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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 three months- 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 3 months, 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 3 months over a period of 6 months, counting from the day of their first entry.

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 personat 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, andaliens 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 78a 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 temporary stay 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 temporary stay permit is 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 have to report their place of stay to a police administration/police station not later than 30 days from the date they have been granted a temporary stay (otherwise their temporary stay permit shall cease to be valid).

Aliens 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.

A temporary stay permit and its renewal are issued with a validity period of up to one year.

An application for a renewal of a temporary stay permit is submitted at a police administration/police station not later than 60 days before the existing temporary stay permit expires. If an alien fails to apply for a temporary stay permit 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 for a temporary stay 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 fees for the issuance of a temporary stay permit may be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, but the competent police administration/police station has to be contacted first to obtain a reference 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 78a 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, 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 (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.

 

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 78a 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.

If the application is submitted at a diplomatic mission/consular post, aliens have to report their place of stay to a police administration/police station not later than 30 days from the date they have been granted a stay and work permit (otherwise their stay and work permit shall cease to be valid).

Aliens 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.

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 fees may be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account,IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, but the competent police administration/police station has to be contacted first to obtain a reference number.

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

 

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 paragraph 1, 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 paragraph 1, 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: Administrative fee for the issuance of a work registration certificate in the amount of HRK 150 may be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account,IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, but the competent police administration/police station has to be contacted first to obtain a reference 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 temporary stay permit in the Republic of Croatia at the time when the decision on their application for a permanent stay permit is being made.

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

An application for a permanent stay permit (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.

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 a permanent stay permit, 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:Administrative fee for the issuance of a permanent stay permit in the amount of HRK 900 and 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 HR64, but the competent police administration/police station has to be contacted first to obtain a reference number.

 

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:

Administrative fee for the issuance of a 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 being the personal identification number of the applicant).

                                                                                                                         

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.

 

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 is entitled to stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than 3 months from the day of entry into the Republic of Croatia if he/she:

1. is employed or self-employed,

2. has sufficient funds to support himself/herself and the members of his/her family in the extent that they do not become a burden for the social care system while staying in the Republic of Croatia, provided that he/she has health insurance,

3. attends university or vocational training and has proper health insurance, and provides a statement which proves that he/she has sufficient funds to support himself/herself and the members of his/her family in the extent that they do not become a burden for the social care system while staying in the Republic of Croatia,

4. is a family member joining an EEA national who meets the requirements under items 1, 2 and 3 of Article 156, paragraph 1 of the Aliens Act.

 

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. 

The application has to be accompanied by 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.

A certificate of reporting a temporary stay is issued to an EEA national in a form of a biometric residence permit with a validity period of up to 5 years.

 

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 valid identity card or a travel document,

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 valid identity card or a travel document,

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 valid identity card or a travel document,

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 provided for in the Aliens Act, Article 162, who is a national of an EEA Member State may register his/her temporary stay registration for the purposes of family reunification in the afore said manner. 

Enclosed to the mentioned documents, a family member of a Croatian national shall file also a proof that the Croatian national concerned is:

  • employed or self-employed person, or
  • enrolled at a higher education school or a vocational school, is covered by health insurance, or
  • he/she shall enclose a statement declaring the proof of subsistence, or
  • that he/she possesses subsistence and health insurance.

A certificate of reporting a temporary stay is issued to an EEA national in a form of a biometric residence permit with a validity period of up to 5 years.

 

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 has to 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 family member of an EEA national who is not an EEA national and 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 stay permit card if he/she:

1. possesses a valid travel document,

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.

A family member of a Croatian national provided for in the Aliens Act, Article 162, who is not a national of an EEA Member States, may regulate his/her status of an alien in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of a temporary stay card, in the afore said manner: 

Enclosed to the mentioned documents, a family member of a Croatian national shall file also one of the following proofs that the Croatian national concerned is:

  • employed or self-employed person, or
  • enrolled at a higher education school or a vocational school, is covered by health insurance, or
  • he/she shall enclose a statement declaring the proof of subsistence, or
  • that he/she possesses subsistence and health insurance.

