UK tourists have been warned about little-known rules in Croatia that could result in hefty fines.
The buzzing city of Split has become the latest European holiday hotspot to crack down on the noisy and drunken antics of travellers.
Councilors have approved new measures ahead of the holiday season, giving officers the power to on the spot fines of up to £255 for tourists caught sleeping or vomiting in public areas.
The same fine applies to those seen walking around town shirtless or in a bikini top.
The UK Foreign Office has also updated its travel advice for Britons traveling to Croatia due to the recent changes.
New guidance warns that county authorities could impose “on-the-spot fines” for seven now-banned acts, including:
- Walking around the cities shirtless or in swimwear
- Wearing clothing that promotes drug use
- Sleeping in common areas
- Climbing on monuments
- urinating in public places
- Alcohol consumption near protected spaces (e.g. schools)
- Vomiting in public areas
“Most cities have signage warning of actions that are prohibited under local law. Be aware of your surroundings, including signage, and seek local advice,” advises the UK Foreign Office.
Other areas of Croatia, such as Dubrovnik, have enacted similar laws, with hefty fines of up to £3,400 for anti-social behaviour, including fights, verbal abuse and drunken antics.
A decision in February also stipulated that municipal wardens should patrol the streets and look out for criminals. They can also be fined £56 for walking their dog off-leash.
Drug offenses are punishable by fines and imprisonment.
Croatia isn’t the only popular vacation spot to dictate such guidelines.
Drunk British tourists can also face hefty fines in Mallorca if caught drinking on the street.
And holidaymakers have been warned they could face hefty fines if they pick up pebbles from the beach and wear high heels in certain areas.