Travel Document Information
Passport and Visa
Since Croatia is becoming EU member in July 2013, entry into the country is soon going to be easier than ever. Until then citizens of most European countries need only a valid passport to cross the Croatian border. The countries in question are:
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Hungary, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Turkey, the UK
Citizens of Australia, Argentina, Cyprus, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, the USA and Mexico do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days.
Citizens of other countries are required to have visa in order to enter Croatia. However, Adriatic.hr offers a refund for your visa costs. You can apply for your visa at Croatian embassy in your home country, or at the nearest Croatian embassy. For a detailed list of Croatian diplomatic-consular missions worldwide please visit Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs website.
Also foreign nationals who are holders of:
- residence permit issued by one of the Schengen area member states
- Schengen visa (C) or
- long-stay visas (D) issued by one of the Schengen area member states
do not require a visa for entering and stay or transit through Croatia. The mentioned documents must be valid at the moment of leaving Croatia, i.e. allow the return to the Schengen area.
Required Pet Documents
If you want to take your pet along on your vacation to Croatia you should know that – providing you meet certain requirements and have the necessary documents – there's nothing stopping you to enter Croatia without veterinary inspection at any border crossing.
The following animal species are considered as pets: dogs, cats, pet ferrets, invertebrates, ornamental tropical fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, rodents and rabbits.
Pets must be accompanied by their owner and have the necessary documents. Moreover, dogs, cats and ferrets must have an ISO pet microchip.
- pet passport or veterinary certificate
- vaccination records in the passport or a valid rabies certificate with clearly stated date of the last vaccination
A maximum of five animals is considered as non-commercial importation. Pet identification and document inspection is done by a custom official at the border crossing.
If more than five pets are imported or the person accompanying them is not the owner, animals have to be identified and examined by the customs veterinary inspector. In this case, pets can enter Croatia only at the borders crossings with veterinary inspection service.
Unless they are FCI registered, certain dog breeds such as potentially dangerous Pit Bull Terrier and their mixes are prohibited from both entry and short-term stay in Croatia. .