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Information about Croatia

Location: Between the Adriatic Sea (border with Italy), Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croatia extends from the furthest eastern edges of the Alps in the north-west to the Pannonian lowlands and the banks of the Danube in the east; its central region is covered by the Dinara mountain range, and its southern parts extend to the coast of the Adriatic Sea.
Geographical Facts: Total area: 87.600 km², land area: 56.542 km²;
Length of mainland coast: 1.777 km
Length of island coast: 4.058 km
Number of islands 1.185 (47 inhabited), Krk and Cres being the largest islands
Highest peak: Dinara, 1.831 m above sea level
Population: 4.4 million
Capital: Zagreb, population 780.000, the economic, traffic, cultural and academic centre of the country
Climate: There are 2 climate zones; a temperate continental, locally also a mountainous climate that prevails in the interior, and a pleasant Mediterranean climate along the Adriatic coast. Average temperature in the inland in October 11,4°C, with 30% possibility of rain.
Language: Croatian, written in Latin alphabet
Time: CET (GMT + 1)
Electricity: 220 Volts, 50Hz
Credit Cards: Eurocard/Mastercard, American Express, Diners and Visa are widely accepted (also at the Solaris Hotels Resort in Sibenik). Withdrawing cash from ATMs is possible in almost all towns, cities and tourist centres; almost all ATMs accept the above mentioned credit cards.
Currency: Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lipa and of 1, 2, 5 and 25 kuna. Banknotes are in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1.000 kuna
Foreign currency can be exchanged at the airport, in banks, post offices, exchange offices, travel agencies, camp sites, marinas, as well as in hotels (also the Solaris Hotels in Šibenik).
Customs regulations: As of 1 July 2013 the Republic of Croatia is becoming an EU member state. Customs regulations are harmonized with the standards of EU member states. Foreign currency may be freely taken in and out of the country. More valuable professional and technical equipment must be declared at the border. For more information take a look at:
Travel regulations:

Citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia Switzerland and UK can cross the border of the Republic of Croatia with a valid passport or an identity card, and stay up to 90 days.

Since it is set to join the European Union on 1 July 2013, Croatia’s visa policy is fully harmonized with that of the EU as of 1 April. This means that from that date onwards the classic visa regime will apply for the citizens of Russia and Turkey as well as citizens of all those countries that need visa for entering the EU member countries.

For further information please contact the Croatian Embassy or Consulate in your country or visit the web pages of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs; All questions regarding Croatia’s visa regime for non-EU countries can be submitted at:

To enter Croatia by car, a driving licence and vehicle registration card are required. HAK recommends to have a green card as well.

Useful numbers: Police: 112;
Fire brigade: 112;
Ambulance: 112;
Search & Rescue: 112;
HAK: 1987
Speed limits: 50 km/h - within built-up areas
90 km/h - outside built-up areas
110 km/h - on major roads
130 km/h - on motorways
80 km/h - for motor vehicles with a caravan trailer
80 km/h - for buses and buses with a light trailer
Mobile phones: Use of mobile phones while driving is forbidden if there is no hands free tool in the car!
Daytime running lights:

mandatory use during standard winter time       

Drinking & Driving:  0,05%


More information about Croatia can be found on the web pages of the Croatian National Tourist Board:



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