Zadar Basics

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There are no custom limits between EU member states or tax return. For other non-member states we recommend you to follow info at

Disabled Travellers

Awareness of accessibility issues for people with disabilities is beginning to take shape and some improvements can be seen, but there is still a loooong way to go. At the moment, all public car parks have parking spots for disabled badge holders; most hotels have at least one room adapted for accessibility requirements, and shopping centres have suitable access with facilitated toilets, as do new buildings. In saying that, once you head outdoors you can expect problems on the streets, footpaths and access to most buildings. If you’re planning to visit, we suggest you inquire about your destination in relation to these matters and the majority will endeavour to organise and make your arrival as accessible as possible. You can also seek information from the following: Zadar Tourist Board Information on museums, attractions, accommodation, beaches, transport and public restrooms adapted for people with accessibility requirements, Zadar County Association of People with Disabilities, Zadar Office Information and assistance relating to accessibility requirements, Ulica obitelji Stratico 1, tel./fax: (+385-23) 21 38 85,


The electricity supply is 220V, 50hz, so visitors from the United States will need to use a transformer to run electrical appliances.


There are plenty of exchange offices around Zadar, as well as abundance of ATMs that operate twenty-four hours a day. Many restaurants and bars accept credit cards, but not all, so be sure to have a reasonable amount of cash on you. If you're planning a trip to one of the islands in the area, you should definitely plan ahead and carry the amount of cash you think you'll need for the trip, as finding places that let you put it on plastic could be a problem.

National Holidays

January 1 New Year's Day
January 6 Epiphany
April 16 Easter
April 17 Easter Monday
May 1 International Workers' Day
June 15 Corpus Christi
June 22 Anti-Fascist Resistance Day
June 25 Statehood Day
August 5 Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day
August 15 Feast of the Assumption
October 8 Independence Day
November 1 All Saints' Day
December 25 Christmas
December 26 Saint Stephen's Day


When behind the wheel drivers must always have their driving licence, traffic licence and green card with them. Standard laws apply such as compulsory use of a seat belt and no mobiles except hands-free. Maximum blood alcohol level for drivers over 24 is 0.05 mils. The speed limit in urban areas is 50 km/h unless otherwise marked, 80 km/h on secondary roads and 130 km/h on highways. As they say, leave sooner, drive slower, live longer.


Bearing in mind that Croatia is very much a pavement-café culture in which people tend to socialise outdoors, it does mean that outdoor tables at eating and drinking establishments are more packed than usual. Recent law amendments give cafes the choice in opting for smoking permits or not, yet it is forbidden in all other enclosed public spaces including restaurants where it has never been easy to find a spare seat at even the most popular eateries if you’re prepared to move inside.  


Croatian visa policies are fully compliant with the European Union visa policy and standards. What does that mean? All citizens of states that need visas to enter other EU member states will need a visa to enter Croatia also. Therefore, make sure to visit the Croatian consulate/embassy in your country of origin, before visiting Croatia. In addition, if you are flying to Dubrovnik and wish to visit other cities throughout Croatia, we recommend you obtain a visa for multiple entries because of the border crossing through Bosnia and Herzegovina. If you cross the border without the aforementioned visa, you will not be able to enter Croatia.


Tap water is absolutely safe for drinking.

When things go wrong

Crime figures rank Croatia and the city of Zadar significantly lower than most of Europe. Nevertheless, you should keep your eyes on your belongings at all time. In case of an emergency, Croatia has implemented Europe’s wide Emergency Number (+385) 112 which then transfers you to police, ER or the fire department. Depending on the city district, in case you were involved in an accident or were arrested, you will be taken to the nearest police station. In that case, contact your embassy or consulate. The main building for ER is located in General Hospital in Bože Peričića 5 (L-4) where everything necessary will be done. In case of an car accident call HAK road help 24/7 (+385) 1987, and as for accidents on the sea call (385) 195.

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