Important phone numbers
++385 International telephone code for Croatia
(0)52 Regional telephone code for Istrian county
++385 1 4556 455 Croatian Tourist Board
++385 52 452 797 Istrian Tourist Board
060 520 520 Weather forecast and road conditions
901 International call assistance
902 International informations
95 Exact time
93 Fire brigade
987 HAK - Road assistance
9155 Search and rescue at the sea
Embassies and Consulates (++385)
051 338 554 - Rijeka
01 4578 901, 4578 903 - Zagreb
01 4878 800 - Zagreb
01 6121 558, 6177 246 - Zagreb
01 6300 100, 6300 104 - Zagreb
01 4893 600 - Zagreb
GB 01 6009 122 - Zagreb
I 051 355 200 - Rijeka
I 052 773 122 - Buje
I 052 388 864 - Pula
H 051 213 494 - Rijeka
NL 051 271 977 - Rijeka
01 4899 444 - Zagreb
051 212 287 - Rijeka
01 6311 000, 6311 011 - Zagreb
01 3755 038 - Zagreb
051 212522 - Rijeka
01 3755 038 - Zagreb
During your stay in Croatia, you are entitled to medical services at health stations and hospitals at minimum cost that is charged
to Croatian citizens too. Visitors from Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Great Britain are obliged to present their passport. Aside from
the passport or identity card the following forms are necessary: Austria A/HR 3, Belgium BE/HR 111, Bosnia and Herzegovina BH/
HR 3, Czech Republic CZ/HR 111 and CZ/HR 111A, France SE 21-04 A, Italy 111 I, Luxembourg L/HR 111, Germany HR/D 111 and
HR/D 112, Romania R/Y 11, Slovenia SLO/HR 3, Serbia and Montenegro SCG/HR 111.
Tourists may also use the services of private medical doctors and dentists where a full price is charged for all medical treate -
A pharmacy that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is located in Pula, Giardini 14, tel. (+385 52) 222 551.
There is a network of veterinary clinics and centres in Croatia. For more information look at www.veterinarstvo.hr,
Citizens from EU, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Australia,
North and South America and many other
countries are allowed into Croatia without
a visa. Everybody who needs a visa (citizens
from Albania, Belarus, Moldovia, Russian
Fed.,Ukraine, China, South Africa...) must
obtaine it before entering. You can not do
this at any Croatian land border. You can fi nd
basic information about the visa regime between
the Republic of Croatia and all other
countries on www.mvpei.hr
Customs regulations of the Republic of Croatia
are in line with the standards of European
Travel documentation: Passport or some
other internationally recognised identifi -
cation document. Tourists may remain in
Croatia for up to three months.
Foreign citizens may carry in their personal
luggage without any limits. Foreign currency
is freely brought in and taken out of the
country (up to a value of 3.000 euros); up to
a value of 15.000 kn for domestic currency.
More expensive professional and technical
equipment should be registered at the
Dogs and cats, accompanied by their owner,
need to have an International certifi cate
from a registered veterinarian stating that at
least 15 days and not more than six months
have passed since their vaccination against
When you check in a hotel, hostel, campsite
or an appartment, you will automatically be
registered with the police, a matter required
by law. If you are staying with friends please
do it yourself.
In a 24 hour period, check with your nearest
police station (Tel. 92) and be sure to bring
your passport. You will be kindly asked to
complete some paperwork, a procedure
necessary for your own safety, helping you
overcome any inconvenience that may
occur while you are on a holiday.
The only currency used in Istria/Croatia is
Kuna (1 Kuna = 100 Lipa). There are 1, 2, 5,
10, 20, 50 Lipa coins; 1, 2, 5 and 25 Kuna
coins and 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and
1.000 Kuna banknotes. Cash dispensing
machines are ubiquitous. Most hotels,
restaurants and shops accept credit cards
(American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard/
Mastercard, Visa). Foreign currency can be
exchanged in banks, exchange offi ces post
offices, travel agencies, hotels, camps, marinas;
cheques can be cashed in banks.
