Relief from duties and restrictions

Bringing in personal luggage

Bringing in personal luggage is exempt from paying import duties regardless of its value and applies to every traveller entering the EU customs area regardless of whether they are carrying their luggage personally or the luggage arrives separately.
 
Non-commercial goods in the personal luggage of travellers traveling from third countries are exempt from import customs duties, VAT and excise duties under condition that they are not intended for resale and do not exceed total value or volume eligible for exemption (see "Value limits for importing non-commercial goods in travellers' personal luggage").
 
Goods in travellers' personal luggage includes items (of reasonable quantity) for personal use, needed by travellers during their travelling and absence from place of permanent residence, such as shoes, apparel, personal care products and similar.
 
Non-commercial goods include occasional import of goods intended solely for personal use by travellers or their families and items intended as gifts, provided that the type and quantity of goods indicate that the goods are not intended for resale.

Value limits for importing non-commercial goods in travellers' personal luggage

Exemption from customs duties, VAT and excise duties applies to import of goods provided their total value does not exceed:
  • HRK 3,200.00 for air and sea travellers;
  • HRK 2,200.00 per traveller for other types of transport;
  • HRK 1,100.00 for travellers under the age of 15, regardless of the means of transport.
If the value of a single item exceeds these value limits, it is not allowed to split it up, instead required duties and taxes are charged based on the item's total value. It is similarly not allowed to combine tax and duty exemptions of several persons to cover the value of that single item.

Exemptions for excise duty goods

In addition to non-commercial goods whose value does not exceed value limits listed above, the following amounts of excise duty goods are also exempt from customs duties, VAT and excise duties: 
  • tobacco products:
  • 200 cigarettes, or
  • 100 cigarillos (where cigarillos are cigars of a maximum weight of 3 grams each), or
  • 50 cigars, or
  • 250 grams of smoking tobacco, or
  • an appropriate combination of quantities of said tobacco products;
  • alcohol and alcoholic beverages, apart from still wine and beer:
  • alcohol and alcoholic beverages of an alcoholic strength exceeding 22% vol or undenatured ethyl alcohol of 80% vol and over: 1 litre;
  • alcohol and alcoholic beverages of an alcoholic strength not exceeding 22% vol: 2 litres;
  • an appropriate combination of quantities of said alcohol and alcoholic beverages;
  • still wine: 4 litres;
  • beer: 16 litres.

This exemption does not apply to travellers under the age of 17.

Total amount of excise duty goods allowed for import (with duties paid)

Total amount of excise duty goods that an individual physical person (older than 17) can bring into the country for their personal needs, while paying the required duties and taxes, is:
  • 800 pieces of cigarettes,
  • 400 pieces of cigarillos,
  • 200 pieces of cigars,
  • 1.0 kilogram of smoking tobacco,
  • 10 litres of strong alcoholic beverages,
  • 20 litres of alcoholic beverages of alcoholic strength between 1.2% vol and 22% vol,
  • 90 litres of wine, including no more than 60 litres of sparkling wine,
  • 110 litres of beer.
Bringing in quantities greater than stated above is not allowed. Quantities greater than these (if the traveller declared them) must be returned abroad. If the traveller fails to declare quantities greater than those allowed, he will be detained by the customs authority until the infringement is processed. 

Import limits for non-commercial goods for border residents, workers on the border and transport personnel

Value and volume limit exemptions that apply to non-commercial goods imported by travellers from third countries in their personal luggage do not apply to persons living in the border areas of Croatia and neighbouring third countries, workers on the border or the border area of a neighbouring third countries, and transport personnel whose work involves travel between Croatia and neighbouring third countries.
 
Said persons may import up to HRK 300.00 worth of goods in their luggage exempt from customs duties per day, with exemptions from import duties applying to the following excise duties goods as well: 
  • tobacco products:
    • 25 cigarettes, or
    • 10 cigarillos (where cigarillos are cigars of a maximum weight of 3 grams each), or
    • 5 cigars, or
    • 25 grams of smoking tobacco, or
    • an appropriate combination of quantities of said tobacco products;
  • alcohol and alcoholic beverages, apart from still wine and beer:
    • alcohol and alcoholic beverages of an alcoholic strength exceeding 22% vol or undenatured ethyl alcohol of 80% vol and over: 0.25 litre, or
    • alcohol and alcoholic beverages of an alcoholic strength not exceeding 22% vol: up to 0.25 litre;
    • an appropriate combination of quantities of said beverages
  • still wine: 1 litre,
  • beer: 1.5 litre.
These value and volume limits will not apply if above defined persons show proof that they are travelling further than the border area or are not coming back from the border area of a neighbouring country, in which case the limits that apply to all other travellers will apply to them as well.

Entry of food

The quantity restrictions on the entry of food by passengers for their personal needs without control of the border veterinary inspector are listed in the table, with the remark that the entry of food into the Republic of Croatia/European Union from Andorra, Lichtenstein, Norway, San Marino and Switzerland is free and the restrictions from the table are not applied.

 
PRODUCTS/COUNTRIES Third countries (e.g. B-H, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, etc.) Faroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland
Small quantities of meat and milk, and meat and milk products Entry not allowed 10 kg per person
Powdered milk for infants, infant food and special food used for medical reasons 2 kg per person 10 kg per person
Pet food used for medical reasons 2 kg per person 10 kg per person
Small quantities of fishing products for personal consumption by humans (including fresh, dried, cooked, marinated or smoked fish, and certain shellfish, such as shrimps, lobsters, non-living mussels and non-living oysters) Quantities for personal consumption Quantities for personal consumption
Small quantities of other animal products for personal consumption by humans (honey, live oysters, live mussels and snails) 2 kg per person 10 kg per person
Bread, cakes, biscuits, chocolate and confectionery/pastry products (including sweets), not mixed or stuffed with meat products
Other food products which do not contain fresh or processed meat and milk products and contain less than 50% of processed eggs or fishing products
Quantities for personal consumption Quantities for personal consumption

All consignments exceeding the quantities indicated in the table shall not be considered personal consignments, are subject to veterinary inspection and must be accompanied by a veterinary certificate and may be entered into the Republic of Croatia/EU only through border crossings with Veterinary Border Inspection.