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Croatia - Take normal security precautions
Take normal security precautions in Croatia.
Safety and security
Safety and security
Petty crime such as pickpocketing and document theft occurs, especially in busy tourist areas and along the Adriatic coast.
Ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times, particularly on public transportation and in railroad stations and airports.
Disputes about overcharging
Some bars and “cabarets” charge exorbitant prices. Check prices before placing an order. Disputes about overcharging may lead to threats of violence, and security guards may force you to pay.
Spiked food and drinks
Never leave your food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Avoid accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances, as the items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.
Landmines and unexploded ordnance pose a serious risk in some former front-line areas. Demining operations in certain areas will last until at least 2019.
Stay on paved roads. Avoid ditches, open fields and the shoulders of roads in areas where signs indicate the possible presence of landmines.
There is a threat of terrorism in Europe. Terrorist attacks have occurred in a number of European cities and there is a potential for other violent incidents, which could target areas frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers. Continue to exercise normal security precautions.
Demonstrations occur periodically and are usually peaceful.
Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.
- Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
- Follow the instructions of local authorities
- Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations
Exercise caution when driving on highways and respect speed limits.
Drivers do not always follow safe driving practices.
Travel on small roads can be hazardous. Many roads are narrow and poorly maintained. In particular, roads in Istria and along the Adriatic coast can be congested, narrow and slippery when wet, and many lack guard rails.
Highways cover main routes.
We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.
Trekking or rock climbing
If you intend to trek or rock climb:
- never do so alone and always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company
- buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
- ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
- ensure that you’re properly equipped and well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
- inform a family member or friend of your itinerary, including when you expect to be back to camp
- know the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, which can be fatal
- obtain detailed information on trekking routes before setting out and do not venture off marked trails
Be vigilant if you attend soccer matches. The crowd occasionally becomes rowdy and violent.
There has been a significant increase in the number of migrants and refugees entering Europe. Some countries have already experienced disruptions to transportation services, including at ferry ports and railway stations, and have seen major delays at border crossings. The situation also heightens the potential for demonstrations that could turn violent without warning, particularly at railway stations and other transportation hubs. If you are travelling in the region, monitor local news and follow the advice of local authorities, and contact your transport carrier to determine whether the situation could disrupt your travel.
Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.
We have obtained the information on this page from the Croatian authorities. It can, however, change at any time.
Verify this information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.
Croatia is a member of the European Union but it is not part of the Schengen area. A passport is required to travel between Croatia and other European countries.
Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.
Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.
Regular Canadian passport
Your passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you expect to leave from Croatia.
Passport for official travel
Different entry rules may apply.
Other travel documents
Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest diplomatic mission for your destination.
Tourist visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days
Business visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days.
Student visa: Not required for stays up to 90 days.
If you are staying in private accommodations, you must register with local police within 48 hours of arrival. Confirm with your hotel or tourist accommodation that they registered you. Registration could take up to 24 hours. Failure to register may lead to fines or expulsion from Croatia.
Children and travel
Learn about travel with children.
Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).
- Measles in Europe - April 24, 2018
Be sure that your routine vaccines, as per your province or territory, are up-to-date regardless of your travel destination.
Some of these vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.
Vaccines to Consider
You may be at risk for these vaccine-preventable diseases while travelling in this country. Talk to your travel health provider about which ones are right for you.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver spread through contaminated food and water or contact with an infected person. All those travelling to regions with a risk of hepatitis A infection should get vaccinated.
Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver spread through blood or other bodily fluids. Travellers who may be exposed (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) should get vaccinated.
Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.
Outbreaks of measles are ongoing.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause serious complications for some people.
You are at increased risk of measles infection if you have not had the illness or if you are not up to date on your vaccinations.
Rabies is a deadly illness spread to humans through a bite, scratch or lick from an infected animal. Vaccination should be considered for travellers going to areas where rabies exists and who have a high risk of exposure (i.e., close contact with animals, occupational risk, and children).
- Tick-borne encephalitis is present in some areas of this country.
- It is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).
- It is spread to humans by the bite of infected ticks or when you consume unpasteurized milk products.
- Vaccination should be considered for those who may be exposed to ticks during outdoor activities.
- A vaccine against TBE does exist but is only available in countries where the disease is present.
- Learn more on what you can do to prevent tick-borne encephalitis (TBE)?
