Interior Minister Davor Božinović said on Thursday that over 132,000 foreigners and almost 150,000 Croatian citizens had entered Croatia last week after the partial lifting of travel restrictions.
Today, people waited for several hours to enter Croatia at the Bregana border crossing with Slovenia, as thousands more took advantage of the relaxed measures.
"The entry of EU citizens into Croatia has increased. In the period between May 13 and 21, 277,805 passengers entered, 145,801 Croatian citizens and 132,000 foreigners. In the same period, 225,438 passengers left Croatia, an equal ratio of foreigners and Croatian citizens," Bozinovic said at Thursday's regular cabinet session.
He said border crossings were open primarily for EU citizens and that third country citizens could still enter and cross Croatia only under certain conditions.
"Border crossings are first and foremost open to EU citizens, but also to some citizens from third countries but under specific conditions. These people are able enter or transit through Croatia. That being said, the main recommendation from the European Commission regarding the ban on third-country nationals entering the European Union will remain until June 15th," said the minister.
Croatia is in phase when many epidemiological measures continue to be relaxed, as life returns to a semblance of normality. At the same time, he warned that the number of Covid-19 cases in the world was still rising and that people in Croatia, in order to keep the situation favourable, should continue to act responsibly.
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