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 Croatia - Formalities


Update August 2017: On August 4th, 2017, the Croatian Government adopted new regulations on sojourn tax in the tourism sector in 2018. Compared with this year, anyone looking to sail in Croatia next summer is facing new tax prices increased by up to a staggering 753%. See further details under Fees below and this news item.

Update January 2016: Due to the current situation with regard to the number of migrants and refugees attempting to enter Europe, a number of Schengen Area countries have re-introduced border controls. Therefore, it is advisable that cruisers now check with the official authorities when entering or leaving a country.

While at sea it is also advisable that any sightings of refugee/migrant boats be immediately reported to the appropriate Coast Guard via VHF. This is especially important if it is necessary to rescue any whose life is in danger.

Croatian Authorities are reported to be very strict and "by the book". Failure to comply with the correct procedures can result in hefty fines (see comments from cruisers at bottom of page and this noonsite report).

On arrival in Croatian waters, the yacht must make its way to the nearest official Port of Entry* and clear in immediately even if this is at night. In some ports the officials might come to come to the yacht for clearance. In marinas, the staff will call the relevant officials.

If necessary the skipper should go ashore and report to the police for passport control, as well as Customs and Harbour Master. The crew must remain on board until formalities are complete.

Note that if the yacht has an operational AIS, its movements will be tracked and the time of your arrival at a port recorded. So do not wait to clear in.

Skippers are required to obtain a cruising permit (vignette) and pay the fee for safe navigation, marine information chart and light fee, and a one-off payment for the sojourn tax. This can all be done at the same time at the port authority or branch office of the port authority. See Fees below for more details.

For further information on the cruising permit and other paperwork expected by Croatian officials, see Documents below.

It is necessary to list (together with passport information etc.) everyone who is either on the yacht are entry or who plan to join it while in Croatian waters.  See for the full details for foreign yacht regulations.

However, it is possible to amend the list of people on board after you have entered the country. Take the passports of your new visitors to the nearest Harbour Master's Office, make a new crew list, and amend the list that accompanies the cruising permit. The procedure is free of charge.

The yacht will not be allowed to carry persons who are not mentioned on the official list, and any yacht found to be in breach of this will be considered to be undertaking illegal chartering.

Boats leaving Croatia must obtain clearance from the Harbour Master at a port of entry. The vessel must leave Croatian territorial waters immediately and by the shortest route.

For information of the latest tariffs, call Croatia's principal port Authority, Pula Tel: +385 52 22 037.

Last updated August 2017.


Croatia is not yet part of the Schengen Area Agreement.

Citizens of the EU or the EEA and their family members, as well as nationals of many other countries do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days in any 180 day period.

Citizens who hold a Schengen residence permit, a Schengen uniform visas (C- two or multiple entries) or a long-stay visa (D) do not require a visa to visit Croatia.

Details of current visa regulations can be obtained on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, If a visa is required, it is advisable to obtain it in advance, preferable from your home country.

Last updated April 2017.

Immigration Department
Contact to apply for a visa or for queries.


The Customs regulations for Croatia are now the same as other  EU member states as it is part of the EU Customs Union.

Note: This means that non-EU yachts may now only stay in the country for 18 months before import tax/VAT is payable.

Firearms must be declared on arrival and will be sealed and checked again when leaving. All details of the firearms must be entered on the cruising permit.

Arriving boats must report goods purchased outside the EU which are carried on board, and which exceed the quantity or value prescribed for relief from customs duty.  Customs officers have the right to conduct random and periodic checks of the vessel with respect to the status of the vessel or goods on board.

Foreign citizens spending more than 500 kuna are entitled to a VAT refund by handing to the Customs authorities the PDV-P form on departure from Croatia.

