Dear travelers, get your pre-trip planning done on time; before you go off on your travel adventure research all important options (from booking /pre-booking your accommodation, travel and admission tickets to safety and practical tips) so you can enjoy your vacation and avoid any potential mishaps.
All foreign nationals who are holders of valid Schengen documents, as well as national visas and residence permits of Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania do not require an additional visa for Croatia.
Required travel documents when entering Croatia:
- any EU Member State / EU/EEA citizens may enter Croatia with a valid personal identification card (issued after January 1, 2003) the same as with a valid passport
- a third-country national must have avalid for at least another three months after the planned departure from Croatia and issued within the previous 10 years (e.g. an third-country national staying in Croatia until 26 July 2019 has to hold a passport valid at least until 27 October 2019).
Further information is available here: MVEP travel information
Essential Travel Safety Tips During the Pandemic
Recommendations and instructions for crossing the state border; the Croatian Government: Koronavirus.hr/latest-news
Security protocols in tourism; Ministry of Tourism and Sports of the Republic of Croatia: Safe Stay in Croatia
Your hosts are well-prepared and waiting for your arrival. At your request, they are willing to take additional safety steps so that you can fully enjoy your vacation and nature-based recovery. Contact them before arriving, check all the details and - enjoy yourself!
Short-term Stay Registration Procedure
The short-term stay of up to 90 days must be registered within 2 days from the date of entry:
- foreign nationals who are not nationals of an EEA member state are required to register for a short-term stay on his/her own within 2 days from the date of entry
- if not done by the foreign national in person, the short-term stay shall be registered by the accommodation provider (commercial accommodation providers - hotels, hostels, camping sites etc., and non-commercial accommodation providers - relatives, friends etc.) within 1 day from the arrival of the foreign national
- a short-term stay shall be reported with the Police Department in charge by the place of accommodation of the foreign national, in person or online.
Further information is available here: MVEP granting stay in Croatia
Reference Amounts Required
When entering the Republic of Croatia the border police is authorized to seek from the foreign resident a proof of sufficient funds for the length of their proposed visit in Croatia and for a return trip back or to the third country. The amount of funds is equal to 100 EUR per day for every day of the stay in Croatia.
If the person possess a certified letter of guarantee of a natural or legal person from the Republic of Croatia, a voucher or proof of a paid travel package or other similar document, the foreign resident is obliged to present the proof of only 50 EUR per day of proposed visit to Croatia on request of the border control police officer.
Rules of Conduct in the Border Crossing Area
Movement and stopping in the border crossing zone shall only be permitted for persons who intend to cross the state border or who have already crossed it and remain at the border crossing point due to border control.
Travelers and other people who are in the border crossing zone have to comply with instructions and orders of the official police officer conducting the border control.
A fine of 100,00 to 1 000,00 Croatian Kunas shall be imposed on a person if:
- the person is moving or stopping in the zone of the border crossing without the intention of crossing the state border or without any other justified reason;
- the person is residing in the zone of the border crossing longer than permitted by the bilateral agreements (article 5. Of the Regulation (EZ), No. 1931/2006).
Traffic and Road Conditions
You can find current traffic and road conditions here: HAK Traffic
Tourist Tax (Sojourn Tax) 2021
For the Plitvice Lakes area, the tourist tax per person / per night ranges from:
- 10,00 HRK (a room); 8,00 HRK (camp) from 1.4. - 30.9.
- 7,00 HRK (a room); 5,00 HRK (camp) for the rest of the year.
One more reason to enjoy the beauty of nature out of the high season!
Important Phone Numbers
112 – Unique emergency number in Europe
- Dialing 112, you can report any emergency, an accident, a threat to human lives, property, environment or cultural heritage.
- You can dial 112 emergency number 24 hours a day, regardless of where you are located in Croatia.
- This phone number is free of charge and can be dialed from all mobile or fixed networks and phones.
