Croatia - Time zone:
GMT plus one hour in winter and
GMT plus two in summer
Croatia - Telephone code :+385
Croatia - Currency:
Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa).
There are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Lipa coins,
1, 2, 5 and 25 Kuna coins
5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and
1,000 Kuna banknotes.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at most tourist agencies, exchange offices, bankspost offices, hotels and camping grounds. Banking hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays banks are open until 1 p.m. In the larger cities some banks are also open on Sundays. Credit cards: most hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/Mastercard, Visa, Sport Card International). Cash dispensing machines are ubiquitous.
2006 Croatia National holidays:
1 January - New Year's Day;
6. January - Epiphany;
Easter, including Easter Monday;
1 May - Labour Day;
Corpus Christi (Movable feast);
22 June - Anti-Fascist Resistance Day;
25 June - Statehood Day; 5 August - Victory Day and National Thanksgiving Day;
15 August - Assumption;
8 October - Independence Day;
1 November - All Saints' Day;
25 and 26 December - Christmas Holidays.
Croatia - Working hours:
- Shops and department stores are open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., or to 3 p.m. A smaller number of stores close between noon and 4 p.m
- Public services and companies usually work from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
Croatia - Customs:
Foreign currency can be imported and exported freely. Domestic currency up to the value of 2,000 Kuna can be exported. Pets must have valid international veterinary certificates.
Croatia - Travel documentation:
Passport or some other internationally recognised identification document. Tourists may remain in Croatia for up to three months.
Everyone should pay Tourist Tax. You must take your passport to the Tourist Office and complete forms. Prices are:
1 euro per day per adult
0.5 euro per day for child 12-18 yrs
For more information:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia
Croatia - Water:
Tap water is potable throughout Croatia.
Croatia - Electricity:
Croatia - Purchase tax reimbursement for foreign citizens:
Tourists making purchases in Croatia (apart from petroleum derivatives) which exceed 500 Kuna per receipt may reclaim VAT ("PDV").
At point of purchase the sales person will provide on request a form PDV-P, which should be filled out and stamped, on the spot. On leaving Croatia the receipt must be verified by the Croatian Customs service. A PDV refund in Kuna can be obtained within six months, either at the same shop where the goods were purchased (in which case the tax is refunded immediately), or by posting the verified receipt back to the shop, together with the account number into which the refund should be paid. In this case the refund is dealt with within 15 days of receipt of the claim.
Croatia - Post and Telecommunications:
Post Offices are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays until 1 p.m. There are Post Offices in the larger cities which are open until 10 p.m. in the summer. Postage stamps are sold in Post Offices and at newsstands.
Public telephones can be used only with phone cards, which can be purchased in Post Offices and at newsstands, in hotels and tourist complexes.
Croatia - Medical assistance:
Is available in hospitals providing a 24-hour emergency service