Like most others, we are eagerly awaiting our Croatia holiday this summer. Due to Covid-19, there is a high probability of travel restrictions and special hygiene measures that has to be implemented by hosts as ourselves. We expect that this will reduce the number of tourists on the beaches, the number of guests in restaurants etc. Still, we do not how extensive the restrictions will be and how this will impact our rental service.
So far, Croatia seems to be one of the European countries least affected by the pandemic when measuring the number of infected and the number of dead. Official figures per May 1. shows that the number of infected persons is just under 2100 and the number of dead is 69. When measured against the population, this is a somewhat lower figure when compared to most European countries. Croatian citizens have for a long time lived with quite strong measures, precisely because the country is so dependent on tourism and wants to be able to open up before the summer season. Nationally, they loosen their measures a bit from the next week on when the restaurants are allowed to welcome guests again. The Croatian authorities have said they will issue guidelines for the summer season around May 15. We will publish this info and send it to our guests as soon as we can.
We expect that rental services as ourselves must comply with a number of hygiene requirements. Since we have spacious apartments, a large plot, quite some distance between our villas and a good offer at each villa (pool, barbecue etc.), we hope that we are among those who are allowed to welcome some guests this season. But we do not know yet. It depends on both the guidelines of the local authorities, the travel restrictions national authorities in our guest’s home countries imposes and of course what the guests themselves feel comfortable with:-)
If you have booked at our place this summer, you must of course consider canceling your holiday early if that is necessary to get a refund for airfare or other travel expenses such as car rental fees. Still, we recommend waiting a bit longer if possible. We hope we know more about the summer season in just a couple of weeks, around May 15. Regardless of this, you can safely leave the reservation active without any financial risk. We will not demand any payment, cancellation fee or other financial compensation for any of our reservations this summer unless we know for certain that our guests have the opportunity to travel to Vodice and have chosen to do so.
Until we know more, we refer to the official information of the Ministry of Tourism in Croatia: