Foreign travel advice and safety!

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

These tips are primarily intended for the citizens of United Kingdom, but everyone should be aware of risks and security when traveling. Some of these safety travel advice may be outdated so keep in mind that the following article is for information purposes only. At the bottom of this article, we'll post the most important telephone numbers and news.


Fire plane in Croatia flying over pine trees
You really don't want to see this fire plane up close

Safety travel advice by GOV.UK about Croatia: 


Crime Crime levels are low and violent crime is rare. Some tourists have been the victims of overcharging in so-called ‘Gentlemen’s Clubs’, sometimes amounting to thousands of Euros. Victims can be threatened with violence if they refuse to pay. Take care in busy tourist areas, where pickpockets are known to operate. Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Don’t leave valuables unattended, particularly on the beach. Use a hotel safe if possible. Report all incidents of crime to the local police station and get a police report. Police station's telephone numbers and addresses can be found inside our mobile app All in Makarska Riviera, Android and iOS users can download it for free!

Local Travel

If you are hiking in the mountains seek expert advice from local guides, however tame the mountain might seem to you. The weather in the Croatian mountains can change quickly, even in summer and temperatures can get very low overnight. There have been reports of hikers getting lost in the mountains when they have gone out alone and left marked paths. If you do find yourself in trouble inform the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service Hotline on 091 721 0011.

Road travel

You don’t need a Green Card to drive in Croatia, but if you are driving to or through Bosnia and Herzegovina, including the 20 km strip of coastline at Neum on the Dalmatian coastal highway, make sure that you have a Green Card that includes cover for Bosnia and Herzegovina. You can’t buy insurance for Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Neum border crossing. It is illegal to drive with more than 0.05% of alcohol in the blood system. You must drive with dipped headlights from the last weekend in October until last weekend in March, even during the daytime. You must not use a mobile phone whilst driving.

It’s obligatory to carry a fluorescent vest in your car whilst driving in Croatia. You must keep the vest in the car and not in the boot. You should wear the vest while attending to a breakdown. All passengers must wear seat belts and special seats are required for infants. Children under the age of 12 may not sit in the front seat.

Sea travel There is zero tolerance on alcohol consumption if you are in charge of a yacht or boat. The penalties for being caught drunk in charge of a boat are heavy. Yacht/boat skippers have been arrested for entering a non-designated entry port  without informing the authorities. If you are sailing to Croatia enter only at a designated port/harbor. If this is not possible, contact the local harbor master or the police before entering. The Croatian Government requires all skippers to have an International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

Health

If you’re visiting Croatia you should get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). The EHIC isn’t a substitute for medical and travel insurance, but it entitles you to state provided medical treatment that may become necessary during your trip. Any treatment provided is on the same terms as Croatian nationals. Health center's telephone numbers and addresses can be found inside our mobile app All in Makarska Riviera, and Android and iOS users can download it for free!