Important information for boat owners

The most important information for the boaters navigating the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea.

Information about releasing the vessel for free circulation

Reminder for the necessity to regulate the status of your vessel

By joining the European Union on July 1st, 2013 the Republic of Croatia became a part of European Customs Union, which means that after this date EU residents can no longer have their vessels under temporary import procedure in Croatia. Vessels that have been placed under temporary import procedure in Croatia by EU residents before July 1st, 2013, regardless of the flag a vessel flies, may remain under the temporary import procedure till the temporary import procedure (determined by the authorized customs office) is valid. When the period of the temporary import procedure expires, the EU residents have to discharge the procedure pursuant to the EU legislation choosing one of the following three ways:

  1. Releasing the vessel for free circulation or
  2. Re-exporting the vessel into a third country (outside the EU) or
  3. Transporting it (under T1 transit procedure) to another Member State.

In order to release your vessel for free circulation in Croatia, you have to place a customs declaration to the authorized customs office which will calculate and charge the import duty and value added tax (VAT), except in the cases listed below:

1. Import duty shall not be charged if:

  • A. The owner of the vessel presents a document proving Community status of the vessel (proved by presenting the T2L document) or
  • B. Presenting a document proving preferential origin of goods (EUR1 document, issued on June 30th, 2013 at the latest)

2. VAT shall not be charged in the following cases:

  • A. If the owner of the vessel provides proof that VAT has already been calculated and charged in one of the Member States or
  • B. If the date of the first registration of the vessel was more than 8 years before the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the EU or
  • C. If the VAT amount to be charged is less than 160,00 HRK (approx. 22 EUR).

Every vessel entering the EU customs territory may be subject to customs control either by a Croatian customs or any other Member State's customs authority. Therefore, we would like to mention, that EU residents should always have on board some kind of proof that the customs and/or VAT have been paid in one of the Member States or rather has the Commodity goods status. The ownership and flag of the vessel are not evidence that a vessel has Commodity goods status. The following documents prove that a vessel is a Commodity good:

  1. Document T2L or
  2. Original invoice or
  3. Certificate from a customs office or another respective document as a proof of VAT payment.

More information about the procedures of registering the status of a vessel can be found on the web pages of the Customs office of the Ministry of Finance  in Croatian and English language.

We would like to thank you for choosing the Croatian marinas for mooring your vessels.



Visitor's tax for boaters


According to the new visitor's tax law, a flat rate visitor's tax is paid by the owners or users of vessels (yachtsmen) for themselves and for all persons staying overnight on the vessel if the vessel is more than 5 meters long with bunks.

The paid flat rate amount covers the stay on board along the entire Croatian cost.

The flat rate amount of the visitor's tax can be paid for different time periods at the Harbor Master's Office or its branch office.

Yachtsmen paying the flat rate amount of the visitor's tax for the first time will get a vignette and an invoice for a limited time period. The second and every next time of payment only an invoice for the new time period will be issued.

For vessels of Croatian nationality the vignette is valid unlimited or till technical characteristics of the vessel change which are the condition for the payment of the visitor's tax.

The vignette has to be placed at a visible place and the invoice proving the payment of the visitor's tax has to be always on board.

For those guests who charter a vessel, the charter company charges the visitor's tax at the departure port for the entire duration of the charter and for every person on board.

The flat rate amount of the visitor's tax is determined by the length of the vessel.

The prices are shown in the following table:


Vessel length                 Time period          Amount in HRK
5 - 9 meters   up to 8 days 150,00   
  up to 15 days 300,00   
  up to 30 days 400,00   
  up to 90 days 600,00   
  up to 1 year 1000,00   
9 - 12 meters   up to 8 days 200,00
  up to 15 days 350,00
  up to 30 days 500,00 
  up to 90 days 650,00 
  up to 1 year 1.100,00 
12 - 15 meters   up to 8 days 300,00
  up to 15 days 400,00
  up to 30 days 600,00
  up to 90 days 750,00
  up to 1 year 1.300,00
15 - 20 meters   up to 8 days 400,00
  up to 15 days 500,00
  up to 30 days 700,00
  up to 90 days 850,00
  up to 1 year 1.500,00
over 20 meters   up to 8 days 600,00
  up to 15 days 800,00
  up to 30 days 1000,00
  up to 90 days 1.300,00
  up to 1 year 1.700,00


Arrival to Croatia by sea – Customs procedure

The rules apply to vessels longer than 2,5 m and with a motor power over 5 kW.

