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Stay and work of aliens - third-country nationals

Third-country nationals are aliens who are not nationals of the EEA countries (the European Union, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Kingdom of Norway, and the Republic of Iceland) or of the Swiss Confederation. The Aliens Act lays down the requirements for the entry, stay and work of aliens in the Republic of Croatia.  

Stay of aliens

Aliens may stay in the Republic of Croatia:

  • up to 90 days in any 180-day period - short-term stay
  • up to a year- temporary stay
  • indefinitely- permanent stay

A short-term stay refers to the stay of aliens of up to 90 days in any 180-day period, with or without a visa.

Aliens who are not required to have a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia may stay in the Republic of Croatia for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period.

A temporary stay may be granted to third-country nationals for the following purposes: family reunification, work, secondary school education and university studies, scientific research, humanitarian reasons, work of posted workers and for other purposes.  

Aliens submit a temporary stay application (Form 1a) in person a competent diplomatic mission/consular post of the Republic of Croatia.

Aliens who are not required to have a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia may submit their temporary stay application at a police administration/police station according to their intended place of stay, employer’s registered office (seat) or their place of work. 

Exceptionally, aliens who are required to have a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia may submit their temporary stay application at a police administration/police station if: 

  • they are to study at a university as full-time students at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level,
  • they are scientific researchers arriving on the basis of a hosting agreement,
  • they are aliens working further to youth mobility programmes being carried out by the Republic of Croatia in cooperation with other countries / scientific researchers and aliens employed for scientific, scientific teaching or other research positions in legal persons in the scientific domain / university professors - native speakers of foreign languages, foreign-language instructors and other lecturers teaching at Croatian universities or registered foreign language schools, and aliens working pursuant to an international treaty, other than the treaty referred to in Article 79, paragraph 1, item 2 of the Aliens Act, and members of their immediate family.

Aliens who submit their first temporary stay application in the Republic of Croatia (if they are not required to have an entry visa, or if they are students or belong to one of the aforementioned categories of aliens) before the expiration of their short-term stay, may remain in the Republic of Croatia until the decision concerning their application becomes enforceable.

Aliens will be granted temporary stay if they: prove the purpose of their temporary stay, hold a valid travel document, have funds to support themselves, have health insurance, are not prohibited entry and stay and are not considered to be a threat to public order, national security or public health.

 

Proving the purpose of temporary stay

The following documents shall be enclosed to the temporary stay application form that aliens have to fill in:

  • a colour photograph, 35x45mm,
  • a copy of a valid travel document,
  • proof of health insurance,
  • proof of sufficient funds to support oneself,
  • proof of justified reasons for temporary stay,
  • consular fees in compliance with Tariff number 78.c of the Administrative Fees Act if the application is submitted at a diplomatic mission/consular post of the Republic of Croatia, or
  • a revenue stamp of HRK 20.00 if the application is submitted in the Republic of Croatia.

The documents to be enclosed to the application shall be originals or certified copies, and for foreign documents, a certified translation into the Croatian language shall be provided. The said translation shall be certified in line with the relevant regulations. The documents shall be dated not more than six months prior to the application.

If the application is approved, an alien is granted a temporary stay permit in a form of a biometric residence permit. A biometric residence permit is issued for the term of validity of up to one year. The term of validity of a travel document shall be at least 3 months longer than the time period for which the biometric residence permit has been issued.

A temporary stay for other purposes may be granted for a maximum period of one year. Aliens may submit a new application for a temporary stay for other purposes six months after the expiry of the temporary stay that was granted to them for other purposes.

If the application is submitted at a diplomatic mission/consular post, aliens shall be notified that a decision relating to the application has been issued, instructing them to appear at the competent police administration/police station in order to provide biometric data for the issuance of a residence permit.

Aliens who have been granted temporary stay have to report their place of stay to a competent police administration/police station not later than 3 days upon entering the Republic of Croatia.

An application for a temporary stay renewal is submitted at a police administration/police station not later than 60 days before the existing temporary stay expires. If an alien fails to apply for a temporary stay renewal in due time, he/she will be charged a fine. 

Administrative fee: When the application is submitted at a police administration/police station, aliens have to pay the amount of HRK 500 to be granted temporary stay and HRK 240 for a biometric residence permit. Both amounts shall be paid by means of a payment slip (separately), to the state budget account, IBAN code of which is obtained at a police administration/police station.

NOTE:

The administrative fees for granting temporary stay  (HRK 500) may also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, reference number: 5002-713-OIB (OIB of an alien who administrative fee is being paid for).
Aliens who have not been allocated an OIB shall enter the following reference number: 5002-713- a number of a valid travel document/identity card.
(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they shall be omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas etc. shall NOT be written).
For example, if the travel document/identity card number of a foreign national is AZ004586, then the reference number shall read: 5002-713-4586 (without letter symbols and zeros, maximum a ten-digit number).
The fee for the issuance of a biometric residence permit in the amount of HRK 240 may be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR65, reference number: 7005-485-OIB (OIB of an alien who administrative fee is being paid for).
Aliens who have not been allocated an OIB shall enter the following reference number: 7005-485- a number of a valid travel document/identity card.
(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they shall be omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas etc. shall NOT be written).
For example, if the travel document/identity card number of a foreign national is AZ004586, then the reference number shall read: 7005-485-4586 (without letter symbols and zeros, maximum a ten-digit number).

 

 

Work of aliens

Aliens may work in the Republic of Croatia pursuant to a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate, unless provided for otherwise by the relevant legislation.

A stay and work permit is a single permit which allows aliens to temporarily stay and work in the Republic of Croatia. A stay and work permit is issued on the basis of an annual quota and outside the annual quota.

The decision on the annual quota of permits is adopted by the Government of the Republic of Croatia and it is published in the Croatian Official Gazette.

 

Aliens without a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate may work in the Republic of Croatia only if they have been granted:

1. permanent stay,

2. asylum, subsidiary or temporary protection,

3. temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification with an alien on permanent stay, an asylee or an alien who has been granted subsidiary or temporary protection,

4. temporary stay under humanitarian grounds,

5. autonomous stay,

6. the status of a full-time pupil or student when they perform services through the mediation of authorised agents, without getting employed,

7. temporary stay for the purpose of scientific research which has been granted pursuant to a hosting agreement. 

 

Stay and work permit based on an annual quota

The following documents need to be enclosed to the application for the issuance of a stay and work permit (Form 9a) based on an annual quota:

  • a colour photograph, 35x45 mm,
  • a copy of a valid travel document,
  • proof of health insurance,
  • proof of sufficient funds to support oneself,
  • a contract of employment or a written confirmation that a contract of employment has been concluded, or any other relevant proof of work,
  • proof of educational background and qualifications,
  • proof of the registration of a company, branch office, representative office, sole trader business, association or institution in the Republic of Croatia (certificates from the relevant registers should not be dated more than six months prior to the application), and
  • a consular fee in compliance with Tariff number 78.c of the Administrative Fees Act if the application is submitted at a diplomatic mission/consular post of the Republic of Croatia, or
  • a revenue stamp of HRK 20 if the application is submitted in the Republic of Croatia. 