Yellow Fever - Country Entry Requirements
Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.
Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.
- There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.
Country Entry Requirement*
- Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.
- Vaccination is not recommended.
* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.
Food and Water-borne Diseases
Travellers to any destination in the world can develop travellers' diarrhea from consuming contaminated water or food.
In some areas in Southern Europe, food and water can also carry diseases like hepatitis A. Practise safe food and water precautions while travelling in Southern Europe. When in doubt, remember…boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
Insects and Illness
Travellers are advised to take precautions against bites.
There is no risk of malaria in this country.
Animals and Illness
Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats. Some infections found in Southern Europe, like rabies, can be shared between humans and animals.
Medical services and facilities
Adequate medical care is available. Emergency services, especially on the Croatian islands, may be inadequate. Medical services sometimes require immediate cash payment.
There are decompression chambers on the Adriatic coast in Crikvenica, Dubrovnik, Pula and Split.
Keep in Mind...
The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.
Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a travel health kit, especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.
Laws and culture
Laws & culture
You must abide by local laws.
Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad.
Canada and Croatia are signatories to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. This enables a Canadian imprisoned in Croatia to request a transfer to a Canadian prison to complete a sentence. The transfer requires the agreement of both Canadian and Croatian authorities.
Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Croatia.
If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Croatia, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements.
Police detention and national obligations
Although dual citizenship is formally recognized, the police usually process dual nationals as Croatian citizens only.
Dual citizens should contact the nearest Croatian embassy or consulate well before departure in order to seek advice on any required administrative procedures. Failure to do so may subject Canadian-Croatian citizens to Croatian national obligations, such as taxes.
Carry adequate identification, such as your passport, at all times. Keep a photocopy of your passport, should the original be lost or seized.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.
You should carry an International Driving Permit.
Use of seat belts for the driver and all passengers in the car and of car seats for infants are mandatory. Children under 12 years of age are not allowed to sit in the front passenger seat.
The use of a cellular telephone while driving is prohibited, unless the phone is fitted with a hands-free device.
The use of headlights is required when driving during winter (from the last weekend in October until the last weekend in March)—even during daytime—as well as in fog and other inclement weather.
Motorists must wear a fluorescent vest when attending to a car breakdown along the road.
When driving, a vehicle coming from the right has the right of way, unless otherwise indicated. Right turns at red lights are prohibited.
Penalties for drinking and driving are severe. Police undertake routine spot checks. Convicted offenders can expect heavy fines and jail sentences. The legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05%, but there is zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol when a motorist or boat operator is involved in an accident. The legal blood alcohol limit is also 0.00% for professional drivers and drivers younger than 24 years of age. In the event that an accident causes serious injury or death, police will take blood samples to test alcohol levels. Seek legal counsel immediately if you are charged following an accident.
Vehicles with foreign licence plates can operate in Croatia up to 3 months after arrival. After 3 months, vehicles must be temporarily registered in Croatia.
Recreational skippers must be certified; however, under Croatian law, licences issued by the national authorities of other countries are recognized.
More about boating in Croatia - Croatian Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure
The currency is the Croatian kuna (HRK).
You can exchange all major Western currencies for local currency. Keep receipts to reconvert kuna to foreign currency. Most banks and hotels accept credit cards. ATMs are widely available in urban centres.
If you are carrying more than €10,000 or the equivalent in other currencies, you must make a declaration to customs upon your entry or exit to the European Union. The sum can be in cash, cheque, money order, traveller’s cheque or any other convertible asset. This does not apply if you are travelling within the European Union or in transit to a non-EU country.
More information about cash controls - European Commission
Natural disasters and climate
Natural disasters & climate
Croatia is located in an active seismic zone.
Bush and forest fires are common from June to September in the coastal areas of Croatia. In the event of a wildfire, avoid the affected areas, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local media. If you suffer from respiratory ailments, take into account that the air quality in areas near active fires may deteriorate due to heavy smoke.
Heavy rains are frequent in the summer in the eastern and central regions, sometimes resulting in localized flooding. Exercise caution, monitor local media and follow the advice of local authorities.
Dial 112 for emergency assistance.
Dial 1987 for roadside assistance.
Zagreb - Embassy of Canada
For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada in Zagreb and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.
The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.
The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, express or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.
If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.
Learn more about consular services.
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