Travel to Croatia – Find out what documents you need

Travel to Croatia - Find out what documents you need

Croatia is often chosen as a holiday destination. Beautiful beaches, lots of historical monuments, as well as sunshine and temperatures perfect for sunbathing are waiting for tourists. Croatia also has to offer a power of natural attractions in the form of picturesque Plitvice Lakes or the Kopacki Rit Landscape Park. While in Croatia, it is worth considering a visit to Dubrovnik (called “Pearl of the Adriatic”) or Split. Before leaving for this beautiful country, you should be provided with the necessary documents to make the time spent on sightseeing pass peacefully and pleasantly.

Required documents for a travel to Croatia

Required documents for a travel to Croatia

Croatia has been a member of the European Union since July 2013. The citizens of the European Union do not need to use a passport and can also identify themselves with an ID card. The identity card must be valid for at least 3 months after the end of your stay in Croatia. The state of the document must be such that the passenger’s identity can be easily verified. The photograph on the card must meet the requirements of the documentary photograph.

Each identity document must always be carried with you. Croatia is not part of the Schengen area, so there is a check on all passengers at the border crossing point, both on entry and exit, on the basis of valid identity documents.

Travel to Croatia with a child

Travel to Croatia with a child

If you are going to travel to Croatia with your child, you both must have your own identity card or passport. The preferred document must be issued at least one month before the planned date of departure, as this is the waiting time for its implementation. If your child is travelling to Croatia with people who are not legal guardians or parents, it is advisable to obtain authorization to take care of your child. The document should be certified by a notary and translated into Croatian or English. The authorisation should also include contact details of the child’s parents or legal guardians.

Travel to Croatia by car

Travel to Croatia by car

If you decide to travel to Croatia by your own means of transport, you should take care of a few additional formalities. Make sure that your driving licence is accepted in Croatia; you will also need a vehicle registration certificate and a valid civil responsibility  insurance. If you are planning to enter Montenegro or Bosnia and Herzegovina, you will need to obtain a Green Card. The document certifies the fact that the car is covered by civil responsibility insurance. You can obtain it from your car insurer or buy it just before the border of one of the above countries. There is a total ban on driving under the influence of alcohol in Croatia and you are not allowed to make phone calls while driving.

Traveling to Croatia - Registration

Traveling to Croatia – Registration

In Croatia there is an obligation to register visitors from the first day of their stay. This obligation usually rests with the owners of hotels, guest houses or rented accommodation. If you do not use any of the above forms of accommodation, you will have to report it yourself by going to the nearest police station or tourist office.

Travel to Croatia - Temporary stay

Travel to Croatia – Temporary stay

If you have been in Croatia for more than 90 days, you should report this fact immediately to the nearest police station. The temporary residence permit will be issued on the basis of a certificate of employment, self-employment, vocational training or study.