Croatia has ten international airports:
Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, Pula, Zadar, Osijek, Vrsar, Ploce,
Cunski on the island of Lošinj, and Brac on the island of Brac.
The airports in Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split are of great importance
The domestic airline company Croatia Airlines maintains air connections
with all important centres in Europe.
Additional flights, if necessary, are provided by foreign airlines.
For details see Arrival by
Credit cards are normally used in Croatia.
Accepted are the following cards:
EUROCARD/MASTERCARD, VISA, DINERS and AMERICAN EXPRESS, as well
as other credit cards issued by domestic credit institutions (Zagrebacka
banka, Splitska banka and several other banks). Tourist companies
accept them as payment instrument.
Foreign visitors are allowed to tax-free import of personal luggage,
including: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco, 1 bottle
of spirits, 1 l Wine, 50 ml Parfume, 500 g Coffee, 500 g Tee
Customs duties, approximated to a half of the price of the purchased
goods, are charged for larger quantities. A customs declaration
has to be filled in when importing music instruments, camping or
diving equipment (including oxygen bottles), radio equipment, etc.,
according to which the same items can be taken out of Croatia. Pets
(dogs, cats) must have a valid vaccination certificate. Export of
works of art, antique objects, sculptures, paintings and other objects
of cultural heritage as well as gold and silver is possible only
against a valid permit.
For details see Import
& Export page.
Electrical voltage: 220V, 50 Hz.
Output was 9,437 million kwh in 1993.
Ferry and ship connections
Ferry and ship connections, apart from local communications, operate
on regular international routes: Venice - Split - Dubrovnik; Trieste
- Rijeka - Split - Durres (Albania); Zadar - Ancona; Split - Pescara;
Dubrovnik - Bari.
The Croatian passenger marine includes fast hydrofoil boats.
Croatian ports accommodate many foreign tourist ships and yachts
during the tourist season.
099 - MOBITEL cellular phone network covers 91 % of the territory
of the Republic of Croatia, and almost 99 % of inhabited areas.
098 - GSM - CRONET cellular phone network covers over 40 % of the
total territory and about 75 % of inhabited areas in Croatia, whereby
the coverage of tourist resorts, major roads, towns and cities is
provided. HT (Croatian Telecommunications) have concluded roaming
agreements with 64 GSM operators from 36 countries in the world,
having provided the GSM users with today most modern way of communications.
Also, VIPNET (091-GSM) has concluded roaming agreements with 46
GSM operators from 30 countries in the world, having provided the
GSM users with today most modern way of communications.
Croatian Kuna (HRK 1 = 100 Lipa) is the official Croatian currency.
Paper money comes in the following denominations;
HRK 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000, and 50 Lipa.
For full details, see Money
Info about traffic
Radio stations provide information about traffic.
In the summer months news and traffic information are broadcast
in several foreign languages (English, German, Italian) five times
a day (at 8:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and at midnight).
Entrance of Croatia is allowed against a valid passport or any
other personal identification document recognized by a bilateral
agreement. The border police issues, against a certain duty, document
allowing passing the border, valid for a period of three months.
A visa, if required, can be obtained at each border-crossing. However,
the applicants are advised to contact the nearest Croatian diplomatic
mission. Owners of vehicles are obliged to show the international
motor vehicle insurance card. For details see also Passports
Post offices have the same office hours as shops. Post offices
in bigger places are open on Sundays. Most of the offices offer
cable and fax services.
Post savings banks offer all banking transactions. Foreign visitors
can draw certain amounts of money from the savings books of their
Letter and postcards are delivered to addressees in Europe within
three to five days; post stamps are sold at post offices, stationary
shops and at the tobacconists.
In 1993 there were 21,736 km of roads (including 302 km of motorways).
Traffic regulations are the same as in the most European countries:
driving on the right side, roadway marking and the same traffic
regulations apply in Croatia as in the majority of the traffic signs
are international, notes are in Latin script. USA of safety belts
is obligatory. Prescribed equipment in the car: spare set of bulbs,
a warning triangle, pull rope, snow chains in winter.
Non-professional drivers are allowed to have the blood alcohol
level up to 0,5%o. The speed limits are posted along the roads.
If not posted the speed limit is as follows: dual carriageway motorways
130 km/h, other highways90 km/h, roads in residential areas 60 km/h.
The maximum allowed speed for passenger cars with trailers is 80
km/h. Main roads are international roads (MC), MC12: Hungarian border
- Zagreb - Rijeka; MC11: Slovenian border - Krapina - Zagreb - Bihac
(Bosnia and Herzegovina); MC1: Slovenian border - Zagreb - Yugoslav
border; MC2: the Adriatic main road, etc. There is a highway from
Zagreb to Oprisavci near Slavonski Brod, a highway from Zagreb to
Karlovac and from Rijeka (trunk road) to Delnice. Tolls are charged
BREAKDOWN SERVICE The Croatian Motoring Club (HAK), providing break-down
service, has a unique phone number - 987; telephone booths are found
along the highways. In case of car crash with substantial damage,
the police should be notified, the crash site marked with a warning
triangle, personal data are to be exchanged and the motor insurance
card is to be shown.
For details see Arrival by Road
Telephone network is administered by the Post. There are telephone
booths in many places in every town; telephone sets operate by means
of magnetic cards. Automatic telephone lines exist with other states
(country and area codes are given in Table on p.579).
International access code is 00, after which the country code is
to be dialed.
INTERNATIONAL TELEPHONE PREFIX FOR CROATIA: 385
For details see also Croatia
Those who enjoy the theater, ballet, plays, opera, or musicals,
should pay a visit to one of these well known theaters:
Croatian National Theater (Hrvatsko narodno kazaliste) (Zagreb,
Narodno kazaliste "lvan Zajc" (Rijeka),
Narodno kazaliste "August Cesarec" (Varazdin).
Opera and ballet are mainly presented in large theaters, whereas
various musicals, operettas and plays are presented in smaller specialized
theaters, such as "Komedija" in Zagreb.
TV and Radio
In Croatia there are 3 national TV networks, and lot of local networks.
The broadcast is in Croatian language. Every morning on HTV 3 there
is a live picture from panoramic cameras located in almost all tourist
centers (Opatija, Sukosan, Sibenik, Split, Hvar, Dubrovnik, Bjelolasica).
In almost all hotels and lot of private pensions there is Satellite
TV. TV broadcast standard is European PAL. During the tourist season
national and local radio stations have news on foreign languages
almost every hour.
Croatian radio and