Croatia Travel Information
Croatia is a safe country to travel in as a tourist.
Street crime is low, but as in all major cities, one
should also take precautions in Zagreb and follow the
general travel advice for the area. Very strict entry
and exit regulations have been introduced in connection
with the outbreak of coronavirus. For more information,
Croatia is a safe country to travel in as a tourist.
Street crime is low, and with common sense there is
little risk of being exposed to unwanted incidents.
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
travel insurance on trips to / in Croatia.
Travel registration is an offer to Norwegian
travelers who wish to register their contact information
with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This will make it
easier for the Foreign Service to contact you in case
something serious should happen where you are. In a
crisis situation, the Foreign Service will have the
opportunity to contact you via email, sms or phone.
Norwegian citizens staying in Croatia for a shorter or
longer period are therefore encouraged to register at:
In summer, the weather conditions are usually stable
with sun and warm weather. However, along the coast
there may be strong winds at times. This sometimes
causes boat routes to be canceled and/or some roads and
bridges temporarily closed. The dry summer weather means
that there is a risk of forest fires. In the summer of
2017, the area around Split was hit by this. Although
the fires were extensive, no one was injured.
Some very few areas are still not cleared for land
mines. These areas are well marked with danger signs. If
you are going on a hike in desolate and uninhabited
areas and are in doubt, maps, local authorities and
locals can assist. For more information on mines in
Croatia see the Croatian Mine Action Center's websites.
- Countryaah: Zagreb is the capital
of Croatia. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
The risk of terrorist incidents in Croatia is
considered low. So far, no terrorist attacks have
occurred in Croatia, and there are no publicly known
threats of attacks.
Common emergency number for all agencies in Croatia
(also English speaking): +385 112.
Country code for Croatia: +385
Police: +385 192
Fire: +385 193
First aid: +385 194
Norway is represented in Croatia at the Zagreb
Embassy. In emergencies, the public can contact the
Royal Norwegian Embassy in Zagreb
Hektorovićeva 2, 10000 Zagreb
Tel: +385 (0) 1 6273 800
Fax: +385 (0) 1 6273 899
Email: [email protected]
Outside of office hours, the public is transferred to
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' operational center. In
addition, Norway has three consulates in Croatia who can
also assist Norwegians with consular matters.
Consulate of Norway in Dubrovnik
Uz Giman 7A, 20000 Dubrovnik
Tel: +385 (0) 2035 7943
Mob: +385 (0) 993 357 943
Fax: +385 (0) 2035 7945
Consulate of Norway in Rijeka
E-mail: [email protected]
Zrtava Fasizma 2/II, 51000 Rijeka
Tel: +385 (0) 5133 5827, +385 (0) 5133 5831
Fax: +385 (0) 5121 3549
Consulate of Norway in Split
E-mail: [email protected]
Domovinskog rata 21, 21 000 Split
Tel: +385 (0) 2178 6881
Fax: +385 (0) 2178 6881
Mob: +385 (0) 9849 7381
Both consulates can assist Norwegian tourists with
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Croatia is not a member of Schengen, and there is
passport control at all airports and border crossings.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa to stay in
Croatia, but passports are the only valid entry
document. Minors over the age of 14 can travel to
Croatia on their own.
EU/EEA citizens must ensure that the travel documents
(passports) are valid throughout the stay. For citizens
outside the EU/EEA, it is a requirement that the travel
documents are valid for three months after returning
home. For more information see the website of the
Croatian Foreign Ministry.
Foreigners in Croatia must be able to identify
themselves on request and therefore passports should be
brought at all times (possibly copy).
For the latest updated information on entry rules to
Croatia, travelers are encouraged to check with the
Croatian Embassy in Oslo at: [email protected] or on
tel: 0047 22 44 22 33.
Work and residence permit: According
to EU/EEA rules, Norwegian citizens are free to work in
Croatia, and thus do not have to apply for a work
permit. However, there are some guidelines that foreign
workers must adhere to. More information on Croatian
If you, as an EU/EEA citizen, wish to settle or stay
in Croatia for more than three months, you must register
with the police no later than eight days before the
three-month period has expired.
A temporary residence permit is granted for up to
five years. We recommend everyone to visit the website
of the Croatian Foreign Ministry. Here you can find more
detailed information about and the requirements for a
residence permit (temporary or permanent).
Coronavirus (covid-19): In Croatia,
very strict travel restrictions have been introduced for
people who come from or have recently visited areas
where there is widespread spread of coronaviruses. This
includes Norway. Restrictions on freedom of movement
have also been introduced for anyone staying in Croatia.
See the website of Croatian health authorities (in
English and Croatian) for more details.
