Dubrovnik Municipality announced that it is to introduce a charge on foreign cruise ships.
This is expected to come into force at the beginning of 2021.
The new tourist tax will be between HRK2,000 and HRK40,000 per vessel, depending on the passenger capacity. It will come into play when the ship is moored at a port or anchorage in the Dubrovnik area.
The decision to introduce this tax was made by the City Council of Dubrovnik last month. The revenue generated by the fee will be spent by the the City on improving the municipal utility infrastructure.
Dubrovnik has been looking at different ways to deal with overcrowding problems and has been under pressure to introduce measures to deal with it, the EU publication, The Mayor said.
The estimated minimum amount of tourist tax per ship will be HRK2,000 for vessels with a capacity of 50 to 200 pax, while for those with a capacity of 201 to 500 pax, the fee will be HRK5,000. For cruise ships carrying between 501 and 1,000 pax the tourist tax will be HRK10,000, and for those with 1,001 to 2,000 pax – HRK20,000. The highest tourist taxes of HRK30,000 and HRK40,000 will be reserved for the largest cruise ships with a capacity of 2,001 to 3,000 pax, and those carrying over 3,001 passengers, respectively.