Croatia - more information
• Croatia is a multy-party parliamentary republic with Legislature and
• Elections for the Legislature are held every four years and presidential
elections are held every five years.
• The Republic is divided into 20 administrative counties or Županije.
• New Year's Day - 1 January
• Three Kings Day – 6 January
• Good Friday and Easter Monday – March/April
• Labor Day – 1 May
• Corpus Christi – 30 May
• Anti-Fascist Struggle Day – 22 June
• Croatian National Day – 25 June
• Victory Day – 5 August
• Feast of the Assumption – 15 August
• All Saint's Day - 1 November
• Christmas – 25 and 26 December
• A valid passport must hold all foreign nationals entering Croatia.
• For stays of less than 90 days many Europeans (including all EU citizens)
and those from South America, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand do
not need a visa to enter Croatia.
• South Africans require a 90 – day visa to enter Croatia and should
seek advice from any Croatian Embassy.
• Visitor to Croatia are legally required to register with the police
even visiting friends.
• Hotels, camps and agencies offering private accommodation automatically
take care of the paperwork.
• Those who do not register may experience difficulties if they need
to report anything to the police.
• It is essential to travel with a passport at all times.
• Full list of countries whose citizens require a visa to enter Croatia
can be obtained from CONSULAR DEPARTMENT OF THE CROATIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY www.mvp.hr
CASH, MONEY MATTERS & TAX
• Croatia's currency is the "Kuna":
100 Lipa make 1 Kuna.
• Approximate Exchange Rates:
• Euro – 7.5 Kuna
• Pound – 11 Kuna
• US dollar – 6 Kuna
• Euro and US dollar Travellers' cheques can be exchanged at many banks
and exchanged offices for a commission of up to 2 percent when accompanied
by a valid passport.
• American Express travellers' cheques can also be exchanged through
Atlas travel agencies.
• Debit cards carrying the Maestro, MasterCard, Visa and Cirrus symbols
are widely accepted.
• Credit cards are a good way to settle bills, with American Express
and MasterCard being more widely accepted than Visa.
• Western Union Money Transfer services are also available at more than
1000 post offices through Croatia.
• Value Added Tax is applied to all purchases in Croatia and charged
at 22 percent.
• Visitors to Croatia can claim back up to 16 percent of the VAT that
they pay on shop purchases over 5.000 Kuna when leaving the country. Refunds
are only made if the Tax Free Cheques have been stamped by customs.
• A visit to Croatia does not carry any specific health risks and no
vaccinations are needed. However, it is advisable to take precautions against
sunstroke, sunburn and dehydration in the summer.
• It is safe to drink tap water throughout Croatia.
• If you're taking specific medication should take adequate supplies
with them, which will help pharmacists supply replacements if necessary.
• Citizens of most European countries are entitled to free medical care
due to a mutual health care agreement. If no such agreement exists patients
are charged according to a standard price list.
• Credit cards often offer limited insurance when they are used to book
a flight or holiday and some household insurance covers personal possessions
away from home including cover abroad. Terms and conditions should always be
checked thoroughly prior to departure.
• The Adriatic coastline has a Mediterranean climate.
• The sea is warm all year round with a low of 12 °C in winter and
a high of 26 °C in summer.
• The type of clothing required depends on the season and intended activities.
• At the high of the tourist season in June, July and August temperatures
in the sun can exceed 30 °C so it is essential to wear light, loose non-synthetic
clothing, sunglasses and a sun hat.
• Night temperatures are mild making it possible to wear shorts, T-shirts
and sundresses through to bedtime.
• In spring, early summer and early autumn, when average temperatures
are lower, a sweater or light jacket will also be required.