 

Stay and work permit outside the annual quota

A stay and work permit outside the annual quota may be issued to the following categories of aliens:

1. daily migrant workers under the condition of reciprocity,

2. key personnel, workers and their family members, whose status has been regulated by the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States and the Republic of Croatia (refers to the EU nationals),

3. aliens performing key activities in companies, branch offices and representative offices,

4. aliens transferred as part of internal staff transfers within companies and other indispensable personnel, as defined by the Protocol on the Accession of the Republic of Croatia to the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organisation,

5. aliens who are self-employed in a company they own or in a company in which they hold a share of more than 51% or in their own sole trader business,

6. workers who provide services on behalf or for a foreign employer not entitled to the right of establishment in an EEA Member State (a foreign employer has been registered in a country other than an EEA Member State, e.g. Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Russian Federation etc.),

7. teachers and lecturers who do their teaching at educational institutions in the language and script of national minorities,

8. professional athletes or sports workers working in the Republic of Croatia,

9. artists working at cultural institutions in the Republic of Croatia,

10. aliens who take up employment with foreign associations registered as a foreign association in the Republic of Croatia and at least three other countries,

11. aliens who are members of the trust bodies of the representative offices of foreign trusts and foundations registered in the Register of the Representative Offices of Foreign Trusts and Foundations in the Republic of Croatia,

12. aliens working further to youth mobility programmes being carried out by the Republic of Croatia in cooperation with other countries,

13. scientific researchers and aliens employed for scientific, scientific teaching or other research positions in legal persons in the scientific domain,

14. teachers / professors - native speakers of foreign languages, foreign language instructors and other lecturers who teach at Croatian universities or registered foreign language schools,

15. aliens working pursuant to an international treaty, other than the treaty referred to in Article 79, paragraph 1, item 2 of the Aliens Act.

 

INVESTORS- A stay and work permit outside the annual quota may be granted to an alien who meets the relevant temporary stay requirements and who:

1. performs key activities in a company pursuant to Article 76, paragraph 2 of the said Act or who holds a share of at least 51% in the said company which:

  • is a recipient of incentive measures in line with a regulation on investment promotion, or
  • carries out strategic investment projects in line with a regulation on strategic investment projects of the Republic of Croatia,

2. performs activities or carries out projects in the Republic of Croatia pursuant to international agreements on expert and technical assistance concluded by the Republic of Croatia with the European Union, other countries or international organisations.

 

The following documents need to be enclosed to the application for the issuance of a stay and work permit outside the annual quota:

  • a colour photograph, 35x45mm,
  • a copy of a valid travel document,
  • proof of health insurance,
  • proof of sufficient funds to support oneself,
  • a contract of employment or a written confirmation that a contract of employment has been concluded or any other relevant proof of work (except for aliens who are self-employed in a sole trader business they own),   
  • proof of educational background and qualifications(except for aliens who are key personnel,providers of services, workers and their family members, whose status has been regulated by the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States and the Republic of Croatia, aliens transferred as part of internal staff transfers within companies and other indispensable personnel, as defined by the Protocol on the Accession of the Republic of Croatia to the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organisation, aliens who are self-employed in a company they own or in a company in which they hold a share of more than 51% or in their own sole trader business,  workers who provide services on behalf or for a foreign employer not entitled to the right of establishment in an EEA Member State, scientific researchers and aliens employed for scientific, scientific teaching or other research positions in legal persons in the scientific domain) 
  • proof of the registration of a company, branch office, representative office, sole trader business, association or institution in the Republic of Croatia(certificates from the relevant registers should not be dated more than six months prior to the application)
  • explanation on the justifiability of employing an alien that contains information on the alien’s professional knowledge, qualifications and work experience, and the reasons why this position cannot be assigned to a Croatian national on a labour market (except in cases referred to in Article 76, paragraph 1, items 2, 4, 5, 6 and 13)
  • other proof as stated below, depending on the legal provisions on the basis of which a stay and work permit is applied for, and
  • a consular fee in compliance with Tariff number 78.c of the Administrative Fees Act if the application is submitted at a diplomatic mission/consular post of the Republic of Croatia, or
  • a revenue stamp of HRK 20 if the application is submitted in the Republic of Croatia. 

 

If the application is approved, an alien is issued a biometric residence permit.

Administrative fee: When the application is submitted at a police administration/police station, aliens have to pay the amount of HRK 800 for the issuance of a stay and work permit and HRK 240 for a biometric residence permit. Both amounts shall be paid by means of a payment slip (separately), to the state budget account, IBAN code of which is obtained at a police administration/police station.

NOTE:

The administrative fees for the issuance of a stay and work permit (HRK 800) may also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, reference number: 5002-713-OIB (OIB of an alien who administrative fee is being paid for).
Aliens who have not been allocated an OIB shall enter the following reference number: 5002-713- a number of a valid travel document/identity card.
(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they shall be omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas etc. shall NOT be written).
For example, if the travel document/identity card number of a foreign national is AZ004586, then the reference number shall read: 5002-713-4586 (without letter symbols and zeros, maximum a ten-digit number).
The fee for the issuance of a biometric residence permit in the amount of HRK 240 may also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR65, reference number: 7005-485-OIB (OIB of an alien who administrative fee is being paid for).
Aliens who have not been allocated an OIB shall enter the following reference number: 7005-485- a number of a valid travel document/identity card.
(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they shall be omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas etc. shall NOT be written).


 

Work registration certificate

The following categories of aliens may work for up to 90 days in a calendar year based on a work registration certificate:

1. procurators, key personnel and members of the supervisory board of a company who perform services for the company but are not employed,

2. service providers in tourism, tourist agents or recreation workers in accordance with special regulations,

3. scientists on scientific and professional training, scientists-representatives of international organisations and scientists who are to participate in the implementation of scientific projects important for the Republic of Croatia,

4. administrative staff, experts, teachers and lecturers at foreign cultural, educational and scientific institutions performing services in the Republic of Croatia as part of a cultural and educational cooperation programme, and administrative staff, experts, teachers and lecturers at foreign cultural, educational and scientific institutions having branch offices in the Republic of Croatia, provided that they come from their home institutions,

5. civilian and military officials of the governments of other states coming to the Republic of Croatia to work further to cooperation agreements with the Government of the Republic of Croatia,

6. foreign correspondents, accredited in the Republic of Croatia or foreign media reporters,

7. representatives and staff of religious communities performing activities exclusively related to religious or charitable service,

8. aliens who come to volunteer in work camps or on similar work and educational programmes organised by Croatian associations or institutions, or who are on training programmes at diplomatic missions and consular posts accredited in the Republic of Croatia,

9. volunteers working in non-profit associations and institutions in the Republic of Croatia in accordance with special regulations or based on international exchange and volunteer cooperation programmes,

10. aliens coming to the Republic of Croatia to complete their traineeship in companies, branch offices or representative offices owned by foreign companies, provided that the said aliens come from the registered office (seat) of such companies or from their representative office or branch office in some other state,

11. aliens performing the activities of supervision and inspection of overhaul and shipbuilding and aliens performing the activities of supervision or inspection of production, assembly of equipment, machinery and other facilities under an export or order contract for a foreign client,

12. aliens working on vessels, entered on a list of crew,

13. aliens completing traineeship, professional training or volunteer work within the Community Programmes, Lifelong Learning and Youth in Action programme, and other programmes and initiatives carried out by the authority competent for education and science and the authority competent for volunteer work,

14. experts in the area of cultural heritage protection, library and archives science,

15. aliens carrying out vocational or professional training or education of workers employed with legal and natural persons in the Republic of Croatia,

16. aliens engaged in activities related to the delivery, assembly or service of machinery or equipment, whose work is a condition for exercising warranty rights or is related to the delivery of machinery or equipment,

17. aliens completing professional training at a legal person with registered office (seat) in the Republic of Croatia which has organisational links to a foreign employer,

18. pupils receiving their practical education through an authorised organisation or pupils’ exchange programme,

19. aliens who come to Croatian legal or natural persons, institutions or associations to complete their traineeship without being paid.

