State Department: Croatia - Consular Information Sheet, October 7, 1992
Croatia - Consular Information Sheet
Embassy Location: The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is located at Andrije
Hebranga 2, tel. (38)(41) 444-800.
October 7, 1992
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
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
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.