Last update 18 March 2020Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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Republic of Croatia
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria
Veleposlanstvo republike Bugarske
Address:10 000 Zagreb, ulica „Vladimira Nazоra“ 39
Consuler Service: 10.00 - 13.00
Telephone: +385 1 46 46 609, +385 1 46 46 631, 385 1 46 46 640
Fax: +385 1 46 46 625
Out-of-hours hotline: +385 984 69 808
E-mail: [email protected]
Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Sofia
Address: 1504 Sofia, 15 “Oborishte” str.
Telephone: +359 2 8611 211, +359 2 8611 212, +359 2 943 32 25
Fax: +359 2 946 13 55
Opening hours: 09.00 - 17.00 h
E-mail: [email protected]
Croatian Kuna (HRK)
Crime and security
There are no restrictions on travel to Croatia, but in areas where until 1995 there was war, the danger of mines remains. This is particularly relevant for the old front lines. The following areas are affected:
- Eastern Slavonia (from 30 to 50 km before the border with Serbia and the Hungarian border, especially around the towns of Vukovar and Vinkovci);
- Western Slavonia (Daruvar area, Pakrats, Virovititsa);
- The western and south-western border area with Bosnia and Herzegovina (places south of Sisak and Karlovac, east of Ogulin, Otocac, Gospic, east of Zadar and between Senj and Split, and in the mountains southeast of Dubrovnik).
More information about the danger of mines can be obtained at the website of the Croatian Demining Centre HERE.
The majority of crimes are thefts of money, documents, items, etc. - especially when travelling by train.
In case of theft or loss of Bulgarian identity documents immediately notify local police authorities for the event and obtain the relevant protocol, then you should contact the Bulgarian Embassy in Zagreb to issue a temporary passport.
It is not recommended to visit the so-called night clubs (gentlemen clubs), since the bills may reach up to thousands of Euros. There have been instances of harassment and threats of physical violence in case a visitor refuses to pay such bills.
Foreigners may enter into employment in Croatia, if they fulfil the general conditions prescribed by law, the collective labour agreement and general regulations, and if they have approval for permanent housing, respectively, for temporary residence, provided they obtain a work permit.
A foreigner can start work in the Republic of Croatia, provided that he has a work or business permit, but cannot start work without a residence permit for work.
The issue of a work permit is dependent on the employer’s compliance with labour laws and employment, and social security.
Only work for which permission was granted can be performed. The employer may contract a foreigner to work for a period not exceeding one year.
A business permit gives its holder the right to make business in the country, but it does not bring right of residence. This means that the foreigner, after receiving the business permit, must apply for a temporary residence permit. A business permit shall be issued only if will contribute to increasing economic activity in Croatia.
The laws of the country require foreign citizens travelling to Croatia or transiting to declare their foreign currency in excess of EUR 10,000 separately for each foreigner when entering the country. (Croatian customs authorities require that each traveller carry only their money, a single traveller cannot carry the money of other travellers.)
For this purpose, Bulgarian citizens entering the territory of Croatia should require from customs officers customs declaration forms to fill in the amount of currency exceeding EUR 10,000 (ten thousand Euros) or its equivalent in another currency for each person individually.
Permitted quantities of goods (duty-free):
- 10 kg. of meat, meat and dairy products, honey;
- 20 kg. of fish, seafood, fish products;
- 1 litre of spirits;
- 2 litres of liquor or dessert, or sparkling wine;
- 2 litres of table wine;
- 200 cigarettes;
- 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos;
- 250 grams of tobacco;
- 50 ml. of perfume and 250 ml. of eau-de-cologne;
- Items totalling to 1000 kunas;
- Computer, Radio, TV, photo camera, video camera (not allowed to be used by third parties);
- Drugs, medicines - only for personal use and provided with the recipes;
- Homeopathic remedies - just one package.
The import of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances is banned.
Customs officers not always provide tourists with customs declarations for completion, saying this is not necessary. In the absence of a completed customs declaration for goods carried or funds in foreign currency subject to declaration when leaving the territory of the country may lead to their confiscation by the customs authorities after a mandatory inspection on exit. Additionally, fines ranging from 2,000 to 20,000 Croatian kunas may also be imposed.
Mobile customs groups were established in the Republic of Croatia which can also stop travellers for checks inside the country.
It should be noted that declaration at the border between Bulgaria and Serbia is not recognised by the customs authorities of Croatia and will be required again by Customs Officers at border checkpoints between Serbia and Croatia. (A completed Serbian customs declaration is not recognised.)
Bulgarian driving licenses are recognised.
Toll charges are payable in Croatian kunas.
Traffic rules should be strictly observed.
From 08.01.2004, in Croatia has introduced compulsory use of seat belts, including for passengers on rear seats, dipped during daytime and 0 (zero) alcohol when travelling by vehicle. Drivers are required to possess reflective vests.
Accommodation at parking spaces and stops along highways is prohibited, if there is no motel or camping.
Traffic police officers may move in police cars without identification marks.
Fines are high and start from 50 Euros upwards.
In case of a traffic accident, drivers of the injured car when leaving the territory of Croatia should carry the damage assessment protocol issued by the police.
