COVID-19 in Croatia: Austria Rejects Croatia’s Request to Introduce Measures for Certain Areas Only

Daniela Rogulj



August 18, 2020 – Austria has rejected Croatia’s request to introduce the new travel measure only for certain parts of the country, instead of for the entire country, reported the Austrian news agency APA. A look at the latest news regarding COVID-19 in Croatia. 

“This option was considered, but after talks with experts from the Ministry of Health, the Office of the Federal Chancellor and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it was decided to issue measures for the whole of Croatia,” a spokeswoman for the Austrian Foreign Ministry said for APA, as reported by

The reason for such a decision, as she added, is the fact that Austrians are mobile and they mostly go to Croatia by car, making it hard for them to stay in only one place.

The warning against travel to Croatia has been in force from Monday at midnight. Returnees from holidays in Croatia must show a current negative coronavirus test or undergo testing within 48 hours of being back in Austria.

According to information from the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, around 3,000 Austrian citizens were officially on holiday in Croatia at the end of last week. But at the same time, the authorities believe that this figure is many times higher.

In an interview with APA, Croatian Ambassador to Vienna Daniel Gluncic advocated that Austrian authorities issue only a partial warning regarding travel to Croatia.

Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic also pointed out that the situation in the regions where most Austrian tourists travel is favorable, APA reported.

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