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Croatia
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Republic of Croatia

Last Updated: November 25, 2016

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Zagreb

 

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Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.

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Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Zagreb

Ulica Thomasa Jeffersona 2
10010 Zagreb, Croatia

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PASSPORT VALIDITY:

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Three months past your planned date of departure

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:

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One page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:

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No

VACCINATIONS:

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 None

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:

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Up to 10,000 euros

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:

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Up to 10,000 euros

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U.S. Embassy Zagreb

Ulica Thomasa Jeffersona 2
10010 Zagreb, Croatia

Telephone: +(385) (1) 661-2200

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(385) (1) 661-2400

Fax: +(385) (1) 665-8933

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Croatia for information on U.S.–Croatia relations.

You need a valid U.S. passport to enter Croatia.  Croatia requests three months validity on your passport.  Croatia is not a member of the Schengen area.  If you transit a Schengen country en route to Croatia, your passport should have at least six months of validity to avoid difficulties.  For further details about travel into Schengen countries, please see the State Department’s Schengen Fact SheetPlease be aware that a U.S. citizen traveling on a passport reported lost or stolen will not be allowed entry in Croatia.

  • You do not need a visa if you hold a valid U.S. passport and are traveling to Croatia for tourism or business for less than 90 days within a 180-day period.  
  • For entry and residence requirements in Croatia, please visit the Embassy of Croatia’s websiteThe U.S. Embassy is not able to expedite or intervene in the issuance of a Croatian visa.  
  • Foreign documents submitted for residence in Croatia, including birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, educational records, driver’s licenses, or other documents, must be translated into Croatian and have an apostille stamp. The U.S. Embassy cannot authenticate documents.  For information on applying for apostille and authentication service, please see the Department of State’s Office of Authentications website.

We are unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents in Croatia.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction, and customs information on our websites.

Military/SOFA Travelers: While active-duty U.S. military personnel may enter Croatia under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with proper Department of Defense (DOD) identification and travel orders, all SOFA family members, civilian employees, and contractors must have valid passports.  Active-duty military personnel should obtain a tourist passport before leaving the United States to accommodate off-duty travel.  DOD travelers should consult the DOD Foreign Clearance Guide, DOD 4500.54, before leaving the United States.

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.

War hostilities ended in all parts of the country in 1995; however, de-mining of areas along former confrontation lines will continue until at least 2018.  Mined areas are well-marked with Croatian-language warning signs using the international symbol for mines: a skull and crossbones inside a red, upside-down triangle.  Drivers in former conflict areas should stay on paved roads to reduce the risk of encountering unmarked mines and unexploded ordnance.

For more information about mine-affected areas and de-mining operations in Croatia, please visit the Croatian Mine Action Center's website.

We urge U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations.  While civil disorder is rare in Croatia, U.S. citizens should monitor local media coverage, review their personal security practices, and be aware of their surroundings at all times.  Even peaceful demonstrations can escalate into violence with little or no notice.  Security messages about demonstrations can be found here on the U.S. Embassy to Croatia website.

Crime:  While violent crime is rare, isolated attacks targeting specific persons or property may occur and be racially-motivated or prompted by lingering ethnic tensions from Croatia's war for independence.

  • Safeguard your belongings in public areas, especially in bus or railroad stations, airports, gas stations, and public transportation.  Report incidents of theft to the local police.
  • Don’t display outward signs of wealth.  It may make you a target for thieves.
  • Avoid "gentlemen's clubs."  In the past, such establishments have presented foreign customers with inflated bills and threatened those who refuse to pay.

U.S. business entities are encouraged to read the most recent Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Annual Crime and Safety Report for Croatia

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime:  Report crimes or emergencies to the local police by dialing 112, and contact the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb.

  • Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • Replace a stolen or lost passport
  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • Provide  information about local resources for victims of crime 
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home if you are destitute

Domestic Violence:  U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance.  Overseas victims may be entitled to counseling compensation and other services.  Visit the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women’s webpage.

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Adequate medical care is readily available in Croatia, but the condition of hospital facilities may not be comparable to U.S. standards.  Travelers to Croatia may obtain a list of English-speaking physicians on the U.S. Embassy’s website.  You may require a prescription to get some medications that you can purchase over-the-counter in the United States.

If you will be in Croatia for longer than three months, you may wish to get a vaccine to prevent tick-borne encephalitis.  This vaccine is not available in the United States, but is available in Croatia from a local doctor.  Practice good general precautions such as using insect repellent and inspecting your body after being outdoors.

  • We do not pay medical bills.  Be aware that U.S. Medicare is not valid overseas.

Medical Insurance:  Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers in Croatia accept cash or credit card payments.  See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage

Vaccinations:  Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Criminal Penalties:  You are subject to local laws.  If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.  Your U.S. passport won’t prevent arrest or prosecution.

Furthermore, some crimes are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law.  For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification:  If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately.  See our webpage for further information.

