Tourists Complain About Cost of Coronavirus Tests for Return from Croatia

Lauren Simmonds

August the 18th, 2020 – Croatia has experienced an unfortunate spike in new cases of infection with the new coronavirus over the past few days, which was to be expected given the opening up of the tourist season and the influx (albeit less of one) of people from across Europe to Croatian shores. 

Croatian tourism has surpassed all of the previous dire predictions about what 2020’s season might bring, but it has come at a cost – a significant rise in the infection rate, even though the majority of those becoming infected live here in Croatia. Some have taken this as a sign that we’re not behaving properly and relaxing too much, and others claim that the opening of the borders to tourists is to blame. Either way, it has resulted in some important markets placing Croatia back on their ”no go” or ”red” lists.

With Austria the latest to ”invite” its nationals to leave Croatia and return home, and the Slovenian Government’s coronavirus spokesperson warning that Croatia might ”quickly” find itself on the neighbouring country’s red list, it seems unlikely that it’s going to stop there.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 17th of August, 2020, since more European countries are announcing the obligation for their national and others to take a coronavirus test upon their return from Croatia, some tourist boards have issued information on prices and locations where it can be done, according to RTL. (You can see TCN’s list here).

Thus, the foreign tourists staying on Losinj, Cres, in Rijeka and on Korcula will be able to get tested for the new coronavirus ”on site”, at prices that depend on the speed of the result of the test. The test results can then be translated into English, but at an additional cost.

Dissatisfied tourists currently staying on the island of Korcula contacted RTL, claiming that the price of coronavirus testing there was 1,050 kuna yesterday, and today it has miraculously risen to the significantly higher price of 1,850 kuna.

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