Tips for tourists

Tips for tourists

When you check in a hotel, hostel, campsite or an apartment, you will automatically be registered with the police, a matter required by law. If you are staying with friends please do it yourself. In a 24 hour period, check with your nearest police station or tourist board if you come from EU countries and be sure to bring your passport. You will be kindly asked to complete some paperwork, a procedure necessary for your own safety, helping you overcome any inconvenience that may occur while you are on a holiday.

Travel documentation
Passport or some other internationally recognized identification document. Tourists may remain in Croatia for up to three months.

Since 1 April 2013, the Republic of Croatia has been applying the European Union’s Common Visa Policy. Pursuant to the Government’s Decision, the Republic of Croatia applies the Decision No 565/2014/EU according to which all third-country nationals who are holders of valid Schengen documents, as well as national visas and residence permits of Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Romania do not require an additional (Croatian) visa for Croatia. Further information about the visa regime between the Republic of Croatia and all other countries is available at

The travel document which a third-country national is using to enter Croatia must be valid for at least another three months after the planned departure from Croatia and issued within the previous 10 years (e.g. a third-country national staying in Croatia until 26 December 2016 has to hold a passport valid at least until 27 March 2017).
This does not apply to EU/EEA citizens who can enter Croatia with a passport or an identity card, both valid for the duration of stay and exit from Croatia.

The Customs regulations of the Republic of Croatian are in line with the regulations of the European Union.
When entering Croatia, passengers and visitors are entitled to bring in personal baggage, including foods, drugs, weapons and other goods in accordance with that prescribed by the customs regulations.
Detailed instructions and information about carrying certain objects, plants, animals into Croatia can be found on the Ministry of Customs and Finance Administration's website:

The transport of pets across state borders may only take place upon presentation of a certificate of the animal’s good health issued by a veterinary surgeon.
The European pet passport is a standardised and mandatory document, containing information such as the description of the animal, microchip or tattooing number, as well as data on all received vaccinations against rabies, and contact data for the owner or the issuing veterinarian. The passport is issued by authorized veterinary offices, and it can be issued for dogs, cats and ferrets. It remains valid as long as you regularly vaccinate your pet against rabies.
If you are travelling from a non-EU country or territory, your pet must have an EU animal health certificate issued by an official State vet in the country of departure not more than 10 days before your pet arrives in the EU. This certificate, which also contains your pet’s name, basic information and history of vaccination against rabies, must be validated by an authorised veterinarian in the home country no more than 10 days before entering Croatia.
Detailed information:
»» EU regulations for travelling with pets and other animals within EU


The currency used in Istria/Croatia is Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa).
There are 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa coins; and 1, 2 and 5 Kuna coins:
as well as 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1.000 Kuna banknotes:

Time zone
GMT plus one hour in winter and GMT plus two hours in summer.

Voltage on city power grids is 220 V / 50 Hz, so visitors from the U.S. will need to use a transformer and visitors from G.B. will have to use an adopter for European electricity grid to run their electrical appliances.

National holidays in Croatia
01.01. New Year’s Day
06.01. Epiphany
17.04. Easter
18.04. Easter Monday, the second day of Easter
01.05. Labour Day
30.05. Statehood Day
16.06. Corpus Domini / Corpus Christi - The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, 60 days or ninth Thursday after Easter
22.06. Anti-Fascist Resistance Day
05.08. Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and Homeland War Veteran's Day
15.08. Assumption
01.11. All Saints’ Day
18.11. Remembrance Day for the victims of the Homeland War
25.12. Christmas Day
26.12. St. Stephen's Day

During the national holidays all public institutions are closed