- CURRENCY - The official currency of Croatia is the Kuna (kn). Currently, the exchange rate to one U.S. dollar is 5.74 kunas. Foreign currency can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, post offices and travel agencies, hotels and camping sites
- CUSTOMS - Customs regulations are within the standards of the European Union. There are no duties or VAT for importing personal and non-commercial items , as long as the value does not exceed the 1,000 kunas ($ 175), Those who don’t have permanent or temporary residence in the country, can apply for a VAT refund if the value of the items does not exceed the 740 kunas (140 USD).
- EMERGENCIES - In case of an emergency, you can dial 112. The service is available 24/7 nationwide. Calls are free and there are operators who speak the following languages: English, German, Italian, Hungarian, Slovak and Czech.
- MEDICAL - Tourists requiring any medical care, whose country is subscribed to the Convention of Social Security, will receive attention at no cost. Otherwise, they must take care of expenses personally.
- BUSINESS HOURS - In Croatia the public administration offices provide service from 8 to 16 hours. Most commercial establishments are open from 8 to 20 Monday through Friday and 8 to 14 Saturday and Sunday, although some might have extended hours during the tourist season.
- ENVIRONMENT - The coast of Croatia is not a continuous party, as Ibiza. In fact, it is a totally different environment, where the Mediterranean culture to have a “cup of coffee” quietly watching life go by and letting the world roll rules. These coffee shops all well worth a visit. But if you insist on the nightlife, do not miss Dubrovnik, Split and the Hvar Island. You can always leave the peace and quiet for the next day.
- COMMUNICATIONS - Most European phone companies cover Croatia, but you should check with your telephone provider directly. There are public telephones in most towns. International phone cards may be purchased in shops and post offices. The prefix to call Croatia is + + 385. In Internet Cafes , “Dial-up” connection is still more common than a broadband. After the tourist season is over, not all of the internet cafes will remain open.
- WONDERS - Croatia has (so far) with 6 sites which have been classified by the UNESCO as “World Heritage Site”. The Plitvice lakes, the Old Town of Dubrovnik, the Proec’s Basilica, the ancient city of Trogir, the Roman Palace in Split and the St. James Cathedral in Sibenik. Most certainly, the list will continue to grow, with so many options that make this country a destination that is as wonderful as cosmopolitan and High-End.
Text: AMURA ± Photo: Ivan Hreljanović / © 2012 Oficina Nacional de Turismo de Croacia. All rights reserved