Boats Berthed in Coratia Prior to 2013

Boats which were berthed in Croatia before it joined the EU may now be forced to pay a significant fee (possibly in cash and without a receipt) before they can be re-launched and leave the country. See Yachting Monthly article

Unusual for EU countries, Croatian Customs require EU boat owners to produce evidence of a boat's VAT paid status. Despite the fact that a VAT invoice is also evidence of the boat’s status for Customs purposes, some Croatian Customs officers are insisting that boat owners have a T2L in addition to any VAT paperwork. A T2L document is not normally issued to boats sold new within the EU, just to those imported. Marinas and shipping agents inspecting paperwork have been demanding a T2L for pleasure craft that will never have been issued with a T2L because they are of EU origin. A notice issued by Croatian Customs acknowledges that documents other than a T2L are acceptable to prove community status (e.g. a VAT invoice), although not all Croatian Customs officers understand this.

Last updated April 2017.

Republic of Croatia Customs Offices
Alexander von Humboldt 4a, 10 000 Zagreb
Tel:+385 (0)1 6102 333 / 01 6211 300 / 0800 1222 Fax:+385 (0)1 6211-011 / (0)1 6211-012


Diving Emergencies: There are some 200 doctors in Croatia trained in diving medicine and skilled to deal with diving emergencies. Most of them live and work along the coast and on the islands of the Croatian Adriatic. They can be reached dialing "94", the unique phone number for medical emergencies in Croatia. Dialing this number you will reach the nearest urgent medicine facility in the area, and get an advice or help.


See the above Customs section for the difficulties that might be encountered regarding a boat's VAT paid status. U.K. boats can obtain a T2L form by applying the the RYA at

Cruising Permit

A cruising permit is issued on arrival at the port of entry in the form of a licence disc or sticker and must be displayed prominently on the yacht. A counterfoil of the licence will be affixed to the crew list after it has been approved by the Harbourmaster.

The permit lasts for the calendar year and covers any number of exits and entries, but must be stamped at each major port by the Harbour Master and Customs. The permit allows a yacht to cruise along the entire coast including the islands, except for certain prohibited areas.

When obtaining your cruising permit on entry into Croatia, you must complete a crew list, crew changes are possible, but all the  different individuals that may be on board the boat during the validity of the one year permit should be listed. It is possible for this list to be amended, but such amendments must be endorsed at a Harbour Master's office. Children under 12 are not included.

It is not possible for a boat to have more than one cruising permit in a 12 month period.

Be sure to organise renewal of the cruising permit in advance of the expiry date as fines for not having a valid permit are high.

Certificate of Competence

Even though it may not be required by the cruiser's flag state, Croatian officials still expect to see a certificate of sailing competency.
Read this American's Experience for further details.
Also this Noonsite report and the Noonsite/European page with information on the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) if you need to obtain one.

See this Croatian Government website for a useful list of recognised certificates issued by other countries.

Other Documents

3rd party insurance, proof of ownership or permission to use the craft, and, if an EU registered boat, evidence of its VAT status, are required (see details above).

The full regulations can be found at As there have been a number of updates, you need to look at several documents before you have all the information.

Last updated April 2017.


Overtime may be charged after 15:00, at weekends and on public holidays (although not always).

Cruising Permit (vignette)
There is a set of fees for the cruising permit (vignette) which must be paid in local currency on arrival. It consits of:
- a navigation security fee based on LOA: see for the current rates. The fee varies from 525 to 1750 KN; for each subsequent arrival, it will be reduced by 10% up to a maximum of 50%.
- light dues: 4.90 USD/m of length
- maritime information chart fee (amount unknown); and
- an administrative tax of 40 kn.

For a 13.11m boat in 2015, a 12 month cruising permit cost 867 Kuna (approx. £90.00).

The Sojourn Tax
This is a tax payable to the tourist boards covering all persons sleeping on the vessel and was introduced in March 2010. This is a one-off payment based on the length of the vessel and the length of the stay of persons onboard. The Sojourn Tax is due to increase significantly in 2018. For more information see this news report by Total Croatia News.

All fees can be made to the Port Authority.