Special Circumstances  

Traveler’s checks are less accepted and exchanged at an unfavorable rate.  ATMs are common, and credit cards are accepted.  Facilities are available for wiring or transferring money.  

Recreational Boating:  The Croatian Government requires all recreational captains chartering Croatian-flagged vessels to have a certificate of competence.  

  • Croatia recognizes certain certificates issued by the U.S. Sailing Association and licenses issued by the national authorities of other countries.  
  • Details on classes of licenses recognized by country can be found on the Ministry of the Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure’s webpage.
  • Tourists in Croatia can be certified by passing a test at harbormasters' offices in Pula, Rijeka, Senj, Zadar, Sibenik, Split, Ploce, Dubrovnik, and at the Ministry in Zagreb.
  • Travelers arriving by private marine craft should refer to the Ministry’s website for information on nautical regulations.

Climbing and Hiking:  If you intend to hike or climb in the Croatian mountains, seek local guides’ expert advice.  For emergencies call 112 and the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service.  Rock climbers in Paklenica National Park should consult a local guide or contact the National Park.

Faith-Based Travelers:  See our following webpages for details:

 

LGBTI Travelers:  There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Croatia.  Although lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals enjoy full rights in Croatia, they may face legal challenges as same sex couples.  The LGBTI community is protected by anti-discrimination laws, and there are no legal or governmental impediments to the organization of LGBTI events.  However, in previous years with the rise of LGBTI activism, there were incidents related to hate towards LGBTI groups, notably during annual pride events, both in Zagreb and Split.  Individual cases of attacks on members of the LGBTI community have been recorded and processed by the authorities.  In 2014, Croatia enacted the Law on Life Partnership of Same Sex Couples allowing for formal registration of same sex unions.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section six of our Human Rights Report for further information.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance.  Accessibility and accommodations in Croatia are different from those in the United States.  Croatian law mandates access to transportation, communication, and public buildings for persons with disabilities; however, there is a marked difference in new constructions compared to old constructions where access can still be limited.  Croatia’s geography is hilly and often steep, particularly along the coast, and presents challenges to some persons with disabilities.  Access to public transportation may not always be available.  Outside of urban areas, accessibility generally worsens significantly.

Students:  See our student’s abroad page.

Women Travelers:  See our travel tips for women travelers.

Road Conditions and Safety: Road conditions in Croatia may differ significantly from those in United States.  Current information about traffic and road conditions is available in English from the Croatian Automobile Association (HAK) or by calling +385 1 464-0800 (English-speaking operators available 24 hours) or +385 1 661-1999.

  • Exercise caution when driving in Croatia. On the highways, be aware of aggressive drivers passing on curves or in oncoming lanes.
  • Highway tolls are higher than those in the United States and can be paid in cash or credit card.  Information on tolls is available from the Croatian Motorways website.
  • Croatian radio broadcasts programs in foreign languages on several frequencies.  From mid-June to mid-September, Chanel 2 broadcasts foreign news, traffic information, and important information in English and German.
  • Within Croatia, emergency roadside assistance is available by calling 1987.  Dial 112 or 192 to speak to the police, and dial 194 for an ambulance.

Traffic Laws:  Vehicles drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left.  Speed limits range from 110 to 130 km/h on highways and motorways and 50 to 90 km/h on urban thoroughfares. 

  • A Croatian driver's license is required for stays longer than twelve months.
  • Don’t drink and drive.  The maximum legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers is 0.05 percent (0.00 percent for drivers with less than two years’ experience, drivers under 24 years of age, and truck or bus drivers).
  • Police routinely spot-check for drunk driving and administer breath-analyzer tests at the scene of all accidents.  Refusal to take a breath test is considered a de facto admission of driving while intoxicated.  Fines are up to 2,000 euros and/or prison sentences.
  • For traffic accidents involving a foreign-registered vehicle, the responding police officer must issue a vehicle damage certificate to the owner of the foreign-registered vehicle, which is necessary to cross the border.  Upon written request, the police station in the area where the accident occurred will issue a traffic accident investigation record.
  • Seat belts for drivers and passengers are mandatory.  Infants must travel in child-safety seats.  Children under 12 may not ride in the front seat.
  • No right on red at traffic lights unless allowed by an additional green arrow.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way when crossing in designated white-striped crosswalks. You must stop.
  • Headlights must be used all winter, as well as during fog and other inclement weather.
  • It is illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving unless using a hands-free device.

For specific information concerning Croatian driver's permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, and mandatory insurance, please contact the Croatian National Tourist Board.

Public Transportation:  Pay attention to trams (streetcars) in Zagreb traveling at high speed through the narrow streets. 

See our road safety webpage and visit the websites of the Ministry of the Interior, the Croatian National Tourist Board, and the Croatian Ministry of the Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure for more information.

Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Croatia’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Croatia’s air carrier operations.  Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

 

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