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Safe holiday in Croatia

Croatia is certainly one of the most popular summer destinations in Europe and is visited by millions of tourists from all over the world every year. Visitors come to admire the natural beauty, clear sea, old ancient cities and excellent food. In 2019, more than 19 million people visited our country, which is almost five times the number of the domestic population. However, what is rarely talked about is how safe Croatia really is. In this blog, we will answer the question of whether Croatia is a safe destination, how to travel during Covid-19 and many other questions. We believe that this article will be very useful to you before you start packing your suitcases and backpacks for your unforgettable vacation in the Mediterranean.

General information about the safety of tourists and local residents in Croatia

Croatia is one of the safest countries in the world, with an extremely low crime rate, good health care, and excellent road infrastructure. According to the "Global Peace Index" for the year 2022, it is ranked at a high fifteenth place in the whole world. In assessing peacefulness, the GPI examines the extent to which countries are involved in ongoing domestic and international conflicts and seeks to assess the level of harmony within a nation. The ten indicators generally assess what could be described as security in society. Their claim is that low crime rates, minimal frequency of terrorist events and violent demonstrations, harmonious relations with neighboring countries and a stable political scene can be indicators of peacefulness. Considering that in every parameter Croatia is high on the safety scale, the majority of visits to Croatia pass without any problems.
However, as in any other country, you must pay attention to some guidelines and laws that can make your life easier and your stay as comfortable as possible.
We will write on some of them.

Crime and nightlife

Croatia is at the very top of the countries with a low crime rate. Murders, robberies and robberies are rare and never affect tourists. One of the most beautiful things in Croatia is that you can carelessly let your child play on the street in the evening, fearing that nothing will happen to him. Likewise, nightlife is safe in most cases. Avoid strip clubs and casinos late at night. They can be the site of certain "scams" and frauds. Due to the huge number of tourists in the summer months, pay attention to your belongings while swimming at the beach or walking through the crowded city streets. Petty robberies and pickpocketing rarely happen, but one should always approach with caution. Always keep your money and valuables in a visible and well-known place.

Security of accommodation reservation

The accommodation infrastructure in Croatia is excellent and there is a whole range of capacities from apartment complexes, camps and hostels to luxury hotels and holiday homes. Although most of the accommodation is of very good quality, there is always the possibility that you will get accommodation of a lower level. To be safe and carefree, book one of our Terra Park camps (Phalaris and SpiritoS) on the island of Pag, where safety and an unforgettable vacation are guaranteed.

Nature and weather (un)opportunities

Most visitors choose our country precisely because of these two things, the beautiful nature and the pleasant climate throughout most of the year. However, the weather is sometimes unpredictable and nature should be respected as much as possible at all times.
Croatia can be hot and steamy in the summer, and it is necessary to use protective factors when going to the beach, especially between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Also use headgear and always drink enough fluids. Do not go into the mountains if you are not sufficiently informed and in inadequate footwear.
Because of the high temperatures, forest fires often occur, and if you find yourself near one, be sure to listen to the orders and instructions of the local authorities. Avoid lighting fires in the open air, as heavy fines are prescribed for this.

You should also pay attention to occasional afternoon thunderstorms, and in that case, hide somewhere safe. Do not stay at sea during a thunderstorm!
The Adriatic coast is an extremely gentle region with mild and refreshing summer winds. However, one wind that rarely blows in summer can be extremely dangerous. It is a wind that blows from the north, that is, from the land towards the sea. In these situations, do not go boating, kayaking or paddle boarding. The wind can reach extremely high speeds in a short time, especially at the foot of the Velebit or Biokovo mountains. 

Road infrastructure and instructions for safe driving

Croatia can boast of excellent connections with other countries of the European Union. It has one of the most modern highway networks in Europe, and other local roads are also in very good condition. You should pay attention to slightly narrower roads on the islands and in sparsely populated areas. In July and August, when the crowds are the biggest, be sure to keep an extra distance between vehicles, adjust your speed and don't lose patience while driving. Be prepared that sometimes you will waste time waiting in line at busier intersections and in larger cities. It is recommended that you arrive at the Lučko interchange near Zagreb as early as possible to avoid crowds, in case your route takes you through that part of Croatia.

Recommendations for covid-19

Be sure to follow the instructions of the local authorities, which may change frequently. At the time of writing this article, most of the measures against Covid-19 in Croatia have been lifted, however, in the event of an increase in the number of patients, this may change. The only remaining measure for all citizens is that the mask must be worn in health institutions. In case you have lung diseases, we advise you to wear a mask in all closed spaces and avoid large outdoor gatherings.

Accident insurance in Croatia

All citizens of the European Union can use the European Health Card in Croatia. It can be used exclusively in public institutions, and enables the use of health services that are medically necessary, taking into account the nature of the services and the length of the expected stay, and with contractual health service providers.
However, it is advisable to have travel insurance that insures you against all possible accidents and treatment in private hospitals, as well as against stolen or lost items.
In case of any accident, it is best to go to the nearest ambulance and they will direct you to further actions.
In case of accidents at sea and in the mountains, the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service does not charge for its fast and top-notch service. Please do not take advantage of this and always prepare carefully for any stay in nature, especially in the mountains.

Cleanliness and hygiene

The last item we will write on in this blog is cleanliness. It is an important factor for a safe vacation. Croatia is mostly a clean country where its citizens pay attention to general hygiene. The beaches are mostly very clean, with plenty of trash cans. The old towns on the coast that are visited by the largest number of tourists are constantly maintained, and this is also the case in other larger and smaller towns. Nature parks, national parks and other protected areas are also extremely clean and well maintained. To keep it that way, please take care of the country you are coming to. Always take your own trash from the beach and from the public area and throw it in the designated place. Nature will thank you.

And finally, we hope that we have solved some doubts if you had them before coming to this beautiful Mediterranean country. We also hope that we have helped you in preparing the trip itself, a safe holiday in safe Croatia!
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