Passports and Visas
All passengers require a machine-readable passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip, with appropriate visas. You should carry your passport with you at all times to ensure against its loss or theft in hotels. Check with the Croatian Consulate to determine if any visas are needed. Securing required documents is the responsibility of the traveler. This information is a guide only and it is essential that you check all current passport and visa rules with your travel agent before departure.
Croatia uses the kuna. There are 100 lipa to each kuna. Coins are issued in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lipa, and 1, 2, 5 and 25 kuna. Notes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 kunas. You can change US dollars at banks and currency exchange agencies for the best rates, hotels and some shops can also change them for you, but the rate will likely be much higher. ATMs are also an efficient way to get money in the local currency.
Croatia has 230 V at 50 Hz, with a type C or F socket. America's electrical currents are 120 V at 60 Hz, with a type A or B socket, so you'll need a converter and an adapter.
Wireless and wired Internet access is widely available in major cities throughout Croatia. Many of the hotels we use offer this service free or at a small charge. There are also Internet cafés in main cities that allow you access, usually for a small charge.
Phoning home from another country can be expensive. All hotels will add a service charge to the cost of any phone calls you make from your room. This charge can be very high. It is always cheaper for you to use public telephones (payphones) if your cell phone is not set for international calls. Your Travel Director can explain how to dial internationally if you are unsure.
Shops in Croatia are usually open from 8:00 a.m. to 7 or 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Some stores, particularly in tourist areas, will be open on Sundays, but don't count on it.
In the shops and markets, items to look for include lace, embroidery, lavender, fountain pens, Sestin's umbrellas, replicas of the Vučedol dove, Rab's cake, local wine and olive oil.
We suggest the following tipping rates: Taxis 10-15% of the fare on the meter, Restaurants and bars usually add a service charge, so there is no need to tip as much or at all. If it has not been included, leave 10-15% of the total bill.
If you are traveling within a city, walking is a good option, as is the local bus and taxis. To travel between cities, try the bus or train - but be warned, there is no train service to Dubrovnik! If you're after an island visit, there are ferry services to get you there and back.
Generally, casual jeans or slacks, shirts, sweaters, a jacket and comfortable walking shoes are all you'll need. If you plan on an evening at a nicer venue, dressier clothes may be called for.