Frequently Asked Questions about Croatia
General Visa Requirements for Croatia
Even prior to EU entry, foreign visitors did not normally require visas to enter Croatia. Citizens of the the U.K., EU countries, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand did not (and do not) need visas to visit Croatia. Visitors can visit Croatia for up to 90 days in any 180 day period.
For other countries, please check the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs‘ website for visa requirements for Croatia.
Vaccinations are not required by anyone.
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.
Adapters / Appliances / Volts
The electrical current in Croatia is 220 volts. Wall outlets take plugs with two rounded prongs. If you plan to use non-European electrical appliances you will need to bring a converter/adapter. It is suggested that you purchase these items before you leave on your trip or at the airport. All hotels in Croatia supply a hair dryer in each room, some supply irons.
Mobile phone and Wi-Fi
If your phone uses a SIM card it’s easy to buy a basic SIM from any kiosk, grocery store or telecommunications company. The most prevalent providers are Tele2, VIP and T-Mobile. Their basic pay as you go plans are pretty similar so they are all a safe bet.
If your phone does not use a SIM card (i.e. you have an American phone) the best option is to use WhatsApp or Viber Apps.
Most cafes and hotels have free Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi included if you make a purchase. Many cities also have free city Wi-Fi but it’s not always the most reliable.
Currency and exchanging money
Croatian Kuna is the official currency in Croatia. There’s an abundance of ATM machines that accept most ATM cards, but be sure you know your ATM password in numbers – the keypads on foreign ATM’s don’t always have letters. ATM machines will only dispense cash in local currency.
Using credit cards is common and usually hassle free. It should be noted however that you can’t include a tip onto a credit card bill. Therefore it’s common to pay with credit card and then leave a cash tip on the table. Should you decide to carry cash or travelers checks, exchange them at banks where the rate is more favorable than at hotels or exchange bureaus.
Emergency contacts while in Croatia
General emergency number is 112. Proper Croatia’s emergency number is +385 (0)98 505 481. When dialing from within the country dial, drop the country code and add a zero before the nine: 098 505 481.
Weather in Croatia
Spring and Autumn: 40 – 65 º F; Summer: 70 – 90 º F; Winter: 30 – 45 º F. Bring comfortable shoes, a bathing suit, a sweater and clothes you can layer. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).
General greeting and manners in Croatia
Shaking hands is a standard form of greeting and saying goodbye. Casual dress is appropriate and normal courtesies should be observed. Smoking is prohibited on public transportation and in theaters and public offices. When asked to a Croatian’s house for dinner, it’s customary to bring wine and/or flowers. But do not bring chrysanthemums (mums) as they are usually associated with the Day of the Dead.
Hotel check in and check out time
Check-in time is usually 4pm or later. Check-out time is 12 noon. If you will be arriving early in the day or departing in the evening, hotels will usually allow you to store your luggage in their luggage room. Ask at the front desk if the hotel can check you in earlier, or let you stay later.
Shopping in Croatia
What do you recommend we buy in Croatia? Croatia still has a strong culture of “Makers” – people that practice traditional crafts be it perishables like cheeses and sausages, or non perishable like embroidery and jewelry making.
Our top favorites to bring back to friends and family are:
Pumpkin oil (a deep green, incredibly flavorful oil made from pumpkins that only grow in this part of the world – and there is no limit on how many bottles of oil you can bring into countries. Trust us, we know.)
Olive oil. Croatia boasts it’s share of olive oil producers. Oils from the Vojnan area of Istria (near Pula and Rovinj) are particularly renown. Our favorite producers to try are BRIST and Balija. If you are interested, you can check them out via one of our Istria Day Trips.
Croatia and Slovenia also have a number of co-ops managed by a group of local designers. These are the prime places to pick up real and fashionable souvenirs for yourself and loved ones.
Shops are generally open all day from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., with shorter hours on Saturdays and often closed Sundays.