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If you arrival to Croatia on a ship, yacht or a boat by sea-way, on this page you will find useful information about sailing regulations on the Adriatic Sea.
Adriatic Sea

Surface of the coastal sea (inner sea and territorial sea, spreading 12 sea miles from the inner sea) 31067km2.
Length of sea coast 5835km, 4058km of which are coasts of islands, cliffs and ledges.
Altogether 1185 islands, cliffs and ledges, 67 of which are inhabited islands, 651 uninhabited islands, 389 cliffs and 78 ledges.
Lighthouses, coastal and dock lights:600.
Coastal radio stations: Rijeka Radio, Split radio, Dubrovnik radio.
Harbors, which can accept big transatlantic ships, Pula, Zadar, Sibenik, Split, Ploce and Dubrovnik.
Along the shore there are over 350 very favorable natural harbors for ships.
The Adriatic Sea is a commodious bay of the central part of the Mediterranean Sea with which it is connected through Otranska Vrata.
The Adriatic Sea spreads in the course of southeast, northwest in a length of 870km, and it is averagely wide about 160km.
Republic of Croatia takes up 48% inland coasts and 97% of Adriatic Seas islands coasts.
Bore enters the Adriatic Sea through Otranska Vrata and its circulation along the Eastern Coast toward north, and along the Western Coast toward south lasts 12 hours. Tidal fluctuations are about 25cm with Otranska Vrata, up to 80cm in the northernmost part.
Port authority Vela Luka
Latitude: 42° 57'6 N
Longitude: 16° 43’1 E
Time Zone: GMT + 1 h
Locode: HR VLK
VHF channel: 16
Water and electricity supply - Available
Provision - Available
Medical- Available
Fuel - Available
Port authority Korcula
Latitude: 42° 48' N
Longitude: 17° 08' E
Admiralty Chart: 1611
Admiralty Pilot: 47
Time Zone: GMT + 1 h
Locode: HR KOR
VHF channel: 17, 16, 12, 9
Water and electricity supply - Available
Provision - Available
Medical- Available
Fuel - Available
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The Adriatic Sea characteristics are: richnes of life, purity, limpidity and landscape to be paid a special attention in respect of their exploitation and preservation. The Adriatic Sea region is still one of the best preserved areas of the Mediterranean European part.
It is in your and our interest that it remains so. Because of that, please make sure that your boat tank gets filled up only by the professional petrol station attendants, in order to avoid accidental, unintentional fuel spills. If you decide to fuel your boat by yourself, you assume responsibility for any possible safety endangering.
In case that a fuel spill occurs nevertheless, please allow the petrol station attendants to take all the measures required for remediation of any damage.
Thank you very much for your cooperation.
Lets preserve the Adriatic Sea for future generations too.

