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Useful travel information Croatia

Want to know the "nuts and bolts" about visiting Croatia such as which is the official currency, whether you need a Visa or not and when are the National holidays? It's all right here...

Tourist health care
There are hospitals and clinics as well as ambulances and pharmacies in all major towns. Foreign tourists do not pay for medical services if the Health Care Convention has been signed between Croatia and the country they come from. Health services are charged directly to tourists coming from a country which has not signed the Convention, according to a standardized price list. Emergency transport by air (helicopter) and sea (speedboat) is provided for patients whose life is in danger. There are also private physicians and dentists where a full price is charged for medical services. A pharmacy that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is located in Pula, Giardini 14, T. +385 (0)52 222551.

The emergency number in Croatia is 112 (no charge).

Registration
When you check in a hotel, hostel, campsite or an apartment, the owner/manager will have to register you with the police, a matter required by law. If you are staying with friends please register yourself at the local police station (mandatory) within a 24 hour period. Be sure to bring your passport.

Travel documentation
Passport or some other internationally recognized identification document. Tourists may remain in Croatia for up to three months if they were registered with police within 24 hours opf their arrival.

Luggage
Foreign citizens may bring their personal luggage (except for new articles which have to be declared at customs - check for the maximum amount allowed prior to entering the country!). Foreign currency is freely brought in and taken out of the country up to 3.000 euros and up to 15.000 kn for domestic currency. More expensive professional and technical equipment should be registered at the border.

Visas
Citizens from the EU, Switzerland, Australia, North and South America and many other countries are allowed into Croatia without a visa. You can find basic information about the visa regime between the Republic of Croatia and all other countries at www.mvp.hr. Everybody who needs a visa must obtain it before entering Croatia. You can not do this at a Croatian land border.

Pets
Dogs and cats, accompanied by their owner, need to have an International certificate from a registered veterinarian stating that at least 15 days and not more than six months have passed since their vaccination against rabies.

Currency
The only currency used in Istria/Croatia is Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa). Euros are not accepted! Croatia is not yet a member country of the European Union! There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa coins; 1, 2, 5 and 25 Kuna coins and 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1.000 Kuna banknotes. Cash dispensing machines are ubiquitous. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa). Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices, travel agencies, hotels, camps, marinas; cheques can be cashed in banks.

Customs
Customs regulations of the Republic of Croatia are in line with the standards of European Union countries. More on www.carina.hr

Tax refund
Keep receipts for purchases made in Croatia and ask for a tax-free form for bills over 500 Kuna (apart from petroleum derivatives); you qualify for a tax refund when you get home. Ask for a stamp at the border! If you intend to buy works of art, ask for export approval before you buy.

Time zone
GMT plus one hour in winter and GMT plus two hours in summer.

Electricity
Voltage on city power grids is 220 V / 50 Hz, so visitors from the U.S. will need to use a transformer and visitors from GB will have to use an adapter for the European electricity grid to run their electrical appliances.

National holidays:
January 1, New Year’s day
January 6, Epiphany
Easter Monday, The second day of Easter
May 1, Labour Day
40 days from Easter, Corpus Christi
June 22, Anti-Fascist Resistance Day
June 25, Statehood Day
August 5, Victory Day and National Thanksgiving Day
August 15, Assumption
October 8, Independence Day
November 1, All Saints’ Day
December 25 and 26, Christmas Holidays

During the national holidays all public institutions are closed!

Weather:
Croatia has two weather zones, a Continental zone with warm summers and winters similar to Austria, and a Mediterranean zone with warm summers and mild winters. Here are weather forecasts for selected places across Croatia.