.

Two new cases were confirmed in Slovenia in the last 24 hours. Both cases emerged in the town of Jesenice. There are no new death cases and the total number of contracted patients is now 1479. In Ljubljana, only 6 patients are situated in the hospitals.    

Serbia recorded sudden incline of the number of newly diagnosed patients. 96 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours. But, epidemiologists are convincing citizens that there is no reason to panic. Epidemiologist Zoran Radovanović says that this incline is an “unpleasant surprise” and reminds that the number of newly diagnosed patients in high in the recent times. He also emphasized that “the curve of the epidemic is never going equally, there are always occasional leaps in its movement”.

180 samples were tested in the Clinical centre of the Sarajevo University. Not a single one was positive. According to the data brought by the ministry of civil affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina, less than 500 active cases were recorded on June 4th.  

WHO organization updated its guidelines on Friday. They emphasized that masks are just one of the tools which can reduce the risk of virus transmission. Maria Van Kerkhove, technical director for the coronavirus said “We are advising governments to influence the population to wear masks. More specifically, the population should wear cloth masks which are not for medical purposes. We have results of the research which say that masks can be a barrier for potentially contagious drops.

Commisioner of European commission for state affairs Ylva Johansson said on Friday said she expects that the restrictions on interior borders of the European Union will be annulled by the beginning of June. Limitations of the entrance for the residents of the third countries should be annulled by the end of July. She said “I personally believe that the Schengen territory will be fully operational by the end of June so people could freely cross the borders”

In Spain, government’s spokesperson Maria Jesus Montero said that the country will reopen their borders to the foreign tourists from July 1st. Although the tourism is an economic field that generates about 12% of the Spain’s GDP, the country still hesitates to reopen their borders and will bring all the important decisions in collaboration with European Union.   

COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

Effective May 28th, The civil protection Directorate passed on amendment regarding the temporary ban on crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.

This decision specifies that the following members of the European Union (The Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Germany and Slovakia) will not be restricted to any of the above categories of entry, but will be able to entry under the same conditions as before the outbreak of the of COVID-19, but will still be subject to epidemiological control.

Effective May 28th, a new online web form EnterCroatia has been launched and may be accessed here

Flights to Croatia

Flights to Croatia are increasing as we enter the month of June. Croatia Airlines flights from Zagrebto and/from Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Copenhagen while the new flights from Zurich will commence June 8th.  Brussels, Munich, London, Sarajevo, Split-Rome, Dublin and Vienna have been announced for mid-June. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Events and public gatherings

From May 27th, the decision of 40 person limit on events and gatherings is lifted. All events and public gatherings are now subject to the guidelines and recommendations outlined by the Croatian institute for public health. Further details will be made available on the CIPH website in the next days. 

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:  

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service

If you notice that your symptoms intensify (cough, sore throat, high body temperature, trouble breathing/respiratory problems, loss of smell taste), you should not leave your premises. Immediately contact the chosen family physician if there is one in your near vicinity and reachable. If it is not, contact territorially competent epidemiologist

{June 4} Only one newly diagnosed patient was confirmed in Croatia today. 15 people are currently treated in the hospitals. 3 patients are connected to the respirators. Fortunately, 10 people managed to recover in the last 24 hours.

Minister of health Vili Beroš said that the overall situation in Croatia is stable and positive. But, he emphasized that people should still use caution. He said “Although there are specific criterions that must be fulfilled so we could proclaim the end of epidemic, we should be very careful. We will proclaim the end of epidemic in the optimal moment. We have to have in mind that this is a new disease, that we are opening to other foreign tourists and that we are visited by foreigners from countries where the disease is still present.

Spain will open their terrestrial border with France and Portugal on July 1st. This was confirmed by the ministry of tourism. Spokesperson of the ministry said that international travel will be possible from June 1st. Also, the international tourism will move forward with that decision.

Slovenian government brought the decision that migrating through the borders will be available for the citizens of Austria without restrictions. This decision was brought after Austria annulled the control and restrictions on their borders, including Slovenia. Only measures that are currently in power are on the Italian border. The decision of annulling the orders of restrictions on Italian borders will be brought according to the actual epidemiological situation.

16 people were confirmed to have the coronavirus in Novi Sad. The disease was discovered in the retirement home. 6 employees are also confirmed to have the disease. 7 people were escorted to the hospitals; others have a mild version of the disease.

Another coronavirus focal point was discovered in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the town of Modriča after factory workers contracted the disease. The total of 31 people from the entity of Srpska Republic was confirmed to have the disease. 23 of them are citizens of Modriča. The epidemiological service on duty immediately took actions to establish the contacts of the diseased workers. Earlier cases emerged in Tešanj where the disease also spread among factory workers.

Experts are saying that millions of children could die because they won’t receive proper vaccine on time. The cause is the outbreak of the coronavirus and disturbed program of vaccine distribution. At least 68 countries are impacted. Initially, WHO advised many countries to suspend vaccine programs so they could slow down the coronavirus spreading. Currently, WHO is one of the organizations who openly advise impacted countries to help the children in need.

No new death cases or newly diagnosed patients were confirmed in Slovenia in the last 24 hours. Only 5 people are currently treated in the hospitals, but none of them is in serious condition.

COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

Effective May 28th, The civil protection Directorate passed on amendment regarding the temporary ban on crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.

This decision specifies that the following members of the European Union (The Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Germany and Slovakia) will not be restricted to any of the above categories of entry, but will be able to entry under the same conditions as before the outbreak of the of COVID-19, but will still be subject to epidemiological control.

Effective May 28th, a new online web form EnterCroatia has been launched and may be accessed here

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Events and public gatherings

From May 27th, the decision of 40 person limit on events and gatherings is lifted. All events and public gatherings are now subject to the guidelines and recommendations outlined by the Croatian institute for public health. Further details will be made available on the CIPH website in the next days. 

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:  

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service
  • If you notice that your symptoms intensify (cough, sore throat, high body temperature, trouble breathing/respiratory problems, loss of smell taste), you should not leave your premises. Immediately contact the chosen family physician if there is one in your near vicinity and reachable. If it is not, contact territorially competent epidemiologist.

{June 3} In Croatia, there were no new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 7 people managed to recover since yesterday. 4 people are still connected to the respirators. There are no new death cases so the total number of deceased patients is still 103.

Low budget air company WizzAir reinstated their flights from Sarajevo this Wednesday. Also, flights from Tuzla are also available via the same company. After restriction annulling, civil air traffic from Bosnia and Herzegovina is operational again. 

8 people were confirmed with the coronavirus diagnoses in Tešanj. The total of 2540 people was confirmed to have the coronavirus in Bosnia and Herzegovina.  1900 people recovered and the number of cured patients is getting bigger with every new day. Unfortunately, 157 people died.

Austria is annulling all the bans of border crossing. The exception is Italy. But, travels to Croatia are not yet approved. This was confirmed by the Austrian minister of foreign affairs Alexander Schallenberg. Restriction annulling also means that the mandatory quarantine for people who are coming from foreign countries is not needed again. This decision is valid for the countries of Germany, Lichtenstein, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech and Hungary

In Croatia, there were no new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 7 people managed to recover since yesterday. 4 people are still connected to the respirators. There are no new death cases so the total number of deceased patients is still 103.

From June 15th, German government is annulling warnings for traveling outside the European Union. Other countries include Great Britain, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein. This was announced by the minister of foreign affairs Heiko Maas. He also added that this decision is valid only in the case if the pandemic is not worsened

Famous primatologist Jane Godall warned that the humanity will be destroyed if we don’t make some radical changes in our nutritional system in response to the coronavirus and climate change. She accused the humanity of creating COVID – 19 because of the exploitation of nature. “Our disrespect of wild animals and household animals created this situation in which the disease can be transmitted to other human beings.”

Only 5 patients are still hospitalized in Slovenia. All the pupils of elementary schools in the country are coming back to their classes. The exception is one particular class in Maribor where the pupils were sent to two week quarantine after a child was confirmed with the coronavirus diagnoses.

After one month of easing up the quarantine measures, Italy began to reopen their borders to European tourists. The officials and accommodations managers are still hoping that the tourist season can be saved. But, many in tourist business are afraid that Italy won’t be the first choice for travelers this year because of the horrendous death rate among the contracted patients.

COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

Effective May 28th, The civil protection Directorate passed on amendment regarding the temporary ban on crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.

This decision specifies that the following members of the European Union (The Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Germany and Slovakia) will not be restricted to any of the above categories of entry, but will be able to entry under the same conditions as before the outbreak of the of COVID-19, but will still be subject to epidemiological control.

Effective May 28th, a new online web form EnterCroatia has been launched and may be accessed here

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Events and public gatherings

From May 27th, the decision of 40 person limit on events and gatherings is lifted. All events and public gatherings are now subject to the guidelines and recommendations outlined by the Croatian institute for public health. Further details will be made available on the CIPH website in the next days. 

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:  

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service
  • If you notice that your symptoms intensify (cough, sore throat, high body temperature, trouble breathing/respiratory problems, loss of smell taste), you should not leave your premises. Immediately contact the chosen family physician if there is one in your near vicinity and reachable. If it is not, contact territorially competent epidemiologist.

Payment is done by contactless payment or through on-line services

{June 2} There are no newly diagnosed patients in Croatia in the last 24 hours. 11 people managed to recover since yesterday. 17 people are currently in the hospitals. There are no new death cases.

Minister of health Vili Beroš said that there are only 66 “active cases” in the country. He said “We reacted to this crisis adequately. These results could be one of the indicators that we can continue with current behaviors”. Director of the Croatian institute for public health, Krunoslav Capak referred to the recent testing on seroprevalance. “The results of the seroprevalence tests are expected, we have a very small number of positive persons”. He added that the end of epidemic is proclaimed 14 days after the last recorded case.   

In Slovenia, pupils of the third grade in one of the Maribor schools were put in quarantine after one of the children was recently diagnosed with coronavirus. Headmistress of the elementary school “Ludvik Pliberšek” stated “We have to very careful. The pupils from this particular class will be in quarantine next 14 days. All the other pupils and employees will continue coming to the school with applied preventive measures that were in power so far”. This case is the first new diagnose of the coronavirus in Maribor after a month. Maribor was fortunate enough to have low number of the coronavirus during the epidemic so the city’s mayor Sašo Arsenović proclaimed it the first “corona-free” urban center in the country.

COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

Effective May 28th, The civil protection Directorate passed on amendment regarding the temporary ban on crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.

This decision specifies that the following members of the European Union (The Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Germany and Slovakia) will not be restricted to any of the above categories of entry, but will be able to entry under the same conditions as before the outbreak of the of COVID-19, but will still be subject to epidemiological control.

Effective May 28th, a new online web form EnterCroatia has been launched and may be accessed here

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Events and public gatherings

From May 27th, the decision of 40 person limit on events and gatherings is lifted. All events and public gatherings are now subject to the guidelines and recommendations outlined by the Croatian institute for public health. Further details will be made available on the CIPH website in the next days. 

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:  

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service
  • If you notice that your symptoms intensify (cough, sore throat, high body temperature, trouble breathing/respiratory problems, loss of smell taste), you should not leave your premises. Immediately contact the chosen family physician if there is one in your near vicinity and reachable. If it is not, contact territorially competent epidemiologist.
  • Payment is done by contactless payment or through on-line services.

{June 1} In the last 24 hours, there were no newly diagnosed patients in Croatia. 22 patients are currently undergoing hospital treatment. 4 patients are on the respirators. Fortunately, there are no new death cases.

Epidemiologist Bernard Kaić from the Croatian institute for public health said that the people should not relax too much – it would be the biggest possible mistake. He said “We are not sure how much this summer weather is stopping the circulation of the coronavirus.” Kaić thinks that it would be very bad if the flu comes in the same time as the second wave of the coronavirus. Apparently, the symptoms are very similar. “Breakthrough event would be the discovery of the vaccine. If the second wave comes in the autumn, vaccine won’t be available” 

According to the new research of World Tourism Organization, world destinations are slowly taking steps to ease up traveling limitations which were introduced as a response to COVID-19 pandemic. Researches show that 3% of the global destinations took such actions in hope of attracting tourists.

After the decision of the minister board, Bosnia and Herzegovina decided to reopen their borders with Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro. There won’t be any restrictions and special conditions for entering the country. This decision is valid only for the citizens of Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro.

COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

Effective May 28th, The civil protection Directorate passed on amendment regarding the temporary ban on crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.

This decision specifies that the following members of the European Union (The Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Germany and Slovakia) will not be restricted to any of the above categories of entry, but will be able to entry under the same conditions as before the outbreak of the of COVID-19, but will still be subject to epidemiological control.

Effective May 28th, a new online web form EnterCroatia has been launched and may be accessed here

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Events and public gatherings

From May 27th, the decision of 40 person limit on events and gatherings is lifted. All events and public gatherings are now subject to the guidelines and recommendations outlined by the Croatian institute for public health. Further details will be made available on the CIPH website in the next days. 

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:  

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service
  • If you notice that your symptoms intensify (cough, sore throat, high body temperature, trouble breathing/respiratory problems, loss of smell taste), you should not leave your premises. Immediately contact the chosen family physician if there is one in your near vicinity and reachable. If it is not, contact territorially competent epidemiologist.
  • Payment is done by contactless payment or through on-line services.

{May 31} There are no newly diagnosed patients in the last 24 hours in Croatia. Also, there are no new death cases. 23 people are still in the hospitals. 9 people managed to recover since yesterday.

Davor Božinović sad that the decision of annulling the ban of working on Sundays is brought because of the good epidemiological situation. He said “Nonworking Sunday was an epidemiological measure. Croatian institute for public health evaluated, considering very good epidemiological situation in Crotaia, there is no need for nonworking Sunday as a part of epidemiological measures.”

In Slovenia, the end of epidemic is officially proclaimed. There are no new death cases or newly diagnosed patients. This is a third day in a row without new cases/deaths. 6 people are still in the hospitals. Thanks to the favorable epidemiological situation, hotels, wellness and fitness centers are now allowed to resume their operations. Public events are also allowed, but with a limit of 200 people. Pupils will return to their elementary schools. Also, graduate students will be able to do their exams. From the next week, mandatory quarantine for everyone who enters Slovenia will be annulled. This decision will be valid for many categories, including for those who are entering Slovenia from the third countries outside of the European Union.

Pope Francis said on Sunday that people are much more important than the economy. He said that in spontaneous way after he briefly stopped reading prepared speech while addressing the audience on the St. Peter’s square in Vatican. In Italy, 3 month quarantine is slowly coming to an end. He said “It is important to cure people, but saving money for economy recovering is not of such importance. Cure the people because they are much more important than the economy.” St Peter’s square was reopened again for public last Monday. His last speech before the quarantine, Pope Francis held on March 1st. Shortly after that, national quarantine was proclaimed. Last limitations in the country will be annulled on Wednesday. During his speech, Pope Francis emphasized that the world will exit this crises more unified than before. “People will not be the same after this crisis. We will be much worse or better than before. We have to have the courage to become better people so we could build ourselves in the post-crisis period after pandemic is over.”

COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croati

Effective May 28th, The civil protection Directorate passed on amendment regarding the temporary ban on crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.

This decision specifies that the following members of the European Union (The Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Germany and Slovakia) will not be restricted to any of the above categories of entry, but will be able to entry under the same conditions as before the outbreak of the of COVID-19, but will still be subject to epidemiological control.

Effective May 28th, a new online web form EnterCroatia has been launched and  can be accessed here https://entercroatia.mup.hr/

EnterCroatia online form allows visitors to enter all the necessary information to ease border crossing prior to traveling to Croatia.

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Events and public gatherings

From May 27th, the decision of 40 person limit on events and gatherings is lifted. All events and public gatherings are now subject to the guidelines and recommendations outlined by the Croatian institute for public health. Further details will be made available on the CIPH website in the next days. 

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:  

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service
  • If you notice that your symptoms intensify (cough, sore throat, high body temperature, trouble breathing/respiratory problems, loss of smell taste), you should not leave your premises. Immediately contact the chosen family physician if there is one in your near vicinity and reachable. If it is not, contact territorially competent epidemiologist.
  • Payment is done by contactless payment or through on-line services. 

{May 30} One new case of the coronavirus was confirmed in Croatia in the last 24 hours. The total of 103 people died and 80 people are still under treatment in the hospitals. 4 patients are connected to the respirators.

In Slovenia, there are no newly diagnosed patients. Government announced that it is planning to proclaim the “administrative” end of the epidemic in the country because of the favorable epidemiological situation after 80 days. Only 7 patients are undergoing treatment in Maribor and Ljubljana hospitals. Slovenian parliament brought the new package of social aid for people who were impacted by the coronavirus. Also, the decision of giving special touristic vouchers is officially included in the law.  

Expert advisors in Great Britain are warning that the country could lose the fight with current epidemic. The government started to ease up the quarantine measures. In the same time, experts are saying that government officials lack the comprehensive operative program for fighting the coronavirus.

COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

As of May 21st, all foreign citizens who intend to enter the Republic of Croatia as well as Croatian citizens who are from The Republic of Croatia (as well as those who are not) can find in one place answers to all questions related to entering this country. All frequently asked questions about entry conditions are published on the official website of the Ministry of Interior under the category UZG COVID

https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/286210

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Events and public gatherings

From May 27th, the decision of 40 person limit on events and gatherings is lifted. All events and public gatherings are now subject to the guidelines and recommendations outlined by the Croatian institute for public health. Further details will be made available on the CIPH website in the next days. 

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens

{May 29} In Croatia, there are no new coronavirus diagnoses in the last 24 hours. 28 patients are still in the hospitals. 4 patients are on the respirators. 8 people managed to recover in the last 24 hours. One more person died so the total number of deceased patients is now 103.

Greece will open their borders for the tourists from 29 countries on June 15th. The visitors will be randomly tested on the coronavirus. The following countries are on the list: Germany, Croatia, Denmark, Norway, Cyprus, Israel, Switzerland, Japan, Malta, Bulgaria, China, Australia, New Zeland, North Macedonia, Albany, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Lebanon, Hungary, South Korea, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech and Finland.    

54 people were newly diagnosed with the coronavirus in Serbia. There is one new death case. The total number of deaths is now 242.

Norway and Denmark will reestablish traffic between two countries. The so-called “Traffic balloon” will not include Sweden because of the unfavorable epidemiological picture in that country. Norway is still considering if it will allow free travels from Sweden.  

Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina brought the decision about annulling the state of natural disaster. The decision was brought after the government decided to annul specific set of measures. Last week, the entity of Srpska Republic annulled the emergency regime. In the entity, 11 people were recently diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Recent study showed that diabetes patients have a higher chance of getting COVID-19. So far, it was widely known that diabetes is one of the crucial factors which worsen the condition of coronavirus patients. So, the patients have a high risk of contraction and dying. The same goes for the people with obesity problems and high pressure. The first study that was published by the expert magazine Diabetologia analyzed characteristics of 1317 diabetics who contracted severe kind of COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

As of May 21st, all foreign citizens who intend to enter the Republic of Croatia as well as Croatian citizens who are from The Republic of Croatia (as well as those who are not) can find in one place answers to all questions related to entering this country. All frequently asked questions about entry conditions are published on the official website of the Ministry of Interior under the category UZG COVID

https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/286210

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Events and public gatherings

From May 27th, the decision of 40 person limit on events and gatherings is lifted. All events and public gatherings are now subject to the guidelines and recommendations outlined by the Croatian institute for public health. Further details will be made available on the CIPH website in the next days.  

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:  

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service
  • If you notice that your symptoms intensify (cough, sore throat, high body temperature, trouble breathing/respiratory problems, loss of smell taste), you should not leave your premises. Immediately contact the chosen family physician if there is one in your near vicinity and reachable. If it is not, contact territorially competent epidemiologist.
  • Payment is done by contactless payment or through on-line services. 

{May 28} One new patient was confirmed to have the coronavirus in the last 24 hours. 5 patients are connected to the respirators. 4 people recovered in the last 24 hours. One more person died so the total number of the deceased patients is 102. 

Also, headquarters for civil protection brought the decision amendment about temporary ban of crossing the borders the Croatian republic. The following members of the European Union (Citizens of Czech, Hungary, Austria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia, Germany and Slovakia) won’t have to give a special reason of entering Croatia because of the favorable epidemiological situation.  While entering Croatia, citizens of those EU countries will provide additional information (desired destination of interest in Croatia, phone number and e-mail address) for epidemiological purposes. To shorten the waiting time in queues by the borders, we advise foreign citizens who will enter Croatia these days to deliver their personal information to the web page entercroatia.mup.hr.   

Croatian surgeon from Padova Nela Sršen commented on the current coronavirus situation in Croatia. She also gave some professional insights about the virus spread.

“We all expected that, after the “lockdown”, the rate of the positive cases will be very high. But, on the contrary, with every new day we see that the number of contracted patients is declining.” She added that hospitalized patients are not in the critical condition. It is possible that the virus lost its virulence. She also emphasized that the coronavirus could become integral part of our lives. “This virus will have to adapt so it can survive. It means that it will not kill its host, a human being. It will just adapt, be less virulent and appear seasonally like every other kind of the coronavirus.”

