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Croatia Travel Advice

Croatia

Please read each of the sections below carefully. They provide important information about your Operation Wallacea expedition in Croatia. Should you require further assistance please do not hesitate to contact your nearest Operation Wallacea office.

Travelling to and from the expedition

Arrival

For the terrestrial only expeditions and marine & terrestrial expeditions you need to land at Split Airport (SPU) before 1500hrs on the Thursday your expedition starts.

For the marine only expeditions you need to land at Zadar Airport (ZAD) before 1000hrs on the Thursday your expedition starts.

Departure

Terrestrial only expeditions and marine & terrestrial expeditions:

You need to depart from Split Airport (SPU) after 1600hrs on the Wednesday your expedition ends. When you arrive at Split Airport you will be met by an Opwall representative and transferred to the Puljane Mediterranean Ecology Research Centre. These expeditions where the first week is in the Krka Valley start on a Thursday at 1600hrs and finish either at the same place if you are only going to the Puljane at 1000hrs on a Wednesday or if the latter half of the expedition finishes is marine then the project finishes at 0700hrs on a Wednesday on Silba Island.

Marine only expeditions:

You need to depart from Zadar Airport (ZAD) after 1500hrs on the Wednesday your expedition ends. When you arrive at Zadar Airport you will be met by an Opwall representative and transferred to Silba Island. These marine only expeditions start on a Thursday at 1800hrs and finish on a Wednesday at 0700hrs at the same location.

The internal travel package will be arranged once we have the details of your international flights.

Additional Nights

As part of the internal travel package it is possible to arrange additional nights in Split and Zadar before and after your expedition, and the relevant airport transfers. However, this will be at an additional cost – please contact us for more details.

Booking International Flights

Please ensure when booking your international flights that the cost of your ticket includes hold luggage.

Research Assistants and Dissertation/Thesis Students

If you are a student from anywhere other than the US or Canada, when you book an expedition with us you can opt to be contacted by our preferred travel partner Travel Nation, who will provide you with competitive quotes for your international flights.

Travel Nation
Tel: 01273 947 313
E-mail: opwallvolunteers@travelnation.co.uk
International Contact: +44 (0) 1273 947 313

Canada

If you are a Canadian student and would like to have your flights booked for you by the Canadian Office please contact Dr Justin Hines at justin.hines@opwall.com. If you would prefer to book your flights independently, please be ensure these flights fall into our arrival and departure recommendations detailed above.

USA

If you are a student in the USA, we recommend Student Universe for your flights as they give discounts to students. You are welcome to book your flights elsewhere, however our partnership means that they generally provide the best price, are familiar with our expeditions and give excellent service.

Student Universe
Tel: +1 800 272 9676 (Toll-free within the US and Canada)

Once you have booked your international flights, please enter the details on the Opwall portal.

School Groups

Packaged

School groups that have chosen a fully inclusive expedition package do not need to book international flights or internal travel. Operation Wallacea will be in contact with the group leader directly and will provide you with a fully inclusive quote for your international flights, internal travel and expedition costs.

Non-Packaged

Schools also have the option of having Opwall search for the best flight deal for the group and once the school group leader has approved the purchase, the tickets are then bought by Opwall at cost on behalf of the school.  A flight booking fee per person is charged for this approach.  Details of the flights for the group will be entered onto the portal by the Opwall staff booking the flights.

Alternatively, if the school has reliable travel partners then they can book the flights themselves and just pay Opwall for the expedition and internal travel costs. Under this scenario the group leader needs to enter the flight details through the Opwall portal and email a copy of the itinerary or E-ticket to flights@opwall.com.

Passport

We advise citizens of all nationalities to have at least 6 months validity (period before expiry) on their passports at the time of your arrival into Croatia.

UK citizens are currently advised by the FCO that their passport only needs to be valid for the duration of their stay in Croatia. However passport rules are likely to change following BREXIT and so it is prudent to have at least 6 months validity.

Visas

If you are a UK, EU, US or Canadian citizen you do not need a visa to enter Croatia. Most other nationalities will need to apply for a visa via their nearest Croatian embassy. http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

COVID-19

For all COVID-19 information please visit this page.

Carbon Offsetting

By joining an Operation Wallacea expedition you are contributing directly towards the study and protection of threatened biodiversity, bringing significant financial benefits to small local communities, and working towards protecting valuable carbon stocks from deforestation. We are extremely proud of the impact we and our volunteers have had over the past two decades, creating a significant benefit to the environment.

However, we want to do more. Specifically, we want to make Operation Wallacea completely carbon neutral. As an organisation we offsetting our own emissions from staff travel (both road and air) and from running our offices. But we also want to encourage all our participants to offset, at the very least, the carbon emissions from their own international flights – and ideally more. To do this we will be supporting the Wallacea Reforestation Initiative in partnership with our sister charity the Wallacea Trust (UK Charity 1078362), and you can read more about this exciting project here that takes a new approach to tropical reforestation that benefits not only climate, but biodiversity and livelihoods too.

How to Calculate Your Donation Amount

Once booked and we’ve received your flight details, you’ll receive an email from us with a recommended donation amount, where we take the exact flight routes you’ve booked on to for your expedition, and run them through the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) carbon calculator. This calculator can be found here and the method used is found here. This gives us the total estimated amout of carbon your flights will emit into the atmosphere, and we assign a value of $10 USD (or £7.69 GBP) per ton of carbon. We only used the flights that we’re aware of, so if you have any more you may want to up the donation!

If you’ve not yet the email and wanted to donate the exact amount, email carbon@opwall.com and we can let you know. If you’re happy with an estimate, a £15 donation will cover the carbon produced by the flights in more than 95% of cases.

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