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Croatia Guide

Know Before You Go...®

Croatia, located in the heart of Europe, is a hidden gem waiting to be explored by travelers seeking an unforgettable experience. With its stunning coastline, crystal clear waters, and charming medieval towns, this country offers a perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. From the bustling capital city of Zagreb to the picturesque islands of Hvar and Dubrovnik, Croatia has something for every type of traveler. Indulge in delicious Mediterranean cuisine, soak up the warm sun on the beaches, or hike through the majestic mountains - the possibilities are endless in this diverse and captivating country. Get ready to be mesmerized by the breathtaking landscapes and warm hospitality of Croatia on your next travel adventure.

Why Croatia?

  • Croatia is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • The Croatian capital Zagreb has one of the oldest funiculars in Europe.
  • Croatia has one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines.
  • Croatia is the birthplace of the necktie.
  • Croatia is home to the world's smallest town, Hum, with a population of just 23.

Transportation on Croatia

Getting to Croatia and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.

Entry Documents

  • Valid Passport: Ensure it’s valid for at least 3 months beyond departure.
  • Visa: Check Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for visa requirements based on nationality.
  • Proof of Accommodation: Have confirmation of hotel or lodging.
  • Proof of Funds: Be ready to show you can cover your stay (bank statements or sponsorship letter).
  • Return Ticket: Show onward travel plans.
  • Travel Insurance: Recommended for health coverage.
  • Arrival Form: Complete if required.
  • COVID-19 Documents: Check latest travel advisories and COVID-19 requirements from reliable sources.

Departure Tax

No specific departure tax in Europe for American citizens; European countries typically include departure taxes in airline ticket prices, applying to all passengers, to fund airport services. Best to check with airline or airport website for any updates.

Driving

  • Non-EU/EEA tourists may need an International Driving Permit (IDP).
  • Ensure all occupants, including passengers in the back seat, wear seat belts.
  • Children under 12 or less than 150 cm in height must use an appropriate child safety seat.
  • Adhere to speed limits: 50 km/h in urban areas, 80 km/h on open roads, 110 km/h on expressways, and 130 km/h on motorways (some sections may have lower limits).
  • Using a mobile phone while driving is prohibited unless you have a hands-free system.
  • Overtake on the left, and keep to the right unless overtaking on multi-lane roads.
  • Many highways have tolls; pay attention to toll booths and consider electronic toll devices available with some rental cars.
  • Use headlights at all times, even during the day.
  • In case of an emergency, call 112 and familiarize yourself with emergency service numbers.

Croatia Weddings and Honeymoons

Vacationers don’t just stay in Croatia villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons!

See our favorite villas for weddings.

Know Before You Go...® - Croatia Travel Tips

Before making their way to Croatia villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in Croatia even more relaxing.

Capital:
2021Zagreb
Population:
20204,058,165
Size:
201922,000
Electric Current:
220/240
Time:
16:59 pm zone:+1 (GMT/UTC +1)
Official Language:
English is widely spoken in tourist areas, but learning a few basic Croatian phrases can be helpful, especially in rural areas.
Currency:
Croatia's official currency is the Croatian kuna (HRK), which is divided into 100 lipa. The kuna has been the country's currency since 1994, replacing the Yugoslav dinar. When it comes to payment options, cash is widely accepted in Croatia, especially in smaller towns and villages. However, major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are also widely accepted in larger cities and tourist areas. ATMs are readily available in Croatia, making it easy for visitors to withdraw cash in the local currency. However, it is advisable to inform your bank or credit card company of your travel plans to avoid any issues with using your cards abroad. Traveller's cheques are not commonly used in Croatia and may be difficult to exchange. It is recommended to carry a combination of cash and credit cards for convenience. When making purchases, it is important to note that prices are often listed in kuna. Some tourist areas may also accept euros, but it is advisable to hav
Tipping and Taxes:
Tipping and taxes in Croatia are an important aspect of the country's service industry. While the tipping culture in Croatia is not as prevalent as it is in some other countries, it is still appreciated and expected in certain situations. Tipping in Croatia is generally not mandatory, but it is customary to round up the bill or leave a small tip of around 10% for good service in restaurants, cafes, and bars. However, if the service is exceptional, a larger tip may be given. Tipping is also expected for services such as haircuts, taxi rides, and hotel porters. In these cases, rounding up the bill or leaving a small tip is appropriate. It is important to note that many restaurants in Croatia include a service charge in the bill, so it is always a good idea to check before leaving an additional tip. In addition, it is not common to tip in fast-food restaurants or for take-out orders. As for taxes, Croatia has a value-added tax (VAT) of 25% on most goods and services. This tax is
Dress Code:
The dress code in Croatia is generally casual and relaxed, but it is important to dress modestly and cover up when visiting religious sites or attending formal events.
Topography:
Croatia is a country with a diverse topography that features mountains, forests, and a long coastline along the Adriatic Sea, providing a mix of scenic landscapes and access to the Mediterranean.
Telephone:
Croatia's telephone country code is +385 and its area code is 01.

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