COVID-19 in Croatia
Croatia is in a relatively good position regarding COVID-19 versus it’s neighbours. Croatia has surprisingly low amount of COVID-19 cases in comparison to Italy which is just 30-40 km away across the land of Slovenia. The latter appeared somehow to be a protective belt which separates Croatia from the centre of epidemics in Northern Italy.
Another aspect considered a drawback for a long time appeared to be an advantage - Croatia is still outside Schengen treaty with a real border checkpoints between Slovenia and Croatia. This "shield" effectively stopped coronovirus from spreading over to Croatia. Croatian government took timely measures of closing the country frontiers stopping air traffic (for example, Pula airport is closed). The most forceful measure was actual closure of the regions when a person living in Pula is unable to go to Rijeka. People can move within a very limited area of their close neighbourhood. Each county is now isolated from another which stops infection to spread. Croatia is also lucky to have many islands, which are naturally isolated from the mainland with quite limited contacts over the winter and early spring. By April 17th 2020 Croatia had just 1814 COVID-19 confirmed cases and only 36 deaths for the whole country. This statistics makes Croatia one of the least infected countries in Europe. Most of the hotels and rental apartments were closed in November-April as it is low season, so thay are free of infection. This can make Croatia one of the most attractive direction once the borders get opened, to outweight Italy and Spain as a secure destination after pandemics wave.