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Visiting Croatia After Brexit

Visiting Croatia After Brexit

Note: Although we’re posting this on the 1st April, Brexit is not an April Fool’s. Sadly.

Ahh, Brexit. The 29th March 2019 has been and gone and the UK is still apparently in the EU. But somehow Brexit is still inching closer and closer (what date is it now…12th April? Goodie) and no one’s any the wiser with regards to what will happen with the UK. But there is some important information for travellers considering visiting Croatia after Brexit which we’ll lay out here. Whether any of this will actually come into effect and when (April? May? Never?!) we shall just have to see.

The information on this page is largely related to travellers visiting Croatia after Brexit. If you’re a British national residing in Croatia (or thinking about doing so), we’d suggest looking at the information provided on the GOV.UK website: Living in Croatia. If you live in Croatia and have any concerns, you may like to contact the British Embassy in Zagreb.

Visiting Croatia after Brexit

All of this information on this page relates to visiting Croatia as we’re an Croatian travel information website, of course. But Croatia is part of the EU, so (most of) this advice relates to visiting any other EU country as well.

Much of the information also depends on whether the UK leaves the EU with or without a deal. Really, it’s a waiting game as to what will happen.

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Should the UK leave the EU on 12th April without a deal, EHIC cards will no longer be valid. If there is a deal, these cards are likely to still be valid over the next few years of transition. Beyond that, it is unclear whether UK citizens can use EHIC cards in Europe.

If you already have an EHIC card and are visiting Croatia this year, we would advise you to still take it along.

But most importantly, we would absolutely advise all travellers to arrange separate travel insurance for visiting Croatia in case any health issues arise.

More info: EHIC advice (NHS)

Driving Licenses

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 12th April, UK driving license holders will need to obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) in order to drive in the EU (including Croatia).

An IDP is not a driving license, but a permit that can be used in addition to a British driving license. It is used in countries where using just a UK driving license is not sufficient. (Currently around 140 countries – not including the EU – require one for British drivers.)

An IDP can be easily obtained from the Post Office and costs just £5.50. If you’re planning on driving in Croatia this summer, we would recommend you obtain an IDP now (given the low cost), just to be on the safe side in case of a no deal Brexit.

More info: Driving Abroad (from Gov.uk)

Passport Requirements for Croatia and the EU

Advice here actually differs for the EU and for Croatia – most of the EU is part of the Schengen Zone whereas Croatia (and Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus) are not (yet).

If travelling to the Schengen Zone after a possible no deal Brexit, you need to have at least 6 months left on your passport after arriving in that Schengen Zone country. That means if you currently have less than six months left on your passport, you need to renew your passport pretty much immediately.

However, for non-Schengen Zone EU countries – such as Croatia – this rule does not appear to apply. (Or rather, such countries can apply their own rules.) If you’re visiting Croatia after Brexit, it does not seem to be the case that you have to have six months left on your passport. The Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website does not state anything regarding this – only saying:

** Since Brexit talks are still ongoing, the public will be informed about possible changes to the entry terms and travel regime in regard to British citizens via media and the MFEA website in timely fashion.

Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website

Which is about as vague as Brexit itself. Essentially, keep your eyes peeled.

More advice: Passport rules for travel to the EU after Brexit (Gov.uk)

Visa requirements for Croatia and the EU

In future, although UK passport holders won’t require a visa to visit Croatia/the EU, they will need to apply for an ETIAS visa waiver. ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorisation System) is essentially the European version of an ESTA, the visa waiver programme for the United States.

When it comes into effect (in ‘early 2021’), it can be applied for online and will cost €7. It will be valid for three years.

More info: A European Travel Information and Authorisation System – Questions & Answers (European Commission)

Data Roaming

These days, what’s a holiday without posting daily updates on Insta, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Linkedin, Myspace and MSN Messenger? #summerhols And we all know how picturesque and photo-perfect Croatia is, right? It’s just made for sharing.

Aside from a smartphone, what’s the next most important thing you need to achieve peak social media sharing? Data roaming…and lots of it.

