The Croatian government has set a maximum validity period for a COVID-19 vaccination passport, becoming the first country to impose such a rule.
According to the government’s announcement, all travelers will be barred from entering the Balkan country without submitting a negative COVID-19 PCR or rapid antigen test if more than 210 days have passed since they took the second dose of any approved vaccine, TheSchengen.com reports.
“Travelers must have a certificate certifying that they have received the first dose of the Pfizer, Moderna or Gamaleya vaccine, based on which they can enter the Republic of Croatia from 22 to 42 days after receiving the vaccine, or from 22 to 84 days after receiving the first dose of the vaccine. AstraZeneca”, stated the press release published by the government.
Because of Croatia’s latest decision, about 528 Slovak travelers, including Slovak President Zuzana Shaputova, who received a second injection on January 21, will only have time to visit Croatia until August 16.
As of May, Croatia lifted most of its measures, allowing all travelers from the European Union and European Economic Area countries, as well as the United States, to visit the country.
This decision was taken in an attempt to revive the tourism sector, which has been greatly affected by the epidemic. A total of 20 percent of the country’s revenue in the tourism sector comes from visiting foreigners during the summer seasons.
In this regard, Director of the Croatian National Tourism Council (HTZ), Kristian Stanicic, previously stated that tourism trends in Croatia are moving upwards, and he expects a good summer season next month.
However, the tourism movement will depend on the epidemiological situation in Croatia and other countries as well.
Currently, the Balkan country is ranked in the orange list, which includes countries at medium risk, based on data from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), which raises the concerns of the Croatian authorities that such a situation could lead to a possible decrease in the booking request. and travel.
Last month, the country welcomed about 290,000 visitors during one weekend, registering a 40 percent increase in the number of tourists compared to 2020. Most of these travelers were from European countries such as Austria, Czech Republic and Germany.
WHO data revealed that in the past 24 hours, Croatia reported one death linked to the coronavirus and 191 new positive cases of the virus.