Tourist information traveling to Croatia
We are delighted that you have decided to visit Croatia and wish you a warm welcome. Croatia is a land of open frontiers and simple regulations. It is also a peaceful country and one that is respectful toward is guests and strive to ensure that all visitors take only beautiful memories home with them.
Croatia occupies the largest part of the eastern coast of the Adriatic sea which, as a part of the Mediterranean sea, penetrates deepest into European soil.
The mainland covers an area of 56,594 km2. Territorial waters cover a surface area of 31,067 km2.
Croatia has 4,429,078 inhabitants.
The majority of the populations are Croats, with the largest minorities being Serbs, Bosnians, Slovenians, Hungarians, Czechs, Italians, and Albanians.
System of government
Multi-party parliamentary republic.
With 779,145 inhabitants, Zagreb is the economic, transport, cultural and academic centre of the country.
Number of islands
The largest islands are Krk and Cres. There are in total 1,244 islands, from which of 50 inhabited islands.
The prevailing climate in the country’s continental interior is moderately warm and rainy, while Croatia’s highest peaks have a mountain climate which includes snowfall. The areas around Adriatic coast have a pleasant mild Mediterranean climate with a large number of sunny days, summers are hot and dry and winters are mild and wet.
The official currency Croatia is the kuna ( 1 kuna = 100 lipa ). Foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices and in major tourist information offices, hotels and campsites.
Credit cards such as ( Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa, American card and Diners ) are accepted in almost all hotels, marinas, restaurants, shops and cash machines. Despite wide credit cards acceptance in many specified hospitality facilities our recommendation for tourists arriving would be to keep small amount of cash in personal when they visiting small hospitality facilities, open space activities and rural areas.
A valid passport of some other identification document recognized by international agreement, for certain countries a personal identity card is sufficient.
More information you can fine in diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Republic of Croatia abroad or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Croatia www.mvep.hr
Custom regulations are almost entirely harmonized with EU regulations and standards, but the values of those non-commercial items that are brought into the country for personal use are exempt from tax duty of PDV (VAT), is limited to only 1,000 kuna.
Foreign and local currencies and cheques may be freely taken in and out of the country by both foreign and Croatian citizens, but transfer of amount of 10,000 Euros or more must be declared to a custom official. Valuable professional equipment and other technical devices must be declared to custom official at the border crossing.
VAT is refunded to persons who do not have permanent or temporary residence in Croatia, for individual goods purchased in the country, for amounts in excess of 740.00 kuna, upon the presentation of a Tax cheque form verified by customs official during the export of purchased goods, at the latest 3 months from the day of purchase. Foreign nationals must claim Tax refunds within 6 months of the receipt issue date.
For additional information contact Custom administration at www.carina.gov.hr