Anchorage Fees
If asked to pay an anchorage fee, check that the person requesting it presents a special card which contains the name of the concession provider and the concession holder or the port authority, the card number, and the name of the authorised person. If in doubt, contact the Harbour office. On request, a verified price list of dues charged for mooring should be shown. This fee also includes the collection of dry waste from the vessel.

If the anchorage is not on the list where a fee is payable, then officially, anchoring should be free. See offical list at

National Park Fees

There is a daily charge in all National Park areas (see Restrictions below). These significantly increased in 2018 (for example; 100 Euros for a 45 ft boat in Mljet, Lastovo).

Last updated:  June 2018


Charter: All foreign charter yachts are obliged to register with Croatian Shipping Register. For more details,

Areas prohibited to yachts are listed on the cruising permit or will be specified on arrival at the port of entry. It is strictly forbidden to photograph any restricted areas or military installations i.e. parts of the naval ports of Pula, Sibenik, Split (Lora) and Ploce (Bazine).

The following are prohibited or protected areas: Navigation is prohibited around Brijuni Island, delimited by the following lines:

Zone I

  1. Rt Barbaren - RT Kadulja
  2. Rt Kadulja - Isle of Supiniæ

Isle of Supiniæ - Position A (longitude: 44 52,6'N latitude: 13 42.2'E)

  1. Position A - Position B: (longitude: 44 52.6'N, latitude: 13 45.1'E)
  2. Position B - Position C: (longitude: 44 53.2'N, latitude: 13 46.0'E)
  3. Position C - Rt Kamnik

Zone II

The SE part of the Brijuni Island within the line connecting Rt Kavran and Rt Kozlac.

Other Restrictions
Navigation is prohibited in Limski Canal on the western coast of Istria because of a shellfish farm.

Navigation is prohibited in several bays because of fish farms located in them. They are listed in pilot books and are marked by buoys or signs onshore.

The following activities are prohibited in the interest of safety to swimmers or navigation generally: swimming, windsurfing or waterskiing in ports.

Boats must keep at a distance of at least 150 ft (50 m) from marked bathing areas, or sail at least 300 ft (100 m) offshore.

National Parks
The protected area in the Kornati National Park extends from Prolaz Proversa Vela (south of the island Dugi Otok) to the southern point of Kornat Island.

All activities that may pollute the sea are strictly prohibited and all garbage must be deposited in the bins provided. No fauna or flora must be distrubed or damaged.

A permit must be obtained for fishing or scuba diving. Spear fishing is not permitted.

A list of permitted overnight anchorages can be obtained when purchasing the entrance ticket.

There is a daily charge for entering the park.

Scuba Diving

You may only scuba dive in Croatia if you have a permit issued by the Croatian Scuba Diving Federation. This is valid for one year and is issued to divers with valid certification. The permit costs 100 kunas for organised group diving through a centre. Unsupervised diving permits can be purchased via the harbour masters office at a cost of 2400 kunas a year. Areas requiring a special permit are Kornati, Mlijet and Telascica, issued by the park authorities. There are also a number of areas where you can only dive under the supervision of a licensed diving centre. Consult the Croatian Diving Union website for latest info.


Dogs and cats need a veterinary certificate showing that the animal has been vaccinated against rabies between 15 days and six months previously. All animals need a general health certificate and to be free of parasites and to have had all necessary vaccinations. More information from or download forms from

Pets (dogs, cats and animals from the marten family) accompanied by the owner travelling through Croatia or staying temporarily shall, pior to entering the country, be marked by a microchip or a clearly visible tattoo number that shall be entered in the international certificate issued according to the applicable laws of the Republic of Croatia. The first rabies vaccination given within 3 months shall be given not less than 6 months and not more than one year before. Subsequent (booster) vaccinations shall be given not later than one year before travelling. Import and temporary residence on the territory of Croatia is forbidden for the dangerous terrier breed such as bull type not entered in the FCI register of the International Kennel Federation for pit bull terriers and their hybrids.

