How to apply for the digital nomad residence permit in Croatia: Guide for 2021

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LAST UPDATED: 29/09/2021

Croatia is officially offering temporary residence to digital nomads effective January 1, 2021. You may know this by its colloquial name – the “digital nomad visa”. The introduction of this permit adds a brand new option for non-EU nationals to live in Croatia long-term.

If you are an EU/EEA citizen, this program is not available to you so pop over to this post instead.

The revised law that regulates the immigration of foreigners (and introduces this permit) became official when it was published in Narodne novine. Changes to the law are never official until they are published in Narodne novine. [Read: What is Narodne novine]

In this post, we will cover:

The facts are these…

The myth of the “digital nomad visa”

The digital nomad visa is not a visa. It’s a residence permit.

In Croatia, a visa refers to short stays for tourism or business purposes. Depending on your nationality, you can either just show up in Croatia and stay up to 90 days or you must apply for a visa from abroad before you can enter Croatia. Some nationalities are only allowed to be in Croatia for up to 30 days as tourists.

You can check MVEP’s website for all the requirements to enter Croatia based on your nationality, as well as how long you can stay. [Read: All types of available visas for entry into Croatia]

If you wish to stay and actually live in Croatia beyond the term of your short stay visa, then you must apply for a residence permit. The new basis for digital nomads to get temporary residence in Croatia is therefore a residence permit, NOT a visa.

“Well then, why is everyone calling it a digital nomad visa?”

Many countries in the world refer to both short and long-term stays for foreigners as visas. Croatia is not one of them.

Considering the worldwide hype around the introduction of a “digital nomad visa” in Barbados, Greece, Estonia, and elsewhere, the new Croatian residence permit has been automatically referred to as a visa, even though it is not one. I guess “digital nomad visa” rolls off the tongue better than “digital nomad residence permit”.

The new law on foreigners (which we discuss in the next section) never refers to a “digital nomad visa”.

Will calling it a visa affect your ability to apply for it? Absolutely not. I’m just providing the correct information so that you can better understand Croatia’s system of immigration before moving here.

What the new Law on Foreigners says about “digital nomads”

We will start at the beginning.

The law that regulates the stay of foreigners is called “Zakon o strancima” in Croatian. It is available here. This act already existed prior to the introduction of the regulation of the stay of digital nomads.

The update to the law is not just about digital nomads. It also includes a variety of changes including the introduction of a residence permit for Croatian diaspora and new rules for the regulation of permanent residence and temporary residence.

[Read: Available residence permits for Croatia].

Now, we will go through what the law says about the long-term stay of digital nomads in Croatian, then English. Digital nomads are mentioned twice in the law.

Mention #1

Pojmovnik

Članak 3.

(1) Pojedini pojmovi, u smislu ovoga Zakona, imaju sljedeće značenje:

43) digitalni nomad je državljanin treće zemlje koji je zaposlen ili obavlja poslove putem komunikacijske tehnologije za tvrtku ili vlastitu tvrtku koja nije registrirana u Republici Hrvatskoj i ne obavlja poslove ili pruža usluge poslodavcima na području Republike Hrvatske.

which translates to…

Glossary

Article 3

(1) Certain terms, in the sense of this Act, have the following meaning:

43) digital nomad is a third-country national who is employed or performs work through communication technology for a company or his own company that is not registered in the Republic of Croatia and does not perform work or provide services to employers in the Republic of Croatia.

Mention #2

Privremeni boravak

Članak 57.

(1) Privremeni boravak odobrava se državljaninu treće zemlje koji namjerava boraviti ili boravi u Republici Hrvatskoj u svrhu:

11. boravka digitalnih nomada.

(4) Zahtjev za reguliranje privremenog boravka u druge svrhe ili svrhu boravka digitalnih nomada državljanin treće zemlje može podnijeti nakon isteka roka od šest mjeseci od isteka važenja privremenog boravka koji je bio odobren u druge svrhe ili svrhu boravka digitalnih nomada.

which translates to…

Temporary residence

Article 57

(1) Temporary residence is granted to a third-country national who intends to reside or resides in the Republic of Croatia for the purpose of:

11. residence of digital nomads

(4) An application for regulation of temporary residence for other purposes or purposes of residence of digital nomads may be submitted by a third-country national after the expiry of six months from the expiration of temporary residence granted for other purposes or purposes of residence of digital nomads.

That is all of it. If you think that seems a little skimpy, you would not be wrong.

What we do know about the digital nomad residence permit

While the law defining digital nomads in Croatia is brief, what it does say is very telling.

#1 We know the basic requirements

There are standard requirements for all temporary residence permits, regardless of on which basis you apply. I’ll go over the requirements in the next section.

#2 We know that you must leave for 90 days after it expires

In Article 57, the law states:

An application for regulation of temporary residence for other purposes or purposes of residence of digital nomads may be submitted by a third-country national after the expiry of six months from the expiration of temporary residence granted for other purposes or purposes of residence of digital nomads.

To summarize, this means that 6 months must elapse between the expiration of your last permit and the day you start the application for a new permit. Since nobody can be here for 6 months without legal residence, that means you need to leave for 90 days after the expiration of your permit. Then you can return for up to another 90 days as a tourist.

After those 6 months have passed, you can then start an application for a new residence permit. This is also reiterated on MUP’s web site.

#3 We know the digital nomad permit doesn’t lead to permanent residence or citizenship

To qualify for permanent residence, a third-country citizen must live continuously in Croatia for a period of 5 years. By continuously, they mean that you cannot be gone more than ten months in total or once for up to six months during the 5-year period. This is defined in Article 150 of the Law on Foreigners. [Read: How third-country citizens can apply for permanent residency in Croatia]

The exception is for third-country citizens living in Croatia based on family reunification. If you are considering the digital nomad residence permit, then this exception doesn’t apply to you.

