Passports & Visas
E.U. member country nationals can now enter Croatia with just a personal ID. However, all other foreign nationals (anyone from outside the E.U.) need a valid passport for entrance to Croatia. Citizens of the U.S., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Israel, and Singapore do not need visas for tourist/business trips of fewer than 90 days within a 6-month period. A visa is required and should be obtained in advance for stays over 90 days. South Africans do require visas, even for short stays. As of April 2013, in preparation for E.U. membership, Croatia changed its law regarding Russians, who now need visas, too.
For more information on visas, visit the Republic of Croatia Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs website, www.crovisa.mvep.hr. Here you will find an online visa application form (available in various languages), and if you’ve already applied, you can check your application status.
U.S. citizens can visit the U.S. State Department website (www.travel.state.gov) and go to the “Foreign Entry Requirement” for an up-to-date country-by-country listing of passport requirements around the world.
What You Can Bring into Croatia
Visitors can bring 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 1 liter of spirits, 2 liters of wine, and 2 liters of liqueur duty-free. Foreign visitors can bring in boats without duty or taxes if the vessels are for private use while in Croatia and if they take them home when they leave.
What You Can Take Home from Croatia
U.S. citizens who have been away from the U.S. for at least 48 hours are allowed to bring back, once every 30 days, $800 worth of merchandise duty-free. A flat duty rate is charged on the next $1,000 worth of purchases. Citizens returning to the U.S. should have their receipts or purchases handy to expedite the declaration process. Note: Anyone who owes duty is required to pay upon arrival in the United States, either by cash, personal check, government or traveler’s check, or money order; in some locations, Visa and MasterCard are also accepted.
To avoid paying duty on foreign-made personal items owned before leaving the U.S., bring along a bill of sale, insurance policy, jeweler’s appraisal, or receipts of purchase.
With few exceptions, fresh fruits and vegetables cannot be brought into the United States from another country. For specifics on what is and is not allowed, visit the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) website (www.cbp.gov) and go to “Travel” and click on “Know Before You Go.”
For a clear summary of Canadian rules, visit the Canada Border Services Agency website at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca.
U.K. citizens should refer to the HM Customs & Excise website (www.hmce.gov.uk).
Australian nationals should visit the Australian Customs & Border Protection Service website (www.customs.gov.au).
Those from New Zealand should check out the New Zealand Customs Service website (www.customs.govt.nz).
For information on medical requirements and recommendations, ask your travel specialists for the most up to date information.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
Additional Information on regulations
Passengers carrying firearms (for hunting, sports, etc.) or radio stations (CB, walkie-talkie, etc.) must hold a valid passport, regardless of their nationality.
Articles of the archaeological, historical, ethnographic, art and other scientific or cultural value require an export license issued by the competent authorities.
Cats and dogs are subject to Regulation (EC) No. 998/2003 .
Birds are subject to Decision (EC) No. 25/2007 .
Pets may enter as passenger’s checked baggage, in the cabin or as cargo.
Baggage Clearance regulations
Baggage is cleared at the airport of final destination in Croatia.
1. Annually in the period of September 01 until March 31: baggage of passengers with their final destination being Brac or Losinj, which is then cleared at the airport of entry in Croatia;
2. Baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Croatia.
Airport Embarkation Tax
No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.
Currency Import regulations:
Same regulations as for Export apply.
Currency Export regulations:
Local currency (Croatian Kuna – HRK) and foreign currencies: no restrictions if arriving from or traveling to another EU Member State .
If arriving directly from or traveling to a country outside the EU: amounts exceeding EUR 10,000.- or more or the equivalent in another currency (incl. banker’s draft and cheques of any kind) must be declared.