Dial 112 only for these urgent cases
- sirious injury;
- big fires;
- if you are in danger and need police assistance;
- if you (seriously!) need the Mountain Rescue Service help;
- or need help of other emergency units and operative services for protection or rescue.
When dialing 112, provide the following information
- who is calling;
- what happened;
- where it happened;
- when it happened;
- how many injured are there;
- what kind of help is needed.
Tourist Board of the Plitvice Lakes Municipality
Trg sv. Jurja 6, 53230 Korenica
Phone/fax: +385(0)53 776-798
Working hours:07:00-15:00 (Mon - Fri)
Post & Exchange Offices
- Croatia Post (HP), office Plitvice Lakes NP, Mukinje bb
- Croatian Post (HP), office Korenica,Trg Sv. Jurja 13
Banks & Exchange Offices
- Privredna banka Zagreb, office Plitvice Lakes NP, Hotel Belleuve
- Privredna banka Zagreb, office Korenica, Josipa Jovića 4
Exchange rate list of the Croatian National Bank (HNB): Exchange rate list
Long queues are possible in the Exchange offices!
All credit cards are accepted.
Taxi Shuttle Services
Vukovarska 3, Korenica
Book taxi mob: +385(0)98 432-566
Book taxi e-mail: email@example.com
Lika Taxi prijevoz
Josipa Jovica 40 /6, Korenica
Book taxi mob: +385(0)95 8805-660
Book taxi e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Taxi & Transfers Plitvice
Josipa Jovica, 49, Korenica
Book taxi mob: +385(0)91 5083-621
Book taxi e-mail: email@example.com
Vrelo Korenicko 29, Korenica
Book taxi mob: +385 (0)99 704 4870
Book taxi e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Road assistance 24/7
Towing Service Bozic
Budacka 251, Gospic
Mob 24/7: +385(0)99 676-3033
HAK - Croatian Auto Club
Avenija Dubrovnik 44, Zagreb
Phone 24/7 from Croatia: 1987
Phone 24/7 from abroad: +385(0)1 46 93 700
E-mail: email@example.com (Roadside assistance)
Fax: +385(0)1 66 03 287 (Roadside assistance)
Here is the list of nearest international airports and bus terminals within easy driving distance to GreenWay Tour 2Parks regional destination:
- Zagreb - located near the Croatian capital Zagreb is home to airlines from around the world and the main hub for Croatian airlines. Zagreb is well connected to the rest of the country and neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina with flights operated by Croatia airlines and other international airlines.
- Zadar - located south-east of Zadar city in the central part of the Croatian Adriatic coast, has good public transport connection to the rest of Croatia and neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Rijeka - located near the town of Omišalj on the island of Krk, on the northern part of the Croatian coast in Rijeka Bay. They offer full-year regular and charter flights, bus shuttle service to / from the town of Rijeka, and regular rent a car service. The island is connected with the mainland by a bridge.
Nearest Bus Terminals
- Zagreb Bus Station - the main bus terminal in the Croatian capital and one of the largest in the region for long-distance and regional bus routes. Provides many connections with the rest of Croatia, and with neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina as well.
- Bihac Bus Station - the main bus station in Bihac is well connected with the rest of Bosnia and Hercegovina, and with Croatia. Provides local, regional and long-distance bus routes.
- Rijeka Bus Station - the main bus station in Rijeka is well connected with larger cities in Croatia, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Europe.
