What changes await tourists on vacation in Croatia in 2023?


What changes await tourists on holidays in Croatia in 2023?

So, Croatia entered the Schengen area. In this regard, travelers who traditionally choose Croatian resorts for their holidays will inevitably face a number of changes during their trips. Some of them, most likely, they will not like, such as the fact that shops will no longer be open on Sundays.

Others, such as the introduction of the euro as its currency and the abandonment of the kuna, have already received the approval of tourists .

Borders between Croatia and other Schengen countries no longer exist

The first and one of the most important changes that tourists will notice, — is the abolition of border controls when traveling from Croatia to any of the other 26 Schengen countries and back.

From January 1, travelers crossing land borders from Croatia to Slovenia and Hungary, as well as those arriving from Slovenia and Hungary, you no longer need to go through passport control. Now you can move freely, as if there were no borders at all.

Only checks on internal air borders will remain. They will be valid until March 26, 2023, when the International Air Transport Association (IATA) summer timetable comes into effect.

The abolition of border controls, in particular, will affect tourists arriving in Croatia from other Schengen countries, entry into the country has become much easier and faster.

Stays in Croatia count towards 90 days of maximum stay in Schengen< /strong>

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Travelers from visa-free Schengen countries who previously used Croatia as an “alternate airfield” to reset their maximum 90-day authorized stay in the Schengen area, they will no longer be able to do so.

From January 1st, stays in Croatia count towards the 90-day period.

Prior to this, travelers who did not require a visa to enter the Schengen countries and Croatia for up to 90 days in any 180 day period, such as the British, used Croatia as the country they would travel to and stay there for a while. to be able to return to the Schengen countries without violating the 90-day stay rule.

Now you can pay in cash in euros

January 1, 2023 Croatia to everything joined the Eurozone, which means that the country now uses the Euro as its official currency.

On the first day of the year, 70 percent of ATMs in Croatia abandoned the kuna and began dispensing euro banknotes. By the beginning of the third week of January, all ATMs will only dispense euros.

During the first two weeks of 2023, kuna coins and banknotes will continue to be accepted by shops and other institutions, although customers will receive euros for change, to ensure the gradual withdrawal of the kuna from circulation.

“The exchange rate between the kuna and the euro is stable, and the kuna will be exchanged at a single rate: 1 euro is equal to 7.53450 Croatian kunas”, — reported by the EU Commission.

Croatians and foreigners who still have cash kunas will be able to exchange them without commission at the Financial Agency and post offices until June 30, 2023, and at commercial banks — until December 31, 2023.

Prices “rounded” and grew by 10–15%

Tourists who visit Croatia in the first weeks of 2023, especially those who are math-savvy, will notice an increase in prices in the country.

Many retailers have rounded up prices after the introduction of the euro, thereby increasing their prices by 10-15 percent. For example, coffee, which in December cost eight kunas in a bar, which is equal to 1.09 euros, now costs 1.5 euros.

On Monday, January 9, Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovich announced that enterprises must lower their prices by January 13 or face government action that includes removing subsidies and imposing taxes.

Most stores will be closed on Sundays

Going shopping in Croatia on Sunday, tourists will be faced with closed shop doors. Croatia joined the pan-European rules and made Sunday a shopping-free day. Back in late November, the government announced: “We want to enable retail employees to spend Sundays with their families.” during the summer season.

However, retail stores at airports, bus and train stations, ferries, hotels, gas stations or museums will remain open.

Number of tourists will increase, crowds of tourists cannot be avoided

It is expected that with the accession of Croatia to the Schengen area, the number of tourists will also increase.

Only during the past New Year holidays in Croatian hotels and other facilities almost 600,000 tourist overnight stays were held. During the same time, more than 214,000 tourist arrivals were recorded, up 28 percent from the previous year.

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