As vaccination efforts have increased across Europe, countries like Greece and Croatia are already preparing for large amounts of tourism.
In Croatia, the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tomáš Petříček is currently negotiating conditions of entry for tourists visiting the Adriatic sea from the Czech Republic.
Safe locations to visit will be designated by a special marking stating “Safe Stay in Croatia”.
According to Petříček, Greece will accept an antigen test as an adequate requirement for those who have not yet been vaccinated. They are anticipating the country’s tourism season to begin on May 14 if safety conditions permit.
“They are either being tested or will show sufficient immunity as a result of the Covid -19 disease they have already undergone, or they will submit a negative test for covid-19,” Petříček said.
This year trains will continue to run from the Czech Republic down to the Adriatic coast with stops along Croatia at Rijeka and Split.
Croatia has long been a popular tourist destination for Czechs. Last year, 511,000 Czechs visited the country between Jan. and Sept. despite the global pandemic transpiring.
Croatia has implemented new health precautions for travelers to prevent the spread of Covid-19 among tourists. The Stay Safe in Croatia program has already been implemented to promote tourism this year and over 10,000 companies have already signed up for the program.
Restaurants, cafés, museums, and other similar tourism businesses have signed on to comply with the programs safety standards. Participating businesses will be designated with a stamp that indicated it meets the safety requirements of the Stay Safe in Croatia program.
Covid test sites are expected to be set up all around Croatia and the third wave of vaccinations will begin in April.
“It can be expected that Croatia will require tests upon arrival in the country. The only solution is whether it will have to be PCR or whether antigenic will suffice,” said Petříček.
The European Union is currently working on a “green digital passport” for travelers who have been vaccinated to make crossing borders more efficient.