Population: 4.29 million
Official language: Croatian
Time zone: Central European Time (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)
Emergency #: 112
Vaccinations required: No
Vaccinations required: No
Croatia is known for its beaches and oceanfront views, stretching 6 278 km along the Balkan Peninsula. It is also home to a sprawling display of classical architecture and history.
The standards for patient care and medical services in Croatia may differ from your home country. Healthcare in Croatia is publicly owned and centrally operated; the state owns the hospitals and the county governments own the medical centres. There is also an emerging private sector, with private Polyclinics becoming increasingly popular. These clinics are linked to hospitals and provide specialist consultations, diagnostic and rehabilitation services.
Healthcare in Croatia generally meets international standards, with well-stocked and functional hospitals located in all major cities and towns within the country. Rural regions have adequate access to healthcare, with medical centres in every municipality providing both health and dental care. Doctors and nurses in Croatia are generally trained to an international standard.
In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Croatia typically require upfront payment in cash regardless if you have travel health insurance. For complex emergencies, evacuation to Western Europe may be required. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Croatia.
Croatia generally has a pharmacy in every town. Prescriptions for medications must be obtained from a doctor and prescription drugs cannot be purchased without one. Pharmacists are trained and licensed and service is usually quick.
If you are travelling with medication, check with Croatia's embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.
Roads in Croatia are generally well maintained, although minor roads may be unlit at night. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers at all times and a reflective vest must be kept in the vehicle in case of an emergency. Cycling in Croatia is popular for locals and tourists, but caution should be taken and helmets are required by law for riders under 16 years of age.
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IAMAT-affiliated doctors are available in Croatia.