Last updated April 2017.

James Odlum
James Odlum says:
Feb 07, 2019 05:05 PM

Can anyone recommend a safe marina in Croatia to leave a 45ft catamaran for approx. 3 weeks? We have to go back to California for our daughter's wedding in August 2019 and don't want to put the boat on the hard for such a short time.

Yaron Peled
Yaron Peled says:
Sep 19, 2018 07:23 AM

My experience of chartering in Croatia pretty much reflects the stories in this thread. While lucky enough to have not needed any clearing or customs, there is a feeling that you are being ambushed by various bodies, especially the Natural Parks.
Mooring fees, marina fees, and food are all escalating significantly making Croatia a fairly expensive destination.
We sailed into Paradur on the island of Lestovo. Mooring fees at the Hotel’s marina were 300 Kuna, not cheap but worth the trip. Were “ambushed” by a couple of Rangers dressed in conservation green uniforms demanding a payment of 150 Kuna for visiting the Nature Reserve. We explained that we would not be visiting the Park, only to be informed that we were in it and had to pay 150 Kuna per day for the privilege. This felt like an ambush because nowhere in the research we used, online and offline, to pick the destination was there any mention of a daily fee.
This creeping charging environment is unfortunate. It taints our experience and is putting many enthusiastic sailors off Croatia....and their spending goes elsewhere.

Dan Kav
Dan Kav says:
Aug 11, 2018 11:37 AM

Croatia altogether became completely not reasonable regarding prices. Mainly in 2018. it is across the board. A pass in Kornati and a stop for swimming, was 665 euro, (not cheap) is now 180 Euro. Sejours fee used to be 180 Euro per year, it now is 1'050 euro. A kilo of first cat fish in restaurants, was 55 Euro, now about 70 Euro, marinas, mooring buyos, all is in the air. Seems like an Apres moi le deluge nationwide step. Yes, Croatia has what to offer in terms os sea and islands. but it is not reasonable. It probably went in the steps of Montenegro, which gave ann example, of how to milk Visitors.

P435 says:
Jul 12, 2018 05:33 AM

Another bay with buoys where they charge/tried to charge 50% more for a catamaran.

At the bay (43°43'01.5"N 15°46'11.8"E) in the south of the Tijat island the money collector asked first for 30KN per meter for my catamaran. With negotiations I got it down to 20KN per meter; price for mono-hulls. The money collector was a nice and friendly person and claimed that he is only doing his job.

The restaurant at the end of the bay has a great design and looks good. However, food is very bad and very expensive. 600KN per kilogram class A fish is the most expensive, I have seen so far. 400KN per kilogram is already a on the expensive side.

Zenit says:
Jun 26, 2018 01:19 PM

National park fees significantly increased. You will need to pay about 100 eur for 45 ft boat (e.g. Mljet, Lastovo).

swest says:
May 30, 2018 04:10 PM

On a side note, we have never had a problem with any officials and find the people very friendly, this has been our experience allover from Spain to Greece.

swest says:
May 30, 2018 04:08 PM

We just need a small repair job and didn't want to go into Split. There is a super friendly family in Korcula, based inside the ACI marina. Just walk down to the white crane and you will find a small mechanical shop and chandelry. They also arranged for someone to fix out vhf antenna atop the mast( for a very reasonable price. Very happy

P435 says:
May 14, 2018 06:37 PM

Split harbor with southerly winds and waves is very insecure. We left again after 30 min. This at 8bft wind, rain and approaching night because we felt safer outside than along the "west coast" called part of the harbor.

The ACI Marina Split was fully occupied, thus we sailed to Trogir and stayed in the ACI Marina there. Nice and friendly staff.

