Passports

As a general rule, anyone traveling to Croatia should keep their passports with them at all times. In addition, Croatia requires that your passport be valid for at least three (3) months beyond your departure date. Please make sure you have two (2) pages in your passport for the required country stamps.

All foreign citizens must register with the local police within 24 hours of arrival in Croatia. Failure to do so is considered a misdemeanor and could result in being fined. If you are staying in a hotel, your hotel will register you automatically.

Criminal Code

If you are arrested or detained in Croatia, it is in your best interest to make sure the police or jail notifies your corresponding embassy or consulate so that your home country is aware of your circumstances.

The Croatian Criminal Code is designed to guarantee that an innocent person isn’t convicted.  A person is innocent and no one may hold him culpable of a criminal offence until the culpability is established by a final judgment. Punishment or some other measure (fines) shall be imposed on the person who commits a criminal offence, under the conditions stipulated by law and in lawful proceedings before a Croatian court.

Traffic Accidents

Many travelers vacationing in Croatia will rent a car or otherwise travel by automobile. A few things to keep in mind while driving in Croatia are the Croatian traffic laws.

For example, a driver who violates traffic safety regulations and endangers the public in such a manner that causes an accident wherein another suffers serious bodily injury, or causes extensive material damage to another, shall be punished by imprisonment for six (6) months to five (5) years.

If the criminal driving offense is committed by negligence, the perpetrator shall be punished by a fine or by imprisonment not exceeding three (3) years.

If the death of one or more persons is caused by a traffic accident, the perpetrator shall be punished by imprisonment for one (1) to ten (10) years.

Drugs

The use and possession of drugs differ from country to country. The law in Croatia states that whoever, without authorization, possesses substances or preparations which are by regulation proclaimed to be narcotic drugs in order to sell or circulate them in some other way shall be punished by imprisonment for one (1) to twelve (12) years.

Whoever, without authorization, manufactures, processes, sells or offers for sale or buys for the purpose of reselling, keeps, distributes or brokers the sale and purchase of, or, in some other way and without authorization, puts into circulation, substances or preparations which are by regulation proclaimed to be narcotic drugs shall be punished by imprisonment for three (3) to fifteen (15) years.

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