Coronavirus Update on March 30th 2020
We are aware of the outbreak of Coronavirus. Please see below detailed Questions and Answers relating to queries we are receiving about travel to Croatia.
As of today, there are 706 reported cases of patients infected with Coronavirus who are in quarantine. As Croatia has a population of 4 million people, at the moments its still a fairly small number.
To stop the spread of the Coronavirus in Croatia. The Croatian Government has imposed a self-quarantine process of 14 days for any travellers coming from the following countries Italy, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Austria, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Iran, China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong & Singapore.
Having spoken to relevant authorities, we believe that this ban will be in place for a short period and will only affect clients travelling in March and April.
Coronavirus is spread like the flu virus through close contact with a person infected with the virus through sneezing or touching surfaces which are infected.
We advise travellers to take the following precautions:
- Carry hand sanitizer with you and wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds at a time with warm water and soap.
- Don’t touch your face, eyes, nose, or mouth when your hands are dirty.
- Don’t go out if you’re feeling sick or have any cold or flu symptoms.
- Cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow whenever you sneeze or cough. Throw away any tissues you use to blow your nose or sneeze right away.
- Keep any objects you touch regularly clean. Use disinfectants on objects like phones, computers, utensils, dishware, and door handles.
The small ships that we operate are like boutique hotels with just 38 guests on board, almost all of the passengers from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa and Australia. We don’t actively sell to countries outside of these English-speaking areas.
Our cruises visit smaller islands such as Hvar, Vis, Korcula and others which are far less crowded than some of the bigger cities around the world, which have been impacted.
Our cruises sail a considerable distance from the affected area in Northern Italy, which by road would be a 7-hour journey. In order to be infected by the Coronavirus, you need to be within a few feet of an infected person or touch an infected surface.
We have a 24/7 concierge service, highly experienced cruise directors and an operational office in Split which is on hand to deal with any problems that arise. The benefit of our ships is that they visit smaller less visited ports and sail along the coast, so if medical treatment is required, we can react very quickly.
Healthcare facilities in Croatia are considered to be of a very high standard and in line with EU standards. It’s important to note that healthcare is free to all Croatian citizens with the country benefiting from advanced treatment and the latest technology. There are hospitals in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik which are a couple of hours away from any one point you will be travelling with us.
Any clients who are concerned about travelling to Croatia in May and June, can get in touch with our team and discuss deferring their trip to later in 2020. If you are booked to do a cruise with us, we have cabins available in August, September and October which we can move you to.
If you are uncomfortable travelling in 2020, we can discuss postponing your trip to 2021. Any funds you have paid will be transferred to 2021 and we will freeze the cost of next years cruises for you.
To discuss either of these options, please feel free to contact our customer service team who aim to respond to all queries within 24 hours.
You can reach us at [email protected]