Visiting a new country can be a daunting experience for some. This page provides useful and practical information for people coming to Croatia
Passport and Visa Information
As Croatia is an EU member state (but not part of the Schengen Agreement) you do not need a visa to enter Croatia as a UK Citizen, for trips of up to 90 days in any 6 month period. If you want to extend your stay in Croatia for more than 90 days, seek advice at the local police station. You may also be asked to provide evidence of having sufficient funds necessary to cover the duration of your stay. Your passport is required to be valid for the duration of your stay, and does not need to have any extra period of validity past your return date. For further information please go to www.gov.uk/foreign-
Please be advised that this information is valid as of the 25th September 2015 when this page was last updated.
Is it safe to drink tap water in Croatia?
Visitors arriving in Croatia will be pleased to learn that tap water is generally safe to drink. Areas around Dalmatia, including Split and Dubrovnik have an excellent water source. It is always best to check with the locals though.
Money in Croatia
Kuna is Croatia’s official currency, not the Euro! You will receive roughly 10 Kuna for every 1 pound (as of August 2015), which makes converting the cost of that ice cream, relatively easy. The Kuna is divided into 100 lipas, therefore for example 10 Lipa amounts to around 1 pence. The note denominations are 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 as well as 1, 2, and 5 coins. Lipa coins come in 1, 2, 5,10, 20 and 50.
What about Euros?
Visiting Croatia and you’ll see some prices, especially in hotels and local travel agents (who sell excursions, transfers, car hire etc), in Euros. This is Croatia’s “second” currency, however you’ll find that its only these larger establishments that accept Euros. Bars, restaurants, cafes etc will only accept Kuna, especially in the smaller towns and villages. We advise that if you are purchasing currency before you visit Croatia, purchase Kuna. If you’re eager to use some “leftover” Euros from a previous Europe trip or you’re coming across the border from Slovenia, Italy or Montenegro, for example, you may be able “get rid of” them in Croatia.
Where’s the best place to obtain Kuna?
- ATMs in Croatia –
ATMS are widely available in Croatia. You’ll find them in airports, cities, towns, villages and on most inhabited Islands. This of course negates the issue of carrying large amounts of cash with you. The exchange rate that you’ll receive is usually one of the best but be careful of set charges and interest rates from your bank. Like most places in the world, when a foreign card is entered you will be presented with a choice of languages.
- Online Currency Providers –
This is an incredibly convenient source of purchasing your Kuna. The likes of Travelex and Moneycorp allow you to purchase your currency online then either have it delivered to your door or you can pick it up from the UK airport you’re departing from.
- High Street –
This traditional method still offers decent exchange rates, with the Post Office usually leading the way. As Croatia holidays are in demand, you shouldn’t need to pre- order these, although this may depend on the amount and size of the post office.
Using Debit and Credit Cards in Croatia?
Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in most establishments such as hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants. Some smaller places and services, especially in the villages, little taverns and taxis will only accept cash, so ensure you take some with you.
Cost of Eating Out in Croatia
The cost of eating out in Croatia is one of the most common questions we receive from our customers. Essentially people like to know how much they will need to spend whilst they’re on holiday. In short, although it of course depends on the location and restaurant, in general Croatia tends to be cheaper than non London UK.
Touristy areas such as Dubrovnik, Split and Hvar are on the whole are more expensive compared to smaller towns that frequent less foreign tourists, such as Zagreb, Mljet and Tisno.
Simple pizza and pasta dishes start from around £5, a bottle of house wine is £8 and ½ litre of local beer is £2. In cafes, coffee tends to be £1.20. In top tourist areas such as Hvar and Dubrovnik, prices tend to be slightly higher.