The commander of a vessel entering Croatia by sea has to sail using the shortest route to the nearest port which is open for international traffic to make the border control and to:
1. Verify the crew and passenger list on board
2. Pay all prescribed fees
3. Pay the visitor's tax for vessels longer than 5m with bunks
4. Report the stay on board

The commander of a vessel that has entered Croatia by land or has been kept in a harbor and another location in Croatia has to do the following in the master's office before navigation:
1. Pay the prescribed fees
2. Pay the visitor's tax
3. Report the stay on board

Vignettes which were a proof of payment of all fees will not be issued anymore.

From April 1st, 2014 a navigation safety fee, the lighthouse fee and the fee for the informative sea map are abolished, but a standard fee for a safe navigation and for the protection of the sea from pollution will be launched and its amount will depend on the boat length and engine power.
The amount of the flat rate of the visitor's tax for boaters with boats longer than 5m with bunks depends on the boat length and time period for which the boaters pay the tax.

Any vessel sailing in Croatian waters must have for control purposes the following original documents on board:
1. Proof that the navigation safety fee, the lighthouse fee, the fee for the info map and the visitor's tax for boats with bunks is paid.
2. Proof that the boat is seaworthy.
3. Proof of the ship's captain competence to navigate the boat, in accordance with the regulations of the vessel's flag country or according to Croatian regulations.
4. Proof of third party insurance.
5. Proof of ownership or a letter of authorization to use the vessel.
This information is subject to changes, official regulations for navigation in Croatia can be found at the Harbor Master's Offices or on

Customs procedure –Arrival by sea, stay and departure of foreign craft

Arrival by sea, Stay and Departure of Foreign Craft

The institute of temporary import of crafts designated for sports and entertainment into the Republic of Croatia is regulated by the Convention of Temporary Import (the Istanbul Convention) Anex C and Croatian customs rules and regulations including article 265 of the Regulation on amendments to the Regulation on the implementation of the Customs Act. In accordance to the latter clause all crafts may be temporarily brought into the Republic of Croatia duty and tax free if they are intended for re-export and:

  • are registered outside the customs territory of the Republic of Croatia and are owned by a non-resident of the Republic of Croatia (in the event that the craft isn't registered, it is assumed that the above criteria is satisfied, if the craft is owned by non-residents of the Republic of Croatia) and
  • if the craft is used by an individual with a residence outside the customs territory of the Republic of Croatia, not excluding the application of articles 267, 268 and 269 of this regulation.

Upon entering of crafts and yachts into the territorial waters of the Republic of Croatia the captain/commanding officer must take the shortest route to the nearest port open for international trade in order to complete the border control procedure. A listing of all border crossings and customs offices can be viewed on

In the event that the vessel owner is not accompanying the vessel the temporary import procedure can be conducted in his name by an assignee. The assignee must present the following documents to customs:
a written Power of Authorney of the owner who is a foreign resident, verified by a notary public or recognized body from the import country,
evidence of ownership of the vessel by a foreign resident and
evidence that the vessel is registered in the appropriate foreign register (usually a Registration of Ships or Certificate of Registry) of the country in question.

By submitting a written or oral customs declaration to the customs officer at the border the vessel is placed into the temporary importation procedure.

Prior to leaving the border control you are required to obtain a Vignette and have your crew list verified by the Harbor Master's Office or Branch Office. It is also necessary for all persons on the crew list to register their stay at the nearest police station (by announcing your arrival at the Marina reception the reception staff will register your stay in the marina with the police).

