Croatian custom regulations related to the passanger traffic

 

EXEMPTIONS IN PASSENGER TRAFFIC

Foreign and domestic passengers are exempted from paying customs and tax at import of:

  • Personal luggage, that are considered to be objects for personal use of the passengers during travelling – clothes and cosmetics, cameras and portable devices (radio- CD player, TV, computer etc.) such objects cannot be borrowed to others for usage
  • Objects that are non commercial (considering kind and amount) that are not for resale smaller household devices whose total value is under KN 300
  • Passenger are exempted from paying customs for the following goods:
    • 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
    • One liter of alcoholic beverages
    • 2 liters of liqueurs or dessert or sparkling wines
    • 2 liters of table wine
    • Perfume up to 50 ml
    • 250ml of toilet water
    • Medications and medical products in the amount necessary for personal passenger use (which is proven by the medical documentation)
    • Homeopathic products (one packet)

Passengers younger than 17 year are not exempted from paying customs for tobacco and alcoholic beverages.

Exemptions are not valid for the crew in transportation vehicles, employees at the border and persons residing in the border area.

On the goods from the country with which Croatia closed the Trade Agreement the lower tax rate can be applied if the condition for preferential treatment is fulfilled. In many cases such goods will be exempted from paying customs duty.

Object that do not fulfill the named condition are liable for the payment of customs and taxes.

 

CUSTOMS DECLARATION OF GOODS IN THE PASSENGER TRAFFIC

All goods brought into the customs area of the Republic of Croatia undergo the customs surveillance and control from the moment of its entry. That means that every person is obligated at the crossing of the border to declare the goods that s/he is carrying, independently if there should or not be any procedures necessary (i.e. collecting of customs duty or other import duties). These rules are applicable on both the Croatian and foreign citizens.

In the passenger traffic the simplified declaration procedure at the crossing of the country border is applied and in the form of the oral declaration. The goods that are not on the usual place or the customs officer cannot see it in a simple way, and for it the customs duty must be paid, must be explicitly declared.

Since mid 2001, there are so called green lines on a few road and airport border crossings for the passengers that are bringing in the goods that are a part of privileges. This line cannot be used by passengers that are bringing in the goods for which the duties must be paid (and in case it is established that such goods are being brought in there is the case of customs offence).

The customs officer establishes if the goods that is reported-declared being brought in and if the bringing in of the goods are liable for the calculation and payment of customs duty and other duties. Depending on this determination depends the further proceeding.

If for the goods the exemption from paying duties is not foreseen, they are calculated on the special form for calculation of import duties

At the calculation of the import duties the sales value of the goods is determining factor (according to invoices).

The calculation of import duties can be done at the border crossing, if the value of the goods is not higher than KN 5,000.00, and then the unique customs rate is applied – 10%. If the subject of calculation are goods with origin from the country with which the Republic of Croatia has closed contract on free trade, at the passenger request the lower customs rate or rate “free” can be applied and then the goods in the value of up to EUR 1,200.00 can be declared at the border crossing. At bringing certain products – alcoholic beverages, tobacco, oil derivates – a special kind of tax – excise is calculated. On the total amount of the customs value of the goods, customs duty and possibly excise duty, the VAT is being calculated at the general rate (or lower rate if the goods in question undergo lower rate of VAT – some food products, medications, books).

The procedure at the border, allows to the passenger (instead of unique customs rate) to ask for the applications of customs duty from the Customs Tariff. Such request of the passenger that the customs rate according to the Customs tariff is to be applied, demands that the regular customs declaration procedure is performed in the inner customs house.

 

LIMITATIONS AT IMPORT OF GOODS IN THE PASSENGER TRAFFIC

At the import of certain kinds of goods separate rules and limitations are applied, concerning the obligation of possessing certain documentation of authorized bodies, the limitation of amounts and performing special procedures of control at goods import.

