According to globalsciencellc, Croatia (English: Croatia, Croatian: Hrvatska) is a country in Europe bordering Slovenia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Croatia has been independent from the former Yugoslavia since 1991. The capital of Croatia is Zagreb. A number of major cities in Croatia are: Split, Rijeka, Osijek, Zadar and Pula. There are a number of large and smaller islands off the coast of Croatia. The largest and most famous islands are Cres, Krk, Brač, Hvar, Pag, Korčula and Dugi Otok.
Croatia is the land of beautiful sandy beaches and the invention of the tie. In Croatia you will find many Roman remains, such as an amphitheater in Pula and the second largest wall in the world. This wall is 5.5 kilometers long and is located in the Ston region. Croatia also has 8 National Parks where you will find rock formations and waterfalls. On the coast you can dive to caves, shipwrecks and many corals. In the winter months you can also do winter sports in Croatia. This is especially possible in Gorski Kotar.
Where is Croatia?
Travel information of Croatia
Official name: Republic of Croatia
Area: 56,538 km²
Country code: HR, HRV
Population: 4,227,746 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 1,831 m (Dinara)
Distance (Amsterdam – Zagreb): 1,087 km
Flight time: about 2 hours
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green and orange.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Croatia that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs in Croatia, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Croatia. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Croatia?
Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, guided tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Croatia at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.
Weather and climate
Croatia has both a continental climate and a Mediterranean climate. In the winter months the temperatures are around 0 to -15 degrees and in the summer months around 25 to 35 degrees.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Croatia can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Croatia can be found at Climate info.
May, June, July, August and September are the best months to travel to Croatia. In these months you have the best chance of good weather.
Croatian is the official language in Croatia. In addition, English, German and Italian are spoken on a smaller scale.
Would you like to translate from or into Croatian for free? Use the Google translator for this.
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Croatia: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulates in Croatia: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy of Croatia in the Netherlands: nl.mfa.hr.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting Croatia, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Money and Currency
In Croatia, payments are made with the Croatian Kuna (HRK).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Croatia can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Croatia are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -32% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (53% cheaper), food (27% cheaper), imported beer in catering (40% cheaper), cigarettes (46% cheaper) and public transport (53% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Croatia it is customary to tip. If this has not already been included in the bill, it is customary to tip approximately 5-10%.
There is no time difference with the Netherlands.
Summer time in Croatia is the same as in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone for Croatia can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Croatia you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Croatia.
There are toll roads in Croatia. An overview of all toll roads in Croatia can be found on ANWB.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Croatia.
In Croatia the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity in Croatia can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 192 or 112
– Fire: 93 or 112
– Ambulance: 94 or 112
Tap water is safe to drink.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Croatia can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Croatia can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Croatia end in.hr.
Official websites of Croatia: vlada.hr and nl.croatia.hr.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Croatia is 00385 or +385.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Croatia? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Phone numbers can be found in the Croatia Phone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Croatia.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Croatia.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Croatia.
An overview of all public holidays in Croatia can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Croatia, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Croatia?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Croatia. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Croatia can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Croatia can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Croatia? On the IATA website you will find an overview of the maximum quantities of cigarettes, medicines, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with Croatia, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about Croatia, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Croatia.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5 (0 for novice drivers under 24).
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Croatia has been independent from the former Yugoslavia since 1991?
…In Croatia the remains of an impressive Roman Amphitheater can be found?
…The tie is a Croatian invention?
…The Dalmatian is named after the southern region of Dalmatia?
…The smallest city in the world can be found in Croatia (Hum)?
…Only 66 of the approximately 1,200 Croatian islands are inhabited?