Healthcare Croatia

Healthcare in Croatia

Since Croatia entered the European Union, your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will allow you to access public healthcare provided in Croatia at a reduced cost, or even for free.  You will need to provide an additional proof of ID, such as passport or identity card.

The EHIC card will also cover treatment of pre-existing conditions and routine maternity checks, providing you didn’t visit specifically to give birth in Croatia.

Emergency telephone numbers

If you find yourself in a serious or life-threatening emergency or you need an ambulance, dial 112. Calls are free of charge from any phone, including mobile phones. Ambulance services are free in Croatia.

When you call emergency services in Croatia, you will have to provide the following information: your name/the nature of the incident/what time the incident occurred/where the incident occurred/ if there are any injured or ill people, and how severe the injuries are/ what kind of help you’re looking for (fire, ambulance, etc)

Other important phone numbers to note down:

  • 92 – police
  • 93 – fire brigade
  • 94 – ambulance services
  • 9155 – sea rescue
  • 987 – road side help (00385 1 987 from foreign mobile phones)

Insects and bugs in Croatia


Unfortunately,there are plenty of mosquitos in Croatia, so make sure to cover up at night, or use products with one of the following active ingredients that can also help prevent mosquito bites. Higher percentages of active ingredient provide longer protection

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  • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or PMD
  • IR3535

Always use insect repellent as directed.

What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?

  • Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.

Other insects:

Croatia has plenty of grasshoppers that sometimes come indoors, praying mantis, and even small scorpions. None of these are dangerous.