Guided cultural, heritage or historical activities
Around 20% of tourist trips globally include some form of cultural, heritage or historical activity, which, in turn, implies the presence of tour guides who supply information on cultural, historical and contemporary heritage. In order to provide you with the best possible guided experience, we share a few tips that are of great importance in nearly all countries, but particularly in multiethnic with a turbulent recent history that continues to have a strong impact on people today, such as in our case:
- explore beforehand: if you love history, culture or heritage, compare data from different sources of information beforehand - be informed;
- critically analyze and evaluate information you gather during guided tours: in multiethnic communities of turbulent past and present, you will often hear 2-3 versions of historical events, so do not take any information for granted, critically analyze everything, and if you want to, double-check with an independent source later (this is excellent exercise for critical thinking);
- proccess the data you receive about cultural heritage with the same awareness - at its core, the 'heritage' means the inheritance of a group of resources from the past which play an unusually important role in creating and preserving the cultural identity of any nation, therefore proccess cultural heritage interpretations in multiethnic host communities with care because you will often, in addition to enjoying cultural diversity, come across contradictory interpretations and, unfortunately, the ongoing appropriation of cultural heritage of another nation and / or the denial of its authenticity.
Your awareness and goodwill can be an important drop in the wave of positive change in any community in the world that suffers from a difficult past and challenging present.
Wear Proper Shoes
Trails in national parks are managed as part of the natural environment. Many trails cover uneven terrain and follow rock ledges, and in winter trails are often covered with snow and ice. Be prepared to meet and accept nature on its own terms. Wear sturdy shoes with enough tread to give you good traction, stability and comfort. High heels and smooth-soled shoes are not recommended, as these will slide easily on uneven terrain.
"The Call of Nature" in Nature
This is an unpleasant topic, but unfortunately poses a major problem in most of the world’s national parks and wild nature in general. Answering the call of nature in national parks can present a challenge, and when we take into account the sheer amount of tourists and small amount of land (read toilets) the problem becomes obvious.
Human waste represents one of the most significant impacts that faces lands used by the public: a disease impact, water quality impact, social and aesthetic impact. Feces contain a cocktail of germs, and no one enjoying national parks or nature in general wants to come in contact with it, see it, smell it or get sick due to its improper disposal. Urinating or defecating in inappropriate public places is unacceptable, and poses a serious threat to public health and nature.
This is one of the most vexing problems facing protected areas. There are few sanitary facilities within protected areas, so it's imperative that we all take a responsible approach to the problem:
- use restrooms before your tour when visiting national parks (your apartment, entrance points, hotels, restaurants);
- use restrooms when you can, instead of waiting till you have to go - there’s a lack of toilets in parks and the next one may be far away.
Waste disposal in the wild
The cat hole method is the most widely accepted method of waste disposal in the wild - but beware, it should not be applied to protected nature parks!!
- locate cat holes at least 100 meters from the water, hiking trail or camp
- select an inconspicuous site where other people will be unlikely to walk or camp; suitable places are thick undergrowth, near downed timber or on gentle hillsides with deep organic soil that is usually dark and rich in color and contains organisms which will help decompose the feces
- select an elevated place where water would not normally go during runoff or rain storms; at an elevated site the decomposing feces will percolate into the soil before reaching water sources
- if possible, find a sunny place because the heat from the sun will aid decomposition and help kill pathogenic microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc.) if the feces are buried properly; south-facing slopes and ridge tops will have more exposure to sun and heat than other areas
- with a small garden trowel, or something similar, dig a hole 6-8 inches deep and 4-6 inches in diameter
- use sparingly plain, white, non-perfumed toilet paper and dispose it properly at the end: either bury it thoroughly in a cat hole or place it in a plastic bags and pack it out as trash and dispose properly later - do not burn toilet paper in a cat hole as it may result in wildfires
- when finished, a cat hole should be filled with the original dirt and disguised with native materials (twigs, leaves, etc.)
- urine has little direct impact on vegetation or soil, in some cases, the salts from the urine may even attract wildlife; diluting urine with water can help minimize negative effects
- do not bury sanitary pads and tampons in the hole as they don’t decompose readily and animals may dig them up -place them in plastic bags and packe them out
- if camping in the same place for more than one night, or if camping with a larger group, disperse the cat holes over a wide area; don’t go to the same place twice.