 

The aliens under items 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 who intend to stay and work in the Republic of Croatia for a period longer than 90 days may be issued a stay and work permit outside the annual quota if they meet the requirements for temporary stay and if they provide proof of performing activities and their length in the Republic of Croatia.

 

IMPORTANT: Aliens participating in Youth in Action programme and their successors do not have to provide proof of health insurance, unless prescribed otherwise by the relevant programme regulations.

Volunteers under item 9 may be issued a stay and work permit outside the annual quota if they are between the ages of 18 and 65 and if they have signed a volunteer contract in accordance with special regulations on volunteer work. The organisation in which an alien is to volunteer has to take full responsibility for the said alien during the volunteer time, including the costs of support, accommodation, food, health insurance and return.

Aliens under item 19 may be issued a stay and work permit outside the annual quota if they provide proof of completing a traineeship in a legal or natural person, institution or association recognised by the authority competent for the line of work in which the said alien is completing his/her traineeship.

 

The following categories of aliens may work up to 60 days in a calendar year on the basis of a work registration certificate:

1. providers of auditing and consulting services,

2. lecturers taking part at organised conferences and seminars,

3. artists and technical staff participating in opera, ballet, theatre, concert, visual arts and other cultural events, and authors and performers in film and television arts,

4. aliens employed in circuses or amusement parks. 

 

The following categories of aliens may work up to 30 days in a calendar year on the basis of a work registration certificate:

1. authors and performers in the field of music and performing arts, as well as accompanying reporting, organisational and technical staff,

2. aliens participating at fairs and exhibitions where their employers are exhibitors.

 

IMPORTANT: Prior to starting work, aliens or legal and natural persons who will be using their services shall obtain a work registration certificate at a competent police administration or police station according to the location of work or the employer’s registered office/seat.

A certificate of registered work is being issued by a competent Police Administration/Police Station on grounds of the following papers: 

  • a written request for the issuance of a certificate of registered work (containing personal data of an alien, the time needed for work and the type of work an alien shall do);
  • a certified copy of a valid alien’s travel document or another kind of document for crossing the state border and papers proving that the respective work requires the issuance of a certificate of registered work.

Based on a work registration certificate, aliens may work for the same employer or service recipient throughout the territory of the Republic of Croatia.

A legal or a natural person employing or using the services of the above said categories of aliens shall have an appropriate contract or other relevant document signed with an alien or a foreign employer posting the alien to work in the Republic of Croatia.

No letter of attorney is needed for the issuance of a work registration certificate.

When applying for a work registration certificate, aliens have to pay a revenue stamp in the amount of HRK 20, and when collecting their work registration certificate, they have to pay an administrative fee in the amount of HRK 150, payable via a payment slip to the state budget account, IBAN code of which can be obtained at a police administration/police station.

NOTE:

The administrative fee for the issuance of a work registration certificate in the amount of HRK 150 may also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, reference number: 5002-713-OIB (OIB of an alien who administrative fee is being paid for).
Aliens who have not been allocated an OIB shall enter the following reference number: 5002-713- a number of a valid travel document/identity card.
(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they shall be omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas etc. shall NOT be written).
For example, if the travel document/identity card number of a foreign national is AZ004586, then the reference number shall read: 5002-713-4586 (without letter symbols and zeros, maximum a ten-digit number).

 

Permanent stay                                          

Permanent stay may be granted to aliens who have been legally staying in the Republic of Croatia for an uninterrupted period of 5 years before the submission of their application, which includes temporary stay, asylum or subsidiary protection. It shall be deemed that the stay of aliens in the Republic of Croatia has been uninterrupted, if their several-time absence from the Republic of Croatia within a period of five years has not lasted longer than 10 months, or if their one-time absence from the Republic of Croatia within a period of five years has not lasted longer than 6 months.

Aliens need to have a valid temporary stay status in the Republic of Croatia at the time when the decision on their application for permanent stay is being made.

Permanent stay shall not be granted to aliens whose asylum or subsidiary protection has been revoked.

An application for permanent stay (Form 1a) is submitted at a police administration/police station, based on the alien’s place of temporary residence, and the decision is made by the Ministry of the Interior. 

The time required for granting permanent stay shall not include:

1. the period of temporary stay pursuant to a stay and work permit issued to seasonal workers, daily migrants and providers of services on behalf of a foreign employer,

2. the time spent serving one’s prison sentence. 

In case of aliens who have been granted temporary stay for the purpose of university studies, only half of their temporary stay period for the purpose of university studies shall be included in the time required for granting permanent stay.

In case of aliens who have an asylee status or who have been granted subsidiary protection, only half of the time spent from the day of their application for international protection on the basis of which they were granted the said status until the day they were granted international protection, or the whole time if it is longer than 18 months, shall be included in the time required for granting permanent stay. 

Moreover, permanent stay may also be granted to:

  • an alien who, by the date of submission of his/her application, has had at least three years of uninterrupted temporary stay, and at least 10 years of a refugee status, which shall be proved by a certificate issued by the competent state authority for refugees,
  • an alien who had residence in the Republic of Croatia on 8 October 1991, and who is a beneficiary of a return, reconstruction or housing care programme, which shall be proved by a certificate issued by the competent state authority for refugees,provided that it has been established that the said alien has returned with an intention of living in the Republic of Croatia on a permanent basis,
  • a child who lives in the Republic of Croatia:
    • whose both parents had a permanent stay status at the moment of the child’s birth,
    • whose one parent had a permanent stay status at the moment of the child’s birth (with the consent of the other parent),
    • whose one parent had a permanent stay status in the Republic of Croatia at the moment of the child’s birth, and the other parent is unknown, dead, pronounced dead, deprived of parental rights or fully or partially deprived of legal capacity when it comes to parental care,
  • a person who was born in the Republic of Croatia and has been living here since his/her birth, but who has not regulated his/her residence status for justified reasons that he/she could not have any impact on (which shall be proved by a birth certificate, proof of having attended preschool or school, proof of employment, proof of using health care services, proof of using social rights and any other proof showing that the said person has been living in the Republic of Croatia).

 

Requirements for granting permanent stay

Permanent stay shall be granted to an alien who:

1. has a valid travel document,

2. has sufficient funds to support oneself,

3. has health insurance,

4. has the knowledge of the Croatian language and Latin script, as well as the Croatian culture and the organisation of the Croatian society,

5. does not pose a threat to public order, national security or public health.

 

Aliens returnees and refugees do not have to meet the criteria under the above said items 2, 3 and 4.

Testing of the knowledge of the Croatian language and Latin script may be conducted by higher education institutions, secondary schools and institutions for adult education that organise Croatian language courses with the consent of the ministry competent for education.

An alien shall prove his/her knowledge of the Croatian culture and the organisation of the Croatian society when filling in a questionnaire in the course of the procedure for a permanent stay status at a police administration/police station..

An alien who has filled in the questionnaire testing the knowledge of the Croatian culture and the organisation of the society of the Republic of Croatia by himself/herself does not have to sit for an exam testing the knowledge of the Croatian language and Latin script.

 

The following categories of aliens do not have to pass the exam testing the knowledge of the Croatian language and Latin script:

1. preschool children,

2. attendants of, or individuals who have completed their primary, secondary or higher education in the Republic of Croatia,

3. individuals over the age of 65 unless they are employed.

 

When applying for permanent stay, aliens have to pay a revenue stamp in the amount of HRK 20, and when collecting the decision by which permanent stay has been granted, they have to pay an administrative fee in the amount of HRK 900 and additional HRK 240 for the issuance of a biometric residence permit. Both amounts should be paid by a payment slip to the state budget account, IBAN code of which can be obtained at a competent police administration/police station. 