Bringing in and taking out of cash and cheques

The foreign currency cash and cheques, and the cash and cheques in Kuna the passenger can bring in or take out without limitations, however, she/he is obligated to report to the customs officer bringing in or taking out the amounts in the counter value of Euro 10,000.00 or more. The foreign passengers are considered to be people with residence abroad or persons that on basis of valid working permit spend abroad at least 183 days a year.

The taking out of the foreign currency is limited to exclusively Croatian citizens – residents to the value of EUR 3,000.00 in cash, and if a higher amount is being taken out the approval of the Croatian National Bank is necessary. The bringing in of the foreign currency and cheques is not limited. The bringing in or taking out of the domestic currency i.e. Kuna for the residents is limited to the amount of KN 15,000.00, and the bringing in or taking out of a higher amount is subject to the approval of the Croatian National Bank. Also for the residents, as well as for the foreign passenger, the obligation to report to the customs officer every bringing in or taking out of an amount higher than Euro 10,000.00 in the counter value is valid.

Cultural heritage

Cultural heritage (collection, archaeological artifacts, paintings, sculptures, old books, ethnological treasures etc) can be brought in or taken out only on the basis of the approval of the body in charge of the protection of the cultural heritage (export license)

Live animals, temporary import of pets

All kinds of animals can be imported in Croatia over designated border crossings on which the veterinarian inspection performs the medical check. Every animal must have international certificate on the animal health or veterinarian certificate issued by the country of export.

Temporary import or export of animals, pets (dogs, cats, birds etc.) for the shorter period of time (touristic travelling, holidays etc.) can be allowed on all border crossings without veterinarian check under the condition that dogs, cats and tamed ferret.

  • carry microchip
  • have passport or veterinarian certificate (issued by the authorized veterinarian of the authorized body)
  • are vaccinated against rabies (into passport or veterinarian certificate must be stated until when the certificate is valid)

 

Protected species

Specimen of the endangered species of wild flora and fauna (f.e. turtles, snakes, birds, lizards) and trophies and products made of such animals and plants, can be imported or exported only on the basis of the international certificate, CITES, that is issued by the authorities of the exporting country.

Import of food

Food, regardless of the amount that is being imported, must comply to the regulations on food and is subject of the check of the veterinarian inspector on the border crossings prior to entry, while the import of the products of the animal origin (meat and meat products and all other products that contain meat, eggs, milk, cheese and other dairy products, and animal food based on animal content),is free up to the amounts listed in the table – the amounts of products of animal origin that the passengers can bring in the personal luggage at entering ht Republic of Croatia, per passenger depending on the country from which it is being brought in, while bringing in of a higher amount is only possible with the possession of the foreseen certificate of the country to which it is being brought in and with the special veterinarian check. All products that do not comply with the stated requirements will be taken from the passenger and removed by the veterinarian inspection.

 

Amount /kg COUNTRY PRODUCT REMARK
10 European union, Andorra, Lichtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Island • Meat
• Milk
• Meat products
• Diary product
• No condition must be fulfilled
10 European union,Andorra, Lichtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Faroe islands, Greenland islands • Milk powder for
• Food for and food for special need
• No need to be put into the refrigerator prior to consumption
• Are packed with the protection producer seal and meant for the sales to the end consumer
• Packing is not damaged, except if it is not being used at the moment
2 Other countries – third countries • Milk powder for
• Food for and food for special need
• No need to be put into the refrigerator prior to consumption
• Are packed with the protection producer seal and meant for the sales to the end consumer
• Packing is not damaged, except if it is not being used at the moment
10 European union,Andorra, Lichtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Faroe islands, Greenland islands • Special food for pets used for medical purposes
• No need to be put into the refrigerator prior to consumption
• Are packed with the protection producer seal and meant for the sales to the end consumer
• Packing is not damaged, except if it is not being used at the moment
2 Other countries – third countries • Special food for pets used for medical purposes
• No need to be put into the refrigerator prior to consumption
• Are packed with the protection producer seal and meant for the sales to the end consumer
• Packing is not damaged, except if it is not being used at the moment
20 All countries • fresh, dried, boiled, marinated or smoked fish
• Some shell fish f.e. scampi, lobster
• honey, live oysters
• The fresh fish is eviscerated (the bowls are removed)
• The weight of the fishery products is not over 20 kg or the weight of one fish per person, depending which weight is higher
• The amount does not pertain to the fishery product coming from Faroe Islands or Iceland.
10 European union, Andorra, Lichtenstein, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Faroe islands, Greenland islands • honey, live oysters
 
