Croatia is a small country with beautiful nature, interesting tradition, rich cultural heritage and diverse gastronomy.
The Croatian national territory totals 56.594 km² with 31.479 km² of coastal waters for sailing, swimming, and diving.
Croatia occupies the largest area of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea which is a part of the Mediterranean Sea. The narrow Dinara Mountain Range separates the country’s Mediterranean region from its central European continental section. And if the beauty of such landscapes weren’t enough, here’s a refreshing piece of news: tap water is drinkable across all of Croatia.
Croatia in numbers:
- around 4 million inhabitants
- 1244 islands
- 3278 km of coastline
- 1831 m highest peak (Dinara)
- 8 national parks: Brijuni, Kornati, Krka, Mljet, Paklenica, Plitvice Lakes, Risnjak and North Velebit.
Currency: the national currency is the KUNA (kn), with one kuna equal to 100 lipas. You can exchange money at any of the country’s banks, bureaux de change, post offices and at almost all travel agents, hotels and campsites. The majority of establishments and ATMs will also accept credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners, etc.
Power supply: 220V
Call number: +385 (00385)
Timezone: GMT +01:00
Climate: Croatia enjoys three different climates. The coast has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with a high number of days of sunshine per year. Summers are hot and dry and winters are mild and wet. Temperatures drop slightly as you move inland, where the climate is continental and moderate. Once you climb above 1,200 m, you’ll be greeted with fresh mountain air and temperatures around 13 ºC in the summer months.
UNESCO destinations in Croatia:
- Diocletian’s Palace and medieval Split
- St. Jacob’s Cathedral in Šibenik
- Plitvice Lakes National Park
- Historical nucleus of Trogir
- Early-Christian complex of the Euphrasius Basilica in Poreč
- Dubrovnik Old Town – town nucleus
- Starigrad Field on the island of Hvar
Curiosity-related to Croatia: Tie is a Croatian invention from the 17th century. The biggest tie in the world, 808 meters long, was tied around Arena, Pula’s amphitheater.
Famous athletes: Janica and Ivica Kostelić, Blanka Vlašić, Krešimir Ćosić, Mate Parlov, Dražen Petrović, Toni Kukoč, Goran Ivanišević, Matija Ljubek, Ivano Balić, Slaven Bilić
Welcome to Istria!
This heart-shaped world and the largest peninsula of the Adriatic Sea lies on the 45th parallel emphasizing its idyllic geographical position with perfectly arranged seasons – lush greenery springs, colorful autumns, pleasant summers and mild winters.
Istria is indeed a feast for the eyes. Its streams flow to the sea through deep valleys which bring to mind the ancient local myths about giants. The view is splendid: white-topped mountains, lush wheat fields, valleys, vineyards and olive groves on hillsides, and, finally the sea.
As you get to know Istria you will notice more and more enchanting details: church facades and portals, tiny village with their specific architectural touches…
Location: The westernmost county of the Republic of Croatia, the largest peninsula of the Adriatic
Area: 2,820 km²
Population: 206,344 inhabitants
In most cases, the only form of ID required is a valid passport. And if you’re an EU or US citizen, you can also use your national ID card. Croatian customs regulations are almost entirely in harmony with EU standards.
All aliens who are holders of valid Schengen documents, as well as national visas and residence permits of Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Romania do not require an additional (Croatian) visa for Croatia.
Aliens who are holders of:
- uniform visa (C) for two or multiple entries, valid for all Schengen Area Member States;
- visa with limited territorial validity (LTV visa), for two or multiple entries, issued to the holder of a travel document that is not recognised by one or more, but not all of the Schengen Area Member States, and which is valid for the territory of the Member States recognising the travel document;
- long-stay visa (D) for stays exceeding three months, issued by one of the Schengen Area Member State;
- residence permit issued by one of the Schengen Area Member State;
- national visas for two or multiple entries and residence permits of Bulgaria, listed in Annex I of the DecisionNo 565/2014/EU;
- national visas for two or multiple entries and residence permits of Cyprus, listed in Annex III of the DecisionNo 565/2014/EU;
- national visas for two or multiple entries and residence permits of Romania, listed in Annex IV of the DecisionNo 565/2014/EU;
do not require a visa for transit or intended stays in the territory of Croatia not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period.
Aliens who require a visa for Croatia can fill out the visa application form on-line at crovisa.mvep.hr (available in English, Russian, Ukrainian, Albanian, and Turkish language). Printed and filled out application form along with other required documents should be submitted to the competent Croatian Embassy/Consulate or visa centre or through an accredited tourist agency.
All questions regarding Croatia’s visa regime can be submitted at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mvep.hr