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Croatia is an increasingly well-developed nation in the process of accession to the EU. Facilities for tourism are available throughout the country, and the Adriatic coast is an increasingly popular tourist destination. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Croatia. For additional information visit the Croatian Homepage at http://www.hr/english.



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Country Name: Croatia
Continent: Europe
Capital City: Zagreb
Boundary Countries:

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Zagreb: Privatna Stomatoloska Poliklinika
Dubrovnik: Dubrovnik General Hospital
Osijek: Clinical Hospital Osijek
Rijeka: Clinical Hospital Rijeka, Klinicki Bolnicki Centre
Split: Clinical Hospital Split
Zadar: Zadar General Hospital
Zagreb: Clinical Hospital Sestre Milosrdnice, Clinical Hospital Merkur, Clinical Hospital Dubrava, Clinical Hospital Zagreb, Poliklinika Nemetova, General Hospital Sveti Duh

Main Cities:

Zagreb, Osijek, Split, Vukovar, Sisak, Place

Country Size: 56,542 sq km
Population: 4,494,749



Croatian 96.1%, Serbian 1%, other and undesignated 2.9% (including Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovak, and German)

Currency: Croatian Kuna (HRK)
Predominant Religions:

Roman Catholic 87.8%, Orthodox 4.4%, other Christian 0.4%, Muslim 1.3%, other and unspecified 0.9%, none 5.2%

National Holidays: Independence Day, 8 October (1991); note- 25 June 1991 is the day the Croatian Parliament voted for independence
Economic Status:

Croatia is a moderately developed nation in transition to a market economy.


Ground Forces (Hrvatska Kopnena Vojska, HKoV), Naval Forces (Hrvatska Ratna Mornarica, (HRM), Air and Air Defense Forces (Hrvatsko Ratno Zrakoplovstvoi Protuzrakoplovna Obrana, HRZiPZO), Joint Education and Training Command, Logistics Command; Military Police Force supports each of the three Croatian military forces

US Presence:

U.S. Embassy in Zagreb
Ulica Thomasa Jeffersona 2
10010 Zagreb
Telephone: 385-1-661-2200

Document Requirements:

A passport is required for travel to Croatia. A visa is not required for U.S. passport holders for tourist or business trips of fewer than 90 days within a six-month period. All foreign citizens must register with the local police within 24 hours of arrival as well as inform them of any change in their address. Registration of foreign visitors staying in hotels or accommodations rented through an accommodation company is done automatically by the hotelier or accommodation company. Failure to register is a misdemeanor offense; some Americans have been fined for failing to register.

U.S. citizens already in Croatia who wish to remain in Croatia for more than 90 days must obtain a temporary residence permit. Please note that the first temporary stay permit must be obtained from the Croatian Embassy or Consulate in the United States.

For further information on entry requirements for Croatia, including information regarding requirements for residency and work permits, travelers may also contact the Embassy of Croatia at 2343 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008, tel. (202) 588-5899, the Croatian Consulates in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles or the Croatian Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Office for Foreigners, tel. +385 (1) 456-3111. Further information is available at the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In support of a residency application, applicants will need to provide a copy of their birth and, if applicable, marriage and divorce certificates, obtained no more than 90 days before application, as well as an FBI Identification Record Request authenticated for use abroad. All documents should be translated into Croatian and have an “apostille” stamp certifying their authenticity. Information on apostilles and authentication of documents is available from the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

Information on obtaining FBI Identification Record Requests is also available.

If an extension of an approved temporary stay is needed, U.S. citizens should submit a request to the local police having jurisdiction over their place of residence in Croatia no later than 30 days in advance of the last day of authorized stay. Please also see the latest information on procedures for obtaining residence or work permits see.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Croatia.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information page and Croatia’s Customs Information page for specific information about Croatia.

Major Airports:

Airports:68,Airports w/paved runways:23  

Zagreb Airport(ZAG/LDZA)
Zagreb Airport, Croatia, Pleso b b, 10150 Zagreb, CROATIA
Tel: +385 (0)1 456-2222
Fax: +385 (0)1 626-5648
E-mail: azitt@zagreb-airport.tel.hr
Website: www.zagreb-airport.hr
Customs, hours: 24 hours
Tel: +385 (0)1 456-2145
Fax: +385 (0)1 456-2545

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Although hostilities in all parts of the country ended in 1995, de-mining of areas along former confrontation lines is not complete. As of January 2006, it was estimated that 250,000 mines spread over nearly 450 square miles remained in Croatia and that de-mining operations will continue at least until 2010. Croatia has a relatively low crime rate,and violent crime is rare. Foreigners do not appear to be singled out.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total: 20.75 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth: TOTAL 77.43 years(male 74.78/female 80.34)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B, Typhoid
Boosters: DPT, MMR

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Tick-borne encephalitis, a disease preventable with a three-shot vaccination series, is found throughout inland Croatia but is not prevalent along the coast.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Health facilities in Croatia, although generally of western caliber, are under severe budgetary strains. Some medicines are in short supply in public hospitals and clinics. The number of private medical and dental practitioners is substantial, and private pharmacies stock a variety of medicines not readily available through public health facilities. Croatian health care facilities, doctors and hospitals may expect immediate cash payment for health services and generally will not accept credit cards.

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Referrals: 0
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 has been documented in wild birds or other avian species in several of the countries in Eastern Europe. Human cases and death were reported from Azerbaijan in 2006. Avoid all direct contact with birds, including domestic poultry (such as chickens and ducks) and wild birds and avoid places such as poultry farms and bird markets where live birds are raised or kept. For a current list of countries reporting outbreaks of H5N1 among poultry and/or wild birds, view updates from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and for total numbers of confirmed human cases of H5N1 virus by country, see the World Health Organization (WHO) Avian Influenze website.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  +385
Internet Country Code:  .hr


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