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If and when its safe for ourselves and others, thinking about a trip to Croatia? Never been so any info great, am I correct in Croatia is not in the Schengen zone and would not count for the 90/180 days, other than the time its takes to get there and back.
 
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Its not in schengen zone, but I'm not sure if that will help unless you want to spend 6 months there ?

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Its not in schengen zone, but I'm not sure if that will help unless you want to spend 6 months there ?
My understanding that the time spent there doesn't count towards the 90 days in 180 in Schengen zones, so in effect they could spend the 90 days in Schengen zones and break it up with some time in Croatia it would give them a longer overall holiday.

As for Croatia itself, yes it's a lovely country but check the situation about wild camping as I think it's not really permitted but we had no issues doing it.
 
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Thats useful to know šŸ‘šŸ»
I found a lot of the wild camping places in Croatia were, well, not really where we wanted to be and some were rather un-appealing and litter strewn.
But I'm sure there are lots that are good.
Can't wait to get back, when allowed
 
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My understanding that the time spent there doesn't count towards the 90 days in 180 in Schengen zones, so in effect they could spend the 90 days in Schengen zones and break it up with some time in Croatia it would give them a longer overall holiday.
Been thinking about this.......
How would they know you left schengen zone to spend say a month in Croatia ?
Get back to Calais and they might claim you overstayed ?
How could you prove otherwise ?
 
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Have been a few times. It is a lovely country and the people are friendly; English is widely spoken. In fact reading the advertising boards as you enter resorts on the coast, you might think you are entering Bournemouth.

Not in Schengen area and, I think, from next year as non EU citizens we will only be allowed to cross at certain points. A Google search should bring up the info. Also, they do not use the Euro.

Some interesting old villages in Istria in the North. We particularly liked Hum. Pula has a Roman amphitheatre.

Two National parks that are worth visiting are Plitlivce Lakes and Krka.

Wild camping is not allowed and there are not many aire type stopovers but plenty of campsite.
 
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Been thinking about this.......
How would they know you left schengen zone to spend say a month in Croatia ?
Get back to Calais and they might claim you overstayed ?
How could you prove otherwise ?
Passport controls on both sides of the border, entering and leaving even for EU citizens. Maybe they will stamp passports?

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Passport controls on both sides of the border, entering and leaving even for EU citizens. Maybe they will stamp passports?
Yup, even on the smaller roads they have border control.
 
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Its not in schengen zone, but I'm not sure if that will help unless you want to spend 6 months there ?
Haha. I don't think you are understanding how it works. The 90 days in any 180 is rolling and cumulative. So days in Croatia don't count towards your 90 but also because its rolling are like football 6 pointers.

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Passport controls on both sides of the border, entering and leaving even for EU citizens. Maybe they will stamp passports?
They don't need to stamp passports. Your passport will be scanned when you enter or leave the schengen area so they know exactly how many days you have spent I it
 
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If not just take a dated photo of arriving and leaving through the border post.
That wont help you at all. They know by scanning your passport and I am sure that trying to prove otherwise, whatever your evidence will not help
 
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I used to have a place on Brac, easy to get to many of the islands by taking the regular ferries from Split. Just don't expect sand on the beaches :giggle:

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Last time I was in Croatia, I asked for secure parking for my motorbike at the hotel - they obliged šŸ™‚

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There may be another story about speeding across a bridge and then being stopped on the border as I went back to Slovenia - but I think that would be a bit too much for this forum.....
 
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That wont help you at all. They know by scanning your passport and I am sure that trying to prove otherwise, whatever your evidence will not help
There is no border control between Slovenia or Italy and Croatia, so how would they know ?
 
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I don`t understand your comparison ?
Ok. Here goes. Let's say in the last 180 days you have been in the Schengen area for 90 days. Your time is up, your holiday is over.

You go into Croatia. After 24 hours you have had another days holiday but as well as that you have now only spent 89 days in the last 180 in the Schengen area.

After another 24 hrs in Croatia you have now had 92 days holiday but only spent 88 days in the last 180 in the Schengen area. If you stay in Croatia for 90 days you will have spent 0 days in the last 180 and you can go back to Schengen area for 90 days. I.e internal holidayšŸ˜ƒšŸ˜ƒ
 
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There is no border control between Slovenia or Italy and Croatia, so how would they know ?
That doesn't make sense. The Schengen area is borderless within it. If you go out of it, by definition there must be a border. Just because they don't insist on checking doesn't mean there is no border. I guess you would have to stop and ask for your passport scanning.
 
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That doesn't make sense. The Schengen area is borderless within it. If you go out of it, by definition there must be a border. Just because they don't insist on checking doesn't mean there is no border. I guess you would have to stop and ask for your passport scanning.

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If you stay in Croatia for 90 days you will have spent 0 days in the last 180 and you can go back to Schengen area for 90 days. I.e internal holidayšŸ˜ƒšŸ˜ƒ
When you get back to Calais I think French immigration officers might take some convincing that you have been outside Schengen zone
 
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We'll have to take your word for that. Two countries that hate it other and with Slovenia trying to stop migrants coming from Croatia. I haven't been across that border for a long time. I respect your information although it sounds incredible.

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There aren`t any on border between Slovenia and Italy with Croatia
Sorry, there are borders between Slovenia and Croatia and between Italy and Croatia, have gone through them several times, last time in 2019, with customs and police on both sides. We stayed on a site on the river that formed the border and there is a 2m high fence on the Slovenian side. The site owner could unlock the gates so that visitors could get to the river. I suppose you could avoid the border controls by swimming across!
 
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That wont help you at all. They know by scanning your passport and I am sure that trying to prove otherwise, whatever your evidence will not help

That was in response to maybe they will stamp/scan the passport, so I said, if not........take a dated photo i.e. to prove you went to Croatia.
 

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Sorry, there are borders between Slovenia and Croatia and between Italy and Croatia, have gone through them several times, last time in 2019, with customs and police on both sides. We stayed on a site on the river that formed the border and there is a 2m high fence on the Slovenian side. The site owner could unlock the gates so that visitors could get to the river. I suppose you could avoid the border controls by swimming across!


Whilst I agree there are borders between Croatia & Slovenia and there are border posts, I was not aware that Italy & Croatia shared a border?

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