December 19, 2020 – With the festive season almost here, huge queues appear on Croatia’s borders, with the current wait at the main Bregana border now 8 hours.
I haven’t left the house for over two weeks, and the more I look at the big bad world out there, the less I want to leave the sofa any time soon.
With many things closed due to the pandemic, and inter-county restrictions coming at midnight on Tuesday, there is less incentive to move anyway. But there are plenty of people with plans to head home for Christmas to family in Croatia, and perhaps an even larger number needing to transit through Croatia to get to their home countries in time for Christmas.
And the pressure is building on Croatia’s bordes, particularly at the main Bregana border between Croatia and Slovenia, where the current waiting time to come info Croatia is 8 hours, according to HAK. Traffic in the other direction is minimal.
“Procedures are a bit stricter in both Croatia and Slovenia, after the decision and each passenger must be registered and checked whether they meet the conditions of entry or transit to the Republic of Croatia. By 6 pm on Friday more than 9000 passengers crossed, and we expect even more crowds over the weekend and next week on the eve of the holidays “, said Marijan Burić, Assistant Chief for State Border Protection, as a guest on RTL Danas.
“However, the turnover is significantly lower, by 70 percent compared to last year if we look at the entire 12 months, and these days it has decreased by 35 to 40 percent compared to last year,” said Buric.
You can see the current waiting times at Croatia’s borders, information which is regularly updated by HAK here, and you are advised to check the latest situation before you travel.