Delays and Queues at Croatian Land Borders, 290,000 Tourists in Country!

Lauren Simmonds

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As Morski writes, the tourist season in Croatia is finally heating up, and so is the weather with extreme high temperature warnings pinging regularly on mobile weather apps. According to e-Visitor, there are currently about 290 thousand tourists in the country, of which an encouraging 250 thousand are foreigners.

Most of them are currently Istria, almost 100 thousand of them, followed by Kvarner with 62 thousand and further down south in Split-Dalmatia County, with 43 thousand guests currently present, writes HRT. Most of the country’s current foreign tourists are from Germany, Slovenia and Austria. Traffic to the sea also increased yesterday morning and waits at Croatian land borders were over 30 minutes.

According to the data of the Croatian Auto Club, 25,230 vehicles were recorded heading down towards the sea by 14:00 on Saturday, which is more than in the third weekend of the pre-pandemic June of 2019. At that time, a little more than 23,000 vehicles passed through the Lucko toll station heading in the direction of the coast. We were one of those lucky and yet unlucky cars.

”If we’re going to make a comparison with the most successful year so far, which was 2019, we had 10% higher traffic, which is a great introduction to the beginning of the tourist season,” said Ivan Ribicic, the director of the Toll Collection Department at HAC, for HTV.

The expected traffic jams are on the motorways A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploce, A2 Zagreb-Macelj, A3 Bregana-Lipovac in front of the Croatian land border crossings Bregana and Bajakovo, A6 Rijeka-Zagreb, Zagreb (A3) and the Rijeka (A7) bypass, motorway A7 Rupa-Diračje towards at the Rupa border crossing and before the Rupa toll in the direction of Rijeka, the Istrian Y towards the Kastel and Plovanija Croatian land border crossings, the Lika (DC1) and Adriatic Highway (DC8), reports the Croatian Auto Club.

Ferries and catamarans are continuing to sail regularly, with occasionally increased vehicle inflows at most ferry ports and docks.

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