October 15, 2020 – Istria the only Coronavirus free region in Europe, is safe to visit this autumn
Travel information provided by Belgian Foreign Affairs authorities currently places the Croatian region of Istria as the most successful in Europe at curbing the spread of Coronavirus. The region stands alone in being coloured green on the Belgian governmental map. As things currently stand, it can confidently be referred to as Istria, the only Coronavirus free region in Europe.
The map is produced by Belgian authorities as a travel guide. Although it currently says Istria the only Coronavirus free region in Europe, the situation could change at any time. The travel advice and map are constantly updated.
The green colour allocation is the highest possible allocation on the map. It means that ‘travel is possible – hygiene and social distancing rules still apply.’ This is great news for those hoping to visit Istria during autumn.
The autumn season is particularly inviting to many fans of Istrian cuisine as it is the time of year in which fresh truffles can be taken from the county’s forests. Anyone planning to this year join the hunt for truffles can now do so confidently as Istria the only Coronavirus free region in Europe.
On 6th October 2020, Total Croatia News’s Donatella Pauković wrote about the county’s excellent epidemiological situation in an article in which Boris Miletić, mayor of Pula said ‘Istria is Again an Example to The Rest of Croatia!’
The head of Istria County’s COVID-19 crisis management team, Dino Kozlevac, praised residents of Istria for their widespread respect of suggested hygiene measures. Explaining the county’s good epidemiological situation, he said that residents of Istria have been wearing protective masks in closed spaces for three months, and it is those efforts that have created these positive results. While the awarding of the green status does not mean there is zero risk of Coronavirus being currently present in Istria, its lone standing within the continent does mean that Istria is right now the safest place you can travel to in Europe.
Istria was in the world headlines earlier this month when it was voted the world’s best olive oil making region in the world, for the sixth year running. Today it may be famous as Istria the only Coronavirus free region in Europe, but it will always hold its title as one of Europe’s best areas of gastronomy. As well as olive oil and truffles, Istria is internationally recognised as one of southern Europe’s best wine growing regions. Istrian malvasia and teran are famous all over the world.