Currency and Banking
The currency in Croatia is the Croatian kuna (Kn). One Euro is equivalent to 7.35 Kn. Money can be easily exchanged at banks and exchange offices, travel agencies, hotels, airports, railway stations, and some post offices. The usual banking hours are Weekdays 9.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.00. Exchange offices are usually open on Saturdays, too.
Automatic Cash Dispensers (ATM)
Automatic cash dispensers accepting Visa, Eurocard/Mastercard, American Express credit cards and Maestro Cirrus debit cards are situated at all main banks, many other places around the country and also at Zagreb Airport.
All major credit cards, such as Visa, Mastercard - Eurocard, Diners, American Express etc. are accepted in most hotels, restaurants and shops.
Taxes and Tipping
If not stated otherwise, VAT (value added tax) is already included in the listed price. It is not neccessary to give tips in Croatia, but small tips for good service are not uncommon.
EYCC 2007 participants are NOT covered by the Croatian Health Insurance Plan and the medical expenses in Croatia may be high. It is therefore highly recommended that participants arrange their own health and accident insurance. During their temporary stay in the Republic of Croatia, insured persons from the EU member states will be able to claim medical services in public health institutions and from private doctors who have concluded a contract with the Health Insurance Institute of Croatia (HIIS) on the basis of the E 111 form with the mark of the country by which the form was issued, and also on the basis of the European health insurance card. In cases of emergency a foreign insured person may also go directly to the emergency service in the nearest hospital. Further (or possibly recently updated) information can be obtained from the health authorities with whom the visitor is insured or from their Ministry of Labour. All other foreign nationals are guaranteed emergency medical assistance; however, they must bear the costs of such services by themselves.
Central European Timezone (CET), i.e. one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1). Please note that Daylight Saving Time is effective during the summer (DST = GMT+2).
Voltage in Croatia is 220V at 50Hz. Electric sockets only accept round-pin plugs. Appliances designed to operate on 110/120V need a voltage converter and a plug adapter.
Tap water is safe and drinkable throughout the country.
The highest daily temperatures in August are between 25° C and 30° C (between 77° F and 86° F). We advise you to check the weather forecast before coming to Croatia. The weather is generally pleasant, but it can be changeable. So a light raincoat or umbrella and warm clothing for the fresh mornings and evenings might be useful.
During the month of August the weather is pleasant on the Adriatic Coast with daily temperatures between 18°C and 29°C, (64°F - 84°F) and the temperature of the sea is around 24°C (75°F).
Phones and Wi-Fi
Public telephones operate on magnetic cards. Magnetic cards are sold at post offices, newspaper kiosks and tobacco shops.
Phone calls within Croatia
To make a long distance phone call or a phone call from/to/between mobile operators you have to dial local area code (including leading zero) first.
International phone calls
International dialing code in Croatia is 00, i.e. to make an international phone call from Croatia you have to dial 00 first.
Country code of Croatia is 385, i.e. to make an international phone call to Croatia you have to dial international dialing code in your country first, then 385, then local area code in Croatia without leading zero and finally local phone number.
Important Phone Numbers
Emergency first aid & fire emergency: 112
Wi-Fi coverage available
WLAN is Croatian public wireless network, compliant to IEEE 802.11b standard, also known as Wi-Fi (SSID = neo). It enables very fast and simple internet or e-mail access for Laptop and PDA users.
Public Transportation in Šibenik
Šibenik has a good bus transportation system payable with cash.