Useful Info

What you need to know when visiting Croatia.

Short facts about Croatia

  • Official name: Republic of Croatia
  • Official language: Croatian
  • Alphabet: Latin
  • Currency: Kuna (100 lipa)
  • Population (last census): 4.784.265
  • Number of islands: 1,185 (66 inhabited)
  • Capital: Zagreb (nearly 1 million inhabitants)
  • Total state area: 89,810 km2 (55,6822 sq.mi)
  • Territory area (land): 56,610 km2 (35,336 sq.mi)
  • Aquatorium area (internal sea line): 33,200 km2 (20,584 sq.mi)
  • Marine economy region (territorial sea line): 23,870 km2 (14799 sq.mi)
  • Total economy area: 113,680 km2 (70,481 sq.mi)
  • Coastline length: 5,835 km (3,617 sq.mi)
  • Coastline length of mainland: 1,777 km (1,101 sq.mi)
  • Coastline length of islands: 4,058 km (2,515 sq.mi)

Read more on Wikipedia.

Travel documents

A passport or some other identification document recognized by the international agreement is required. For some countries an identity card will be enough.

According to the Visa Regulations of the Republic of Croatia, Visa requirements are waived for citizens of most of the European countries, EU countries, USA, Canada, Israel, Japan, Brazil, etc. To find out whether you need a Visa to enter the Republic of Croatia, please visit the web page of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.

Upon request, the Congress Organizers will provide a Letter of Invitation to facilitate the issue of a Visa. If you are not sure whether you need one or not, visit the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' web page. If you need a visa, contact the Croatian Embassy in your country for more information about how to obtain it.


The Croatian currency is Kuna. The current exchange rate between the kuna and various world currencies can be calculated by the currency converter.

Customs regulations

Customs regulations of the Republic of Croatia are harmonized with the standards of E. U. Member states.

Health services

There are hospitals and clinics located in all the larger towns and cities, while smaller centers have pharmacies and ER's. Foreign visitors are not obligated to pay for medical services if an agreement on health services was signed between Croatia and the visitors' country of origin. Expenses for health services given to individuals coming from such countries are charged directly to the user, as given in the price list. If you are not sure whether your country has such an agreement with Croatia, make sure to check before departure.

Public holidays

  • 1 January - New Year's Day
  • 6 January - Epiphany
  • Easter Sunday & Easter Monday
  • 1 May - Labour Day
  • Corpus Christi
  • 22 June - Anti-Fascist Resistance Day
  • 25 June - Statehood Day
  • 5 August - Victory Day and National Thanksgiving Day
  • 15 August - Assumption Day
  • 8 October - Independence Day
  • 1 November - All Saints' Day
  • 25-26 December – Christmas Holidays

Shops and public services working hours

Most shops are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on weekdays and until 2 or 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, during the summer season even longer.

Public services and business offices work from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.

Important telephone numbers

  • Police: 192
  • Firefighters: 193
  • Ambulance: 194
  • Road aid: (+385 1) 1987
  • Traffic conditions: 062 777 777
  • Croatian auto club (HAK): +385 1 66 11 999
  • Information about local and long distance phone numbers: 11888
  • Information on international phone numbers: 11802
  • General information: 18981

Croatian angels -tourist information available in Croatian, English, German and Italian on number: 062 999 999 (+385 62 999 999).

Power supply and tap water

220 V, 50 Hz Power outlets in Croatia are the Continental two-pin type.

Tap water is potable in all parts of Croatia.

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