The latest travel advice for Croatia and whether quarantine could be reintroduced

If you have plans to jet off to Croatia on holiday this summer, you may have been spooked by the Government's swift decision to reintroduce quarantine rules for Spain. The move means thousands will be forced to self-isolate for 14 days when they return from their beach holidays. Others' plans have been left uncertain after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the Government "couldn't give a guarantee" that other countries wouldn't be taken off the "safe" list.

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But what of Croatia, a popular holiday destination among Brits that is currently seeing temperatures above 30 degrees?

Here is everything you need to know...

What is the current travel advice for Croatia?

Croatia is currently exempt from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice against all but essential international travel. It is also one of the UK's "air bridge" countries, which means you will not have to self-isolate upon arrival in Croatia or on your return to the UK, as things stand. The FCO advice means you should also be able to get travel insurance for trips to Croatia.

A view of the beach at Moscenicka draga, near Rijeka (Photo: Getty)

Before you arrive you will have to fill out a form with details of whether you have ever had coronavirus, or if you have been in contact with someone who has recovered from Covid-19 in the last 14 days.

Travellers also have to provide proof of an accommodation booking, or show they own a residence in Croatia. Masks are mandatory on public transport and in taxis, as well as in shops and supermarkets.

Could the UK reintroduce quarantine for Croatia?

Croatia has recorded just under 5,000 Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 140 deaths. Cases rose after restrictions were relaxed at the end of June, but are now largely back under control.

There were 41 new confirmed cases on Tuesday 28 July. By contrast, the UK had 685 new confirmed cases on 28 July, and has seen around 46,000 total deaths. If the situation in Croatia remains under control the UK Government is unlikely to reintroduce quarantine restrictions.

However, this could change if infections spike.

"We have to keep the situation under review and I think that is what the public would expect us to do," junior health minister Helen Whately told Sky News.

"If we see rates going up in a country where at the moment there is no need to quarantine, we would have to take action because we cannot take the risk of coronavirus being spread again across the UK."

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