Last night, as I was researching my next trip, I came across the government’s travel site. The site has travel information for every country, including entry requirements and safety information. Some of you may know I’m a bit obsessed with Croatia, so I started looking at the information for Croatia before looking at the information for my trip to Australia. And that’s when I discovered it…
I committed a misdemeanor when I visited Croatia!
Here’s an excerpt from the entry requirements:
“All foreign citizens must register with the local police within 24 hours of arrival and inform them of any change in their address. If you are staying in a hotel or in accommodations rented through an accommodation company, the hotelier or accommodation company will register you automatically. Failure to register is a misdemeanor offense; some U.S. citizens have been fined for failing to register.”
I’ve been to this site many times, how did I miss this?!?
I know I didn’t register in 2006 when I visited the first time. I stayed with my friend’s mother so I definitely committed a misdemeanor then. My second visit was in 2013 and I stayed in hostels. As mentioned in the excerpt above, hotels will register you, but do hostels? I’ll have to look into that!
So, when you’re planning your next trip, be sure to carefully check the entry requirements so that you don’t make the same mistake I made!
Be safe and happy travels!