Per the new law on digital nomads, there must be 6 months in between residence permits. Due to this, a person who has residence based on being a digital nomad will never qualify to apply for permanent residence. Permanent residence is a requirement for citizenship if naturalizing. Therefore, it won’t put you on track for citizenship either. [Read: How to apply for Croatian citizenship]

#4 We know that you cannot legally work for any Croatian company

In Article 3, a digital nomad is defined as:

…a third-country national who is employed or performs work through communication technology for a company or his own company that is not registered in the Republic of Croatia and does not perform work or provide services to employers in the Republic of Croatia.

The definition of a digital nomad in the law’s glossary clearly states you cannot work for any company registered in Croatia. [Read: How to find a job in Croatia]

#5 Close family members may join the digital nomad

MUP confirmed with us that close family members of digital nomads can in fact apply for temporary residence based on family reunification. You will need to provide a marriage certificate (apostilled/legalized, officially translated) or prove that you are in a common-law marriage as part of the application for spouses. Birth certificates must be provided for children.

[Read: How to get married in Croatia if at least one spouse is a foreigner]

#6 The permit is for up to 1 year

According to MUP’s web site, people can apply for the digital nomad permit for a period of up to 1 year. It is not possible to extend it.

If you only wish to apply for the permit for 6 months, you can do that. You just need to state that on your application.

#7 We know you can apply right now

As of January 1, 2021, it is in the law as a valid basis for residence. People can contact their local MUP station and request to start an application now. [Read: How to find administrative police stations in Croatia]

The first digital nomad was approved in early 2021.

How to apply for temporary residence as a digital nomad in Croatia

In this section, we will walk you through how to apply for temporary residence in Croatia based on being a digital nomad (aka the “digital nomad visa”) including the requirements and steps.

Step #1 Determine where you need to apply

There are three possible ways:

  1. If you need a visa to enter Croatia, then you can apply for this permit abroad at a Croatian embassy or consulate.
  2. If you don’t need a visa to enter Croatia, then you can apply for this permit at:
    1. Croatian embassy or consulate abroad
    2. Closest police station according to your temporary address in Croatia.
  3. You can apply for the digital nomad permit online application here whether you need a visa to enter Croatia or not. This service is available in English and Croatian.

Before applying, it is recommended to contact Croatian embassies, consulates, or police stations for more information on potential restrictions due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

You can check if a visa is required for your nationality here.

The advantage to applying from within the country (if you do not need a visa to enter), is that you can be in Croatia for up to 15 months at once – 90 days as a tourist, plus 12 months on the digital nomad permit.

Step #2 Make your desire to apply known

If you apply abroad, contact your closest Croatian embassy or consulate to ask for the requirements and procedure. They will also give you more information on potential restrictions due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The list of all Croatian embassies and consulates abroad can be found here.

If applying from within Croatia, contact the police (Ministarstvo unutarnjih poslova aka “MUP”) in the jurisdiction where you plan to live within Croatia. At this station, there will be a service desk specifically for foreigners (“stranci”). They will also give you more information on potential restrictions due to the COVID-19 epidemic, which may include making an appointment in advance.

There are many administrative police stations in Croatia that handle immigration. [Read: How to find administrative police stations in Croatia]

Step #3 Prepare your application

Below are the requirements you must fulfill to apply for the digital nomad residence permit in Croatia. These are the newest requirements published by MUP.

The requirements for temporary residence based on being a digital nomad include:

  • A completed application form
    • Provided by the police/embassy/consulate OR
    • Download it here
  • Proof of purpose, i.e. proof you are a digital nomad
  • Copy of a valid passport/travel document
  • Government-issued background check from your home country *NEW FOR 2021*
  • Marriage certificate, if you have a spouse (apostilled/legalized, officially translated) [Read: How to prepare your foreign documents for use in Croatia]
  • Proof of valid private/travel health insurance policy that covers the entire term of your permit/the territory of the Republic of Croatia
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself [Read: How to show proof of financial means]
  • Croatian address

Non-government copies of documents can be submitted in Croatian OR English language. However, submitting documents in Croatian will speed up the process.

Let’s go through each requirement, one by one.

Application for Temporary Stay

An application form for a temporary stay of digital nomads is called “Obrazac 1a” (Form 1a). This form is bilingual.

This application will be provided by MUP or the embassy/consulate or you can download it here.

Proof of purpose

Proof of purpose is a document that proves that you are a digital nomad. This refers to a work contract or other document proving that you perform work through “communication technology” for a foreign employer or your own company registered outside of Croatia.

The ministry has defined exactly what you need to provide to show this. Keep in mind that every remote worker is different and may need to show different things. Below is what is listed on MUP’s web site:

  • Statement of the foreign employer or third-country national that the person performs work remotely through “communication technology”
  • Work contract or contract about performing a job for a foreign employer (service contract)
  • Copy of the registration of their own company and proof that they perform the said tasks through their own company.
Some examples of what you could provide to cover these requirements include:
  • Articles of incorporation of foreign company
  • Formation documents
  • Employment contract
  • Pay stubs
  • Freelance contract
  • Invoices along with corresponding payments from clients
  • Engagement letter that states you are performing services online for a specific company

Essentially, they want to see that you are doing work and receiving income based on clients or employment that is outside of Croatia. Once you provide what makes sense for your situation, MUP will either accept it or come back to you with an additional request. What is required will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Be prepared to translate and notarize everything you provide.

Valid Passport/travel document

Your passport needs to be valid, which means its validity period must be 3 months longer than the validity period of the intended stay. You will most likely need to provide a copy of the passport, but sometimes they will make a copy at the police station. Take your passport with you every single time you go to the police.

If your passport is in a language that is not English, then you need a copy that is notarized and translated into Croatian. If you need a recommendation for a translator, contact us.

