How To Travel With A Pet In Croatia?

Traveling with your pet is a fun experience, however….

Traveling with your pet is a fun experience, however, sometimes there might be some challenges with arranging your holiday. While Croatia is pet-friendly, check the required documentation for your pet’s entry. Start preparing early for a smooth process. Here are the few tips on How to Travel with a Pet in Croatia?

In order to travel with your pet to Croatia, you will need to complete the following requirements:

  • Pets must have a microchip
  • Pets must have a pet passport with pet description or an authorized certificate to confirm a clean bill of health
  • Proof of vaccination against rabies
  • Proof of ownership

For those traveling from an EU country, you will need a health certificate for your pet

The non-commercial EU health certificate for Croatia must be done by a licensed vet in the originating country within 10 days of travel. For pets from the United States, a USDA-accredited vet must complete it, endorsed by the State USDA office, unless done by a military Veterinary Corps Officer.

Regardless of entry country, sign a Declaration of Non-Commercial Transport confirming no sale or ownership transfer for your pet.

If you’re traveling from a non-EU country, you will need a health certificate for your pet

The non-commercial EU health certificate for Croatia must be completed by a licensed vet in the originating country within 10 days of travel. For pets from the United States, a USDA-accredited vet is required, and the certificate must be endorsed by the State USDA office, unless completed by a military Veterinary Corps Officer.

The CFIA must endorse forms issued by Canadian veterinarians.
If you’re traveling to Croatia from another country, then the forms must be endorsed by the government agency responsible for the import and export of animals.

Make sure to check if there are any requirements when entering Croatia with a pet for your specific country. To make sure you have all the requirements, check with the Ministry of Agriculture for more information.

One can enter Croatia with up to 5 pets in order to be treated as a non-commercial import.

Croatia can be your holiday destination when you’re traveling with a pet. When visiting the Croatian coast in summer, note that coastal cities are small, yet most have at least one pet-friendly park, beach, or dedicated dog park. Ensure the beach permits pets to avoid issues. Bigger cities offer many pet-friendly walking areas. Check pet policies for public transportation and understand procedures for boats and ferries. Some may require pets in carriers or on leashes. Be informed about their policies in advance.



Finding a pet-friendly accommodation

Ensure the accommodation is pet-friendly by checking the listing or website. Even if stated, mention your pet in the accommodation request for confirmation from the owner or agency.

Don’t assume every apartment will accept your pet, especially if it’s larger in size.

Check with owners about their definition of “smaller pets” as some may not specify. Be aware of potential extra charges for traveling with pets; get all information before confirming your reservation. Confirm if there are restrictions when traveling with more than one pet. Outside peak tourist season, finding accommodation in your preferred location is more likely due to increased choices.

If you’re traveling with a pet to Croatia, good advice would be to find an apartment or villa located near places where you will have an enjoyable environment for your pet, such as parks or pet-friendly beaches.

Maybe it would be best to avoid the peak tourist season (that would be July and August) or at least the most popular tourist places in Croatia since it tends to be hot and very crowded in that period and let’s be honest – most dogs won’t really appreciate that. Also, if you are booking an apartment or villa in Croatia which has a garden or pool, double-check if your pets can use these areas.

Here are the few Pet-friendly Apartments in Trogir, Croatia.

It is also advisable to always ask if you can sit at a bar or a restaurant with your pet. In most situations, in most tourist-oriented places, the answer will usually be a clear “Yes!”, and your companion will receive a bowl of water during the summer. And, if you get a “No”, that’s also OK, there are lots of places that will appreciate pets.

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