2023 is approaching and a couple of major changes will occur in Croatia as of 1 January 2023.

These will further ease traveling to Croatia, so consider this a sign to visit this beautiful country in 2023!

Croatia joins the Schengen area

On January 1 2023 Croatia joins the Schengen Area meaning Croatia will cancel control of its land borders with Slovenia and Hungary and its sea border with Italy. Croatian airports will cancel the control on March 26 2023.

Croatia has been part of the European Union since 2013, but until now a passport or identity card has been required to enter the country even when arriving from a country that is in the Schengen Area.

Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus and Ireland remain the only EU nations not part of the Schengen Area. Just a reminder – Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Liechtenstein are part of the Schengen Area despite not being part of the European Union.

Croatia introduces Euro as official currency

Another major event for Croatia happens on January 1 2023 – the Euro will become the official currency in the country. No more difficulties in calculating Kuna to Euro or any other currency! One Croatian Kuna is 0.13 Euro, so it never was the easiest math task to estimate how much you are spending in Croatia.

prices in Kuna and Euro

In Croatia, prices everywhere are shown both in Kuna and Euro

If you have a lot of Croatian Kuna in cash – don’t worry. Until 31 December 2023 Kuna banknotes and coins can be exchanged for Euro banknotes and coins at post offices, commercial banks and the Financial Agency.

So, planning to visit Croatia in 2023?