First Aid

Many beaches in Croatia have rocks and stones so carry antiseptic spray and plasters to the beach, as cuts do happen. Antibacterial wipes and small containers of antibacterial sprays are a must have when eating out just in case there is no high chair and your child is eating off a table. Make sure to bring a good first aid kit also, click here for further information on what you will need to bring.

Doctors & Pharmacies

Big cities like Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Zagreb (among many others) have local hospitals with emergency care. However, some of the islands and smaller towns will be further away from hospitals or may not have any medical facilities and it is important to have information on the nearest paediatricians, doctors and hospitals when travelling abroad, particularly with younger babies.English is spoken far and wide in Croatia, and all hospital staff & pharmacies will have an English speaking member of staff (if not all of them).

Insect & Animal Protection

Mosquito repellent, a mosquito patch and or a mosquito bracelet are necessary in certain parts of Croatia, especially if your baby will be outdoors in the evening. Mosquitos and other insects can bite even if they do not pose a malarial risk, particularly in the evenings. Many restaurants and markets are outdoors and the risk of being bitten is higher. Click here for further information on insect protection and how to deal with bites. Rabies can be found in dogs, bats, and other mammals in Croatia, so avoid touching animals.

Travel Insurance

Make sure that you have the adequate level of family health insurance cover or have lots of cash (no credit cards) with you to foot the bill if you are visiting a hospital or doctor. If travelling from the UK and Ireland you should ensure that you and each family member travelling has either the European Health Insurance Card or private health insurance. Irish residents can apply for the card at and UK residents can apply at . This card allows you to get health care covered by the public health system in Croatia. If you have previously applied for a card make sure that it is in date before you travel. Travel insurance should be taken out if you are covered by private healthcare however check your policy as it may offer you some cover while overseas.

Theft, Accidents or Serious Illness

Contact your consular service or embassy if you have been a victim of crime, arrested on suspicion of committing a crime, if you or anyone in your family has a serious illness, experience the unexpected death of a partner or spouse and for help with repatriation after a crisis. Consular offices also provide help in the case of a lost or stolen passport.