Background check

This is a brand new requirement for 2021. In Article 59 of the law, it states:

5. uz zahtjev za odobrenje prvog privremenog boravka priloži dokaz da nije pravomoćno osuđen za kaznena djela iz matične države ili države u kojoj je boravio duže od godine dana neposredno prije dolaska u Republiku Hrvatsku, osim ako je upućeni radnik odnosno student, istraživač ili osoba premještena unutar društva koja se koristi mobilnošću iz druge države članice EGP-a

which translates to…

5. enclose with the request for approval of the first temporary residence proof that he / she has not been convicted of criminal offenses from his / her home country or the country in which he / she resided for more than one year immediately before arriving in the Republic of Croatia, unless the posted worker within a company benefiting from mobility from another EEA Member State

Depending on your native country, this is likely easier to obtain while you’re still in your home country rather than once you get to Croatia. [Read: Background checks for third-country nationals (non-EU/EEA citizens)]

If you’re American, they want a federal background check, NOT one from your state. This is done through the FBI and it involves having your fingerprints taken. Thanks to one of our vetted lawyers, US citizens (and other nationals) can now obtain fingerprints at MUP stations within Croatia.

You still need to send them into the FBI to get your identity history summary though. It is still our recommendation that you do this entire process in the US before coming to Croatia.

Valid Health Insurance

To live in Croatia, you must have health insurance. New changes in the Law on Compulsory Health Insurance and Health Protection of Foreigners in the Republic of Croatia (Zakon o obveznom zdravstvenom osiguranju i zdravstvenoj zaštiti stranaca u Republici Hrvatskoj) states that digital nomads are exempt from mandatory obvezno state health insurance in Croatia.

The Law says:

(12) Prijavu na obvezno zdravstveno osiguranje nije obvezan podnijeti državljanin treće zemlje na privremenom boravku u Republici Hrvatskoj, koji u Republici Hrvatskoj boravi u svrhu boravka digitalnog nomada, te je obvezan sam snositi troškove korištenja zdravstvene zaštite u zdravstvenoj ustanovi, odnosno kod zdravstvenog radnika privatne prakse ili drugog provoditelja zdravstvene zaštite u Republici Hrvatskoj.

Which translates as:

(12) An application for mandatory health insurance is not required to be submitted by a third-country national on temporary stay in the Republic of Croatia, who resides in the Republic of Croatia for the purpose of stay of digital nomad, and is obliged to bear the costs of using health care in health institution, private practice health worker or other health care provider in the Republic of Croatia.”.

To qualify for residence in Croatia, you must have private health insurance coverage for the entire term of your permit (up to 1 year) that covers you while in Croatia. You have the option to sign up for state health insurance after you are approved for residence, but it is not required as it is with other types of residence.

[Read: Croatia’s state health care obvezno insurance, what it costs and what is included]

Proof of sufficient funds

You must prove you can financially support yourself during the term of the residence permit. [Read: How to show proof of financial means as part of your application for residence in Croatia]

The government has decided that the financial means of digital nomads must be equal to the amount of AT LEAST 2 1/2 times the average monthly “neto” salary paid for the previous year (based on 2020’s average salary of 6.763 kuna).

For each additional family member or life partner or informal life partner, this amount is increased by 10% of the average monthly “neto” salary.

The financial means amounts for digital nomads are as follows:

  • For a single person (e.g. yourself) = 16.907,50 kuna per month
  • For each additional family member, add 676,30 kuna per month

They will accept a foreign bank statement or proof of regular income to your account (for the last 3 months). There is no restriction on the source of income. It can come from working income, pension, investments, etc.

If you do not have a regular monthly income, then you can instead show that you have 12 months X the monthly amount in a bank account at once, e.g. 12 x 16.907,50 kuna = 202.890,00 kuna.

The amount of financial means for temporary and permanent stay in Croatia is defined by Regulation called “Uredba o načinu izračuna i visini sredstava za uzdržavanje državljanina treće zemlje u Republici Hrvatskoj”. A new version of this Regulation was published in February 2021. It is available here.

Croatian address

You are required to provide your Croatian address when submitting the application. This address can be the address of your stay or intended stay.

If you don’t have a Croatian address at the time of application, you can use a temporary address until you have the address where you will stay during your residence. This can be an address of the hostel, hotel, or accommodation if you have a confirmed reservation of your accommodation.

[Read: How to register or change your address with the Croatian police]

Step #4 Submit your application

For those that applied online, you’ll receive correspondence on email regarding your application.

If you did not apply online, visit or contact the same police station/embassy/consulate you visited earlier to get the requirements and submit your application.

[Read: How to find administrative police stations in Croatia]

A list of Croatian diplomatic missions and consular offices abroad is available here.

The attendant/rep/worker/officer (who knows what to call them) will review your submission to confirm you’ve met the requirements. If you have, they will accept your application for processing. If not, they will ask you for something else. Be prepared to be asked for something else, especially if it’s seemingly meaningless or redundant.

If your application was accepted for processing, make sure you provide a local phone number (preferably Croatian if you are in Croatia). This is how the police will communicate with you about your application. [Read: Croatia’s mobile phone providers]

And now you patiently wait…

The time to process your application can vary depending on the police station, the pandemic, and a variety of other factors. Expect processing to take at least a month, during which you should not leave Croatia. Be patient. You are legal to be in Croatia during this time.

Step #5 Approval of temporary stay

Once approved, you’ll be notified either by a blue envelope to your address, a phone call to you, or a phone call to your lawyer (if you’re using one). Presumably, those that applied online will receive an email with the decision on approval.

The further process varies depending on your scenario:

  1. If you need a visa to enter Croatia, then you must contact a Croatian embassy or consulate abroad. You then obtain a D visa to enter Croatia and collect your residence permit. You can find instructions on how to apply for D visa here.
  2. If you don’t need a visa to enter Croatia, then you can enter Croatia according to the regulations from the Law on Foreigners.

It is important to note that you must register your temporary stay within 30 days after your temporary stay or visa is approved. Otherwise, your temporary stay will be revoked.

Step #6 Register temporary address

Registering your granted temporary stay is another step in the process. You must register your address within 3 days after you enter Croatia.

