Useful Informations

Basic info

Time zone GMT + 1 in the winter and  GMT + 2 in the summer

Water
Tap water is drinkable.

Standard voltage and frequency
Voltage:  220 V, frequency 50 Hz.

Travel documents
The passport or other internationaly recognised identification document. Tourists can stay in Croatia for up to three months. Additional information is available at the embassies of the Republic of Croatia abroad or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia. Phone: +385 (0)1 4569 964 - www.mvp.hr

Registration
When you check in a hotel, apartment or any other objects, you will automatically be registered with the police. If you are staying with friends please do it yourself in a 24 hour period, in Tourist office or nearest police station  and be sure to bring your passport. This procedure is helping you overcome any inconvenience that may occur while you are on a holiday.

Postal and telecommunication services
Public phones are used with the phone cards that can be bought at post offices and newsstands.

There are mobile networks operating in Croatia:
T Mobile (098 i 099) www.t-mobile.hr
VIPnet (091) www.vipnet.hr
TELE2 (095) www.tele2.hr
TOMATO (092) www.tomato.com.hr
BON BON (097)www.bonbon.com.hr/home

All operators offer roaming service. Vouchers for mobile phones can be purchased at post offices,newsstands and shops.

Post office in Smokvica is open from Monday to Friday in the morning, and offices in biggest places on the island (Vela Luka, Korcula) working all day during the tourist season. Post offices do not operate on Sundays and public holidays. In Smokvica and  Brna are mailboxes.

Internet
Internet connection is available at all hotels and some private accomodations. There are also several cafés offering this service.

Currency, payments, tax free
Croatian currency is kuna (HRK/kn).  1 kuna (kn) = 100 lipas.
Bank-notes are in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 kunas, and coins are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 lipa and 1, 2 and 5 kuna.
Payments: You can use only kunas as means of payment, and money can be exchanged in  banks, exchange offices, post offices and hotels.
Bans:Banks are open in Smokvica from Monday till Saturday in the mornings and there are also cash machines in Smokvica and Brna.
Credit cards: Most hotels, restaurants and shops will accept credit card payments (Eurocard/Mastercard, Diners, American Express, Visa).
Customs duties: Foreign currency can be freely transferred to Croatia to the amount of 40,000.00 HRK. Customs must be notified of any amounts exceeding this number. Home currency can be freely transferred to and from Croatia to the amount of 15,000.00 HRK.
Tax return: The right of tax return encompasses all foreign citizens for purchased goods (except petroleum derivatives) to the amount of 501.00 HRK per receipt. The purchaser must have a VAT (PDV-P) form filled by the seller, which must be verified upon leaving Croatia on the border crossing. Tax return is possible six months after the purchase of goods. Additional info about customs duties:
Republic of Croatia Customs Directorate, phone: +385 1 6102 333,  www.carina.hr

Pets
Pets must be accompanied by the owner and have the International certificate by an authorized veterinarian not older they  then six months.

Medical help
Primary medical help can be received in surgeries in Smokvica and all other types of health care are available at the Health centre Korčula and in Dubrovnik General Hospital. Guests from countries which have signed a health-care agreement with the Republic of Croatia do not have to pay for medical services. If that is not the case, the services are charged directly to the user, according to the official price list.Pharmacy is in Smokvica and it is open during a week (Monday and Thursday afternoon and Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday in the morning). The pharmacies in the biggest places in the island are open from Monday to Saturday all day.

Foreign language radio news
During the summer season, Croatian National Radio Channel 2 regularly broadcasts news and Croatian Automobile Club reports on traffic conditions on a daily basis in several languages: English, German, Italian and Czech. This station also broadcasts news and traffic conditions reports from several foreign radio stations (Bavaria Radio Channel 3, Austria Radio Channel 3, RAI Uno, British Virgin Radio and Czech Radio).There are also specialized daily news broadcasts for boaters in Croatian and English.

Safety, fire and environmental protection
A special European emergency number has been also established in Croatia: 112.
You can dial it from all mobile and fixed phones in case you need: urgent medical help, fire department, police, mountain rescue service, veterinarian help and other emergency services. Please, act responsibly in natural areas, take notice of fire restriction signs and do not throw burning or inflammable objects in the surrounding countryside. In case you notice fire, please call fire department on number 93.The sea water in this area, as well as in Croatia in general, is of high quality, so please help us in keeping it so.

Public transport
Smokvica is connected with other place in the island by a local bus line which is scheduled couple times on day. Every day are bus line  to Dubrovnik and Zagreb, and during the summer season is a buses to Sarajevo, Mostar and Belgrade. More on local lines  www.autotrans.hr . On the island are  car rental agencies who  dispose the large selection of cars and scooters.
More information you can get in Tourist office or hotel Feral.


Public holidays      
January 1st New Year's Day
January 6th Three Kings Day
April 8th and 9th Easter and Easter Monday
May 1st Labour Day
June 6th Corpus Christi
June 22nd Antifascism Day
June 25th Statehood Day
August 5th Nacional Thanksgiving Day
August 15th The Assumption
October 8th   
Independence Day
November 1st All Saints
December 25th and 26th Christmas Holidays

 

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SMOKVICA TOURIST BOARD
TOURIST INFORMATION CENTER BRNA
Brna 525. 20272 Smokvica
Island Korčula; CROATIA
tel +385 20 832 255  fax +385 20 832 188
e-mail: tzo-smokvica@du.t-com.hr              info@brna.hr
www.brna.hr

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