A biometric residence permit 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

An application for the issuance of a permanent stay permit (Form 3b) is submitted at a police administration/police station according to one’s place of stay prior to the expiry of a stay permit card for a family member of 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 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 permanent stay permit within 6 months from the day of application.

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

 

 Residence permit card

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

The price of a biometric residence permit 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 fee  for a residence permit card 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 (please state the personal identification number of the applicant

 

Seconded worker

A seconded worker is the worker who is seconded 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 seconded 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).

The seconded worker may be a national of a third country or of the EEA.

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

The seconded workers (the nationals of the EEA or of third countries) must bear the A1 certificate issued by their home states from which they were seconded to the Republic of Croatia. The certificate should be valid for 90 days and no certificate of the registered work or stay or work 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.

If the mentioned category of foreign nationals should work in the Republic of Croatia for more than 90 days, they should have their status regulated in the following manner:

A Police Administration/Police Station shall grant to a third country national a temporary stay permit for the purposes of the work of a seconded worker if he/she furnishes the A1 certificate and meets the conditions under the Aliens Act, Articles 54 and 86 (1), and he/she shall be issued with a residence permit.

A Police Administration/Police Station shall issue to an EEA national a temporary stay card 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 a temporary residence permit 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 issued a temporary residence permit in a form of a biometric residence permit. 

 

Temporary stay permit for 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 stay 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 a temporary stay permit

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

A stay and work permit 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,

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: These amounts may be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account,IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, but a competent police administration/police station has to be contacted first to obtain a reference number.

 

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?

Visa serves as an approval for:

  • the transit through the territory of the Republic of Croatia or the stay in its territory for the period of maximum 3 months during any six-month period from the date of the first entry to the territory of the Republic of Croatia;
  • the transit through the international area of an airport.

Types of visas are:

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

 On grounds of the visa, an alien may work in the territory of the Republic of Croatia.

The 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.

The request for the visa shall be filed on a proper form, maximally 3 months before the intended journey. 

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

An alien arriving for paying a private or business visit to a natural or a legal person in the Republic of Croatia may be requested to attach a pledge certificate or some other kind of proof that this natural or legal person shall bear the costs for his/her 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.

An alien applying for a short-term visa for ONE or TWO entries should be able to prove to be a holder of a valid JOURNEY HEALTH INSURANCE that would cover the costs arising during his/her stay in the Republic of Croatia for the purpose of:

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

 

An alien applying for a MULTIPLE entry short-term visa should be able to prove to be a holder of a valid journey health insurance covering the time of his/her FIRST intended visit. He/she should also SIGN A STATEMENT OF THE OBLIGATION OF POSSESSION OF THE JOURNEY HEALTH INSURANCE FOR LATER VISITS.

The visa application form, the form of the pledge certificate granted by a natural or a legal person may be downloaded from the MUP Web site.  The mentioned forms as well as the Statement of the obligatory possession of a journey health insurance for later visits may be also downloaded from the Web site of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs.

In exceptional cases, visas may be issued by a police station responsible for the control of the crossing of the state border 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 the application the documents proving the unexpected and binding reasons for the entry to the Republic of Croatia.

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

  • a force majeure or humanitarian reasons that have prevented an alien to leave the territory of the Republic of Croatia before the end of the validity period or the duration of stay granted by the visa;
  • serious personal reasons that justify the extension of the validity period or the duration of stay.

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

1. fill in the Visa Application Form and sign it manu propria;

2. produce a valid travel document;

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

4. produce the proof of sufficient means of subsistence for the extra period of stay;

5. produce the proof of the travel health insurance for the extra period of stay.

 

Note:despite the extension of the validity period of the visa, aliens MAY NOT stay in the Republic of Croatia for longer than three month in each six-months period counting from the date of the first entry into the Republic of Croatia territory. 

The Request for the extension of the validity period and/or the period of stay shall be filed at a police administration/station, before 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 the police administration/station. Before the extension of the issued visa takes place, the police administration/station shall require a preliminary approval by the Ministry.

Aliens may stay in the territory of the Republic of Croatia until the moment of the reaching of the decision upon the Request. The visa shall be extended in a form of a new visa sticker.

