The tourism secretary of Croatia says that to impose a 14-day quarantine decision of the UK on any traveler returning from the country is unfair. Despite the recent rise in coronavirus infection rates.
Starting from Saturday morning, visitors or residents coming back to the UK after visiting Croatia, Austria and Trinidad & Tobago will now have to quarantine for 14-days.
Tourism minister Frano Matusic said, “When we heard the UK government’s decision. We thought ‘this is not fair’ because Croatia is really a safe destination.”
Reporting Low Number Of Cases
However, according to recent reports in the last seven days, there have been 31 COVID-19 cases in Croatia. These rates were from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and the number of 31 cases was per 100,000 people.
Whereas, the UK recorded 11 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to 20 August.
Speaking from the popular tourist destination of Dubrovnik, the secretary added, “Today, Croatia is on the list for many European countries as a safe destination still. Of course, it is true we have some serial hotspots in Croatia, but we didn’t register until now any infections in hotels, camps, and other accommodation facilities.”
“This is very important because this means the staff and guests respect the epidemiological measures. We appeal to the UK government to replace the 14-day quarantine measure with reliable tests.”
Disappointed over the new rule, he also mentioned that currently there are about 700,000 tourists in Croatia. In which 120,000 are local visitors. Whereas the remaining are from neighboring countries including Germany and the UK.
Effects of the Announcement
However, Google search for flights to the UK from Croatia spiked on Thursday at 6 pm. After the announcement of the country that it was being removed from the safe list.
The flight prices also spike after the announcement as per some holidaymakers. They said that flights were jumping up by hundreds of pounds.
Mr. Matusic said the country’s epidemiological sector is now closely following each new COVID-19 case.
However, he also blames young people in the country’s capital Zagreb for causing one of the infection “hotspots”. He said the latest cases there had been connected to nightclubs.
He said that, in Dubrovnik, there were “only two or three people with coronavirus in hospital now”.
Mr. Matusic said that staff and holidaymakers must follow the social distancing measures but insisted “all the guests feel safe in Croatia.”
However, Mr. Matusic admitted the UK’s new rule would negatively affect the remaining tourist season of the year. But he insisted Croatia had already had “unexpectedly impressive” visitor figures despite the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the demand for flights to Portugal increased. After the announcement of arrivals from the country will no longer need to quarantine.
Flight bookings for Portugal spiked over 2,000% immediately following the announcement, according to flight comparison site Skyscanner.