Croatia is closer than ever!
In 2023, Croatia joined the euro area and entered the Schengen zone, which means that Euro became the only official currency in the Republic of Croatia and that all border controls with other EU members have been lifted. Until 31st December 2023, you can still exchange your kuna for euro at all branches of Fina (Financial Agency) and at post offices, at the fixed conversion rate of 1,00 euro = 7,5345 kuna. From 2024, the exchange will be carried out exclusively at the Croatian National Bank (HNB).
What does it mean for our guests? No more traffic jams at the borders and no more currency conversions!
Valid passport or some other identity document recognised through international agreement which proves the identity and citizenship of the bearer.
Information: diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Republic of Croatia abroad or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Croatia. Tel: 00385 1 456 9964; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; www.mvep.gov.hr
Customs regulations of the Republic of Croatia are harmonised with the standards of E.U. member states, but imported items of a non-commercial character intended for personal use are relieved of customs duty and VAT (locally PDV) only up to an amount of 300,00 Euro.
Free import of wine up to 4 litres, beer 16 litres, spirits 1 litres, cigarettes 40 pieces.
Foreign currency may be freely taken in and out of the country, but every transfer of cash (foreign currency) exceeding an amount of 10,000.00 EUR must be registered with a customs officer.
More valuable professional and technical equipment must be declared at the border.
When leaving the country, foreign citizens are entitled to tax refund for purchased goods exceeding ca. 100,00 EUR on presentation of a certified “Tax Cheque” form.
Additional information on customs regulations
Traveling with your pet
Pets (dogs, cats and animals of the marten family) which are either traveling through the Republic of Croatia in the company of their owners, or which are staying in the country on a temporary basis, must, prior to entering the country, be fitted with a microchip or be clearly and legibly marked with a tattooed number prior to being entered in the international certificate issued in accordance with legislation valid in the Republic of Croatia. After the first vaccination against rabies carried out at the age of three months, animals must be vaccinated at least six months and no more than one year prior to undertaking the journey, and with regard to booster vaccinations, no more than one year prior to the journey being undertaken.
Information: Customs Administration, Republic of Croatia Tel: 00385 1 6211 300; www.carina.hr; www.europa.eu.
From 1st January 2023, the official currency in Croatia is the euro. Foreign currency may be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices, tourist agencies and hotels.
Most campings and shops accept Eurocard/Mastercard, American Express, Diners, and Visa.
There are hospitals and clinics in all larger towns and cities; in the smaller centres there are dispensaries and pharmacies.
Foreign visitors are not obliged to pay for medical services if a convention on social security and health services has been signed between Croatia and visitors’ country of origin.
Persons coming from countries with which no such contract has been concluded shall personally bear the costs of health care.
National holidays: 1 January - New Years Day; 6 January - Epiphany; Easter, including Easter Monday; 1 May - Labour Day; 30 May - Statehood Day; Corpus Christi (Movable feast); 22 June - Anti-Fascist Resistance Day; 5 August - Victory Day and National Thanksgiving Day; 15 August - Assumption; 1 November - All Saints Day; 18 November - Remembrance Day; 25 and 26 December - Christmas Holidays.
Voltage of the power grid – 220V, frequency 50HZ
Tap water is drinkable throughout Croatia.
The sea on the Croatian Adriatic is of high quality, again according to E.U. criteria.
In case of accidental environmental contamination on land, report it to the National Information Centre on the number 112 or e-mail address email@example.com, which is included into the network of international organizations of the same level.
For additional information regarding the environment please contact the Ministry of Environmental Protection, Physical Planning and Construction, Administration for the Protection of the Environment, Tel: 00385 1 3717 111, e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you notice a fire, please alert other persons in your surroundings; immediately inform the fire service on telephone number 193 or 112; attempt to extinguish the fire before the arrival of the fire brigade, but do not place yourself or others in danger!
Observe the signs forbidding the lighting of fires!
Take care that your parked vehicles do not obstruct fire-fighting approaches and access roads.
Search and Rescue
In the event of accident on land or at sea, call “Centar 112” – Telephone number 112.