Again, go to the local police station according to your Croatian address. [Read: How to find administrative police stations in Croatia]

You need to provide:

  • Application form Obrazac 8a – You can download it here
  • Notarized rental contract, a statement from the landlord, a title deed, or confirmation from a hotel, hostel, or accommodation

[Read: How to register or change your address with the Croatian police]

Step #7 Obtain a residence card

Everyone must get a biometric residence card called “biometrijska dozvola boravka” after approval of residence.

Return to the police station with your passport photos. At this time, they will take your fingerprints and signature. You’ll also have to provide proof of payment of the administrative fees.

In exchange for you giving them all these things, they will give you a white card. This is temporary proof of your residence. DO NOT LOSE IT.

Passport photos

Every country requires a different size photo, so best to get them in Croatia. Usually, there is at least one shop that does passport photos right next to the police station. It can cost around 100 kuna to get a package of photos.

You don’t need to provide these until your permit has been approved.

Step #8 Pick up your residence card

Three weeks from the day you got your little white card, you’ll be able to pick up your new residence permit. You will need to provide that white card along with your passport, which is why I said in all caps DO NOT LOSE IT.

Step #9 Celebrate!

Hooray! You’re legal!

Administrative fees of the whole procedure

Fees at the Croatian embassy or consulate abroad

If you submit the request at the Croatian embassy or consulate outside of Croatia, you must pay administrative costs WHEN APPLYING.

Here are all the costs:

  • Temporary residence – 420 kuna
  • Visa – 460 kuna (additional service fee is possible if you submitted your visa application through the VFS visa center)
  • Residence card – 310 kuna

Fees at the police station in Croatia

If you submit the request at the local police administration office in Croatia, you must pay administrative costs AFTER the stay is granted.

Police will provide you with the required payment slips, but you can also pay these fees via online payment.

Here are all the costs:

  • Temporary residence – 350 kuna
  • Biometric residence card – 240 kuna
  • Administrative fees for the biometric residence permit – 70 kuna

How to pay fees online

1. Temporary residence

Here are the instructions for online payment of an administrative fee for temporary residence:

Državni proračun RH
IBAN: HR1210010051863000160
model: HR64
reference number: 5002-713-OIB – if you have Croatian OIB
OR
5002-713-number of a valid travel document – if you don’t have Croatian OIB

Note: maximum of 10 numbers can be entered; if the number code initially contains zeros, don’t enter zeros. Letter marks, slashes, periods, commas, etc. must be excluded as well.

For international payments, you will need the BIC/SWIFT code which is NBHRHR2XXXX.

2. Biometric residence card

Here are the instructions for online payment of an administrative fee for temporary residence:

Državni proračun RH
IBAN: HR1210010051863000160
model: HR65
reference number: 7005-485-OIB – if you have Croatian OIB
OR
7005-485-RKP-case number – if you don’t have Croatian OIB

Note: maximum of 10 numbers can be entered; if the number code initially contains zeros, don’t enter zeros. Letter marks, slashes, periods, commas, etc. must be excluded as well.

For international payments, you will need the BIC/SWIFT code which is NBHRHR2XXXX.

3. Administrative fees for the biometric residence permit

Državni proračun RH
IBAN: HR1210010051863000160
model: HR64
reference number: 5002-713-OIB – if you have Croatian OIB
OR
5002-713-number of a valid travel document – if you don’t have Croatian OIB

Note: maximum of 10 numbers can be entered; if the number code initially contains zeros, don’ enter zeros. Letter marks, slashes, periods, commas, etc. must be excluded as well.

For international payments, you will need the BIC/SWIFT code which is NBHRHR2XXXX.

Before paying fees online, check payment instructions here to be sure that nothing has changed.

[Read: How to pay bills in Croatia]

[Read: What is a tax stamp and why do you need them]

Will digital nomads be charged income tax while in Croatia?

Several amendments were made to the tax code and finalized on December 11, 2020. One of those amendments defines the income of a digital nomad and provides an exemption from tax on working income. We’ve translated this amendment for your reference below.

The amendment states:

Članak 9.

(1) Porez na dohodak ne plaća se na:

26. primitke fizičkih osoba ostvarene po osnovi obavljanja nesamostalnog rada ili djelatnosti za poslodavca koji nije registriran u Republici Hrvatskoj temeljem stečenog statusa digitalnog nomada sukladno posebnom propisu.

which translates to…

Article 9

(1) Income tax shall not be paid on:

26. receipts of natural persons realized on the basis of performing non-independent work or activity for an employer who is not registered in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of the acquired status of digital nomad in accordance with a special regulation.

You may view the full law here.

There are two things to keep in mind:

#1 This is an exemption on working income. It is NOT an exemption on passive income. That means you are liable to report and potentially pay tax to Croatia on passive income while you are a resident.

#2 This exemption does not mean you don’t have to report your income made while living in Croatia to your home country. Make sure you know what your home country requires with regards to income made while living abroad.

For example, the United States of America doesn’t care where you live in the world. They require that you report your income annually, regardless of your location. You may also need to file an FBAR annually, which is a fun privacy-violating form just for US expats living abroad. Make sure you know what an FBAR is and if you need to file one because the penalties for not doing so involve prison sentences.

My fellow self-employed Americans also need to know that you have to pay self-employment tax to the US, even if you live abroad full-time and even if Croatia doesn’t make you pay tax in Croatia.

You can see a list of the countries that do have a double taxation treaty with Croatia here.