Brits been lucky enough to get ‘free’ data roaming (plus calls and texts, of course) in the EU for a couple of years now. However, this will very likely change post Brexit – with or without a deal.

The current suggestion is that should the UK leave the EU with a deal, British holidaymakers could still enjoy free data roaming until the end of 2020 (or until the end of the transition period, if different).

However, if the UK leaves without a deal then it is down to individual mobile operators as to whether or not they start reintroducing charges for using a phone in the EU – and they could do so almost immediately.

You may like to contact your mobile phone network to see what they say with regards to this, particularly if you’re planning on visiting Croatia or the EU soon.

More info:

Flights to Croatia and the EU

Even if there is a no deal, it is very unlikely that flights to or from Croatia would suddenly get cancelled the day after the UK leaves the EU. So if you have already bought flights to Croatia, or are thinking about it, we would say don’t worry in this regard – and look forward to your holiday!

More info: Brexit: Will flights be disrupted? (BBC News)

Visiting Croatia after Brexit – in conclusion

If you have booked your flights and holiday to Croatia this summer, we’re (almost) sure that everything will be fine and that you’ll have an amazing time.

But, overall, we’re recommend paying close attention to the news to a) see the actual Brexit outcome and b) in case there are any announcements effecting travellers to the EU!

Wines by Aizia

Discover Croatian wine in the UK with Wines by Aizia

We’re sure you’ve enjoyed a glass or two of outstanding Croatian wine while on holiday in the country. Thanks to new company Wines by Aizia, it’s now possible to enjoy Croatian wine in the UK too!

Croatian Wines in the UK - Wines by Aizia

 

Croatia – A long history of wine

Although there are many fine wines that are produced in almost every region of the country, what many perhaps don’t know is that Croatia has a long history with wine. The plains of Stari Grad on the island of Hvar, for example, are a listed UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the oldest continuously cultivated vinicultural site in the world dating back to the 4th century BC.

And how’s this for a fascinating bit of Croatian wine trivia? For the coronation of Her Majesty The Queen in 1953, Buckingham Palace ordered 11,000 bottles of Traminac wine from Ilok Old Cellars. This 1947 vintage white wine, specially chosen for its intense perfume, full body and intense flavours of rose, orange blossom and tropical fruits can still be purchased today.

Croatian wine in the UK with Wines by Aizia

Wines by Aizia are proud to bring some of Croatia’s outstanding, award winning wines to the UK market. The company works closely with selected wineries and small local producers to offer a premium selection of the best Croatian wines at competitive prices. Their small producers produce award winning wines in limited quantities. The specials that they have are exciting and fresh, sometimes unusual and only available to Wines by Aizia’s members while stocks last.

Later this year Wines by Aizia will also be offering wine tasting tours to Croatia, visiting a selection of carefully chosen vineyards. Guests will be shown around the vineyard’s cellar and the estate by the winemaker and English speaking guides and enjoy a tasking session of the best local food and wine.

Mikki Hall, the MD of Wines by Aizia, said:

“I am excited to be bringing Croatia’s excellent wines to the UK giving consumers the opportunity to discover the great variety and quality available. Our autumn collection showcases producers from Eastern Croatia, Feravino, Vina Papak and Wineries Erdut.”

Wines by Aizia - Vina Papak

The Vina Papak Traminac Radosh (left) and the Vina Papak Graševina Radosh (right)

Vina Papak is a family owned winery run by husband and wife team, Mladen and Snjezana Papak. Malden was director of the famous Old Ilok Cellars and in 2014 took a brave step to pursue his passion and started their own vineyard and wine production, creating the most eco-friendly vineyard in Ilok and perhaps all of Croatia.

Wines by Aizia are very pleased to announce that in a recent wine tasting by esteemed wine critic Jancis Robinson OBE, their Feravino Dika Grasevina scored 16 out of possible 20 points.

Mikki’s passion for Croatian wine is as a result of hailing from Croatia herself. Although she moved to the UK when she was 19, she and her husband David (co-owner of Wines by Aizia) have explored the vineyards and wine cellars of Croatia for years. Their aim is to improve the availability of ease of purchase of fine Croatian wine in the UK.

