Germany Places 2 Croatian Counties on Its Red List

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August 20, 2020 – More quarantine requirements for tourists returning home from Croatia, as Germany becomes the first country to specify individual Croatian counties, rather than the whole country.  

Germany has put two Dalmatian counties on its red list. These are the Split-Dalmatia and Šibenik-Knin counties, reports

The information was published by the German Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the institution that manages the German response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has put Šibenik-Knin and Split-Dalmatia counties on its list of risk areas due to the increase in the number of people infected with coronavirus. This means that all returnees to Germany who have been to these Croatian counties will have to go for mandatory testing, and until they receive the test results they will have to be in house quarantine. Germany’s Health Ministry details the process of returning to Germany from the high-risk areas (which now include the two Croatian counties), explaining that it’s possible to avoid the quarantine if you provide proof of having tested negative within 48 hours prior to entry to Germany. 

It is likely that now, based on the RKI decision, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs will issue a warning to travel to these areas of Croatia. On the other hand, parts of Romania and Luxembourg have been removed from the list of risk areas of the Robert Koch Institute.

If there is one small crumb of comfort for Croatian tourism, this is the first instance where a country has placed quarantine restrictions on parts of Croatia, rather than the whole country. Dubrovnik, whose economy is 80% tourism and which is physically separated from the rest of Croatia by the Neum Corridor in Bosnia and Hercegovina, has a very low infection rate, with the majority of its guests arriving by air. Unlike other countries which have taken Croatia off their safe lifts, Germans can continue to visit the Pearl of the Adriatic, for now at least. 

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