Sources:
https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212
https://mup.gov.hr/aliens-281621/stay-and-work/temporary-stay-of-digital-nomads/286833
https://mup.gov.hr/gradjani-281562/moji-dokumenti-281563/stranci-333/privremeni-boravak-u-svrhu-boravka-digitalnih-nomada/286832
http://www.mvep.hr/hr/konzularne-informacije/putne-isprave/
https://hrturizam.hr/regulirano-pitanje-zdravstvenog-osiguranja-digitalnih-nomada-u-hrvatskoj/
https://digitalnomadscroatia.mup.hr/Pages/Zahtjev

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155 thoughts on “How to apply for the digital nomad residence permit in Croatia: Guide for 2021

  1. Tatyanna Wilkinson
    December 18, 2020 @ 1:19 pm

    Something is poking at me about this. Since Croatia created the new residence permit in 2020 that has essentially not reason attached, what is the difference in the Digital Nomad “visa”? why wouldn’t digital nomads just apply for that one if the requirements are the same? Seems this permit is in name only. no? hmm

    Specifically, most countries are asking for a minimum monthly income, not requiring 12 months of basic income to be in a bank account. I predict that will make a difference to many nomads who has good monthly income and little savings.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      December 21, 2020 @ 11:21 am

      Hi Tatyanna,

      Even though there is no reason attached, you still have to provide a specific requirement that is unique such as prepayment of rent, ownership or real estate, language study, etc.

      Applying based on these “other purposes” doesn’t give you permission to work for anyone, regardless of whether it is a foreign employer or not. The digital nomad permit allows you to work for a foreign employer.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Tatyanna Wilkinson
        January 26, 2021 @ 7:10 pm

        Thank you!

        One more question. For the “proof of financial means”. I will have a freelance contract for 12-20 hrs/month with a Polish company. I’m wondering if this could count towards, financial proof, at some point. I know you can’t anticipate this, but since we will use contracts to prove work outside Croatia…it’s logical(I know…I know lol) to think it *could* eventually be proof of income…like a Croatian contract is for other permits. sigh…maybe I’m just hoping. 😉

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        • Expat in Croatia
          January 28, 2021 @ 11:42 am

          Hi Tatyanna,

          You can certainly try to use it as proof. However, Croatia usually wants to see real money, as in pay stubs from salary paid (if you are EU) or money on a bank account (if non-EU). In their eyes, contracts don’t equal money in the bank. I would be prepared for either scenario.

          I would like to hear about your experience applying for the permit. Would you consider chatting with me about it?

          Regards,

          Sara

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          • Tatyanna Wilkinson
            January 30, 2021 @ 1:15 am

            Sure. I will apply in April most likely, so when I start the process I will be in touch. Thanks Sara.

          • Expat in Croatia
            February 2, 2021 @ 8:50 am

            Happy to help, Tatyanna!

          • Maya Tsaneva
            June 2, 2021 @ 10:50 am

            Hi Tatyanna, My name is Maya Tsaneva and I am a freelance journalist. I am writing a cover story on digital nomads opportunities in the SEE region. Would like to ask you for input for the story to be published in Trending Topics SEE.eu. Would you answer some questions by email?

            Thank you in advance!
            Maya

  2. Liam
    December 30, 2020 @ 1:44 pm

    Does it look like it would be possible to have residence while working with a digital nomad visa, but replace it with a traditional work permit residence if you then find a job with a Croatian company halfway through without leaving the country? (Previous comment had a typo)

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 3, 2021 @ 12:49 pm

      Hi Liam,

      It depends. If you require a visa to enter the country, you will most likely be required to exit the country and apply for the work permit abroad at an embassy or consulate. If you don’t require a visa to enter, then you can apply for the work permit from within Croatia.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  3. Richard W Pinion
    December 30, 2020 @ 4:59 pm

    Keep us posted. My wife and I are moving forward with our plans. We are slated to participate in the Novavax US clinical trial for their Corona virus vaccine next week. Hopefully, we will get the real thing, and not the placebo, and hopefully it won’t kill us, AND it will be effective against the virus!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 3, 2021 @ 12:45 pm

      Hi Richard,

      Yes, I certainly will! We will update this post as new information is released. 🙂

      Regards,

      Sara

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  4. Laurina
    January 3, 2021 @ 9:10 pm

    Thanks so much for ALL your expertise Sara! I cant tell you how helpful it all has been. Can I apply for a digital nomad permit so that I can legally work for my US company remotely and then apply my 10 year old daughter for a regular temp residency permit? Or would she fall under my digital nomad permit? May not have enough info about this digital nomad permit to even know yet but I figured I would ask the question 🙂

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 4, 2021 @ 11:24 am

      Hi Laurina,

      Oh, you’re welcome! I’m happy to help!

      Yes, you can apply for the digital nomad permit based on your work for the US company. Usually children of third country nationals need to apply for their own basis. The government hasn’t announced how this will work just yet in terms of families. Once we have news, we’ll update this post and let people know on social media.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Mamadu tairou Adekunle Okoro
        April 29, 2021 @ 1:25 pm

        Ho much sufficient money must have in account to apply digital nomad for craotia

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        • Marija Tkalec
          April 30, 2021 @ 5:08 pm

          Hi,

          The financial means amounts for digital nomads are 16.907,50 kuna per month for a single person, and 676,30 kuna per month for each additional family member. If you do not have regular monthly income, you can show that you have 12 months X the monthly amount in a bank account at once, e.g. 202.890 kuna.

          Please see a section “Proof of sufficient funds” of this article to see additional information on the amounts.

          Warm regards,
          Marija

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  5. Steve
    January 4, 2021 @ 2:44 pm

    Hello and Happy New Year !

    I have one question pertaining to this new law.
    I work for a UK company, salary paid into UK bank, but my company is questioning where I should pay taxes, and even though I’ve called a few people, (accountants, and tax lawyers) nothing is clear.

    Anyone have any idea ?

    Best wishes
    Steve

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 12, 2021 @ 11:06 am

      Hi Steve,

      The simple answer is that you are considered a tax resident in Croatia after 183 days. The full answer is that there are a lot of factors. If you’d like to get an evaluation of your tax liability, I can connect you to a specialist who can prepare a report for you based on Croatian law. To get a referral, please contact me.

      Regards,

      Sara

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    • Sam
      July 27, 2021 @ 4:41 pm

      Any luck with this, Steve?

      I’ll be heading to Croatia from the UK in a couple of weeks for 3 months and will be applying for the nomad visa whilst I’m there.

