Croatia Travel: 8 Frequently Asked Questions
Croatia has definitely become a booming destination in the last few years, and the number of tourists keep climbing. If you’re planning a trip to this Mediterranean paradise, we’ve collected the 8 most frequently asked questions about Croatia travel.
The 8 most Frequently Asked Questions about Croatia Travel
1. What time zone does Croatia belong to?
Just like Italy, Croatia is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Here are the time differences between Croatia and some major cities:
- London: -1 hour
- New York: -6 hours
- Chicago: -7 hours
- Denver: -8 hours
- San Francisco: -9 hours
When first arriving in Croatia, jet-lag can impact you as your body adjusts to your new schedule.
2. What language do they speak?
Unsurprisingly, Croatians all speak Croatian, but many people in Croatia speak English, and one or more other languages. When in doubt, you can find out whether someone speaks English by asking “Pricate engleski?” (pronounced: pree-kah-teh en-gles-keeh). We’ve also complied an infographic with common Croatian phrases you can refer to. Similarly to Italy, almost every town and small region has its own distinct dialect.
3. What is the currency in Croatia?
The official Croatian currency is the Kuna. 1 Croatian kuna equals 0.15 US dollars. The currency code is HRK. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lipa (1 kuna = 100 lipa) and 1, 2, 5 and 25 kuna. Paper bills are printed in 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kuna bills.
4. How easy is it to drive in Croatia?
Since trains do not run along the Dalmatian Coast, most travelers get around primarily by ferry or rental car. Foreigners driving in Croatia are not legally required to obtain an International Driver
Permit (IDP), however, many rental car companies require it.
There are only two organizations authorized by the US State Department to issue an IDP. They are AAA and the American Automobile Touring Alliance (through the National Automobile Club). Visit their websites to find out how to apply for a one-year-long driving permit.
5. Do I need an electrical adapter?
The current in Croatia is 220V/50Hz. Therefore, you will need to bring or purchase an adapter for standard 110V North American appliances. Plugs have two round pins instead of prongs typical of the US. Adapters can be purchased from any electrical supply, convenience store, or online.
6. Are there ATMs?
ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) are known in Croatia as Bankomat. You can find them everywhere in the major cities and in the main piazza of small towns. They operate the same way as they do in the US, but with one minor stipulation. Before inserting your card, make sure the symbol on the back of your card matches the one on the machine.
Some banks also charge fees when withdrawing cash from abroad. Contact your credit card company and/or local bank before your trip to have all the information you need. It’s a good idea to let them know that you will be traveling abroad so that any purchases you make are not mistaken for fraud.
You should also make a note of the maximum daily amount you can withdraw in cash from your bank. You can then convert it into kunas. This will help you budget your money.
7. How much is the VAT and can it be refunded?
The VAT (Value Added Tax) rate in Croatia is as follows:
- 25% as the standard rate
- 10% for magazines, newspapers and certain food products
- 5% for books, medications and similar
To get a tax refund on purchases, you need to look for stores with a Global Blue Tax Free Shopping sign in the window. When paying, ask for a Tax Free Form and fill it out completely. Remember: an incomplete form means no refund. It probably goes without saying but, save your receipts!
At the airport, before checking in for your flight, you’ll need to go to the Customs desk. Submit your Tax Free Form, passport, original receipts/invoices, and purchases to get a stamp on your form. The goods have to be sealed and unused.
Obtain a customs stamp when exiting the EU within 3 months from the month of purchase. Send your original, stamped, Tax Free Form and the store receipt(s) to the Global Blue Processing Center. The stamped Croatian form is valid 6 months from the date of purchase.
8. Is a Visa needed to travel to Croatia?
A visa is not required for US or Canadian citizens holding a valid passport. Travelers can visit Croatia for up to 90 days. Non-American citizens should check current visa requirements with the nearest Croatian Consulate before departure.
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