A passport or some other identification document recognized by the international agreement is required. For some countries, an identity card will be enough. Usually, foreign visitors do not need a visa to enter Croatia – if you are not sure whether you need one or not, visit the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' web page (www.mvp.hr). If you need a visa, contact the Croatian Embassy in your country for more information about how to obtain it.
The Croatian currency is Kuna (HRK).
Customs regulations of the Republic of Croatia are harmonized with the standards of E. U. member states. Foreign currency may be freely taken in and out of the country; local currency up to an amount of 15.000 Kuna. More valuable professional and technical equipment must be declared at the border. Tax refund when leaving the country is made to foreign nationals for individual goods purchased in Croatia for amounts in excess of 500 Kuna, by presenting a "Tax-check" form. This form is provided by a sales assistant when items are purchased.
There are hospitals and clinics located in all the larger towns and cities, while smaller centers have pharmacies and ER's. Foreign visitors are not obligated to pay for medical services if an agreement on health services was signed between Croatia and the visitors' country of origin. Expenses for health services given to individuals coming from such countries are charged directly to the user, as given in the price list. If you are not sure whether your country has such agreement with Croatia, make sure to check before departure.
1 January - New Year's Day
6 January - Epiphany
Easter Sunday & Easter Monday
1 May - Labor Day
22 June - Anti-Fascist Resistance Day
25 June - Statehood Day
5 August - Victory Day and National Thanksgiving Day
15 August - Assumption Day
8 October - Independence Day
1 November - All Saints' Day
25 December – Christmas Day
26 December – Feast of St. Stephen
Most shops are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on weekdays and until 2 or 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, during the summer season, most shops operate with longer working hours. Public services and business offices work from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.
Post offices are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, in smaller centers from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.; some offices work a double shift. In most towns and tourist centers, on-duty post offices are open on Saturdays and Sundays. Stamps and phone cards, that are used for all public telephones, can be purchased from post offices and drug stores. For international calls, that can be made directly from public telephones, dial 00, then the country code followed by the telephone number.
International country code for Croatia: 385
Fire Department: 193
Roadside vehicle assistance: 1987
National Search and Rescue Center: 195
A single country number for all emergency situations: 112
General information: 18981
Information for international numbers: 11802
Weather forecast and road conditions: 060 520 520
Croatian Automobile Club (HAK): +385 1 4640 800
Croatian angels: +385 62 999 999
220 V, 50 Hz Power outlets in Croatia are the Continental two-pin type. Tap water is potable in all parts of Croatia.
Croatian Radio broadcasts on several frequencies in foreign languages designed for tourists in Croatia. A daily program at 8:05 pm. is broadcasted on Channel One of the Croatian Radio in English. On Channel Two of the Croatian Radio, along with regular news, HAK provides reports on road conditions in English, German and Italian and, several times each day, information for sailors. Every hour on the hour there are also news and reports on road conditions directly from the studios of the Third Program of Bavarian Radio, the Third Program of Austrian Radio, RAI Uno and British Virgin Radio. Radio Prague broadcasts a news program at 9 pm.
Here are some tips on how to be a considerate traveler during your vacation.
Leave no trace - Leave everywhere you visit as you found it. Dispose of your litter carefully and in the appropriate containers, recycling where possible. Be extra careful when disposing of cigarette stubs as they can cause forest fires.
Respect local traditions and people: Behave and dress appropriately, especially in sacral buildings.
Always ask for permission before taking someone's photo.
Instead of giving money or gifts to people begging, consider giving to a local charity to ensure the money goes where it's most needed.
Help the local economy by buying and using locally made produce and services. You can eat/shop in global brand restaurants/shops anywhere in the world. Personalize your trip by shopping local.
Take short showers rather than baths, re-use towels and bed linen, switch off lights and air-con when you're out and use the public transport network to reduce your use of natural resources.
Leave wild animals and products in the wild- don't take anything away from the natural environment as souvenirs.
Child sex tourism is a criminal offence. Please help us keep children everywhere safe by reporting any suspicious behavior to your tour leader and local police.