After being Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac, held a meeting with the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jakub Kulhanek, regarding bilateral solutions to facilitate tourist movements, which will enable easier movement between the two countries before the establishment of EU digital COVID certificates, today the same meeting was held with the Austrian Minister of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism.
Brnjac met today in Vienna with the Austrian Minister of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism Elisabeth Köstinger on the topic of making tourism as easy as possible between the two countries and bilateral cooperation in tourism.
Minister Brnjac pointed out that the epidemiological situation in Croatia has significantly improved in recent weeks, and the incidence has dropped to 140,69 per 100.000 inhabitants, and some counties, such as Istria, are already in the green. She emphasized that for this very reason Croatia is committed to upgrading the map at ECDC and EU REOPEN with an epidemiological view of Europe, in order to provide a more detailed view by region - instead of the current view by NUTS 2 regions, by NUTS 3 (in Croatian level of counties) would be clearly visible areas with a low frequency of viruses in which tourism and other economic activities can take place.
"Croatia has done everything to be ready for the season and this is confirmed by all the announcements we have so far. The improvement of the epidemiological situation brings additional optimism, and it is especially encouraging that the number of vaccinated people in Croatia is growing every day. Intensive vaccination of our tourism workers is underway, of which more than 60% have been vaccinated in some counties. With all the steps we have taken since the beginning of the year, the Safe stay in Croatia project, setting up additional points for testing tourists and co-financing tests, we have provided the preconditions for a successful season", Said Minister Brnjac.
Ministers Brnjac and Köstinger agreed to facilitate tourist travel between Croatia and Austria
At the meeting, the ministers also referred to the implementation of EU digital COVID certificates and welcomed their introduction at the EU level, as this will significantly facilitate tourist movements and agree on bilateral solutions to facilitate tourist movements between Croatia and Austria.
"From tomorrow, passengers traveling from Croatia to Austria do not have quarantine obligations if they have been tested, vaccinated or overcame COVID-19. Austria will look at the epidemiological situation according to the same rules as Germany based on data from the Robert Koch-Institute. As of tomorrow, Croatia will start using EU digital COVID certificates, and bilateral tests are underway with member states, and so far COVID certificates have been validated with more than ten countries, including Austria., added Minister Brnjac.
In the end, the ministers agreed on reciprocity regarding crossing the boundaries after 22 days of the first dose of vaccine.
According to data from the eVisitor system, guests from Austria have made 171.000 overnight stays since the beginning of this year, which is almost 60 percent more than last year.
In recent years, Austria has been one of the most important emitting markets for Croatian tourism, accounting for 7 percent of all overnight stays in 2019. According to market studies for Austrians, Croatia is positioned as one of the most attractive and sought after destinations, and guests from Austria most often visit Istria and Kvarner, while the most popular destinations are Rovinj, Poreč and Medulin.