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Croatia Travel Information

The Basics

Time

GMT +1 (GMT +2 between April and October).

Electricity

Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. European-style, round, two-pin plugs are standard.

Language

The official language is Croatian.

Travel Health

No vaccinations are required. The medical facilities and care in Croatia are fairly good, with free emergency medical care available to EU citizens with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). After Brexit, the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) replaced the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for UK citizens. The GHIC allows UK citizens access to state healthcare during visits to the EU. The GHIC is not valid in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland, nor is it an alternative to travel insurance. Non-EU nationals are advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance, and those who need particular medications should take the supply needed for the duration of their stay with them, plus a doctor's letter to get the items through customs.

Tipping

In tourist or upmarket restaurants, a tip of 10 percent will be appreciated. But otherwise, it's common to just round up the bill if the service has been good, unless a service charge has already been added. Tour guides expect to be tipped.

Safety Information

Most visits to Croatia are trouble free. Crime levels are low and violent crime is rare, but petty theft can be a problem in busy tourist areas so it's worth keeping a careful eye on valuables. Outside normal tourist routes, travellers should be aware that unexploded mines might remain in rural areas, particularly in Eastern Slavonia and the former Krajina.

Tourists are urged to be cautious in former conflict areas, including the aforementioned Eastern Slavonia, Brodsko-Posavska County, Karlovac County, areas around Zada and in more remote areas of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. They should stay on known safe roads and areas, and check with authorities before setting out into remote regions.

Local Customs

In some towns and cities, it's prohibited or considered inappropriate to walk around town centres shirtless or in swimming costumes. In some places, such as parts of Dubrovnik, there is signage indicating that people are required to cover up and that fines will be imposed on those that don't comply. Even when there is no such signage, travellers are advised to be sensitive to local conventions and sensibilities.

Business

Business in Croatia tends to be quite formal. Punctuality is key, dress should be smart and handshakes are the preferred form of greeting.

Titles and surnames are usually used unless otherwise indicated and business cards are often exchanged at the beginning of a meeting. English and German are widely spoken but any attempt at speaking some Croatian will be appreciated. Women frequently hold high positions in business and are well respected.

Building a good working relationship is important in Croatia and it's useful to work with a reliable local partner. Although Croatia appears typically European in its dealings, business can take some time to conclude. Business hours are usually 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Communications

The international access code for Croatia is +385 and WiFi availability is good.

Duty Free

Non-EU travellers to Croatia can enter the country with the following items without incurring customs duty: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco; 4 litres of wine, 1 litre of spirits and up to 16 litres of beer; and other goods up to the value of HRK 3,200 if arriving by air or HRK 2,200 if arriving by other means of transport.

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