Why Croatia is a perfect place to visit post Covid-19

Lovely beaches, beautiful nature, yummy food, a clean and safe environment, and excellent tourist infrastructure make Croatia a great place to visit. Over the last year, since the Covid-19 outburst, Croatia has also shown that the country and its people can successfully confront the crisis of an enormous proportion.

Why Croatia is a perfect place to visit during covid-19 pandemic

Already in 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Croatia has received 7 million tourists. The measures and protocols were put in place and the whole operation ran smoothly. Croatians have shown that they know how to withstand the crisis and that they are capable of taking the heat and organizing themselves to succeed.

For this reason and all other reasons listed below, we find that Croatia is a perfect place to visit in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But, first things first

If you decide to travel to Croatia in 2021, please get yourself familiar with and respect all measures, regulations, and rules that the Croatian government has put in place. Obey local laws whether you agree with them or not, be a responsible traveler, and don’t put others at risk. If you are not willing to do so, then maybe it is better to postpone your visit to Croatia until better times come.

Reasons that make Croatia a perfect place to visit in Covid-19 times

Since the outburst of the Covid-19 pandemic, our lives haven’t been the same. And no other industry has been hit so hard by the pandemic as the travel industry.

However, as the summer is approaching and the number of positive cases keeps going down, we still hope to be able to travel domestically and internationally in 2021. We have trips to Hvar, Vis, Zadar, and Peljesac lined up, as well as Sarajevo in Bosnia, and Puglia in Italy.

We deeply believe that traveling doesn’t need to be a high-risk behavior for a spread of a virus. You just need to stay responsible.

Let’s think for a moment: when we travel we tend to interact with fewer people than when staying at home. We don’t have friends or family to see, have a coffee, a chat, or lunch in enclosed areas of our or their homes. So, on travels, we basically interact with fewer people than at home, and less personal contact is a big Yes if we want to stop the spread of a virus.

If you plan to travel internationally in 2021, in this post, we’ll give you reasons why you should consider traveling to Croatia.

So let’s get down to what makes Croatia a perfect travel destination during the coronavirus pandemic.

Croatia is a small country with many underpopulated places

Croatia’s population is less than 4.000.000, and about one-third lives in Zagreb and the surrounding area. Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, and Osijek are the only 4 towns in Croatia with over 100.000 inhabitants. This means that the rest of the country is pretty underpopulated. We have villages with as little as 3 inhabitants, or none (like the village where we have our villa rental).

Although to make things comparable all covid-19 numbers should be regarded as per capita, I still prefer to spend my holidays in a small underpopulated place than in a human hive, a place where million people live in close-packed spaces.

The majority of Croatian towns is so small that they don’t even have a public transport

In all Croatian towns, you can simply walk. You don’t really need to use public transport to get you from point A to point B. Towns are small and walking (or cycling in some) is a perfect way to move around. This is one place less to worry about contracting the virus.

In Croatia, we have a wide range of accommodation

Hotels, resorts, vacation rentals, villas, campsites, or glamping … you’ll find a type of accommodation for every budget, style, and in these days, a level of safety that makes you comfortable.

When we travel we choose vacation rentals, villas, and campsites rather than hotels. On the other hand, you might prefer a hotel stay, because hotels’ operational standards, especially cleaning standards, might put you at ease.

Country of thousand islands

Don’t want to see other people on your holidays? Rent a sailing boat and sail the Adriatic Sea! Croatia has over 1000 islands, islets, and reefs. You can easily spend your holidays sailing and never seeing another person if that’s what you want.

The majority of main attractions are outside

Let’s be honest, people don’t visit Croatia because of great museums, art exhibitions or luxury shopping. People visit Croatia for its beaches, ancient old towns, islands, national parks, and nature in general.

And the great part is that the majority of these attractions are outside, like Dubrovnik walls, Zlatni rat beach, Diocletian Palace in Split, or Plitvice National Park.

Staying outside is one of the best ways to keep the virus away.

Croatia is close to many European countries

Are you traveling to Croatia from another European country, like Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Slovenia, or Hungary? Simply drive there!

Croatia is within 6 hours drive from many big European towns like Munich, Budapest, Vienna, Milan, Ljubljana, Venice.

You can avoid traveling by plane or any public transport, and simply stay safe by driving to Croatia.

Croatian roads are great! Driving around is simple and easy!

If you visit Croatia during the Covid-19 pandemic, don’t shy away from renting a car and driving around. Our road infrastructure is excellent, and driving in Croatia is easy. This way you can avoid mixing with other people which is unavoidable if you use intercity buses or planes.

The country offers great natural sites

With over 1000 islands, more than 1700 km of coast, and as many as 19 nature and national parks, Croatia is a great place to enjoy nature and stay outdoor.

In fact, protected parks cover over 10% of our landmass!

There are so many outdoor activities you can enjoy while in Croatia and each of them includes social distancing.

Many Croatians have already gotten over Covid-19

Truth be told, at a certain point this winter, particularly in November, the pandemic hit us really badly. We had over 4000 cases a day for weeks, as many as 80 deaths a day, and our hospitals were on a verge of collapse (but fortunately they withstand the pressure!). This means that many Croatians have already gotten over Covid-19. That fact alone helps immensely to stop the spread of the virus. People are also willing to vaccinate. According to HUT (Croatian Tourism Association), as many as 80% of people employed within the tourist industry expressed their willingness to get vaccinated as soon as they get a chance.

Would you like to visit Croatia post-Covid-19?


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4 thoughts on “Why Croatia is a perfect place to visit post Covid-19”

  1. I don’t think this info is correct. First, the ETIAS visa shouldn’t be in use before the end of 2022, and even then, Croatia won’t require it since we are not yet part of the Schengen space.

  2. Thank you for the time you devote to answering questions.
    I just found an article saying that as of 2021 Canadians visiting Croatia need to apply for an ETIAS visa?
    Can you confirm this?
    Thank you

  3. Hi Julianne, thanks for reading the blog, and great to have you in Croatia! You can purchase styrofoam ice chest or cooling bag in Mueller or big supermarkets like Super Konzum, Plodine, or Kaufland. On the way to Dubrovnik, you will be stopped by a border control just like anywhere, to check your travel documents. However, if you worry about Covid-19 restrictions, transiting through Neum on your way to Dubrovnik is exempt from the rules, and you are free to transit. However, at the moment, you are not allowed to stop in Neum, and they do check the travel time between two border crossings.

  4. Hi Frank,

    My husband and I will be in Croatia in mid-June. We are reading all of your travel guides. So great!
    We are staying in Istria for the majority of the time, then Split and Dubrovnik. Can we purchase a styro-foam ice chest in one of the Muller stores in Zagreb? Will we be stopped at the border control on the way to Dubrovnik?
    We are then headed to Paxos and Milos in Greece.

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