More information

For more details on Wines by Aizia and full information on how to purchase some of their very fine wines, please see aiziawines.com.

British Croatian Society Annual Dinner

British Croatian Society Annual Dinner, 4th November 2016

This year’s British Croatian Society Annual Dinner will take place on 4th November at the wonderful Queen’s Club in West London. The private members club is the first multipurpose sports complex ever to be built anywhere in the world, and is situated in a both tranquil and charming setting.

British Croatian Society Annual Dinner 2016

A drinks reception will be held from 6.30pm, followed by a dinner at 7.30pm. Dress code is lounge suit/smart casual.

Tickets for the annual dinner cost £45 for members or £50 for non-members.

If you’d like to book a ticket, please email britishcroatiansociety@gmail.com with your name and that of anyone else in your party. Payment for tickets can be made on the British Croatian Society website at www.britishcroatiansociety.com/events.

The British Croatian Society hopes to see you at the dinner!

British Croatian Society Annual Dinner
Friday 4th November 2016
The Queen’s Club
Palliser Road
London
W14 9EQ
www.britishcroatiansociety.com

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British Croatian Society Annual Dinner, 13th November 2015

The British Croatian Society will be hosting its Annual Dinner on Friday 13th November 2015 at the East India Club in London. This year, the dinner will be raising money for the London Supplementary School for Croatian children.

British Croatian Society Annual Dinner

The dinner costs £45 for members, £50 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased by emailing the Society directly on britishcroatiansociety@gmail.com and payment can be made online at www.britishcroatiansociety.com/events.

A drinks reception will be held from 6.30pm, and dinner will be served at 7.30pm. Dress code – lounge suit.

The East India Club is a private members club that has a long history of welcoming visitors from around the world.

The British Croatian Society hopes to see you at the dinner!

British Croatian Society Annual Dinner
Friday 13th November 2015
16 St James’s Square
London
SW1Y 4LH
www.britishcroatiansociety.com

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British Croatian Society Annual Dinner

British-Croatian Society Annual Dinner in London, 22nd November 2013

The British-Croatian Society Annual Dinner will take place in London on Friday 22nd November, with this year’s dinner returning to the wonderful venue of The Montague on The Gardens Hotel, following the success of the dinner there last year.

British Croatian Society Annual Dinner

After being welcomed with a glass of wine, attendees will enjoy a sumptuous three course dinner followed by petits fours and coffee, served in the The Montague’s Great Russell Suite. With the hotel holding such an excellent reputation for its food and service and located so centrally (close to the British Museum), there’s no doubt that this will be a delightful evening.

Guest speaker at the dinner will be Josko Stella, Director of Tourism for the Split region, who will talk about new developments in tourism. The Croatian Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Dr. Ivan Grdesic, will also be present.

Tickets for the dinner cost £50. You can book places for the dinner by emailing britishcroatiansociety@gmail.com with the names of those attending. Please then visit the British-Croatian Society website’s Membership page where you can pay online via Paypal (click on AD £50). Alternatively, if you would prefer to pay by cheque, please see the payment details on the Society’s Events page.

This is sure to be a very enjoyable night as one of the top events on the British-Croatian social calendar!

British-Croatian Society Annual Dinner
6.30pm, Friday 22nd November 2013
The Montague on the Gardens Hotel
15 Montague Street
WC1B 5BJ

Croatian Film Festival

Croatian Film Festival in London, 31st October to 2nd November 2013

Starting tomorrow, there’s an exciting opportunity to see some Croatian films in London! The four-day Croatian Film Festival is being presented by the British-Croatian Society and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre and will take place at the Lost Theatre on Wandsworth Road, London SW8. A diverse mix of subject matters will be presented through these films, featuring a combination of dramas and comedies, and many of the films shown have won multiple awards both in Croatia and internationally. Most will be feature films, although there will also be one short film shown. And – don’t worry, English-speaking friends! All films will be shown with English subtitles.

