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All about customs control in Croatia

Since Croatia joined the EU, customs regulations have changed and you can now enter the territory with specific products, as well as foreign currency. For a tourist visit that won't exceed 90 days, a valid passport or EU identity card is sufficient.

Before you go

If your stay won't exceed 90 days, a valid passport or identity card is sufficient for a trip to Croatia.

Regarding minors, they must have their own valid passport, identity card or be included in the passport of their accompanying parent or legal guardian. Note: For minors who have a different surname from that of their legal representative (parent or guardian), it's advisable to take along a translated copy of their birth certificate.

Minors travelling alone without a legal representative, will need to carry a specific certificate, translated into Croatian by an official translator. Check with the Croatian Embassy before leaving.

For pets, each animal must have a pet passport or International Health Certificate . Visitors are allowed to take 5 animals into the country. Customs are responsible for enforcing the Washington Convention with regards to monitoring protected species.

A market in Croatia

What products can I take to Croatia?

To enter Croatia, you must submit an official veterinary control certificate for all meat and dairy products as well any other products of animal origin. There is an official inspector at each customs post.

Here's a list of authorised products and quantities: Wine and alcohol - 5l/passenger except beer 15l/passenger, coffee - 1kg/passenger, perfume - 50ml/passenger, eau de toilette - 250 ml/passenger, tobacco - 200 cigarillos or 100 cigars or 200 cigarettes or 1 kg of loose tobacco/passenger.

Regarding cash, it's possible to import and export the local currency for free, on the condition that amounts over 40,000 Kuna must be declared at customs.

If you purchase any high-tech equipment during your holiday in Croatia , you can request that Croatian VAT be refunded. To do so, you'll need to produce the product's receipt and ask customs to validate it alongside the Porezni CEK form that you should obtain and complete in advance.

Getting through customs without a glitch.

Do not buy counterfeit products - they can be health hazards and you'll be financing criminal networks. From a legal point of view, counterfeit goods are strictly prohibited, which means that it's forbidden to enter the UK with any such products. If such items are seized, you may well be fined the value of the goods, based on the retail price of their authentic equivalents. To avoid counterfeits, be careful when shopping. Check the quality, beware of low prices or dodgy labelling, avoid anything that appears to be poor quality or wrapped in poor quality packaging. A honest seller must provide you with terms of sale, a receipt, a user guide...

And no drugs! All drugs are prohibited. Travelling with or transporting drugs could lead to heavy penalties. For weapons and works of art, find out precisely what you need to do before leaving.

Gaëtan MOLENE
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Updated 8 April 2016

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