P435 says:
May 14, 2018 06:31 PM

Overcharging of catamarans

Island Mala Rava, bay at 44°02'20.2"N 015°03'17.4"E
island Kaprije, bay at 43°41'12.0"N 015°42'29.2"E

In both bays I was charged 50% higher fees for mooring on a buoy because I sail a catamran. As a boat, be it a mono-hull or a multi-hull occupies only one buoy, I regard a 50% surcharge as unfair an report it here for other multi-hull sailor.

Still there are many nice and friendly places in Croatia. The above ones are the exceptions.

P435 says:
Dec 17, 2017 07:09 AM

Losinj will always for me be a beautiful island with interesting bays and places to vist. However, I will never try and enter the city harbour of Mali Losinj again (located in the centre of the town). (N44.533013, E14.467355)

Reason - In August 2017 I wanted to enter this harbor for the 3rd time in 2017, always with about 4-8 people on board. This time they refused me and many other sailboats a berth. The reason we got from the staff and their "boss" (I talked with him several times in 2017, thus knew who he was) was that we didn't have a length of 25m or more. Me and my crew did not believe what we heard.

My boat is a 43.5 ft catamaran and there were 3-4 places for a catamaran open and about 10 monohulls.

There was a pretty strong thunderstorm approaching and we were lucky to get the last berth in (private) "Marina Losinj on the E side of the bay just beside the refuling station. We were pretty lucky because many boats had to get out of the bay before the storm set in.

This "Marina Losinj" is a bit away from the town but has a nice restaurant on the second floor, good food at reasonable prices, and great views over the bay.

Captain Jim
Captain Jim says:
Aug 06, 2017 09:38 PM

We have sailed the Adriatic for the last four years. This year, July 2017, we sailed into Umag from Italy to clear in. The police guy who checked our passprts was in a foul mood and yelled at me several times, threatened me with fines and was clearly trying to get me to go on the counter offensive. I spent 20 yrs in law enforcement and know the technique. As a Captain with a 100 ton license, I acted professionally and calmly. After 15 minutes of berating me and the US, he stamped our passports. This is not the guy you want representing Croatia and I filed several formal complaints.
Two meters away at another window I had to clear with the harbor master, a middle-aged woman who refused to issue us a sailing permit because I did not have my original USCG license (it hangs on a wall in my office). She said she was afraid of her boss and did not want to lose her job. I told her I understood and politely left for 8 days in Slovenia where we had no problems.
Good bye Croatia and especially Umag.

svgoldenglow says:
Oct 02, 2016 11:10 AM

We checked in and out of Croatia through Cavtat. Officials were very cordial. The night we arrived, it was evening and although port police was open, the immigration office was closed. We had anchored in the bay just north of the bay where immigration has its quay because the quay was full with other boats. Port police asked us to return to their bay, but we explained that we were securely anchored in the adjacent bay, and that reanchoring in the unfamiliar harbor (where winds were picking up) after dark put us at risk. They said "in that case, be sure you are on the dock here before immigration opens in the morning" - 8am. We sailed over at first light, brought our boat to the quay, and were waiting at immigration when they opened and all was fine.
Note, weather and winds can whip up fast and furiously in these bays. We saw it go from no wind to 35+ knots - with boats dragging anchor - in a heartbeat!

Paolo says:
Aug 05, 2016 07:38 AM

If you are heading to old town Dubrovnik and want to spend the night out at anchor in the harbour just out of the old walls, you will be asked for a 4Euros per meter fee by the Port Authority dinghy coming to collect the fee in the morning.

Also be aware that the Island of Lokrum, right in front of the old town, is a UNESCO site and unfriendly rangers will not allow you on the island before 0915 am. Besides that also note that if you are using the Imray Pilot Book by Trevor and Dyna Thompson you will be misled: the book states that u can anchor with a line ashore in Uvala Portoc, but this is false as a ranger will come by and force you to release the line.
Actually anywhere on Lokrum lines ashore are not allowed.

