A few holiday faq
1. No visa is required for entry into Croatia.
2. No special vaccination is required.
3. Croatia boasts, with reason, the best drinking water in Europe.
4. Croatia has on average 3000 sunny hours a year! That is out of a possible 4380 daylight hours in a year!
5. On the coast winters are very mild, rarely falling below 10ºC. One can see lemons on the trees in February!
6. In summer it's hot but not too hot, the average July temperature being 29ºC.
|Holiday Facts about Croatia|
A passport or some other form of valid national identification is required. Visitors may stay up to three months. Vehicle papers required are: driving licence, the vehicle registration booklet, and an international motor vehicle insurance certificate (a green card).
There is no duty to pay on personal things. Other items such as a radio, telephone, sporting and professional equipment, can be freely brought into the country as long as they are declared at the frontier.
The official currency of Croatia is the kuna (divided into 100 lip). Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, official exchange offices and post offices at the current exchange rate. All major credit cards can be used to pay for goods and services. Euro cheques can be used but have to be changed into kuna in a bank. When leaving Croatia you can get foreign currency back for unused kuna, on presentation of an exchange receipt, at a bank. There are no limits to the amount of Croatian currency that can be imported and exported.
Registering your stay
Owners of accommodation in areas of tourism are required to register a paying guest with the local tourist office of their respective village, town or city. The tourist office is then required to issue a written residence permit for each registered guest. Most holiday insurance companies require this permit before they can deal with any claim, so, if you haven't received this document, you must ask your host for one. Tourists pay a fee for each day of their stay. Children up to 12 years are not required to pay a fee, and children between the ages of 12 and 18 pay 50% of the fee. The fee is really very small, and shouldnt be considered as a major holiday expense.
During their stay tourists have a right to health care in the Public Health Centres (Dom zadravija), out-patients clinics and hospitals. The charges are nominal and correspond to those paid by Croatian citizens. Visitors from the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Poland, Hungary and Great Britain need only to bring their passports with them. Tourists from other countries, for example, Austria, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium, should be in possession of the proper form in addition to their passports. Slovenian guests can use their health cards.
The owner or driver of a boat over three metres in length and with a motor over 4kw must, immediately after entering Croatian territorial waters, register their arrival with the nearest appropriate port authority, in so far as they intend on travelling along the coastline and to the islands. The boat owner/driver is required to register all people on board with the appropriate tourist office so that the compulsory residence fee can be paid.
Nautical vessels arriving to the coast by way of land can be registered with any port authority.
Diving in Croatia
No matter where you dive in Croatia, you must have a permit issued by the Croatian Ministry of Education and Sport, or contact the nearest harbour masters office or police department.
MOST COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long does it take to get there?
London to Split - 2 hrs
London to Zagreb - 2 hrs
London to Dubrovnik - 2 hrs
Zagreb to Split - 1/2 hr
By car: at least two days from the north of France (8 hrs per day) plus an extra
day if you plan to go to the south of Croatia.
Or you can drive to Italy where there are regular ferries to Croatia.
Is it a safe country?
Yes. The war is over, the country is returning to prosperity. There is nothing to worry about.
What language is spoken?
Croatian, of course, but most Croatians speak very good German and English, and many speak Italian well too.
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