Croatia completed its membership of the EU on 1st January 2023 by joining the Schengen Area and adopting the Euro as its currency
by Croatia Gems, 27th January 2024
If you have had a Croatia holiday before, you may be wondering what to do with the Kuna coins and notes you have now that the old currency is no longer in use.
Croatian authorities were very helpful in allowing the Kuna to be spent in Croatia until January 15th 2023, but that’s no help to those of you intending to return at some point for a Croatia villa holiday in 2024. Don’t despair though, as of January 2024 the Croatia National Bank offers exchange services for Kuna banknotes without a time limit, and will exchange coins until 31 December 2025. This service is free of charge.
Implications of Schengen and Euro for Croatia holidays
These are exciting times for Croatia, and it is a big step forward for it to join the EU Schengen Area and to adopt the Euro as its currency. Apart from the different currency, you shouldn’t notice any difference in booking or taking a Croatian villa holiday. The change to the Euro will actually make it easier for all visitors, as Euros are easier to buy.
Joining the Schengen Area will have advantages to EU citizens driving to Croatia for holidays as they will no longer have delays in crossing the border. This will encourage more travellers from nearby countries, so there is likely to be more competition for Croatia villas going forward. Our advice is to book your Croatia villa early!
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