The road from Belgrade to Nis in Serbia passes through a gorge with a narrow road, with a limited width of tunnels, which requires buses and trucks to wait for each other when passing by. There is high danger of falling stones and poor visibility. You should drive with caution, preferably in daylight.
The epidemiological situation in Croatia does not differ from that in Bulgaria.
The climate in the interior of Croatia is continental, in mountains - mountain climate, and along the Adriatic - Mediterranean (with a little colder winters and warmer summers). With an average of 2,600 hours of sunshine annually, the Adriatic coast is one of the sunniest in the Mediterranean and sea temperature in summer is 25ºC to 27ºC.
Travel papers and visas
Bulgarian citizens may enter, transit and stay in the Republic of Croatia with valid identity cards or passports without visas for a total period of up to 90 days for a period of six months from the date of first entry, which allows multiple entries in the country during this six-month period, and the total time of residence must not exceed 90 days.
Visa-free entry does not apply to tourist travel, guest visits, short term business and private visits, etc. performed in the above period.
For long-term residence, which is related to professional activities - training, specialisation, work, etc. the so-called “Long-term residence permit” is required, which is to be obtained from the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Sofia.
Specifics of border and internal control
After the accession of the Republic of Bulgaria into the EU on 1 January 2007, Bulgarian citizens can enter, leave and reside in the Republic of Croatia with a valid passport or valid Bulgarian ID card.
When travelling by car owned by a third person, the driving Bulgarian citizen must carry a notarized power of attorney with a certified translation into English or Croatian language.
When you visiting or transiting through the territory of Croatia, Bulgarian citizens must have a travel and medical insurance to cover costs that might arise during their stay in the country, but for not less than EUR 30,000. In the absence of such insurance, any medical costs are to be paid by Bulgarian citizens.
When entering the Republic of Croatia, Bulgarian citizen should be able to prove on inspection that they have enough money to move or stay in the country - the minimum amount of money for one day is 50 Euros, and a minimum of 300 Euros is required if travelling by car, as this may be necessary for “Towing” in case of an emergency.
In case of transit trips, Croatian border authorities shall ensure that travellers have visas for the next countries of travel, if required, and may request from them to confirm the purpose of their trip by presenting an official invitation to visit or make business, in cases of private or business trips, a valid hotel reservation in case of tourism, medical insurance, certificate of legal residence in the country of final destination, sufficient means of subsistence for the duration of residence and return to the country of origin for all categories of travellers (the minimum amount of money required for one day is 50 Euros).
In case of a private trip to Croatia, border authorities may request from Bulgarian citizens to present an original invitation from a Croatian citizen, certified by the municipality of residence, or hotel reservations.
In case of business travel, they may require an invitation from the Croatian business partner certified in the Chamber of Commerce.
In case of short-term business visits, it is advisable to travel with an exact purpose and already established contacts - exchanged correspondence, letter of invitation, etc.
Public institutions urgently require strict compliance with domestic laws and administrative provisions by foreign nationals with temporary and/or permanent residence, and effective control systems have been established for this purpose. Croatian law does not permit change of the purpose of residence. When a tourist or private visit has been declared and registered, education, specialisation or work is not allowed.
From the moment of arrival at the place of short-term stay, the foreigner is obliged within 48 hours to register the address at the local police department. When using the services of a tourist organisation, hotel accommodation or accommodation in private rentals, this is the responsibility of the tourist organisation, hotel or landlord. The latter must make his address registration with the police within 12 hours of accommodation.
Anyone failing to provide address registration is liable to detention of up to 30 days or a penalty charge.
Sometimes local citizens who provide rooms for rent keep the personal documents of foreigners for various reasons, excusing this with the need for registration. This is unjust and arbitrary action. Bulgarian citizens should require to obtain their personal documents back after their address registration has been completed.
Bulgarian citizens should require detailed information on rules, methods and legality of the import or transfer of currency, goods and property in the territory of Croatia from the customs officials of the Republic of Croatia at border checkpoints, or in advance from the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Sofia, as well as information on any other matters relating to Croatian legislation.
Travel for children
Pursuant to Art. 8 of the Foreigners Act of the Republic of Croatia, travelling minors under 18 without parents or with only one parent are required to have a notarised permission to travel. This document must be provided with a certified translation in Croatian or English.
Do not sign documents whose contents you do not understand!
If a problem occurs, immediately ask for or seek connection with the Bulgarian Embassy in Zagreb on the above address and telephone numbers.
The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria cannot be held responsible for any changes in the legislation of the Republic of Croatia that have not been reported herein.
Time differences - summer: -1 hour; winter: - 1 hour.
Legalisation and Certification
Croatiais a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (1961).
To be valid in the Republic of Bulgaria and to serve before Bulgarian institutions, all documents of Bulgarian citizens issued by the Croatian authorities should be provided with an Apostille by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia. The same applies for documents issued in Bulgaria to serve before the Croatian authorities.
Thus processed, documents must be translated into Bulgarian by an authorised translation agency in Bulgaria, and such translation must be certified by the “Legalisation and Certification” Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Bulgarian identity documents
The Consular Office at the Embassy in Zagreb is accepting applications for the issuance of identity cards, driving licenses and temporary passports only.