Austria has seen increased traffic jams on motorways and at border crossings on Sunday, as travellers chose to shorten their holidays after Vienna put Croatia on the list of high-risk countries due to a resurgence of COVID cases.
Following two consecutive record-breaking days of coronavirus infections late last week, Austria's foreign ministry announced that as of Monday, August 17th, its citizens would be warned against travel to Croatia, as concerns grow that vacationers could catch the coronavirus and spread it once they return home.
Citizens and non-citizens entering Austria from Croatia will need to provide a negative COVID-19 test or commit to being tested within 48 hours of arrival - or face a two-week quarantine.
Deputy Director of the Public Health Institute in Zagreb, Sandra Šikić, said hundreds of people had visited the drive-in testing facility.
"On Friday and Saturday we saw about three hundred people. The majority of those getting tested yesterday and today are foreign nationals, tourists on their way back home, because they need a negative PCR test in order to avoid a two-week quarantine upon arriving home. Some are Croatian nationals who work abroad and who also need a negative PCR test," explained Šikić.
According to some figures, there are currently 40,000 Austrians vacationing in Croatia. However, Vienna believes that there are many more people from Austria who are spending their summer holidays in Croatia.
Croatian authorities, meanwhile, maintain the country is safe, and that they are in constant contact with their Austrian counterparts.
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