INFORMATION ABOUT CROATIA
Passport or some other form of identification is needed. Visitors
can stay up to three months. Vehicle papers required are the
registration booklet (automobile registration card), an international
motor vehicle insurance certificate (a green card) and a valid
For personal belongings there are no custom fees. Other items,
such as radio telephone, all sorts of professional, technical
and sporting equipment, can be freely brought into the country
as long they are properly declared at the frontier. Foreign
currency can be imported and exported freely. Domestic currency
up to value of 2.000 Kuna can be exported. Pets must have
adequate vet certificates.
The official currency of the Republic of Croatia is the kuna
(divided into 100 lipa). Foreign currency can be changed in
banks, official exchange offices and post offices, most tourist
agencies and hotels. Eurocheques can be exchanged only in
banks. For all goods and services credit cards, as well as
cash, can be used to pay (AmEx, Diners, EC/MC, Visa). Foreign
citizens can get foreign currency back for unused kuna upon
the presentation of an exchange receipt, but only in bank,
when leaving Croatia. There are limits on the amount of Croatian
currency that can be imported and exported.
Banking hours are 7am to 7pm from Monday to Friday. On Saturday
these facilities are open until 1pm. In big cities, some banks
are open on Sundays.
All the tourists have to be registered by the owners of accommodation
with the local tourist community of the respective village
or city. The tourist community is required to issue a written
residence permit for each registered guest.
RETURN FOR FOREIGN CITIZENS
Tax return can be claimed by tourists whose purchases exceed
500 kuna, with verified "Tax Checque". A tax refund
will be obtained within one year.
Information: Croatian Customs Service (Phone number: + 385
1 61 02 333)
This service is available in all the larger towns, tourist
resorts and airports. There is also taxi service in all towns
and tourist resorts.
50km/h in inhabited areas, 80km/h outside inhabited areas
(unless stated differently), 130km/h on highways. The maximum
level of alcohol in the blood is 0.5 parts per thousand.
Eurosuper 95, Eurosuper 98, Normal Lead Free 91, Super 98,
Diesel and Euro diesel.
Open from 7am until 7pm or 8pm every day, and during the summer
even until 10pm.There are also gas station that are open non-stop
in the larger towns and along the mayor international highways.
220 V, 50 Hz
Tap water is drinkable through Croatia.
Mediterranean climate along the Croatian Coast: hot and sunny
days, refreshing and enjoyable evenings.
During the stay in Dalmatia, tourists have a right to health
care in the Public Health Centers (Dom zdravlja), out-patient
clinics and hospitals. The prices are nominal and correspond
to the prices for Croatian citizens. Visitors from the Slovak
Republic, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Great Britain
need to to bring only their passports with them. Tourists
from other countries should be in a possession of the proper
form in addition to their passports. Slovenian guests can
use their health cards. For special treatment in private establishments,
guests pay the same as locals.
CARE FOR PETS
There is a veterinary office in Split which offers treatment
including X-ray examination and laboratory.
PROGRAMMES IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
On the first channel of Croatian Radio, on 92.1 MHz, there
are news in English every day at 08:30, 10:30, 14:30 and 20:30.
On Sundays the first news begin at 09:30. On the second channel
of Croatian Radio, on 98.5 MHz, from 1 July to 15 September,
following the news in Croatian, there will be reports on Croatian
road conditions in English, German and Italian broadcast by
Croatian Automobile Association.
Post offices work from 7am to 7pm, and on Sundays until 1pm.
There are post office in the bigger cities which are open
until 10pm in the summer. Stamps are sold in post offices
and at the newsstand or in post offices.
Public phones can be used only with phone cards. These can
be bought in post offices, news-stand and hotels.
are three GSM networks in Croatia - T-mobile,
Tele2 and VIPNet (both operate on 900/1800 MHz). Croatian
GSM providers have a commercial arrangement with GSM operators
in numerous countries around the world. Guest-users of GSM
can get additional information of GSM services in Croatia
contacting following operators on:
Shops and department stores are open between 8am and 8pm,
and on Saturdays from 8am to 2pm or 3pm. A smaller number
of stores close between noon and 4pm.Many stores are open
on Sundays too, especially in the summer, and smaller number
in the bigger cities are open 24 hours a day. Firms and public
services usually work from 8am to 4pm from Monday to Friday.
GMT +1 hour (in summer +2 hours).