Since Marina Frapa has been certified as a Customs Warehouse by the Ministry of Finance, Customs Authority, Šibenik Branch it is required to document all movement of vessels under the temporary import procedure. In order to put these vessels under customs control in the marina, the Marina Frapa is required to submit a "Request for placing goods under customs control at the Marina Frapa" to customs within five days of their arrival in the marina. The following copies of documents have to be attached to the request:

berth contract with the Marina Frapa,
proof of ownership,
valid insurance policy,
owners identification card or passport,
inventory list,
authorization to use the vessel in the event the owner of the vessel is a legal entity.
It is imperative that immediately upon your arrival in the Marina you submit the documents to the reception staff. Furthermore, you are obligated to inform the reception staff of all arrivals and departures of your vessel from the marina. On a regular basis you are required to submit a valid vignette, insurance policy, etc. to the reception staff.

The marina Frapa is obligated to report all arrivals and departures of foreign vessels under contract to customs.

The institute of temporary import is valid for a period of eighteen months. That means that the employees of the marina Fraoa have to provide to the Customs the storage of vessels. If the vessel does not leave the territory of the Republic of Croatia within this time it will have to pay duties and taxes.

The captain of the vessel prior to departure from the Republic of Croatia is obligated to subdue to border control and verification of the crew list in the Harbor Master's Office or Branch Office, after which he is required to leave the Croatian territorial sea by the shortest possible route.

"Croatian Customs Act", Official Gazette 78/99, 117/99, 73/00, 92/01, 47/03, 140/05, 138/06, 60/08, 45/09 and 56/10
"Regulation Implementing Customs Act," Official Gazette 161/03

Waste disposal

The marina Frapa has a strong sense for a conscientious waste disposal and its storage and seeks to handle well with waste and thereby to reduce its quantity. The main sites for waste disposal are marked on the map of the marina Frapa.

During the servicing of vessels often arises waste which has to be disposed separately such as motor oil, filters, batteries etc. If you entrust the service of your boat to our service employees they will ensure that all waste is disposed properly. If you should carry out the service on your own please dispose all hazardous waste in containers provided for this purpose.
Constant environmental protection also requires a special disposal of hazardous waste produced within the marina.

For this reason we have arranged three stations for waste collection. We kindly ask you to use them for the disposal of following material: waste oil 1st and 2nd category, oil filters, used motor oil, batteries, oil cans, oil clothes, poisoned packaging, sludge, packaging of paints and varnishes.

If you need help with the disposal of waste, please do not hesitate to ask for it at our front desk of the marina or at one of our sailors. Our employees will help you with pleasure.
The marina has a floating eco barrier in case of ecological problems within the marina (e.g. fuel loss) which would stop the spread of contamination outside the maritime area of the marina.

We are inviting you to help us to keep the marina neat and clean to the satisfaction of all users.
Hazardous waste is disposed by an authorized company with whom Laguna trade d.o.o. has concluded a contract.



1. What is a detailed boat inspection?
A detailed boat inspection is carried out for several reasons and only on request of the customer. The main purpose is the valuation; submitting an offer for service works, submitting an offer for insurance companies, the purchase/sale of vessels, etc.

A detailed boat inspection or its major components (propulsion, main engine, generator, watermaker, hull, electrical systems, navigation systems, etc.) always depends on its purpose. In general it is not an additional cost for the client in case if a cost estimate is done by service specialists for the performance of service work. For demanding inspections where for a realistic valuation more time is needed and in case that the service work will not be realized, the submitting of an offer is calculated by all professionals according the needed realistic work hours if they are not otherwise defined in the price list.

2. What does regular boat maintenance include?
First, a regular maintenance is always the best and second it preserves the value and usability of your boat or its main components. It includes a continuous controlling of all systems on the vessel including the underwater part (hull) and the superstructure. The control continuity is at least 2 times a year. In practice this means in the winter and spring. As long as the boat is in the water, we can maintain all systems, including the superstructure, but for the maintenance of the underwater part we have to lift the boat out of the water to remove the sediments on the hull and propulsion.