Keep receipts for purchase you buy in Croatia
and ask for a tax-free form for bills over
500 Kn (apart from petroleum derivetives
and grosseries); you qualify for a tax refund
when you get home. Ask for a stamp at the
border! If you intend to buy works of art, ask
for export approval before you buy. More on
CET (gmt) +1
The tipical Mediterranean climate in Istria
characterises with mild winters and long
and hot summers. The air temperature
during the winter very rarely goes below
zero degrees centigrade, and the snow
is a real rarity. During the year Istria has
the average of 2.380 hours of sunshine,
most often during the summertime when
Maestral, the light refreshing wind blows
from the sea. The average air temperature
during the warmest period (July) is 23°C.
The lowest average sea temperature is 9°C
and the highest is 24°C, offering the best
climate conditions for your perfect holiday.
Istria is the largest peninsula on the Adriatic
coast, and is the westernmost region of
Croatia. It counts 200.000 inhabitants. The
largest town Pula counts 60.000.
The majority of population in Croatia are
Catholics that represent 87.3% of belivers,
so there are many Catholic holidays and
processions you can also attend. Other
religions like Orthodox, Muslim, Jewish are
Voltage on city power grid is 220 V / 50 Hz,
so visitors from the U.S. will need to use a
transformer and visitors from G.B. will have
to use an adopter for European electricity
grid to run their electrical appliances.
January 1 New Year’s Day
January 6 Epiphany
Easter Monday The second day of
40 days from Easter Corpus Christi
Victory Day and
August 15 Assumption
October 8 Independence Day
November 1 All Saints’ Day
December 25, 26 Christmas Holidays
During the national holidays all public institutions
098, 099 T-mobile
The same regulations as elsewhere in Europe
are valid on the roads in Istria. Speed
limitations are marked on individual roads.
Permited speed in towns is 50 km/h, out
of towns 80 km/h and on highways 130
km/h. Allowed quantity of alcohol in the
blood is 0,0 per mille.
Gas stations work according to the established
schedule and some of them, mainly
on major roads, are open 24 hours a day.
In case of car defect or accident, call HAK
(Croatian Automobile Club) dispatcher
centre tel. 987 (round the clock). Services
are paid in cash, by cheque or credit
cards. HAK is a member of AIT and FIA.
Pula airport, Tel. +385 (0)52 530 105
Tourist airport, Tel. +385 (0)52 441 810
Tel. +385 (0)52 506 505, +385 (0)98 420 577
Maritime traffi c
For boaters in Istria there are petroleum
derivetives filling stations located on shores of
many Istrian towns:
Umag - open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Poreč - open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Rovinj - open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Pula (harbour) - open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Pula (Marina Veruda) - *open 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
*Summer time only!
A permit is necessary for recreational sports
Tel. +385 (0)1 484 8765
Fax +385 (0)1 484 9119
Diving centres: www.istra.hr
Obala J.B. Tita / Tel. +385 (0)52 741 662
Porporela 6 / Tel. +385 (0)52 758 178
Obala m. Tita 17 / Tel. +385 (0)52 453 117
Obala Pino Budicin 1 / Tel. +385 (0)52 811 132
Riva 18 / Tel. +385 (0)52 222 037
Obala m. Tita 39 / Tel. +385 (0)52 872 085
Nautical Radio Service and Communications Service The whole of the Croatian coast is covered by radio communications rather well.
The radio service for protection of human lives and safety of navigation is provided by Plovput from Split, through radio stations Split
and Dubrovnik, which cover the southern Adriatic, and Rijeka, which covers the northern part of our sea. According to the standards
of the GMDSS system (Global Maritime Distress and Safety System), the channel for automated receipt of digitalized distress calls is
channel 70, after which the communication is transferred to the operating channel of the coastal station, i.e. a harbor master’s office
(16 or 10). GMDSS system has been in use since February, 1st 1999, and on the present VHF channel for distress calls, the channel
16, constant listening will still be possible for some more time. For a direct call to a harbor master’s offi ce, the channel 10 is used.
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