Travel Essentials

Must bring items

  • A high factor suntan lotion and a hat for the very hot summer months.
  • Protective footwear for the beaches, most are pebbled.
  • Comfortable walking shoes for exploring nature and historic cities, many of which have cobbled streets.
  • If visiting in Spring and Autumn, the weather can be unpredictable, ranging from hot in the day and colder in the evenings so be prepared and pack layers.
  • If visiting the opera/ballet/theatre, it is a formal event, so bring appropriate attire.

Visa requirements

Citizens of UK, EU countries, the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter Croatia, you can enter the country for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. For other countries, check the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website for visa requirements

The rules for travelling or working in Europe will change for UK citizens if there’s a no-deal Brexit, but you should not need a visa for short trips.

Passport requirements

UK and EU citizens can enter Croatia with a valid passport for the amount of time you will be in the country, you do not need 6-months left on your passport.  This may be different for other locations, for example, if you are a US citizen you will require at least 3-months on your passport during your time in Croatia.

Language

The official language of Croatia is Croatian and it is great to pick up a few words to use during your travels. Approx. 50% of Croats speak English as a foreign language, with 34% speaking German, followed by Italian with 14%. Italian is recognised as a minority language in the northern region of Istria.

Currency

“Do they accept Euros in Croatia” is a common question. Much like the UK, Croatia has retained its own currency. You will require Kunas (Kn) for your trip which are widely available in the UK before you go. We like to use a Revolut Card in location for cash withdrawals. Revolut is a money transfer card and offers the bank interchange rate (the rate the banks give each other) and doesn’t charge fees for use at ATMs abroad. Further information can be found here. Do read all the details before deciding whether a Revolut card is right for you.

Driving License and equipment

You can drive in Croatia using a UK driving licence. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, UK citizens will need to get an International Driving Permit (IDP) to be able to drive in some European countries as a visitor.

It’s obligatory to carry a fluorescent vest in your car whilst driving in Croatia. You must keep the vest in the car and not in the boot.

Safety

Croatia has a very low crime rate by European standards. However, travel insurance should be taken out to protect your belongings and common sense exercised to prevent petty crime.

Electricity

Wall sockets operate 220 volts and take round two-pin plugs. UK travellers will require a continental adaptor.

Wifi and internet access

Wifi is widely available in hotels, cafes and restaurants. Most UK data plans allow free roaming in Europe, including Croatia. Following a no-deal Brexit, this may change.

Drinking tap water in Croatia

The tap water in Croatia is safe to drink and of good quality, in fact, it is one of the cleanest in the world.  However, in times of extended heavy rain, the water supply in some locations, such as Dubrovnik, can become contaminated. The hotels generally alert their guests and tend to provide free bottled water on these occasions.

Health and medical assistance

There are no vaccination requirements for Croatia.

EU residents can apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). An EHIC card gives you have access to medical treatment for free or at a reduced cost if that treatment becomes necessary during your visit. This should not replace travel insurance. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, access to health care in European destinations is likely to change.

Dentists

Croatia has world-class dentistry and private treatment is in the region of 75% cheaper than dentistry in the UK, many people travel to Croatia for lower cost, high-quality dental treatment.

Culture

There is no official religion in Croatia. That said, more than 86% of the population is Roman Catholic. The second-most common religion is Eastern Orthodoxy at 4%.

Post-civil war in the 1990s, the economy in Croatia has been doing increasingly well, largely due to its shift into a market-based economy. The majority of Croatia’s GDP is tied up in the services sector.

Croatia is very proud of its independence, so don’t lump the Croats into the same boat as other ex-Yugoslavia countries.

The Croats love football and are very proud of their place in the world cup final in 2018

Laws

Visitors to Croatia are required by law to register with the police within 24 hours of your arrival. However, if you are staying at a hotel, hostel or campsite the job of registering will be done for you.

When leaving Croatia, you can take no more than 2000 Kuna (approx £245 at the time of writing) with you.

Tipping

Tipping is not obligatory and waitstaff will not expect to be tipped for a coffee or a sandwich. It is polite to round up the bill by 10% when dining at restaurants.

Time zones

Croatia is 1 hour ahead of the UK, GMT+1, 6 hours ahead of
Daylight savings begins on 31 March and ends on 27 October.

Public Holidays

Most shops and all banks are closed on the following public holidays:

January 1: New Year
January 6: Epiphany
March or April: Easter Monday
May 1: Labour Day
May or June: Corpus Christi
June 22: Day of the 1941 Antifascist Uprising
June 25: Day of Croatian Statehood
August 5: National Thanksgiving Day
August 15: Assumption
October 8: Independence Day
November 1: All Saint’s Day
December 25 & 26: Christmas