For an up to three-month stay in Croatia, a valid passport is all you need if you come from Europe, most of the American countries, Japan… (please check our list). Furthermore, there is a list of countries whose citizens can enter Croatia by presenting their identity cards. For more information on visas, please visit www.mvp.hr - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia - web site.
Visa issuing points
Entry visas for Croatia are issued by the embassies and consulates of the Republic of Croatia. Only in exceptional cases can visas be obtained at the Croatia's international border crossings. Children must be registered in the passport of one of their parents or have their own passport. The loss of the passport or any other identification document must be immediately reported to the nearest police office. They will issue an official notification of the loss in order to enable you to obtain a new travel document. Pets are not subject to compulsory quarantine, but they must be properly vaccinated (against rabies) and have confirmation on that.
From almost all international airports you have scheduled flights to the capital Zagreb, where you can transfer to inland flights. Croatia Airlines and several international airliners (Lufthansa, Swissair, British Airways, Air France) fly to Zagreb daily. During the peak season, the number of flights is increased and a number of charter flights are offered to the most important tourist destinations of the country directly: Pula, Rijeka, Split, Brac and Dubrovnik. Croatia Airlines has scheduled international flights for: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bruxelles, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Prague, Tel Aviv, Rome, Sarajevo, Skopje, Vienna, Zurich and Manchester (during the tourist season)
Information, tel. 0800 7777, +385 1 4819 633 www.croatiaairlines.hr
Other airline companies that have scheduled flights for Croatia: Aeroflot, Air Bosna, Alitalia, Australian Airlines, Air France, Avioimpex, British Airways, Crossair, CSA, Lufthansa, LOT, Malev, Turkish airlines.
There is a railway network connecting all major Croatian cities except Dubrovnik. There are direct lines to Slovenia, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, France, Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Yugoslavia. There are indirect lines to almost all other European countries. Timings from, for example, Munich to Rijeka, is about 9 hours and to Pula 13 hours. Count on about 5 hours for trains from Vienna. The types of train services that operate in Croatia are the following: EuroCity (EC), InterCity (IC), express (Ex), fast (B), local and accelerated trains. Main Railway Station in Zagreb, Information, tel. 060 333 444 International lines, tel. +385 1 4573 283 www.hznet.hr
There are regular international buses connecting Croatia with Austria, Italy, Hungary, France, Germany, the Slovak Republic and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The cheapest way to travel to Croatia from central Europe is by bus, and it's not as uncomfortable as might seem. Croatia itself has a good national bus network that will take you to any part of the country even to the smallest village. Bus Terminal Zagreb - Information, tel. 060 313 333, International lines, tel. +385 1 6157 938 www.akz.hr
Coming from central Europe, you can reach some of the coast destinations faster by car than by train. During the summer months traffic at the borders is a bit heavier, and that can cause some delay. The main routes into Slovenia and Croatia are via the Tauern Highway (Autobahn) A 10. Austria's Autobahn is not free of charge anymore. You can pick up the Pickerl (officially Autobahnvignette) at the Austrian border or at gas stations or automobile club offices in all countries bordering on Austria. A seven day pass costs ATS 70 (US$ 6.50). To enter and drive in Croatia, you will require a green insurance card and valid national or international driving permit. Fuel: Petrol stations in big towns and cities as well as on important roads are open non-stop, otherwise the working hours are from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Lead-free petrol is available on all petrol stations and it is called bezolovni (green label). In July and August news and traffic information are broadcast in English and German regularly on main Croatian broadcast stations. A toll is payable on motorways.
Regulations: Traffic drives on the right. Speed limits are 130kph (81mph) on motorways, 100kph (62mph) on dual carriageways, 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas and 80kph (50mph) outside built-up areas. The amount of the fine depends on the extent of the infraction committed. Blood/alcohol limit is 0.5 ppm. Accidents must be reported to the police (Policija) immediately. Police emergency number is 92 Croatian automobile club HAK (Hrvatski Autoklub) works together with other international automobile clubs. HAK, Draskoviceva 25, 10000 Zagreb, tel: 01 4554 433, fax. 01 448 630.
Road service of the HAK is available round the clock by dialling 987. Rent-a-car: The driver must be 23 years old and licensed. Most international rental agencies have offices in Croatia's larger towns. Information on tolls: www.hak.hr Information on gasoline prices: www.ina.hr
Jadrolinija is Croatia's leading boat operator and has scheduled domestic and international boat, ferry and express lines. informacije +385 51 666 111 www.jadrolinija.hr
International ferry lines: Zadar - Ancona, Korcula - Stari Grad/Hvar - Split - Ancona, Dubrovnik - Bari, Pula - Venice Ferry lines along Croatia's coast: Rijeka - Zadar - Split - Stari Grad/Hvar - Korcula - Sobra/Mljet - Dubrovnik - Bari
Local ferry lines (from the mainland to the following islands): Cres, Losinj, Pag, Rab, Ugljan, Pasman, Dugi Otok, Iz, Solta, Brac, Hvar, Vis, Peljesac, Korcula, Lastovo, Mljet