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Latest Information Regarding the Covid-19 Outbreak in Croatia
Updated 25 May 2020
Dear valued guests,
As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we are doing everything we can to provide maximum flexibility. We have taken action to ensure the uninterrupted service of our company, as well as keeping the main goal in mind, and that is to contain the spread of the virus across the community. This is a time we need to show our humanity and social responsibility by practising social distancing as part of saving lives. We remain committed to offering you flexible booking options. Given these unique circumstances we are making adjustments to our individual booking policies to give you extra peace of mind. We are approaching each case individually in order to provide the best possible service and solution for our guests. As you know, this takes time and dedication, so we are asking for your patience and understanding as our priority are bookings due within the next two months. All other inquiries will be handled in their due time so if you could help us with this issue, we'd be most appreciative.
Croatia has handled the health threat from coronavirus well, both in terms of measures taken and communication. The authorities reacted quicker than most as they watched the horror unfold across the Adriatic in Italy, and an extremely effective National Civil Protection Headquarters has kept infections and deaths well below the European average.
Croatia currently has 2,234 cases of infection, which has resulted in 96 deaths. The majority of cases - 1,784 - have recovered. The government opened the border on Sunday - 09 May 2020.
MARITIME TRADE AND NAUTICAL TOURISM
The Croatian Government opened the border to all foreign nationals and the 14 days self-isolation rule has been abolished. All visitors can enter the country with a proof of their holiday booked.
In relation with the application of the Decision on temporary ban of crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia (Official Gazette Nos. 32/20 and 48/20) and the Decision on amendments to the same decision of 9th May 2020, following the previously published recommendations by the Croatian Institute of Public Health, here are our additional clarifications and instructions:
Croatian and foreign seafarers crossing the state border
1. Croatian seafarers who are repatriated to the Republic of Croatia after signing off in any country of the world are no longer subject to the self-isolation measure.
2. The latest amendments enable all foreign nationals to sign on aboard merchant ships and yachts that are berthed, laid-up or idle in the Republic of Croatia.
3. Foreign nationals who are crew members after signing on aboard ship or yacht are not subject to the self-isolation measure onboard that vessel.
4. Foreign nationals who are crew members of the ships and yachts already staying in the ports of the Republic of Croatia shall be allowed to enter the Republic of Croatia.
5. Maritime agents, who, organize the repatriation of seafarers from third countries to their homeland after their signing off in the Republic of Croatia, are recommended to provide in advance the necessary visas with a longer duration. Their travel arrangements should take into account possible restrictions in any of the transit countries in order for seafarers' return to take the shortest time possible.
Foreign nationals - owners of yachts and boats located in the Republic of Croatia
1. This instruction applies to yachts and boats providing accommodation and multi-day stay onboard.
2. Foreign nationals who own yachts and boats located in the Republic of Croatia may cross the state border upon presentation of documentation proving either the ownership of the vessel, or the entitlement to use the vessel (lease/leasing contract). The documentation proving the ownership should be also supported by berth usage contract and/or confirmation from the nautical port that the vessel is presently berthed in the respective marina.
3. For vessels owned by a legal entity, foreign nationals who prove to be either the owners of the respective legal entity or a responsible person within the legal entity shall be considered owners of vessels within the meaning of these instructions.
4. In addition to the owner of the vessel, his close family members may also cross the state border. When, in addition to the owner, members of his immediate family are to be on board, in addition to presenting the documents listed in point 2 above, it is necessary to present a completed List of crew and passengers of the yacht or boat for personal use attached to this instruction. To avoid unexpected crowds, marinas should confirm the arrival at the time indicated on the form.
Other foreign nationals crossing the state border
1. Vessel charter, and/or using the accommodation service on ships, yachts and boats is considered a vitally important economic reason for coming to the Republic of Croatia that has to be evidenced by the List of crew and passengers entered in the eNautika system either by the charter company or by vessel's owner. The status of the document „Under preparation“ shall also be acceptable.
2. The arrival of representatives of recognized foreign organizations (Lloyd's Register of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, DNV GL; RINA…) in Croatian shipyards and ports for the purpose of extending the validity of existing certificates or issuing new ones to ships and yachts, shall be allowed upon presentation of an invitation from the respective Croatian shipyard, ship owner or agent.
Sailing in and navigation in the Republic of Croatia
1. Foreign boats and yachts with the hull length below 24 meters are still prohibited to enter the Republic of Croatia.
2. Ships entering the Republic of Croatia for lay-up (temporary standstill) in Croatian ports will be allowed to enter only provided that there are about 40-50 crew members on board during the major portion of the approved period of stay, unless the ship has obtained approval from the local civil protection headquarters.
3. Navigation is permitted to all the ships, yachts and boats currently in the Republic of Croatia.
4. During vessel's stay at berth in ports open to public traffic and nautical ports, it is necessary to prevent the passage of guests and crew members from one vessel to another.
5. Vessels not provided with built-in automatic identification systems (AIS) or any other electronic navigation tracking system are recommended to keep records of all port callings from the beginning of their navigation to the end of the navigation.
All the above crew members and boaters are recommended to limit their visits to the shore only to the most necessary ones in the first 14 days of stay in the Republic of Croatia. These 14 days will also include the days of sailing or staying at the anchorage before arriving in the Republic of Croatia, during which they had no contacts with other persons.
In addition to the above, other epidemiological measures published by the Croatian Institute of Public Health are to be applied.
Nautical tourism ports, charter companies and boat owners for multi-day cruises are obliged to adjust their work and provision of services to specific recommendations issued by the Croatian Institute of Public Health.
Nobody can say for sure what this means for the summer 2020 charter season, but here at Sail Dalmatia we are staying on top of all developments, in order to best advise clients and support the owners during these challenging times. One thing is certain – the yachting industry is coming together to ensure that we all get back to sunny days on board as soon as possible.
SAIL DALMATIA TEAM.