Croatia practical guide

Short, practical guide about travelling to Croatia.

Currencies

The currency in Croatia is the Croatian Kuna (HRK) but from Januray 1st 2023 Euro will be the only currency. Most services accept credit cards, although to be perfectly true local businesses prefer cash payments.

Health

It is always advisable to have travel insurance no matter how long you are going to stay away from your country of residence.

The European citizens have an opportunitty to have European Health Insurance Card that is issued by one’s national health inssurance provider. It is “a free card that gives you access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in any of the 27 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland or the United Kingdom under the same conditions and at the same cost (free in some countries) as people insured in that country.” Please, bear in mind that this card doesn’t guarantee you free health service nor it is an alternative to travel insurance.

Travel documents

You need a valid passport or a valid identity card to travel to Croatia. Travellers coming from some countries need to have visas, more details on official ministry of foreign affairs web page.

Safety

Croatia is a safe country to travel but it is wise to be alert about your personal belongings.

Electricity

The voltage in Croatia is 220 volts.

Phone calls

Croatia is part of the European Union and roaming costs have been abolished within EU. Moreover, almost all accommodations, restaurants and bars offer Wi-Fi facilities.

Water

The tap water is drinkable in Croatia. And it is perfectly safe, so do not forget to have a reusable water bottle that you can fill in when needed. You’ll save money plus by not using single-using plastic bottles you’ll help reducing the problem of pollution.

Clothing

Due to high temperatures in high season you’ll need only light clothing. It can be cooler in the early and late season, especially in the evenings so besides July and August, it is advisable to have also warmer clothing. Formal clothing is not expected anywhere. However, bathing suits are suitable only for beaches. So, please, do not walk around in towns and villages or enter shops/bars half-naked.

Tipping

It is not mandatory to tip, but it is common in Croatia. In fact, tipping is an important part of the income for people working in tourism. The amount is entirely free of obligation, but we are happy to give you a guideline. In restaurants and hotels it is customary to give a tip of up to 10% of the bill. Tipping skippers after one of our tours is more than welcomed!

Bargaining

Unless you find yourself on one of the flea street markets, it is not common to bargain in Croatia.

Photos

Croatia is a great destination for all photography lovers and taking photos is not a problem in most places. However, it is advisable to request permission when you want to photograph people or religious places or events.

Holidays in Croatia

This is an up-to-date list of holidays in Croatia. Most of the shops will not work, especially on religious holidays.

  • January 1st: New Year
  • January 6th: Epiphany
  • Easter and Easter Monday – moveable feast
  • Corpus Christi – moveable feast
  • May 1st: International Labour Day
  • June 22nd: Day of the Battle against the Fascists
  • August 5th: Liberation Day and National Gratitude
  • August 15th: The Assumption
  • November 1st: All Saint’s Day
  • November 18th: Remembrance Day
  • December 25th and 26th: Christmas and Saint Stephen