To enter Croatia, a valid passport or ID card is required. A preliminary passport is sufficient as well, yet a preliminary ID card is not accepted.
The child's passport is accepted as well as the child's travel document. The latter has to contain a photograph according to the applicable Croatian regulations. The inscription of children in the passport of the accompanying parent is sufficient for the entry, too.
The entry document (ID card / passport / child's passport / child's travel document) has to be valid for the intended duration of the stay.
For touristic visits of up to 90 days duration per half-year no visa is required. Some defined jobs also do not require a visa, if the duration does not exceed 30 to 90 days per year and if the job does not require a work permit.
If a long-term stay (more than 3 months) is intended, an entry visa has to be applied for at the appropriate Croatian diplomatic mission prior to the entry, except for cases of family reunion with a Croatian national and start of employment.
It is recommended to provide unaccompanied minors with an informal consent of the parents, it is however not required by law anymore as of the March 31, 2009.
According to the Croatian Aliens Act of January 1, 2008, foreigners have to prove that they are in sufficient funds. Travellers not requiring a visa may be asked for an appropriate evidence by the immigration office when entering the country (100 € daily rate, 50 €, if a booking can be proven). Proof might be provided in the form of credit and bank cards, respectively, cheques or other financial means. (Until now we did not come to know a case in which this had been requested.)
Foreigners in Croatia have to register at the police or via the local tourist office within 48 hours. If you stay in a hotel, a pension or on a camping site, the registration usually is done by its proprietor. The same is applicable when clearing inward by boat. In case of private accomodation, the host may fulfil the obligation to register. Independent travellers have to meet the obligation to register by themselves. Persons infringing this provision may be sentenced to pay monetary.
The import of deer or sports rifles, respectively, is subject to an obligation to notify, it is effected by the inscription in the travel document.
When leaving Croatia with a vehicle registered abroad, which has been damaged in an accident in Croatia, it is necessary to carry a damage assessment record of the policeman, who documented the accident.
Money / Credit cards
Credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, petrol stations and in shops. It is possible to draw cash from an account with an internationally accepted debit card or the credit card at most cash machines. In many places prices are calculated in Euro, though you have to pay in the Croatian national currency Kuna. Cash can be exchanged at banks (which are closed on Saturdays and Sundays) and at numerous exchange offices. The exchange rate of the national currency Kuna is at approx. 7.4 Kuna to 1 Euro at present (September 10, 2011).
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