Good to know, traffic rules and special features
Travelling to Croatia
German nationals require a (provisional) passport, a (provisional) identity card or a child’s passport to enter as a tourist for up to 3 months.
Travelling to Croatia with children
Travelling to Croatia with pets
Cats and dogs travelling with you need an EU pet passport with, among other things, veterinary certification that the animal has received an anti-rabies vaccination, with the first vaccination at least 30 days prior to arrival in Croatia, and a microchip if the animal was not tattooed before 03.07.2011. Dog breeds listed dangerous in the Ordinance on Dangerous Dogs, such as pit bull terriers or its crossbreeds, are not permitted to enter Croatia. A lead and muzzle are compulsory for the breeds: Dobermann, American Staffordshire terrier, Bull terrier, Rottweiler, Great Dane, German and Belgian shepherds, Japanese mastiff, Akita, Neapolitan mastiff, St. Bernard and all their crossbreeds. For all other breeds a lead is compulsory in public spaces.
The most important traffic regulations for motorhomes and caravans in Croatia
|Urban areas||Non-urban areas||Dual carriageway||Motorway|
|Car and trailer||50||80||80||90|
|Motorhome up to 3.5 t GVW||50||90||110||130|
|Motorhome exceeding 3.5 t GVW||50||80||80||90|
Drink-drive limit in Croatia
This is generally 0.5 ‰. The limit for road users under 25 years of age and drivers of vehicles over 3.5 t is 0 ‰ (caution motorhome drivers).
Driving licence and vehicle registration documents for the holiday in Croatia
To drive a motorhome or car with caravan in Croatia you require your national driving licence and the vehicle registration document Part 1. A green insurance card is also recommended.
Child car safety seats
Children under the age of 2 can only sit in the front seat of the car if they are in a rear-facing seat and the airbag is disabled. Children under the age of 5 must be secured using a restraint system. The use of a safety belt with a booster seat on the rear seat is sufficient for children aged between 5 and 12.
High-visibility vest requirement on Croatian roads
In the case of a breakdown or accident within or outside urban areas, the driver and all the vehicle occupants must wear a high-visibility vest. The police must be informed of every accident, and they should document the event.
Telephoning while driving
You are only allowed to use a telephone with a hands-free set.
Parking in urban areas in Croatia
Parking zones subject to charges are marked throughout the country. Failure to observe a no-parking zone will result in a fine, clamping or towing. Motorhomes or caravan drivers can park in spaces marked with the wheelchair if they possess a blue EU disabled parking permit.
Additional information for caravan and motorhome drivers in Croatia
Petrol stations – opening times and payment
Petrol stations on trunk roads and in large cities are open 24 hours. The majority of the others are open from about 7 am to 8 pm, or 10 pm in summer. You can pay using Croatian currency - the Kuna, by credit card or EC/bank card.
Tolls in Croatia
You must pay a toll to travel on a motorway in Croatia. You can pay this at manned or automatic toll stations either in cash or by credit card or bank card with the Maestro or V PAY symbol.
The toll rate depends
on the length of the route and the vehicle category:
- Category I: - Vehicle (2 axles) up to 3.5 t GVW and below 1.9 m total height
- Category II: - Vehicle (2 axles) up to 3.5 t GVW and over 1.9 m total height - Vehicle (2 axles) up to 3.5 t GVW and below 1.9 m total height with trailer (irrespective of the number of axles)
- Category III: - Vehicle (up to 3 axles) over 3.5 t GVW - Vehicle (2 axles) over 3.5 t GVW with a single-axle trailer
- Vehicle (2 axles) up to 3.5 t GVW and over 1.9 m total height with trailer
(irrespective of the number of axles)
- Category IV: - Vehicle (from 4 axles) over 3.5 t GVW
- Vehicle (2 axles) over 3.5 t GVW with a multiple-axle trailer
- Vehicle (3 axles) over 3.5 t GVW with trailer (irrespective of the number of axles)
In some cases there are also charges for tunnels and bridges.
Main roads – avoiding tolls the attractive way
If you want to avoid a toll road, you can enter this into your navigation system (avoiding toll roads). This will cost you more time but in many cases will take you through beautiful countryside and pretty villages and along the coast so you can always enjoy a sea view.
If you fancy swinging yourself onto your bike, then you will benefit from the cycle path network, which is constantly being expanded. These appealing routes take you through numerous national parks and nature reserves, along the coast and through the mountains on a mountain bike. Wearing a bicycle helmet is compulsory for anyone under the age of 16.
Important addresses and telephone numbers for holidaymakers in Croatia
European emergency number: 112
With this central emergency number, which can be dialled using a landline or a mobile telephone without a dialling code, you will receive assistance from the local police, fire brigade, an emergency doctor or ambulance.