Useful information
Information on weather in the Adriatic sea
Ongoing weather prognosis on VHF - transmitters
Arrival of vessels by seaway or offshore-way
Sailing compensations and tariffs
Stipulations on the navigation permit
Persons check-in and check-out
Vessels departure by seaway (leaving the coastal sea)
Vessels departure by land
Documents for vessels
Sailing security
Order in harbors and other sea areas
Sailing in national parks and parks of nature
Renting yachts and little crafts
Maintenance and wintering vessels in Croatia
Water and electricity supply
Information on weather in the Adriatic sea
Coastal radio stations broadcast information on the weather and weather prognosis on daily basis for the following 24 hours in Croatian and in English:
Radio Rijeka UKW channel 24 (05:35h, 14:35h, 19:35h)
Radio Split UKW channels 07, 21, 23, 81 (05:45h, 12:45h, 19:45h)
Radio Dubrovnik UKW channels 07, 04 (06:25h, 13:20h, 21:20h)
Ongoing weather prognosis on VHF - transmitters
Weather prognosis in roatian, English, Italian and German language for the are of the Croatian coastal waters are being broadcasted incessantly each 10 minutes, and are being updated in 07:00h, 13:00h and 19:00h (local time). They comprise a situational overview, a short prognosis for the next 24 hours and information on the air pressure.
VHF - channel 73 for northern Adriatic / west coast Istria
VHF - channel 69 for northern Adriatic / eastern part
VHF - channel 67 for southern Adriatic / eastern part
VHF - channel 73 for southern Adriatic / eastern part
Arrival of vessels by seaway or offshore-way
If you are arriving to Croatia on a ship, yacht or a boat by sea-way, you are obligated to sail in without stopping in one of the harbors opened to international traffic, that is in one of the harbors in which there is a seasonal international sea-border crossing.
Harbors opened to international traffic are: Umag, Porec, Rovinj, Pula, Rasa-Brsica, Rijeka, Mali Losinj, Senj, Maslenica, Zadar, Sibenik, Split, Ploce, Metkovic, Korcula and Dubrovnik.
Seasonal international sea-borders crossing are: Novigrad (Istria), Sali, Soline, Primosten, Ravni Zakan, Hvar, Ubli (Island of Lastovo) and Vis.
Sailing without stopping includes the right of harmless passing through the territorial sea of Republic of Croatia to the chosen harbor opened for international traffic. Port of Entry is the point of sailing in and giving up to passport control and costum clearance. In case that by reason of force majeure you are obligated to report yourself to the nearest port-authority or the branch-harbor office as soon as possible. If you are coming to Republic of Croatia by an offshore route, you are obligated to verbally report the vessel to the borders customs. Vessels longer than 3 meters and vessels shorter than 3 meters of the skimming type (jet ski, gliders) have to be reported before dropping into sea to the port authority or the branch-harbor office. Vehicles that are together with the trailer longer than 18.75 meters or wider than 2.55 meters or higher than 4 meters are allowed to travel on Croatian roads only with a special permit, which can be obtained with the forwarder. The preparation of the permit can take some time.
All vessels longer than 3m, as well as sport and other vessels regardless of the length with motor over 4KW, have to be reported to the port-authority or the branch-harbor office.
While reporting the vessel one should submit:
- Identification documents of the crew
- Vessel documentation
- Skippers licence for steering the boat in the coastal area or open sea
- Skippers licence to use the radio-station, if there is such on the boat
- Warrant regarding the vessels sailing capacity
- For yachts; list of the crew
- Confirmation of the vessels insurance with regards to responsibility for damages towards third persons (blue card)
- If the warrant regarding the vessels sailing capacity is not proper or if it doesnt exist, the port authority has the right to perform examination of the vessel. You are due to report and verify each change in the yacht crew in the competent port-authority or the branch-harbor office.
- The notification is valid for a year starting with the date of issue, and for more entrances and egressions.
Sailing compensations and tariffs
While reporting the vessel, you are bound to pay: administrative fee, sailing security toll and fee for using objects of sailing security. For each sequential repeated arrival, the sailing security toll is decreased by 10%.
The administrative fee amounts 40 KN.
The sailing security toll amounts for:
- Little boats (depending on length) from 140 to 485 KN
- For Yacht (depending on length) from 525 to 1750 KN
The fee for using objects of sailing security amounts:
- For little boats 12.50 KN x length
- For motor yachts and sail-boats 31 KN x length
Stipulations on the navigation permit
The vessels captain in order to sail in the Croatian coastal waters have to posses a navigation permit, issued in accordance with the stipulations on sailing in his own country.
For citizens of Federal Republic of Germany the permit Sportbootfuhrerschein See, will suffice if the sport vessel is equipped with one motor over 3.68KW (=5PS). Navigation permits for steering vessels of class B (coastal navigations) and C (deep-sea navigation) issued by the Office for deep-sea and offing navigation and the Association for water sports are also being recognized. Insufficient are the permits: for sport navigation (class A), Bodensee-Schifferpatent and Rheinschiffer-Patent.
For citizens of Republic of Austria valid are the certificates for coastal navigation (navigation area 2), for close coastal navigation (navigation area 3) and deep-sea navigation (navigation area 4).
For citizens of the Swiss Confederation it is necessary to possess at least deep-sea navigation (8).
Sailing without a navigation permit, entails penal responsibility, and in case of an accident during sailing also an insurance forfeit.
If you do not own a navigation permit, you can pass a captain exam in Croatia at the Maritime Affairs Management and in the port-authorities offices. A captains certificates enables you to steer a motorboat and a sailboat up to 12m long or 15 GT, as well as to use the boat VHF station. If you are using a rented boat one member of the crew has to be qualified for operation with the VHF station.
Person, who have owned a captains certificate for three years, can approach an exam for a skipper, and that certificate enables steering boats up to 25 BT.
In Croatia you can acquire a Qualified Yacht skipper Certificate, by means of preceding schooling and after having passed the required exams, which enables you to steer yacht up to 100 BT.
Also you can acquire a Qualified GMDSS OPERATOR Certificate with a general that is limited authorization.
Persons check-in and check-out
Within 24 hours after having entered a harbor, a natural cove or an anchorage, the boats captain is compelled to report the arrival to the competent police station. As personal identification documents the following documents are recognized: passport, identity card or some other personal identification document. A marines reception, a tourist agency or an office of the tourist community can perform the report instead of the yachts captain. The same procedure is legitimate for checking-out. In the process of checking-out one should pay the local-tourist tax. It is forbidden to perform billed transport of persons and things in the coastal sea of Republic of Croatia (cabotage).
Vessels departure by seaway (leaving the coastal sea)
Before leaving Republic of Croatia by seaway, you are obligated to sail in one of the harbors opened to international traffic, i.e., in one of the harbors in which there is a seasonal international border crossing. After you have completed all formalities in the port authoritys offices or its branch offices, the custom office and the police, you are obligated to leave the inner and territorial sea waters of Republic of Croatia in the shortest route available and without stopping.
Vessels departure by land
Vessels that are leaving Republic of Croatia by land should obligatory check-out in the port authoritys office or in the branch office.
Documents for vessels
In reporting the vessel with the port authority necessary are documents on the vessel and legitimate are considered documents which are issued by the local or legitimate associations in the native country of the vessel; vessels international identity document, official flag certificate, ship register. As documents about the sailing and navigation capacity of the vessel, valid are international documents of the registration office or registration association.
Sailing security
The sailing security of the navigation experts is subject of concern of the Management for Maritime Affairs, in the structure of which are the Central Office for tragedies and life-saving on the sea, eight port authorities, 63 branch-harbor offices.
The working hours of the central officies and the port authorities is from 00:00 to 24:00 hours, and the working hours of the branch-harbor officies are from 07:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00 hours.
The national Central Office for search and saving Rijeka 9155.
Baywatch servicies is organized on VHF channels 10 and 16.
The radio service for sailing security and protection of human lives on sea, the service for public correspondence, broadcasting meteorological prognosis and radio advertisements are managed by the coastal radio station:
Rijeka radio - VHF channels: 16, 24, 20, 04.
Split radio - VHF channels: 16, 21, 23, 07, 81, 70 DSC.
Dubrovnik radio - VHF channels 16, 07, 04.

