Official language is Croatian.In all touristic areas people speak English.
Power Supply and Tap Water
220 V, 50 Hz Power outlets in Croatia are the Continental two-pin type. Tap water is potable in all parts of Croatia.
The Kuna (HRK) is the official currency of Croatia. Lipa is the name of a coin.
Visit a bank to exchange your currency for Kuna. Major credit cards are widely accepted here (though a limited number of merchants have American Express accounts) and ATM access is widespread.
Exchange currency only at authorized exchange offices; exchange only what you think you will spend in-country. Coins (Lipa) cannot be reconverted on departure. Save all receipts from any currency exchange transaction.
You may be asked to produce them when you exit the country, and they are required if you intend to reconvert local currency.
In most cases the service charge is already included into the bill. If the service charge is not inluded into the bill, you might consider leaving 10%, but it is not obligatory.
Travel documents are your responsibility. In general you should have:
- A signed, valid passport that will remain valid for at least 6 months beyond the completion of your trip. Your passport must have enough blank pages (excluding amendment pages) available for entry and exit stamps issued when entering and exiting immigration points.
- Visas are required for certain nationalities and you are strongly advised to check your status allowing plenty of time for visa application.
- Croatia is the member of EU, but not the member of Shengen Area
Along the Adriatic coast in Croatia, the climate is mild Mediterranean. In summer, mostly good weather prevails with average temperatures around 30 degrees. Winters are mild on the coast with temperatures about 5 to 10 degrees. Temperature is highest in August when it can reach above 30 degrees, while in winter it rarely falls below 9 degrees. Such weather conditions allow a pleasant stay on the Croatian coast during the whole year. However, most tourists come in July and August when the summer is on its peak and the weather in Croatia is stable. If you wish to enjoy the sea and swim, you can also visit Croatia in June or September, when the air temperature and sea is also pleasant and there is less tourist bustle.
It is advisable to contact your doctor before you travel if you have any specific health concerns and take out appropriate travel and medical insurance.
There are hospitals and clinics located in all the larger towns and cities, while smaller centers have pharmacies and ER’s. Foreign visitors are not obligated to pay for medical services if an agreement on health services was signed between Croatia and the visitors’ country of origin. Expenses for health services given to individuals coming from such countries are charged directly to the user, as given in the price list. If you are not sure whether your country has such agreement with Croatia, make sure to check before departure.
There are some important rules of the road:
- Traffic drives on the RIGHT.
- At crossroads drivers coming from the right have priority excluding crossroads with traffic signs/lights.
- You should always be carrying in the car your driver’s license accompanied by the International Driving Permit, the car insurance papers and ownership (rental) papers.
- The minimum driving age is 18.
- It is compulsory for the driver and front-seat passengers to wear seat belts, and seat belts must be worn in the back where they are fitted. Children under 12 must travel in the back seats, unless the front seat is fitted with a child restraint system.
- 50 kilometres per hour in built up areas
- 80 kilometres per hour on open roads
- 130 kilometres per hour on motorways
Caravans and cars towing a trailer must not go faster than 80 kph.
Police can collect on-the-spot fines for speeding.
There are paid for parking zones in all the major cities and the authorities have the power to clamp you if you do not obey the rules. From Monday to Friday between 7AM- 7PM and Saturdays between 7AM-2PM parking costs 14 HRK per hour in the Red zone, which is the closest to the city centre.
It is half that price to park in Yellow zones and costs 3HRK in the Green zone. Parking is usually free on Sundays. Red zones have a maximum time of one hour, it is two hours for Yellow zones and three hours for Green zones. Just purchase a ticket from the machine and display it on your windshield.
Most shops are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on weekdays and until 2 or 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, during the summer season even longer. Public services and business offices work from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.
Post offices are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, in smaller centers from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.; some offices work a double shift. In most towns and tourist centers, on-duty post offices are open on Saturdays and Sundays. Stamps and phone cards, that are used for all public telephones, can be purchased from post offices and drug stores. For international calls, that can be made directly from public telephones, dial 00, then the country code followed by the telephone number.
International country code for Croatia: 385
Fire Department: 93
Roadside vehicle assistance: 987
National Search and Rescue Center: 9155
A single country number for all emergency situations: 112
General information: 981
Information for international numbers: 902
Weather forecast and road conditions: 060 520 520
Croatian Automobile Club (HAK): +385 1 4640 800