Mains water is normally chlorinated, and whilst relatively
safe may cause mild abdominal upsets and as bottled water is available
it is advised for the first few weeks of the stay. Milk is pasteurised
and dairy products are generally safe for consumption. Local meat,
seafood, poultry, fruit and vegetables are also generally considered
safe to eat.
Hepatitis A occurs. Tick-borne encephalitis occurs in forested areas
and vaccination is advisable.
Rabies, although on the decrease, is present. and for those at high
risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are
bitten, seek medical advice immediately
There is a reciprocal health agreement with the UK and on presentation
of a UK passport, treatment is free at hospitals, ‘poly-clinics’
and doctor’s surgeries.
Charges are made for dental and ophthalmic treatment and for prescribed
medicines. Chemists are generally open from 0800-1800 hrs.
Chemists with a 24-hour emergency services are open in every district.