Croatian Film Festival

The Croatian Film Festival will kick things off at 6pm on Thursday 31st October with a screening of Pismo ćaći (A Letter to My Dad), described as a drama-documentary hybrid that’s based on real events but structured like a live-action feature film. At 8pm the same day, the romantic comedy Sonja i bik (Sonja And The Bull) will be shown; Zagreb-girl and animal-rights activist Sonja challenges the Dalmatian countryside residents on their bullfighting…and they in turn, challenge her to stand in front of a bull.

On Friday 1st November at 6pm, the comedy-drama Nije kraj (Will Not Stop There) will be screened, followed by the experimental short film From To at 8.30pm. At 8.45pm, it’s Neka ostane među nama (Just Between Us).

On Saturday 2nd November at 5pm, it’s the turn of Lea & Darija – an inspiring and true coming-of-age tale of two thirteen year old girls who were dancing and acting stars in Zagreb on the eve of World War II. At 7pm on Saturday, it’s Ljudožder vegetarijanac (Cannibal Vegetarian), a medical crime thriller. At 9pmNa putu (On The Path), the tale of a young Bosnian-Muslim couple, Luna and Amar, in post-war Sarajevo who have to deal with Amar’s increasing Muslim radicalisation. Zrinka Cvitesic, who plays Luna, was nominated for Best Actress at the 2010 European Film Awards for this role.

More details on the films showing at the Croatian Film Festival in London can be found on the Lost Theatre website at www.losttheatre.co.uk/index.php/11-current-shows/200-croatian-film-festival-welcome-croatia where you can also book tickets for any of the screenings.

Tickets cost £10 (£8 concessions) for all films, and you can also buy a full festival pass for £25. (Tickets bought online/by phone have an additional booking fee.)

You can also find the programme online on the British-Croatian Society website: www.britishcroatiansociety.com/London%202013%20ENG.pdf

See you there!

Croatian Film Festival
31st October – 2nd November 2013 2013
Lost Theatre
208 Wandsworth Road
SW8 2JU

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Croatian Fair & Gala Dinner in London this week!

As part of the celebrations in the run up to Croatia’s accession to the EU on 1st July 2013, the British Croatia Business Club (BCBC) is hosting a couple of exciting events this week!

On the 23rd & 24th May – this coming Thursday and Friday – they will be hosting a Croatian Products and Services Fair, which will be the perfect opportunity to sample and purchase Croatian food and drinks – whether that’s something you’re trying for the first time, or something you know and love well! This fair, the first of its kind in the UK, will see a number of well-known Croatian companies gather together to showcase their wares, with over thirty companies taking part. Well known names such as Croatia Airlines, Croata, Jamnica, Maraska, Paprenjak and Podravka will all be appearing, amongst many others. The Croatian Products and Services Fair will take place in the Battersea Arts Centre in south London, a wonderfully historic venue – built in 1893 – that’s been host to many important events over the years.

Croatian Fair - Croatian Gala Dinner

The Fair will be open to the public from 11am to 7pm on both Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th, and entrance is free. Do register your attendance for the fair via info@bcbc.org.uk as every fifth entry will win a prize!

If you’d like to celebrate in some additional style and glamour, the BCBC is also hosting a wonderful Gala Dinner on Saturday 25th May, also at the Battersea Arts Centre. The four course dinner – a Croatian menu, of course, created by Croatian and British chefs – will be accompanied by a fine selection of Croatian wines. There will also be a full entertainment programme featuring both Croatian and British artists, as well as a raffle and auction with some exciting prizes – the proceeds of which will be going to the Croatian charity, Anima Caelestis. Popular TV personalities will introduce the evening, and a welcome speech of distinguished British and Croatian guests will also take place.

Croatian Gala Dinner

Tickets cost £45 per person (£30 concessions), which includes the four course dinner and a limited selection of wine and soft drinks. There’s only a few tickets left, so do be quick to snap one up! They can be bought online via the BCBC website at www.bcbc.org.uk/fair.html.