Administrative fee:

The administrative fee for granting permanent stay in the amount of HRK 900 may also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, reference number: 5002-713-OIB (OIB of an alien who administrative fee is being paid for).
Aliens who have not been allocated an OIB shall enter the following reference number: 5002-713- a number of a valid travel document/identity card.
(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they shall be omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas etc. shall NOT be written).
For example, if the travel document/identity card number of a foreign national is AZ004586, then the reference number shall read: 5002-713-4586 (without letter symbols and zeros, maximum a ten-digit number).
The fee for the issuance of a biometric residence permit in the amount of HRK 240 may also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR65, reference number: 7005-485-OIB (OIB of an alien who administrative fee is being paid for).
Aliens who have not been allocated an OIB shall enter the following reference number: 7005-485- a number of a valid travel document/identity card.
(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they shall be omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas etc. shall NOT be written).

 

Biometric residence permit

A residence permit is issued to an alien who has been granted a temporary or a permanent stay status. 

An application for the issuance of a biometric residence permit (Form 4a) is submitted at a competent police administration/police station according to the alien’s place of permanent or temporary residence in the Republic of Croatia.

An alien has to show his/her valid travel document or any other identity document and the authorised person receiving the application for the issuance of a residence permit has to verify the identity of the applicant.

A colour photograph, 30×35 mm, shall be enclosed to the application.

A biometric residence permit costs HRK 240

The said amount of HRK 240 shall be paid at the post office/FINA (Financial Agency)/bank.

The amount of money paid for this permit may be paid only by means of a payment slip obtained at a police administration/police station because these payment slips contain a serial control number.

The applicant shall be given a receipt of application by the authorised officer and he/she shall collect a residence permit in person at a police administration/police station where he/she applied for the permit. 

 NOTE:

The fee for a residence permit in the amount of HRK 240 may also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR65, reference number: 7005-485-OIB (OIB of an alien who is to be issued a residence permit).
Aliens who have not been allocated an OIB shall enter the following reference number: 7005-485- a number of a valid travel document/identity card.
(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they shall be omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas etc. shall NOT be written).

 

                                                                                                                         

Special biometric passport for aliens

This is a new document – a travel document which will be issued to aliens who have been granted temporary/permanent stay or subsidiary protection and who cannot obtain a travel document of the country they are nationals of through no fault of their own.

Local border passes – Bosnia and Herzegovina

A local border pass can be issued to persons residing in the border area of Bosnia and Herzegovina not further than 5 kilometres from the border. It is issued for a validity period of 5 years.

The Republic of Croatia issues local border passes to the inhabitants of the border area of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Bosnia and Herzegovina issues local border passes to the inhabitants of the border area of the Republic of Croatia.

Local border passes shall be issued in case of economic, social, family or any other justifiable connection with the border area (work, school, property, etc.).

An application for the issuance of a local border pass shall be submitted at a competent police administration/police station or at a diplomatic mission/consular post of the Republic of Croatia in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Local border passes are issued upon a direct personal request of the person filling in the application form for the issuance of a local border pass pursuant to Article 7 of the Agreement between the Republic of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina on Local Border Traffic - Appendix D, signed in Brussels, on 19 June 2013. 

The following has to be enclosed to the application:

  • a copy of a valid travel document which will be certified by an authorised officer upon comparing it with the original,
  • 2 photographs, 30×35 mm,
  • a document on the basis of which one might prove a justifiable need to regularly cross the common state border under the conditions of local border traffic regime, including economic, social, family or any other justifiable connection (a copy of an employment record book, a contract of employment, certificate of school attendance, a copy of a title deed of a piece of land that is being cultivated and similar), which should be dated not more than six (6) months, counting from the day of application,
  • a document on the basis of which one might prove residence in the border area, as prescribed by the provisions of the Agreement.

 

A local border pass is issued for a validity period of 5 years from the date of issuance, or until the validity of the travel document on the basis of which the local border pass has been issued, if this time period is shorter.

New local border passes which contain electronic data storage (RFID chip) have been issued since 1 July 2013.

Biometric local border passes cost HRK 225.

 

Traffic accident involving a foreign vehicle

In case of an accident involving a vehicle with foreign registration plates, a police officer who conducted the traffic accident investigation has to give the vehicle owner a report on vehicle damage which is required to cross the state border.

There is no prescribed list of documents that a police station in whose jurisdiction the accident occurred should give to a foreign national involved in a traffic accident. All the documents are delivered as requested in writing.

The most frequently requested document by foreign nationals and insurance companies is a traffic accident investigation report.

 

Stay and work of EEA nationals and their family members

EEA nationals and their family members may work and provide services in the Republic of Croatia without a stay and work permit, or a work registration certificate.

The provisions of the Aliens Act relating to the EEA nationals also relate to the nationals of the Swiss Confederation.

The provisions of the Aliens Act relating to the family members of EEA nationals also relate to the aliens who are family members of Croatian nationals.

NOTE: On 1 July 2013, the Regulation on the Temporary Implementation of the Rules Governing the Work of the Nationals of the European Union Member States and their Family Members (Croatian Official Gazette 79/13) entered into force. The Regulation defines the temporary implementation of the rules governing the work of EU nationals and members of their family who are nationals of those EU Member States which apply national measures or measures arising from bilateral agreements to the work of the nationals of the Republic of Croatia and their family members.

As regards the work of EU nationals and their family members, regardless of the fact whether they are EU nationals or third-country nationals, the same measures based on reciprocity will be applied.

These measures will be applied to the work of EU nationals and their family members as long as the European Union Member States apply the same national measures or measures arising from bilateral agreements to the work of the nationals of the Republic of Croatia and their family members.

EU nationals and their family members covered by the Regulation may regulate their labour status in the Republic of Croatia in line with the provisions of the Aliens Act in the following manner:

  • if they want to work up to 90 days a year, on the basis of a work registration certificate,
  • if they want to work for more than 90 days a year and if they enter into employment in the Republic of Croatia, they have to apply for a stay and work permit outside the annual quota.

 The list of countries that the Regulation refers to can be found on the web site of the Ministry of Labour and Pension System.

Restriction measures shall apply neither to the freedom of establishment of a national of one Member State in the territory of the other Member State nor to the freedom to provide services.
Consequently, all EU MS nationals (irrespective of being nationals of an EU MS having issued a restriction measure for Croatian nationals) who are self-employed in their own company or sole trade business, or who provide services or are posted workers, regulate their status pursuant to Title X of the Aliens Act. In order words, they may work in the Republic of Croatia without a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate.
The said category of aliens may work up to three months without registering their temporary stay, and if they intend to work longer than three months, they shall register their temporary stay for the purpose of work pursuant to Article 158 of the Aliens Act. Those EEA nationals wishing to do so may apply for a biometric residence card which costs HRK 240. 

Short-term, temporary and permanent stay of EEA nationals

Short-term stay

EEA nationals are entitled to stay in the Republic of Croatia up to 3 months from the day of their entry into the Republic of Croatia, if they possess a valid travel document or an identity card.

Temporary stay

An EEA national who intends to stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than 3 months has to report his/her temporary stay (Form 1b)at a competent police administration/police station according to his/her place of stay, not later than 8 days following the expiration of his/her 3-month stay period. 

A certificate of reporting a temporary stay of an EEA national is printed out of the MoI information system free of charge.
Those EEA nationals wishing to do so may apply for a biometric residence card which costs HRK 240.
 

Certificate of reporting a temporary stay of an EEA national for the purpose of work

An EEA national will be issued a certificate of reporting a temporary stay if he/she possesses the following:

1.  a copy of a valid identity card or a travel document, which will be certified by an authorised officer upon comparing it with the original,

2. a certificate of employment or proof of being self-employed.