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  6. Veronica
    January 19, 2021 @ 5:59 pm

    Hvala for this information! What happens if I am already a temporary resident and want to convert to the digital nomad residence permit? Will I have to leave Croatia?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 26, 2021 @ 10:09 am

      Hi Veronica,

      Most likely, you would need to cancel your existing permit, leave for 90 days, then return and apply for the digital nomad permit at least 6 months from the moment your last permit expired. Ultimately, it is up to your local MUP station on what they will allow. I recommend checking with them.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  7. Olga
    January 23, 2021 @ 12:13 am

    Hello ,
    Can I apply for a nomad visa if I’m not sure about the job . I have sufficient fund in the bank or I must have a job and receive income based on clients or employment.
    Thai you
    Olga

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 26, 2021 @ 9:58 am

      Hi Olga,

      You must be able to prove that you are working for a company that is not in Croatia.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  8. Cris Hawk
    January 28, 2021 @ 11:33 pm

    What’s the point of forcing you to leave at the end of the year period and then wait 6 months to apply again? If I decide to apply for a permit in Croatia is because I want to live there, hopefully, for a long period of time.

    If I have the money to support myself and I like the country, there should be no problem in renewing the permit.

    Do you think this is something they could review and change in the future?

    Thanks.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 2, 2021 @ 8:51 am

      Hi Cris,

      The reason they do this is because they don’t want you to qualify for permanent residence. To qualify for permanent residence, you must have uninterrupted continuous residence for 5 years. That isn’t possible with this type of permit.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  9. Brit
    January 30, 2021 @ 5:21 pm

    Hi, thank you for this! With the current travel restrictions, is it possible to enter Croatia now and then apply for the permit?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 2, 2021 @ 8:49 am

      Hi Brit,

      Third-country nationals cannot enter Croatia at this time without an urgent reason.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  10. JD
    January 31, 2021 @ 2:19 pm

    I’m wondering about the marriage certificate requirement for couples. Does Croatia accept any proof of domestic partnership where the people are not married? We can provide proof of cohabitation for the last 12 years, joint credit card accounts, joint health insurance plans, etc. We are not a same-sex couple, and we are not married. But we are in a committed partnership. Thanks for any info you can provide.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 2, 2021 @ 9:08 am

      Hi JD,

      Relationships are considered common law marriages after living together for at least 3 years. If you can prove that, then family reunification applies for the purposes of residence.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  11. Emily Shea
    February 1, 2021 @ 3:58 pm

    Exciting! I think we can do this. Remote working family from the US. Will the kids have to go to school, or can we continue homeschooling, at least through the pandemic? Thanks for all the info–been following you for years! We love Umag. 🙂

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  12. Aussie 4gl
    February 2, 2021 @ 11:00 am

    Hi Sarah,
    very good post!

    I have some questions that I think apply for many people out there reading this thread.

    1) I am Australian, but I also have a EU passport. Would I be able to apply for the digital nomad residency permit so to be able to use the 0% tax income? According to the law is the requirement “to be a third country citizen” or “not to be a EU citizen” (that are in case of double passport not the same)
    2) About tax, does this also applies to other sort of income, like for example rental income from property not located in Croatia
    3) About tax, one of the requirement is to have a company. Most entrepreneur pay themselves as dividend. Is such dividend part of the 0% tax income in Croatia (obviously you may still be subject of withholding in the country where the company is resident)
    4) Being the setup such as you have a foreign company and you are tax resident, probably the biggest question here is that usually such setup would incur PE for the company in such country (Croatia), so the company could be considered tax resident in Croatia and pay taxes also in Croatia (according to the Double Tax Treaty between Croatia and the country of incorporation). Moreover it could open to exit taxes in the incorporation country. Does the law say anything about that, or do you have any idea about what are the general guidelines for this? I guess this could be the biggest deal breaker for anybody that has such setup, that is pretty much everybody given that this is a requirement for the digital nomad visa itself.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 4, 2021 @ 9:48 am

      Hi Aussie,

      Thanks for reaching out! Glad you like the post. 🙂

      If you hold EU citizenship, then you do not qualify for the digital nomad permit. You must apply for residence as an EU citizen. Here is a guide: https://www.expatincroatia.com/eu-national-temporary-residence/

      If you’d like to get an evaluation of your tax liability in Croatia, please complete the form at the bottom of this post: https://www.expatincroatia.com/taxes/

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Aussie 4gl
        February 4, 2021 @ 1:44 pm

        Thank you for your answer.

        From other sources, I have been told that as long you are a third country citizen, you can apply for the Visa.

        > 43) digitalni nomad je državljanin treće zemlje

        Being third country citizen means you have citizenship of a third country, it doesn’t mean “not having EU citizenship”. It is a subtle difference, but it is a clear one.

        Can I ask you if your comment is a personal, or a verified on?

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        • Expat in Croatia
          February 10, 2021 @ 9:38 am

          Hi Aussie,

          This permit is intended for third-country nationals e.g. people who do not have EU/EEA citizenship. All of our information is always verified.

          I suppose you could lie and not reveal your EU nationality to MUP to apply for this permit, but that wouldn’t be good for you. One, it’s a lie. Two, it is more favorable for EU citizens to apply for residence based on their EU nationality that on the basis of being a digital nomad. There is no benefit to applying as a digital nomad if you’re an EU citizen. You’ll actually have less benefits this way.

          Regards,

          Sara

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          • Aussie 4gl
            February 11, 2021 @ 5:39 pm

            Thank you Sara for confirming

            But in this case, it is not entirely true that as EU citizen you have more right. The digital nomad visa give you access to zero income tax, and that is different if you come as EU citizen… would you not agree?

          • Expat in Croatia
            February 16, 2021 @ 12:23 pm

            Hi Aussie,

            EU member states have double taxation treaties in place, so you pay tax in the country where you are a tax resident. Australia doesn’t have a double taxation treaty in place with Croatia.

            In addition, the digital nomad permit does not qualify for a track to permanent residence or citizenship. It’s up to you what you think is better for your situation.

