Arrival to Croatia by sea – Customs procedure


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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


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