Travel Advisory for the Republic of Croatia
If you are going to visit or live in Croatia, please take the time to tell our Embassy about your trip. If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. Your enrollment will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.
Entry Requirements: Malaysian citizens do not need visa to enter Croatia if they are coming for tourist or business trips of fewer than 90 days within a six-month period.
All foreign citizens must register with the local police within 24 hours of arrival and inform them of any change in their address. If you are staying in a hotel or in accommodations rented through an accommodation company, the hotelier or accommodation company will register you automatically. Failure to register is a misdemeanor offense and one can be fined if not doing so.
Threats To Safety And Security: Although hostilities in all parts of the country ended in 1995, de-mining of areas along former confrontation lines is not complete. It is estimated that de-mining operations will continue until at least 2018. Mine-affected areas are well-marked with Croatian-language warning signs using the international symbol for mines. Be cautious in former conflict areas, including Eastern Slavonia, Brodsko-Posavska County, Karlovac County, areas around Zadar, and in more remote areas of the Plitvice Lakes National Park, and stay on known safe roads and areas. Mine clearance work may lead to the closure of roads in former conflict areas. If you are visiting some remote areas within Croatia near mentioned places please contact the Embassy or nearest local police station for information on mine safety.
Crime: Violent crime is rare. Foreigners do not appear to be singled out by criminals. We advise you to safeguard your belongings in public areas, especially in bus or railroad stations, airports, and gas stations, and on public transportation. As in many countries, outward displays of wealth may increase your chances of being targeted by thieves.
While violent crime is rare, there have been isolated attacks targeting specific persons or property, which may have been racially motivated or prompted by lingering ethnic tensions from Croatia's war for independence. We urge Malaysian citizens to avoid going to so-called "gentlemen's clubs;" a few such establishments have presented foreign customers with grossly inflated bar bills, sometimes in the thousands of ringgits, and threatened those customers who refuse to pay.
Malaysian citizens who wish to watch a football match on stadiums please be aware of the football fanatics especially in Zagreb and Split as they are notorious for their aggressivness and violance. If you happen to know there is football match in town on the same day it is better to avoid areas around stadium.
Medical Facilities And Health Information: In case you have been medically treated at Croatian health care facilities, doctors and hospitals usually expect immediate cash payment for health services and generally will not accept credit cards. Tick-borne encephalitis, a disease preventable with a three-shot vaccination series, is found throughout inland Croatia but is not prevalent along the coast.
Payment: Most of the shops and restaurants in Croatia will accept credit card payment, although coffee bars, sellers at market places and fast food restaurants would prefer chash payment in kuna only. It is a rare anyone will accept payment in euros as it is against the local law.