All EU citizens or citizens from other countries are obligated to enter the country with a valid document, identity card or passport. Your children also need their own passport or identity card. We recommend giving to minors, who travel alone, a valid, signed and stamped permission of their parents or legal guardians. Tourists are obliged to register their arrival within 24 hours after arriving at the local Tourism office, but in most cases, the owner of the accommodation make the registration of their guests. When you change your destination, you have to make a new registration in the Tourism office, where your new accommodation is.
For dogs and cats you need an EU pet passport with a confirmation of prescribed vaccines. Furthermore, we recommend having a health certificate of the veterinary (not older than 4 months) and a confirmation of microchip identity. Dogs have to be on a leash in public, and dangerous dogs have to wear a muzzle. „Fighting dogs“ must also be muzzled. The dog can swim in the sea only on special marked beaches or on wild beaches with not much swimming people.
In the coastal areas and in the country, the presence of a larger number of mosquitoes or ants is possible. For mosquitoes there are devices to plug in sockets, which should completely solve the problem inside the building, and for the outside there are special candles or sprays against mosquitoes. All of this you can buy in every market. For the ants, we recommend not to leave remains of food, which attract ants. In some regions, there are scorpions that are the sign for an intact eco system, but they have no dangerous poison.
Croatia's official currency is Kuna (HRK 1 Kn = 100 Lipa), the current exchange rate you can check on:
Check the exchange rate
Even though many companies and their owners accept Euro, it is still not the official currency in Croatia. Money can be changed in banks, exchange offices, in some tourist offices and in some hotels. Before leaving Croatian, any remaining amount in Kuna can be replaced in Euro in any bank. ATMs in Croatia accept all known bank, credit and debit cards, the whole Istrian region is well equipped with ATMs, so that, at any time, you can easily get some cash.
The official language in Croatia is Croatian, even though most of the tourism employees and hosts speak English and German very well. The people in Istria are very polite and kind, and they are certainly going to welcome you warmly and give you answers to all your questions about your stay and your destination.
The water from water taps in Croatia is safe to drink. The voltage is 220V, the frequency is 50Hz.
January 1, January 6, Easter, Easter Monday, May 1, Corpus Christi, June 22, June 25, August 5, October 8, November 1, December 25 and 26.
Telephone and important numbers
You can make calls with your cell phone, using the roaming service. Check the prices with your own operator. It is also possible to call via Internet applications such as Skype, Viber and suchlike.
Other places to call are Post Offices and telephone booths, for which you can buy a phone card at any kiosk.
Prefix for Croatia is +385 (00385) and for Istria 052. When calling from outside, it is necessary to dial +385 followed by the area code or mobile network (098/099/092/091/095) without zero and the number you want to call.
|Area code number:||+385 (0) 52|
|Information number:||11888, 11802|
|Emergency number:||+385 52 112|
|Police:||+385 52 192|
|Fire Department:||+385 52 193|
|Doctor:||+385 52 194|
|Breakdown HAK (0-24 h):||+385 52 1987|
|Railway Station Pula:||+385 52541-733|
|Harbour Pula:||+385 52222-037|
|Pula Airport:||+385 52530-105|
|Pula Bus Station:||+385 60304-090|
|Hospital Pula:||+385 52 222-55 +385 52 222-544|
|Weather Station:||+385 52214-618|
|Pula taxi:||+385 52223-228|
We wish you a good and pleasant journey and a relaxing and memorable stay in Istria!