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State Department: Croatia - Consular Information Sheet, October 7, 1992

Croatia - Consular Information Sheet
October 7, 1992

Embassy Location: The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is located at Andrije Hebranga 2, tel. (38)(41) 444-800.

Country Description: Croatia is a developing nation which was formerly one of the Yugoslav republics. Facilities for tourism are not fully developed.

Entry Requirements: U.S. citizens must have a visa which can be obtained at a port of entry. There is no charge for a business or tourist visa. Croatia has an Office in the United States which is expected to become an Embassy. Additional information can be obtained from the Office of Croatia at 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002, telephone (202) 543-5580 or 543-5608.

Areas of Instability: Sporadic warfare which can become intense continues along the borders with Serbia and Bosnia-Hercegovina, and in U.N. protected areas, certain parts of Slavonia, the Dalmatian hinterland and the southern Adriatic coast. The situation in Zagreb, the area north of Zagreb and the Istrian Peninsula has stabilized. However, the potential for violent incidents exists.

Terrorist Activities: Zagreb has been the setting for numerous terrorist bombings, believed to be in connection with the civil war. On one occasion a large explosive device was detonated near the U.S. consulate, causing damage to the building. Authorities have not ruled out the possibility that the U.S. facility was specifically targeted.

Medical Facilities: Health facilities in Croatia are limited and some medicines are in short supply. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical coverage is not always valid outside the United States. Travelers have found that in some cases, supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage has proved to be useful. Further information on health matters can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control's international Travelers hotline on (404) 332-4559.

Information on Crime: Croatia has a relatively low crime rate. Foreigners do not appear to be singled out; however, displays of wealth increase chances of becoming the victim of a pickpocket or mugger. Such crimes often occur in bus or train stations. Violent crime is rare. The Department of State's pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402. It provides useful information on guarding valuables and protecting personal security while traveling abroad.

Currency Information: Credit cards and traveler's checks are of limited utility.

Other Information: The emergency police number is 92. Response time is generally good, though long waits may occur. Certain areas of Croatia are under the control of militia groups known to be less disciplined than police. Travelers are expected to be courteous and follow instructions, if stopped at a check point.

Registration: American citizens can register at the U.S. Embassy and receive the latest information about specific regions of conflict. However, assistance to U.S. citizens is limited by reduced staffing and unsettled conditions.

No. 92-012

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