The principal port authority Pula
tel: ++385 52 222 867
fax: ++385 52 222 037

Order in harbors and other sea areas
In support of personal security and security of other persons on sea one should particularly pay attention to the stipulated regulations about security on sea.
It is forbidden: - in harbors: bathing, gliding, wind surfing, water skiing;
wind surfing in narrow passages where boats are sailing in a distance lesser than 50 meters from the coast of a natural beach;
to sail and navigate with motorboats and sailboats in a distance lesser than 50 meters from the coast;
to swim outside the fenced space of an arranged beach and in distance that is biger than 100 meters from the natural beach;
to discard remains of mineral oils, plastic, metal, glass and other containers, as well as all other garbage.
In the water space beside the beaches little boats have to sail at a distance bigger than 50 meters from the fence of the arranged beach, that is, 450 meters from the coast of the natural beach.
Gliders may glide only at a distance bigger than 300 meters from the coast and in an area where gliding is not forbidden. Little crafts with jet propulsion (jet-ski) are allowed to sail only in those areas where it is allowed so. All harbors for publictraffic and navigation tourism have the question of waste disposal and management solved, as well as the acceptance of waste materials, waters and waste oils, so the vessles are allowed to empty their waste storages only in those places. Polluting the sea is a naval offense.
Part of the sea space of the Brijuni archipelago is forbidden for sail and is restricted with lines which conjoin the points.
Zone I
Cape Vrbanj - cape Kadulja; cape Kadulja - Islet Supinic;
islet Supinic - point A (44 54.8N - 13 42.2E); point A - point B (44 52.6N - 13 45.1E); point C (44 53.2N - 13 46.0E); point C - cape Kamnik.
Zone II
The southeastern part of the Brijuni archipelago within the cojoin cape Karvan - cape Kozlac.
In the western coast of Istria, Limski kanal is closed for sailing, because of the oyster-fishery. The biggest and most famous natural reservation is the Kornati archipelago a National Park, which starts in the south from the passage Proversa Veli (on the east from Dugi Otok) and reaches the southern cape of the Kornat Island.
This area is subject to a special regime of sailing and anchoring and special measures for environment protection. For that area, as well as for some others (particular coves) where fish are bred, one is supposed to obtain the appropriate instructions on sailing in the port authority.
Sailing in national parks and parks of nature
Sailing and other activities in parks are allowed only with a permit from the park and in accordance with the regulations of the Park Management.
Renting yachts and little crafts
The possibility of renting motor yachts, sailing-boats, little crafts and beach vessels exists in all bigger harbors and marines. You need documentation from which it is evident that you have the authorization to steer a craft and that you are qualified for operating with VHF radio station. Renting can be performed only by registered legal and physical persons and it is recommendable to make a reservation for the desired craft in due time.
You can obtain all relevant informatio from:

HGK - Zupanijska komora Rijeka (Country Chamber Rijeka)
Udruzenje nautickog turizma (Association of Nautical Tourism)
Bulevar oslobodjenja 23
51000 Rijeka

tel: ++385 51 209 111
fax: ++385 51 216 033

Maintenance and wintering vessels in Croatia
You can give in your vessel to be maintained, safeguarded or prepared for wintering to some authorized person in Croatia, and especially into one of the 47 modern equipped marines along the Croatian coast of the Adriatic Sea, which have at their disposal 12437 berths in sea and 7227 places offshore. Timely reservation of a berth or place is recommendable.
Recreative and sport diving is allowed only with a proper membership card of the Croatian Diving Association (Hrvatski ronilacki savez - HRS). The diving permit is valid for a year from the date of issue and is issued only to divers with proper diving qualification: CMAS, PADI, SSI, NAUI, NASDS, YMCA, MDEA, NASE, IDEA, IANTD, NSS-CDS, ANDI, TDI, NACI, PSA, PDIC, SDI, FIAS, ACUC, BSAC, VDST, BARACUDA, etc. Temporary diving qualifications are not valid.
Water and electricity supply
Water hookups: mainly 1/2 Zolla, and rarely 3/4 Zolla diameters. Connection hoses should have a faucet fastener.
Electricity hookups: alternate current (AC) 220V 50Hz. 3-pole euro socket can be used. It is useful to have a water-resistant extension-cord.
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