TRANSPORTATION - GENERAL INFO
Whether traveling by land or sea along Croatia's shoreline, you are guaranteed a voyage of spectacular scenery and breathtaking views. The bare mountains running like a spine down the coast, the translucent Adriatic and the picturesque towns are surrounded by more than a thousand islands anchored offshore. The fact that most of these islands are uninhabited make them the ideal destination for those who want to get away from the crowds. There are many offers on cheap flights from most European cities if you should wish to visit. Some of the roads are not very good, but Croatia is rapidly improving its road infrastructure. Croatia is integrated into the European road marking system. European roads have the mark "E" and highway roads "M". The most picturesque route in Croatia is considered to be the Adriatic highway (Jadranska magistrala) which connects Rijeka and Dubrovnik.
Custom duties are not paid on personal objects. Professional
and technical equipment of sustainable value should be reported upon entering
Croatia. Foreign currency can be imported and exported freely.
Documents and regulations
There are several documents travelers need to have available
on their trips across Croatia: a valid passport, a valid International
driving license, the vehicle registration card and insurance. Please note
that valid insurance is obligatory. The wearing of seat belts is also
required, both in the cities as well as driving through the countryside.
When entering Croatia, all damage on the vehicle must be reported at the
border office. Once in Croatia, all tourists are required to register
upon arrival at their destination. If you are staying in a hotel, private
accommodation or camp this will generally be done automatically for you.
Tourists may remain in Croatia for up to three months on their tourist
All citizens of the countries for which entry visas are
requested according to Visa Regulations of the Republic of Croatia, must
as a rule, obtain the visas abroad prior to the entry into the Republic
of Croatia by applying to the related Embassy or Consular Office of the
Republic of Croatia. There is a possibility of issuing entry visas through
a special procedure if requested by a legal entity or an individual in
the Republic of Croatia by applying for visas to the relevant authorities
in the Republic of Croatia (Police) for citizens of countries in which
Republic of Croatia has no embassy or consular office.
Visa requirements overview RH
OVERVIEW OF DIPLOMATIC
MISSIONS AND CONSULAR OFFICES OF THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA AND DIPLOMATIC
MISSIONS AND CONSULAR OFFICES OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES IN THE REPUBLIC OF
CROATIA OR IN NEIGHBOURING/OTHER COUNTRIES
The visa requirements overview for Croatia was taken
from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs web page on 16.01.2003.
More on visa and passport regulations and other legal issues: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, http://www.mvp.hr/
The minimum driving age within Croatia is 18. For motorcycles the wearing of crash helmets is required for both the rider and the passenger. Dipped headlights must be used at all times.
Traffic regulations are similar to those enforced in
other European countries. Croatia uses right-hand traffic with general
speed limits of 100 km/h on overland roads, 130 km/h on motor ways and
50 km/h in built-up areas. While driving along the coast in Dubrovnik
or the Dubrovnik Region, you may encounter many places where the speed
limits are lowered. If you plan on driving to Dubrovnik in the winter,
you may encounter tough travel conditions, especially in the Gorski Kotar
Region. Winter tires are essential and it is strongly recommended that
you bring along snow chains as well.
Drunken driving is punishable and can lead to confiscation
of the driving license and severe fines. The permissible alcohol limit
is 0.5 promiles.
24-hour information is
provided by the Croatian Automobile Club:
HRVATSKI AUTO KLUB - Information center, Tel: +385 1
4640-800, web: www.hak.hr
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