The decision on the refusal of the extension of a visa validity period and/or the duration of stay, or of the cancellation or the revocation of a visa, shall be served to an alien on a proper form, together with the reasons thereof. An alien has the 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 be also revoked upon the 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/station shall decide that the procedure has been discontinued.

The Government of the Republic of Croatia, at its session of 20 December 2012, has adopted a Decision on the Interim Facilitated Entry of Aliens to the Republic of Croatia on the basis of a valid Schengen residence permit and a visa.

Aliens being the holders of a valid:

  • residence permit issued by one of the member states of the Schengen area;
  • uniform or long-term visa (D) issued by one of the member states of the Schengen area, temporarily do not have to possess a visa for the entry to the Republic of Croatia and a short-term stay, or for the crossing of the territory of the Republic of Croatia.

The Schengen documents must be valid also at the moment of leaving the Republic of Croatia. At the Republic of Croatia Government session of 16 May 2013, a Decision on the Amendment to the Decision on the Interim Facilitated Entry of Aliens to the Republic of Croatia on the basis of a valid Schengen residence permit and a visa has been adopted. This Decision stipulates that:

  • the nationals of the Republic of Kosovo who are the holders of valid visas with limited territorial validity, the visas issued by one of the member states of the Schengen area which is valid for all member states of the Schengen area except for the Hellenic Republic and the Kingdom of Spain, temporarily do not need a visa for the entry to the Republic of Croatia and for a short-term stay, or the crossing the of the Republic of Croatia territory.

 

Facilitated entry of aliens is applied since 1 January until 31 December 2013.

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 Monte Negro: Karasovići;

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

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.

At the border crossing points, a travel visa is issued only for one entry, and a transit visa for one transit. It is charged 520.00 HRK.

Asylum

 Asylum seeker is an alien who has applied for asylum and is awaiting a final decision thereof;

  • asylum holder is a refugee who fulfils the requirements for asylum;
  • alien under subsidiary protection is an alien who has been granted protection in case when he/she does not fulfil the asylum requirements and where there is reason to believe that by returning to his/her country of origin he/she would be exposed to serious injustice;
  • alien under temporary protection is an alien who has been granted temporary protection in case of mass influx of aliens to the Republic of Croatia from a country in which, general violence or internal conflicts or human rights have been violated due to a war or war-like state.

Where to apply for asylum?

Aliens shall apply for asylum at the Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers, Sisačka 3, 44 320 Kutina.

Aliens may express their intention to apply for asylum:

  • pending border control at a border crossing point;
  • at any police administration/police station if they are already in 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 apply for asylum and produce valid reasons for their illegal entry or stay, without any delay.

 

Decision making authorities

The authority deciding on asylum applications in the first instance is the Ministry of the Interior, Department for Aliens and Asylum. Against the decision of the Ministry, an administrative dispute may be instituted at a competent administrative court.

 

Rights and obligations of asylum seekers

Aliens who have applied for asylum (asylum seekers) are accommodated at the Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers where they are provided with appropriate living conditions – accommodation, food, clothes and basic toiletries. Besides, they are entitled to a 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 asylum seekers possess their own financial means, they may reside at any other address in the Republic of Croatia subject to a prior approval by the Ministry of the Interior.

Apart from this, asylum seekers are entitled to:

  • a stay in the Republic of Croatia;
  • conducting of proceedings in the language understandable to asylum seekers;
  • be informed of their rights, obligations and asylum procedure;
  • basic living conditions and accommodation;
  • health care;
  • primary and secondary education;
  • the legal aid in the proceedings before the first instance administrative court;
  • humanitarian aid;
  • freedom of religious beliefs and religious education of children;
  • work, one year after applying for asylum;
  • the appointment of a guardian for minors and adults without legal competence in a proceedings.

Asylum seekers have the right of stay in the Republic of Croatia from the day they have applied for asylum until the moment of concluding the proceedings. This right allows them to move throughout the territory of the Republic of Croatia except in cases laid down by the law when their movement may be restricted. After applying for asylum, the asylum seeker will be issued an identity card that will serve as a proof of his/her stay in the Republic of Croatia.

