What is Expat in Croatia?
Expat in Croatia 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.
Expat in Croatia is the #1 English-language resource in Croatia for immigration, citizenship and healthcare read in 185 countries around the world. All of our resources provide actionable, step-by-step instructions so that you can navigate the bureaucracy with ease.
We also connect people with our own network of vetted lawyers around Croatia that specialize in citizenship, immigration, residency, corporate, family, criminal and civil law. If you’d like a referral, contact us.
Who is behind Expat in Croatia?
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 blossomed, 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.
Where do you get your information?
The content on this site comes from a variety of places, depending on the topic. All content related to government procedures comes from the government, both from translating government web sites and calling the government personally to confirm. In most cases, posts are complimented by real life experiences from myself, my friends and 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 lawyer. Each post, regardless of topic, is thoroughly researched.
We employ Croatian copywriters for research, calling government agencies, advising and post writing. Our current local star is Marija Tkalec from Zagorje who is a content writer, music journalist, and singer.
How can I stay up to date on the latest posts?
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. So, why not sign up?
Since 2013, I have given personalized advice to thousands of people through comments, emails, Skype sessions and in-person consultations to guide others using my boots-on-the-ground knowledge, personal experience, and connections with local bureaucracy and lawyers.
If you are interested in getting personalized advice, contact me.