- English: Coronavirus protection measures
- Croatian: Koronavirus - najnoviji podatci
The National Insurance Scheme's European Health
Insurance Card (EEA Card) is valid in Croatia. Everyone
who travels to Croatia should therefore ensure that they
have a valid health card on their journey. European
health insurance card can be ordered on Helfo's website.
If you are traveling without a card, you can contact
Helfo's service phone (815 70 030 or (00 47) 33 51 22
80) for help.
The health insurance card shows that you are a member
of the National Insurance Scheme, which guarantees you
treatment in the public health system in line with other
citizens in EEA countries and Switzerland. However, what
citizens in the different countries are entitled to, and
what they may have to pay in deductibles, varies from
place to place. It is therefore recommended to take out
travel insurance as well.
There are no special requirements for vaccines for
traveling to Croatia.
Croatia has a public health system like in Norway,
but the standard in hospitals is somewhat lower. There
are currently no private hospitals in Croatia, but there
are several larger private clinics that have
For more detailed information on health services and
standards in Croatia, the public is encouraged to visit
the World Health Organization's websites or the websites
of the Croatian Health Insurance Fund.
The supply of medicines is good. Most cities have
many pharmacies, in the larger cities there are also
The climate is warm in July-August. One should take
care to use the sun factor and drink enough water in the
summer. The tap water can be easily drunk in most
places, but it is calcareous.
Croatia has many beautiful seaside resorts, but most
consist of pebbles and rarely sand. Beach shoes are
The public is encouraged to visit the Norwegian
Institute of Public Health's websites for official
health travel advice and health professional guidance
for Norwegians abroad.
National Country Code: +385.
Time zone: GMT + 1 (as in Norway)
Current: 220V (as in Norway)
Plug Standard European 230 V (as in Norway)
Currency: Kuna (HRK). See updated exchange rate
National Holidays: 1 January, 6 January, 1 Easter
Sunday, 2 Easter Sunday, 1 May, Corpus Christi (60 days
after Easter), 22 June, 25 June, 5 August, 15 August, 8.
October, November 1st, and 1st and 2nd Christmas Day.
Language: In Croatia one speaks
Croatian, a Slavic language very similar to Serbian and
Bosnian. In the major cities and along the coast, it is
common for service industry staff to speak English. This
is also widespread among the younger population.
However, many of the older people speak German rather
than English. Italian is known to many in Istria and
along the coast of Dalmatia.
Payment: Most credit cards can be
used, but the use of cash is much more widespread than
in Norway. Cash is usually used in smaller restaurants,
shops and private accommodation.
Please note that some cafes, restaurants,
hairdressers, shops etc. are closed on Sundays, and that
several restaurants inland stay closed during the summer
If you are satisfied with the service, it is usual in
Croatia to round up the amount. The percentage varies,
but is usually somewhere between five to ten percent.
Restaurants, bars, and taxis are common tips. Several
locals also often give a small symbolic amount (enough
for a coffee) in tips for the hairdresser or
masseur/masseuse, the local guide etc.
Public transport: The main form of
local transport in Croatia is bus. In Zagreb and Osijek
you can also use the tram. Tickets are sold in kiosks
called iNovine, and on board most buses/trams.
- Bus times and information
- Bus Croatia
There is an extensive network of long-distance buses
between Croatia's largest cities, and from Croatia to
the other countries in the region. If possible,
long-distance bus tickets should be purchased in
To reach the islands along the coast you usually use
boat and/or car ferries.
The railway network in Croatia is largely centered
around the capital Zagreb. From here, trains go to
surrounding towns, and among other things. to Croatia's
second largest city Split. From Zagreb there are also
trains to other countries. Train tickets are purchased
at the train station. Information and timetable can be
found on the railway's website.
The Croatian tourist information also has several
useful travel tips.
Traveling by car: The EEA model
(bank card format) of driver's licenses is valid in all
EU and EEA countries. For more information, see the
website of the Road Administration.
Facts and driving tips for Croatia can be found on
The traffic culture can be perceived as somewhat more
aggressive than in Norway. Use pedestrian lanes and pay
extra attention to traffic.
The permissible limit is 0.5, and a ban on talking on
a mobile phone has been introduced while driving. If you
need road and traffic information or need help on the
road, you can call (+385 1) 1987, or visit the Croatian
Automobile Club (HAK) website.
If you are going to carry passengers with a
Norwegian-registered vehicle in Croatia, you must
investigate the applicable tax rules. For registration
and more information on tax and value added tax see
information on the website of the Croatian Ministry of
For import and Croatian customs regulations, see
Customs - Croatian Customs.