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Currency:
Kuna (1 kuna = 100 lipa). The coins are issued in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 lipa, and 1, 2, 5 and 25 kuna. The banknotes are issued in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1 000 kuna.
You can exchange foreign currency at banks, exchange offices, post offices and in most travel agencies, hotels and camps. Banks are opened from 7 am to 7 pm from Monday to Friday, while on Saturday they work until 1 pm. Some banks in bigger cities are opened on Sunday. Most hotels, restaurants and shops accept credit cards (American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard /Mastercard, Visa, Sort Card International). ATMs can be found on every corner.

Electricity:
220V, 50Hz

Water:
Tap water is drinkable everywhere in Croatia.

Area code for Croatia is +385.

Time zone:
GMT plus 1 hour in the winter, and 2 hours in the summer.

Travel documents:
Passport or some other internationally recognized identification document.Croatian tourist visa lasts 3 months. For more information visit the website: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia.

The customs:(more info on www.carina.hr):
There are no duties on personal things. Foreign currencies can be freely carried in and out of the country. Croatian currency can be carried out up to the maximum value of 2.000 kuna. Valuable professional and technical equipment has to be declared when entering the country. Animals have to have needed international veterinarian documents.

Tax return:
Tourists that have bought the goods (except petroleum derivates) whose value exceeds 750 kuna can ask for tax return. A salesman will give you a tax return form that you have to fill in and verify in shop. When leaving the country, you have to verify it again on Croatian Customs. You can get tax return within 6 months in the shop where you bought the goods or you can send a verified bill with the number of your bank account. In that case, you will get your tax return within 15 days after receiving the bill.

Health services:
You can receive medical care in hospitals with ambulance stations opened 24 hours a day.

National holidays:
1 January – New Year’s Day;
6 January – Epiphany;
Easter, including Easter Monday;
1 May – Labour Day;
22 June – Anti-Fascist Struggle Day;
9th week after Easter – Corpus Christi;
25 June – Statehood Day;
5 August – Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day;
15 August – Assumption of the Virgin Mary;
8 October – Independence Day;
1 November – All Saints;
25 and 26 December – Christmas holidays.

Working hours:
Shops and shopping centers are opened from 8 am to 8 pm, and from 8 am to 2 pm on Sunday. Some shops work to 12 pm or 2 pm, but many stay opened whole Sunday in summertime. Few shops in big cities work 24/7. Public services and firms usually work from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm from Monday to Friday.

Post office and telecommunications:
Post offices are opened from 7 am to 7 pm on working days, and to 1 pm on Saturday. In big cities some post offices are opened to 10 pm during summer. Post stamps can be bought at post offices and kiosks. Public telephones work only with insertable phone cards that you can buy at post offices, kiosks, hotels and camps.

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