December 21, 2020 – Croatia, along with several other countries, has introduced a temporary ban on flights from UK due to the new coronavirus variant there.
December 22 update – this ban has now been extended until December 31.
A late-night tweet from Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic yesterday evening:
“Croatia is temporarily suspending passenger flights from Great Britain in the period of next 48 hours as a precaution, until we are provided with more precise information about the new variant of the virus,” Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic wrote on the Twitter on Sunday evening.
“Protecting the health of citizens is a priority,” Plenkovic tweeted.
Apart from Croatia, France, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Canada and Italy as well as some more European nations have already begun to apply travel bans with the UK after it reported a more infectious and “out of control” coronavirus variant.
The whole European Union is set to impose the ban, and the consultations are under way on the joint response to travel by sea, rail and road from Great Britain.
The ban, already in place, is the first ban imposed on any country due to coronavirus by Croatia, which has enacted a much more relaxed approach to interpretations of EU directives. It was the only EU country open to Americans this summer, initially without a negative PCR test until July 10.
Croatia will most likely follow other EU countries with the current ban. Whatever happens with the ban, there will be a change in British requirements to enter Croatia from January 1, when the Brexit transition period ends. Currently, Croatia is closed to non-EU/EEA countries for tourism until at least January 10, although some tourists have been able to enter for economic reasons with accommodation fully paid in advance.
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