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Croatia joins Schengen zone, adopts euro

Croatia,  which became an EU member in 2013, is the newest member of the border-free Schengen zone and replaces the Croatia kuna with the euro. euro in croatia 

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With this action, Croatia becomes the 27th country of the Schengen zone. EC President Ursula von der Leyen called it a ‘historic’ moment. Croatia has ‘achieved its strategic, state and political goals’ Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said. It ‘means a lot for Croatia as a tourist country’ the PM said. Some of the best Croatia tours you can find here.

What is Schengen? euro in croatia 

The Schengen area is one of the main achievements of the European project. It started in 1985 as an intergovernmental project between five EU countries– France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg – and has gradually expanded to become the largest free travel area in the world.

Schengen is the name of a small village in Luxembourg, on the border with Germany and France, where the Schengen Agreement and the Schengen Convention were signed in 1985 and in 1990 respectively.

Being part of an area without internal border controls means that countries:

  • do not carry out checks at their internal borders, except in cases of specific threats
  • carry out harmonised controls at their external borders, based on clearly defined criteria

Croatia Welcomed 118,000 Foreign Tourists Last November euro in croatia 

In November 2022, Croatia welcomed more than 118,000 foreign tourists and more than 142,000 domestic tourists.
Data provided by Croatia’s eVisitor system revealed that the number of overnight stays by foreign tourists during this period has reached over 629,000, while domestic tourists have made over 296,000 stays. In addition, the most positive results were observed in Istria and Dubrovnik.

In this regard, the head of the Tourist Board of the Istria District, Denis Ivošević pointed out that compared to the same period of 2021, as far as guests in Istria are concerned, the figures are between 15 to 18 percent better.

Commenting on these data, Miro Drašković from the Dubrovnik Tourist Board said that the results are significantly better in Dubrovnik, with 50 percent more registered overnight stays.

“What troubles us is our geographical position, if we compare it with Istria. What we emphasize during the winter is a promotion in the surrounding countries, especially in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and on the domestic market. Our Advent program is adapted to this,” he also noted.

In October, the Readers’ Choice Awards ranked the Croatian city of Dubrovnik in the 12th position in terms of the friendliest cities in Europe for this year.

At the same time, Dubrovnik was rated as one of the friendliest cities in Europe by the world’s leading travel magazine, as it is dominated by many factors, such as architecture, history, and the art scene.

As far as tourism is concerned, Croatia has achieved positive results this year, which have been confirmed by trends from individual markets, including the Austrian market, from which 1,426,514 arrivals and 7,769,322 overnight stays have been achieved so far.

Based on data from the eVisitor system, compared to the same period in 2021, these figures show a five percent increase in terms of arrivals and overnight stays.

Furthermore, a special success is shown by overnight stays as the visits recorded for this year so far are higher than those realized in the whole year 2019, when Austrians spent a total of 7,762,916 nights in Croatia.

In August of this year, Croatian airports also registered 1,773,000 passengers, which means a 41.8 percent increase compared to the same period of the previous year, during which period only 1,250,000 passengers were registered.

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