Tips for travel to Croatia

When traveling and sailing in Croatia it is good to know these information!

Currency

Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa). There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa coins, 1, 2, 5 and 25 Kuna coins and 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 Kuna banknotes.

Foreign currencies

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, post offices and at most tourist agencies, hotels and camping grounds. Banking hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays banks are open until 1 p.m. In the larger cities some banks are also open on Sundays. Credit cards: Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa, Sport Card International). Cash dispensing machines (ATM’s) are ubiquitous.

Electricity

Voltage of city power grid – 220V, frequency 50HZ

Water

Tap water is potable throughout Croatia.

Telephone code

The telephone code for Croatia is +385.

Time zone

GMT plus one hour in winter and GMT plus two in summer

Customs Regulations

Croatian currency is Kuna - HRK (1 Kn = 100 Lipa). Foreign currencies can be exchanged in exchange offices, banks, post-offices, tourist agencies and in the majority of hotel reception desks and auto-camps. Foreign citizens can carry their foreign currency in and out of the country, though value of domestic currency cannot exceed 15,000 Kuna. One should always report valuable technology items at the customs office. Foreign citizens can get tax refund for the goods bought in the country, if the value of goods exceeds 500 Kuna, but they need to have their "tax free" form validated upon leaving the country.

Health Information

There are hospitals in all major cities, and in smaller towns there are medical clinics. Foreign citizens can take advantage of free medical service if there is an agreement between Croatia and the country they come from. Otherwise, medical services are charged according to current price lists.

Working Hours of Shops

Shops are usually open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., from Monday to Friday, Saturdays between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In smaller towns there is a possibility of shops working slit shift. During a summer season, most of the shops are open every day. Post and bank office usually also work between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Holidays

1 January – New Year
6 January – Epiphany
Easter and Easter Monday
1 May – Labor Day
Corpus Christi
22 June – Anti-fascist Struggle Day
25 June – Statehood Day
5 August – Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day
15 August – Assumption of Mary
8 October – Independence Day
1 November - All Saints Day
25 and 26 December – Christmas Holidays

Important Phone Numbers:

112 Emergency call
94 Ambulance
193 Fire department
192 Police
9155 Search and rescue at sea
987 Road Assistance
981 General information
988 Phone information
060 520 520 Weather forecast and road conditions
0038514640800 Croatian Automobile Club

Laws and regulations on sailing in Croatia

At least one person on the sailing yacht must possess valid nautical and VHF license. Navigational and VHF licenses in Croatia are issued by Port Authorities. If your license is issued in a foreign country, please check whether it’s valid for Croatian territorial waters. If you don’t want to hire a skipper you must send us copies of your licenses in advance to confirm the booking. Also, you must have the originals with you on board. In addition to navigational and VHF license, you must also have a certified crew list on board. We will get this document for you when you deliver us all needed information and give it to you during the check-in. In case some changes in the crew occur during the sail, you must notify us immediately so we can make a new list.

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