 Bosnia and Herzegovina will open their borders for citizens of the neighboring countries, including Croatia. The director of the ministry council in Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Tegetlija confirmed this news and stated “We brought the decision to open the borders to neighboring countries from June 1st. There will be no limitations about coronavirus testing at all.” Despite the fact that Bosnia and Herzegovina is opening their borders, Croatia and Montenegro still have restraining orders for the entrance of the B&H citizens in their countries.

Testing that was conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina showed that the new focal point of the coronavirus is in the town of Tešanj. Clinical center of the Sarajevo university confirmed that medical officials tested 225 samples from Tešanj. 19 samples were positive. County authorities confirmed that the center of the disease was identified and determined that the virus spread among workers of the company “Koža – komerc” and their families. Tešanj was recently considered a place that was spared from the epidemic. Now, more than 50 people were confirmed to have a virus there.    

Two new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Slovenia in the last 24 hours. The number of the hospitalized patients is in constant fall for over a month. Only 7 people are currently in the hospitals. No new death cases were confirmed in the last 24  hours so the total number stays the same, 108. As for the tourism, government clarified some circumstances about so-called “touristic vouchers”. Their usage will be confirmed within the frame of the new “corona law”. Tourists will use the abovementioned vouchers for overnight stay/overnight stay with included breakfast in Slovenian tourist facilities. Tourist will have the obligation of using those vouchers in one hotel, camp or some other type of facility. Adults will receive a voucher that is worth 200 euros and children will also get one that is worth 50 euros.    

{May 27} No new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Croatia today. 38 people are currently in the hospitals. 6 patients are on the respirators. Among other decisions, ban of the public events with more than 40 people is annulled. Sport events will be held without the presence of the audience.

Bosnia and Herzegovina received a donation of medical equipment from United Arab Emirates. The package contained equipment like the coronavirus tests and respirators. 20 tones of useful medical things was brought by the giant Boeing 747 and it is a gift from a sheik Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Minister of foreign affairs in Bosnia and Herzegovina Bisera Turković said that the equipment will be equally distributed on both entities in the country and part of it will be received by Brčko district.

14 people were confirmed to have coronavirus in federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. All 14 people are residents of Tešanj where the total of 33 people has the disease. In the entity of Srpska republic, 3 people were recently diagnosed with the coronavirus and 1 person died.

French government announced that the doctors in the country are not anymore allowed to use Hydroxychloroquine for treatment of the coronavirus patients. Two advising bodies proclaimed that the use of this substance can cause serious health issues. This medicine is usually used in treating malaria, arthritis and lupus. Initially, the use of the medication was proposed by the French virologist Didier Raoult who met French president Emmanuel Macron to discuss the new purpose of the substance. Not a single medical study recommended its use for treating the coronavirus. Although, Donald Trump said it is using Hydroxychloroquine for preventing the disease. Also, it was approved by Brazilian president Jan Bolsonaro.

Portugal and Great Britain are discussing about establishing air corridor which will enable British tourists uninterrupted return home without entering the quarantine

Germany decided to extend the current quarantine restrictions to June 29th. This was confirmed by the Angela Merkel’s government. On public spaces, gatherings will be limited up to 10 people which is usually equivalent of the two families. State governments are inviting people to socialize outside because the risk of contraction is lower in the exterior.

COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

As of May 21st, all foreign citizens who intend to enter the Republic of Croatia as well as Croatian citizens who are from The Republic of Croatia (as well as those who are not) can find in one place answers to all questions related to entering this country. All frequently asked questions about entry conditions are published on the official website of the Ministry of Interior under the category UZG COVID

https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/286210

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:  

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service
  • If you notice that your symptoms intensify (cough, sore throat, high body temperature, trouble breathing/respiratory problems, loss of smell taste), you should not leave your premises. Immediately contact the chosen family physician if there is one in your near vicinity and reachable. If it is not, contact territorially competent epidemiologist.
  • Payment is done by contactless payment or through on-line services. 

{May 26} Hungary joined the deal that Czech Republic conceived with Slovakia. The deal is about letting the tourist through the borders of abovementioned countries. But, there is a time limit in which tourists can reside in those countries. The Prime Minister of Czech Republic Andrej Babiš confirmed that on his Twitter account and added that he made a deal with his Slovakian colleague Igor Matovič on opening the Czech/Slovakian borders. But, only in condition which says that travelers should return to their homelands in two days. If someone breaks the time limit, return to homeland will be possible only with a confirmed coronavirus negative test or entering a two week quarantine.

Ursula von der Leyen said that, thanks to the global campaign, 9,5 billion euros was accumulated for development of the coronavirus vaccine. She emphasized that this is significant case which shows how the world can show solidarity in difficult times.

Treatment with the medicine which shortens the time of recovery for patients who contracted the coronavirus is now available in Great Britain. Remdisivir is an antivirus medication which was initially developed for fighting Ebola. But, British regulatory officials said that there is enough scientific proof for using the medicine in treatment of the selected patients with the coronavirus.

German government is planning to annul the warnings for travelers that are planning to visit foreign countries. This decision will be valid from June 15th. DPA said “We thought about 31 countries while annulling those orders. They are all countries of the European Union. Great Britain and countries that are within the Schengen territory but they are not part of the EU”. DPA referred to the document called “Criterion for liberation of European tourism” which should be accepted on Wednesday during regular meeting of the German government.

President of the French parliament and his German colleague invited their governments to open borders of the countries as soon as possible. After the borders were closed for many weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic, Richard Ferrand and Wolfgang Schauble sent mutual statement “France and Germany should work on the redevelopment of free migration within Schengen territory in case where all conditions are fulfilled”. Ferrand emphasized “Closing of the French – German border has already got serious consequences that are beyond border regions and are especially important for the perception of Germany – France relations.”

No reports of the new cases in Slovenia. One more person died so the total number of deceased patients is now 108. Only 9 more patients are situated in the hospitals of Ljubljana and Maribor. Golnik clinic which served as a special COVID hospital has no more patients. The situation in retirement and nursing homes is getting better and better. The government continues to ease the quarantine measures.  

 COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

As of May 21st, all foreign citizens who intend to enter the Republic of Croatia as well as Croatian citizens who are from The Republic of Croatia (as well as those who are not) can find in one place answers to all questions related to entering this country. All frequently asked questions about entry conditions are published on the official website of the Ministry of Interior under the category UZG COVID

https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/286210

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Croatia Airlines has announced that they will begin service from and to Copenhagen from June first. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:  

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service
  • If you notice that your symptoms intensify (cough, sore throat, high body temperature, trouble breathing/respiratory problems, loss of smell taste), you should not leave your premises. Immediately contact the chosen family physician if there is one in your near vicinity and reachable. If it is not, contact territorially competent epidemiologist.
  • Payment is done by contactless payment or through on-line services. 

{May 25} There are no newly diagnosed patients today. One more person in Koprivnica died which makes the number of the deceased patients 100. 78 people are undergoing hospital treatment, that’s 3 less than yesterday. 6 patients are connected to the respirators.  

 The leading hotel group in Croatia, Valmar resort announced that it is planning to reopen most of the camps by the end of May. The reopening of the hotel facilities is planned for June. Adriatic luxury hotels JLH will reopen hotel Palace on May 30th.

Many countries of the European Union are easing up their restrictive measures since the coronavirus is showing a significant descending rate. Also, many countries are convinced that they are well prepared for the second coronavirus wave so they won’t have to enter the quarantine, especially Poland and Belgium.

On July 1st, Spain will annul quarantine for foreign tourists. This decision was brought two days after the government decided to reopen Spanish borders for international tourism. They will be reopened in July also.

French consortium announced that it will initiate a production phase of the test that detects COVID-19 via saliva. They said that the test will be conducted by the health professionals who will take only one milliliter of saliva from the patients. The sample is then heated on the 65 degrees and it is then analyzed so it can be seen if there is a virus in there.

In the entity of Srpska Republic in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 5 people are newly diagnosed with the coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Two new death cases were reported. 104 people died so far in the entity of Srpska Republic. 768 people managed to recover.

One new case of the coronavirus was confirmed in Slovenia. There are no new death cases. The total number of diseased patients stays the same, 1469. The total number of deaths is 107. Currently, 16 people are hospitalized because of the coronavirus diagnoses. The number of hospitalized patients is in constant decline. Just two weeks ago, 40 people were hospitalized because of the same diagnosis.

COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

As of May 21st, all foreign citizens who intend to enter the Republic of Croatia as well as Croatian citizens who are from The Republic of Croatia (as well as those who are not) can find in one place answers to all questions related to entering this country. All frequently asked questions about entry conditions are published on the official website of the Ministry of Interior under the category UZG COVID

https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/286210

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:  

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service
  • If you notice that your symptoms intensify (cough, sore throat, high body temperature, trouble breathing/respiratory problems, loss of smell taste), you should not leave your premises. Immediately contact the chosen family physician if there is one in your near vicinity and reachable. If it is not, contact territorially competent epidemiologist.
  • Payment is done by contactless payment or through on-line services. 

{May 24} Only 1 person was newly diagnosed with the coronavirus in Croatia in the last 24 hours. The contracted person is from Zagreb county. 6 patients are on the respirators. There are no new death cases and the number of deceased patients is still 99.

10 people were newly diagnosed in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last 24 hours. That’s the smallest daily incline in the last 2 months. 8 people were diagnosed in the entity of Srpska republic and 2 in the federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2. A similar epidemiological situation was more than two months ago in the beginning of the outbreak. Crisis headquarters is still advising people to be careful while socializing in the outer spaces. That includes physical distance, hand washing and mask wearing.  

No new cases were confirmed in Slovenia on Sunday. That’s the fourth day in a row in which the coronavirus wasn’t diagnosed a single time in the country. 17 people are currently hospitalized, 3 of them are on the intensive care units. The total number of deaths is now 107 because two more people died in the last 24 hours. As a part of easing the quarantine measures, schools will be reopened from Monday for children in the last classes.     

Montenegro became first “Corona free” country in Europe. There are no more active cases. For 20 days, there are no new cases of the virus. Montenegrin health officials stated earlier that the end of the epidemic will be officially proclaimed after 28 “corona free” days. There is an official statement from the Montenegrin institute for public health. “In practice and in the profession circles, it is usual that the epidemic of one disease is considered beaten when, during the duration of two average periods of incubation, there are no newly diagnosed patients who contracted the virus in the single territory. In this case, we are referring to the situation in which no one contracted the virus in the period of 28 days.” Montenegro was the last European country in which the coronavirus was confirmed. 324 people contracted the virus and 9 patients died.  

COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

As of May 21st, all foreign citizens who intend to enter the Republic of Croatia as well as Croatian citizens who are from The Republic of Croatia (as well as those who are not) can find in one place answers to all questions related to entering this country. All frequently asked questions about entry conditions are published on the official website of the Ministry of Interior under the category UZG COVID

https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/286210

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are opened.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:  

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service
  • If you notice that your symptoms intensify (cough, sore throat, high body temperature, trouble breathing/respiratory problems, loss of smell taste), you should not leave your premises. Immediately contact the chosen family physician if there is one in your near vicinity and reachable. If it is not, contact territorially competent epidemiologist.
  • Payment is done by contactless payment or through on-line services. 

{May 23} No new coronavirus cases were confirmed neither in Croatia or Slovenia. In Croatia, for   the first time after 76 days, no new cases were confirmed. The number of the diagnosed patients stayed the same, 2243. 2023 patients managed to recover and 99 died. 6 patients are connected to the respirators and 121 patients are undergoing hospital treatment. After 677 testings in Slovenia, no new cases were confirmed and also, there are no new deaths. The positive trend from the last two weeks continues. In that period, the number of newly diagnosed patients was minimal or there weren’t new cases at all. The government will continue to ease up the quarantine measures so the public and economic life can be normal again. But, epidemiological measures are still in power.

This Saturday, Brač brought the decision of free migration between places on the island. From now on, people can move back and forth on the island without passes. This was confirmed by the director of Brač crisis headquarters Nikola Martinić Dragan. He added that the ferry line that operates between Sumartin and Makarska is functional again and ended his statement with a conclusion “On the island of Brač, the life is getting back to normal since there are no new coronavirus patients.”

Igor Štagljar, molecular biologist from Toronto, Canada, commented on the coronavirus in Croatia. He emphasized that our lives should move on. But still, we have to be careful because the virus remains a mystery even to the science people.

“I think that Croatia made a superb job. It is one of the most successful countries in the coronavirus fight. But, Croatia is entering in a new and undiscovered phase which is, I dare to say, the biggest open air experiment after the Spanish flu outbreak some hundred years ago. For us scientists, the virus is still a mystery. We still don’t have the answers to many questions. Will there be a second wave? Are those who defeated the virus now immune? Why some people have severe symptoms and some of them only mild versions of the disease? Why almost 50% of all diseased patients don’t have symptoms at all? In every case, we have to be careful.”      

 COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

As of May 21st, all foreign citizens who intend to enter the Republic of Croatia as well as Croatian citizens who are from The Republic of Croatia (as well as those who are not) can find in one place answers to all questions related to entering this country. All frequently asked questions about entry conditions are published on the official website of the Ministry of Interior under the category UZG COVID

https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/286210

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:  

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service
  • If you notice that your symptoms intensify (cough, sore throat, high body temperature, trouble breathing/respiratory problems, loss of smell taste), you should not leave your premises. Immediately contact the chosen family physician if there is one in your near vicinity and reachable. If it is not, contact territorially competent epidemiologist.
  • Payment is done by contactless payment or through on-line services.  

{May 22}

In the last 24 hours, 6 people were newly diagnosed with the coronavirus in Croatia. 133 patients are still in the hospitals. 471 persons are in individual quarantines. Two more people died. The total number of deaths is now 99.

Oxford university and the multinacional company AstraZeneca will recruit 10.000 adults and children in Britain for the purpose of the experimental testing of coronavirus vaccine. The goal is to test how the immunological system of the human being reacts to the specific vaccine and to see if the vaccine is safe enough.

The minister of tourism Gari Capelli presented some details about this year’s tourism. “Hotels are reopening steadily. There is a certain incline in tourist arrivals, from Slovenia especially. From May 27th, there will be a web application intended for tourists. Our guests won’t have to wait on the borders, they will just have to fill the form in the application in a matter of a few minutes” He emphasized that the migration though the borders will be permitted by the end of the month for EU countries with similar epidemiological situation.

Croatian chamber for public health started seroprevalence testing of the population. The goal is to reveal how many Croatian citizens were in contact with the coronavirus. Among 100 samples that were taken so far, two of them are positive. With a help of 1100 ELISA tests, it will be revealed how many people had antibodies. In other words, how many people were in contact with coronavirus while not knowing about its presence.

COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

As of May 21st, all foreign citizens who intend to enter the Republic of Croatia as well as Croatian citizens who are from The Republic of Croatia (as well as those who are not) can find in one place answers to all questions related to entering this country. All frequently asked questions about entry conditions are published on the official website of the Ministry of Interior under the category UZG COVID

https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/286210

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. The exception is an island of Brač which is undergoing 14 day quarantine which will be over on May 25th or when the headquarters of the civil protection decides when it is the best to do so. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:  

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service
  • As for the payment, it is the best to use contactless payment or online services. 

{May 21} 3 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Croatia. One person died since yesterday so the total number of death cases is 97. 117 people are currently in the hospitals and 9 of them are connected to the respirators.

From Thursday, British medical workers will participate in international testing of the antimalarial medications. The results will show if those two medications can be a good way of treating the coronavirus. “COPCOV” research will include 40.000 medical workers from Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. One of the goals is also to reveal can chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine prevent the infection of the coronavirus. Demand for hydroxychloroquine inclined after Donald Trump praised that antimalarial medication as a possible coronavirus cure.

Greece announced that their tourist season will begin next month. International charter lines for popular destinations will be reestablished in July. Greek Prime Minister Kiriakos Micotakis sadi “The tourist season will begin on June 15th with the reopening of the season accommodation facilities. Let’s make this summer an epilogue of the corona crisis”   

COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. The exception is an island of Brač which is undergoing 14 day quarantine which will be over on May 25th or when the headquarters of the civil protection decides when it is the best to do so. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:  

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service
  • As for the payment, it is the best to use contactless payment or online services. 

{May 20}

Two people were newly diagnosed with the coronavirus in the 24 hours. There are no new death cases. 117 people are in the hospitals, that’s 3 less than yesterday. 8 patients are connected to the respirators.

American company for immunotherapy Inovio Pharmaceuticals announced on Wednesday that their experimental vaccine against the coronavirus proved successful. Apparently, the vaccine reproduces protective antibodies and influences an activation immunological system in organisms of mice and hamsters. Director of the center for vaccines and immunotherapy “Wistar institute” David Weiner said that the scientists noticed antibodies in the lungs of vaccined animals. He commented “We can aim things which can stop the virus from finding safe spot in our lungs” Inovio company said that preliminary results of the testing will be published in June.  

American bio technical company Moderna managed to develop a vaccine which showed positive results. The testing on humans began two months ago. Patients who received the vaccine developed coronavirus antibodies even with the minimum injection of 25 micrograms of medication (Antibodies appeared two weeks after they received the first dose) Prof. Dr. Alemka Markotić commented this accomplishment “Considering that the company in question is a facility with a very modern technology, we can be very optimistic. The reason for optimism is the first result of the clinical testing. If the third phase of testing will show similar results, we can expect the coronavirus vaccine next year”.

There are certain indications that the children with the coronavirus are less virulent than the adults. Rosalind Eggo from the London school for hygiene and tropical medicine said “There are certain indications that the children are less virulent than the adults. But, we cannot confirm that”. Eggo said that it is very had to tell if children have the coronavirus if they don’t show the signs of the disease. She emphasized that her research showed that there is significantly lower level of the symptomatic infection among the people below 20 years of age.

COVID-19 situation in Croatia and on the borders

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available. Information about the regime of national flights in Croatia can be found here: https://www.croatiaairlines.com/important-notice/important-information-about-covid-19?langid=en

Hotels 

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand. All the health and safety procedures can be found here https://mint.gov.hr/news-11455/big-interest-in-opening-borders-says-tourism-minister/21180

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Abovementioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated. Information for major stations can be found here. https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. The exception is an island of Brač which is undergoing 14 day quarantine which will be over on May 25th or when the headquarters of the civil protection decides when it is the best to do so. For information about current ferry lines and routes, check the link below.

https://www.jadrolinija.hr/en/schedule/info

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place. Full details and instructions about entering with boats, vessels and yachts can be found here: https://mmpi.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/dokumenti/MORE/More%205_20/MSTI%20IMPLEMENTATION%20OF%20THE%20DECISION%20ON%20THE%20TEMPORARY%20BAN%20ON%20CROSSING%20THE%20BORDER%20CROSSINGS%20OF%20THE%20REPUBLIC%20OF%20CROATIA%2015-5_20.pdf

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of abovementioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:   

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.
  • Avoid using public transport if it isn’t strictly necessary.
  • During stay at accommodations, if there is a opportunity, prepare your own food or use a delivery service
  • As for the payment, it is the best to use contact-less payment or online services.  

{May 19}

In the last 24 hours, 4 people were newly diagnosed with the coronavirus and one more person died. All the new cases are from Brodsko Posavska County. In total, 96 people died. 120 people are treated in the hospitals.

Director of the institute for biochemistry in Frankfurt Ivan Đikić reported that the team of scientists managed to track how human cells change after the coronavirus infection. They also discovered compounds which slowed down or stopped the virus reproduction. The sequence of compounds was tested and the results are in search for the optimal approved medication. With discovered compounds, there are also two new potential therapeutic strategies for COVID -19 treatments. An example is a medication which blocks the metabolism of nucleic acid in the virus itself (ribavirin)

In June, Croatia will make deals for arrival of tourists from five European countries (it is yet to be confirmed which countries are in question) First guests from China will come before September. For now, everything depends on the epidemiological situation.

Slovenian government brought the decision considering entering the country. The restrictions that were in power are no longer needed because of the favorable epidemiological situation.  Also, there are no more implementations of quarantines and self-isolation after passing the borders.  

COVID-19 situation on the borders and in Croatia

The decision on temporary ban of transit through Border crossings of the Republic of Croatia and the decision on the Amendment of the aforementioned decision from May 9th 2020 allows:

  • Croatian citizens to enter Croatian grounds and go into foreign countries.
  • The return to the residential country for those who are citizens EU member countries, Schengen countries and Schengen associated countries. The decision is also valid for their family members and third country nationals pursuant to the Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25th November concerning the status of third country nationals who are long term residents and persons who have the right of residence on the basis of other EU directives or national law or who have national long term visas and entry into the Republic of Croatia under special conditions.
  • The same decision also prescribes exceptions of above mentioned provisions, they apply to the following

1. Healthcare researchers, healthcare professionals and their associates. Also, exceptions are those requiring urgent medical treatment.

2. People who are working across borders.

3. People who are operating freight carriers and personnel associated with this kind of jobs.

4. Officials who are on their duties: Police officers, members of civil protection services, personnel of international organizations so as international military personnel.

