Land area: 56.594 km²
Land and Sea area: 87.661 km²
Official language and script: Croatian language and Latin script
National currency: Croatian Kuna (Hrvatska kuna)
Exchange Rate: Croatian National Bank
President: Dr.sc. Ivo Josipović
Premier: Zoran Milanović
Croatia borders with: Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Monte Negro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy
Capital city: Zagreb (790.017 inhabitants - administrative, cultural, academic and traffic center of the country)
Population: Croats make up most of the population. National minorities are Serbs, Bosnians, Italians, Hungarians, Albanians, Slovenians, Czechs, Slovaks, and so on (according to the Bureau of Statistics for 2001).
Religion: Roman Catholics, Orthodox, Muslims, Jews, Protestants and others
Time zone: Croatia lies in the GMT +1 zone. The zone changes to GMT +2 as of the last Saturday in March and lasts until the last Sunday in October.
Electric power supply: 220 V, 50Hz
Electric plugs have two cylindrical contacts or three contacts for devices that are grounded. If you need adapters or transformers, you will find them in larger stores or department stores. We recommend that guests from the USA check whether their laptops and other electrical devices such as shavers have the necessary switch.
Water: Tap Water is safe to drink in all of Croatia
January 1 - New Year’s Day
January 6 - Epiphany
Moveable Feast - Easter
Day after Easter - Easter Monday
May 1 - Labor Day
Corpus Christi - not a fixed holiday
June 22 - Day of the Anti-Fascist Struggle
June 25 - Statehood Day
August 5 - Homeland Gratitude Day
August 15 - Assumption
October 8 - Independence Day
November 1 - All Saint's Day
December 25-26 - Christmas holidays
Important telephone number: 112
by dialling 112 free of charge you can reach:
- emergency medical services
- fire department
- police department
- mountain rescue
- coast-guard rescue
When dialling 112 it is possible to comunicate in following lanuages:
A valid passport or some other identification document recognised by international
agreement; for certain countries a personal identity card is sufficient (a document
which testifies to the identity and citizenship of the bearer).
Information: Diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Republic of Croatia
abroad or the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia
The Republic of Croatia applies the European Union’s Common Visa Policy. This means that the classic visa regime will apply to the citizens of all those countries need a visa for entering the EU member states.
Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and Kosovo citizens, who are required a visa to enter Croatia can apply for a visa on-line at crovisa.mvep.hr. Printed and filled out application form along with other required documents should be submitted to the competent Croatian Embassy/visa centre or through an accredited tourist agency.
Pursuant to the Government’s decision, starting with 1 January 2014 until the Republic of Croatia fully applies the provisions of the Schengen acquis, all aliens holders of valid Schengen documents do not require an additional (Croatian) visa for entry and short-term stay in Croatia.
Travelling with pets
For a household pet such as a dog or cat to travel to Croatia the animal must have the identifying microchip inserted and readable, must have a muzzle and must be attached to a leash. A valid pet passport is also required.
An international or EU pet passport must contain identification information and the vaccination records. The animal must be vaccinated against rabies at least 6 months prior to entering Croatia, but no longer than a year. Furthermore, pet passport must certify that the animal is in good health and free from any contagious or infectious disease and originates from an area generally free from such diseases.
In cases of importation of animals for purposes of sale or to move to Croatia permanently an import permit must be issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Croatia www.mps.hr
Croatia is covered by a network of veterinary clinics and dispensaries.
Ministry of Agriculuture, Veterinary Medicine Board
+385 1 6443 540;
+385 1 6443 545;
+385 1 6443 842;
+385 1 6443 549
last update: 23.01.2014.