The language is Croatian (a Slavic language related to Russian). Croatians are skilled at languages. Most people speak English, Italian and German, even in the shops and restaurants, so travel is made quite a lot easier. They are also always helpful if you try some words in Croatian.
Tipping in Croatia is optional, but becoming usual in more upscale restaurants, with taxis and drivers. 5% to 10% is customary.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
In order to enter CROATIA as a citizen of the United States, you will need:
A signed PASSPORT valid for 6 months beyond the completion of your trip.
Citizens of all European Union countries, Australia, Canada, USA and most other countries do not need a visa. Details of visa regulations can be obtained on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, http://www.mvpei.hr/MVP.asp?pcpid=1615. Visas can be obtained on arrival free of charge. 90 days are usually granted on arrival, and this can easily be extended.
In Croatia, the local currency is the KUNA. Local stores, restaurants and services take only kuna. There are ATM (Bankomats) available in airports, trains stations, ferry ports and larger towns. Not all villages will have them. Restaurants will often accept EUROs, but provide change in Kuna. Road tolls can be paid in Kuna or in Euro.
Major credit cards are not widely accepted. Smaller cities, shops and cafes often accept only cash payment for goods and services
Foreign currency can be exchanged at authorized agencies such as banks and bureaus de change. Traveller’s checks are not as widely accepted.
There are good hospitals and clinics throughout Croatia for Emergency care. The islands usually have clinics and local doctors, but not hospitals. Transport by helicopter or speedboat is available on the islands.
Vaccinations are not necessary.
The water in Croatia is excellent and drinkable.
Croatia has temperatures similar to Italy. Summer Temperatures tend to average in mid 80s, up into the mid 90s in Dalmatia (mid to upper 20s centigrade).
The north in Zagreb area & Istria is cooler in the winter and commonly has snow. Winter snows typically fall from December until March in the northern areas, with occasional snowfall in the mountains of Dalmatia.
Sea temperatures are typically 2 to 3 degrees (centigrade) below the air temperature.
Check weather forecasts & temperatures at: Croatian Weather & Sea
Croatia has European plugs (2 round plugs) – 220/240 volts and 50 hertz.
Plug adapters are easily purchased at Amazon or other online stores.
WHAT TO PACK
Croatia is relatively casual, especially in Dalmatia and the islands.
- Pack comfortable, casual clothing in natural, breathable fabrics that you can layer. Resort wear is appropriate. Street wear and evening wear on the islands is casual. In the cities, dress is similar to the US – a bit less formal than other places in Europe.
- It is hot in the summer so Cotton and other light fabrics are comfortable choices for summertime. Late autumn is moderate, so jeans and light sweaters are enough. Pack a coat, hat, gloves, warm socks, and sleepwear, if you are visiting in the winter months – December through February.
- Dressier clothing is appropriate for evening in cities – slacks or skirt outfit for women and a shirt with collar and slacks for men. Formal clothing is not necessary.
- Cathedrals, churches, and other religious sites require conservative dress. Arms and shoulders should be covered.
- Comfortable, walking shoes with low or no heels
- Sweater or lightweight jacket
- Lightweight raincoat and/or umbrella
- Swimming suit
- Sunglasses, sun block and a sunhat
- Simple first-aid kit
- Prescriptions and medications (We recommend you carry these in their original bottles and/or packaging.)
- Charging cables for electronics
- Voltage converter and adapter plugs