5. Passengers who are traveling in transit

6. Persons who are migrating because of their business purposes or have some kind of similar economic interest.

7. Persons who are migrating because of some urgent reasons.

Entry into the Republic of Croatia for Croatian citizens:

  • The self isolation measure in the duration of 14 days is no longer implemented.
  • The citizens are given special leaflet by the border police which says they are obligated to adhere general and special recommendations and instructions by the Croatian institute for public health.

General epidemiological measures:   

Everyone has to be instructions with particular measures so they can protect self and others.

  • The personal contact has to be reduced to minimum
  • Avoid face-touching
  • Consider wearing a face mask or surgical mask
  • Contact doctors or visit hospital if your body temperature is higher than 37.2 degrees.

Recommendation not to travel:

Persons with higher body temperatures or acute respiratory symptoms should postpone their trips to Croatia. Measuring of the body temperature is advised before taking a trip.

Flights to Croatia

Currently, there is only one daily return flight available: Zagreb – Frankfurt. It is operated by Croatia Airlines. Flights to Amsterdam will be available from May 25th and daily flights to Frankfurt will be increased. Other destinations like Brussels and London are planned, but the decision is waiting for an approval. As for the domestic flights, return flights “Zagreb Split” are available.

Hotels  

Many hotels reopened recently. But, it is important to emphasize that the government didn’t ban them from operating. They were closed due to the borders closing, health and economic reasons. The opening of the various hotels and camps with implemented safety measures is ongoing. Depending on the market demand, individual accommodations facilities are opting to begin operations depending on market demand.

Restaurants and bars

Since May 11th, caffe bars and restaurants are allowed to operate.

Beaches, parks and other recreational facilities

Above mentioned recreational grounds are reopened for public use. But, health and safety measures are in power. Social distancing is required. All beaches will be operational in the summertime, but we advise people to obey predefined rules of social distancing. The Zagreb Zoo reopened on May 11th, National and Nature parks also.

Public transportation

From May 11th, there are no more restrictions for public transporting in Croatia. Lines between cities and regions are operational again. For schedules and information on reinstated routes it is best to check with local bus stations. Croatian domestic rail service is also operational and certain routes are reinstated.

Public ferry transport

Travel to and from islands is now possible. The exception is an island of Brač which is undergoing 14 day quarantine which will be over on May 25th or when the headquarters of the civil protection decides when it is the best to do so.

Entering Croatian waters with private boats

New guidelines regarding entering Croatian water for boat owners were issued. The further relaxation of the measures is expected in the summer months. But, no matter how popular nautical tourism is in Croatia, health and safety concerns are on the first place.

{May 18} Two people were newly diagnosed with the coronavirus in Croatia today. There are no new death cases for a third day in a row. 122 people are hospitalized, that’s 8 less than yesterday. Davor Božinović said “Our epidemiological situation is very good. The headquarters is following and will continue to follow events connected with this epidemic.”

Health officials from South Korea said that the patients who got the coronavirus disease again and were tested positive are not virulent. Korean center for disease control confirmed that after publishing laboratory analysis of 108 cases and epidemiological investigation of 285 cases. The goal was to determine if coronavirus patients should be in quarantine for two weeks. Because of the coronavirus epidemic, mortality in Belgium got near the figure of deaths that happened in that country in World War 2. 9.080 people died in April. Scientists calculated that the mortality in April was only 4% less than the mortality rate in April 1941. When the country was under the Nazi occupation. In Mostar, there are no more patients in specially assembled “COVID hospital”. Many counties in Herzegovina re-established public transport after months of restrictions, kindergartens are reopening and clubs are starting to organize their trainings. Bosnia and Herzegovina will probably reopen their borders from June 1st. But still, it is not known which conditions will be in power. 14 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours, 12 of them are from the entity of Srpska Republic.  No new cases of the virus were confirmed in Slovenia. Also, there are no new death cases. Thanks to the good epidemiological situation, kindergartens reopened and first three grades of elementary schools will start again. Only 25 people are currently in the hospitals, 5 of them are on intensive care units.  In Italy, St. Peter’s basilica reopened their doors, which is a symbol for normality of everyday life. With reopening of restaurants and bars, Italy begins with the second phase of easing up the quarantine measures. New research published this month claims that the coronavirus doesn’t originate from laboratories. People brought it on “ the wet markets of Wuhan city”. The researchers who were observing how to stop future pandemics, discovered that the virus who caused COVID-19 already adapted the patterns of human transmission before it reached the markets for the first time. Considering that the markets were so quickly decontaminated after the first appearance of the virus, scientists cannot determine how the people were contracted with the virus from bats.    

{May 17} Two new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Croatia and the total number of diagnoses is 2226. 23 people recovered since yesterday and there are no new death cases.

Only one new case of the coronavirus was confirmed in Slovenia in the last 24 hours. Because of the favorable epidemiological situation, government continues to reopen the stores and the tourist facilities. One more person died in the last 24 hours so the total number of deaths is now 104. 26 people are still hospitalized. 5 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in China and the health experts are saying that danger of the second coronavirus wave is still very big. 2 new cases are imported while other three emerged with the local transmission between citizens. The total number of the cases is now 82.947 while 4.634 patients died. The number of cases in Latin America and on Caribbean surpassed half a million while 28.463 people died. Half of those 500.000 people are from Brazil. Unfortunately, Brazil surpassed Spain and Italy with the number of diagnosed patients. 14.919 people died in the last 24 hours. There are 816 new death cases which gives the total number of deceased patients 15.662. WHO organization is preparing for its annual meeting next. But, many people are afraid that the flow of this important conference will be infringed by the tense relations between USA and China. This meeting will be entirely dedicated to coronavirus crisis. Originally, the duration of the meeting was 3 weeks, but it was shortened on just two days due to the health concerns. In Nepal, the first victim of the coronavirus was recorded. Woman, who recently gave birth, has died. The country has 281 confirmed coronavirus cases on the population of 28 million people.  

{May 16} In the last 24 hours, two people were diagnosed with the coronavirus in Croatia. 137 patients are treated in the hospitals. That’s five less than yesterday. 44 people managed to recover since yesterday. There are no new death cases and the number of deceased patients stays the same, 95.

Spanish Prime minister Pedro Sanchez said that the emergency state in the country should be extended. The current regime is due to end on May 24th and Sanchez said that emergency measures should last for at least one month more. Sanchez said: “It should be the last extension of the emergency regime and it will last until the moment when we decide to ease up the measures” In Slovenia, no new cases of the coronavirus were recorded in the last 24 hours. Government is satisfied with this outcome while the opposition thinks that the officials don’t have the right strategic for exiting the crisis. There are no new death cases and the total number of the deceased patients stays the same, 103. Also, the level of seroprevalence among the population is low. The team of British scientists will test the ability of dogs to smell COVID-19 disease. British government financed the project with 500.000 pounds. Minister of innovation James Betthell said “Bio-detection dogs can already smell particular types of cancer. We believe that this kind of innovation can enable fast results as a part of the wider testing strategy”. The last patient with the coronavirus in Cambodia recovered and left the hospital. The country hasn’t got a single active case of the virus. This was confirmed by the minister of health Mam Bunheng. But the minister didn’t confirm that the restrictive measures will be eased up. In India, 85.940 people were confirmed to have the coronavirus. Officially, the country surpassed China by the number of diagnosed patients. Thanks to the strict measures introduced at the end of March, spreading of the coronavirus was drastically slowed down. The current decision of the quarantine regime in the country will be annulled on Sunday. Italian government decided to reopen the borders on June 3rd for the citizens of the European Union. The decision will also allow Italian citizens to freely migrate within the country’s borders. The decision is also valid for Vatican and San Marino. Columbia and Brazil will increase military forces across their Amazon border. They will share valuable information between each other to help to stop coronavirus spreading on their territories. Columbian ministers of health, defense and foreign affairs managed to make a set of deals with Brazilian officials. In Columbian state region Amazonas, more than 1000 cases of the virus were confirmed and at least 30 people died.

{May 15} In the last 24 hours, just one new case of the virus was confirmed in the last 24 hours. One elder person from, born in 1923. has died. 8 people are connected to respirators and 142 people were hospitalized. Davor Božinović emphasized that, considering the favorable epidemiological situation, maritime traffic will be operational again from May 18th and there will be no more limitations. Krunoslav Capak explained the decision of making Sunday non working day for all the shops and stores. “Sunday is a day when many people are at home, not at work. They have more time to spend in the stores.”    

Since the stores are not opened on Sundays, we recommend you to spend more time with your families at home. Maybe some of returned to work so you don’t have many time during the week. Spend some time home and keep a social distance while walking on public grounds.

117 people died due to the coronavirus complications in Sweden in the last 24 hours. There are 625 new cases of the disease. The total number of deaths is 3646 and the number of diagnosed patients is 29.207. In Sweden’s neighborhood, Denmark recorded a day without new death cases, first time since March. Although, 78 new cases of the disease emerged. 64 new cases of the virus were confirmed in Serbia in the last 24 hours. Unfortunately, one more person died. North Korea reacted on the undergoing criticism of the government’s actions. Criticism was aimed on the government’s inability to control the epidemic in the country. To hush the critics, government issued several short movies which show Korean citizens having a walk in Pyongyang. Officials in the capital city are still denying the existence of the diagnosed patients. Today, Austria reopened their bars and restaurants. Viennese mayor announced that the local government of the city will be giving off 50 euros vouchers. The goal is influencing people to go in the bars and restaurants in the upcoming months. Slovenia proclaimed the end of the epidemic in the country. This decision surprised many people. But, spokesmen of the government clarified that the decisions was brought because of the good epidemiological situation in the country. Slovenian borders are now opened for all the residents and citizens of the European Union, but only if they weren’t outside of Europe in the last 14 days.  Transit flow is also permitted again. The limiting rules for the citizens/residents of the “third” countries are still in power and the quarantine is mandatory for them. Another exceptions are the citizens of the European Union who have the COVID -19 symptoms and their passing through the border can be denied. Italy will allow travels inside the country from June 3rd. This decisions can change in the upcoming weeks but the document which announces this changes says that the travel between some regions will be allowed from May 18th. 353 people were diagnosed with the virus in Belgium in the last 24 hours and 56 patients lost their lives. In Spain, 643 people more people were diagnosed with the virus and 138 people died. That’s the lowest figure in the country since Monday. German region North Rhein Westphalia annulled the quarantine for travelers who come from European Union, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein, Swiss and Great Britain. Government of the Chinese Wuhan announced that the city tested more than 3 million of their citizens on the coronavirus. The goal is to test the entire population of 11 million citizens. Many people tested don’t have the symptoms but they can spread the virus. 2000 people were diagnosed with the virus in Mexico in the last 24 hours and 247 people died. Government states that country is on the height of the epidemic right now. The total number of the confirmed cases is bigger than 40.000 with 4477 death cases.  

{May 14} 8 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in the last 24 hours in Croatia. There are no new deaths and 16 more persons recovered since yesterday. 7 patients are connected to the respirators. Krunoslav Capak said “Epidemiological situation is very good; the figure of the newly diagnosed patients persistently stays below 10. The number of deaths is one of lowest in Europe and in the world. He added that the most of the newly diagnosed patients are connected to the flight from Sweden/Frankfurt on the May 2nd. He added that all the sources of the disease are known.

According to the government reports, 428 more people died in Great Britain due to the coronavirus complications. The total number of deaths is now 33.614. London is undergoing negotiations with Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche Golding AG for purchasing precise testing device which helps to identify COVID-19 antibodies. This Basel – situated company promised last month that it will provide the antibody tests to all the countries which accept the European regulatory standards. This test finishes the testing in 18 minutes and the company announced that it can produce over 100.000 tests only for Great Britain.  In Japan, the emergency state in the most of the country is annulled. The number of the new diagnoses declined rapidly so the government decided to ease up the quarantine measures. But, emergency regime is still present in the cities of Tokio, Osaka and on the island of Hokkaido. According to the official reports, China recorded positive incline of the FDI (foreign direct investment) which implies that the country is steadily recovering from the coronavirus crisis. As for the newly diagnosed patients, 3 people were diagnosed with the disease which in lower in comparison with the day before. Every new case was transmitted locally. The number of deaths stays the same, 4.633.  In France, the government announced that it will help the tourist sector which is impacted by the coronavirus. The approved financial support worths over 18 billion euros The French institute Pasteur shows that 4,4% of the citizens were contracted with the coronavirus. That’s a lot more than the official figure. Study shows that the rate of contracted patients in the most impacted regions of France is between 9 and 10%. Study says “About 65% of the population should be immune if we wish to control the pandemic with the immunity”. 79 new cases were confirmed in Serbia while 949 people were hospitalized. With two new deaths cases, the total number of deceased patients is 224. The epidemiological situation in Slovenia is getting better and better with every new day. Government announced that it is reopening almost all the stores as a part of easing up the restrictive measures. In the last 24 hours, only 1 person was diagnosed with the corona virus. There are no new death cases and every day, more people are released from the hospitals. In the entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Srpska Republic, 33 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in the last 24 hours. 697 samples were tested. In the whole Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2204 cases of the virus were confirmed and 122 people died. Russia confirmed 9974 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. This is the first time since May 2nd that the daily figure of newly diagnosed patients is below 10.000. Headquarters for fighting against the coronavirus reports that 93 people died during last night.   

{May 13} According to the latest report on coronavirus in Croatia, there are six new cases of the disease in the country. The total number of diagnosed patients is 2213 while 3 more people died since yesterday. 1834 patients managed to recover, 26 more than yesterday.

New case of the diseased patents that were on the flight from Frankfurt emerged. We advise everyone to obey the social distance and a rule of self-isolation after returning from trips. You never know with whom you were in the contact

In Serbia, 52 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in the last 24 hours. Two more people died. Currently, 992 people are undergoing medical treatment in the hospitals. Two new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Slovenia and one more person died. The current number of deaths in the country is 103.  Government’s spokesman Jelko Kacin said on the press conference that the epidemiological situation is improving. For the first time, the number of hospitalized patients is lesser than 40. Fortunately, the number of those who are connected to the respirators is declining. “COVID hospitals” are also shutting down. German chancellor Angela Merkel invited her fellow German citizens not to jeopardize the progress of fighting the coronavirus with their reckless behavior. She stated “Corona remains a danger for all of us. German people will live for some more time with the virus because there isn’t efficient medicament or a vaccine available yet. It would be discouraging to go back on the restrictions we want to leave behind us”. She advised people to go back to their schools, offices and coffee shops but with a caution and having the social distance in mind. Day after the country started to ease up the isolation measures, Russia recorded over 10.000 new coronavirus cases. The good fact is that country is recording relatively low mortality in comparison to other countries. So far, 2212 people died. Many of the people who contracted the virus recently have mild versions of the disease so they don’t need hospital treatment. Of 10.899 people diagnosed in the last 24 hours, 43,1% doesn’t show the symptoms of the disease. The number of people who died because of the coronavirus diagnose in Scotland is declining second week in a row. According to the data, 415 people died in the last week. That’s 110 than the week before. The total number of deaths in Scotland is 3213. Also, the number of people who are dying in nursing/retirement homes is reducing. Spanish government stated that it is not planning to reopen their borders before July for the most passengers from foreign countries so the second coronavirus wave could be avoided. Emergency state in the country will last till May 24th, but the measures that apply to the foreign travelers will probably stay in power much longer. Government of the Chinese Wuhan began a campaign of testing the entire city population on the coronavirus, 11 million people. New cases of the disease emerged so the government started making some actions to prevent the second wave of the epidemic.  

{May 12} According to the latest report on coronavirus in Croatia, there are 11 new cases of the disease. There are no new death cases since yesterday. 9 more people were released from the hospitals.

The people in Croatia are adapting to the new normal. Stores and bars are reopening in the whole country and citizens seem to be satisfied because they can indulge in their old hobbies and activities. Of course, “the new normal” means that there are certain restrictions in power. So, always be considerate to others, wear hygienic masks and keep a social distance.

 The spokesman of the Russian president Vladimir Putin, Dmitrij Peskov, was tested positive on the coronavirus. Peskov confirmed he is positive and currently is undergoing a treatment. He didn’t explain how difficult his condition is. Serbian officials confirmed that the country will open borders from June 1st. But, the entrance in the country will be allowed only for 4 countries from Serbian surroundings. The connection with North Macedonia, Albany, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro will be completely liberalized. WHO announced today that some tested medicaments are relieving severe symptoms and length of the COVID-19 disease. The spokesman Margaret Harris said “We have some medicaments which are in the very early stage of development. We saw that they help in mellowing the severity and length of the disease. But still, we haven’t got anything that could kill the virus yet”. Government’s cabinet in Lebanon announced that the country will be entirely closed from this Wednesday to the next Monday. The decision was brought after a sharp incline of the number of cases on Monday and Sunday. 870 cases of the disease were confirmed in the country and 26 people died. British minister of health Matt Hancock said that British citizens will not have an opportunity to spend their summer vacations abroad because of the pandemic. While the government is trying to reboot the economy, the measures of social distancing will be in power for some time. Hancock said “The conclusion is that the big and lavishing vacations in foreign countries won’t be possible this summer”. In Spain, travelers who will enter the country from the next Friday will have to spend 14 days in the quarantine. While in quarantine, travelers will have permission to go outside only for food shopping, chemistry shops and doctor appointments. According to Slovenian expert for infectious diseases Bojana Beović, Slovenia is very near to “life normalization” because there are a low number of diagnosed patients. Beović said “The epidemic in Slovenia is calming down significantly. Since April 30th, we have a single figure daily incline of the new diagnoses and the reproduction number of the virus spreading is below one.” Since the beginning of the outbreak, 1461 people were diagnosed with the virus and 102 people died. Slovenian government decided to reinitiate international flight traffic within the borders of the European Union and other countries. Because of the epidemic, airline traffic was suspended on March 17th but the transport of the goods was still permitted so the medical equipment could be brought in the country.

{May 11} According to the latest reports, 9 people are newly diagnosed with the coronavirus in Croatia. One elder person died in Koprivnica. The number of recovered patients is 1784, which is 20 more than yesterday. Davor Božinović said a few words about crossing the borders “According to the reports which I received one hour ago, 667 foreigners entered the state of Croatia since we eased up the restrictive measures. Approximately, there are 285 Slovenians, but there was more than 20 Austrians, 60 citizens of other countries, most of them are from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Some are from Serbia. As for the decisions on borders, border police are making decisions according to the current advisories and epidemiological measures which are still accurate. If you have an invitation on some business meeting, they will let you through.”

Along the Europe and Croatia, many students are coming back to their schools after a prolonged period of time. In the same time, it will be a relief for them because now they can interact with their professors more swiftly and efficiently. But, their comebacks also represent a challenge because you never know what can happen if a students with a diseases comes to school. So, we advise every pupil and students to respect a social distance and to wear a hygienic mask.   

Russian president Vladimir Putin proclaimed that the state quarantine will be annulled in the whole country from Tuesday, although the number of newly diagnosed patients is still rising. Putin said. “Beginning from tomorrow, period of non-working days on the national basis is over. But, the fight against the epidemic is not over yet. The number of newly diagnosed patients in the countries of the Persian gulf surpassed 100.000 today and 557 people died. Despite the fact that the measures were introduced early, virus spread among the migrant workers with low income who live in the overcrowded neighborhoods. Saudi Arabia has the biggest number of the diseased patients, 41.014 of them and 255 deaths. In many European countries, students are coming back to their schools after the isolation that lasted for several weeks. The exception is Italy where students are not coming back to their schools before September. Denmark and Norway opened their schools earlier. Danish government opened faculties today. France is also exiting their quarantine. The situation was quite chaotic because people rushed to the underground metro in Paris. France was heavily impacted by the virus as 26. 380 death cases were confirmed. The citizens can leave their homes without the special permission. Elementary schools are also opened. Bosnia and Herzegovina received a package of safety equipment from Croatia as part of the donation. The package was received in Sarajevo and Ambassador Ivan Sabolić said that this action is a symbol of good relations between two countries as Croatia is ready to help their neighbors in the time of need. 3 new cases of the virus were confirmed in Slovenia. The easing up of the epidemiological measures continues with reopening of the public transport and traffic. The officials are also preparing to reopen schools and kindergartens. There are no new death cases and the number of the deceased patients stays the same, 102. Russia confirmed new 11.656 cases of the virus, which is a new record. The total number of cases is now 221.334. 94 people died in the last 24 hours and the number of deaths is now 2009. Continental China recorded 17 new cases of the coronavirus which is the biggest daily incline since April 28th. Although the number of new cases is significantly lower than on the pandemic height, the risk of the infection is still very high. In the meantime, Beijing is trying to reboot their economy. Among 17 new cases on Sunday, 7 are imported.                           

{May 10} According to the latest report on the coronavirus, there are 11 new cases of the coronavirus in Croatia. 3 elder women died in Koprivnica after a long battle with the virus and chronic diseases. 36 more people managed to recover and 13 people are connected to respirators.

