12.06.2020. | Nautica
With the opening of the borders, sailors, who keep their boats in Croatian marinas, are continuing to arrive in increasing numbers, the first megayachts are entering Croatian waters, and a charter fleet has been launched, which Croatia has the most of and is among the most famous in the world, HRT reports.
Most foreigners perceive the Republic of Croatia as a destination free from coronavirus, while it would be a lie to say that is true, what can be said with utmost confidence is that Croatia has handled and is continuing to handle the pandemic exceptionally, making it among the safest countries in the world. Leading the way in the feeling of safety are those in nautical tourism and sailors who feel carefree in Croatian marinas and on their boats.
''A large number of guests came to us. We can't, of course, compare this and draw a parallel with last year. However, guests are indeed returning, and those who haven't yet arrived continue to express their desire to come as soon as possible. We even have new arrivals, which makes us happy,'' says Renata Marević
, director of the Punat marina.
This June, as we reported recently, the use of ACI marinas from Istria all the way down to the extreme south of Dalmatia is free of charge for the owners of boats berthed there throughout the year. They want to encourage arrivals and show that nautical tourism and sailing along the Croatian coast and to the islands is a safe venture to undertake. In addition to foreign sailors on their own vessels, a charter fleet has been launched, and megayachts are in sight.
''We had inquiries for mega-yachts coming from the markets of France, Spain and Italy, and even from the Caribbean. We have no specific inquiries for the transfer of the charter fleet from the Balearic Islands, but we have for megayachts. The marina in Rovinj is one of those in which we've been having talks and I believe that we'll manage to accommodate some of these ships because it was made for this type of client,'' says Kristijan Pavić
Jutarnji List reports that given the favorable epidemiological situation, the government decided on Wednesday to open permanent border crossings for international maritime passenger traffic that were temporarily closed due to COVID-19, and to lift the temporary postponement of opening seasonal maritime border crossings.
By amending the Decree on border crossings, permanent border crossings in Umag, Poreč, Rovinj, Mali Lošinj, Korčula and Ubli are opened, as well as seasonal crossings Umag - ACI Marina, Novigrad, Sali, Božava, Primošten, Komiža, Hvar, Vis, Stari Grad on the island Hvar, Vela Luka and Cavtat.