3. What does the winter / spring service include?
A winter service or a service after a season of use includes the removal of salt from the superstructure and sides of the boat with fresh water (to preserve geal-coat, sealants, teak, etc.) and the flushing of the aggregates with antifreeze (conservation) that are directly or indirectly in contact with salt. Practice shows that one part of boat owners at the end of the season place their boat on a dry berth, remove the sediments on the underwater part of the boat with a high-pressure cleaner, wash off the salt, conserve all aggregates, cover the boat with a winter awning or thermal foil and leave it on the dry dock until the next season starts. The other part of boat owners also prepare their boats after the season for the overwintering by washing the salt off and the conservation of the aggregates or starting them regularly. These boats stay for the whole year in the water. The maintenance of the underwater part of the boat is done in spring before the season starts. Both approaches for the winter maintenance require the maintenance of the batteries to preserve their capacity as well as airing of the boat to prevent condensation which will result with mold growth (high risk for the interior).

The spring service or the preparation of the boat for the season depends on how well the boat was prepared for the winter storage. It mainly includes: the deconservation of aggregates and their commissioning, renewal of the A/F paint of the underwater part on request, the replacing of the zinc anodes and the preparation of the sides, superstructure, teak and stainless steel (cleaning, washing, polishing).

All other possible works (plastics, carpenter, electrician, mechanic) depend exclusively on the needs of the boat owner and should best be planned for those periods in which the boat is not used and if the execution of such work does not depend on the weather.

4. What is osmosis, how to discover it and protect yourself?
Osmosis is a water contact incurred chemical modification process within the fiber glass structure of the hull. The main and only reason for its existence is leftover water in the manufacturing process of the hull. Bubbles are the most common warning signs, their size varies from a few mm to 10 cm, and they are filled with water and have a harsh and sour smell.
The best protection against osmosis is of preventive nature. An old wisdom says „A stitch in time saves nine!“, in order to achieve this a regular inspection of the underwater part and its maintenance are very important.

5. Which antifouling is the best for my boat?
No A/F paint is the best choice for every type of boat. The best choice depends on the type of the boat (MY,SY), as well as on the type of previous coats and their condition. It would be the best to ask other boaters on your region who use their boats in a similar way as you use yours and to consult with an expert about the condition of the current A/F paint and an eventual change of it.

6. How can I protect the gel coat color on the hull from fading?
The best method so far is to apply a coat of wax on all open gel coat surfaces on your boat. The removing process is a little bit slow, but when you remove it in spring, your gel coat will be nice and look like new.

7. When is manual polishing used and when machine polishing?
Before polishing it is important to finish all the rough work such as sandblasting and applying of the A/F paint and to prepare the boat for polishing. The preparation includes the washing of the entire boat which is very important. In fact, if you start to polish a dirty boat, you will not know which parts need more care during the polishing.
An estimation of the gel coat condition determines the way how the boat should be polished. Manual polishing is used on smaller superficially damaged gel coat surfaces or when the gel coat matted due to sunlight, while the machine polishing is applied for larger damage of the gel coat and the process is performed in layers and requires a professional approach.
New and old boats are polished for the boating season, using different polishing agents, depending on the condition of the gel coat.


Port regulation


1. Provisions of this Ordinance refer to all boats and yachts (hereinafter referred to as „the Boat“) and to all boat managers/ yachtsmen and boats or yachts owners and to persons who are working or staying in the Marina Frapa territory (hereinafter referred to as „Users“).

2. Upon entering or arriving at the marina, the User is obliged to report the arrival at the reception without delay, upon presentation of the boat documents and the crew passports.

3. The Marine Directorate determines berth place of the vessel, in accordance with the plan of berthing and landing, and is the only person authorized to move them, if necessary or to the request of the User.

4. By issuing keys /approvals for navigation to the User or an authorized person by the reception, the Maritime Conservation and Control Authority shall cease to be responsible, irrespective of whether the vessel is in contact or in navigation.

