Time zone: GMT + 1 (+ 2 from the last Sunday in March to the Saturday before the last Sunday in September)
Telephone services: Country Code: 385
Outgoing Code: 99
Emergency telephone numbers: Police – 92, Fire – 93, Ambulance – 94
Tourist information: Croatian National Tourist Office, 2 The Lanchesters, 162-164 Fulham Palace Road, London W6 9ER, Tel: (020) 8563 7979, Fax: (020) 8563 2616.
Passport information: Valid passport required by all except those holding a valid identity card. Return Ticket Required, may be subject to change at short notice. Contact the Embassy before travelling.
Visa information: Visas are issued on the border and are required by all except: Nationals of the EU, Nationals of Algeria, Argentina, Bulgaria, Chile, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Hungary, Japan, Liechtenstein, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Norway, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey and Vatican City. Nationals of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA may obtain visas on arrival in Croatia.
Health information: Health Risks: Rabies
Food & drink: Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency: The Kuna (Kn) = 100 Lipa (Lp).
Exchange: The only true repositories of value and real medium of exchange locally are the German DM and the US$ (Sterling is rarely used).
NOTE: The import and export of local currency is limited to Kn 2000.
All major credit cards are accepted. German DM is the preferred Travellers cheque currency
ATM availability: Over 80 locations.
Cost of living: The Croatian economy is still recovering after civil war. Visitors may be charged higher prices than locals.
Languages: Croat-Serb with the Latinate alphabet.
Weather: Continental climate in the North and Mediterranean on the Adriatic cost.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz
Post: May take several days.
Transport: ROAD/RAIL: The main road/rail route to and from Western Europe now effectively stops at Zagreb (coming from Ljublijana) with extensive detours via Hungary for international traffic going South to and from Serbia, Republic of Macedonia and Greece. DOCUMENTATION: National or IDP required. A ‘Green’ card should be carried by visitors taking their own car into Croatia.
Special information: Visitors from Foot & Mouth infested areas may be strip searched and dis-infected at entry points. Everyone MUST be bale to show proof of identification when asked – carry your passport and keep a photocopy of your passport details in a safe place. Tourism facilities are operating normally and normal travel precautions should be taken. Outside the tourist areas there may be some unexploded mines from the war in 1995. Travel should be avoided in areas adjoining Rebublika Srspka (Bosnia-Herzovogena; Serbia and Montegnegro) For up to date information contact the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice unit before travelling. Certain restrictions exist on taking photographs in some areas.