ZAGREB, June 17, 2020 – Croatia is a safe country and one of the few countries that will have a tourism season this year, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Davor Bozinovic said on Wednesday, adding that the more than 350,000 tourists had announced their arrival via the Enter Croatia system.
“Croatia is perceived as a desirable country to come to for a vacation and at the moment it is probably the only country with announcements of foreign tourists arriving and with congestion at border crossings,” Bozinovic said at the opening of a headquarters for the implementation of safety measures during the 2020 tourism season.
Bozinovic recalled that last year 20 million tourists visited Croatia and generated 90 million bed nights.
“We probably won’t reach those numbers this year but based on today’s reports we can say that the entire security system has proved to be exceptionally efficient in resolving crises, regardless of whether they be an epidemic, crimes or wildfires,” he underscored.
“Our Homeland Security system is sending a message not only to Croatian citizens but to foreigners as well – Croatia is a safe country and this year again foreign tourists can feel safe here,” he said.
Reporters wanted to know the minister’s position regarding wearing masks as tourists are confused because the majority of people in Croatia are not wearing them.
“It is always better to have a mask than not, but it is not compulsory. If we were to introduce that as a compulsory measure, that would mean that the situation is a lot worse than it is,” he explained.
He added that the epidemic is under control in Croatia. “Our numbers are low but we have to keep in mind the situation in neighboring countries, in Europe as well as globally, as it indicates that the virus is still present,” he said.
Croatia is prepared to react if hotspots emerge
Bozinovic underlined that Croatia is prepared to react should certain coronavirus hotspots emerge.
“We have shown that we know how to handle those challenges, that we first of all have the people but also the technology and experience that can guarantee safety,” he said.
This is the third year that the safety headquarters is being opened during the tourist season to protect citizens, property, and tourists during the season.
Last year a record number of foreign police officers, 95, came to Croatia from 19 countries to help during the tourism season. At the moment there are 36 police officers from nine countries who have registered to participate and join their Croatian colleagues in making the season safe in Croatia.