5. The supply of vessels with potable water and electricity is permitted only in the presence of the vessel User by using correct connections.

6. Parking of the User’s private vehicles is permitted only at marked parking places. If the vehicle User leaves the marina and leaves the vehicle on a parking place, he/ she is obliged to leave the keys at the reception. All inappropriate parked vehicles will be removed by the marina workers on the vehicle User cost and risk.

7. In the marina it is not allowed to:

  • endanger the safety of navigation, human life and the environment in any way;
  • disable the access to mooring devices;
  • move, change or remove berths or devices of other vessels unless it is necessary to prevent immediate and obvious damage or when necessary for the arrival or departure of the vessel;
  • bind vessels for navigation and other markings and devices not intended for mooring and moving them;
  • put the installation of satellite dishes, showers and other gadgets for galleons and attachment and to hang devices by galleys or in the marine territory;
  • damage the operational coasts by heavy vehicles, by placing heavy objects over permitted loads, pinch wedges, beams etc., and lift stones from the coastal walls or perform any other action that damages the operational shores;
  • fire the open fire on the shore or on the boat and on the attachment devices, weld, leave on a boat or near an open vessel with flammable or explosive materials or in any other way cause fire hazard;
  • burn the trash on the vessel;
  • clean, scrape and paint the overhead or underwater part of the boat’s hull and carry out repairs and reconstruction works of the hull, deck and machinery;
  • pollute the air discharging dust, smoke and other gases above the permissible quantities laid down by special regulations;
  • maintain a propulsion engine, except for carrying out the required maneuvering of the vessel;
  • leave the engines in operation and have the included technical appliances on gas or electricity or have charged batteries when there is no crew on the board;
  • swim, dive, do fishing, sail at high speed, windsurf, do water skiing and to do wind-surfing;
  • sail at speeds greater than 2 knots;
  • throw or dispose solids, liquid or gaseous pollutants that pollute the marina;
  • wash, clean, dy, polish and the like operations using chemicals (detergents, solvents, paint) that could reach the sea and cause environmental pollution;
  • post markings, advertisements and other messages;
  • disturb public order and peace in the marina –disturb the peace of other guests with a noise especially at night from 22:00 until 07:00;
  • use the services of third parties to supervise, maintain or to carry out works on board without the approval of the Marine Directorate;
  • leave the pets without leash and owner supervision. Pets owners are obliged to keep the marine environment clean;
  • remain or to make any movement at the marine operating territory for unauthorized persons;
  • leave on the piers or on the shore boat tenders, inflatables or long equipment from the vessel;
  • move the vessel to another berth without the permission of the Marine Directorate;
  • use the boat toilette and empty fecal tanks and balusters in the sea;
  • hold a vessel on the stretch where no work is done and / or hold any other material;
  • anchor the boat with its own anchor inside the marine.

8. For the preparation of vessel for delivering it for guarding, the User is obliged to:

  • switch off the electricity supply from land or from battery and disconnect boat connections from water supply installations;
  • remove all flammable and explosive materials from the vessel;
  • install fire-resistant, properly-certified appliances near the entrance to the indoor premises;
  • remove the seabed in the underwater area;
  • close all valves in the openings on the underwater part of the hull;
  • propertly tie the boat;
  • store moving equipment from the deck and superstructure into the indoor premises or deliver them to the marine depot;
  • lock all the indoor spaces and leave the boat keys at the reception.

9. By entering the area of maritime port Marina Frapa, you have to stick to this Ordinance.

10. The Marine Directorate reserves the right, in the case of non-compliance with the Ordinance in the Port of Marina Frapa, to deny the consent of the vessel to stay in the marina.

11. All users of the whoose vessel is berthed in the Marina Frapa are allowed to write their impressions and appeals int he „Appeal Book“ at the Marine reception.


Rogoznica, 20th of November, 2017.

Directorate of Marina Frapa, Rogoznica


* The full version of the Ordinance can be found on the Marine Frapa Board