Country:

Croatia

Capital:

Zagreb

Official language:

Croatian

Territory:

56 594 km²

Population:

4 246 809 (2014 )

Time:

UTC/GMT +1 hour.

Holidays and public holidays:

January 1 - New Year

January 6 - Epiphany

March-April - Easter and Easter Monday

May 1 - International Labour Day

June 22 - Day of the antifascist struggle

June 25 - Day of Power

5 August - Victory Day and homeland gratitude

August 15 - Assumption

October 8 - Independence Day

November 1 - All Saints Day

December 25-26 - Christmas Day, St Stephen's Day

Currency:

Croatian kuna

Climate:

A continental climate prevails in Northern Croatia, Central Croatia is mountainous, coastal area - Mediterranean.

Connections with the Republic of Kazakhstan:

Air communication: via Moscow, Istanbul, Frankfurt am Main, Amsterdam and several other cities.

Requirements for entry, stay and transit:

Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan are required to have Croatian visa or Schengen visa to enter the territory of Croatia.

If you want to enter the territory of Croatia on the basis of Schengen visa and return back to the territory of the Schengen area (Austria, Germany, Slovenia, etc), You must have a double or multiple entry Schengen visa.

Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan may enter the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the basis of a Bosnian visa. You should contact the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Moscow.

Citizens of the Republic of Kazakhstan may enter the territory of Montenegro on the basis of a Montenegrin visa. You can apply for a visa at the Embassy of Montenegro in Moscow or Embassy of Bulgaria in Astana.

Source: http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

Validity of passport must exceed validity of the visa by at least three months.

Source: http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS OF CROATIA

Import of the following goods permitted for personal use (duty-free):

200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250 grams of smoking tobacco

1 liter of spirits

1 liter of liqueur or dessert or sparkling wines

50 oz. spirits

250 ml. toilet water

Import of currency for personal use:

If imported or exported currency exceeds the sum of EUR 10 000 or its equivalent in another currency, it is subject to a written declaration.

Source: http://croatia.hr/en-GB/Journey-through-Croatia/Useful-information

Source: http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/HR-Croatia-customs-currency-airport-tax-regulations-details.htm

Import prohibited:

- Firearms, explosives and ammunition;

- Antiques;

- Drugs;

- Objects, damaging the ozone layer.

Export prohibited:

- Objects of cultural and historical value (only possible with a permit issued by the State Administration for the Protection of Cultural and Natural Heritage);

- Wild animal skins;

- Drugs, weapons and ammunition (permit required).

Source: http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/HR-Croatia-customs-currency-airport-tax-regulations-details.htm

Import of animals:

Animals must have a passport or a certificate and a pet microchip and have to be vaccinated against rabies.

Source: http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/HR-Croatia-customs-currency-airport-tax-regulations-details.htm

Certain plants require certificates

Source: http://www.ec.europa.eu/food/plant/plant_health_biosecurity

Domestic animals must have valid certificates.

Source: http://www.iatatravelcentre.com/HR-Croatia-customs-currency-airport-tax-regulations-details.htm

Traveller Security Issues:

In terms of terrorist threats Croatia belongs to the group of safest countries in Europe.

The crime rate in Croatia is not high.

Croatian Police effectively copes with the tasks it is entrusted with.

Getting around Croatia is free, except places of deployment of military units and military facilities, border zones adjacent to checkpoint areas.

If arrested by law enforcement, it is recommended to request a lawyer and an interpreter (if necessary), and to contact consul of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Road traffic:

For traveling in Croatia by car, you must have a:

- driver's license;

- registration card for the car;

- insurance certificate.

It is necessary to strictly observe traffic regulations, pay attention to speed limits, avoid overly emotional reaction and any gestures towards other drivers.

Always use safety belts, children - special seats.

Using a mobile phone by the driver while driving a car is not allowed.

The following types of gasoline are sold at the gas stations:

- "Eurosuper-95";

- "Eurosuper 98";

- "Eurosuper 100".

and diesel:

- "Eurodiesel";

- "Eurodiesel Maxpower" or "Eurodiesel BS Class."

The average cost of parking-place per the hour depends on the parking zone.

Improperly parked car can be forcibly evacuated with imposition of a fine and cost of evacuation services.

Some motorways are paid. The fare depends on the length of the section.

In order to travel in Croatia by car, you must have an insurance policy.

You can use the national driving license.

Car insurance services are provided by a number of commercial companies.

The rental cars can found at airports, hotels, tourist centers, and rental locations.

In the case of a traffic accident, you must call the traffic police, remain in place until their arrival, even if the damage to the vehicle, to other objects or persons is minimal.

You should also record all necessary data (including insurance) of another participant of the accident.

Local laws and customs:

Croatian culture is an integral part of Western culture.

An administrative offense may lead to expulsion from the country.

Forced expulsion from the country closes the opportunity for their new entry into the country for a period of 3 months to 5 years.

Rights of the former spouses in respect of minor children after the divorce is usually resolved in court.

Citizens of Kazakhstan cannot legally purchase property in Croatia.

Health:

In the winter time there are outbreaks of acute colds.

The public and private medical practices are both available. Vaccination of the population is based on the requirements of the WHO.

Special vaccinations for travelling to Croatia are not required.

Services in public health institutions are carried out on the basis of compulsory medical insurance.

Foreign nationals are required to have a medical insurance policy.

Emergency medical care is provided around the clock.

Veterinary care can be provided by specialized veterinary hospitals, both public and private.

Additional Information:

Issuance of business and work permits to foreign citizens is the responsibility of the Ministry of Interior and is carried out on employers' request, in strict observance of the principle of quotas.

Violation may lead to serious punishment: foreigners - up to expulsion from the country, employers - from substantial fines to imprisonment.

Police - 192.

Fire - 193.

Ambulance - 194.

The international dialing code of Croatia - 385.

The banks accept all major credit cards.

Refunding value added tax (PDV), paid when buying goods worth more than HRK 740, to foreign citizens of is carried out when leaving the country if there is a tax-free receipt.

The foreign currency can be exchanged in banks, exchange offices, post offices, hotels, shopping malls, travel agencies.

The electrical supply voltage - 220 V, 50 Hz. Outlets are of European type.

Distance from the city center to the train station - about 2 km (can be reached by bus or tram), bus station - 3 km (bus, tram), the airport - 15 km.