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Croatia

If you’re travelling to Croatia, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Get travel and medical insurance

Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), available by contacting the Health Service Executive, and that you also obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

General advice to avoid non-essential travel and ‘Normal Precautions’ list of exemptions:

In accordance with Government policy, which is based on official public health advice, the Department of Foreign Affairs continues to advise against non-essential travel overseas. This includes Great Britain but does not apply to Northern Ireland. It also includes all travel by cruise ship.

Travel to a very limited set of locations is exempted from this advice. Individuals arriving into Ireland from these locations will not be required to restrict their movements upon entry. These locations currently have a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) security status rating. As of 4 August 2020, these locations are:

  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Norway
  • Slovakia

Inclusion on the list is based on the current epidemiological situation and related public health information in each location. The list and related travel advice will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis, based on advice from officials, including public health experts. Any updates or changes will be based on Government decisions. The latest updates will always be uploaded first to this General COVID-19 Travel Advisory. Country-specific tabs will be updated subsequently, and as quickly as possible, but this advisory is the primary source of information for the latest version of the list. The above list was updated on 4 August following the latest review.

If you are considering travelling outside of Ireland:

Irish citizens travelling to locations with a ‘normal precautions’ (“green”) rating are advised to follow the public health guidelines of the local health authorities and to continue to practice physical distancing measures, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette etc. The security rating for all other locations remains unchanged at either to ‘avoid non-essential travel’ (“orange”) or to ‘do not travel’ (“red”).

The purpose of the Department’s Travel Advice is to provide information to the general public so that individuals can make informed decisions for themselves.  The COVID19 pandemic continues to accelerate internationally, and there are significant risks associated with international travel. Citizens should be aware of the possible limitations to any consular assistance that could be provided. Any citizens who are considering travel abroad are advised to monitor closely our travel advice and we recommend that citizens download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. Citizens travelling abroad should also register with their local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Should you need to travel for essential reasons, you should inform yourself about any requirements in place in the destination to which you are travelling.  Flight restrictions and route cancellations are happening on a daily basis worldwide and there is no guarantee that air routes will continue to operate as scheduled. Testing and restrictions may be imposed or may already be in place in other countries. It is important to check with your insurance provider on coverage at this time.

What to do on entering Ireland from abroad:

The Irish Authorities advise anyone coming into Ireland, apart from Northern Ireland and individuals arriving in Ireland from locations with a security rating of ‘normal precautions’ (“green”), to restrict their movements for 14 days, and this includes citizens and residents returning to Ireland. Restricting your movements means staying indoors in one location and avoiding contact with other people and social situations as much as possible. To ensure that this is being observed all passengers arriving to Ireland from overseas are obliged to complete a mandatory Public Health Passenger Locator Form and to submit it to the relevant authority at their port of entry. For further details please see the Irish Government Advice Page. Exemptions are also in place for providers of essential supply chain services such as hauliers, pilots and maritime staff. Check the Irish Government Advice Page for full information on these requirements and further advice on returning from abroad.

Where to go for more information:

We continue to make updates to our online travel advice for over 200 countries and recommend that you download our TravelWise App and follow us on Twitter. If abroad you should register with your local Irish Embassy or Consulate and regularly check their website and Twitter accounts for details of any local public health measures and travel restrictions.

Overview

Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 17 March 2020

COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus

A small number of cases of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) have been confirmed in Croatia.
If you are in Croatia, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities.
Be alert to common signs of infection: respiratory problems, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Seek medical advice if you experience these symptoms.

HSE medical advice to protect yourself from getting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is below.

Do:

• wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub

• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze

• put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands

Don’t:

• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Additional information on the Coronavirus can be found via the following links:

Hrvatski Zavod Za Javno Zdravstvo / Croatian Institute for Public Health

World Health Organisation

HSE

ECDC

HPSC

Security

Given recent terrorist attacks in European cities, Irish citizens are advised to follow the advice of police and local authorities and to exercise increased vigilance, especially if attending large public gatherings or other crowded locations. Attacks could occur at any time and could target tourist attractions, restaurants, transport hubs or other public areas.

Emergency assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

You can contact the emergency services in Croatia by dialling 112. Specific emergency numbers are:

Police: 192

Fire department: 193

Ambulance: 194

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
  • Get a European Health Insurance Card
  • Add an alert for your destination within the Travelwise App.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Landmines

Landmines remain a very real danger in some parts of Croatia. Populated areas, major routes and almost all tourist sites are clear of mines and are safe to visit. However, isolated areas in the mountains and countryside have not all been cleared. Be careful not to stray from roads, paved areas or marked paths without an experienced guide and never enter areas that are taped off. You can get more information from the Croatian Mine Action Centre.

Crime

Croatia is a relatively safe country. However, you should take sensible precautions when carrying passports and money in busy tourist areas.

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
  • Take special care of your valuables if you’re travelling by train, especially at night.

Reporting crime

If you’re a victim of a crime while in Croatia, report it to the local police immediately. You can contact us at the Irish Embassy in Zagreb if you need help.

