The Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic tested positive for the corona virus on Monday. The government spokesman Marko Milic announced on Monday evening. “He is currently feeling fine. He will carry out his activities and obligations from home and follow all instructions from doctors and epidemiologists,” the statement said. He is the first EU head of government to be infected with the virus.
Plenkovic has been in home quarantine since Saturday after his wife tested positive for Covid-19. A first test at the Premier was negative. On the recommendation of epidemiologists, he repeated the test on Monday, the result was positive, said the government spokesman. The premier will have to spend the next ten days in home quarantine. The cabinet meeting on Monday was chaired by Plenkovic via video link.
Meanwhile, Croatia is introducing new entry restrictions on Tuesday. From then on, travelers from EU countries must present a negative corona test, which is not older than 48 hours, or have a PCR test done in Croatia and wait for the result in self-isolation, reported Croatian media. Entry from an EU country or region that is categorized as green on the corona traffic light of the EU health agency ECDC is free.
According to media reports, the restrictions will practically apply to entry from all EU countries, as there are currently no green countries on the ECDC card. As the Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic emphasized, the Finnish island of Fasta Åland is the only green region in the EU.
There are no restrictions on transit through Croatia, but must take place within twelve hours. There is also no test requirement for cross-border commuters, schoolchildren and students, truck drivers in cross-border freight traffic, diplomats and patients who travel for reasons that cannot be postponed. The exception also applies to entry for urgent personal or business reasons.
Entry from non-EU countries, i.e. also from neighboring Balkan states, is only possible for non-EU citizens under certain exceptions. EU citizens can enter from the Balkan region with a negative Corona test. In some exceptions, there is no compulsory test, such as when you are passing through Croatia.
The entry restrictions decided by the Croatian government on Monday are expected to remain in effect until December 15th.