Waynew says:
Jul 29, 2016 12:07 PM

We had read many negative comments about cruising in Croatia but we thought we would give it a try this season.We checked in a Cavtat, checked out at Rovinj for a week long visit to Venice and checked back into Croatia in Novigrad and we must say we didn't have any issues with either the Port Police or Harbour masters. On the contrary we found them to be helpful and fairly efficient. So we have no complaints. We have found there are probably too many mooring fields where you need to pay if staying overnight and the charges in the national parks could be higher than other countries but on the other hand they are cheaper than Sardinia and the marinas are generally cheaper than the west coast of Italy and Sicily.The costs to enter Croatia are easily found on the web and it you consider the cruising permit costs too high then don't come. We have found the cruising areas in Croatia to be very good with lots of free, calm anchorages with clear water.

waynedchill says:
Jul 18, 2016 06:36 PM

We needed an unexpected crown repair to a molar and it has been an unexpected highlight of our sailing visit to Croatia! We were worried our dream holiday was going to get painful! We recommend
The staff are wonderful, the technology is amazing, and Dr Dubravko Jurisic has a great personal style and a brilliant pair of hands!

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Jan 03, 2016 08:51 PM

Further info. on Port Police fines:
One has sixteen days to pay any fines issued. It is unlikely the Port Police will tell you this, and they may even offer to take you to the bank in a police car to pay the fine.

afclewis says:
Dec 10, 2015 02:37 PM

My wife and I spent a couple of weeks cruising Croatia this summer, our experience wasn't much different to the above. The Croatian police used our AIS information to show that we had arrived at 0650 and then didn't check in for a couple of hours, consequently they fined us, you can find the whole story here...... (not sure if I can post a link), needless to say, they were rude, unhelpful and mostly keen to make some cash from a fine. It's a lovely country with some lovely quiet islands, but the attitude of the authorities was terrible! So in summary, the cruising permit is expensive, the Sojourn tax is expensive, the marinas are expensive, you get charged for anchoring if you are within 150 meters of a mooring field and the authorities are horrible. It's a good job the islands are beautiful!!

Fabian says:
Nov 03, 2015 07:07 PM

I must add some words to my comment, as it might be misunderstood.
Croatia is beautiful & and it has very nice people. I guess somewhen after the Balkan war in the 1990's Croatia realized, that tourism, nautic tourism, is the backbone of it's economy. I think it was a well calculated decision to improve this. The decision was right. Charter boats bring a lot of money. If you have a Megayacht you are very welcome too, not only because you have money, but Megayachts are an important part of the pretty scenery for all other tourists, that spend 2 or 3 wonderful weeks in summer there. This is, in my opinion, fully all right.
But it is not what a crusing or a bluewater sailor expects. And these sailors does Croatia not expect, too. On a 42ft boat you usually sail with 2 to max 4 persons. A charter boat at that size captures up to 8, eight persons that eat and drink every day in restaurants, pay at anchoring and so on. I can understand this from the economic point of view.
This, of course, is no reason for the officials at harbours or clear in / out to behave like they often do.
Kind regards.

Fabian says:
Oct 19, 2015 01:28 PM

I sailed several years in Croatia and I have to admit, that the landscape & islands are really lovely. But I have to agree with what Manana and Sue reprort...
Prices for annual berthing went up 20-30% (!) each year and so did everything else in the costal region. I encountered often the same with officials, I met nice ones too, but very rare. One has to understand, that if you do not give them the feeling to subdue the get very angry and a harmless situation gets out of control quickly.
I decided to leave, when I had to pay for being on anchor in Vis, but not in the main harbour are, but a little bay offside - in late October! They even did not take the garbage with them, and when I asked for document the 2 men became angry and yes, I was scared and my only goal was to avoid troubles.
Although I found also some friends there, of course, and I know some good service people there, I will not return. Once in Greece or Italy there is no need to return. Everywhere else it's much more professional, helpful, the food is better, the olive oil, the wine and the summers are longer, and there are less overcrowded and loud charterboats anyway.
There's a saying meanwhlie: "In Croatia they take the money before they take your line". To sad. Because the area is so nice.

