Climate

Dubrovnik is proud for its very mild Mediterranean climate with long and hot summers. September is usually one of the most beautiful months of the year for Dubrovnik, when sea is still very warm, so do not forget to take your swimming suites in case you get some free time to go to the beach. Light jacket and shirt will be just enough for you to enjoy in Dubrovnik.

 

Time difference

Croatia is located in the Central European Time Zone, better to say, it is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).

 

Tipping

Service is almost always included in hotel and restaurant bills and further tip of a few coins is appropriate.

You can leave tips in case you are satisfied with a service in the restaurant, but waiter has no right to require that.

 

Currency and payments

Croatian official currency is Croatian Kuna (HRK), and second currency often compared is Euro (EUR).

Current exchange EUR/HRK is :

1 EUR = cca 7,56 HRK

 

Exchange offices are located throughout the city (exchange offices, banks), at the airport or in banks elsewhere, even at hotel reception desk.

Croatian currency can be obtained from ATP using your debit or credit card.

 

For the current exchange rate please click:

http://www.hnb.hr/tecajn/htecajn.htm

 

Payments are possible in cash, as well with credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Diners, Amex)

 

Electricity

Electricity used in Croatia is 230 Volts / 50 Hz. A transformer is necessary for your electrical or electronic equipment if using different voltage (i.e. USA, Canada). Please make sure to bring adapters since sockets in your country may differ from those in Croatia.

 

Internet connection

Wi-Fi free access for all conference participants will be available during the whole conference in congress centre. Many Dubrovnik hotels as well offer free Wi-Fi in their hotels.

 

Insurance

Participants are strongly recommended to take out adequate cover for health, travel and private liability insurance. The organisers cannot accept any liability for loss or damage of properties, injuries, unexpected events, non-appearance of specific speakers, program changes.

 

Passports and visas

Republic of Croatia is a member of the European Union.

The participants from particular countries are required to have valid visa.

Please take your passport as a personal identification document even when being an EU citizen.

 

There is visa-free entry for citizens of most European countries.

If necessary, visas are issued by diplomatic missions of the Republic of Croatia in a given country.

 

Republic of Croatia is still not a member of the Schengen area. Inhabitants of contractual states are not allowed to cross borders between states within this area without undergoing border controls. More precisely, inhabitants of these states have the obligation to carry a passport or identity card with them.

 

Some countries require a visa.

Please contact your nearest Croatia Embassy or Consulate for further information or visit the website of Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European affairs to the link :

http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

 

List of countries with visa waiver regime with the Republic of Croatia can be found here.

Visitors from non-EU Countries must possess a passport valid for at least a 3 month stay.

 

Participants requiring a visa should apply immediately to a consular office or diplomatic mission of the Republic of Croatia in their country in order to avoid a delayed arrival to the Conference. Please note that the visa application procedure can take up to two months.

It is not possible to obtain a visa at the Dubrovnik Airport.

 

Letter of Invitation

Invitation letters for short-stay visa purposes can be requested and will be issued by the Congress secretariat upon request. Delegates requiring visas should request a visa invitation letter from the organisers at the time of registering for the event, ensuring sufficient time is left for applications to be completed.

Delegates are then responsible for contacting the relevant/appropriate embassy themselves.

The organizers can do nothing further to assist this process.

 

Should you require an official letter of invitation to obtain your visa to enter the Republic of Croatia, please fill and send this form at your earliest convenience or contact Secretary:

 

Assist. Prof. Danijela Horvatek-Tomić

WPSA-Croatian Branch

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Veterinary medicine

Heinzelova 55, 10000 Zagreb

phone: +385 1 2390281 / fax: +385 1 2390410

e-mail: horvatek@vef.hr

 

Please note that the organisers do not undertake any obligation to pay any expenses incurred by supplying these letters. The organizers also will not act as an intermediary between the foreign police and will not provide notarized invitation letters. Furthermore, for some countries, a confirmation of registration with payment may be required by the organizers/authorities.

 

Language

Official language in Croatia is Croatian, but most of the people you meet will be able to help you by speaking English. Official language at conference is English with no possibility of simultaneous interpreting.

 

Important numbers

Dial number for Croatia: 00385

 

General emergency number – 112

Police – 192

Fire station – 193

ER (Medical Emergency) – 194

 

Taxi: 0800 0970

 

Few practical words in Croatian

Hello (Good day) – Dobar dan

Good morning – Dobro jutro

Good evening – Dobra večer

Good night – Laku noć

Thank you – Hvala

I am sorry – Oprostite

Yes – Da

No – Ne

Please – Molim

Bye Bye – Do viđenja / Bog / Adio