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Coronavirus Zadar, Croatia: updated and new information

Everybody is buzzing about Zadar and the final of the Adria Tour that was canceled when it was learned that a player was tested positive for the coronavirus. If you were reading news portals there seems to be huge pandemic outbreak after the tennis tournament and Zadar became the main topic. But what is the real situation in Zadar these days?

All those who have contacted with players for more than 10 min were required to self-isolate for 14 days and they had to contact the epidemiologist, while others who had reasonable suspicion for being infected with coronavirus were tested accordingly. There are fewer cases of infection in Zadar than in other places. Read the numbers and make your own opinion.

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The Coronavirus cases in Zadar and Croatia

On June 30th in the last 24 hours, there were 34 new cases in Croatia (check the official government website with accurate information on Coronavirus for other cities). In Zadar, for the last 24-hour there were 2 new cases confirmed.

  • In Croatia, since the beginning of the pandemic (February 25th 2020), there were 2.725 total cases confirmed
  • Active cases in Croatia on June 30th: 463
  • In Zadar, since the beginning of the pandemic, there were 99 total cases confirmed
  • Active cases in Zadar on June 30th: 19 (for detailed and updated information check official Zadar county website)
Situation in other countries in the region:

In following countries on June 30th there was total cases confirmed since the beginning of the pandemic:

  • Serbia: 14.046
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: 4.325
  • Montenegro: 498
  • Hungary: 4.145
  • Slovenia: 1.585
Entering Croatia for non-Croatian citizens

When entering the Republic of Croatia, nationals of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Republic of Austria, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Poland, Republic of Slovenia, Federal Republic of Germany and the Slovak Republic are not required to provide any special reason for their entry (business, economic, tourist, etc.). They can enter the country under the same conditions as the ones prior to COVID-19 outbreak, but still under epidemiological control and by complying with general and special recommendations issued by the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

All other foreign nationals not listed above are advised to announce their visit by filling in the form on the following site https://entercroatia.mup.hr/.

More on this subject find in our previous article Post COVID-19 travel to Zadar, Croatia: All you need to know.

New regulations for citizens coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Northern Macedonia

Persons who enter the Republic of Croatia from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Republic of Serbia and North Macedonia are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

It has been announced that mandatory self-isolation for citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be abolished, however, this measure has not yet entered into force at the time of writing this article on 30 June 2020. For updated information, click here.

Passengers coming from other countries will not be required to self-isolate at this moment. For other frequently asked questions regarding entering Croatia check Government official website.

Airline traffic in Zadar

When it comes to airline traffic in Zadar, Ryanair is running 40 percent of its activities compared to last year, but 10 lines are running as scheduled.
Eurowings is adding new line Stuttgart – Zadar, which will operate twice a week, to the existing line Cologne – Zadar, which operates once a week. Luxair has recently re-established its regular flights and the line Luxembourg – Zadar that started on June 20, operates once a week. Polish national airline PLL LOT, has announced the re-launch of routes to Zadar, Croatia. The Warsaw-Zadar line starts on July 4, once a week, on Saturdays.
For additional information check official Zadar airport website.

What is everyday life in Zadar during Coronavirus pandemic?

Zadar is like the rest of Europe, battling the coronavirus, with measures enforced to prevent its spread. However, life in Zadar didn’t stop. All bars, cafes and restaurants are open. You can go shopping for groceries and the shops are open like before the quarantine. Furthermore, there are no restrictions on travelling to other cities. The only thing you have to have in mind is to comply the recommendations and instructions by the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

Recommendations and instructions by the Croatian Institute of Public Health:

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  • It is recommended to wear a face mask or a nose and mouth cover
  • Maintain physical distance from other people (min. 1.5 m)
  • Avoid shaking hands, hugging and keep your distance from other people
  • Wash hands as often as possible with warm water and soap, and/or use hand disinfectant which should be thoroughly rubbed between the palms
  • Avoid touching the face, mouth, nose and eyes
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with an elbow or tissue then discard in the waste bin with a lid and wash your hands
  • When using public transportation, it is mandatory to use a medical mask or face mask (since 25th June)
  • In the event that symptoms of acute respiratory infection occur (cough, sore throat, elevated body temperature, shortness of breath/trouble breathing, loss of smell and taste) it is necessary to stay at accommodation and notify competent epidemiologist (contact number for Zadar Mob: +385 (0)98 332 765)
How to behave at the beach

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All visitors are advised to adhere to the rules of physical distance of 1.5 meters, even when staying in the water. The deckchairs have to be separated to ensure physical distance, the owner is obligated to disinfected deckchairs several times a day and always after a certain guest no longer uses the deckchair. Sanitary facilities will be cleaned and disinfected more often.
For the premises of sea and freshwater bathing areas, the maximum number of persons allowed to stay at the same time is determined according to the principle of 15 persons per 100 m2 of net area. Check government official website with Recommendations for swimming in the sea and inland surface waters.

Special notice for tours

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Wearing mask is obligatory when in transportation (buses, ships, trains). So if you have booked a tour and are about to use some kind of transportation (car, bus or boat), make sure to take your own mask with you.

To conclude..

What we have learned from last couple of days is that coronavirus is still present in the world but the life has to go on. If each individual behaves responsible and complies recommendations given by the epidemiologists then it should be enough to limit the spread of the virus and allow us a new-normal everyday life.

 

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