Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 4 November 2022, 14:59 NZDT
  • Still current at: 25 September 2023

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If you are planning international travel at this time, please read our COVID-19 related travel advice here, alongside our destination specific travel advice below.

Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution in Croatia (level 2 of 4). 

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While violent crime in Croatia is low, isolated incidents may occur. Petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag snatching is common, particularly in tourist areas, at transport hubs, on public transport, and at the beach.

We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings. Extra care should be taken to ensure food and drink is never left unattended. Victims of spiked drinks have been robbed and sometimes assaulted.

Civil Unrest
Demonstrations and protests occur occasionally in Croatia and may disrupt local public services and transport. New Zealanders in Croatia are advised to avoid all demonstrations, protests and large public gatherings as even those intended as peaceful have the potential to turn violent.

Terrorist groups, including individuals returning to Europe from areas of conflict, and individuals adhering to various forms of extremist ideologies, continue to make threats to conduct attacks across Europe.

New Zealanders in Croatia are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance in public places.

Landmines and unexploded ordnance left over from past armed conflict remain a serious risk in parts of Croatia. New Zealanders are advised to avoid off-road travel outside of tourist areas, watch for warning signs, and stay on clearly marked paths.

General Travel Advice
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs in Croatia are strict and can include lengthy imprisonment or fines.

Keep your passport in a safe place and only carry a photocopy for identification purposes. Authorities may ask for proof of your identity, so carry a colour photocopy of your passport and visa for Croatia at all times.

Dress codes apply in some popular tourist areas. Discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour. Police may fine you if you're shirtless or wearing swimwear in towns with signs banning this.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Croatia should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Croatia are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy is accredited to Croatia

Street Address Via Clitunno, 44, 00198 Rome, Italy Telephone +39 06 853 7501 Fax +39 06 440 2984 Email Web Site Hours Mon- Fri 0900 -1230 and 1330-1630 Note We encourage you to make an appointment to ensure prompt service.

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Zagreb, Croatia

Street Address Ulica Ljudevita Gaja 7, 4th floor, Zagreb 10000 Telephone +385 915 722 296 Email

See our regional advice for Europe

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Accredited New Zealand Embassy Italy

Street Address
Via Clitunno, 44, 00198 Rome, Italy

Telephone: +39 06 853 7501

Fax: +39 06 440 2984



Hours: Mon- Fri 0900 -1230 and 1330-1630

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