Beware of Selfies
Although the idea of taking a selfie is a harmless one (serious implications for an individual's psychological state and for society in general is a whole different story), taking selfies can sometimes lead to dangerous situations - and in some cases, even deadly ones. The most selfie-related deaths have been due to falling. Exercise safety when taking selfies, if your quest for snapping the perfect self-portrait is endangering your life - put the selfie stick down and back away.
Follow a few general rules for selfie safety:
- stay on established trails, wandering off trails can lead to dangerous situations and also damage natural resources;
- don’t lose track of your surroundings;
- don’t take selfies near a precipice or water’s edge;
- stay away from wild animals;
- use common sense and enjoy your stay.
Severe Weather Alerts
A perpetually unstable atmospheric condition, with sudden changes, means that severe weather alerts can be changed at any time, day or night, so plan ahead, keep an eye on the latest forecast and watch the UV Index! Take care and be safe! (Check the border area between Karlovac and Gospic regions close to the state border with BA).
Extreme weather events we are now seeing are becoming more frequent and more forceful, so inform yourself well and on time to safely enjoy the great outdoors.
Plitvice Lakes NP
Help us preserve natural heritage for future generations, follow the rules at national parks! Thank you!
Before the entrance to the national park, please read the Park Rules carefully: Rules of Conduct
Protective measures are being introduced to manage the visitor experience and avoid overcrowding:
- NEW!! You need to pre-book your tickets online at least two (2) days before you come here! Pre-booking is currently in the early stage of research and is undergoing pilot testing. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time: Online Ticketing
- NEW PRICES! Protect your family budget and nature at the same time; avoid pricey tickets charged in the periods when protected nature is exposed to the highest levels of threat: Price list 2021
- Advance reservations are required for all adult and student groups of 15 or more.
- All groups entering the Plitvice Lakes National Park have an obligation to hire either a tourist guide, a tour escort or an employee of the Public Institution ‘Plitvice Lakes National Park’ who is an accredited professional guide in the Park.
- A tour guide must have the proper license for guiding in Licko-Senjska administrative region or the license for tour guide services for the Republic of Croatia.
- Foreign citizens from the EU member states may perform a tour guide services only if they have obtained the appropriate license from the Ministry of Tourism of Croatia.
- Under the Law of the Republic of Croatia, non-EU countries citizens cannot obtain a license from the Ministry of Tourism and, therefore, cannot perform a tour guide services.
- When starting a group tour use only Entrances 1 and 2; never access roads to hotels.
- NEW!! You need to pre-book your tickets online at least two (2) days before you come here: Online Ticketing
- A valid Person with a disability ID or Student ID is the basis for special privileges and discounts.
- The price includes electric boat rides on Lake Kozjak and panoramic train rides, visitor insurance, and VAT.
- Panoramic trains and boats do not operate in in the low season. Only walking tours are provided during winter.
- Responsible dog owners and dogs on a leash (at all times) are very welcome.
Working Hours / Entrances / Parking
Park is open every day of the year, including Sundays and public holidays.
1. From 1.4. until 31.10. working hours are from 08:00 to 19:00. Ticket sales until 17:00.
2. From 1.11. until 31.3. working hours are from 08:00 to 16:00. Ticket sales until 14:00.
1. Entrances to the park from 1.4. until 31.10. are 1 Rastovača, 2 Hladovina and the Auxiliary Entrance 2 Flora.
2. Entrances to the park from 1.11. until 31.3. are 1 Rastovača and the Auxiliary Entrance 2 Flora.
1. Charged parking from 1.4. until 31.10. - Entrance 1 Rastovača, Entrance 2 Hladovina.
2. Free parking from 1.11. until 31.3. - Entrance 1 Rastovača, Entrance 2 Hladovina.
Whenever possible, please walk, jog, cycle or use public transport to reach the Park, thank you!
Reservation / Information
- phone: +385 (0)53 751-014; +385(0)53 751-015
- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have an eventful and memorable stay in GWT2P destination!