Coronavirus: Several Thousand Residents in Self-Isolation Sought E-Passes

Lauren Simmonds

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 7th of April, 2020, as of Monday, every eighth legal resident of the Republic of Croatia has been issued with an e-pass (e-propusnica), which is an official document with which he can leave his place of registered permanent residence under the current coronavirus measures. As of noon yesterday, 565,221 e-passes have been issued. They were mostly issued by employers.

It turns out that according to the February’s staffing data, every third employee has a pass. However, it should be borne in mind that since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of employees in Croatia has decreased and it is quite realistic for every other worker to have a document with which they can leave their place of residence, according to a report from Vecernji list.

It seems that almost one million people who live in Croatia are free to move around, this is partially because medical staff holding ID cards issued by the competent chambers involved in preventing the spread of coronavirus do not have to obtain an e-pass, but they are required to have a Croatian Medical Chamber card, a membership card of the Croatian Chamber of Nurses, the Croatian Chamber of Pharmacists or a membership card ID card of the Croatian Chamber of Dental Medicine.

Passes are also not needed for members of the emergency services – firefighters, HGSS officers, or the Croatian Red Cross – when on duty and dressed in their respective uniforms.

However, there are also those who have been denied e-passes and 16,673 applications have been rejected for administrative reasons. Several thousand of those who are in self-isolation also wanted to get their hands on a pass, but coronavirus patients, coronavirus suspects and others in that situation are not allowed to complete the application process for obvious reasons.

There are no precise figures on just how many people who are fundamentelly not permitted to even apply for an e-pass have tried to do so, as an analysis is yet to be made of how many of them have received and still have an “active” order to stay at home and undergo fourteen days of self-isolation. There is also no current data on how many of those orders have now expired, or indeed how many holders of said orders have been fined for breaching them.

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