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Stay Safe & Healthy in Croatia

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Stay safe in Croatia

In summer, make sure you use an appropriate sun protection factor to protect yourself from sunburn. There are no ozone holes over Croatia, but it is quite easy to get sunburnt. In this case, you should protect yourself from the sun, drink plenty of fluids and rehydrate your skin. Local residents often advise covering the burnt area with cold yoghurt bought at the supermarket.

In an emergency, you can dial 112 – it is responsible for dispatching all emergency services such as the fire brigade, police, emergency medical assistance and mountain rescue.

Since the end of hostilities in 1995, there are an estimated 46,317 landmines still lying in Croatia. However, they are not in areas visited by tourists. If you are planning a trek, consult the locals before setting out. Areas suspected of being mined are marked with 13,274 warning signs. Although mines are still a problem for Croatia, it is very unlikely that you will see minefields in Croatia today.

If you are in an area that may be contaminated by mines, stay near marked roads or known safe areas.

Watch out for the danger signs of the bora wind. The bora can be particularly strong in the Velebit region, where it can blow at up to 200 km/h and knock over trucks. However, if the wind is strong enough to pose a significant danger to all traffic on a section of road, that section will be closed. Avoid all activities on the sea when the bora wind is strong. Accidents caused by the wind occur every year and lead to deaths among tourists in Croatia. These range from sailing accidents to drowning due to high tide.

Avoid strip clubs at all costs. They are often run by very shady characters and often overcharge their customers. Recent cases include foreigners who were charged 2,000 euros for a bottle of champagne. These clubs overcharge their customers to the extreme and their bouncers show no mercy if you tell them you can’t pay. You will soon find yourself in a local hospital. Common sense is important, but due to the nature of the clubs, there may be a shortage of this type of product and it may be best to just stay away from these clubs.

Abuse of LGBT persons is possible in Croatia, so travellers should avoid public displays of same-sex affection.

Stay healthy in Croatia

No vaccinations are required for travel to Croatia.

When camping or hiking on the Croatian mainland in summer, be aware of ticks and tick-borne diseases such as encephalitis and Lyme disease. About 3 out of 1000 ticks are carriers of the virus.

In Eastern Slavonia (especially around Kopački Rit near Osijek) people wear long sleeves and take insecticides.

Tap water in Croatia is perfectly safe and in some areas is considered the best in the world. However, you can always choose from several brands of excellent bottled water (Jamnica is the most popular, and Jana, which has been awarded several times as the best bottled water in the world).

Although the water is some of the best in the world, you should avoid drinking the homemade wine sold in plastic jugs at many local farmers’ markets as it can cause intestinal upset.

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