Gyms, fitness and sport centers will reopen their doors on May 13th. Pools will reopen on May 18th. Davor Božinović said that e-passes will remain necessary only on the island of Brač, where the new focal point of the virus is. With re-established train and bus lines, bus and train terminals will start operating again. From May 18th, there will be a special directive for organization of events and shows on the open and in the closed spaces.

The bars and coffee shops will reopen their doors tomorrow. But still be careful not to go in the most crowded facilities and always remember to keep a distance.

Ministry of health in Serbia confirmed 82 more cases of the virus in the last 24 hours. Currently, more than 10.000 people in the country have the diagnosis of the coronavirus. 2 more people died and the country continues to ease up the quarantine measures. Many European countries are easing up the measures of the restrictive migrating. France and Belgium will start easing up their measures from this Monday. Number of death cases in Bosnia and Herzegovina rose after 4 more people died in Doboj and Cazin. With 3 more death cases in Banja Luka, total number of deaths in the last 24 hours is 7. 3 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours in Slovenia which makes the total number of cases 1457. With one more death case, the total number of the deceased patients is now 102. In comparison to yesterday, two less people are situated in the hospitals, 41 of them. New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the testing of the people in quarters with poor people and minority citizens will be induced. The reason for that any many deaths among black people and Latin-Americans. Also, special focus is on children after two very young people died recently. In Great Britain, Boris Johnson announced the measures of progressive easing up of the quarantine regime. The measures will contain a special system of attention which is divided in 5 levels. Chinese medical officials confirmed the first person with the coronavirus in Wuhan since April 3rd. There are 14 new cases in the entire country, which is the biggest number since April 28th. China officially announced on Thursday that there is a low risk in every region of the country. But there was a sharp incline in the period between Thursday and Sunday. Mexican ministry of health confirmed new 1.938 cases of the virus On Saturday. Also, there were 193 new death cases. Government expects that the height of the virus could be this weekend.                    

{May 09} According to the reports of the headquarters for civil protection, 15 people were newly diagnosed with the coronavirus in Croatia. The total of 1726 people managed to fight off the disease. One patient died in Osijek. Krunoslav Capak said that the headquarters prepared advices for preventing infection in shopping malls which will start operating on Monday. “What I can say in this moment, there are no special demands. For stores in malls, we have already established rules. The same goes for bars and restaurants. The only new thing is that we will remove resting places inside the malls so the people couldn’t gather in big masses in the single place. Bars and restaurants, depending on their square meters and distance inside, will determine how many people can serve at once.”   

 More than thousand people waited in the line for free food in Swiss Geneva. The line was more than a kilometer long as hungry immigrants waited to receive one of the 1500 packages that volunteers were giving away. China confessed that the coronavirus pandemic revealed all the weaknesses of the health system in the country. After critics that came from American president Donald Trump, China started to analyze it own health system and managed to make some observations. British government notified airline companies that it will introduce 14 day long quarantine for everyone who comes from abroad so the second wave of the pandemic could be prevented. Despite the pandemic, couple of thousands gathered on Saturday in Misk. The occasion was a parade for 75th anniversary of the WW2 ending in Europe. Although new cases emerged in the country the last couple of weeks, the parade was observed with a lot of interest. 4 new cases of the corona virus were confirmed in Slovenia. The total number of reported cases is now 1454. In Japan, citizens are taking care of those who are not obeying the antivirus measures in the country. Those actions are often on the verge of harassment. There are numerous bars and stores in Tokio with handwritten messages that summon people to boycott the facilities because they think they are not safe enough for others. Spokeswoman of the American vice-president Mike Pence is positive to the coronavirus. That’s the second case of the virus in the White House this week. More than 500 industry workers from Gana is positive for the coronavirus. The news was reported by the country’s health agency. Gana recorded 30% daily incline of the newly diagnosed patients.   

{May 08}

According to the latest report of the coronavirus, there are 36 new cases of the virus in Croatia. 22 of them are on the island of Brač, which is the new focal point of the virus. 13 patients are connected to respirators and 21 more people are released from the hospitals. Minister Beroš said “The epidemic is not over, we mustn’t relax. We have to obey the rules. One wrong move is enough. Headmaster of the institute for public health Krunoslav Capak said that the newly diagnosed patients are a proof that everything can change overnight. “For days, we had single figures, today we have 36. The reason is not the easing up of the measures. We have 3 epidemiologists on Brač and headmistress of the institute for public health of the Splitsko Dalmatinska county. Apparently, the reason is the patient who came back from the Split hospital and who was visited by friends and family. We have two newly diagnosed patients in Dubrovnik.” Additionally, minister Beroš explained the situation with testing the “patient zero” from Brač. “Allegedly, the testing of the patient who came back from the Split hospital was done yesterday. He was in the hospital from May 11th to May 17th. Allegedly, he is negative to the coronavirus, but we should see the final medical report. If he wasn’t visited, this wouldn’t have happened”

The situation on the south of the country became critical. Events like that can happen in the whole country if we make a little wrong move. So, watch the distance between yourself and other people and don’t go into crowded spaces.   

In Slovenia, there was only one new case of the virus in the last 24 hours. The total number of diseased patients is 1450 and 100 people died. The situation in retirement homes is slowly improving. 61.290 tests were made since the beginning of the outbreak. But, general satisfaction among citizens is not very high as people started to protest against harsh measures of the government. Despite the ban, “bicycle protests” are announced and they will be held on Friday. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, 8 death cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. 6 of those died in Banja Luka. All patients had chronic diseases. The total number of deaths in the country is now 98.  President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro still doesn’t think that the coronavirus is a serious threat to the humanity. 610 people were confirmed to have the coronavirus diagnoses. Couple of months ago it was speculated that Bolsonaro himself was positive to the coronavirus. His spokesman, Otavio Santana do Rego Baros, contracted the virus these days. As reported by CNN, Bolsonaro claims that the worst is behind Brazil now. Spain is analyzing the current situation and considers easing up the quarantine measures in some regions. From today, citizens of Barcelona can visit beaches from 6 a.m to 10 a.m to have a bath or a walk. In Russia, 10.699 cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours and the total number is now 187. 859. This is sixth day in a row that the number of new cases surpassed 10.000. Also, there are 98 new death cases which makes the total number of deceased patients 1723. The number of newly diagnosed patients in South Korea is rising. The ministry of health is investigating some night clubs in Seul because there is a notion that the virus developed there and spread to the rest of the country in the last couple of weeks. The main chancellor of the United Nations Antonio Gutteres summoned people to make a global effort so the “tsunami of hatred, xenophobe, hostility and spreading lies” can be mollified. In video message, Gutteres said “Sentiments against foreigners are happening online and on the streets, anti-Semitic conspiracy theories are being spread. Also, anti –Islam attacks connected to COVID-19 appeared”. Leader of the United Nations called politic leaders to show solidarity with every member of the society. But, also, he called society to show solidarity with the most vulnerable members. European countries are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the victory against the Nazi Germany in WW2. Many of those celebrations are modest because of the coronavirus epidemic.                   

{May 07} According to the latest report on the coronavirus in Croatia, there are 6 new cases of the   virus in Croatia. One more person died in Zagreb which makes the total number of deaths 86. There are 1641 cured patients to this day. Krunoslav Capak gave his statement about reopening of the bars and restaurants. “It is important to say that the guidelines for bars and restaurants were published today before noon. This is not easing up of the measures; we have a favorable epidemiological situation and the work of the bars and restaurants can be initiated. But, there is one difference, it was said before that the work will be allowed only for those who have terraces. Since there are many objects that lack the terrace section, especially restaurants, we have a decision that we will allow the work of the objects without terraces. Of course, social distance is required.” Public transport of the passengers will be restored from May 11th. With reestablishing the transport of the passengers, more than 400 trains for passenger transport will be operating, as well as freight trains     

The total of 9848 people was diagnosed with the coronavirus in Serbia. Since the last report, the samples of 5521 people were tested and 57 people are positive. 46 patients are on the respirator and 2160 people were cured. 3 more people died in the last 24 hours and the total number of deaths is 206. In Srpska republic, the entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 3 men died due to the coronavirus complications. The total number of deaths in Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently 89. Russia reports of the new infamous record in newly diagnosed cases, 11.230 people were diagnosed so the total number is now 177.160. Russian coronavirus headquarters reports about 88 deaths during the night so the total number of deaths in Moscow rose to 1625. Moscow mayor Sergej Sobjanin said that the number of newly diagnosed patients is bigger because more tests on the virus were done. Russia managed to surpass Germany and now it is in fifth place by the number of diagnosed patients. Italian scientists announced that they have found a vaccine which can neutralize coronavirus cells in human body. Tests were held in the roman hospital Lazzaro Spallanzani and scientists manages to create antibodies among mice. Antibodies can be also efficient for human cells. Scientific research published on Wednesday revealed that medicines that are used for blood cloths can be effective in curing severe cases of the coronavirus. This discovery of the team from New York city hospital Mount could help curing the patients with the coronavirus disease. Team announced that it is continuing researching anticoagulants so they could discover the optimal dose for treatment. FDA approved the vaccine of the company Moderne for the new coronavirus so the scientists could continue with the second phase of research. It was announced that the second phase will get underway soon. The vaccine mRNA-1273 is the first American vaccine that was approved for testing in USA.             

{May 06} According to the latest report of the crisis headquarters, 7 people were newly diagnosed with the coronavirus in Croatia. The total number of the diseased patients is 2119. Fortunately, 41 more people recovered from yesterday so the total number of cured patients is 1141. The headmaster of the civil protection Damir Trut announced that the decision of annulling e-passes will be probably brought next week. He said “More than 2.000.000 e –passes were issued during this time. The current number of valid e-passes is 29.000. We discuss about e – passes on a daily basis. We will probably bring the decision about retaining e-passes in current form, introducing them in specific regions or annulling them.”

The migration between regions and municipalities will be probably allowed from next week. But, anyway, plan your trips with care and responsibility. Do some shopping, visit some elderly members of your family if it is really needed but don’t stay too long on the same spot. We have to keep areas clean so the virus can leave us in the upcoming months.

Genetic analysis which was made on the basis of 7500 people contracted with COVID-19 gives a conclusion that a new coronavirus quickly expanded all over the world at the end of the last year and it was adapting to human recipients. British scientists found almost 200 genetic mutations of the new virus that are appearing in repetitive and constant patterns. According to the opinion of the scientists, it explains the pattern of it development and spreading among the people. Researchers in USA and England identifiets several hundred mutations of the coronavirus. But, it is yet to be determined what does the mutations mean for spreading the virus among global population and how much the vaccine could be efficient. Serological testing of the population in Slovenia showed that seroprevalance is relatively low and below expectations. Research that was based on the national sample of 1368 people showed that the average seroprevalance of the population between 2 and 4%. In other words, low and below expectations. In the last 24 hours, 3 people were diagnosed with the coronavirus in the country and one more person died. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, 4 more people died due to the complications of the virus. All 4 died in Banja Luka so the total number of deaths is now 84. Minister of health in the Srpska Republic said that 30 people with the virus were identified in the entity since Tuesday. 490 samples were tested in Sarajevo 11 new cases were confirmed. The total number of cases in Bosnia and Herzegovina is now almost 2000.  In Spain, number of deaths on a daily basis induced. 244 people died in the last 24 hours. 996 new cases were confirmed since Tuesday so the total number of diagnosed patients is 220.395. The Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez asked the parliament for extension of the crisis regime so that restrictive measures can last couple of more weeks. German government and representatives of the state regions agreed to ease up the restrictive orders. They also agreed on returning the strict measures if virus becomes ferocious again. Document about easing up the measures says that eased up measures can be in power as long as the number of newly diagnosed patients doesn’t surpass 50 persons on 100.000 inhabitants. Russia confirmed 10.559 new cases of the virus which makes the total number of diseased patients 165.929. Currently, Russia has the fastest growth of the new infections after USA. 86 people died in the last 24 hours and the total number of deaths is now 1537. In Chinese Wuhan, students finally returned to their schools with hygienic masks. They had an obligation of walking in line bellow heath scanners. The total number of diseased patients remains the same, 82.883. Number of deaths is also still the same and hasn’t changed, 4633.      

{May 05} According to the latest report on the coronavirus, 11 people were newly diagnosed with the coronavirus in Croatia. In the last 24 hours, there were 3 victims of the virus in Split, Koprivnica and Dubrovnik. The total number of deaths is now 83. Fortunately, 38 more people recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours and they were released from the hospitals.

The member of the crisis headquarters gave some thorough information about easing up of the restrictive orders, including the organization of events like weddings. Krunoslav Capak said “By the decision, we increased the number of wedding guests to 100 people. I wouldn’t like other people to misinterpret this decision and to invite 100 people on their weddings. The advice of personal hygiene and social distancing are still in the power. Wedding celebrations are still banned, we have to make a decision about that in the future. The ceremonies are allowed in churches and in registry offices. Festivities are prohibited, we didn’t allow them. Bars and restaurants are still closed, when we reopen them on May 11th, we will make a decision about wedding festivities.   

In Spain, the rate of newly diagnosed patients remained under 1%. The government is preparing to extend the emergency regime. 0, 40% more people than yesterday were diagnosed with the coronavirus since yesterday so the total number of cases is now 220.000. In the last 10 days, the rate of newly diagnosed patients doesn’t surpass 1% so the government of Pedro Sanchez decided to ease up the restrictive measures although the emergency regime in global is still in power. Till Tuesday, 20 new cases were confirmed in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The figures are showing that the situation is much better on the territory of the Bosnia and Herzegovina federation than in the entity of Srpska Republic. The federation of B&H confirmed 4 cases of the coronavirus and the number in Srpska Republic is 16. After two more people died in the Srpska Republic, the total number of deaths in B&H is 80. In Slovenia, 6 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. One more person died so the total number of deaths is now 98. In the previous two days, not a single case of the coronavirus was confirmed. 4 out of 6 six cases were found in Ljutomer retirement home. Currently, 56 people are treated in the hospitals and 17 patients are situated in intensive care units. Great Britain surpassed Italy in figures of deaths caused by the coronavirus. More than 32.000 people died since the beginning of the outbreak and that includes 7000 new cases last week in England and Wales. WHO organization warns that the efficiency and side effects of healing herbs should be tested. That includes sweet wormwood which is advertised as an alternative cure for the coronavirus. WHO emphasized that the organization supports scientifically approved efficiency of traditional medications and adds that the traditional medicine has numerous advantages in curing diseases. In India, New Delhi introduced special 70% tax on alcohol. The purpose of this action is to divert people from hording in front of the shops. Despite of that, the government is considering easing up of the quarantine measures after 6 week isolation period. According to the data of the medicine ministry, 3900 people were diagnosed with the virus in the last 24 hours in India. So, far, there were 46.433 cases of the coronavirus in the country, 12.000 patients recovered and 1568 patients died. The study of the French scientists about the genesis of the coronavirus in Europe could give some new insights about the beginning and initial focal point of the pandemic. The scientist retested some samples of the 24 patients which were situated in the hospital during December and January. In that period, tests of the patients were negative to the flu, but they weren’t tested on the coronavirus since the disease appeared afterwards in a form of the pandemic. The results published in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents showed that one particular patient, 42 year old fish seller contracted coronavirus “one month before the first confirmed cases”. The number of people with the virus in Asia is 250.000 since Tuesday. The most affected countries are now Singapore, Pakistan and India although the virus weakened in China, South Korea and Japan.      

{May 04} According to the latest reports, 5 people were diagnosed with the coronavirus in Croatia. The current number of the diseased patients is 2096. Fortunately, 1489 people recovered and we can say that Croatia is on a good way to be corona free country.

Davor Božinović said on the press conference that headquarters are preparing 4 decisions on epidemiological measures which must be obeyed on weddings, funerals, while using children’s and recreational playgrounds and retaining on public surfaces. He said “Funerals can be now attended by more family members than before, without the limitation number, but obeying the epidemiological rules is crucial. We are also quitting the ban for deliveries of flowers and musical services”. He emphasized that weddings can now have wider family circles and witnesses, but the organization of the post-wedding festivities is still banned.

In Wuhan, high school students will return to their schools this Wednesday. Xia Chunyin, member of the Wuhan education department said “On May 6th, all of the elder students will return to their schools. We will initiate a new phase of the education for this year”. Japan decided to extend the emergency regime in the whole country so the newest exiting date is now Ma 31st. The prime Minister Shinzo Abe will consider annulling the quarantine regime before that date if the situation in particular regions improve. In Spain, easing up of the quarantine measures continues after reopening of the some stores and hairdressers. Today, there are 0.25% more patients than yesterday so the total number of the diseased people is 218.000. (The biggest number in Europe). 164 patients died today, as the day before so the total number of deaths is 25.430. British company Quotient reports that its researchers in Edinburgh developed “fast and precise” test on antibodies that organism develops after beating coronavirus. Every testing lasts for 35 minutes and gives results with 99.8% accuracy. The purpose of the testing is to determine who has coronavirus, who recovered and who developed antibodies. In Great Britain, theaters will probably remain closed till 2021. West End and Broadway will probably postpone its musicals till the next year. Theater producer Cameron Mackintosh said “We want people to be safe, actors too”. For now, it is impossible for theater managers to make plans for the future because of the active social distancing policy. Another good day for Slovenia where not a single case of the coronavirus emerged. The number of the diseased patients is still 1439. According to the media reports, there are still “active” cases in some of the counties. That means that some people are potential virus carriers if they would expose themselves too much in public. New wave of the virus was recorded again in Bosnia and Herzegovina where 69 new cases of the disease were recorded in the last 24 hours. The new center of the disease is the entity of Srpska Republic. As for the federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, all the tested samples proved to be negative to coronavirus. There was one new death case in Srpska Republic (Banja Luka) so the total number of deaths is now 78. Only there, 22 new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in the last 24 hours.

{April 28} According to the latest reports on corona virus in Croatia, 8 people have been newly diagnosed with the disease. 1166 people have been successfully cured and 59 died, 4 more than yesterday. Although there are a fairly low number of newly diagnosed patients, it doesn’t mean that the virus disappeared. So, to reach the figure of 0 patients one day, we have to be considerate to others and to ourselves. Many countries are reverting to a normal regime in last couple of days. But, still, we should give a good example to Europe that we are capable of easing up the measures steadily like them. 

Because of the pandemic, the rate of unemployment in Spain has risen to 14% because of the pandemic. Today, the number of newly diagnosed patients has risen by 0.6% which is the lowest daily rate since the beginning of the outbreak. 301 people died on Tuesday, that’s 30 people less than the day before. WHO stated that the organization is speeding up the delivery of packages with the diagnostic tests and safety equipment.

The Latin America is a new focus for now. The WHO emphasized that, because of the epidemic, shipments with vaccines for other diseases are quieted. Paul Mulinaro, the director of the supporting department and WHO logistics emphasized that the organization has to find a solution because the international airlines for shipment delivery are currently blocked. Slovenia began analyzing blood samples which were taken for purpose of finding how many people have the corona virus in the country. Preliminary results will soon be revealed. Testing blood will hopefully prove the existence of the antibodies and will answer how many of the participants contracted the virus and how many of them didn’t knew that they had a disease. Catholic churches will resume their operations next week after a long ban of organizing holy masses in front of the congregation.

In the last 24 hours, only 6 new cases of the corona virus were confirmed in Serbia. Serbia continued to ease up the quarantine measures and experts are concluding that the virus is weakening. Still, the country will be in three day quarantine for the 1st of May festivities. The number of newly diagnosed patients is reducing on a daily basis. Luxembourg began the testing of the whole country’s population. This action will be done in the same time as easing up of the quarantine measures. Tests are not mandatory by law and participants can be people from Belgium, Germany and France who come to work in Luxembourg. Epidemiological institute Robert Koch states that Germany is on the good way of fighting off the virus. They appealed to the citizens to respect the measures of precaution so the country can continue a good fight against the virus. The medical officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina are satisfied with the epidemiological situation in the country since there are a fairly low number of newly diagnosed patients on a daily basis. Every part of the country organizes and conducts the testing so in the last 24 hours, 687 people have been tested and 18 people were diagnosed.

{April 27} According to the latest reports, 15 people were newly diagnosed with the corona virus in Croatia. 1288 people were cured and 5 more people died due to the complications of the virus. The total number of deaths is currently 67. Krunoslav Capak, the member of the headquarters and headmaster of the Croatian institute for public health said that the headquarters will give more elaborate instructions for the second phase of easing up the quarantine measures today or tomorrow. Answering a question about the stricter measures, Capak said that the decision depends on the ferocity of the virus spreading and that the factor are not only the newly diagnosed patients.  

Slovenian minister of economy Zdravko Počivalšek said that the decision for opening the borders for tourists in the summertime will be brought by the epidemiologists from Slovenia and Croatia. Slovenia counted 10 new cases of the coronavirus in the country and continues to ease up the quarantine measures steadily. Bosnia and Herzegovina recorded a sharp incline in daily number of corona virus cases. According to the available data, 90 people contracted the virus in the last 24 hours which is a significant rise because the daily average in the last 10 days was 30-40 people. Health and medical officials said that it is time to present some new restrictive measures.