            Regards,

            Sara

  13. Alex Drozd
    February 11, 2021 @ 3:48 pm

    Your contact form has a bug and won’t let me submit. I think it doesn’t recognize the message field as being filled

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 16, 2021 @ 12:24 pm

      Hi Alex,

      I’m sorry to hear you are having this issue. I’ve just tested the form and it is working alright. If you continue to have issues, please let me know.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  14. Holly
    February 13, 2021 @ 6:26 am

    Hi Sara,

    Thanks for all your awesome expertise! I’m curious whether, once granted a digital nomad residence, DNs are allowed to exit and re-enter Croatia during the time of their residency? I’m a US citizen and I spend 3 months each summer in Croatia. I’ve been watching the DN developments, as it’s something I might try at some point. But I wonder, for example, would I be able to pop over to Italy during that year?

    Thanks again for your help!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 16, 2021 @ 12:17 pm

      Hi Holly,

      Yes, you can travel. However, you cannot leave for more than 1 month during the year.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Sun
        March 7, 2021 @ 8:11 pm

        Greetings,
        I am in the process of applying for the DN permit within Croatia, but I was not aware that once received, I would not be able to leave Croatia for more than one month within the year! Can you please advise where this information can be found as I do not want to get myself into a situation without all details made transparent.

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      • Jeanne
        March 9, 2021 @ 3:49 pm

        Thank you for all the helpful information, Sara! Can you please let us know where we can find information about only being able to leave for no more than 1 month during the year? We were not aware of this important caveat (and cannot find details about it) and it may impact our application process. Generally we also want to be aware of other fine print details such as this before initiating the permit.
        Please advise.

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  15. sean holland
    February 13, 2021 @ 10:45 am

    Hi Sarah

    Thanks for an informative, detailed post. I am considering Croatia as a contender for a twelve-month (+3) stay. I have a few questions for you:

    (1)

    Is it mandatory to stay at the specified address for the full 12 months? Part of the attraction of being a nomad is moving around. I like to spend around three months in each place I choose. I guess I am old school and see the digital nomad thing as travelling with an income, rather than the hipster lifestyle choice it has become.

    (2)

    The rules seem a bit vague around the subject of freelance self-employed. I work for two to three regular clients a week, plus a steady stream of one-off jobs. I am a sole trader scenario rather than a company director. Although my income is twice what I would expect as an employee, I have no contracts of employment, and rarely set up contracts for freelance work. (Maybe this is something I should do, but I find a fifty per cent deposit works more effectively).

    (3)

    How much is rent in Croatia, for a studio/bedsit size property?

    Thank you so much.

    Sean (Digital Nomads Land Blog)

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 16, 2021 @ 12:16 pm

      Hi Sean,

      1) The way they’ve written the requirements, it suggests you can move around during the year.

      2) Then you’ll need to show invoices and received payments.

      3) Depends on the location. It varies a lot.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  16. Tim Page
    February 13, 2021 @ 11:28 am

    Hello! I’m already in Croatia and am applying for a Nomad Visa. I just tried to get my FBI record from the US. Unfortunately, they seem to insist that you visit and present your fingerprints to them at a US Post Office. Obviously, this is impossible.

    I’m 66 years old and have never been arrested — never even had a parking ticket, for that matter. My record is absolutely clean. I’m willing to get the fingerprints but the FBI information I received said I couldn’t do it. Can you help me?

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  17. Jasna
    February 15, 2021 @ 5:13 am

    Hi Sara,
    Thank you for the very detailed and informative article! I’m a New Zealand citizen who lives in Australia and would love to apply for this permit once the borders are open and we’re allowed to leave the country. Question about the rent requirement: Would I need to prepay rent for the entire year or just have a contract/agreement that says I’ll be paying a certain amount of money into the landlord’s account every week/fortnight or month for the 12 months of stay?
    Cheers,
    Jasna

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 16, 2021 @ 12:10 pm

      Hi Jasna,

      You do not have to prepay rent for this permit. You only need to have the rental contract.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  18. jackson
    February 17, 2021 @ 1:43 am

    If I have a supplemental income of 3.2k a month and want to start a vlog. I doubt ill get a lot of revenue from this…would my supplemental income be enough to show funds every month?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 24, 2021 @ 4:42 pm

      Hi Jackson,

      As long as it is above the threshold, then that is fine.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  19. C B
    February 18, 2021 @ 9:27 pm

    Very useful! A few questions:

    1. You responded to someone earlier that third country nationals cannot currently enter without an urgent reason. Presumably this residency permit isn’t urgent. If one applied now, and one isn’t allowed to enter yet, how long would you possibly have to enter before the permit would expire?

    2. For a same-sex couple, what proof is needed to accompany someone for this permit? It’s almost impossible to get married anywhere right now, and we’re a binational couple. Related to that, would both people need a background check?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 24, 2021 @ 4:44 pm

      Hi CB,

      1. Those with residence permits may enter Croatia currently. Residence permits are typically for 1 year.

      2. Certificate of free marital status or registration of extramarital union. It would be helpful to have proof that you have been living together for 3 or more years.

      3. Every third-country national applying for residence for the first time needs a background check.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Kirk
        March 13, 2021 @ 6:24 pm

        Hi,
        A quick question regarding background checks. Do you know if any conviction or arrest whatsoever disqualifies an applicant? More specifically, a misdemeanor in the USA. It seems that some discretion should apply, but I’ve heard of other countries disqualifying applications for anything.

        Thanks,
        Kirk

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        • Expat in Croatia
          March 14, 2021 @ 3:38 pm

          Hi Kirk,

          They are specifically concerned about felonies, not misdemeanors.