 

Certificate of reporting a temporary stay of an EEA national for the purpose of university studies or vocational training

An EEA national will be issued a certificate of reporting a temporary stay if he/she:

1. possesses a copy of a valid identity card or a travel document, which will be certified by an authorised officer upon comparing it with the original,

2. attends university or vocational training,

3. provides a statement of having sufficient funds to support oneself and the members of his/her family in the extent that they do not become a burden to the social care system while staying in the Republic of Croatia,

4. has health insurance.

 

Certificate of reporting a temporary stay of an EEA national for other purposes

An EEA national will be issued a certificate of reporting a temporary stay if he/she possesses the following:

1. a copy of a valid identity card or a travel document, which will be certified by an authorised officer upon comparing it with the original,

2. sufficient funds to support oneself,

3. health insurance.

 

Certificate of reporting a temporary stay of a family member who is an EEA national

A family member of an EEA national who is an EEA national himself/herself and who intends to stay for more than 3 months has to report his/her temporary stay (Form 1b) at a competent police administration/police station not more than 8 days following the expiration of his/her 3-month stay period. The following documents have to be enclosed: 

1. a copy of a valid identity card or a travel document, which will be certified by an authorised officer upon comparing it with the original,

2. a document showing that he/she is a family member under Article 162, paragraph 1, items 1 to 6 of the Aliens Act,

3. corresponding documents proving that, due to his/her material and social situation in the country of origin, when it comes to the provision of basic needs, he/she depends on an EEA national, or is a member of his/her household or, due to serious health problems, requires personal care of an EEA national if he/she is a family member under Article 162, paragraph 2, item 7 of the Aliens Act.   

A family member of a Croatian national referred to in Article 162 of the Aliens Act, who is a national of an EEA Member State himself/herself, may register his/her temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification as described above. Along with the above mentioned documents, an EEA family member of a Croatian national shall also submit proof that the respective Croatian national:

  • is employed or self-employed, or
  • is enrolled at a higher education school or a vocational school, is covered by health insurance, enclosing a statement that he/she possesses means of subsistence, or
  • possesses means of subsistence and health insurance.

Note: family members of Croatian nationals do not have to enclose excerpts from the birth register or birth certificates, marriage certificates or excerpts from the register of marriages. These will be obtained from the register office ex officio.

 

Permanent stay of EEA nationals

An EEA national is entitled to a permanent stay after 5 years of an uninterrupted legal stay in the Republic of Croatia (Article 173, paragraph 1 of the Aliens Act).

Exceptionally, an EEA national is entitled to a permanent stay after less than 5 years of an uninterrupted legal stay.

These exceptions are prescribed in Article 174 of the Aliens Act.

An EEA national can report his/her permanent stay at a police administration/police station according to his/her place of stay (Form 3b).

An EEA national is issued a biometric residence permit with a validity period of 10 years.

Short-term, temporary and permanent stay of a family member who is not an EEA national

Short-term stay

A family member who is not an EEA national is entitled to stay in the Republic of Croatia up to 3 months from the date of entry into the Republic of Croatia provided that he/she has a valid travel document. 

Temporary stay

A non-EEA family member of an EEA national who intends to stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than 3 months has to apply for a stay permit card for a family member of an EU national (Form 2b), at a police administration/police station according to his/her place of stay not later than 8 days following the expiration of his/her 3-month stay period, for which a receipt of application is issued  without any delay. This card shall serve as proof that the said alien is entitled to a temporary stay.

A family member shall be issued a residence card if he/she:

1. possesses a copy of a valid travel document, which will be certified by an authorised officer upon comparing it with the original,

2. encloses a document showing that he/she is a family member under Article 162, paragraph 1, items 1 to 6 of the Aliens Act,

3. encloses a document issued by a competent authority of the country he/she is coming from, which officially proves that he/she is a dependent family member or a household member of an EEA national, or proof of a serious health condition that requires personal care of an EEA national if he/she is a family member under Article 162, paragraph 1, item 7 of the Aliens Act,

4. does not pose threat to public order or national security,

5. is not prohibited to enter and stay in the Republic of Croatia.

Along with the above mentioned documents, a non-EEA family member of a Croatian national shall also submit proof that the respective Croatian national:

  • is employed or self-employed, or
  • is enrolled at a higher education school or a vocational school, is covered by health insurance, enclosing a statement that he/she possesses means of subsistence, or
  • possesses means of subsistence and health insurance.

Note: family members of Croatian nationals do not have to enclose excerpts from the birth register or birth certificates, marriage certificates or excerpts from the register of marriages. These will be obtained from the register office ex officio. 
A biometric residence  card is issued for a validity period of 5 years, or shorter if an EEA national intends to stay in the Republic of Croatia shorter than 5 years.

Permanent stay of a family member

An application for permanent stay (Form 3b) is submitted at a police administration/police station according to one’s place of stay prior to the expiry of a residence card of a family member of an EEA national who is not an EEA national.

A family member who is not an EEA national and who has been legally staying in the Republic of Croatia with an EEA national for at least 5 uninterrupted years is entitled to a permanent stay.

Exceptionally, a family member under Article 162 of the Aliens Act who has stayed in the Republic of Croatia with an EEA national for fewer than 5 uninterrupted years is entitled to a permanent stay if:

1. an EEA national died in the course of temporary stay for the purpose of work which lasted for 2 years without any interruptions prior to his/her death or if the death was a result of work injury or professional illness,

2. he/she is a spouse who has lost Croatian citizenship through marriage to an employed or self-employed EEA national.

A family member who has stayed in the Republic of Croatia with an EEA national who has been granted a permanent stay status pursuant to Article 174 of the Aliens Act is also entitled to a permanent stay, regardless of the duration of his/her stay in the Republic of Croatia.

A non-EEA family member under Article 162 of the Aliens Act who is not an EEA national and who is entitled to a permanent stay shall be issued a residence card within 6 months from the day of application.

A residence card for a non-EEA family member of an EEA national is issued for a validity period of 10 years.

 

 Residence card

A residence card may be issued to an EEA national or his/her family member who is not an EEA national if they have a temporary or permanent stay in the Republic of Croatia.

A 30×35 mm photograph shall be enclosed to the application for the issuance of a biometric residence card.

The price of a biometric residence card is HRK 240

An alien has to show a valid travel document or any other identity document, and the authorised person receiving the application for the issuance of a residence permit has to verify the identity of the applicant.

The applicant shall be given a receipt of application by the authorised officer and he/she shall collect a residence permit card in person at a police administration/police station where he/she applied for the permit. 

NOTE:

1. An alien will get a payment slip in the amount of HRK 240 at a counter selling application forms and duty stamps. The said amount can be paid at a post office/FINA (Financial Agency)/bank.

2. The amount to be paid for this document can be paid only by means of a payment slip obtained at a police administration/police station because these payment slips contain a serial control number which cannot be the same for two individuals.

3. The residence card fee in the amount of HRK 240 may also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR65, reference number: 7005-485-OIB (OIB of an alien who a residence card is being issued for).
Aliens who have not been allocated an OIB shall enter the following reference number: 7005-485- a number of a valid travel document/identity card.
(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they shall be omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas etc. shall NOT be written).

 

 

Posted worker

A posted worker is the worker who is posted to work for a limited period of time to the Republic of Croatia by a foreign employer, in the framework of a temporary or occasional providing with cross-border services, provided that the Republic of Croatia is not a state in which such a worker usually works. Such a worker may be posted to work in the Republic of Croatia:

  1. on the basis of a contract between a user of services and the employer, or
  2. to his/her branch affiliated company or a company owned by the employer, or
  3. if assigned to the user of services in the Republic of Croatia in the capacity of an agency for temporary employment (A-R labour relationship).