Greece is expecting tourist in the summertime, but hotel owners fear empty hotels because the pandemic will still be apparent in July/August. Polish government announced that its hotels will be opened in the summertime. Polish government is ready to reboot the economy and presented a plan for recovering fallen businesses and industries. 12.218 cases of the corona virus were confirmed in the country and 596 people died. Russian situation is far away from stable as the number of the people contracted with the virus is nearing the figure of 100.000. 5841 people were diagnosed over the night and the figures show that Russia is now the 8th in the world by the number of the diseased patients. 108 people died in the last 24 hours which is unfortunate daily record. German ministry of the foreign affairs recommended its citizens not to travel beyond borders for some more time. The recommendation remains accurate “till the further notice, earliest till the middle of the June”   

{April 26} According to the latest reports, 9 people have been newly diagnosed with the coronavirus in Croatia. 1166 people have been successfully cured and 4 more people died, mostly elder patients with chronic diseases. The total number of deaths is now 59. From today, the work operations are allowed for all the business subjects who work in stores (the exception are the stores which operate in malls). Working time of the stores, storage houses and markets is back on the old regime which was in power before the outbreak. On Sundays, holidays and non working days, the work is allowed only for bakery stores and stores that are situated by the gas pumps.

The life is vaguely coming back to normal. But, for 3 or 4 weeks, we must carefully plan our visits to the markets and public spaces because we don’t want to bustle in the biggest crowds. Social distancing is the most important now to keep us corona free for great summer ahead.

233 people are newly diagnosed with coronavirus in Serbia and 6 more people died in the last 24 hours. 4 of those who died are inhabitants of the gerontological center in Niš where 140 people were diagnosed with coronavirus two weeks ago. Germany introduced the obligation of wearing hygienic masks in city public transport and stores. Government expects that the economy will fall by 6.3% due to the pandemic. Spanish health officials are satisfied with the epidemiological situation in the country and they advise people to follow the establish rules of social distancing. Although the rate of virus spreading is below 1%, the number of deaths and newly diagnosed patients raised on Monday. 331 people died today and yesterday the number was 288. Bosnia and Herzegovina is preparing for further easing up of the quarantine measures after epidemiologists concluded that the virus is spreading slowly than before. Director of the institution for public health in Bosnia and Herzegovina said that the newest figures of diagnosed patients are giving little bit of hope and he emphasized that people should learn to live with the virus because it is not gone. Slovenia also has a good epidemiological situation. The number of newly diagnosed patients is reducing and government is planning to ease some quarantine measures. 83 people died so far and currently, 80 patients are situated in the hospitals, 22 of them in intensive care units. The spokesman of Vladimir Putin said that Russia expects the height of the epidemic two or three weeks from now. 87.000 people are diagnosed in Russia. Since the exponential has been recorded in the last couple of weeks, Russian government introduced strict quarantine measures in the whole country. New Zeland Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that the country successfully defeated coronavirus and the country is ready to quit some quarantine measures. 1122 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and 19 people died since the outbreak. Just one case of the virus was recorded in the last 24 hours.    

{April 25} According to the latest news of the headquarters of the civil protection, 14 people have been newly diagnosed with the coronavirus in Croatia. 1103 people have been successfully cured and one more person died in the last 24 hours. The total number of diagnosed patients in Croatia is 2030, 1103 people recovered so far. Alenka Markotić said that the situation is getting better because there are still vacant places for the patients in the clinic for infectious diseases. The president of the Croatian- Chinese cultural center and entrepreneur Liu Pilato Liying donated 20.000 hygienic masks to medical institutions of the Poreč town. The donation came from Shanghai and it was received in Opatija.

Minister Beroš said that the situation will be much easier in the summertime if we could stick to the quarantine measures for some more time. So, if we want to have a more quality life in the summer months, we should listen to the advice of the epidemiologists and live an adapted lifestyle for couple of months. Social distancing is very important.

Thousands of children in Spain are celebrating their new freedom after the government allowed them to go out in public spaces. There are about 6 million children up to 14 years who can exit their homes accompanied by their parents, but only for one hour. Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said that the schools will reopen in September. Also, as a part of easing up the quarantine measures, factory will restart their activities on May 4th. Bosnia and Herzegovina fears the new outbreak after thousands of young people socialized on the streets after they were given a freedom of moving again. After more than 30 days, moving limitations during the night are annulled. Also, government decided that collective quarantine centers are not needed anymore. People older than 65 and younger than 18 are allowed to move from their homes in specific periods of time. Positive news from Wuhan hospitals where there are no more coronavirus contracted patients. Mi Feng, spokesman of the National health commission said that the last patient that was critically ill, was cured on Friday. Commission also confirmed that there are no newly diagnosed patients in the city. French scientific commission advised the government to make a law for teenagers which will force them to wear hygienic masks when they come back to schools on May 11th. The scientific report says that professors should also wear masks and that school desks should have at least one meter of space between them. 6361 people have been newly diagnosed with coronavirus in Russia and the official number of cases is now 80.949. Most of the patients are located in Moscow, although cases of the virus are confirmed in every Russian region. In Great Britain, Boris Johnson is coming back to work after he successfully defeated coronavirus. The newest reports from hospitals say that 368 more people died of coronavirus. The total number of deaths in England, Scotland and Wales is now 18.420. The given data doesn’t include death cases in retirement homes and in other institutions.

{April 22} According to the latest statement of the civil protection headquarters, there are 1981 people with the coronavirus in Croatia, 31 more than yesterday. 869 people have been successfully cured and 50 people died, two more than yesterday after some patients died in Split.  There are some good news for the hospitals because the new shipment of medical equipment came from Shanghai. 57 tons of necessary medical things will be distributed across hospitals and medical facilities of Croatia.Many of the quarantine measures will be eased up in the upcoming weeks. But still, the responsible behavior on public spaces is a number one priority. Go for a walk, do some shopping but retain a social distance – it is the messaging coming from the government.

 162 people have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Serbia in the last 24 hours, 5 more people died so the total number of deaths is now 139. The situation in Slovenia is relatively stable with only 13 new cases of the virus in a single day. Fortunately, there are no new death cases and the government is planning to reboot the economy after the First of May holiday. Swedish medical officials brought some negative statistics by reporting 84 more death cases and now the total number of deaths surpassed 2000. Luckily for Russia, the number of newly diagnosed patients has fallen third day in a row. But, the Moscow Kremlin warned that the situation is still tense and isolation measures were intensified in 21 regions. One of the strategists of the Bank of England, Jan Vileghe, foresees the worst economic crisis in the country: So bad that situation like that was not seen in a couple of centuries. He said “Pandemic of COVID -19 and the measures of isolation produced a massive shock in the trading channel because people don’t work. But, the same thing goes for the channel of the demand.” Some positive news about the industry rebooting are coming from Germany where car manufacturer Volkswagen reopened their factory in Zwickau after a five week shutdown period. The factory still has active plans for introducing a new car model later this summer.  

After USA stopped financing WHO, China announced a 30 million dollar donation to that organization. Spokesman of the Chinese ministry for foreign affairs Geng Shuang said “That money is indented for preventing and controlling of the COVID-19 and to help developing countries to develop their health system”. It is expected that the leaders of the European Union will approve a big package of help for countries that were heavily impacted by the coronavirus. The 500 billion dollar package is approved after a fierce discussion between wealthier countries on the north of European Union and poorer economies on the south which struggle with the pandemic. First minister of Ireland Arlene Foster said that the country could ease up the quarantine measures in a different tempo than other European countries because the scientific and public health criterion need to be fulfilled first.    

{April 21} According to the latest report of the civil protection headquarters, 42 people have been newly diagnosed in Croatia, 869 people recovered from the disease and 48 died. There are no new deaths since yesterday. Easing up of the quarantine measures will be conducted in three phases starting from April 27th. Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that the details of the measures will be elaborated tomorrow after a government meeting. Minister of the education Blaženka Divjak said that the government will come up with a conclusion about the planned school activities and that includes setting a date for schools reopening.

134 patients died in Serbia in the last 8 weeks including 4 new deaths. 48.636 people have been tested and 7.114 people were registrated as patients with the disease. Authorities in Hercegovačko – Neretvanska county will decide about easing up the quarantine measures after the first of May festivities. The new regime will probably allow people to have a bigger freedom of moving in public spaces. Minister of health in Bosnia and Herzegovina Vjekoslav Mandić said that the incline of the number of the diseased people is still under control and moderate. But, he emphasized that it is still too early for making predictions about the end of the epidemic. In Germany, the first clinical testing of the coronavirus vaccine has been approved. The institute of Paul Ehrlich made the public statement and emphasized. “Trying the possible vaccines is an important step in creating a safe and successful vaccine against COVID-19 for citizens of Germany and everyone else”. Great Britain is also planning to start testing the virus on humans in the upcoming weeks. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced the government will ease up the quarantine measures in the second half of May. He stated “Extending of the emergency regime should be a step towards a new phase and towards easing up of the measures. The measures will be eased when all the focal points of virus spreading will be under control and when we take care of people who come from the most impacted zones.” Greta Thunberg gave a statement during internet conference in which she emphasized that governments from around the world have a chance to go on a normal way after a crisis and they should use this isolation as a chance to discuss what kind of normal life should be around the world after we exit the quarantine.

{April 20} In the last 24 hours, there were only 10 new cases of the corona virus. Fortunately, there are no reports of the new death cases. So far, 771 people have recovered and 47 died. The number of the diseased patients in Russia is still rising and in Monday there were 4200 newly diagnosed patients. President Putin emphasized that the country is managing to control the situation, but he expects that the height is still approaching. Belgian crisis headquarters is reporting that 232 people have been hospitalized which is the lowest figure since March 19th. 62 people have died, which is the lowest figure since March 26th.

In Serbia, new medical facility for sample testing was opened. The purpose of it is to test up to 2000 samples a day so the diagnoses can be defined more quickly. The laboratories are a gift from China which sent a big package of donations to Serbia couple of days ago. Japanese doctors alarmed the government because the health system around the country became overburdened. More than 10.000 cases of the virus were confirmed in the weekend. The emergency state was declared in the whole country before. Although there are measures of precaution, 171 people died so far and there are 10.751 diagnosed patients. German region of Bavaria introduced the epidemiological measure of wearing masks on public spaces like shops and public transport. In his speech which he gave in the parliament, he said that the protection of the nose and mouth will be mandatory out in the public.

5 new cases have been confirmed in Slovenia while 3 more people have died due to the virus. The total figure of the diseased patients is 1335 while the number of deaths increased to 77. About 88 people are situated in hospitals and 26 are treated in the intensive care units. Germany began easing up of the quarantine measures. Government is now allowing smaller shops to freely operate. Car saloons and bookshops are also opened. In Spain 399 people died of corona virus in the last 24 hours, which is the smallest daily number of deaths since March 22nd. The strict antivirus measures are still in power in the whole country. Spanish government will propose an opening of the special fond for fighting coronavirus to the European Union. The fond would provide a billion and a half dollars of help to the countries who are most impacted with coronavirus. Singapore recorded new record in daily number of the new diagnoses: 1426 people. Again, new patients are mostly foreign workers who are situated in larger worker’s compounds. United Kingdom will start testing blood plasma of the patients who successfully recovered from the disease and to see if the plasma can speed up the recovery of the patients who still have the disease. Among the diseased patients in America, a new side effect was noticed. People who are fighting with the virus started to behave disoriented and some of the patients seem to be so lost they don’t even know what year it is or where there are. The observed patterns of the side effects are opening many questions about the effect of the virus on the human brain.  

Fortunately, with just 10 new cases in the last 24 hours and no new deaths, Croatia can say that the direction of the fighting with virus is good. But, still, to make few days in a row like this, the country cannot relax too much and has to continue fighting like the rest of the world. Luckily for us in Croatia, we might be back to normal life soon.

{April 19} According to the last report on corona virus in Croatia, there are 39 more patients with the disease in the country. Unfortunately, 8 more people died in the last 24 hours and the total number of deaths is now 47. 709 patients successfully recovered. Since some regions of the country have better epidemiological situation than the rest of the country, the region of Istria allowed their inhabitants to travel in that part of the country without passes. It looks like people in Croatia will be able to travel within the counties freely in following days and the economy will slowly start to bounce back.

Slovenia had 13 new cases of the virus in the last 24 hours and 4 more people died. 192 people recovered and they were released from the hospital.  Orthodox believers in Montenegro are celebrating Easter in their homes this year. Because of the measures brought by Montenegrin government, people are not allowed to leave their homes after 11 A.M. Metropolitan of the Montenegrin Orthodox Church sent a message to all believers and emphasized that the celebrations should be held to home and that such actions show responsibility to elders and members of the families.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, a dentist died because of the coronavirus infection. He is the first doctor in the country who died with that diagnose. The government expressed its satisfaction because of the current situation with the virus in the country. Herzegovina had 16 death cases so far, mostly elder people with chronic diseases.

Serbia announced the anticipated easing up of the quarantine measures. Also, president Vučić said that all adults will receive a one – time financial help of 100 euros. The freedom of walk in the public will be also increased and people will have to get to their homes one hour later, by 6 p.m.

In Great Britain, the government is still not considering the easing up of the quarantine measures. The country is on the peak or at the verge of the virus height with more than 15.000 death cases. 410 people died in Spain in the last 24 hours, which is the lowest figure in the last couple days The director of the medical team Fernando Simon gave his statement: “This is the first time that we descended bellow 500 death cases in one day. That is also 150 less than yesterday. But we should be careful because our team receives the information slowly during the weekend. But, this information gave us hope.”.

Austria is preparing for upcoming summer season and the government is even considering allowing tourists from Germany and other countries to visit them. Consideration is supported by the fact that some countries are winning the fight with corona virus. Therefore, they are in better position than others. According to the statistics, German tourists make the 30% of the total visitations during the summer season.

In China, no new death cases due to the coronavirus. 16 new cases have been confirmed, which is the lowest figure since March 17th.

Soon, there will be several regions in Croatia in which the free migration without the passes will be allowed. Regions with less number of infected people already requested allowance from government and we will find out in the upcoming days if the requests will be granted. But, since the number of new patients is decreasing every day, it is only a matter of time when we will be free to go around our regions without passes to go back to our every day routine we remember before corona virus appeared in Croatia in March.

{April 18} According to the latest report on Corona virus in Croatia, there are 1832 patients with the virus in Croatia, 18 people are newly diagnosed and there are 3 new deaths connected with the virus, 39 in total. Director of crisis headquarters Davor Božinović said that his team decided to extend quarantine measures for two more weeks.

7 more people died from the virus in Serbia and there were 304 more cases in the last 24 hours. 126 patients are connected to respirators. Currently in Serbia, there is the longest police watch so far that lasts from Friday and it will finish on Friday morning. 13 new cases have been confirmed in Slovenia and the total number is now 1317. 4 more people died in the last 24
hours. Many of the patients are workers in retirement homes and employees in hospitals. Fortunately, 190 people have been released from the hospitals after the successful recovery. Special transport lines for people who are commuting to work and back will be provided from Monday.

The member of the presidency in Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodig said that the country showed complete dysfunction in coping with the virus. He emphasized how crisis management in Bosnia and Herzegovina failed and that Serbia showed how the country as an entity can survive difficult
circumstances.

The situation in Russia intensifies as 4785 more people have been diagnosed with the virus and 40 more people have died. The future for Russia can’t be predicted although the president Vladimir Putin just recently opened a new hospital with 800 beds.

Organization Care England estimated that several thousand people died in retirement homes I Great Britain due to the coronavirus. Great Britain had 888 new deaths in the last 24 hours and now there are 15. 464 deaths
in total. Several associations sent a letter to the ministry of health and asked for stricter testing procedures and more safety equipment for retirement homes. In Spain, there are more than 20.000 deaths so far. The government ordered an equalization of the criterion for recording patients with the disease and patients who died in all the regions. After the thorough investigation, the clearer picture of the country’s state will be seen.

The decision that legendary Tour De France race will still be organized was
heavily criticized by the Scottish epidemiologist Devi Sridhar who said that the organization will be disaster. He sees the problem in fans that will come from various parts of the world and will spread across the France. The original dates of the race were set in the June and July but it was postponed after Emanuel Macron banned all the mass gatherings till the middle of the July.


Unfortunately, many of the deceased patients were users of the retirement homes. So, if you can, find a better way to make contact with your parents in this crisis period. Give them a call or send them a text but if you are in risk category and showing the initial symptoms of the disease, don’t visit them for some time.

{April 17} The latest report by government and medical officials says that there are 23 new cases of the corona virus in Croatia. It is the lowest figure since March 20th. The number of deaths is increased to 35 after a middle aged woman died in Osijek. Everyday there are more and more of those who successfully recovered from the disease and now there are 529 of them. Minister of health Vili Beroš said that the unusually lower number of new cases isn’t a reason for easing up the quarantine measures. He said “We will not estimate the situation on the basis of the new cases. There are numerous other elements we have to consider before we start to ease up quarantine measures.”

The officials in Serbia announced that hospitals will start to treat the patients with blood plasma of the patients that had been cured of corona virus before. Serbia officially began a big national campaign under the name “Donate plasma, save someone’s life”. One more patient died recently and 14 more people have been diagnosed to virus.

Crisis headquarters In Belgium reported the state in the country by presenting figures about the total number of deaths. More than 5.000 people died so far and there are 36.138 cases of the disease. Some positive news are coming from Italy where the legendary car manufacturer Ferrari announced that it is beginning to produce respirator parts that will help the hospitals in fighting the virus. Family Agnelli who owns the Ferrari, Fiat and Juventus football club provided 10 million euros for financing numerous medical parts and equipment. European parliament is probably going to vote on Friday for the new package of financial help. The purpose of the help is to finance the medical facilities and hospitals. The value of the package is estimated to 60 billion euros.

No new cases have been reported in Herzegovina and the elder woman died in the Mostar hospital. Crisis headquarters of Bosnia and Herzegovina announced that the restrictive quarantine measures will be prolonged till April 30th to prevent the virus spreading. The police watch is still in power and also the complete ban of public moving for people bellow the 18 years of age and for those who are older than 65. European commission introduced the new way of financial back up for those who are making their living in agriculture. Up to 70% of the lost revenue will be provided for direct paying and to 85% to support the rural development.

The national institute for public health in Slovenia stated that the epidemic is showing signs of slowing down in the country. 35 people have been diagnosed with the disease recently and 5 more people died. 190 patients have been released from the hospitals so far and 95 are still hospitalized. Germany also claims that the epidemic is under control although there are 3380 new cases of the disease, according to the Robert Koch institute. That indicates an infection growth rate of 2.7%. But, that’s still well under 34.5%, a rate that was calculated on March 19th. In 3 or 4 weeks, Germans will have an opportunity to download an app for indicating corona virus. Every time someone comes in contact with the diseased person, they will get a notification on their phone. In Great Britain, quarantine will extend for three more weeks and the London mayor advised the government to make a law that will force the people to wear safety masks in public. Clinical testing of the experimental medicament Remdesivir showed promising results. Many patients who were treated with the same medicament recovered and they were released home. 

The world begun to develop and to implement some experimental medicines. Some proved to be more successful, some less. But, it could take months before the real vaccine that will empower organism comes to the market. In that period, we should take every precaution and avoid social gathering as much as possible.

{April 16} The last report on corona virus in Croatia says that there are 1791 people with the virus in Croatia. There are 50 new cases, 529 people have been cured and 35 died of complications.

Serbian government confirmed 4 new deaths in the last 24 hours. The current total amount of death cases is 103 while 445 were just recently diagnosed with the virus. Third day in the row, the number of the contracted patients surpassed the number of 400. 128 people are connected to respirators.

Italian region of Lombardy will reboot economic activities from fourth of May. First person of the region Attilo Fontana announced on his Facebook profile “We initiated the program for rebooting the economy on fourth of May”. It is the day when Lombardy is annulling quarantine measures.

Sweden is still having bad corona virus figures as 130 people died in the last 24 hours and there are 613 new diagnoses. Indian government decided to punish people who spit on public places. The number of the patients with the disease surpassed 12.000. Slovenia counted 21 new case of the corona virus in the last 24 hours and not a single person died in that period. The retirement homes are still the centers of the virus and government thinks that the epidemic passed its height. 61 people died so far and the total number of diseased patients is 1269.  

The government of Great Britain decided to extend the isolation period since the total number of deaths surpassed 13.000. The minister of health Matt Hancock thinks that it is still too early to cut off the quarantine measures in the country. In Russia, 232 people died because of the disease and the government confirmed new 3448 cases of the virus. The Association of Czech tourist agencies proposed the idea for creating special air and road corridors for healthy tourists to spare them from two week isolation.   

{April 15} The latest report on coronavirus says that there are 37 new cases totaling 1741 patients with the disease in Croatia, 34 people died and 473 have been cured. Soon it will be month from introducing the quarantine regime in Croatia. But, as the situation remains potentially dangerous for everyone, government decided to extend the period of quarantine but some measures will ease up next week. We are still unsure of exact measure that will remain active but we are all eagerly waiting to see next steps the government implements.

