The RYA would be pleased to receive reports of your experiences by email to cruising@rya.org.uk.

IMPORTANT:

The information below is intended to provide answers to questions that come up regularly. It is not intended as a comprehensive guide and it has limited applicability. Please read the countries introduction to ensure that it is appropriate to you. The standard documentation a UK flagged pleasure vessel operating outside UK Territorial Waters should carry is detailed on the paperwork page.

UK Government travel advice

FCDO advice including information on permitted duration of stay and visas for Croatia: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia

Covid -19

There are various sources for information on the latest restrictions in force due to the Coronavirus pandemic:

RYA Covid-19 hub - https://www.rya.org.uk/coronavirus including advice and information for recreational boaters at https://www.rya.org.uk/coronavirus/advice-for-boaters.

Information on entry requirements can be found at https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control?priority-taxon=774cee22-d896-44c1-a611-e3109cce8eae

Noonsite - https://www.noonsite.com/place/croatia/

Re-open EU – https://reopen.europa.eu/en

Evidence of competence

For information on the validity of RYA certificates abroad see Evidence of Competence Abroad.

As noted on gov.uk https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/croatia/safety-and-security, it is essential to have evidence of your competence when boating in Croatia. A valid ICC should be acceptable evidence of competence as Resolution 40 has been formally adopted by Croatia.

If you are chartering a vessel in Croatia it is important to check, at the time of booking, that the evidence of competence you have will be acceptable. Details of the evidence of competence the Croatian Government is likely consider to be acceptable can be found in a document published at https://mmpi.gov.hr/sea/nautics/8462 called Recognized certificates for operating boats and yachts.  Certificates issued by the UK can be found from number 62 to 77 in the table. In the past people have had problems when they have discovered just before their charter is due to take place that their certificate is not sufficient for the size and GT of the boat they have arranged to charter.

Croatian translations of many RYA certificates and their related course syllabus are available from the RYA website www.rya.org.uk/go/translations.

Standard entry and exit formalities (non-Covid)

EU member state (part of the customs territory of the EU (which includes territorial waters)).  Further information is provided on the Entry & Exit Formalities page under Customs - EU Member States.

Not part of the Schengen area.

Full details of the procedures that should be followed on arrival and departure, the fees/taxes payable (including the sojourn tax) and the documentation the Croatia authorities expect can be found in the Information for Sailors leaflet.

The Information for Sailors leaflet indicates that you must undergo border control when entering Croatia by sea.  In practice this means you must use the shortest route to call at the nearest port open to international traffic in order to undergo border control.  The most recent information the RYA has from the Croatian authorities listing ports open for international traffic is the 2009 version of the Information for Boaters leaflet; this listed the ports open for international traffic as:

Permanent maritime border crossings: Umag, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, Raša (Bršica), Rijeka, Mali Lošinj (Lošinj), Senj, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Ploče, Metković, Korčula, Dubrovnika, Vela Luka (Korčula), Ubli (Lastovo).

Seasonal maritime border crossings (open from April 1 - October 31): ACI marina Umag, Novigrad (Istria), Sali (Dugi otok), Božava (Dugi otok), Primošten (Kremik), Hvar, Stari Grad (Hvar), Vis, Komiža (Vis) and Cavtat.

The Information for Sailors leaflet also indicates that you should have evidence that the boat is seaworthy. It is unclear exactly what a UK flagged boat should carry to comply with this requirement. However, to date the RYA has not heard of anyone experiencing difficulties with the authorities in respect of this requirement.

You should also have proof of third-party liability insurance and proof of ownership or power of attorney for the use of the vessel.

The document also makes reference to the T2L as possible evidence that a vessel has EU Status of Union Goods. For more information see the Evidence of Union Status paragraph on the Entry and Exit Formalities page.

Arriving by road

The maximum allowed length and width of a towed vehicle in Croatia is 18.75m long and 2.55m wide. If either of these dimensions is exceeded, a special permit is required and escort is compulsory.

If you trailer a boat into Croatia you must complete the necessary formalities including paying tax and fee (as detailed in Information for Sailors) prior to using the boat.

Under Croatian Law all boats that are longer than 2.5m or boats with engine power exceeding 5kW must be registered. For boats that do not exceed these dimensions UK registration may not be strictly necessary, for boats arriving by road, however local rules may mean that a vessel (especially a RIB or PWC) cannot be launched if it is not registered and without a registration document the owner has no way of proving that the vessel is a British ship.

Tourist tax for boaters

Information on taxes can be found in the Information for Sailors leaflet. For information about paying the tourist tax online see https://nautika.evisitor.hr/.

Alcohol regulations

The Government foreign travel advice for Croatia (scroll down to Sea travel under Safety and security) advises that you should not consume alcohol if you intend to take charge of a boat in Croatia. A zero tolerance law has been adopted, with regard to the consumption of alcohol by those in charge of boats, with heavy penalties anticipated for anyone caught drunk in charge of a boat.

Inland

Signatory to the Regional Arrangement Concerning the Radiotelephone Service on Inland Waterways (RAINWAT). Where a VHF is required or is to be used on the inland waterways of RAINWAT signatory countries, the set must be ATIS enabled and vessels must comply with the requirements of RAINWAT.

Other guidance

Useful information for boaters is provided in the leaflet Nautical Croatia. This leaflet is the source of the Information for Sailors mentioned above.

Croatia is a beautiful area to sail in, but as its popularity has increased, so too has the cost of visiting. Expensive moorings have been reported and in some places charges are also made for anchoring.

Information about the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure’s Nautical Information service can be found at https://mmpi.gov.hr/sea/nautics/nautical-information-service-nis/18290.

Related documents

Information for Sailors leaflet

Nautical Croatia brochure can be downloaded from https://www.htz.hr/en-GB/promo-materials/brochures

Sailing in Croatia in 2021 leaflet

Websites

Ministry of the Seas, Transport and Infrastructure: http://www.mmpi.hr/

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration (Visa Information): http://www.mvep.hr/en/ 

Customs: http://www.carina.hr/

Tourist Office: http://www.croatia.hr/

Croatian Embassy, London: http://uk.mfa.hr/

British Embassy: https://www.gov.uk/world/croatia

Hydrographic Institute of the Republic of Croatia: http://www.hhi.hr/

Croatian Meteorological and Hydrological Service: https://meteo.hr/index_en.php

Noonsite: www.noonsite.com