How Will Slovenian Travel Decision Affect Croatian Tourism Sector?

Lauren Simmonds

Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled, Slovenia

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Marija Crnjak writes on the 28th of September, 2020, the Croatian tourism sector is very satisfied with the Slovenian travel decision which will see all of the Croatian counties located along the border with Slovenia placed on the orange list, which means that from these areas, people can enter Slovenia with a negative test and without having to go into self-isolation/quarantine.

Brod-Posavina, Dubrovnik-Neretva, Lika-Senj, Požega-Slavonia, Sibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia, Virovitica-Podravina and Zadar counties have all remained on the Slovenian Government’s red list.

“I’m pleased that the Slovenian Government has recognised the efforts that Croatia is making to remain an epidemiologically safe destination, and has removed some Croatian counties from the red list for Slovenia. Slovenes are our dear and faithful guests, a large number of tourists from Slovenia visit Croatia on weekends, come here on day trips, and also visit throughout the year, so I think this Slovenian travel decision will contribute to the continuation of the tourist year,” said the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Brnjac. In addition to Slovenian guests visiting Croatia for a holiday, a significant number of businessmen travel from Slovenia to Croatia, which is excellent news for Zagreb’s hotels.

The Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) also welcomes the decision to introduce a regional approach to Croatia, which is crucial for enabling the normalisation of the travel regime between Croatia and Slovenia. HUT is convinced that this is only the first in a series of similar decisions, which is in line with the proposal of Germany, which demands that such a travel regime be accepted by all members of the European Union (EU).

”We can see that the epidemiological situation can vary considerably from region to region within a country, so a regional approach to travel restrictions is the only way to simultaneously maintain a level of activity between two member states while maintaining effectiveness in fighting the spread of the pandemic. HUT supports the definition of a common travel regime based on a regional approach, with clearly defined epidemiological criteria that will be valid at the level of the entire EU,” said Veljko Ostojic, the director of HUT.

HUT believes that such an approach will be adopted as soon as possible by countries such as Austria, Italy and others that are important emitting tourist markets for Croatia.

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