State Department: Croatia - Consular Information Sheet, October 18, 1996
Croatia - Consular Information Sheet
October 18, 1996
Country Description: Croatia is an independent nation,
formerly a constituent republic of Yugoslavia. Facilities for tourism are
fully developed although not always accessible in the unstable areas of the
Entry Requirements: A passport and visa are required.
While the visa can usually be issued at the port of entry, obtaining it in
advance from a Croatian embassy or consulate may prevent complications at
the border. Croatian authorities require foreigners to register with local
police when they first arrive in a new area of the country. This is
usually handled in routine fashion during hotel registration. However,
failure to register is a misdemeanor offense, and some Americans have been
subjected to arrest, short-term imprisonment, and fines. Additional
information on entry requirements may be obtained from the Embassy of
Croatia at 2343 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008,
telephone: (202) 588-5899 or the Croatian Consulate General in New York
City. Overseas, inquiries may be made to the nearest Croatian embassy or
Areas of Instability: In 1995 Croatian government
forces recaptured territory formerly controlled by rebel Serb forces. This
area includes western Slavonia and the Krajina region. While travel there
is possible, considerable risk of bodily harm caused by mines and
unexploded ordinance continues to exist.
The Dayton Peace Accords ended fighting and reduced tension in the
region. The remaining formerly Serb-held area of eastern Slavonia is
currently under United Nations administration. The region will gradually
be reintegrated into Croatia in 1997. Isolated incidents of civil unrest
are not uncommon, and it is not possible to enter the region without prior
authorization from the United Nations.
Medical Facilities: Health facilities in Croatia,
although generally of Western caliber, are under severe strain. Some
medicines are in short supply. Doctors and hospitals may expect immediate
cash payment for health services. U.S. medical coverage is not always
valid outside the United States. Travelers have found that supplemental
medical insurance with specific overseas coverage, including provision for
medical evacuation, has proven to be useful.
Further information on health matters can be obtained from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention's international travelers hotline at
(404) 332-4559, Internet: http://www.cdc.gov.
Crime Information: Croatia has a relatively low crime
rate, and violent crime is rare. Foreigners do not appear to be singled
out; however, as in many cities, displays of wealth increase chances of
becoming the victim of a pickpocket or mugger. Such crimes are more likely
to occur in bus or railroad stations.
The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported
immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Useful information on safeguarding valuables and protecting personal
security while traveling abroad is provided in the Department of State's
pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad". It is available from the Superintendent of
Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.
Currency Information: Credit cards and traveler's
checks are more widely used than previously, but still not accepted
Terrorist Activities: A car bomb exploded in the
coastal city of Rijeka in late 1995, killing the car's driver and injuring
bystanders. News reports attribute the bombing to a militant Islamic
Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws
of the country in which they are traveling. Penalties for possession, use,
or trafficking in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can
expect jail sentences and fines.
Registration and Embassy Location: U.S. citizens are
encouraged to register at the U.S. Embassy and receive updated information
on travel and security within Croatia. The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb is
located at Andrije Hebranga 2, tel. (385) (1) 455-5500
This replaces the Consular Information
Sheet dated January 26, 1996 to update areas of instability, terrorist
activities and the U.S. Embassy's telephone number.