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Arrival to the Republic of Croatia by sea

The commander of a vessel entering the Republic of Croatia by sea must sail in taking the shortest route to the nearest port open to international traffic for border control and do the following:

  • obtain a vignette,
  • certify the list of crew and passengers or the lists of people in the Harbor Master’s Office

Vessels without capacity for a longer stay on board need not have the list of crew and passengers.

The vessel must bear a vignette in a visible place. The vignette must be attached to a vessel with length of 3 meters or above, and a vessel shorter than 3 meters if the total strength of propulsion system is 5 kW or more powerful.

A vignette is not required for rowing boats, regardless of their length, such as a kayak, beach canoe, pedal boat, etc. A vignette is not required for a vessel on anchorage in a port or another approved location in the Republic of Croatia.

Validity period of vignette is one year from the date of issue and only one vignette may be issued for one vessel per year.

The vignette is issued by Harbor Master’s Office or its branch office.

Border crossings open throughout the year:Umag, Poreč, Rovinj, Raša (Bršica), Rijeka, Mali Lošinj, Zadar, Šibenik, Split, Ploče, Korčula, Dubrovnik, Vela Luka, Ubli

Border crossings open during the high season:ACI Umag, Novigrad, Sali, Božava, Primošten, Hvar, Stari Grad (Hvar), Vis, Komiža and Cavtat

The commander of vessel on which personnel will be changed while sailing in Croatia is obliged to obtain a List of Persons from the Harbor Master’s Office or its branch office.

The List of Persons is an itemized list of persons who can stay on board and sail during the vignette validity period, and it is made out on a form.

The List of Persons shall be certified by a slip of vignette. The total number of persons shown on the List of Persons must not exceed doubled total number of persons the craft is designed to carry increased by 30% of the number of persons the craft is designed to carry

Children younger than 12 years are not entered on the List of Persons and they are not counted among the number of people who can board the vessel during the voyage in inland waters and on the territorial sea of Croatia. Should a presence of a person not listed on the List of Persons be discovered on a vessel during the inspection, or if the List of Persons has not been stamped by a part of vignette, or if the List does not exist, the vessel shall be deemed to engage in cabotage.

Original documents to be carried on board of a vessel sailing in the Republic of Croatia for the purpose of verification are as follows:

  • vignette
  • endorsed Crew and Passenger List
  • vignette for the sojourn tax
  • evidence of seaworthiness
  • evidence that the master or skipper of the craft holds the required certificate of competency, in accordance with the national regulations of the country under which flag it sails, i.e. in accordance with the Croatian regulations
  • evidence that the craft has been insured against damage inflicted to third parties
  • proof of ownership or authorization to use the craft

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