Driving

If you’re planning to drive in Croatia, you should exercise caution and please note that vehicles are driven on the right hand side of the road. If you want to drive, you should visit the Croatian Automobile Club’s website and follow these guidelines:

  • Bring your full Irish driver’s licence and international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance.
  • 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 when visibility is poor.
  • You must have winter tyres on the driving axle and carry snow chains in your vehicle during ‘winter conditions’. Either four winter or four summer tyres are obligatory, each with a minimum depth of 4mm of the rubber thread/slot.
  • You must also have a fluorescent vest in the car (not the boot) while driving and to wear it if you have to leave your vehicle at any stage (e.g. a breakdown).
  • Under Croatian law, it’s 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.

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal

Illegal drugs

Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.

Buying property

Citizens and legal persons from EU member states are entitled to buy property in the Republic of Croatia under the same conditions as Croatian citizens. However, procedures around buying property often differ significantly from those in Ireland and you should research the matter thoroughly before entering into any agreement. If you’re intending to buy property in Croatia, we strongly advise you to consult an independent legal advisor from the beginning of the process and ensure there’s a clear title to ownership of the property in question. The Embassy can supply you with contact details for English-speaking legal advisors but they can’t offer any legal or administrative advice on buying property in Croatia.

Registration

You must register with the local police within 48 hours of arriving in Croatia. You can usually do this through your accommodation - hotels, guesthouses and other accommodation services including campsites, are obliged to register their guests. There’s a standard fee of around €1 usually charged on your accommodation bill for this service. You can also 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. You can get more information on registration from the Ministry of Interior.

Health

Health

Vaccinations

Check with your doctor a minimum of eight weeks in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Croatia.

Travel Insurance

We can’t pay for emergency medical repatriation, repatriation of remains, or for expenses as a result of a personal emergency while you are abroad. If you buy an appropriate travel insurance policy, these costs will be covered, provided you haven’t broken the terms and conditions.

Buying comprehensive travel insurance can save you and your family a lot of money if something goes wrong. It will also ensure that you get the medical attention you need, when you need it. Hospital bills can quickly run into thousands of euro, and a medical evacuation back to Ireland can cost thousands more.

Not all policies are the same, and the cheapest one might be cheap for a reason. Make sure your policy covers all the activities you plan to do on your trip. Insurance Ireland recommend that you purchase a policy that provides a minimum medical cover of €1 million.

Emergency expenses

Your policy should cover:

  • All medical care abroad, including evacuation by air ambulance, or other emergency procedures, and any other costs associated with an unexpected longer stay.
  • Your entire trip, from departure to return. Consider an annual multi-trip policy if you’re making more than one trip in the year.
  • 24-hour emergency service and assistance.
  • Personal liability cover (in case you’re sued for causing injury or damaging property).
  • Lost and stolen possessions.
  • Cancellation and curtailment.
  • Any extra activities you intend to do that are excluded from standard policies (e.g. water sport activities such as jet skiing or other extreme sports).

Exclusions: You should know most insurance policies will not cover drink or drug-related incidents.

European Health Insurance Card

As an Irish resident you are entitled to get healthcare through the public system in countries of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland if you become ill or injured while on a temporary stay there. Ensure that you get or renew your EHIC (the new name for the E111) before you go, and remember, you need one for every person travelling in your group.

Find out more information on applying for your EHIC.

The EHIC is not a substitute for proper travel insurance provided by a reputable insurer. It doesn’t cover medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment or treatment of a non-urgent nature. Also, some private hospitals may not accept the EHIC, so you should check with the hospital administrator beforehand.

Medication

Make sure you bring enough medication for your entire trip and for any unexpected delays. Bring copies of your prescription in case you lose your medication, or in case you are asked to justify why you have certain medications at an entry point (airport, port, land border etc.).

Bear in mind that not all over-the-counter medications available in Ireland are legal in other countries and do your research before you go. Check with the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the country you’re planning to visit if you’re unsure which medications you may be able to bring with you.

Additional Information

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Irish citizens don’t need a visa to visit Croatia for up to 90 days. However, if you’re planning to stay for longer, please contact the nearest Croatian Embassy or Consulate.

Make sure your passport is valid for the duration of your stay in Croatia. We advise you to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you and carry one at all times during your stay.

Money

The local currency in Croatia is the Kuna. All major credit/debit cards are accepted in most banks and hotels. ATMs are widespread. If you have a Maestro or Cirrus symbol on your ATM cards, you can withdraw funds from your Irish account.

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 buying Kuna; you should only do this at reliable outlets, such as banks and cash points.

Earthquake

Earthquakes aren’t uncommon in Croatia and small tremors are recorded several times a month throughout the year without consequences. The last mid-scale earthquake took place in 2010 but there were no casualties or significant damage. If you’re travelling to or living in Croatia, make sure you know what to do in the event of an earthquake.

Forest fires

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’s 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; don’t light barbecues; and don’t leave any rubbish, particularly empty bottles, behind.

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

If you are in need of emergency assistance in Croatia outside office hours, please contact the Embassy at +385 (0)1 627 8920 and leave a message on the answering machine.

Embassy of Ireland
Miramarska Avenue 23/lll
10000 Zagreb
Croatia

Monday to Friday from 09:30 - 12:30 and 14:30 - 16:00

Contact us

Honorary Consulate Contact

Mr. Emil Tedeschi
Rovinjska 4
2100 Split

Tel: +385 (0)21 362 008
Fax: +385 (0)21 480 513

09:00 - 13:00

Email: Email us