Croatia’s tourism ministry has launched the “Croatian islands – COVID-free zones” campaign in order to give tourists information when visiting the islands, which have lower COVID-19 case numbers than seen on the mainland.
“Croatia’s epidemiological map currently shows islands as part of their counties even though the coronavirus incidence on islands is much lower than in other parts of the counties where they are located,” the ministry said in a statement.
Tourism and Sports Minister Nikolina Brnjac said islands are exceptionally important for Croatia’s tourism industry because they account for a quarter of all overnight stays. “Also, one-third of accommodation capacity is located on islands, and that is another reason why it is important that we have exact information on the epidemiological situation on islands, many of which are green zones,” she added.
The website www.safestayincroatia.hr will therefore offer visitors information on the epidemiological situation in individual counties, the location of COVID-19 testing points, information on air, land and sea transport connections between islands and the mainland and also separate information on islands. Croatia has 78 islands, 524 islets and 642 rock islets and reefs. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)