Asylum seekers are obliged to:

  • abide by the Constitution, laws and other regulations of the Republic of Croatia;
  • comply with the house rules of the Reception Centre;
  • cooperate with competent government authorities of the Republic of Croatia and act upon their instructions and measures;
  • answer the summons from the Ministry and cooperate throughout the asylum procedure;
  • report to the Ministry of any change of address three days from the moment of the change;
  • comply with the Ministry’s instructions and measures regarding restrictions of the freedom of movement;
  • undergo a medical examination, undergo an interview with the use of sound-recording, fingerprinting, photographing and other activities with a view of establishing their identity;
  • stay in the Republic of Croatia pending the asylum procedure;
  • allow for the inspection of their personal possessions before entering the Reception Centre.

 

Asylum and subsidiary protection

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

Subsidiary protection shall be 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 serious injustice (like death penalty, execution, torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, serious and personal threat to life due to arbitrary violence in international and domestic armed conflicts).

 

Rights and obligations of asylum holders and aliens under subsidiary protection

When aliens are granted asylum or subsidiary protection in the Republic of Croatia, they are entitled to a stay and an accommodation not longer than 2 years following the date of the enforceability of the decision granting them a right to asylum or to subsidiary protection.

Apart from that, asylum holders or aliens under subsidiary protection are entitled to:

  • an access to the labour market without a work or business permit;
  • health care;
  • education;
  • freedom of religious beliefs and religious education of children;
  • free legal aid in drafting an appeal and a representation before a first instance administrative court in case the asylum or subsidiary protection have been terminated or cancelled;
  • social care if they have no income, do not possess any property or financial means and have no one to support them, pursuant to the regulations on social care provided for Croatian nationals;
  • reunion of a family with a family member if the family had already existed in their country of origin. Asylum holders have the right of family reunion with their spouse if they have entered a marriage or a common law marriage prior to applying for asylum in the Republic of Croatia, with their unmarried minor children, and with parents or a legal guardian in case where an asylum holder is a minor;
  • Aliens under subsidiary protection have the right of family reunion with a family member who had arrived to the Republic of Croatia together with an alien under subsidiary protection, but has not applied for asylum or has not been granted protection. Children of aliens under subsidiary protection born in the Republic of Croatia share the legal status of their legal guardian;
  • assistance for the purpose of the integration into society;
  • an identity card and a travel document for the asylum holder (issued for the period of validity of 5 years);
  • an identity card for an alien under subsidiary protection (issued for the period of validity of 3 years);

A family member of an asylum holder or of an alien under subsidiary protection staying legally in the Republic of Croatia shall be entitled to the same rights as an asylum holder or an alien under subsidiary protection.

Asylum holders and aliens under subsidiary protection are obliged to:

  • abide by the Constitution, laws and other regulations of the Republic of Croatia;
  • report about their residence and any changes of address within 8 days.

                            

Temporary protection

Temporary protection shall be 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 or human rights have been violated, in cases 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 Government of the Republic of Croatia shall decide on the necessity of granting temporary protection, as well as on the suspension of the prerequisites for granting temporary protection.

Aliens shall be granted temporary protection if:

  • prior to the occurrence of the above stated situation they had a registered residence or a stay permit in the country in question and have, owing to such a situation, arrived directly into the Republic of Croatia;
  • they have been staying legally in the Republic of Croatia when such situation occurred and upon the expiry of their legal stay, their return to the country of origin has been temporarily not possible.

The temporary protection shall be granted by the Ministry for a period of one year.
The temporary protection may be extended for six months if there exit valid reasons for it, 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 in the Republic of Croatia;
  • basic means of livelihood and accommodation;
  • health care;
  • primary and secondary education;
  • the information about their rights and obligations;
  • work;
  • family reunification;
  • freedom of religious beliefs and religious education of children;
  • an identity card for an alien under temporary protection (issued for the period of validity of one year).

Aliens who apply for asylum while under temporary protection are not entitled to the rights of asylum seekers while being under temporary protection.

The obligations prescribed for asylum seekers shall be applied to aliens under temporary protection accordingly.