Last year, the European Commission did launches “Re-open EU” network platform for the safe continuation of travel and tourism in Europe. The platform serves as a main reference point for anyone traveling to the EU because it has centralized updated information.
Last summer EU member states have managed to align the eye common criteria to mark regions by the number of coronavirus infected. Based on the data submitted by the member states to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, a map of EU countries by different countries has been published colors or zones (green, orange, red, gray) - and by regions, which is crucial.
However, since then, as today, Croatia is still divided into two regions, and not by counties, which is of course illogical, does not give the right picture and sends the wrong message to foreign markets. After months of writing and lobbying on this topic (it is insane that we still have to deal with this topic today, and we know how much we depend on tourism, especially this year), someone finally reacted and sent a "letter" to the European Commission regarding the regional risk assessment on the ECDC map, ie the EU Re-open platform.
The initiative for a regional approach to travel risk was addressed to the Council and the Commission yesterday
Namely, Walter Flego, IDS Member of the European Parliament, recently launched an initiative in the European Parliament to show the coronavirus situation at European level by region / county, and yesterday An initiative for a regional approach to travel risk to the Council and the Commission.
When planning a trip, the guest must see the epidemiological difference between Istria and Dalmatia, Rovinj and Dubrovnik, Flego points out and adds: "I ask the Commission and the Council to accept my proposal, which will show Croatia, as well as other countries that wish to do so, in much more detail on the European map of risk assessment of tourist destinations. The tourist season is just about to start, and the entire Adriatic coast, from Pula to Dubrovnik, is one region and one color. We need to change that urgently"
Finally, the synergy of Croatian MPs, who all supported the initiative of Valter Fleg. The initiative was signed by 25 MPs, including all Croatian MPs, except for the independent Kolakusic and Sincic. “I would like to thank my fellow Members who have recognized the importance of this idea for Croatia and have supported and signed the initiative that was officially sent to the Commission and the Council yesterday.. Croatia must be divided into 21 counties, because the European map we have today does not show the real numbers or the real situation. The current map unfairly penalizes our tourism workers, private renters and responsible regional authorities", Added Flego.
Another thing that the IDS representative also sees as a big problem before the start of the tourist season, is the price of tests in Croatia and other member states. “Digital green certificates will soon become a part of our everyday lives. But one extremely important aspect of these confirmations has been overlooked. Namely, we know that vaccination is not mandatory, nor do all citizens of the European Union have the opportunity to be vaccinated at the same time. Although vaccination is free in the Member States, the cost of one test for SARS-Cov-2 RT-PCR is very high. In Croatia, it currently amounts to HRK 500,00. This creates inequality and unnecessary obstacles to freedom of movement and discriminates against citizens who have not been vaccinated or have not survived the virus.", Flego pointed out in the question he sent to the European Commission yesterday.
Namely, as of April 07, 2021, new prices of microbiological tests, which are provided at the request of legal and natural persons, come into force at the Croatian Institute of Public Health.
- Test for SARS-Cov-2 RT-PCR - unit price HRK 500,00
- Rapid antigen test for COVID-19 - unit price 150,00 kn
- Translation of the findings into English - unit price 125,00 kn
Although I am late in defining the basic preconditions for the tourist season, during the second week should get an answer to the currently most important question, to which no one in the tourism sector has an answer: Where will the test points and test prices be?
The list of test points throughout Croatia will be published in the second week on the Safe Stay in Croatia website, as well as the prices of their tests. I hope everyone has signed up for the Safe Stay label, if you haven’t it’s an imperative this year or don’t open your facilities at all during the summer season.
Also, the Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac announced that the state will cover part of the cost of testing for tourists, and for this purpose the Ministry has allocated about 20 million kuna from its budget. We will find out the final price of testing for guests next week.
Also, the vaccination of tourism workers began yesterday in Dubrovnik, and the Ministry of Co-financing and additional mobile medical care teams in 2021 will test guests through rapid antigen tests.