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Croatia: FAQs

Our frequently asked questions about travel to Croatia. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel designer or concierge.

Do I need to get a visa?

A valid passport for 6 months beyond your return date is required to enter Croatia and at least one page for stamps. We recommend you check whether you require a visa for the countries you are visiting AND flying through (in-transit).

Citizens of EU countries need only a valid passport to enter Croatia. Travellers with passports from the US, the EU Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, and New Zealand are allowed to enter Croatia without a visa for stays of up to ninety days. Those travelling with passports from Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia will require a visa and should contact their closest Croatian Embassy or Consulate.

Visitors to Croatia from non-EU countries are required by law to register with the local police within 24 hours of arrival. If you’re staying in a hotel, hostel or campsite, or if you’ve booked a private room through a recognised agency, the job of registration will be done for you.

A useful website for checking whether you require a visa is visahq.com however we strongly advise you consult the details with the relevant embassies which will be able to give you the exact detail, and that you do this at least 2 months prior to your trip.

Will I need travel insurance?

All travellers should check to be certain they are covered by their own medical insurance including a travel policy. We highly recommend that you take out trip cancellation insurance and medical evacuation. This will cover you if you must cancel for medical or family emergency reasons, and provides additional coverage should you need medical attention while on the trip.

Clients have previously booked through Allianz, CSA Travel Insurance or Travel Guard, however we do not recommend a specific insurance broker and we do not sell travel insurance.

Remember to first check with your credit card provider who often offer travel insurance as part of their package.

What currency should I bring?

Travellers to Croatia are covered with basic insurance (mandated by Croatian law) which only covers serious injuries and/or death, and should not be mistaken for regular travel insurance.

The official currency in Croatia is the Kuna (1 kuna = 100 lipa). The approximate exchange rate is 1 USD = 7 kuna. With Croatia’s entrance to the EU, many Croatian businesses are beginning to express their prices in Euros and Kuna, though Euros are not yet widely accepted. Foreign currency can be exchanged at post offices, banks, and exchange offices. Numerous hotels and travel agencies also will exchange currency, but beware of the service charges, which can be as high as 3%. Banks are the best place to exchange currency.

Credit cards are accepted in larger cities in Croatia, and is a safer option than carrying large amounts of cash. It is a good idea to have some local currency with you as not all establishments accept all cards.

Please ensure you let your bank know that you will be travelling to avoid any block on your card while you’re abroad.

What electrical plugs are used?

Electricity supply in Croatia is AC 220 volts, 50 Hertz. Sockets meet European regulations and use the round pin system. However, most hotels have adaptors for different plugs.

What is the weather like in Croatia?

Croatia has a moderate continental and mild mediterranean climate. Average temperatures on the coast in January are between 5 – 9˚C (41 – 49˚F) and in July 23°C – 26°C (73 – 79˚F). Peak summer temperatures reach 35°C – 40°C (95 – 104˚F). Average sea temperatures in winter are 12˚C, and 25˚C (53 – 77˚F) in the summer.

Local restaurants

We highly recommend that you make restaurant reservations in advance of your trip. Once you receive your Jacada travel pack, you should begin thinking about restaurants that you would like to visit. Jacada offers a concierge service which can assist you with these reservations. Many of the best restaurants may get booked up weeks in advance, so we do recommend you make reservations before you travel.

Tipping

Although not mandatory, tipping in Croatia has become commonplace. An extra 10% to 15% to your restaurant or café bill is the norm. For meals included in your tour, we suggest tipping from 100 Kunas total for 1-4 guests and from 200 Kunas for 4-8 guests.

At the conclusion of a tour or transfer, it is customary to offer your guide and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in local currency and around 100 Kn to chauffeur and anything starting from 100-200 Kn for your guide after a day tour. Tips for short transfers start from 50 Kn.

Tips to skippers for day trips by boats start usually start from 200 Kn. Tips to skippers and crew on week long sailing boat charters start from 150 Kuna per day.

Of course these are just guidelines and exactly how much to tip a tour guide, chauffeur, waiter, assistant, skipper etc. is solely at your discretion.