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Passport or some other identification document
recognized by international agreement proving the identity and citizenship
of its holder.
For most of the countries there is no visa requirements.
Croatian embassies and consulates abroad
or the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Croatia
Tel: 01 459 8018
The Ministry of foreign affairs and European Integration beside
the usual "business" sections
has a good tourist info on the page so the page is worth
Drivers are recommended to have the international "Green
by the insurance company.
The maximum allowed size of a hauled vehicle in Croatia is 18 m
long and 2.55 m wide. In cases of excess width a special permit shall
be required and escort is obligatory.
Information available at the
Ministry of the Sea, Tourism, Transport and Development of the Republic
of Croatia: http://www.mmtpr.hr
Tourists may stay up to three months.
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The customs regulations of the Republic of Croatia are harmonized
with the standards of EU member states.
An individual may bring in or take out the national currency up
to the amount of 15.000,00 kuna.
Persons, who have permanent residence in Croatia, may take out foreign
currency in the amount up to 3.000,00 EUR.
All persons may freely bring into the country
foreign currency. However,
they are obliged to state in writing the amounts that exceed the
value equivalent to 40.000,00 kuna.
Foreign and domestic travelers are exempted from customs duty for
goods of a non-commercial nature, which they carry within their personal
baggage, up to the value of 300,00 kuna.
In addition, travelers are exempted from duty for the following
200 pcs of cigarettes, or 100 pcs of cigarillos, or 50 pcs of cigars,
or 250 g of tobacco
1 litre of strong alcohol drinks
2 litres of liqueur, or dessert-or sparking wines
2 litres of ordinary table wines
perfumes up to 50 g
250 ml of cologne
Valuable professional and technical equipment must be declared
on entering the country.
If a vessel is arriving by land, towed, shall be reported orally
at the border crossing, and afterwards at the Harbor Master's Office
(or branch office) following the same procedure of registration as
vessels arriving by sea.
People traveling with pets (dogs and cats) must
have an International Certificate issued by an official veterinarian
demonstrating that rabies vaccinations are up to
date- given at least 15 days earlier, but not more than 6 months
earlier. (The Veterinarian service in Croatia is covered by a network
of veterinary clinics. Information: http://www.veterinarstvo.hr)
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Foreign citizens who spend more than 500 kuna
are entitled to a VAT refund by handing to the customs
authorities on departure from Croatia the filled in and stamped
appropriate form "Tax cheque".
Purchase tax reimbursement for foreign citizens:
Tourists making purchases in Croatia (apart from petroleum derivatives)
which exceed 500 Kuna per receipt may reclaim VAT ("PDV").
point of purchase the sales person will provide on request a form
PDV-P, which should be filled out and stamped, on the spot.
Croatia the receipt must be verified by the Croatian Customs service.
A PDV refund in Kuna can be obtained within six months, either at
the same shop where the goods were purchased (in which case the tax
is refunded immediately), or by posting the verified receipt back
to the shop, together with the account number into which the refund
should be paid. In this case the refund is dealt with within 15 days
of receipt of the claim.
For more Information relate to:
Customs authority of the Republic of Croatia
01 6102 333
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There are numerous places to exchange foreign currency and most
offer similar rates. The Post Office will also exchange currencies.
Most places will make a charge of 1% to 1.5%. Kuna can be exchanged
for another currency only at a bank and only on production of a
receipt showing a prior transaction. Hungarian currency is difficult
to exchange in Croatia.
Service charges are already included in your restaurant bill however;
if you feel you have received excellent service then feel free
to leave a tip, locals usually round the bill.
Tour guides on excursions expect to be tipped and a tip of 15-20KN
would be quite acceptable. Shop prices are fixed so there is no chance
of bargaining however in street markets it is quite acceptable to
The official currency of the Republic of Croatia is the Kuna, which
has 100 Lipa. Foreign currency may be exchanged in banks, exchange
offices and post offices in accordance with the valid exchange rate.
Click to learn more about Croatian Currency
All major credit cards
(American Express, Diners, Visa, Eurocard/Mastercard)
and Eurocheques (after being changed in banks) are accepted.
money on ATMs is possible in all larger cities and the more important
tourist areas; the ATMs of Zagrebacka banka accept Eurocard /Mastercard,
and ATM of Euronet accept Diners, American Express and Visa.
