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Prepare your trip* Custom duties are not paid on personal objects. Radios, telephones, sporting and professional equipment may be brought into the country after having been registered at the border crossing Passports or other identification documents recognized by international agreement. Tourists may stay for up to three months. A driving license, traffic license and the relevant insurance documents (except for countries that have other regulations) are necessary for entry into Croatia with a vehicle. Animals (dogs, cats and others) must have permission, the yellow health document and certificate of vaccination, especially vaccination against rabies. Public holidays in 2004: New Year’s Day, January 1st Epiphany - the Coming of the Kings, January 6th Easter, April 11th Easter Monday, April 12th Labor Day, May 1st Antifascism Day, June 22nd National holiday, June 25th National Thanksgiving Day, August 5th Our Lady of Assumption, August 15th All Saint’s Day, November 1st Christmas, December 25th, 26th Working hours Banks and post offices are generally open from 7AM to 7PM without breaks, and public offices from Monday to Friday from 8AM to 4PM. During the tourist season, post offices are generally open until 9PM, including Saturdays. Shops and department stores work from 8AM to 8PM without breaks. Time zone: Croatia is one hour ahead of Greenwich mean time (GMT), 6 hours ahead of New York and Montreal, 9 hours ahead of Los Angeles, 4 hours ahead of Sao Paulo, 2 hours behind Moscow, and 8 hours behind Tokyo. Daylight saving time is observed from late March to late September, during which time the clocks are advanced one hour. Electricity  Electrical current is 220 volts AC, 50 Hz. Most plugs have two round pins. Visitors from abroad, who wish to operate personal small electronic items, should bring a plug adapter and a transformer. Important Phone Numbers: International telephone access code for Croatia is +385. The area codes for the largest cities and their surroundings areas are as follows: Zagreb 01, Split 021, Rijeka 051, and Osijek 034. Omit the 0 when dialing from abroad. To place an outgoing international call from Croatia, dial 00 plus the relevant country code and number. Police 92, fire-brigade 93, ambulance 94, road assistance 987, general information 981, Accommodations The hotel accommodation in Croatia is classified as L (de luxe), A, B, C and D category. There are also tourist apartments, pensions, camps, hostels and private houses and rooms. Prices are dependent on the category and time of the year (out-of-season prices are more affordable). Health services Foreign tourists do not have to pay for medical services if there is a signed health insurance convention between Croatia and their country of origin. Health care costs for tourists from a country that does not have a signed convention with  Croatia are paid directly by the user in accordance with listed prices. Hospitals are in all of the larger cities and clinics in the smaller towns. Pharmacies are open from 8 am to 7 pm weekdays, till 2 pm Saturdays; in larger cities on-duty pharmacies are open 24 hours.

 

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