In Italy, another day passed with lesser number of new virus cases. 578 people died and 2667 people contracted the virus. In Serbia, 408 new cases have been confirmed and another 5 people lost their lives. Government came to an agreement with Serbian Orthodox Church about Easter festivities as they decided to advise people to stay at their homes during the holiday. In Herzegovina, medical workers and officials are encouraged by the lower number of newly diagnosed patients which indicates that the virus is slowly retreating. More than 1100 patients are diagnosed with coronavirus in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After medical testing in Sarajevo, it was concluded that 14 more people are positive to the disease. Banja Luka has 5 new cases and the total number of deaths is currently 41.

Ministry of economy in Germany made a prediction about the recovery of the country. They announced that the economy will start its ascending in the second part of the year. Northern regions of the country decided to extend the quarantine period till the beginning of the May. The quarantine measures will still include a ban of the mass gatherings and traveling on longer routes. Contacts between people will still be limited. According to the medical officials, there are more than 3000 death cases of coronavirus in Germany and 285 people died due to the complications of the virus in the last 24 hours.

Russia confirmed 3388 new cases of the virus, a new infamous record since the outbreak. The official number of coronavirus cases is 24.490. Unfortunately, 198 people died so far from the virus. American doctors proposed a new way of saving life of people who were diagnosed with the virus. The method includes turning the diseased patient on his stomach because the position can provide them with much needed amount of oxygen. American scientist analyzed the current situation and predicted that the measures of social distancing for USA people will be needed till 2022 – we hope that is not the case. That includes staying at home and closing the schools.

Denmark is reopening schools, kindergartens and nurseries. After a progress in fighting the coronavirus, many young children will return to their schools and we shall see if that was the best move after few weeks. Restaurant, coffee shops, theaters and cinemas will remain closed till May 10th. China reports lower number of cases in comparison to yesterday. According to the report of the Chinese ministry of health, there were 46 new cases. Day earlier there were 89 of them. Of 46 cases, 36 is connected with persons who came back from foreign countries.

World health organization warned the world about the danger of the many fake medications on the market that presumably cure coronavirus. WHO warned that using of those medications can cause long lasting side effects and serious consequences.

{April 14} According to the government’s report on corona virus in Croatia, 54 more people were diagnosed with the disease at the end of the day/ The current number of those who contracted the virus is 1704. Unfortunately, there were also 6 new deaths. The situation is Serbia is still far away from being under control. 9 more people died in the last 24 hours and there are 411 newly diagnosed patients which is a great jump in just one day.

Good and bad news are coming from Italy. Although, 602 people died in the last 24, the number of newly diagnosed patients is 2972 which is the lowest figure in one month of time. Also, so far, 37.130 have been successfully cured. In Great Britain: 778 patients died of corona virus in the last 24 hours and the total number of deaths is now 12.107. Meanwhile, Denmark and Island decided to steadily ease up the quarantine measures by reopening the schools and universities. Although, there will still be restrictive measures in power. Organized gatherings are still limited, but the number of allowed people in one place inclined from 20 to 50. Nearby Sweden is suffering last few weeks. More than 1000 death cases have been confirmed. The only measure that the country implemented is banning the gatherings of 50 or more people in one place. But since the situation is critical, looks like the new decision will have to be put in force.

To touch base on the economy of European Union, Council of the European Union decided to make a re-balance of the budget for 2020 due to corona virus pandemic. The most of the financial assets were approved for buying medical supplies, distribution of crucial resources, field hospitals and transport of the patients that are situated over the borders. However, there are many funds in place that will help all EU businesses survive this crisis. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the constitution court will make a decision next week about the complaints of their citizens. Many citizens appealed to the court because they think their rights have been breached after the government decided to ban their socializing in public spaces.

Over hundred politicians and activists from Europe, Australia and USA decided to sign an opened letter which criticized The Chinese Communist party for covering up the real proportion of epidemic in Wuhan. Those who signed the letter emphasized the general culture of fear which was the main reason for covering up the real proportions of the epidemic in Wuhan. The letter stated that “The origins of the epidemic can be found in covering up the epidemic in Wuhan”. Meanwhile in Peking, the city officials confirmed that none of the travelers who returned from Wuhan have coronavirus. China is making stricter controls after many travelers who returned from foreign countries were tested positive on coronavirus. The Japanese island of Hokkaido is currently facing the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic. After the successful fight against the first wave, government eased up the antivirus measures. Hokkaido was the first region in Japan that was heavily impacted by the virus.

The International monetary fund announced that it will give financial assets to 25 poor world countries to pay their debts more easily and to beat the epidemic eventually. This measure enables countries to pay 6 rates of debt to the monetary fund so they can focus better on fighting the epidemic in their countries. Many countries around the world are still fighting the virus, but also, in some states the situation improves. So government is easing up the measures to return in the remotely normal state. Some poor countries received a support from monetary fund to pay their debts and to focus their efforts on fighting the virus. The top height of the disease isn’t reach in many of the countries yet. We sincerely hope that the worst wave of the virus will avoid those countries and that the life will return back to normal soon.

{April 13} Since yesterday, there are 50 new patients with corona virus in Croatia. Two more people died in Split and the current total number of patients in Croatia is 1650. Fortunately, the number of recovered patients is bigger and bigger with every new day. In Italy, new 566 death cases since yesterday and the total number of deaths surpassed 20.000. Meanwhile, the director of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus commented decisions of several countries who decided to ease the quarantine measures. He said he supports the planned actions, but thinks that countries should make further decisions “slowly and with control”. In Turkey, president Erdogan announced that the country is introducing police watch from the next week. The same thing was done last weekend and the decision will be implemented again to stop the virus spreading. The police watch included 31 cities, Istanbul too.

Germany: Scientists are advising government to consider easing up the quarantine regime so that the everyday life could steadily come back to normal. Measures include reopening of the schools, kindergartens, restaurants and shops. Precondition for the action is keeping the safety distance on public places, keeping the hygiene and wearing safety masks around other people. Minister of health in Austria said that the country entered a crucial phase in fighting the virus this week. He called the Austrian people and asked them to be wise in this difficult and significant phase of fighting the virus and not to ruin the progress that country made during the quarantine. In Spain, many of the construction and industry workers retook their work positions on Monday which indicates slightly better situation in country’s fight with coronavirus.

The number of new cases in Slovenia is declining, but government decided not to ease the quarantine measures yet. In South Korea, government confirmed that at least 116 people were diagnosed again with coronavirus after they successfully battled the disease. Although the government officials announced earlier that they will ease up the quarantine measures, seems like they will be retained for some more time. China confirmed the biggest number of coronavirus cases in the last two weeks which happened because a big number of Chinese people returned from foreign countries. 108 new case have been confirmed on Sunday, which is 99 more than on Sunday. To stop the second wave of the disease, Chinese towns that are on the border with Russia announced that they will introduce stricter border controls and define a quarantine of 28 days for everyone who will come from foreign countries.

Seems like situation in Croatia is under control, although many people feel agitated in isolation. The government is announcing milder quarantine measures so that people could rejoin their old life habits. But, in many countries, the situation with coronavirus is still at the height and experts don’t know how and when the whole thing will improve. Looks like we will have to wait and get used to life with social restrictions due to corona virus until the cure finally arrives.  

{April 12} The latest report on coronavirus in Croatia says that there are 66 new patients with the virus in Croatia. Unfortunately, two elder patients died in the clinic for infectious disease. Good news is that the number of recovered patients is rising. There were 50 recoveries in one day and the total number is now 373.

431 patients died in one day in Italy and now there are 19.468 people who died because of the disease since the outbreak. To help the hospitals and medical facilities, 50 tons of medical and safety equipment arrived from Shanghai by a plane. It is the biggest delivery of the medical equipment so far and there will be several more in the upcoming weeks. In Serbia, there were 6 death cases in the last 24 hours and 250 new cases have been confirmed. France began the action of disembarkation of the sailors from the aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle. The carrier entered in the Port in Toulon because the sailors contracted coronavirus. President Aleksandar Vučić emphasized “It is tremendously important to lower the number of patients on respirator and to increase the number of those who are situated on the Fair (temporary hospital for those with the milder form of the disease). There is another report of a death case in Montenegro where a man died after a battle with the disease. In clinical center of Podgorica, 21 patients are situated. In Great Britain, The Prime minister was released from the hospital for a home recovery. Johnson said “I can’t thank enough the medical stuff, I owe them my life”. In Germany, the Prime Minister of the region North Rhine – Westphalia presented a report about the possible action of the measure cancelling. He said it is only possible if the health system isn’t going to be overburdened. The president of the European commission Ursula von der Lynden expressed her hope for the coronavirus vaccine. She thinks that the vaccine will be ready till the end of the year and that the biggest chances for discovery are on the side of the two scientific teams in Europe. Medical testing of the vaccine should start soon. Some good news are coming from South Korea and China. There are no new deaths in neither of the countries. Although, the leader of North Korea is demanding more strict antivirus measures.

It is Easter day and the holiday routine is changed for many people around the world. People were forced to stay at home and organize their festivities in the narrow circle of guests. We sincerely hope that people were obeying the guidelines of social distancing. Regarding that, have a nice time at your homes these days. Stay strong, happy and safe.    

{April 11} According to the government’s report on Coronavirus in Croatia, there are 1534 people with the diagnosis in Croatia. Fortunately, today were no new deaths in Croatia, the total of 323 people recovered and there are 33 new cases. That is a much smaller figure than yesterday. Minister of civil security Davor Božinović gave an important message for upcoming Easter: “Maybe it will sound harsh, but I would like to advise people not to visit their parents, not to socialize with other people and not to call guests to their homes.” According to the latest report, there are more than 10.000 people with the Corona virus and 887 died due to the complications of the disease in Sweden. The main problem in the country is that there were no restrictive measures. Although, the virus is spreading rapidly, many of the restaurants and coffee shops are still opened, schools and kindergartens too.

Meanwhile, USA surpassed Italy in number of deaths. 19.468 people died and there are 152.271 patients with the diagnosis. It has been announced that all the schools in New York will be closed till the end of the year. City management had a plan to open the schools on April 20th but the action was postponed because New York became the center of the epidemic in USA. 278 new cases of the disease were recorded in Serbia. Three more people died in the last 24 hours. 145 people are connected to a respirator. Serbia is currently going through 60 hour quarantine that began on Friday and it will last till Monday. Director of the Slovenian clinic “Golnik” that it will take several years for Slovenian people to develop immunity on Coronavirus. Austrian chancellor is reaching out to people and calling them to stay at their homes and to keep the distance will walking in public spaces. “Stay at home, give up on meetings with friends and family so we can easily control the coronavirus”  In Great Britain, Boris Johnson continues to recover although his doctors said that his recovery is still at the beginning. Spain recorded another day with fewer number of death cases. On Saturday, 510 people died, which is the lowest figure in the 19 days. The government decided to allow industry and construction workers return to their jobs. South Korea decided to try a new way of following isolated patients. People who will breach quarantine measures will be given special electronic mittens that track movements.

The Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said that this action is needed because of the numerous people who disrespect quarantine measures. In China, there are 46 new cases of the disease, a few more than yesterday. The government is easing up the restrictions and it in the same time, keeping the needed prohibition to stop the second wave of the virus.

{April 10} Last report on Corona virus in Croatia stated that there are 88 newly diagnosed patients in the country. The total number is now 1495 and, fortunately, there are also 231 people who recovered from the disease. The Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković that there is still no need to declare the emergency regime in the whole country.  He also added that he will support the workers, entrepreneurs, citizens and the whole economy in the upcoming weeks. The Great Britain is still in horrible state with almost 1000 new death cases. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues to recover and he can briefly walk in his hospital room.  The total number of deaths in Great Britain is now 8958.  The minister of health Matt Hancock said “Behind every number, there is a person and also a family who will never be the same again”. The neighbor island of Ireland decided to extend the quarantine measures till May the 5th.

So far, Ireland had 263 death cases and the number of patients with the disease is bigger than 6000. Ireland closed their schools on March the 12th and from March the 27th, citizens were ordered not to leave their homes if they don’t have good reasons. Italy also extended the national quarantine to the 3rd of May. The positive trend of newly cured patients continued in Austria where the number of people who recovered from Corona is bigger than the number of those. The Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz emphasized “Stay at home, the virus is still not beaten. Stay at home so we can go back to normal state after the Easter.” The situation in Spain improves again. In Friday, there were 605 new death cases, which is the lowest number in one day since March the 24th. The director of the government’s health service said that the curve of the decease patients and newly diagnosed ones begins to stabilize. So far, 15.483 people died. It is a figure that makes Spain the third country in the world by number of deaths. The number of deaths in Belgium tripled in 8 days. Most death cases were recorded in retired homes in Flanders and. Now there is total of 3019 deceased patients since the beginning of the epidemic.

One of the biggest taxi services in the world, Uber, decided to send millions of hygienic mask to all of their drivers to stop the spreading of the pandemic. China recorded 42 new cases of the virus. It has been established that 38 cases were diagnosed after certain Chinese travelers came back home from foreign countries.

Many countries are preparing to ease Quarantine measures after Easter. But, since people have the need to migrate between locations for various reasons, it could happen that the quarantine extends to June or even July. Unfortunately, the reasons for that are many unnecessary social contacts that will be initiated during Easter time. So, we sincerely hope that socializing will be held in small circles all around the world.  

{April 9} The latest report on Corona virus in Croatia says that 1407 people are diagnosed with the disease. There is 64 new patients, 20 people died and 219 patients successfully recovered. Minister Božinović said that the majority of reopened markets are respecting strict epidemiological measures and they expect measures to ease up after Easter as planned. However, there is a certain number of stores and markets that disrespect the measures, minister said that those places will be closed until further notice. He added that the teams of civil protection are controlling risky places and, if necessary, they will be shut down or advised that the workers start implementing hygienic safety measures given by the government. Since the Croatian state of economy is in constant decline, the World Bank predicts that the Croatia is on their way to serious recession but on the other hand EU is planning launching programs to save the economy and local businesses so we will have to be patient and see what will happen in the near future.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, the member of the presidency Milorad Dodik said that only rigorous measures can stop the virus spreading there. He announced that the unlimited police watch will be introduced in the following days. Bosnia and Herzegovina currently has 850 cases of the Corona virus with Banja Luka as a city with the biggest number of diseased patients. Montenegrin government brought the newest decision about moving on public spaces. The government forbids the prolonged staying on public places in companies of more then 2 people. So, if people want to come out, they will have to go alone. Many Montenegrins were seen on public places last couples of days so the government had to do something to put them under control.

Another sad day for Italy where 100th doctor died due to the complications of COVID-19. Doctors and nurses are very vulnerable group of potential patients because there is a lack of medical and safety equipment in hospitals. In Great Britain, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still in the ICU but, reportedly, his condition continues to improve. Earlier in Thursday afternoon, British ministers had video conference to discuss further antivirus strategy. Overall, the government persists on the measures of distancing, especially in this Easter period.

In Russia, 1459 more people have been diagnosed with the virus and now there are more than 10 000 people with the diagnosis in the country. Total number of deaths is 76 which is somewhat lower in comparison with other big world countries. In Spain, the number of deaths continues to decline. In Thursday, 683 people died which is lower than the previous two days. The Prime minister said that “The fire is controlled little by little”. Australia is trying to keep low number of diagnosed patients. The government announced rigorous fines for those who will leave their homes during the Easter. In special Easter message, the prime minister said “This Easter, we have to stay at home. Don’t travel, don’t go anywhere”. The China fears the new epidemic wave although the virus spreading is seemingly under control. Every day is more and more asymptomatic cases of the disease. More than 1000 have been recorded in just a couple of days. Just another reason why it is important we all follow the rules and stay home.

Another day of virus oscillations in the world with the worst cases in Russia and USA. The Easter will represent the new challenge for people who will have to decide if they are going to stay at home or will they migrate between places to visit their loved ones. The risk is huge, especially in countries with the big number of contracted patients. Also, there is a potentially big risk for countries with the low number of cases. So, if they don’t want to put their country into bigger danger, they will have to stay at home.   

{April 8} According to the latest report on Corona virus in Croatia, 61 more people have been diagnosed with the disease in the country. 19 of the patients died and fortunately, 179 people have been successfully cured. Luckily, this is third day in a row showing decrease in new corona virus cases.

The situation in Italy is better by every day, but still far away from a stable state. 542 people died in the last 24 hours and there are 3836 newly diagnosed patients. Some good news was given by the minister of economy Darko Horvat who announced that Croatia is preparing a producing of the first Croatian respirator. Serbia is another country that had a decline in the number of the newly diagnosed patients. In the last 24 hours, there were 219 of them. In comparison, 247 people were diagnosed from Monday to Tuesday. The president Aleksandar Vučić announced the stricter antivirus regime to finally cut out the spreading of the virus.

The officials in Herzegovina are preparing similar measures to stop the virus. They announced a complete prohibition of moving between counties until further notice. Part of the medical equipment which was meant to go in Balkan countries, yesterday arrived in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 183 people have the disease and 9 people died in the COVID-19 hospital in Mostar.

Russia is struggling with the number of the newly diagnosed patients. The officials gave the new report which states that there are 1.175 more people with the disease overnight. The total number of the diseased patients is 8.672 now. Slovenia is struggling with a big number of patients who are situated in intensive care units. There is a daily decline of newly diagnosed patients but the number of deaths reached 40 and new 111 people have been hospitalized and 35 of them are in ICU. A certain incline in the number of deaths is making problems for Spain these days. 757 people died on Wednesday, 14 more than the day before. The government is considering annulling of the antivirus measures after the country exit the quarantine. But, since the disastrous situation continues, the annulling will most likely be postponed.

The mayor of London said that the city is still not ready for quitting the measures of the quarantine. He emphasized that the top-height of the virus outbreak is still about one and a half week away. Boris Johnson is still in ICU and his condition is unchanged. Deputy of the health minister said about the Johnson’s condition: “He is feeling good. He is stable and in a good mood”. In Chinese Wuhan, many people are still traumatized because of the recent virus. Reports are saying that the economy suffered a lot in a last few months and many people are afraid to leave their homes. However, the rest of the world can look at them as winners and take their example to fight against the virus.

The situation in the world is far away from perfect, but many countries recorded a decline in the number of patients. Some of the countries are planning to ease up quarantine measures so the life could slowly go back to normal. But, since the situation is oscillating day by day, such actions are not advised bu WHO and each country will have to be very cautious so we do not have second outbreaks. If people will relax too much and socialize in inappropriate moments, the virus could spread even more or come back in areas where it is luckily gone.    

{April 7} The latest report on Corona virus said that there are 1282 cases of corona virus in Croatia. 167 people have been cured, but also, 2 more people died. 36 people are severely ill and they are recovering on respirators. Since the number of new cases is stagnating, government expects that the markets will be reopened till Easter. Ministry of economy, entrepreneurship and trade announced that it will present two new financial instruments to assure liquidity for entrepreneurs in the period after the Corona virus. Good job from Croatian government.

In the meantime, Spain is considering an idea of a universal income to help those who lost their jobs after the virus outbreak. The situation in Serbia is somewhat better than yesterday, but still, several patients died and there are 247 more people that are diagnosed with the disease. In Slovenia, there is also a fewer number of newly diagnosed patients. There are fortunately no new death cases and the number of recovered patients is constantly rising. Now there are 114 of them.

Since there is a big mortality in Herzegovina, epidemiologist from Mostar compared the situation from the region with a big number of deaths in China.  Two more death cases have been confirmed when two elder women succumbed to the disease. One of them was a nun from Međugorje. Minister of protection Fahrudin Radončić advised people from the country who are currently abroad that they postpone their return home. If they decide to come back, the strict quarantine will be appointed for them.

The situation in Sweden escalated in just 24 hours. More than 100 people died from the virus. The country is counting 591 deaths and there are 7693 people with the disease. Since the antivirus measures were quite mild, the government should consider new methods of fighting the virus. In Britain, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still critical in the intensive care unit. The government in Italy published horrendous facts about mortality among doctors and nurses. 24 doctors and 26 nurses died because of the virus complications. Although many of the prominent medical facilities are located on the north of country, the lack of appropriate equipment contributed greatly to the number of deaths. America counted more than 10.000 deaths so far. Although the initial analysis said that there will be more than half a million deaths, experts are now saying that the number will be much lower. China gave some reason for optimism after the news that there were no new deaths for the first time since 19th of January. The country is getting ready to cancel the remained quarantine measures and announce win over COVID-19.

{April 6} Officials issued the newest report on COVID-19. According to them, 40 new people have been diagnosed with the corona virus in Croatia. 36 people are connected to the respirator, 130 successfully recovered and one more person died in the clinic for infectious diseases. Another region introduced the “drive –in testing”. Now, everyone who wants to be tested can do that in Zabok hospital.  