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Registration and the payment of the tourist tax for domestic and
foreign guests is mandatory according to the Tourist Tax Act and
the Movement and Stay of Foreign Persons Act.
Registration for tourist tax is usually done by the hotel or the
owner of private accommodation where zou are staying, if this is
not the case you are required to report yourself for the tourist
tax at the nearest police station within 24 hours of arrival.
The daily tourist tax depends on the destination and the period
of year and is calculated per person and per overnight.
and cities in the Republic of Croatia are grouped into four price
categories: A, B, C and D.
In cities and towns belonging
to the A category the daily tourist tax is 7.00 kuna in high season,
5.50 kuna in early-season and late-season and 4.50 kuna in low season.
In all cities and towns from the B category the daily tourist tax
is 6.00 kuna in high season, 4.50 kuna in early-season and late-season
and 3.50 kuna in low season.
Cities and towns in C category have
a daily tourist tax of 5.00 kuna in high season, 3.50 kuna in early-season
and late-season and 2.50 kuna in low season.
Cities and towns in
D category have a daily tourist tax of 4.00 kuna in high season,
2.50 kuna in early-season and late-season and 2.00 kuna in low season.
The duration of high season, early-season and late-season varies
from county to county.
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Working Hours of banks and post offices are generally open from
7AM to 7PM without breaks, and public offices from Monday to Friday
from 8AM to 4PM.
During the tourist season, post offices are generally
open until 9PM, including Saturdays. Shops and department stores
work from 8AM to 8PM without breaks.
Foreign tourists do not have to pay for medical services if there
is a signed health insurance convention between Croatia and their
country of origin. Health care costs for tourists from a country
that does not have a signed convention with Croatia are paid directly
by the user in accordance with listed prices.
Hospitals are in all of the larger cities and clinics in the smaller
towns. Pharmacies are open from 8 am to 7 pm weekdays, till 2 pm
Saturdays; in larger cities on-duty pharmacies are open 24 hours.
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|International Country code
Note: If calling from abroad or by cellular phone
dial +385 1 987
Information on local and long-distance telephone numbers
|International phone directory
|Weather forecast and road conditions
060 520 520
062 999 999
( number for tourist information for all Croatia)
For calls from abroad dial: +385 62 999 999
is available in Croatian, English, German and Italian from March
25 to October 15.
Rescue Co-Ordination Center
The Rescue Co-ordination Center is managed by the Rescue Co-ordination
head office in Rijeka, on duty 24h a day on VHF channels 10
and 16 and telephone number 9155
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Mobile Phone Networks In Croatia
Croatia has 3 commercial systems of mobile phone networks:
T- mobile 098;
098 1555 (Information for
091 7799 (Information for tourists)
Near villages on the islands and ashore audibility is good, although
there are still areas at sea that are not covered.
Tele 2 is a new
network in Croatia and still has some coverage issues.
If you are having problems placing a call to a Croatian GSM network
you should contact the customer service of your mobile phone service
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Radio news in foreign languages during the tourist season
On several channels, the Croatian Radio broadcasts programs in foreign
languages for tourists in the Republic of Croatia. Croatian Radio
First Channel daily broadcasts a 5-10 minute program in English.
On the Second Channel of the Croatian Radio along with regular news
in Croatian, HAK will broadcast reports on road condition in English,
German and Italian and information for boaters several times a day.
Also on the Second Channel of the Croatian Radio, every hour on
the hour, news and reports on road conditions are broadcast in alteration
directly from studios of: Third Program of the Bavarian Radio, Third
Program of the Austrian Radio, RAI Uno, British Virgin Radio. Throughout
the day information for boaters are broadcast in English and Croatian.
For more info on Croatian Radio programme go the the homepage of
the Croatian Radiotelevision: http://www.hrt.hr/hr/
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Protection of biodiversity is in accordance with the valid EU regulations.
As regards bathing, the sea in the Croatian Adriatic is of high quality
according to the EU criteria.
In case of an accident or pollution of the sea, please notify the
National Rescue Coordination Center
on telephone number 9155 (toll-free
phone), which is included in the network of international institutions
of the same level.
In case of an extraordinary environment pollution
on land, please notify the National Center for Notification, telephone
number 01/ 481 4911
Additional environment information telephone number:
tel: 01/ 610
6111 or 378 4820
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Gas rates and list of gas stations info:
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