I understand that Croatia isn't part of the EU or Schengen Agreement. Is it safe to go there and get a visa on arrival?
I have no idea what kind of rules they have - the impression I got from a travel agent is that I don't have to worry, but I just want to double check. (I'm hoping to get stamped etc, otherwise it will look like I will have overstayed the Schengen area by 7 days).
to the very best of my knowledge you DO NOT need a visa to enter Crotia... If the guys at customs try to stop you though, just tell them I sent you (joking). I think you're ok but do a little extra research to be sure, I don't have my guide book to hand but I'll post later with an up to date answer.
Croatia is generally just as safe as the rest of Europe. Thousands of European tourists hit the Croatian beaches each summer and thousands of tourist flood to the touristy towns. If you do the normal backpacking thing you shouldn't need to worry at all. I would only worry slighty if you were walking or cycling off the beaten path, but passing through with public transport should be absolutely trouble free.
Yeah I've heard Croatia is great - Sorry, I meant not to worry in terms of getting a visa before I enter Croatia, rather than general safety.
Thanks for the replies, a definate confirmation would be great though :D
Did some digging for official information, all I could find was the advice from the Australian embassy in Zagreb, Croatia to contact the Croatian embassy in Canberra for details on entry requirements.
You should be able to get a visa at the border though.
Hi again Erik,
I did some more research myself and still can't find any mention of the fact that Australians need a visa. Judging by the amount of people from Oz I've met in the last few years I really think it's not necessary.... But, as t_maia has said, check the embassy to be 100% sure. I've sent a mail to a friend in Croatia and as soon as he replies I'll let you know.
Here I am again with a final update,
Rough Guide has this to say on the matter....
"Citizens of EU countries, the US, Canada and AUSTRALIA and New Zealand are ALLOWED TO ENTER CROATIA WITHOUT A VISA FOR STAYS OF UP TO NINETY DAYS."
Hope that clears it up for you.
Sweet, looks like I won't have to worry. Thanks everyone and especially Zaksame fo the info