Among the world countries, the situation in Britain is still not under control as 439 people died in the last 24 hours. 51 608 has the disease diagnose including the Prime Minister Boris Johnson who was hospitalized for precautionary reasons. Italy reported about the significant decline in number of newly diagnosed patients. Today, there are 3599 of them and yesterday, the number was 4316. Fortunately, 22.837 people were successfully cured. The Croatia’s neighbor country Serbia is showing no signs of virus retreat as 7 more patients died because of the virus and 292 more people are newly diagnosed. The virus infiltrated in the institute for cardiovascular diseases and now there are 67 of doctors and medical stuff with the virus. In Bosnia & Herzegovina, two more people died due to the complications of the virus. Epidemiologists are strictly advising older people to stay at home because they are most vulnerable group of potential patients. 

In America, chaos intensifies every day and the newest problem is shortage of medical equipment in hospitals. More than 4000 people have died in New York. Multimillionaire Bill Gates said that he is investing in scientific facilities that are finding a cure for COVID-19. He thinks that the vaccine should be globally available faster then usual.  Hungary decided to push up the fallen economy with big investment injection to help companies recover from the consequences of the Corona virus. The investment is worth between 18% and 20% of the national GDP. Sweden recorded drastic incline in the number of patients in the last 24 hours. Now there are 376 diagnosed patients and 76 people died due to the complications. Slovenian epidemiologists are analyzing the current situation and came to conclusion that the country nearly avoided the “Italian scenario”. 30 people died because of the virus and 1021 people were diagnosed with the disease. Japan is preparing for a new period of crisis since 378 more people have been diagnosed with the disease in the last 24 hours.

Even though we see positive effects from the measures we all must be careful with lightening them so the virus does not come back. We are all very helpful that the warmer weather will stop the spread of the virus and that summer will still be open for travel. Many travel companies are supporting initiative: ‘Stay home and save the summer’.

{April 5} According to the daily report of national ministry of health and civil protection, 56 new cases of Corona virus have been confirmed. Unfortunately, there were also 3 new deaths in Zadar, Dubrovnik and Osijek. All the deceased patients were people of older age and they had some prior chronic illnesses. The height of the epidemic could reach its peak in 2 or 3 weeks. Afterwards, it could show sign of slowing down. The good news is that the number of people who recovered from the disease is getting bigger every day and now there are 125 of them. Some of the patients are young people bellow the 20 years of age but they are mostly in good condition. Minister of financial businesses Zdravko Marić said that Croatia will have to go in debt to cover the 3 months period of economy blockage. The debt values 75 billion kunas, little over 10 bilion USD.

Situation in Serbia is getting worse every day. In the last 24 hours, there were new 7 deaths and 284 new cases of the disease. The current number of patients who contracted the virus is 1908. The government brought the decision of erecting the temporary hospital on the terrain of Beograd fair so most of the patients are situated there. In Herzegovina, the biggest rise of the new patients number was in the area of Livno. County hospital in Livno is poorly equipped with respirators and other medical machines and the officials asked donators for financial support in this difficult times.

Minister of health in Italy said that the government is bringing up a plan on controlled opening of the borders for the period when the virus retreats. He said that the government is developing the methods for in – house treatment so that more people can recover at their homes. He added that the government is planning to open specialized hospitals for treatment of the COVID -19. Austria is preparing a plan for quitting the quarantine measures after the Easter. He said that the Easter period is a crucial moment for country and the moment of truth whether the situation will slowly turnaround into better conditions.  According to the analysis, America has the biggest number of patients with the virus in the world with New York as the biggest spreading point.

Italy is finally showing signs of virus retreat, but the number of the deaths is still very high. Although many patients in Croatia are recovering, two bad days are behind the country with 7 deaths of the old people. Croatia will have to spend some more time in quarantine after the Easter, but in May, the situation will hopefully progress to normal state.  Currently, April 30th is the day when Croatia plans all to go back to normal – we shall see if that will happen and mostly it depends how well the people will follow all the restrictions put out by the government.

{April 4} The latest report of Corona virus in Croatia says that 47 more people contracted the virus in the last 24 hours. Good news is that there are 27 more patients who were successfully cured, but unfortunately. Minister of health said that the next 2 weeks are crucial and that they will determine in which way Croatia goes in fighting the virus afterwards. In addition to that statement, director of Croatian institute for public health Krunoslav Capak reminded on fact that the possibility of passing the virus is still very high. He advised people to stay at home as a precaution. Although the spring weather is calling us all out, the danger of passing the virus is still very big, Vili Beroš emphasized. Many of the people who went abroad for work are coming back in the upcoming days and the quarantine will be mandatory for them. To connect people better with hospitals and medical centers, Zagreb electric tram announced the new bus lines which will operate from Monday onward. The transport will be possible for passengers only if they have valid pass issued by the headquarters of civil protection.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, 7th victim of Corona virus. Medical officials are afraid that the virus spreading can progress in the upcoming weeks. Serbia is showing no signs of recovery. In the last 24 hours, there were 5 new deaths and 148 new cases of the virus. A new police watch was introduced which is in power from Saturday to Monday. Director of the clinic for infectious diseases Goran Stevanović said that the number of deaths would be much higher if the strict measures weren’t put on force.  Austria recorded considerable decline in number of newly diagnosed patients. Currently, there are 11.781 people with the virus in the country. 186 people unfortunately died. Minister of health Rudolf Anschober said that the measures that were put in power showed success in fighting off the virus. In Great Britain, government brought the decision of extending the quarantine to the end of the May. Since more than 42.000 people are diagnosed with the virus in the country, the decision is rational. So far, there have 4313 death cases in the country with 707 new diagnoses of the disease since Friday. In Italy, there were 651 more deaths in the last 24 hours, which is somewhat lower than the other days. Despite the mortality decline, medical and government officials emphasized that the fight against the virus is still not over. The situation in Slovenia is still very problematic because the number of the patients with the disease is nearly 1000. It is somewhat lesser number than in Croatia, but the number of deaths is higher, 22. These days, Slovenian parliament accepted the proposition for the “first aid” packet of help for the economy worth 3 billion Euros. The packet covers the period from the beginning of the epidemic to 30th of May so the economy can rebooted again.

Croatia is the second best country in the world in a fight against corona virus

Superintendent of the clinic for infectious diseases, Alemka Markotić commented on the current situation of the Corona virus spreading. She said “The crucial thing is an adequate organization for areas and region which are affected by the virus. I believe in good organization and that responsible people are keeping the number of patients in control. Virus came to the south of the country.  The south was a vanguard in every aspect of life: Sports, culture… We are all sure it be vanguard in fighting the virus. Markotić gave her approximation in predicting the height of the virus in Croatia. “The virus could show the signs of stagnation in regions which are not affected by the virus in the upcoming weeks. Measures that were put in power showed good signs for recovery.” Croatia currently holds a prestigious status as the second best country in the world in virus fighting efficiency. Markotić revealed why is Croatia so well-organized: “I don’t want to comment if others are fighting good or bad. The second place, just behind the Japan, is something we are very satisfied with. We are one of the first that implemented the testing for the virus. 27 days of the testing went underway and not a single person was tested positive. We immediately spotted the first signs of the disease. We also had some luck because the virus didn’t went through the health institutions. Gradually and reasonably, we presented the measures so the people can accept them as something normal, never in a malicious way. I think that’s the very reason why our system was so successful, with all due respect for the actions of our citizens. “

{April 3} Latest official report about Corona virus in Croatia says that 68 more people contracted the virus in the last 24 hours. Now, there is 1079 people with the diagnosis and the 8th person died from the virus. 92 people recovered from the virus, that’s 4 more than yesterday. Union of free syndicates of Croatia proposed a suggestion that employers should shorten the working time for their employees so that their jobs can be protected. Initially, European commission made a proposal and its purpose is to help employers to overcome the harsh economic crisis that is looming on the horizon.

Slovenia had 4 new death cases and now is counting 934 people who contracted the virus. So far, the country made approximately 25.000 tests for the virus. No new deaths were reported in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Although, the number of people who contracted the virus is 543, 10 more than yesterday.

United States of America is currently the country which is most affected with the virus. 245.573 people contracted the virus, 6058 died from it and 9228 people successfully recovered. Italian officials said that the epidemic reached its height and that an extra effort is required to lower the number of new cases and new deaths. Despite the stagnation of the virus, 766 people died from the virus in the last 24 hours. Great Britain is putting its best effort in fighting the virus by erecting a huge field hospital in London so the patients can be adequately put in the care. After the harsh critics that medical institutions failed to make sufficient number of tests, Great Britain decided to tenfold the number of tests. The height of the virus is expected on the 12th of April. Spain: In the last 24 hours, 7472 new cases have been confirmed and there were 932 more deaths.

We can see that many people are still effected by the corona virus but the situation is stabilizing in Europe and there are decline periods ahead of us, many scientists confirmed. Even though many country’s medical systems are overloaded still due to the fact new cases rise each day, most of the Europe says they do see positive signs of stagnation due to repressive measures they all implemented in previous weeks. Mostly those measures included restrictions of social gatherings and overall measures stopping any unneeded social interaction. Europe is hoping that positive and slight signs such as decrease in new cases and eventually decrease in new deaths will

{April 2} According to the latest report, there are 1011 people with the COVID-19 corona virus in Croatia. 7 people died and 88 were cured. Fortunately, in comparison to yesterday, the number of newly diagnosed patients is reduced by more than a half. Since many of the Croatian people who went abroad are coming back in Croatia for Easter holidays, they will have to be put in quarantine and the government is very strict about the measures and rules for those who decide to get back despite the situation.

Some cities in Croatia started implementing “drive in” testing so the people who want to be tested to the virus can do that in the car.  Firstly, it was opened in Zagreb and now the patients can do that in Karlovac too. Davor Božinović, the minister of civil protection, said that all the quarantine measures are temporary and their suspension will be approved when the situation normalize and we have at least couple days with no new cases Minister of demography, family, young people and social politics Vesna Bedeković emphasized that not a single institution for social work stopped working during the epidemic. She said that every person who is struggling with invalidity or some social issue is still able to use the services of the institution.  

The situation in Serbia is showing constant increase in new cases each day. In the last 24 hours, 3 more people died from the virus and there were 111 more new diagnoses. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, there are more than 500 patients with the Corona virus at this moment.

Italy recorded the smallest number of newly contracted patients so far. Although, mortality is still horrendous because 760 people died in the last 24 hours. The governor of Lombardy shared his optimism by saying that the total number of deaths and newly diagnosed people will be even more reduced in couple of days. In Russia, Vladimir Putin proclaimed that the whole April will be non – working to influence people to stay at home. In addition, he said that the paychecks will be given on time. Another notorious record for Spain where 950 people died in the last 24 hours. Although, the number of newly diagnosed patients is smallest since the beginning of the epidemic.

Although, there is one more victim of the virus, Croatia can be satisfied with the measures that were put in power all over the country. Despite its best efforts, situation in Spain and Italy is still serious. But, if the state campaign for education of the citizens will prove successful, the number of deaths should begin to stagnate in a week or two as confirmed by local scientists.    

{April 1} According to the latest report, there are 963 people with the (COVID-19) corona virus in Croatia, 96 more than yesterday. Fortunately, there are no new death cases and 6 more people are successfully cured. 18 people are being treated on respirators but others who have mild conditions are stable and are steadily recovering.

The headquarters of national security presented the new project of electronic passes that can be used from April 6th for those who must travel for work. Other migrations between cities for those without the passes is still forbidden and it will stay like that until at least April 30th. Depending on the purpose, the electronic passes will be approved for the period between 1 and 14 days.

Implemented measures are apparently not working for every country. Serbia is still in very tough position with 5 deaths since yesterday and new 160 patients who contracted the virus. There are no new deaths in Slovenia, but the number of people who contracted virus is now 841. Many of the patients have milder conditions although 31 of the contracted patients are in critical condition on intensive care unit. Bosnia & Herzegovina also had a stable day with no new death cases, although there are 4 new cases of the virus. Since the number of deaths is rapidly rising, Britain is becoming new center of Corona virus. In the last 24 hours, 563 people died.

China is slowly but steadily recovering from the epidemic. It is interesting to notice that the new cases of COVID-19 among the Chinese people appeared because the patients apparently got it in another countries so they are doing their best to stop the second outbreak and thinking about travel restrictions again. The centers of the epidemic are multiplying outside the borders while the China remains relatively safe within its borders.  

The situation in Spain is still not stabilizing and the number of deaths is rising second day in a row. The good news for Spain that 22.647 people recovered from the virus,  that is 20% out of total number of cases.

The initial center of the virus, China, is steadily recovering while the Europe is still struggling. The Britain is reaching the number of Spain and Italy, but the other countries like France, Netherlands and Austria are highly impacted. Now, it is crucial for state governments not to go easy on drastic quarantine measures because situation can become treacherous if people relax too much. All we can say that there is much more positive thoughts then it was yesterday and we hope we will be able to travel again, soon.

{March 31} The latest reports about the virus spreading said that the are 77 new cases of corona virus in Croatia, the same number as yesterday. There are no reports of new deaths and the number of cured patients is still rising – now there are 67 of them. There is a same number of cases as the day before and the minister of health Vili Beroš commented that the measures were an indirect reason for the virus stagnation. Nobody knows the exact extent of the virus in the future but the country is very positive the life shall be back to normal soon.  

The officials in the ministry of health made sure that the sport buildings like Arena Zagreb and Spaladium Arena in Split are converted into mass medical facilities for the reception of the contracted patients in case that is needed, but as it looks at the moment that will not be needed.

The worst day for Serbia so far. There are new 7 deaths and the total number of deceased patients is now 23. There are also new, 115 cases.  Two new death cases were reported in Bosnia and Herzegovina so the total number is now 12. Another tragic day for Italy and Spain where more than 1500 people died due to complications caused by the corona virus. Although Russia was one of the countries that were relatively stable in fighting with the virus, seems like COVID -19 started spreading uncontrollably through the whole country. Now there are 2337 confirmed cases of the Corona virus, which is still fairly low number since Russia is the country with the population of 144.5 million people. Good news from Sweden. One of the biggest furniture retail chains IKEA announced the beginning of producing medical and safety equipment so Croatia can soon expect the products to be available in the region. Although, the products will probably be available only for online purchasing due to the closing of the stores that are not necessary for daily living.

The situation in Croatia is slowly stabilizing, but the peak of the virus outbreak still is not reach. Despite slow growth, Croatia has to stay united and stay home and people should stay in self isolation so we stop the corona virus from spreading. Luckily, we can say for certain that Italian scenario will not happen in Croatia and we are very thankful for that.

The tourism will hurt a lot this year and we keep an eye on everything so our guest and future travelers are aware of the situation. Currently, all is planned to go back to normal April 30,2020. We all hope that is the date when all goes back to normal.

{March 30} According to the latest reports by the officials, 790 people are contracted with the corona virus in Croatia. Fortunately, today were no new deaths and the number of patients who were cured is still rising in Croatia. Also, the good and positive news is that there is not a single patient that is in critical conditions and majority are with mild symptoms.

The police sent a crucial message to foreigners who are currently in Croatia and cannot leave the country because of the virus. Everyone who is in Croatia at the moment, have to send a confirmation to a ministry of interior business so they can be recorded in the system. Since the current situation is very complex, police confirmed that the foreigners, who stayed within Croatian borders for more than 90 days, will not be fined. Also, new restrictive measure was approved in public transportation that is still operating. Since the epidemic is not showing signs of weakness in other Eu countries, the maritime traffic will be stopped in permanent sailing harbors  Umag, Poreč, Rovinj, Mali Lošinj, Korčula and Ubli. Also, the traffic is stopped in many of the seasonal traffic harbors like Novigrad and Božava to stop any unnecessary social contact.

Meanwhile, UNICEF donated 4 tons of safety and medical equipment to Croatia. The organization called the media, citizens and public figures to actively support the campaign to buy the money for respirators and other medical equipment.  New 44 cases were confirmed in Serbia with 3 more deaths in the last 24 hours, making it 16 in total. The mortality rate is still fairly low with 2.04%. In Slovenia, no new death cases, although the total number of the contracted patients increased to 756, which is 62 more than on Sunday.

Another horrific day in Italy, where more than 400 people died just in the region of Lombardy. 400 more died in the rest of Italy. The officials in Spain gave the number of 812 new death cases in Spain while 6400 people contracted the virus since the Sunday. Fortunately for United Kingdom, the experts are saying that the epidemic is showing signs of slowing down. But still, according to predictions, stable situation is not on the horizon and definitely not in April.

The Easter is coming and many people cannot find a rational reason for pleasure. Many state governments are requesting their citizens to stay at home and to not expose themselves in public. Many of the public gatherings are cancelled and people are planning to celebrate the holiday at home. Here at Via we are following all the news and hope that travel will be possible this summer so we can all go back to creating amazing travel trips to Europe. Until then, stay home and stay safe. 

{March 29} According to the newest information, there are 713 people who are positive on Corona virus. Fortunately, the number of cured patients is getting higher every day. Now, there are 52 of them who successfully defeated the virus. Furthermore, Croatian citizens continued using benefits of the specialized shops and stores which were reopened. Director of the Croatian institute for public health confirmed that the parts of interior markets are still opening for disposition.

Another bad day for Italy where more than 700 people died from the virus in the last 24 hours. On a positive note, the number is lower than the day before. Two more people died in Serbia and the total number deaths is 13. The state of Serbia is going to similar conditions like Croatia and has approximately same number of positive cases, more than 700. George Sao, the president of the Chinese center for control and prevention of the disease criticized Europe for not handling the virus in the proper way and emphasized that many of the people from the risk categories are not using safety masks and thermometers. British Prime minister requested the people of Britain to stay home because he thinks that the situation will soon be even worse.

Europe is still struggling, but every country except Italy and Spain has things under control. Giving the situation in United States, we all hope that measures will show results to at least slow down the virus spread.

{March 28} In the last 24 hours, 71 new people were diagnosed with Corona virus. The current number of people tested positive is up to 657. But, there are over 50 patients who have been successfully cured. The people of Croatian country are awaiting a shipment of medical supplies from China which is due to come late as tomorrow on Sunday. Some markets and stores were re-opened so the people could buy necessary products like meat. Shops who are selling building materials were also opened so that the citizens of Zagreb can buy construction material for renewing damaged houses and buildings after the earthquake that hit Zagreb couple days back. 

Croatian scientist Ivan Đikić sent the important message to Croatian people to cooperate together in tough times, to be motivated, to test more people to the virus, to protect the economy, to educate citizens and the whole population and to be innovative in using science as our ideology of solving problems. He emphasized that Croatia has certain qualities for fighting off the virus but the number of potential deaths still can’t be predicted. The same goes for the economic consequences.

The number of deaths in Italy surpassed the number of 10 000.  Last few days, the number of deaths is closing to 1000. Serbia is still not showing signs of recovery as the 10th person died from the virus in that country. The state presented drastic measures to ease up the effects of the virus. In Slovenia, 9th person died from the virus. As Croatia, Slovenian government is preparing serious measures to help the declining economy. Some positive news for Wuhan in China where the government proclaimed that it is reopening borders and public roads. People are finally getting out of the quarantine.

Croatia is steadily fighting virus and every day represents a certain challenge for the whole state. Although there are still people who are not respecting the quarantine and they can represent problem if they will move in crowded circles. The state is reacting fast and promptly and it is ready to penalize those who are migrating between locations without the pass. As for the world, nobody knows for certain how long will it take for Spain, Italy and Iran to recover from ongoing pandemic. For European countries, the important thing is to prepare the economic measures so that the states can recover more quickly after the pandemic is finished or at least put under control and it looks like they are doing everything to do so.

{March 27} Fortunately, the day in Croatia passed without new death cases. Currently, there are 37 cases of patients who recovered from the illness so far. Minister Božinović explained that it is possible that farmer’s markets will be reopened for selling meat and other specialized products but emphasized that markets should not be the meeting point for socializing.

Again, he noted that a niceer weather should not be the reason for going outside for a prolonged period of time.  Zagreb holding confirmed that parking in some Zagreb areas will not be charged. More precise, the quarters of upper and lower town, Podsljeme, Upper Dubrava and Sesvete.

In Italy, the worst day yet, there have been 919 new deaths in the last 24 hours. 7.4% more people contracted the virus which is the lowest figure since the beginning of the epidemic in Italy. The situation is not easing up in Spain where the new 769 people died because of the virus.  Two new death cases have confirmed in Slovenia, 9 in total. It has been confirmed that the prime minister of Britain, Boris Johnson, is positive for Corona virus. Serbia confirmed its 9th death because of the virus too. Since the situation for Hungary can be critical for Hungary in the upcoming months, the Prime Minister Viktor Orban proclaimed the national quarantine of two weeks.

Another sad day is behind us, especially for Spain and Italy. America is still in a very bad shape because of the big number of new cases each year. Despite big increase in numbers of new cases in some countries we are keeping positive and hopeful that quarantine will show slowdown all around the world. Until it does, stay home and dream travel about where you will go next to celebrate life as we cannot wait to get out of the house.

{March 26} Today, new 53 cases have been confirmed and the total number of contracted people is 495. (22 people recovered from the disease and released from the hospital). Minister Vili Beroš is optimistic and stated that the drastic measures which have been put in power are giving good results. The headquarters for civil protection gave permission to the truck drivers who were delivering abroad to be in self-isolation in their own home. Additionally, they can continue their work after a call from their employers. Unfortunately, It has been officially confirmed that the second person died from the Corona virus in Croatia.

