Croatia

SUMMARY

Travel Insurance

The Department of Foreign Affairs strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation, before travelling to Croatia. You should check any exclusions, and that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

You should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) free of charge which entitles you to emergency medical treatment. This card is NOT a substitute for travel insurance. See  www.ehic.ie   for further details. The EHIC replaces the E111 form, which is no longer valid.

Irish Citizens should note that the Irish Government does not provide funds for medical treatment or for repatriation of remains.

SAFETY & SECURITY

Croatia is relatively safe country. However, sensible precautions should be observed when carrying passports and money in busy tourist areas. Personal and valuable items should not be left unattended, particularly on the beach. If travelling by train, special care should be taken to guard valuables, especially at night.

All incidents of crime should be reported to the local police station and a report obtained

The general emergency number is 112. The police can be reached by dialling 192, fire brigade 193 and the ambulance service by dialling 194.

Landmines remain a very real danger in some parts of Croatia. Populated areas and major routes are clear of mines and are safe to visit. Almost all tourist sites are perfectly safe to visit. However, isolated areas in the mountains and countryside have not all been cleared. You should therefore be careful not to stray from roads, paved areas or marked paths without an experienced guide. Never enter areas that are taped off. For further information, please visit the website of the Croatian Mine Action Centre.

LOCAL LAWS AND CUSTOMS

Entry requirements

Irish passport holders do not require visas for visits to Croatia of up to 90 days. If you are planning to stay for a longer period, please contact the nearest Croatian Embassy or Consulate  Croatian Embassy or Consulate.

Irish citizens travelling to Croatia should ensure that their passports are valid for the duration of your stay in Croatia.

It is advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.

Registration

All foreign citizens are required to register with the local police within a 48 hour period of arriving in Croatia.  This can usually be done at your accommodation and hotels, guesthouses and other accommodation services including campsites, are obliged to register their guests.  A standard fee of circa €1 will usually be charged on your accommodation bill for this service.

It is possible to register at the local police station, or at tourist offices in cities and large towns.  Failure to register may result in a fine of up to €500 or in being forced to leave Croatia.

Further information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Interior: http://www.mup.hr/1266.aspx

The Irish Embassy in Slovenia is accredited to Croatia. Irish citizens intending to remain in Croatia for some time are encouraged to register their presence with the Embassy in Slovenia.  For contact details, please click here.

Rules in road transport

Please note that vehicles are driven on the right hand side of the road in Croatia. The use of front and rear seat belts is obligatory. Special seats are required for infants and children under twelve may not sit in the front seat of a car. Headlights (dipped beams) must be on at all times.  

Headlights must be on during winter time i.e. outside the Daylight Savings Time period, as well as during the night or in instances of poor visibility.

Under Croatian law, it is illegal for professional drivers (e.g. hauliers, taxi drivers, etc) and young people (16-24 years) to drive with any alcohol in their system (there is also a zero tolerance policy for those in charge of yachts and boats). For other drivers, the blood/alcohol limit is 0.05. Police routinely spot check motorists for drinking and driving and will administer breath-analyser tests at the site of even the most minor accident. Drivers who refuse to submit to a breath analyser test are presumed to have been driving while intoxicated. Croatian police are obliged to take blood samples to test blood alcohol levels in the event of an accident resulting in death or serious injuries.

The use of a mobile phone by the driver is not permitted, unless a "hands-free" device is being used. It is obligatory to drive with dipped headlights at all times, even during the day. Drivers are also obliged to bring a fluorescent vest in the car (not the boot) while driving and to wear it while attempting to repair a car.

It is obligatory to have winter tyres on the driving axle and snow chains must be carried in your vehicle during "winter conditions". Either four winter or four summer tyres are obligatory, each with a minimum depth of 4 mm of the rubber thread/slot.

The Croatian Automobile Club can be contacted at this website address: http://www.hak.hr/en

Buying property in Croatia

The Embassy of Ireland is not in a position to offer legal or administrative advice on the purchase of property in Croatia. Irish citizens considering the purchase of property in Croatia are strongly advised to consult an independent legal advisor at the beginning of the process and to ensure that there is clear title to ownership of the property in question. Contact details for English speaking legal advisers may be obtained by contacting the Embassy of Ireland (see below). Until recently, Irish citizens purchasing property in Croatia were required to seek approval from the Ministry of Justice, Administration and Local Self-Government. According to the Act of Amendments to the Act on Ownership and Other Real Rights, which came into force in February 2009, citizens and legal persons from EU Member States are now entitled to purchase property in the Republic of Croatia under the same conditions as Croatian citizens. 

NATURAL DISASTERS AND CLIMATE

Earthquakes are not uncommon in Croatia and small tremors are recorded several times a month throughout the year without consequences. The last mid-scale earthquake occurred in 2010 but there were no casualties or significant damage.

Forest fires are very common during Croatia’s hot and dry summers. Outbreaks occur regularly and, although these are usually quickly brought under control by the Croatian Fire Service without travel disruption, it is important to be aware of the potential outbreaks and remain alert. In particular, please take care when visiting or driving through woodland and forest areas; ensure that cigarette ends are properly extinguished and disposed of carefully, do not light barbecues and do not leave any rubbish, particularly empty bottles, behind.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Cash/banking

The local currency in Croatia is the Kuna. All major credit/debit cards are accepted in most banks/hotels. ATMs are widespread. Those in possession of a Maestro or Cirrus symbol on their ATM cards will be in a position to withdraw funds from their Irish accounts. There have been reports of an increase in the number of forged Croatian Kuna banknotes being discovered, especially 200 and 500 notes. Take care when purchasing Kuna; you should only do this at reliable outlets, such as banks and cash points

Diplomatic and Consular Missions in Croatia

The Irish Embassy in Slovenia is accredited to Croatia. Irish citizens intending to remain in Croatia for some time are encouraged to register their presence with the Embassy in Slovenia.  For contact details, please click here.

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  1. Take normal precautions
  2. Exercise caution
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  4. Avoid non-essential travel
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