Holidays in Croatia
Note: Citizens of the Republic of Croatia who celebrate different religious holidays have the right not to work on those dates. This includes Christians who celebrate Christmas on January 7 per the Julian calendar, Muslims on the days of Ramadan Bayram and Kurban Bayram, and Jews on the days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks, exchange offices, post offices and at most tourist agencies, hotels and camping grounds. Banking hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays banks are open until 1 p.m. In the larger cities some banks are also open on Sundays.
Electricity: Voltage of city power grid 220V, frequency 50HZ
The telephone code for Croatia is +385.
Time zone: GMT plus one hour in winter and GMT plus two in summer.
Travel documentation: Passport or some other internationally recognised identification document. Tourists may remain in Croatia for up to three months.
Customs regulations of the Republic of Croatia are in line with the standards of European Union to a value of 3.000 euros; up to a value of 15.000 kn for domestic currency. More expensive professional and technical equipment should be Dogs and cats, accompanied by their owner, need to have an International certificate from a registered veterinarian stating that at least 15 days and not more than six months have passed since their vaccination against rabies. Tax refund for goods purchased in Croatia over 500 kuna in value with a validated "Tax cheque" at departure from the country. Information: Republic of Croatia Customs Administration (tel 01 6102 333). Web page for Croatia Custom office: www.carina.hr
Working hours: Shops and department stores are open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., or to 3 p.m. A smaller number of stores close between noon and 4 p.m. Many stores are also open on Sundays, especially in the summer, and a smaller number in the larger cities are open 24 hours a day. Public services and companies usually work from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
Post and Telecommunications: Post Offices are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturdays until 1 p.m. There are Post Offices in the larger cities which are open until 10 p.m. in the summer. Postage stamps are sold in Post Offices and at newsstands. Public telephones can be used only with phone cards, which can be purchased in Post Offices and at newsstands, in hotels and tourist complexes.
Radio news in foreign languages during the tourist season: On Program 2 of Croatian radio, along with the regular news in Croatian, the Croatian Auto Club (HAK) will give traffic reports in English, German and Italian along with nautical news a number of times throughout the day. Other than on Program 2 of Croatian radio, alternating news and traffic reports will be emitted every full hour from the following studios: Program 3 of Bavarian radio, Program 3 of Austrian radio, RAI Uno, British Virgin radio and Chezch radio. Throughout the day nautical news will be emitted in English and Croatian. For more info on Croatia visit www.find-croatia.com
Useful Croatian phrases
A collection of useful phrases in Croatian for almost every occasion.Key to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal.
|Hello||Bok / Ćao / Dobar Dan|
|How are you? |
I'm fine, thanks. And you?
|Kako si? (inf) Kako ste? (frm)|
|Hvala, dobro. A vi?|
|Long time no see||Dugo se nismo vidjeli|
|What's your name? |
My name is ...
|Kako se zoveš? (inf) Kako se zovete? (frm)|
|Zovem se ...|
|Where are you from? |
I'm from ...
|Odakle si? (inf) Odakle ste? (frm)|
|Ja sam iz ...|
|Pleased to meet you||Drago mi je|
|Good morning||Dobro jutro|
|Good afternoon||Dobar dan|
|Good evening||Dobra večer|
|Good night||Laku noć|
|Cheers/Good health!||Živjeli! Uzdravlje!!|
|Have a nice day||Lijep ti dan želim! (inf) Lijep Vam dan želim! (frm)|
|Bon appetit||Dobar tek!|
|Bon voyage||Sretan put!|
|I don't understand||Ne razumijem|
|Please speak more slowly||Možeš li pričati sporije? (inf) |
Možete li pričati sporije? (frm)
|Please write it down||Molim Vas, možete li mi to zapisati?|
|Do you speak Croatian? |
Yes, a little
|Govoriš li hrvatski? (inf) |
Govorite li hrvatski? (frm)
|Da, (nešto) malo govorim hrvatski|
|How do you say ... in Croatian?||Kako se kaže .... na hrvatskom?|
|Excuse me||Oprostite! Ispričavam se!|
|How much is this?||Koliko je to? Koliko košta ovo?|
|Sorry||Žao mi je, Oprostite|
|Thank you |
|Hvala / Hvala lijepa|
|Nema na čemu!|
|Where's the toilet?||Gdje je zahod?|
|This gentleman/lady |
will pay for everything
|Ovaj će gospodin sve platiti (gentleman) |
Ova će gospođa sve platiti (lady)
|Would you like to |
dance with me?
|Bi li htio plesati sa mnom?|
|I love you||Volim te|
|Get well soon||Ozdravi brzo! (inf) Ozdravite brzo! (frm)|
|Leave me alone!||Pustite me na miru!|
|U pomoć! |
|Call the police!||Pozovite policiju!|
|Merry Christmas |
and a Happy New Year
|Čestit Božić! |
Sretna Nova godina!
|Happy Easter||Sretan Uskrs|
|Happy Birthday||Sretan rođendan|