Fortunately for Italy, fourth day in a row, there is a significant decline in the number of new patients who were contracted with virus. Good news from the Vatican: It has been confirmed that Pope Francis doesn’t have Corona virus. Officials are advising the whole population to restrict themselves from socializing.  To prevent people from making long unnecessary journeys, border police restricted the entrance to the regions beyond the borders. But, transit traffic for delivery trucks is still permitted. Another day bad for Spain where 19% more people than yesterday died from the virus. Bad trend of the virus continued in Serbia where officials confirmed the seventh death from the virus, two more than yesterday. 457 people are battling with the virus at the moment. Slovenia is reporting about the new 36 cases of the virus. Sixth person died since the beginning of the outbreak in the country. Seems like Montenegro is fighting well with the virus since only 67 people have been contracted with the virus.

The USA is close to proclaiming the epidemic. The situation can quickly can get out of the control and people are in despair because they lost their jobs. The situation is still fairly critical in countries like Italy and Spain. But, Italy showed positive tendency with the reduced number of new contracted cases. The most important thing is that the people of affected countries are respecting the quarantine and not going abroad in other countries.  

{March 25} It has been officially confirmed that the man from Istria, who was in isolation, died from COVID-19 making it the first confirm death in Croatia from the virus. But, luckily, more and more people are recovering from the virus, 22 of them. 442 people are positive with corona virus in Croatia, that’s 60 new cases in the last 24 hours. The good news is that Saturday was the last day with the higher number of contracted (inclined number in comparison to the day before). So, the number is fortunately getting lower and lower.

The Croatian chamber for psychical health opened a free telephone number for professional help to all the people who suffer in quarantine. The popular “The night of the book” will not be organized in a live form. Instead, many of the content will be available on the internet (online programs and the virtual event opening).

The officials asked the people not to stay for long on gas stations. Since gas stations don’t have limited working time, many people saw the opportunity for socializing and mingling in front of the shops. Mass gatherings are strictly not advised and people are requested not to have prolonged staying at the gas stations and other selling points.

Slovenia confirmed the new 48 cases of the virus and now has the total number of 528 contracted persons, the fifth person died from the virus. In Montenegro, there are total of 52 cases with five new cases today. Another bad day in Spain where the number of deaths surpassed the number in China (3434 deaths). Most of the dead are currently in Italy where 683 people died from the virus. Fortunately, less than yesterday. Serbia counted its third victim of the virus and the total number of contracted people is 303

The virus is quickly spreading and nobody knows for certain what the next country with the highest number of deaths will be. Since many people are not respecting the quarantine, just one mass event is enough to effect the vast majority of the country. Some of the countries have a sharp decline in deaths, but the oscillations can be quite unpredictable. Worst cases are currently in Spain, Italy and Iran. But, since the virus is quickly conquering United States and United Kingdom, we can expect the peak in the upcoming weeks if the care for the contracted persons will not be adequate. After all, the best organization comes from ourselves and only we can decide whether or not we will expose ourselves unnecessarily to the public places. So, for now, stay home as it was never easier to save someones life.

{March 24} Currently, there are 382 persons with the Corona virus in Croatia, with 46 new cases. Fortunately, it was also confirmed that the 16 people recovered from the virus. We are still seeing huge increase in number of new cases around Europe and also United Kingdom. especially, where 422 people died from yesterday. The second worst day from the outbreak in Italy, where 743 people died as well.

In the surrounding countries, Slovenia has 480 total cases, 38 more than yesterday. Also, they recorded fourth death from the virus. Bosnia and Herzegovina confirmed that the total amount of contracted patients is 137 with few new cases in various parts of the country.

In cooperation with the headquarters for national protection and security, Croatian post office announced that it is ceasing operations in various parts of the city. Meanwhile, one of the biggest retail chains in Croatia, Pevex, request its customers to make their purchases online. Among the sport news, it has been officially confirmed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo are postponed to next year. The virus is quickly spreading through the world, but Croatia is fortunate enough to have good organization and quality stuff to handle Corona Virus. If people will obey the imposed rules, the chances of Italian scenario are minimal and we all hope it will not happen and we will all go back to normal life soon. Also, it came from China as definite that corona virus cannot fight the heat, so we all hope that summer and warm weather arrives soon.

{March 23} The officials gave the confirmation that the total of 315 people have corona virus in Croatia as end day today. Fortunately, five people who are cured and released home with no symptoms. All public transport is still in blockage and the ministry of the police said that he will sign the directive which is forbidding the people from leaving their towns to stop any social contact in between the cities.

Furthermore, bad news in Serbia as they confirmed they third victim from the virus on Monday. There are 249 contracted in the country, 27 more than tomorrow. The president of the Croatian apothecary chamber confirmed that from Monday morning, pharmacies will work in shorter working hours while the pharmacies on sentry will work 24 hours a day for any emergencies. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, two people are in serious condition and are treated in Mostar Hospital. There were no new cases in the last 24 hours and the total of 16 people is contracted with the virus.

There is a slow incline in new cases in Slovenia as 28 new people have been diagnosed with the virus, making the total number of contracted 442. The first death due to the virus was confirmed in Montenegro.  Croatian institution for health insurance requested that every inquiry is sent via internet, coming in person in the institution is not advised. Also, national Park Brijuni closed its doors till further notice. Currently all major tourist attractions are closed and it seems like tourism in Croatia shut down. Croatian government issued a notice for all Croatian citizens abroad to return back home as soon as possible as total lock down is possible to happen in next couple of days to stop further spread of coronavirus.

Corona virus in Croatia does not look very good at the moment but we believe these measures are needed since people did not take the virus seriously and were not following all the measures government put out. We also see constant breach of self isolation and government is writing big fines for those are not following the orders. We cannot wait for this to calm down so we can all freely travel again but for that to happen sooner we need everyone in the world to understand that the situation is very serious and that we need to stay put and #stayhome!

{March 22} The officials gave the public daily update about Corona virus again. At the moment, there are 254 people with the diagnosis. From midnight, no public transportation is available. Trams, buses and trains are no longer operating due to the elevated risk of spreading the disease and only people with special permit can use it. The people who can get the special permit are the ones who still work in industries that are crucial for current survival of the population of Croatia.

Minister Božinović said that the presented measures are functioning according to the plan but, if necessary, more rigorous decisions for quarantine will be applied. It was also announced that post offices will work in shorter term and no earlier than 8am and no longer than 5 pm. Entrance will be only permitted with hygienic masks.

In Slovenia, there are 414 people with a disease with 2 death cases. During the weekend, there were two dead cases in Kosovo and in North Macedonia too. On the positive note, there were less confirmed cases of the virus in Croatia than yesterday. From Friday to Saturday; there were 78 newly diagnosed cases. Since the number is declining, ministry is satisfied with measures.

Moreover, today’s situation about the Corona was mostly overshadowed by destructive earthquake that woke up most of the Croatia approximately in 6.30am. The earthquake had a magnitude of 5.4 on Richter scale with an epicenter in Markuševec north of Zagreb. It was also felt in Hungary, Slovenia and Austria. It caused massive damage to buildings in the center of the Zagreb with numerous cars completely destroyed. Huge pieces of debris were shattered on the roads and on the walkways and many people had to be situated in school dorms since the homes were destroyed and unsafe for their return. Several people were taken to the hospital with minor to severe wounds and one girl of 15 years was seriously injured and currently is fighting for her life. Military was sent to the terrain to aid the people whose homes were destroyed. Smaller earthquakes continued through the day, but there was no recorded damage. Just when we thought there is nothing worst that can happen, mother nature surprised us. Luckily, Croatia showed they are ready to handle any crisis in very effective way and Zagreb was back to normal life by the end of the day today.

{March 21} Minister Vili Beroš confirmed that the total number of people with the Corona virus is 204 with, fortunately, no new deaths. Since many people are not respecting the rules of isolation, Beroš said that the officials will convert the city of Zagreb into quarantine if it will be necessary. He is, unfortunately, sure that this is the measure that will have to be applied starting Monday to stop the scenario in other countries where the virus is freely spreading. Still, Croatia can track down and connect the virus to people who were in contact, successful stopping free spread of the virus.He said that if people will not obey the rules and orders, we are 19 days away from the Italian situation.

New measures have been presented to keep the people at home. So, officials ordered that public gatherings are strictly prohibited and so is the prolonged staying at the same place. It is important to says that from March 22th, none of the public transport will be in function (buses, trams and trains.). Ferry lines are also reduced. Taxis are an exception and will be operating but there must be 10min difference between the rides.

In Italy, worst day yet with nearly 800 death and more than 6000 newly diagnosed patients. We are positive that all the measures put by all EU countries will result in pandemic to show a slow down soon. We are all in this together and we are all individuals who can make the difference. Please stay home, saving lives was never easier.

{March 20} It’s been confirmed that 128 people in Croatia have the Corona virus. There are 15 new cases today which is still very optimistic and positive taking into consideration numbers in other EU countries. Among them, three are have recorded harsh symptoms and had to be hospitalized.

One of the newly presented measures is that all the playgrounds are closing due to the virus. Also, attendance on funerals is limited to only narrow family circles. To reduce the chances of spreading the virus, the government is considering a decision to suspense all the local transport and transport between cities and regions so this is definitely the time when we would not recommend travel to Croatia for any reason. For now taxies are not the object of the consideration.

Unfortunately, some of the people are still not respecting the quarantine and 18 people were caught in activities outside of their homes. Experts are advising all the people to stay home and to avoid any unnecessary contact, especially because of the prognosis of winter conditions on the weekend. Stay home is a message circling around population as people started to realize this is far from ‘regular flu’.

{March 19th} At the end of the day, it has been confirmed that 105 people caught the coronavirus in Croatia. Ministry of health Vili Beroš said that drastic measures which were put in power are functioning quite well if we compare growth numbers with other European countries. He said Corona virus in Croatia is under control and that is very positive for all people in Croatia.

Prime minister Andrej Plenković said that Croatia is in the toughest position since the homeland war almost thirty years ago. The mayor of Zagreb proclaimed that the city will start disinfection of the most populated areas. Meanwhile, ex president of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović came back from USA and said that she is giving all the support to people who are fighting with the disease and to those who are in quarantine. Since the whole situation can run out of control, Croatian military erected tents in from of the hospital in Dubrava, Zagreb, so that the people with the disease can be adequately accepted. Dubrovnik airport also closed its operation after 1 worker tested positive for corona.

The situation in Italy is devastating and it has been confirmed that 427 died because of the disease and 5322 are infected. The prime minister said Giuseppe Conti said it is is justified that the whole country is still under blockage.

We follow the news each day but we can easily say that we are all under some kind of lockdown. We believe we should all follow the rules and #stayhome to avoid contact, so we can all travel tomorrow.

{March 18th} Croatian government proclaimed that the new set of rules is in power from midnight. The orders will stay in power for thirty days and they will include the closing of various objects including museums, theaters and cinemas. The objects with purpose of selling food, drugs, animal food, kiosks and gas stations will be still open for everyone. The restaurants will be opened just for food delivery. But still, the established hygiene rules and rules about keeping distance between people are still in power. Also, the ministry proclaimed that going out of the borders is strictly prohibited. There has been about 1171 testings for the disease and 10 000 people are isolated from the outside world. Officially, there is 87 people with a disease in Croatia. In Istria there was a case of death. A man died during the quarantine in his home, but it is not officially confirmed yet that his death was caused by the virus. In Germany, chancellor Angela Merkel said that her government is bringing drastic measures to limit social contacts between people. She said “These measures are never seen before in the history of Germany, but there are much needed so that the spreading of the virus can be slowed down.”. Unfortunately, Italia has bad news again because in one day, 475 people died as a result of the disease, the biggest number in the country so far. In the world of entertainment, it has been confirmed that this year’s Eurovision song contest has been cancelled.

{March 17th} The current number of cases in Croatia is 65 people. Croatian prime minister said that everyone should respect the new anti – disease measures and that this is the time for a higher level of responsibility. Comparing to the other European countries, the number of cases is still slowly growing. Luckily, in Croatia the numbers are growing slowly and we still can track all points of contact and the government said the virus is still not freely spreading around the nation.

Meanwhile, coffee shops, restaurants, clubs and other facilities are closing down. With four new cases, national ministry of health confirmed that the two doctors from Rebro hospital are infected with a virus. A total of 93 people violated the quarantine by going outside but all were found on time with huge fines.

Some good news are coming from Italy where government proclaimed that the virus is not spreading so fast anymore because of the rigorous quarantine regimes. But, the toll of the death is still high and the total amount of 349 people has died. To prevent extra spreading of the virus, European union confirmed that it is closing the borders from Tuesday. Fortunately for most of the people, many of the Americans respect the quarantine and stay at home as a precaution to protect others. Slovenia is considering new ways of fighting the virus since there are 275 diseased people with one death, according to the official records. In the world of sports, it has been confirmed that the European football championship is postponing for the 2021.

{March 13th to 16th}

Government put drastic measures to stop any unnecessary movements among people. Seven new cases have been confirmed by the ministry of health, now there is a total of 56 cases in Croatia. Police told the public that that the breaching of the quarantine and self-isolation will not be tolerated and that fines will be rigorous. People are massively avoiding public places like coffee shops restaurants and malls. We would say it is a positive measure that shall work in our intentions to stop any scenario that could lead to scenario that overtook Italy.

There was also a proclamation that many facilities like gyms, pools, coffee shops, and all tourist spots will be closed for a short period of time until all calms down. On the global level, there are more than 7000 deaths including the horrendous number of cases in Italy: 349. Fortunately for Croatia, one of the first patients with the diagnosis of Corona has successfully recovered and released from the hospital. Slovenia is implementing harsh measures on the borders by testing the migrants for the disease. Slovenia is currently showing 150 positive Coronavirus cases.

Even though the situation in Europe is escalating and the numbers are constantly growing we are all very positive that this shall pass by mid-year. In China there has been a positive daily trend of decrease of new cases and it looks like they have won the fight with Coronavirus. We believe Europe is on a good way to do the same, especially with this drastic measures like EU boarders closing that EU union countries are suggesting.

We have to admit that even though people are scared the travel industry is still holding up. We are experiencing huge slow down, however, bookings for summer, fall, and respectfully for 2021 are still happening and people are still planning their trips. Smart travelers will use this time to get travel deals. With new terms and conditions that most companies applied as an answer to Coronavirus, everyone will be able to re-book for free in any case of travel bans or further escalation of declared pandemic.

{March 12th} Situation in whole Europe seems chaotic but there is also much positivism among Croatian and Europeans. Starting today all boarders are officially closed to stop the spread and anyone who comes from Italy into Croatia needs to go into quarantine. Also, after WHO announced pandemic all public gatherings for more then 100 people are stopped. In Croatia, there are now 24 cases, no deaths and all reported have mild version of the virus and seems to be recovering well. Croatia took this seriously and is closing schools as well so starting Monday all schools will be doing classes online or on national TV for all kids in elementary school. If we take China as an example, we are all in hope this shall pass soon with new measures the countries are taking.

In Slovenia, today we have total of 89 cases and in Italy we have 12462 cases in total.

Trump administration banned all flights from Shengen zone and that does not include Croatia but it does include other countries. This measure will take place for next 30 days before they decide to open the boarders again.

{March 11th} It looks like situation of corona virus in Croatia is handled good and we need to admit we were prepared for what is coming. Unfortunately some of the neighbour countries cannot say the same. Today we had huge jump in Slovenia with 57 infected and also Italy with another 168 death cases recorded, sadly. Due to the situation in neighbour countries Croatia is taking additional measures to stop corona virus from spreading from other countries. That being said, the government banned all public gatherings for more then 1000 people, by tomorrow they will decide if the boarders to Italy are closed but anyone who enters from Italy is immediately put into quarantine. Also, Istria region closed schools due to close proximity to Italy.

Italy has done one very useful research based on their cases and the average age of a person that has a corona virus is 65. Please check this final breakdown as of today:

  • 10-19 years of age 85 people
  • 20-29 years of age 296 people
  • 30-39 years of age 470 people
  • 40-49 years of age 891 people
  • 60-69 years of age 1417 people
  • 70-79 years of age 1785 people
  • 80 + years of age 1532 people

Current travel between European countries is smooth. However, majority of the countries banned flights and connections to Italy so at this stage travel to Italy is not recommended until the situation calms down. Today, Turkey also recorded first case of corona virus.

{March 10th} It depends how you look at it but there is a space for some positive thoughts. China and Wuhan where corona virus started is showing down trend in new cases each day. Will this be the situation in Europe too? Well, we surely all hope so. Today we have 3640 new cases in the world, 256 newly died, but also we have 2269 people who recovered as well. The numbers do look somewhat optimistic despite the fast spread in Europe and especially in Italy.

Italy and corona virus is not that bright at the moment. They have closed schools, colleges and all public gatherings are forbidden. The government said it is something that they had to do in order to protect the people in Italy and let’s all hope it will help. Currently there are around 10 thousand people who are diagnosed with corona virus and over 600 deaths. But why is that the case in Italy is something we should all our selves and should we trust those numbers and believe there is the same treat in other European countries? Trust not! The biggest reason why the death rate in Italy is high is because the corona virus got spread in hospitals where older and sick people mostly reside. The biggest reason is that people did not follow the rules, and instead of calling the medical help, if they have shown symptoms, they went to hospitals exposing hundreds of people there and unluckily those people are the ones most vulnerable.

Slovenia and Austria currently closed the boarders with Italy and Croatia is thinking about the same move going forward. Currently there are 24 cases in Slovenia and Croatia stands still on 16 infected still having the slowest rate of growth and let’s hope it stays that way. Currently there are 3 countries in Europe that do not have any recorded cases: Montenegro, Kosovo, and Turkey.

{March 9th} The world today has recorded little over 110 thousand cases of corona virus. Italy is definitely one country outside of China that has the biggest issues with the spread of the virus and there are areas that are under constant surveillance and quarantine. For that particular reason Croatia has decided to make even more rigorous measures for all who are coming from Italy into Croatia and the government is suggesting for all people to cancel any trips to Italy. Luckily, we must be proud of Croatia and people who are managing the crises as cases in Croatia are not on rise and we still stand still with 12 people infected by the virus. All big gatherings, of 1000 people or more, and events are cancelled to stop any possible virus spread in Croatia that could possibly cause even bigger issues on upcoming tourist season.

Slovenia, as another neighbour country, also recorded some cases of corona virus in previous days. Current number in Slovenia is 19 but the government stated they have the virus under control since they have found the patient who was firstly infected and is hospitalized in timely manner before the damange was bigger.

We are following the virus spread and will keep you updated as the situation goes further.

It is most likely that every country in the world will have some cases of new corona virus that is spreading around the world. However, media attention to this particular virus had blown this out of the proportion getting many people scared to travel. But, let’s look at the numbers and see what we know about the virus at this current stage.

There is total of about 89 thousand cases in whole world and about 45 thousand already recovered cases. Out of all, only 7 thousand cases are in critical condition, which is around 7%. But we need to look at the numbers more carefully. 85 thousand people are recorded with corona in Asia (China and S. Korea) and the rest is spread around the world, making it very unlikely for anyone who travels to Europe to get corona virus, unless they travel to areas that are hit hardly by the virus in Italy.

What is Croatia doing to stop the Corona virus in Croatia and what is the current situation

Given the high level of caution and discomfort among travelers worldwide about the spread of the new coronavirus, we consider it important to highlight a few key facts as well as give you insight into the best practices for primary prevention of the spread of the infection. Regarding Croatia’s position in the context of coronavirus epidemic risk, it is important to emphasize the following facts to all tourism professionals and guests:

• Croatia, as part of the SEE region, has a very low risk of acute respiratory illness caused by the new corona virus and is an safe environment to stay and travel

• 12 cases of infection have been reported in whole Croatia and all are reported with very mild conditions. Also, all are part of 3 separate families confirming that Croatia a did an amazing job discovering virus early and stopping it’s fast spread throughout

• It should be noted that in 2019, the number of tourists visiting Croatia coming from the endangered areas was below 2 percent, and given the current airline restrictions, the number of tourists in these epidemiological vulnerable areas is expected to decline further

• The Ministry of Health and the Croatian Institute of Public Health implement all prevention measures in accordance with WHO guidelines and we do not expect the corona virus to spread much more in Croatia and region

• Croatia put to action rigorous measures to all its boarders to stop the spread.

Should you cancel trip because of corona virus in Croatia and Europe or still keep your travel plans?

We cannot say to anyone what is right or wrong at this moment and everyone should go by the feeling and whatever they feel is best for them. We suggest visiting airline and government websites to check if there are any travel bans in place to make a correct decision. Also, double check which boarders are open and/or closed for visitors from certain countries.

We are here to help and support all current and future travelers and their decisions. We do have free re-booking policy due to corona virus, so if there is a need to cancel or move the trip, we are here to make it happen. Check our full adjusted terms and conditions and get ideas how can smart traveler use this industry crises to grab amazing travel deals.

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