A posted worker may be a national of a third country or of the EEA.

A foreign employer is a natural or a legal person established in the EEA.

A posted worker can be a national of a third country or of the EEA.
A foreign employer is a natural or a legal person established in the EEA.

Posted workers (EEA or third-country nationals) must bear the A1 certificate issued by their home states from which they were posted to the Republic of Croatia.
A foreign employer shall send a posting declaration to the Ministry of Labour and Pension System by e-mail at postingdeclaration.inspektorat@mrms.hr.
A posting declaration form can be found at http://www.mrms.hr/posting/.

For work under 90 days no work registration certificate or stay and work permit is necessary.
A copy of the A1 certificate should be furnished to the Croatian Pension Insurance Institute. During his/her work in the Republic of Croatia, an alien should at all times hold a copy of the A1 certificate on him/her.

Should the mentioned category of foreign nationals work in the Republic of Croatia for more than 90 days, they have to regulate their status in the following manner:
A police administration/police station shall grant a temporary stay  for the purposes of work of a posted worker to a third country national if he/she furnishes the A1 certificate and meets the conditions under the Aliens Act, Articles 54 and 86 (1). Also, he/she shall be issued a residence permit.

A police administration/police station shall issue a certificate of reporting a temporary stay for the purpose of work to an EEA national on grounds of a furnished A1 certificate and a valid ID or a travel document.

 

Stay and work of third-country nationals who have been granted permanent stay in another EEA member state and of their family members

Entry and stay of third-country nationals who have been granted permanent stay in another EEA member state

Short-term stay

Third-country nationals who have been granted permanent stay in another EEA member state may stay in the Republic of Croatia for a period of up to 3 months from the day of entry into the Republic of Croatia, or until the date of expiration of their visa or a residence permit issued by another EEA member state, if the validity period of the visa or residence permit is shorter than 3 months.

Temporary stay

Third-country nationals who have been granted permanent stay in another EEA member state and who intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than 3 months have to apply for temporary stay at a police administration/police station prior to the expiration of their visa or residence permit issued by another EEA Member State.

They will be given a receipt of application.

Temporary stay will be granted to an alien who:

1. has a valid travel document,

2. has funds to support himself/herself and the members of his/her family,

3. has health insurance, and

4. meets all other requirements for temporary stay depending on its purpose. 

If the application is approved, the alien will be granted a temporary stay in a form of a biometric residence permit. 

 

Temporary stay of a family member

A family member of a third-country national who has been granted temporary or permanent stay in the Republic of Croatia will be granted temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification:

1. if he/she has been granted a residence permit in another EEA member state, and

2. if he/she has lived with a third-country national in a joint household in a country where the said third-country national has a permanent stay status. 

Family members of third-country nationals under Article 184 of the Aliens Act are the following:

1. spouses,

2. their minor mutual children, their minor adopted children and minor children of each spouse, who do not have a family of their own,

3. parents or adoptive parents of minor children.

 

Applying for temporary stay

Third-country nationals who have been granted permanent stay in another EEA member state and their family members may apply for temporary stay at a diplomatic mission or a consular post of the Republic of Croatia in the EEA member state where they have been granted a residence permit.

 

Stay and work of highly-qualified third-country nationals

Issuance of a stay and work permit (EU blue card)

Highly-qualified third-country nationals have to apply for a stay and work permit (Form 1) at a diplomatic mission/consular post of the Republic of Croatia or at a police administration/police station according to their place of stay.

A stay and work permit (EU blue card) for highly-qualified third-country nationals is at the same time a permit to temporarily stay and work in the Republic of Croatia.
An EU blue card may be granted to a third-country national who meets the requirements under Article 54 of the Aliens Act and who encloses the following documents:

1. a contract of employment or any other appropriate contract for doing a highly-qualified job, for a period of at least a year (the enclosed contract of employment or other appropriate contract has to state a gross annual salary which should amount to at least one and a half average gross annual salary in the branch of activity in which a third-country national is to be employed according to the official data published by the competent Statistics Office),

2. proof of a university degree, bachelor’s and master’s degree, or integrated bachelor’s/master’s degree or specialised master’s degree.
A stay and work permit (EU blue card) is issued to third-country nationals in a form of a residence permit.
 

Administrative fee: When the application is submitted at a police administration/police station, aliens have to pay HRK 800 for the issuance of a stay and work permit and HRK 240 for the issuance of a biometric residence permit. Both amounts are paid by means of a payment slip (separately) to the state budget account, IBAN of which can be obtained at a police administration/police station.

NOTE:

The administrative fee for the issuance of a stay and work permit (HRK 800) may also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, reference number: 5002-713-OIB (OIB of an alien who administrative fee is being paid for).
Aliens who have not been allocated an OIB shall enter the following reference number: 5002-713- a number of a valid travel document/identity card.
(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they shall be omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas etc. shall NOT be written).
For example, if the travel document/identity card number of a foreign national is AZ004586, then the reference number shall read: 5002-713-4586 (without letter symbols and zeros, maximum a ten-digit number).
The fee for the issuance of a biometric residence permit in the amount of HRK 240 may also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR65, reference number: 7005-485-OIB (OIB of an alien who administrative fee is being paid for).
Aliens who have not been allocated an OIB shall enter the following reference number: 7005-485- a number of a valid travel document/identity card.
(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they shall be omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas etc. shall NOT be written).

 

 

Working on the basis of an EU blue card

Third-country nationals who have been issued an EU blue card (EU blue card holders) are eligible to work in the Republic of Croatia only at jobs that their stay and work permit has been issued for and only with the employer they have signed a contract with.

 

Renewal of an EU blue card

An application for a renewal of an EU blue card is submitted at a police administration/police station according to the place of stay of an EU blue card holder not later than 30 days before the expiry of a valid permit.

An EU blue card holder who has applied for a renewal of a stay and work permit before it expires may stay in the Republic of Croatia until the decision concerning the application becomes enforceable. 

Temporary stay of a family member of an EU blue card holder

Temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification may be granted to a family member of an EU blue card holder under Article 56 of the Aliens Act under the conditions prescribed by the said Act.

An application for family reunification (Form 1a) may be submitted at a diplomatic mission/consular post of the Republic of Croatia or at a police administration/police station according to one’s place of stay.

Temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification shall be proven in line with the provisions of the existing Ordinance on the Status and Work of Aliens in the Republic of Croatia, and it shall be granted for the time corresponding to the validity of an EU blue card issued to a third-country national whom reunification in the Republic of Croatia is sought with. 

Permanent stay of EU blue card holders

Permanent stay may be granted to an EU blue card holder who has had an EU blue card in the Republic of Croatia for an uninterrupted period of 5 years.

Exceptionally, permanent stay may be granted to a third-country national who has lived in other EU Member States as an EU blue card holder for an uninterrupted period of 5 years, at least 2 of which as an EU blue card holder in the Republic of Croatia prior to submitting the application.

Permanent stay may be granted to an EU blue card holder who meets the requirements under Article 96, paragraph 1 of the Aliens Act.

Do you need a visa?

As of 1 July 2013, the Republic of Croatia has, as an EU Member State, been applying the common visa policy of the Union relating to the common visa regime, which implies direct application of the following legal instruments:

  • Council Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 of 15 March 2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (OJ L 81, 21 March 2001)
  • Article 3 and Annex IV to the Visa Code (Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code); OJ L 243, 15 September 2009)

Visa serves as an approval for:

  • the transit through the territory of the Republic of Croatia or stay in the territory of the Republic of Croatia for a maximum period of 90 days in any 180-day period,
  • the transit through the international area of an airport.

