Coronavirus: Dutch Tourists Launch Petition to Put Croatia on Yellow List

Lauren Simmonds

July the 25th, 2020 – Some mixed messages have arrived on the coronavirus-dominated tourism front recently. The Netherlands quickly placed Croatia on its orange list, advising against all but essential travel and asking Dutch nationals to return from Croatia, followed by Germany firmly keeping the country on its ”safe list”. 

Despite the Dutch Government asking its citizens to return home to begin their fourteen days of self-isolation and organising for travel agencies to secure return journeys home for those Dutch nationals using them, Dutch holidaymakers aren’t that willing to listen. In fact, they’ve even gone as far as to launch a petition to have Croatia placed back on the Netherlands’ yellow list.

As Morski writes on the 25th of July, 2020, the news that the Dutch Government has placed Croatia on the orange list of countries owing to their handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday night surprised many. Although some decided to leave Croatia, a good part of Dutch tourists decided to gather information and stay. Some went so far as to organise a petition to have the Dutch Government return Croatia to its yellow list.

Nobody knows why Croatia suddenly managed to find its place on the famous orange list and by what criteria it occurred, because the current epidemiological picture definitely is not the reason. The situation is much worse than Croatia in France or Austria, which are not included on that country’s list of high-risk countries.

Apart from the fact that this news shocked all tourist workers, it also surprised the Dutch tourists themselves. Some left, but others rolled up their sleeves and decided to collect 40,000 signatures to send a message to their government that they aren’t happy with the bizarre decision, with the aim of returning Croatia to the yellow list.

The petition has so far been signed by almost 6.5 thousand people and is being shared through social networks and channels. The petition can be found at this link: Kroatië terug naar geel.

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