Useful laws and rules you should consider while staying in Croatia
Documents– Citizens of the EU countries, the U.K., the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand and don’t need visas to visit Croatia. Visitors can visit Croatia for up to 90 days in any 180 day period.
Citizens of EU countries may enter Croatia using their national identity cards (if these exist) instead of a passport. Otherwise, passports are required to enter Croatia.
For other countries, please check the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website for visa requirements for Croatia. If you do need a visa/permit, please contact the Croatian Embassy in your country (also detailed on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website) for more information on how to obtain a visa.
You may be asked to produce evidence of the financial means necessary to cover your stay and return or onward trip.
If you want to extend your stay in Croatia for more than 90 days, seek advice at the local police station.
Carry your passport with you at all times. You must be able to show some form of identification if required, including when checking into hotels.
You should also consider checking with your transport provider or travel company to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet entry requirements.
If you lose the passport or it’s been stolen, you should report it to the police and get a police report.
Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you don’t need any additional period of validity on your passport beyond this.
Money -Major credit and debit cards are acceptable in most banks and hotels.
Euros, US Dollars, and British pounds are easily exchanged for local currency. There are plenty of ATMs. Only exchange money at regular places like banks and ATMs.
Schengen – On was joining the EU, Croatia extended a ruling for holders of Schengen visas that was first introduced in 2012. This regulation allows holders of valid dual or multiple entry Schengen visas to enter, stay and transit in or through Croatia without the need for an additional visa (for tourist purposes).
Holders of a residence permit issued by a Schengen Area country can also visit Croatia without requiring an additional visa.
For more details, do see the website of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Despite being part of the EU, Croatia IS NOT part of the Schengen Zone. This means that if you are in possession of a Schengen visa, you will not use up any days of the time limit (90 days in 180 day period) that you are allowed to be in the Schengen zone if you visit Croatia.
This may be useful to those who are traveling Europe and need to be careful with the number of days they use up.
Other information-Walking shirtless or in swimming costumes is frowned upon in some town centers in Croatia. You should take notice of your surroundings including signage and judge what is appropriate. Some cities, such as Dubrovnik, have signage to show that the practice is prohibited by law and offenders will be fined.
Drug related offenses are punished with fines and jail sentences.
Information on road border crossings and international rail journeys can be found at the Croatian Automobile Association (HAK) website.
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