Health Risks in Croatia



Medical facilities, doctors, and healthcare, in general, are good, but certain public hospitals may not have complete facilities, and government pharmacies may lack some of the prescribed medicines due to the government's budget constraints. Hence, private health insurance in Croatia is your best option. 

Most of the private doctors are based in Zagreb. Quality healthcare, when exposed to health risks, can be provided by private medical practitioners and private hospitals, and it helps if you could secure international health insurance in Croatia before entering the country.

Health risks in Croatia include water and food transmitted diseases such as Hepatitis A, giardiasis, and E.coli infection. Protect yourself by maintaining good nutrition and consciously practice good hygiene, especially in public places. It helps if you always take hand sanitizer with 70% disinfectant with you.

Fruits and vegetables abound in Croatia, so make sure to wash them carefully first before consumption. Drink bottled or boiled water whenever possible. Immunization against Hepatitis A must have been administered 4-6 weeks prior to your arrival in Croatia. Traveler's Diarrhea is also a risk related to infections transmitted through food and water. Other diseases like Diptheria, Hepatitis B, and HIV also exist, so get the required immunization for these diseases. Avoid unprotected sexual contact to prevent HIV infections. If your lifestyle or occupation takes you near animals or the outdoors, protect yourself from rabies and tick-borne encephalitis by getting vaccinated.

Bring an adequate supply of your medicines labeled in its original container, with a signed letter from a physician, and pack them in your hand luggage. The signed letter will be required by customs. It is better to be well-prepared health-wise before going to Croatia.