While the national mass vaccination campaign continues throughout the country, interest in getting the vaccine is diminishing in Split-Dalmatia County, where currently about 37% of the population has received the vaccine. This has raised concerns among some officials that the county will be difficult to achieve government's stated goal of having 50 percent of the population vaccinated by the end of the month, which could hamper the tourist season.
Istra, Šibenik-Knin, Vukovar-Srijem and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties have not registered a single new positive coronavirus test result over the past 24 hours. However, with the peak tourism season upon us, Istra County officials have called on government to request of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control that Croatia's epidemiological situation be based on the situation in individual counties, and not the current four statistical regions, which has most of the country in the so-called orange zone. This means that, while many counties that rely heavily on the tourism sector are in the orange zone in spite of the fact that they meet the criteria to be placed in the green-zone. The head of the Istra County Civil Protection Directorate, Dino Kozlevac: “Every member state proposed to the ECDC how it would like to be treated, for instance Italy is assessed on the basis of regions. In Greece they even assess islands separately. So, I expect our political authority to do everything in its power to return how we are assessed to the method we had last summer, when each county was assessed individually, and if you'll remember, Istra County was the only green area on the map.”
The zoning is based on four categories of risk, with green being the lowest risk category and dark red the highest. For tourists in Croatia, this means that upon returning to their home destination, they will require a negative coronavirus test, or confirmation that they have already recovered from the virus or have been vaccinated against the virus.
Meanwhile, on Sunday Tourism Minister Nikolina Brnjac backed the initiative from Istra County officials, noting that with 287 thousand tourists currently in Croatia, it is realistic to expect a better tourist season than last year. Since the beginning of the year Croatia has registered 1.8 million tourist arrivals, and more than 7.3 million overnight stays.
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