CROATIA has said that Brits will be able to go on holiday to the country if they have proof of a vaccination or a negative Covid test.
The announcement is another welcome boost for families wanting a holiday abroad, with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps saying people could "start to think" about booking foreign trips for the first time earlier today.
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Tourism minister Nikolina Brnjac said: “EU citizens, as well as non-EU citizens, who have either recovered or been vaccinated or have a negative PCR or EU-approved antigen test, will be able to enter Croatia for tourist reasons."
Kids under the age of seven will be exempt if travelling with parents or guardians who are vaccinate, have a negative test or proof of antibodies.
For those happy to book a break while there is still some uncertainty
around which countries will be open to Brits, there are a number of cheap deals to be had on Croatia holidays later in the year to popular destinations such as Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar.
Some of the best deals include:
- TUI Croatia September and October 7-night holidays from £367pp
- TUI Blue Adriatic Beach Hotel all-inclusive 7-nights from £664pp
- Jet2 Holidays September and October 7-night holidays from £499pp
- Jet2 Holidays 4* Aminess Grand Azure Hotel half-board 7-nights September and October from £548pp
- EasyJet Holidays Croatia September and October 7-nights from £289pp
- EasyJet Holidays 4* Hotel Croatia half-board 7-nights September and October from £599pp
- Balkan Holidays 7-night September and October from £482pp
- Balkan Holidays Vis Hotel, 7-night half-board September and October from £535pp
- On the Beach Cavtat Hotel bed and breakfast 7-nights September from £393pp
- Love Holidays Sheraton Dubrovnik Riviera Hotel 7-nights October from £490pp
- Travel Republic Dubrovnik Riviera 7-nights September from £216pp
- Balkan Holidays Croatia 7-night September holidays from £487pp
As well as proof of their Covid status, holidaymakers also have to have confirmation of accommodation that is booked and paid for.
Mr Brnjac said: "We have intensified preparations for the upcoming tourist year; we are arranging additional points for testing in tourist places in order to make our tourists’ stay in the Republic of Croatia as pleasant and safe as possible."
The UK government has confirmed a new traffic light scheme which will allow travel to open up again.
It will class countries as either green, amber, or red, depending on the state of the pandemic and rate of vaccinations although which countries this includes will be revealed next month.
Travellers from green list countries will be required to have a negative test before returning to the UK, as well as another test on day two after returning.
Croatia could be on the list but this depends on its vaccine rollout and Covid cases.
Amber country arrivals will need to test and also isolate at home and anyone returning from red countries will have to quarantine in a a government-mandated hotel at a cost of £1,750 per person.
If you're looking for more foreign holiday inspiration, we've found cheap all inclusive holidays for this summer and there are many cheap package holidays.
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