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Trip in August

Hi All,

My husband and I have a trip planned in August to both Italy and Croatia. The dates are August 10th - 25th. The last 4 nights were supposed to be for Croatia (Dubrovnik). I posted this in the Italy forum but wanted to get some insight from this forum as well. If we are even allowed to still fly in August and our flights don’t get canceled, would it be worth visiting Croatia during these times? We really did not want to push our trip back another year but of course do not want to put ourselves in jeopardy from a health standpoint (we are on the young side) or arrive on a trip and have the experience not be the best from an economic standpoint (places being shut down). If we are able to fly and feel safe enough doing so, we do have the option of rerouting our trip to another destination.

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Croatia has been less affected than some places, but is still in lockdown, so until this is lifted, no one can comment on what the situation will be or how many businesses will have folded.

Much of Europe, such as France is anticipating that borders will still be closed in August. Italy has been affected more than France. The U.K. has been told by the government here this week not to book any summer holidays at home or abroad, as an indication.

One of the major issues may be who is flying during the summer.

I am not sure what your age has to do with the trip - many in their 20s upward have died from Covid 19, unfortunately.

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I know it’s lower, but younger people aren’t exempt from getting it!

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Matt, the article in your link is dated Feb 27. A lot has been learned about COVID-19 since then as regards to who is vulnerable. Just being 'on the young side' does not make you immune. Many many younger people have been hospitalized and some have died since that article was published. Yes, the elderly and those with other health issues are most at risk but, let's face it, we're all at risk until more is known and until there is a reliable vaccine.

I sincerely hope the OP is able to travel in August (as we would all like to) but I wouldn't put any money on that bet.

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mak16, be careful what you read here, there is a lot being "quoted" with out context (the govt in UK telling people to scrub their summer vacation plans for example). So read, but verify. If Croatia has open borders, if there are no quarantines coming and going and if you can feel good about travel, then go.

Oh, also check to see if what you are interested in is open. If you enjoy nature then that never closes. I thought possibly of a little fishing in the mountains of Bosnia or Montenegro. The fish dont care about the virus. My guess is the border is open, most of the sites will be too. The industry is suffering and they wont miss the opportunity.

The health "risk" is reasonable from my point of view, but that's a personal thing

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I just cancelled my late August trip to Greenland, returning (sigh...) via Montreal for a few days. Anyone reading or posting here is an avid ( or newly avid!) traveler. I used to love reading the posts on packing obsessions every night after work ( sigh..). I think that thinking a particular destination is or will be eventually ok because of its current comparatively low Covid 19 status is still a form of denial I am only very, very slowly recognizing as I sadly dismantle my own trip. Using your age as a presumed "pro" on your list of pros and cons is a form of denial, too. I tend to think if you have to ask then on some level you have doubts and are looking for validation. I have done that, too- talk me out of it, please!
Before, we could plan for flight delays, bad weather, crowded museum times, etc. They were hassles but knowns. This virus seems to keep confounding even the experts. And it's not just the destination but the other people you will encounter between your home and back, and hotels, flights, airports, etc.
I guess you could just wait till the last minute and reassess, if you have that option.
Much like in days of yore on these forums if someone asked, " Is it worth_____ to do/see_____?" In the end you just have to make your own decision!

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Also, besides the fact that the article is two months old, Business Insider is not the most reputable of sources to cite, especially as it pertains to scientific/medical issues. In recent years BI has devolved into the high-end click bate business.

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For perspective, go to cdc.com. Note that the annual seasonal influenza killed over an estimated 61,000 Americans, including 115 pediatric deaths, in 2017-2018 even with having flu vaccines for over 50 years.

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I also have a trip to Croatia planned and have been watching things closely. A week ago when I looked it showed that Dubrovnik had 100 active cases. I have been using this site to look at the stats https://www.total-croatia-news.com/editorial/42945-croatia-covid-19-graph

One item I keep thinking about is that it may be better to travel this year, rather than delaying it for a year. This year many people will cancel plans due to fears, which may make it less crowded, but next year everyone will feel more secure and more people will travel and everything will be overcrowded. My trip is at the end of June, but for now, if they keep the Canada border closed, I will not be able to go, since my flight goes through Canada.

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Another point not mentioned lies in the possibility of quarantine upon arrival in destination, and quarantine upon return to home. As things open, caution will be the watchword, and I expect quarantines to be in place. They are now in China. So, ensure that, after borders are opened, that there is not a mandatory (police-enforced) period of hotel imprisonment involved.

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Travel fun, are you sure Canada wont let you transfer in Canada; generally speaking that is not entering the country . For instance if I transfer in Frankfurt on the way to Kyiv, I never "enter" the EU.

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Most of the countries in that area are still in lockdown. None of us can tell you for a fact what is going to happen because none of us can know. We also have a vacation booked for end of July in Greece, and still hoping it will happen. Remain positive and plan your trip as if it's going to happen.

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As noted above, Croatia is just coming out of lockdown after a rigorous and successful process. You need to read Total Croatia News or some other in country websites to get current info on how they are going to salvage their tourist season. Only major airlines are likely to have the resources to reopen routes to Croatia and Italy. Direct flights to Dubrovnik from Munich or Frankfurt may work out as Germans have income to fly to beloved Croatia. You may even find it easier to do your trip in reverse if Dubrovnik reopens. This year may be feasible only in one country. not two or three. Delays and screenings are likely. Two weeks in Croatia, or two weeks in Italy. My choice would be two weeks in any ex Venetian part of Croatia (Rovinj, Zadar, Split, Korcula. Dubrovnik and the Elafiti islands). The risk from Covid is real across Europe. Croatia seems to have applied some of the best public health rules, and may still do so in August. Their Covid cases have almost all been imported, and they are very wary of inviting a resurgence. Follow the news over there and stay flexible. This is not a normal year for anyone.