Types of visas are:

  • airport transit visa (A visa);
  • short-term visa (C visa).

An alien cannot work in the territory of the Republic of Croatia on grounds of the visa.

The Regulation on the Visa System (Croatian Official Gazette 54/12, 38/13, 55/15) stipulates the required amount of money an alien needs to have to support oneself during his/her short-term stay in the Republic of Croatia and to return to the country he/she came from or to travel to a third-country.

Visas are issued by the Republic of Croatia diplomatic missions or consular posts abroad, or diplomatic missions/consular posts of another country with which the Republic of Croatia has concluded an agreement on the representation for the purposes of the issuance of visas.

Visa applications shall be submitted by filling in a proper form, no more than 3 months before the start of the intended visit. 

An alien entered into the travel document of the alien applying for a visa shall apply for a visa by filling in a separate form.

Aliens arriving for a private or business visit to a natural or legal person in the Republic of Croatia may be requested to attach a letter of guarantee or some other kind of proof that this natural or legal person shall bear the costs of their stay in the Republic of Croatia, including the costs of accommodation and subsistence as well as the costs of the departure from the Republic of Croatia.

Aliens applying for a short-term one or two entry visa should be able to prove that they are holders of a valid TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE covering the costs that might arise during their stay in the Republic of Croatia due to:

  • urgent medical attention/hospital treatment;
  • return to the state of permanent stay for health reasons or the transport costs in case of death.

 

Aliens applying for a MULTIPLE entry short-term visa should be able to prove that they are holders of a valid travel medical insurance covering the time of their FIRST intended visit. They should also SIGN A DECLARATION ON TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR SUBSEQUENT VISITS.

A visa application form and a template letter of guarantee granted by a natural or legal person may be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of the Interior.  The said forms as well as the Declaration on travel medical insurance for subsequent visits can also be downloaded from the website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

In exceptional cases, visas may be issued by a police station responsible for cross-border checks in cases when aliens were not able to apply for visas at a Croatian diplomatic mission or a consular post in advance. In such cases, aliens have to enclose to their application the documents proving the unexpected and binding reasons for their entry into the Republic of Croatia.

The validity period of a visa and/or the duration of stay granted on the basis of the issued visa may be extended if the Ministry considers that the visa holder has delivered the proof of:

  • force majeure or humanitarian reasons that have prevented an alien from leaving the territory of the Republic of Croatia prior to the visa expiry or the expiry of the duration of stay granted by the said visa;
  • serious personal reasons that justify the extension of the visa or the duration of stay.

The applicant for the extension of the visa validity period and/or the duration of stay shall:

1. fill in and personally sign the Visa Application Form;

2. produce a valid travel document referred to in Article 24 of the Aliens Act;

3. enclose the documents proving the existence of the above stated reasons for the visa extension;

4. produce a proof of sufficient means to support oneself for an extended period of stay;

5. produce a proof of a travel medical insurance for an extended period of stay.

 

NOTE: Regardless of the visa extension, aliens CANNOT stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than 90 days in a 180-day period. 

PAYMENT OF FEES: The fee for the visa extension may also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, reference number: 5002-713-410.

An application for the extension of the visa validity period and/or the period of stay shall be submitted at a police administration/police station, prior to the date of expiry of the current visa and/or of the duration of stay granted on the basis of the issued visa. The extended visa shall be issued by a police administration/police station. Prior to extending the already issued visa, the police administration/police station shall request an approval from the Ministry.

Aliens may stay in the territory of the Republic of Croatia until the decision concerning their application has been reached. The visa shall be extended in a form of a new visa sticker.

The decision on the refusal of the extension of a visa and/or the duration of stay, or of the cancellation or revocation of a visa, shall be served to an alien on a proper form, together with the reasons thereof. An alien has a right to appeal against the decision within 15 days from the service of the decision, through a competent diplomatic mission or a consular post of the Republic of Croatia. The visa may also be revoked upon request by an alien who was issued the visa in question. In such a case the decision IS NOT APPEALABLE. The appeal shall be decided upon by the Ministry responsible for foreign affairs. Where a concerned party withdraws the request for the visa extension and/or duration of stay, a police administration/police station shall issue a decision on the suspension of the procedure.

At its session on 10 July 2014, the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted a Decision on the unilateral recognition of certain documents as equivalent to the Croatian visa for transit through or intended stays in the territory of the Republic of Croatia not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period (Croatian Official Gazette 84/14). The said Decision entered into force on 22 July 2014 and shall cease to have effect as of the day of the full application of the provisions of the Schengen acquis in the Republic of Croatia.

The Decision was adopted pursuant to Articles 2 and 3 of the Decision No 565/2014/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 introducing a simplified regime for the control of persons at the external borders based on the unilateral recognition by Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania of certain documents as equivalent to their national visas for transit through or intended stays in their territories not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period.

On the basis of the said Decision, the following documents, issued by the European Union Member States and associated countries fully implementing the Schengen acquis, are recognised as equivalent to the Croatian visa for transit through or intended stays in the territory of the Republic of Croatia not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period, irrespective of the nationality of a holder of the said documents:

  • a uniform visa valid for two or multiple entries in the whole Schengen Area
  • a visa with limited territorial validity issued to a holder of a travel document recognised by one or more, but not all Schengen states, valid for the territory of those states which recognise the said travel document; it is valid for two or multiple entries
  • a long-stay visa for staying longer than 90 days, which was issued by one of the Schengen states
  • a residence permit  issued by one of the Schengen states
  • a visa and a residence permit of the Republic of Bulgaria, as listed in item III of the Decision
  • a visa and a residence permit of the Republic of Cyprus, as listed in item IV of the Decision
  • a visa and a residence permit of Romania, as listed in item V of the Decision.

The period of validity of the documents listed in items II, III, IV and V of the Decision has to cover the duration of transit or stay in the territory of the Republic of Croatia.

With the entry into force of the said Decision, the Decision on the unilateral recognition of certain documents as equivalent to the Croatian visa for transit through or intended stays in the territory of the Republic of Croatia not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period (Croatian Official Gazette 156/13) shall cease to have effect.

 

Visas may be issued exceptionally at certain border crossing points intended for international traffic:

1. with Slovenia: Kaštel, Rupa, Pasjak, Jurovski Brod, Bregana, Macelj and Dubrava Križovljanska;

2. with Hungary: Goričan, Terezino Polje and Donji Miholjac;

3. with Serbia: Erdut and Bajakovo;

4. with Montenegro: Karasovići;

5. with Bosnia and Herzegovina: Županja, Slavonski Brod, Stara Gradiška, Maljevac, Jasenovac, Hrvatska Kostajnica, Ličko Petrovo Selo, Kamensko, Vinjani Donji,  Metković and Nova Sela;

6. at all international border crossing points intended for sea and air traffic;

7. at border crossing points intended for river traffic: Osijek, Vukovar and Slavonski Brod.

Only single entry and single transit visas are issued at border crossing points. They are each charged HRK 520.

International protection

The International and Temporary Protection Act, which entered into force on 2nd July 2015, prescribes the principles, conditions and the procedure for granting international and temporary protection, the status, rights and obligations of applicants for international protection, asylees, aliens under subsidiary protection and aliens under temporary protection, as well as the conditions and the procedure for the revocation and termination of asylum, subsidiary and temporary protection.   

