About Expat in Croatia

What is Expat in Croatia?

Expat in Croatia is the #1 English-language resource in Croatia for immigration, citizenship, business and healthcare. It is read in 185 countries around the world. All of our resources provide actionable, step-by-step instructions so that you can navigate the Croatian bureaucracy with ease.

This site offers free resources to foreign nationals, Croatian citizens, and diaspora on how to live and work in Croatia. It also includes guidance on cultural assimilation, language learning and everything else one needs to know to be a part of the Croatian community.

We also connect people with our own network of vetted professionals from around Croatia including lawyers, real estate agents, translators and tax advisors. If you’d like an introduction, contact us.

Who is behind Expat in Croatia?

Sara Dyson of Expat in Croatia
Sara Dyson, iz Teksasa.

This site was started in 2013 by me, Sara Dyson. I am an American, born and raised in Texas. When I moved to Split in 2012, there were absolutely no English resources for foreigners looking to move to Croatia.

There were barely even tourism sites other than the ones run by tourist boards, which were all in the Croatian language. Expat groups would not be a thing for another 18 months.

With no guidance, I navigated the pre-EU bureaucracy by showing up and figuring it out. At each step of the process, I recorded my experiences and put them up online so that any foreigner coming after me would have some idea of what to expect.

As my love of Croatia blossoms, so has the content on the site. Initially, the content was focused on getting residency and signing up for healthcare. It has now expanded to include operating a business, culture, adoption, transportation, language lessons, things to do, places to see, rights and everything else needed for assimilation.

I have fallen in love with this country and its kind, lovely, generous people. This place has changed my life for the better and I cannot imagine living anywhere else.

You can browse interviews and press mentions here.

Personalized guidance

Since 2013, I have given personalized advice to thousands of people through comments, emails, video chat sessions and in-person consultations. Through these one-on-one sessions, I offer relevant guidance, resources and connections using my boots-on-the-ground knowledge, personal experience, and local connections – saving people weeks of time, stress and money.

If you are interested in scheduling a one-on-one session, contact me.

Our Team

Marija Tkalec (Croatia)

Content Manager

Teri Maxey (United States)


Mirela Jusupovich (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Social Media and Project Development Manager

Lucija Perić (Croatia)

Professional Assistant

Where we get our information

The content on this site comes from a variety of places, depending on the topic. All content related to government procedures comes from reading government web sites and the law as well as lots of calls and in-person visits to government offices personally to confirm. In most cases, posts are complimented and validated by real life experiences from our team, our friends and, most importantly, our readers.

When government information conflicts with real experiences, as happens all too frequently, it is noted in the post. For an extra check and added layer of legitimacy, procedural content is also verified with a professional, usually a lawyer, accountant, tax advisor or real estate agent – and all the locals that’ll speak to us. Each post, regardless of topic, is thoroughly researched.

If there is a gray area, we request an official decision from the government for clarity.

How to stay updated on our content

If you want to make sure you don’t miss a single post, sign up for the newsletter here. The newsletter is only delivered once per week and includes all the latest posts, a weekly Croatian language lesson and actionable content to make your life better exclusively curated for our newsletter subscribers.

Plus, just for signing up, we’ll give you a free PDF with more actionable information. Zašto ne?

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