The Tourism Ministry has launched the “Croatian islands – COVID-free zones” campaign and will soon publish on the www.safestayincroatia.hr website information on the epidemiological situation on islands, which have a much lower COVID-19 incidence than the counties they are located in.
“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.
The website www.safestayincroatia.hr will therefore offer visitors not only information on the epidemiological situation in individual counties but also separate information on islands.
Croatia has 78 islands, 524 islets and 642 rock islets and reefs which are especially attractive to tourists and which account for a large portion of tourism turnover.
Tourism and Sports Minister Nikolina Brnjac has said that islands are exceptionally important for Croatia’s tourism industry because they account for one-quarter of all overnight stays, with tourists’ stay on islands being two days longer than the stay of tourists visiting coastal destinations.
“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 said.
The www.safestayincroatia.hr website will also contain information on all COVID-19 testing points as well as information on air, land and sea transport connections between islands and the mainland.
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