Pursuant to the said Act, the following definitions shall apply:

  •  Applicant for international protection – an alien who expresses the intention to apply for international protection in respect of which a final decision has not yet been taken
  • Asylee – a refugee within the meaning of the Geneva Convention who meets the requirements for asylum
  • Alien under subsidiary protection– an alien who has been granted protection, in case when he/she does not meet the requirements for asylum, and where there is reason to believe that by returning to his/her country of origin he/she would be exposed to the risk of suffering serious injustice
  • Alien under temporary protection– an alien who has been granted temporary protection, in case of mass influx of aliens into the Republic of Croatia from a country in which, due to a war or a war-like state, general violence or internal conflicts, human rights have been violated.

Where to apply for asylum?

Aliens may express their intention to apply for international protection:    

  •  during border checks at border crossing points
  • at any police administration / police station and at the Aliens’ Reception Centre if they are already on the territory of the Republic of Croatia.

Aliens who have entered the Republic of Croatia illegally, arriving directly from the territory where they suffered persecution within the meaning of the Geneva Convention and where there is actual danger that they might be exposed to serious injustice upon returning to their country of origin, shall not be punished for illegal entry or stay if they, without any delay, express their intention to apply for international protection and if they produce valid reasons for their illegal entry or stay.

The application for international protection shall be filed at the Asylum Seekers’ Reception Centre, Sarajevska 41, 10000 Zagreb. 

Decision making authorities

The authority deciding on applications for international protection in the first instance is the Ministry of the Interior, Aliens and Asylum Department. An administrative dispute may be instituted against the decision of the Ministry before a competent administrative court. 

Rights and obligations of asylum seekers

Aliens who have expressed their intention to apply for international protection (applicants for international protection) are entitled to accommodation at the Reception Centre, food and clothing provided in kind, remuneration of the cost of public transport for the purpose of the procedure for the approval of international protection, and pecuniary aid. Applicants for international protection are entitled to pecuniary aid, unless they are employed and their income is sufficient to ensure an appropriate standard of living, or unless they possess some financial resources or their financial means are provided in some other way. If applicants for international protection possess their own financial means, they may reside at any address in the Republic of Croatia, at their own expense and subject to a prior approval by the Ministry of the Interior. 

In addition, applicants for international protection are entitled to:

  •  stay in the Republic of Croatia;
  • have proceedings conducted in a language that the applicant for international protection understands;
  • be informed of their rights, obligations and procedure for granting international protection, as well as to be provided legal counselling;
  • be provided with appropriate material reception conditions;
  • health care;
  • primary and secondary education;
  • free legal aid before an administrative court of the first instance;
  • freedom of religion;
  • work if, after nine months from the day of their application, the decision has not been rendered yet, provided that this was not by the fault of the applicant, and, in case of a minor or a person without legal competence in the procedure, to be appointed a guardian.

 Applicants for international protection are entitled to stay in the Republic of Croatia from the day they express their intention to apply for protection until the procedure is finalised. This allows applicants for international protection to move freely throughout the territory of the Republic of Croatia, except in cases laid down by law when their movement may be restricted. After filing their application, applicants for international protection will be issued an identity card that will serve as a proof that they are entitled to stay in the Republic of Croatia.

Applicants for international protection are obliged to:

  •  abide by the Constitution, laws and other regulations of the Republic of Croatia;
  • cooperate with competent government authorities of the Republic of Croatia and act upon their instructions and measures;
  • undergo checks aimed at verifying and establishing their identity;
  • undergo a medical examination;
  • comply with the house rules of the Reception Centre;
  • answer the summons from the Ministry to be interviewed and cooperate throughout the procedure for international protection;
  • stay in the territory of the Republic of Croatia pending the procedure for international protection;
  • report to the Ministry any change of address within two days from the moment of the change;
  • comply with the Ministry’s instructions and measures regarding the free movement restrictions. 

Asylum and subsidiary protection

Asylum or subsidiary protection is granted to aliens whose life would be endangered should they return to their country of origin. 

Asylum is granted to aliens who enclose to their application all the necessary documents and who present true arguments substantiating that in their country of origin they are being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, affiliation to a particular social group or political opinion.

Subsidiary protection is granted to aliens who do not fulfil asylum requirements but who do enclose all the available documents and present true arguments showing that there is reason to believe that by returning to their country of origin they would be exposed to real risk of suffering serious injustice (death penalty, execution, torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, serious and personal threat to life due to arbitrary violence in international or domestic armed conflicts).

 Rights and obligations of asylees and aliens under subsidiary protection

When aliens are granted asylum or subsidiary protection in the Republic of Croatia, they are entitled to stay and to be provided accommodation paid for from the state budget, but for a maximum of 2 years following the date of the enforceability of the decision granting them a right to asylum or subsidiary protection. 

In addition, asylees and aliens under subsidiary protection are entitled to:

  • access the labour market without a stay and work permit and work registration certificate;
  • health care;
  • education;
  • freedom of religion;
  • free legal aid in drafting an appeal and a representation before an administrative court of the first instance in case of termination or revocation of asylum or subsidiary protection;
  • social care pursuant to the regulations on social care provided to Croatian nationals;
  • family reunification with a family member (spouse/common-law partner, life partner or informal life partner, minor children/unmarried adult children who cannot provide for themselves due to their medical condition, parent or other legal representative, first-degree relative in a direct line of descent whom they have lived with in a joint household and whom they have taken care of);
  • assistance with social integration;
  • a residence permit for asylees and aliens under subsidiary protection (issued for a period of validity of three years);
  • a travel document for asylees (issued for a period of validity of five years);
  • ownership of property under the 1951 Convention;
  • acquisition of Croatian citizenship pursuant to the Croatian Citizenship Act;

A family member of an asylee or alien under subsidiary protection, legally staying in the Republic of Croatia, is entitled to the same rights as the asylee or alien under subsidiary protection. Asylees and aliens under subsidiary protection are obliged to:

  • abide by the Constitution, laws and other regulations of the Republic of Croatia;
  • register their permanent residence within 15 days from the day they were issued a decision on international protection;
  • carry their residence permit with them and show it to legally authorised persons;
  • attend a course on Croatian language, history and culture.

                      

Temporary protection

Temporary protection is granted to aliens in the event of their mass influx into the Republic of Croatia from a country in which, due to a war, or a war-like state, general violence or internal conflicts, human rights have been violated, in case when their country of origin is not willing or is not able to protect them, and in case when, due to a large number of persons, the asylum procedure cannot be carried out efficiently and for the benefit of all the individuals seeking protection.

The decision on the introduction of temporary protection shall be adopted by the Government of the Republic of Croatia pursuant to the decision of the Council of the European Union.

Aliens shall be granted temporary protection if:

  •  prior to the occurrence of the said situation, they had permanent or temporary residence in that country and, due to the emerged situation, they arrived directly into the Republic of Croatia;
  • they were legally staying in the Republic of Croatia when this situation occurred and upon the expiry of their legal stay, their return to the country of origin was temporarily not possible.

 Temporary protection shall be granted by the Ministry for a period of one year.
 Temporary protection may be extended for six months if there are valid reasons for this, but it can be granted for not longer than three years in total. 

Rights and obligations of aliens under temporary protection

 Aliens under temporary protection are entitled to: 

  • a stay;
  • an identity card for aliens under temporary protection (issued for a period of validity of one year)
  • basic means of subsistence and accommodation;
  • health care;
  • primary and secondary education;
  • information on their rights and obligations;
  • work;
  • family reunification;
  • freedom of religion.

Aliens who apply for international protection while under temporary protection are not entitled to enjoy the rights of applicants for international protection during the whole time of their temporary protection status.

The obligations prescribed for applicants for international protection shall accordingly be applied to aliens under temporary protection.