2 Other countries – third countries • honey, live oysters
 
Unlimited amounts All countries • Bread, cakes, cookies, chocolate and (including sweets) that are not mixed or filled with meat products
• Food additives packed for the end consumer
• Meat extracts and concentrates
• Olives filled with fish
• Pastry that that are not mixed or filled with meat products
• Soups and spices packed for the end consumer
• Other groceries, that do not contain fresh or processed meat and products of mild and contain less than 50% of processed eggs or fishery products
 
Unlimited amounts All countries All products If they fulfil the requirements of the commercial shipment which includes: • Appropriate certification
• Declaring the goods with the appropriate documentation to the veterinarian control on the approved border crossing
Additional limitation All countries Products of animal origin of the protected special • F.e. caviar from the endangered species, the amount is limited to maximally 125 g per person

 

Plants

Plants, seed, propagating material, organic fertilizers and plant products by which plant vermin can be brought into Croatia, can be imported only on the border crossings where the border inspection performs the health control. Every shipment must have certificate on the health condition (fitocertificate) issued by the exporting country. Health control and fitocertificate are not obligatory if the passenger is importing small shipment of vegetable and flower seeds in the original packaging and of the total weight of 100g, i.e. flower bulbs in the original packaging and of the total weight of 3 kg with declaration and origin from the countries of the European Union.

Medications

The passengers can for their personal use bring in medication in the amounts necessary for treatment of up to one month and that is based on the medical documentation (medical history and similar) Import or export of drugs is forbidden for the passengers but the medications containing drugs can be brought in or taken out in the amount necessary for the personal use for the period of up to five days and with possession of the appropriate medical documentation.

Weapons

At the crossing of the state border the passenger must report to the police weapons and ammunition that they are carrying. Over the state border only weapons for which the permit is possessed can be carried. To the foreign passengers the border police issue the Authorization for carrying and keeping of sports weapons during their stay in the Republic of Croatia.

Temporary import

Foreign passengers can temporary import the object that is necessary for the purpose of their travel in the Republic of Croatia for purposes of tourism, sport, business meetings etc. The objects must be brought in with the passenger or in the personal luggage and taken out at the latest when the passenger leaves the area of the Republic of Croatia. Personal car, caravan etc can be temporary imported for the longest period of six months within the period of twelve months, while the floating vessel for entertainment can be imported for the period of eighteen months.

The right for the temporary importation pertains to the transportation vehicles:

  • Registered outside the area of the Republic of Croatia on the name of a foreigner
  • Are owned by y foreigner i.e. the person with the usual residence outside the Republic of Croatia
  • That are used by persons with the usual residence outside the Republic of Croatia

Temporary imported objects and transportation vehicles cannot be given to other persons to be used for other purposes. If temporary imported objects and transportation vehicles are given to other persons to be used for other purposes, it is considered that a customs offence is committed.

Export of goods

In Croatia the export customs duties are not prescribed, so the duties at export are not calculated, which does not mean that the goods are not subjected to the export control (health regulation, endangered species, cultural heritage etc.)

Refund of VAT

Foreign citizens that do not have in Croatia permanent or temporary residence can claim refund of tax for the goods purchased in Croatia if the following conditions are fulfilled: • The value of goods per one invoice is higher than KN 500

  • The seller issued the filled in PDV-P form
  • Buyer – foreign citizen took the goods abroad
  • The purchased goods were given to the customs for control and then the form PDV –P is verified and the date of crossing the border is written in
The foreign citizen must claim the tax within six months from the date when the invoice was issued. The right to claim the tax does not pertain to the oil derivates.