When planning a trip abroad it is good to be aware of any requirements that the country you are visiting has in place, such as driving regulations and what type of passport or visas you might need in order to enter. On these pages you will find useful information about travelling to Croatia to help you prepare for your trip.

CULTURE

Once a playground for eastern Europeans seeking sun, sand and sea, Croatia is increasingly popular with Western tourists. The stunning beaches lining the Adriatic sea, the thousands of islands, the culture of the old cities, and the rocky mountains, forests and lakes offer a plethora of holiday activity and destination opportunities.

The official Language of Croatia is Croatian. Some of the most common phrases you may find useful to know when visiting are:

• Zdravo/bog – Hello
• Do viđenja – Goodbye
• Dobro jutro – Good morning
• Dobar dan – Good day
• Dobra večer – Good evening
• Laku noć – Good night
• Da – Yes  
• Ne – No
• Molim – Please
• Hvala – Thank you
• Muški/ Ženski – Gents/ Ladies
• Otvoreno/ Zatvoreno – Open/ Closed

The majority of Croatians speak at least one other language, English being the most common, however attempting basic greetings in the local language will be considered as polite and appreciated. We therefore recommend investing in a phrase book to help you during your stay.

CURRENCY

The currency of Croatia is the Kuna (HRK) divided into 100 Lipa.

Banking Hours
Monday to Friday: 0700 hrs to 1900 hrs
Saturday: 0700 hrs to 1300 hrs
In large cities, some banks are open on Sunday as well.

Credit Cards & ATM
The following credit cards are accepted: American Express, Diners Club, Visa, Mastercard. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards.

There are cash dispenser machines (ATMs) in cities and major tourist places.

Travellers' cheques may be cashed in bureaux de change and in banks. It should be noted that the rate of exchange is not as favourable as when changing cash.