Here is a list of the most important telephone numbers in Croatia:
· (+385) 112 – emergency number
· (+385) 192 – police
· (+385) 193 – firefighters
· (+385) 194 – ambulance
· (+385) 195 – search and rescue at the sea
· (+385) 1987 – road assistance
· (+385) 1 4640 800- HAK (Croatian automobile club)
· (+385) 11888 – telephone directory
· (+385) 18166 – weather forecast
· (+385) 18981 – general information
· (+385) 11802 – international telephone directory
As you can see, the country code of Croatia is 00385, which you should type if calling from a foreign mobile phone.
Language: Croatia people speak Croatian. But, English is popularly spoken in tourist areas.
Power supply: 220 Volts; Frequency: 50 Hz
Water: Tap water is drinkable throughout Croatia.
Working hours: Most shops and department stores are open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Public services and companies usually work from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
Currency: Croatia Kuna
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, post offices and at most tourist agencies, hotels and camping grounds.
Banking hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays banks are open until 1 p.m. In the larger cities some banks are also open on Sundays.
ATMs: These machines are readily available and they can only dispense cash in local currency i.e. Kuna. Most ATMs have the option to transact in English and will accept international cards. ATMs can be found in supermarkets, airports, posts offices, train stations and banks. Note that you need a four-digit pin to operate an ATM in Croatia.
Credit Cards: most shops and restaurants accept credit cards, while most vendors accept cash. Therefore, it is important to ask up front.
Time zone: Croatia is located in the Central European time zone, i.e. six hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Daylight saving time starts at the end of March and lasts till the end of October.
Wi-Fi: Many cities in Croatia have free Wi-Fi, but they are not reliable. However, some hotels and villa have dependable Wi-Fi, but in most cases, you have to purchase it.
Mobile phones: The popular network providers are Tele2, VIP and T-Mobile. You can purchase their SIM card from their respective offices. Phones without a SIM card can use their mobile apps like WhatsApp and Viber to make calls.
Post and Telecommunications: Post Offices are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays until 1 p.m.
Medical care: Medical assistance is available in hospitals providing a 24-hour emergency service.
Travel documentation: Passport or some other internationally recognised identification document. Tourists may remain in Croatia for up to three months.
For more information: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.
Driver’s license in Croatia: According to Croatian law, U.S. citizens visiting Croatia for tourism or business may use a U.S. driver's license for up to three months. U.S. citizens with an approved extended tourist visa or a permit for permanent residence may continue to use a U.S. driver's license for up to twelve months; however, a Croatian driver's license is required for stays longer than twelve months. A driver must be at least 23 years old and have a valid driver's license in order to rent a car.
Visas: Traveling with a valid U.S. or Canadian passport entitles you to a three-month stay in Croatia, a visa is not needed.
Further information on visa and other legal questions can be directed to: Diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Republic of Croatia abroad or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Croatia. Croatia has consular offices in both USA and Canada, for contact information please consult the official web pages: www.mvpei.hr
American Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia: http://zagreb.usembassy.gov/
U.S. Embassy Zagreb
2 Thomas Jefferson Street
Telephone: 385 (1) 661-2200
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 385 (1) 661-2400