COVID passes are a good solution for speeding up border crossings this summer, but they should not be a prerequisite for travel, according to the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT).
“I believe that a vaccination certificate should not be a prerequisite for travel, but that it is good practice for countries that are thinking towards facilitating border crossings for people who have been vaccinated. There is no reason why a vaccination certificate should not be used for easier entry when crossing the border, in addition to presenting a negative test ", said Veljko Ostojic, director of the Croatian Tourism Association.
Two days ago, the director of the Croatian Institute of Public Health commented on the issue of covid passports Krunoslav Capak and the Minister of the Interior and Chief of Staff of Civil Protection Davor Božinović.
This has already been discussed, even before the end of the last tourist season, to enable tourists returning to their countries to take PCR tests in Croatia, so that they can normally cross the border of their home country with a negative test. “We will try to organize it this year during the tourist season, until then there is enough time to try to organize it. Whether it will be right at the airport or somewhere else, we’ll see. In any case, we think that we will then have enough free capacity for testing. What I must mention is that so far there is no country in the EU that recognizes rapid antigen tests for crossing the border.", Said Capak.
Croatia will be practical there, said Interior Minister and Chief of the National Civil Protection Headquarters Davor Bozinovic, who confirmed that Croatia is working on bilateral agreements on easier border crossings for people vaccinated against COVID-19, without a PCR test.
"Surely the talks will intensify to see how we can do everything in our power to get tourism up and running and to record a more successful tourist season than last", said Božinović and added that there are a number of issues when we talk about tourism, not only about Croatian tourism but also about European tourism. “There have been numerous talks on the subject, as well as border crossings. These days, there will be a meeting of the European Council that will deal with this issue as well. As far as Croatia is concerned, the Headquarters stopped communicating with the Ministry of Tourism and we have planned meetings on this topic in order to try to define as many issues related to the preparation of this year's tourist season in time. The issue of testing tourists at our airports is just one of the issues we will discuss"Concluded Bozinovic.