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Croatian Customs

Customs Regulations of the Republic of Croatia are harmonized with the standards of the EU Member States.

The foreign currency cash and cheques, and the cash and cheques in Kuna the passenger can bring in or take out without limitations, however, she/he is obligated to report to the customs officer bringing in or taking out the amounts in the counter value of Euro 10,000.00 or more.

At the import of certain kinds of goods separate rules and limitations are applied, concerning the obligation of possessing certain documentation of authorised bodies, the limitation of amounts and performing special procedures of control at goods import. See information below.

For additional information consult Customs Administration of the Republic of Croatia Tel: 01 6102 333 and Web site: www.carina.hr
Foreign and domestic passengers are exempted from paying customs and tax at import of:
  • Personal luggage, that are considered to be objects for personal use of the passengers during travelling – clothes and cosmetics, cameras and portable devices (radio- CD player, TV, computer etc.) such objects cannot be borrowed to others for usage
  • Objects that are non commercial (considering kind and amount) that are not for resale – smaller household devices whose total value is under KN 300
  • Passenger are exempted from paying customs for the following goods:
    • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
    • One litre of alcoholic beverages
    • 2 litres of liqueurs or dessert or sparkling wines
    • 2 litres of table wine
    • Perfume up to 50 ml
    • 250ml of toilet water
    • Medications and medical products in the amount necessary for personal passenger use (which is proven by the medical documentation)
    • Homeopathic products (one packet)

Passengers younger than 17 year are not exempted from paying customs for tobacco and alcoholic beverages.

Exemptions are not valid for the crew in transportation vehicles, employees at the border and persons residing in the border area.

On the goods from the country with which Croatia closed the Trade Agreement the lower tax rate can be applied if the condition for preferential treatment is fulfilled. In many cases such goods will be exempted from paying customs duty.

Object that do not fulfil the named condition are liable for the payment of customs and taxes.

The taking out of the foreign currency is limited to exclusively Croatian citizens – residents to the value of EUR 3,000.00 in cash, and if a higher amount is being taken out the approval of the Croatian National Bank is necessary. The bringing in of the foreign currency and cheques is not limited. The bringing in or taking out of the domestic currency i.e. Kuna for the residents is limited to the amount of KN 15,000.00, and the bringing in or taking out of a higher amount is subject to the approval of the Croatian National Bank. Also for the residents, as well as for the foreign passenger, the obligation to report to the customs officer every bringing in or taking out of an amount higher than Euro 10,000.00 in the counter value is valid.

Cultural heritage (collection, archaeological artefacts, paintings, sculptures, old books, ethnological treasures etc) can be brought in or taken out only on the basis of the approval of the body in charge of the protection of the cultural heritage (export licence).

MEDICATION: The passengers can for their personal use bring in medication in the amounts necessary for treatment of up to one month and that is based on the medical documentation (medical history and similar) Import or export of drugs is forbidden for the passengers but the medications containing drugs can be brought in or taken out in the amount necessary for the personal use for the period of up to five days and with possession of the appropriate medical documentation.

ANIMALS: Temporary import or export of animals, pets (dogs, cats, birds etc.) for the shorter period of time (touristic travelling, holidays etc.) can be allowed on all border crossings without veterinarian check under the condition that dogs, cats and tamed ferret.

  • carry microchip
  • have passport or veterinarian certificate (issued by the authorised veterinarian of the authorised body)
  • are vaccinated against rabies (into passport or veterinarian certificate must be stated until when the certificate is valid)

Accompanied dogs and cats must have an International Certificate issued by an authorized veterinarian evidencing that at least 15 days, but not more than six months, passed since the vaccination against rabies.

PLANTS: Plants, seed, propagating material, organic fertilisers and plant products by which plant vermin can be brought into Croatia, can be imported only on the border crossings where the border inspection performs the health control. Every shipment must have certificate on the health condition (fitocertificate) issued by the exporting country.

Health control and fitocertificate are not obligatory if the passenger is importing small shipment of vegetable and flower seeds in the original packaging and of the total weight of 100g, i.e. flower bulbs in the original packaging and of the total weight of 3 kg with declaration and origin from the countries of the European Union.

WEAPONS: At the crossing of the state border the passenger must report to the police weapons and ammunition that they are carrying. Over the state border only weapons for which the permit is possessed can be carried. To the foreign passengers the border police issue the Authorisation for carrying and keeping of sports weapons during their stay in the Republic of Croatia.

TEMPORARY IMPORT: Foreign passengers can temporary import the object that is necessary for the purpose of their travel in the Republic of Croatia for purposes of tourism, sport, business meetings etc. The objects must be brought in with the passenger or in the personal luggage and taken out at the latest when the passenger leaves the area of the Republic of Croatia.

Personal car, caravan etc can be temporary imported for the longest period of six months within the period of twelve months, while the floating vessel for entertainment can be imported for the period of eighteen months.

The right for the temporary importation pertains to the transportation vehicles:

  • Registered outside the area of the Republic of Croatia on the name of a foreigner
  • Are owned by y foreigner i.e. the person with the usual residence outside the Republic of Croatia
  • That are used by persons with the usual residence outside the Republic of Croatia

Temporary imported objects and transportation vehicles cannot be given to other persons to be used for other purposes. If temporary imported objects and transportation vehicles are given to other persons to be used for other purposes, it is considered that a customs offence is committed.

EXPORT OF GOODS: In Croatia the export customs duties are not prescribed, so the duties at export are not calculated, which does not mean that the goods are not subjected to the export control (health regulation, endangered species, cultural heritage etc.)

TAX REFUND (REFUND OF VAT) - Foreign citizens that do not have in Croatia permanent or temporary residence can claim refund of tax for the goods purchased in Croatia if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • The value of goods per one invoice is higher than KN 500
  • The seller issued the filled in PDV-P form
  • Buyer – foreign citizen took the goods abroad
  • The purchased goods were given to the customs for control and then the form PDV-P is verified and the date of crossing the border is written in

The foreign citizen must claim the tax within six months from the date when the invoice was issued.

The right to claim the tax does not pertain to the oil derivates.

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