Although there are few official pages
in Croatia containing same information, we prepared some
brief Croatia holiday info here as well, to keep everything
you need for holiday in Croatia handy on one place.
So, here you can find all basic things you may need to know
before your departure to holiday in Croatia. If information
you seek isn't here, you may consider contacting Croatian
tourist muncipal or, even better, your agent, hotel or host
Official currency in the Republic of
Croatia is Kuna, divided to 100 lipa.
Foreign currencies are changed in banks, exchange offices
and postal offices according to official exchange rates
rate of Croatian National Bank
Exchange offices often can be found within reception offices
of hotels, auto camps, travel agent offices and similar.
Although it's not 100% legal, most of small private owned
shops, rental owners, camp owners etc. would accept payment
in EUR, US dollars and other foreign currencies (however,
this is just another way to please the customer, don't expect
to get better exchange rate than official one).
Common credit cards - Eurocard/Mastercard, Diners, American
Express and Visa are common mean of payment. Shops, restaurants,
agents, hotels and other sale points which accept credit card
would have appropriate stickers with credit card logo on visible
place. Private accommodation owners and small camps rarely
accept credit cards.
Cash withdrawal with credit cards can be done in appropriate
banks or on the ATM's. Postal offices do cash withdrawal from
your Eurocard/Mastercard and Diners accounts. Traveler cheques
can be cashed for usual commission of 2%. Eurocheque and personal
cheques of foreign banks can be cashed into appropriate sum
in Kunas in exchange offices and banks.
Croatia customs, passports and visas information:
You don't have to pay customs duty
on personal belongings. Radios, phones, sports and professional
equipment should be declared on entry custom office (except
Passports and other identification documents are regulated
by international agreements. Tourists can spend up to 3
months in Croatia.
For entry in Croatia with personal vehicle you should have
valid drivers licence, traffic licence for the vehicle,
and international insurance certificate (except for countries
with other bilateral agreement with Croatia).
Pets should have licence, yellow healthcare document and
Croatian national tourist board - passports and visas information
Croatian public holidays :
(You may expect most shops and government
1 January - New Year, 6 January - Three kings, 21. April
2003. - Easter monday, 1 May - International workers day,
22 June - Constitucy day, 05 August - Day of victory, 15
August - Assumption, 8 October - Independence day, 1 November
- All Saint's Day), 25, 26 December - Christmas
Working Hours in Croatia
Usual working hours for shops is from
monday to friday from 8 to 20 hours, saturdays 8 to 14 h.
During summer season working hours of shops, boutiques,
and in some cases pharmacies and other service providers
works up to 21 hours or similar but with daily break from
12 to 17 h.
Social Customs in Croatia
It's common to shake hands at introduction
Smoking is commonly allowed except in public transportation
and most of public offices.
Restaurants, cafes and similar mostly allow smoking, either
in separate spaces or in whole premises, and there should
be visible sign allowing it.
Topless sunbathing is quite acceptable at all beaches, but
naturism is allowed solely on marked beaches. Of course,
you can always find an isolated empty beach to practice
that way of sunbathing at almost any point of Croatian coast.