British Croatian Business Club

 

Croatian Fair
10am – 7pm, Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th May 2013

Croatian Gala Dinner
6.30pm – 10.30pm, Saturday 25th May 2013

Battersea Arts Centre
Lavender Hill
SW11 5TN

Croatian Football

Visit Croatia match report: Croatia v. South Korea in London

The last time Croatia played an international in London it was a truly memorable night (regardless of who you were rooting for) – there was a torrential downpour for much of the game; a wally with a brolly; a rude interpretation of the national anthem; and a highly surprising 3-2 victory for Croatia at Wembley against England, meaning Croatia topped their Euro 2008 qualifying group…and England finished third in the group, meaning they missed the tournament!

This time round, it was a much less dramatic affair, not least because it was a less pressurised match (a friendly) in a much more low-key setting (Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage – sorry if that offends any Fulham fans but really, wooden seats?) against weaker opposition (as the scoreline suggests).

The 2pm kick-off was certainly unusual for a Wednesday afternoon, but I assume this may have been scheduled in this way for television in South Korea, where it would have been 11pm. There must have only been a few thousand fans in the stadium, where only two stands were open – although different areas had been designated for South Korean and Croatian fans. In fact, I don’t believe there was any “neutral” seating, so I did hear a number of English voices (without any hint of an accent!) sitting in the Croatian side.

The South Korean fans – which, to me, seemed mainly to be young students (there must be plenty of them in London and I suppose who else would be free on a Wednesday afternoon?!) – had brought plenty of home-made banners and  signs to wave about at their players. I’m sure I’m not the only one to remark on this – now or before – but the South Korean fans also tend to scream during the match in a very high-pitched fashion when their team advances forward or they do anything remotely exciting…it’s almost like they’re at a pop concert! It’s definitely unusual for a football match where you’re generally expecting to hear loud, manly chanting most of the time – but it’s actually rather endearing.

The Croatian fans brought their usual collection of red-and-white checkered clothing and memorabilia – hats, scarfs, baseball caps, waterpolo caps (really – hey, we’re Olympian champions!) as well as plenty of flags…and yes, they participated in loud, manly chanting.

The match itself turned into a rather one-sided affair after the initial stages, with Croatia largely coasting through much of it. Certainly the 4-0 scoreline – and being able to see the top stars – made it worth attending the game despite the freezing conditions (although nothing that a cup of Bovril didn’t fix). The match also marked the hundredth appearance for Croatia for a trio of their players – Darijo Srna, Josip Simunic and Stipe Pletikosa.

I wonder if some of the English fans were pleased to see Luka Modric on an English pitch again – the Tottenham fan I attended the game with didn’t seem so happy to see him again, it has to be said…

Scorers for Croatia were Mario Mandzukic (32 min); Darijo Srna (38 min); Everton’s Nikica Jelavic (58 min); and “home-boy” (i.e. Fulham player) Mladen Petric (85 min).

Take a look at some of our match photos below, or here’s a fre of “proper” match reports! Croatia outclass South Korea in London friendly (Reuters) and Jelavic gives Moyes food for thought as Croatia ease past South Korea (Daily Mail)

Croatia - South Korea, 6th February 2013

Modric points AND runs with the ball – that’s skill!

Croatia - South Korea, 6th February 2013

100th cap man, Stipe Pletikosa – nice to see the crowds out in force for him (I joke, that stand was actually closed) – taking this photo made me miss Croatia’s first goal

Croatia - South Korea, 6th February 2013

Not a bad view for £15 seats

Croatia - South Korea, 6th February 2013

Ivan Strinic

Croatia - South Korea, 6th February 2013

See – wooden seats!

Croatia - South Korea, 6th February 2013

Off for half time

Croatia - South Korea, 6th February 2013

Back on for the second half

Croatia - South Korea, 6th February 2013

Vedran Corluka

Croatia - South Korea, 6th February 2013

A bit of midfield action

Croatia - South Korea, 6th February 2013

Celebrating the third goal

Croatia - South Korea, 6th February 2013

Lining up for a free kick

Croatia - South Korea, 6th February 2013

Celebrating the fourth goal

Croatia - South Korea, 6th February 2013

Full time

Croatia - South Korea, 6th February 2013

Croatian players – including number 3, Josip Simunic – applauding the fans