Manana says:
Oct 17, 2015 06:35 PM

I had received a lot of adverse reports about cruising Croatia. I thought I would judge for myself. We intended to spend 3 months in Croatia. We bought a 3 month cruising permit at Cavtat. In hindsight the Cavtat clear in was pretty much a summary of our Croatian experience. The officials were unfriendly and unhelpful. Each office including the patrol boat has a big flat screen TV and officials/ border police are glued to the Croatian soaps.
We tied up at the Q dock paid our €15 and got pointed to the building with a flag. Paid another €300 there ( had to go to an ATM to get local currency as they don't take €)After harbourmaster it was then to the immigration and police. Yes same big flat screen TV and unhelpful.
Pretty much wherever you got the marine people will snip you. Whether town quays, mooring balls, marinas, National Parks they all have a lick. It is just uncomfortable at anchorage wondering if someone is going to ask for cash.
The parks definitely charge. Coronation was €70 to drop anchor. The very impressive RIB with a big outboard and guys in nice Embroidered Polo Shirts collect. Eco Warriors, WWF (World Wilflife Fund) have some sort of in sharing arrangement with the fees. There are no mooring balls for the fees so don't know where the cash is spent.
I wouldn't bother going again. There are much nicer places in Greece, Turkey, Malta etc. Friendly as well
In case we didn't get the message that we were are not welcome, when we cleared out I made the decision to wait for a storm to pass through. We left at about 7am the next morning. The police fined us for not leaving directly after clearing out.... We still had a month left on our cruising permit. I explained that as skipper I made the decision to wait for the storm to pass. They said I had broken the law and they had caught me. I transmit AIS continually for safety reasons so obviously I was not hiding my actions. They considered the circumstances and halved the €300 fine. My advice is probably not go to Croatia. If you do then leave yor AIS turned off and you will blend in with the zillion charter boats. If you make the safety decision to wait for a storm to blow over before departing then go west until in international waters before heading south. Predictably the police sit at the Montenegro border... Yes watching their flat screen TVs. The border police probably didn't get the Memo. The War is Over. It is unlikely cruising sailors are going to invade coastal Croatia. Retired cruisers are unlikely to create any major security issue. Spend your €s in Greece. They need the cash, they appreciate the business and they are genuinely friendly and welcoming.
By the way I am a person who NEVER writes complaints about ANYTHING... Until I visited Croatia.

peterb says:
Apr 09, 2016 12:19 PM

Yes, Croatian boarder authorities could be unfriendly as any other EU boarder authority when you show disrespect. I guess in your own countries you are prized for non following/disobeying border control rules and regulations.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Sep 22, 2015 09:52 PM

Posted on behalf of a regular contributor to noonsite, who prefers to remains anonymous:

We have been cruising Croatia this summer, cleared in and paid all taxes at Cavtat, however, we slipped across to Venice for a forthnight without clearing out thinking nobody would notice, as we were coming back to Croatia and our cruising permit was valid for six months, in anyway, on our return to Croatia we arrived back to Veruda 01.30 and dropped anchor for the night.
We left the anchorage 10.00 on passage south to Mali Losenj, two hours out we were arrested at sea by police patrol boat and ordered back to Pula, fined €1070 for not clearing out (€530 per person on board) they had us tracked by AIS, showed us a photocopy of our track out and back, they check every vessel leaving and entering their territorial waters that comes up on AIS.
I met another skipper who came out of Boka Kator on passage to Italy with four charter clients, he went straight to Vis to clear customs, got fined €2650 for not going to Cavtat, which was his first port of entry, again, the AIS was used as evidence to screw him.
They also watch anchorages close to ports of entry to screw any vessels who may have gone on anchor late at night or stopped off for lunch etc, they are not nice people to deal with.

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