Prior to you departure
In order to make your stay in Croatia more pleasant, we have gathered for you some useful information and links.
Croatian currency is kuna (HRK). There are coins in denomination of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lipa, coins of 1, 2 and 5 kuna, and notes in denomination of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 kuna. ATMs can be found everywhere. Most hotels, restaurants and stores accept credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa). Foreign currencies can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices, tourist agencies, hotels, campsites and marinas.
In Croatia it is customary to leave a tip if you are satisfied with the service. Once you book a trip or a service with us, you shall receive a customised tipping suggestions.
Travel Documents and Visas
The travel document one requires to come to Croatia is a valid passport or another internationally recognized document, and an ID card (document which proves the holder’s identity and citizenship) for citizens of some countries.
Foreign visitors normally do not require a visa to enter Croatia – to confirm this information, check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Those who require a visa need to obtain it prior to entering the country. This cannot be done at any of the Croatian border crossings.
To see the list of foreign embassies and consulates in the Republic of Croatia, please see the following link of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Customs regulations in the Republic of Croatia are harmonized with the regulations of other EU countries. For more information, see the following link.
What To Bring With You?
Before departing, we warmly recommend you to check whether you have brought the following:
- Passport or another valid travel document to enter Croatia
- Health insurance card
- Driver’s licence (in case you will rent a car in Croatia)
- Airplane or other ticket to enter Croatia
- Travel voucher or confirmation for the paid services
- Insurance policy (We recommend you to sign one before your departure)
- Visa (if required)
- Credit cards or cash (We recommend you to convert your money into the Croatian currency)
- Mobile phones, cameras and chargers
- Power adapter
Foreign citizens do not have to pay for medical services if healthcare agreements have been signed between Croatia and the person’s country of origin. For persons who do not belong to this category, any medical costs need to be paid in accordance with the healthcare service pricelist. In case of emergency, air and road transport is available.
Tap water is potable throughout Croatia.
The country code for Croatia is +385.
GMT +1 during winter, and GMT +2 during summer.
Power grid – 220V, frequency: 50HZ. Visitors form the USA need to use a transformer, while visitors from Great Britain need to use adapter for the Continental Europe grid in order to be able to use their electronic devices.
Important Telephone Numbers
General emergency number: 112
Fire Department: 193
Roadside Assistance: 1987 (If you are calling from abroad, dial +385 1 1987 or +385 1 4693 700)
Croatian Automobile Club (HAK) – Traffic conditions: 072 777 777 (If you are calling from abroad, dial +385 1 4640 800)
Holidays in Croatia
January 01 … New Year’s Day
January 06 … Epiphany
April 06 … Easter Monday, second day of Easter
May 01 … Labour Day
June 04 … Corpus Christi – the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, 60 days or the 9th Thursday after Easter
June 22 … Anti-Fascist Struggle Day
June 25 … Statehood Day
Shop Workinghours and Public Service Operating Hours
Most stores are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on workdays, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays (even longer during summer). On Sundays, most stores are closed depending on the time of the year. Public services and business offices usually work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
If you notice a fire, please call 193 or 112 immediately; try to extinguish the fire until the fire brigade arrives, but make sure to keep yourself and the others safe!
Observe the signs forbidding the lighting of fires!
Distances between Airports and the City of Split
Zagreb Airport – Split city centre ……………………………. 416 km
Zadar Airport – Split city centre …………………………….. 153 km
Split Airport – Split city centre ……………………………….. 25 km
Dubrovnik Airport – Split city centre ………………….…… 247 km
Climate – Adriatic Coast
Mediterranean climate (with dry and warm summers and wet and mild winters). With an average of 2600 sunny hours per year, the Adriatic coast is one of the sunniest in the Mediterranean, with sea temperatures ranging from 25°C to 27°C during summer.
Average Air Temperatures for Split
Source: World Meteorological Organization
Considering the mild Mediterranean climate on the coastline, we recommend you to bring light clothes for the summer. Do not forget to pack some kind of a windbreaker or a light jacket if you are visiting the inland or sailing on a boat. During winter, we recommend layered clothing due to fluctuations in temperature and the characteristic northern wind (Bura) which can sometimes be rather strong and increase the feeling of cold.
Language and Communication
Here are some of the most frequently used words and expressions which will facilitate your communication in Croatia:
Welcome to Croatia! :)