          Regards,

          Sara

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  20. George
    March 5, 2021 @ 2:12 am

    Would my (foreign) employer be obligated to register or file corporate income taxes in Croatia? My employer would have no other ties with the country. Seems like a dumb question but I’m having trouble locating reputable sources that I can present to my employer so they can approve my plan to work in Croatia.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 11, 2021 @ 1:41 pm

      Hi George,

      No, your company is not obligated to pay taxes in Croatia if you are physically in Croatia.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  21. Maggie
    March 11, 2021 @ 2:29 pm

    Thanks for this helpful article! I’m a US citizen considering applying for the residence permit soon. I am wondering if you know if the background check requires an apostille verification? The reason I ask is that the current processing times in the US for this is around 2-3 months. Any information of this being a requirement for the permit application would be much appreciated. Thank you!

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  22. Ben C.
    March 12, 2021 @ 9:56 am

    Hey!

    Thanks so much for this article! You make this subject so much easier to understand.

    I had a question about the Digital Nomad form and particularly the proof of means section.

    This next bit purloined from the digital nomads page on a MUP website.

    “. proof of means of subsistence during his stay in the Republic of Croatia,
    You can submit a bank statement or proof of regular income. Pursuant to the Regulation on the manner of calculating and the amount of means of subsistence for third-country nationals in the Republic of Croatia (Official Gazette no. 14/21), which entered into force on 13 February 2021, third-country nationals who are regulating their temporary stay as digital nomads are required to have the amount corresponding to at least 2.5 average monthly net salaries paid for the previous year, in accordance with the official data published by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics. This amount is increased by 10% of the average monthly net salary for each additional family member or life partner or informal life partner. Currently, the amount required on a monthly basis is a minimum of HRK 16,907.50. More precisely, if you intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia for 12 months, you need to prove that you have a minimum of HRK 202,890.00 available.”

    So I’m just confused, does this mean I’d need 203,000 HRK in the bank or it’s dependant on how long the intended stay is, i.e 16K a month. Otherwise I have a proof of income contract for example by a UK employer, along with some savings. Would that be sufficient evidence of income?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 14, 2021 @ 3:42 pm

      Hi Ben,

      They want to see that more than the threshold is being deposited into your bank account each month based on the work you are using as the basis for digital nomad residence. Your contract, pay stubs and bank statements will need to be provided and all correspond.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  23. Bruno
    March 12, 2021 @ 9:48 pm

    Thank you very much for the great material and effort put into it!

    Do you know if when we get this permit, if we are allowed to travel from outside EU to Croatia in light of the current travel bans?
    I’m currently in the USA, and a travel ban exists, where I cannot travel to Croatia from here.

    The MUP website says: “Citizens of EU Member States (including Croatian citizens), i.e. of Schengen Member States and Schengen Associated States, as well as members of their families and third-country nationals who are long-term residents under Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long-term residents and persons entitled to reside under other EU directives or national law or who have national long-term visas coming from third countries […]” and they continue to say that these people are allowed to travel to Croatia.

    Do you know if this visa would indeed represent a long-term resident under the terms stated, probably allowing me to fly from the USA (or UK) to Croatia?

    Thank you!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 14, 2021 @ 3:40 pm

      Hi Bruno,

      If you were granted the digital nomad permit prior to arrival, it would give you a basis for crossing the border.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  24. TJ
    March 13, 2021 @ 5:44 pm

    Hey Sara,

    Do you know if the background check needs to be apostilled, or would the original electronic copy I received work? A response I got from Croatia suggested they require the background check to be apostilled but I haven’t read that anywhere else. Similarly, would my spouse need her background check apostilled to apply for reunification, or do you know if the original sealed envelope would be sufficient?

    Thank you!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 14, 2021 @ 3:39 pm

      Hi TJ,

      All foreign government-issued documents need to be apostilled/legalized for use in Croatia.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  25. Ante
    March 21, 2021 @ 2:40 pm

    My friend is planning to come on 20.4.2021 for coupoe of weeks and i helped him with application. He will stay at my place. How long nomad visa process can take time?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 25, 2021 @ 11:53 pm

      Hi Ante,

      It can take 1 to 3 months. It depends on their nationality, if their paperwork is complete and which MUP station they apply at.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  26. Anna
    March 28, 2021 @ 2:49 am

    I really liked your article on DNV https://www.expatincroatia.com/digital-nomad-visa-croatia/ but I was curious to know if EU nationals can also take advantage of these work permit. Considering it theoretically has no tax income it seems like a better option for EU national who wants to stay in Croatia for a year. This would mean they would become tax residents and pay tax on their worldwide income, right? And under the DNV, they would not?

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    • Marija Tkalec
      April 6, 2021 @ 4:17 pm

      Hi Anna,

      thank you for a nice comment. The law says:
      “Digital nomad is A THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONAL who is employed or performs work through communication technology for a company or his own company that is not registered in the Republic of Croatia and does not perform work or provide services to employers in the Republic of Croatia.”

      So, this means that EU nationals can’t apply for the digital nomad residence permit.

      Regards,
      Marija

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  27. Graham Fraser
    March 28, 2021 @ 10:20 pm

    Interesting and useful

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    • Marija Tkalec
      April 6, 2021 @ 4:11 pm

      Hi Graham,

      thank you for such a lovely comment!

      Regards,
      Marija

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  28. Rose
    March 29, 2021 @ 12:35 am

    Hi!
    Regarding proving I work as a digital nomad…Will the contract alone suffice that mentions my work can be completed remotely? Or will it need to come directly from my employer that I work remotely? Also, I make above the threshold for monthly pay, but since i’m a contractor, it’s not the exact same amount each month. So my employer couldn’t say i make “THIS” much a much a month since its not a set amount. Do you think this will be a problem? Thanks!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      April 11, 2021 @ 2:53 pm

      Hi Rose,

      The contract should be enough to show that you are contracted to work for that company. It is okay that your income varies. They will also want to see your bank statements for at least 3 months to see where the payments are coming in and that they are above the threshold.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  29. Alex
    April 1, 2021 @ 6:35 pm

    Hi, Sara!

    Thanks for the great article. But I want to clarify one moment. If I’m going to get a digital nomad permit for 6-12 months and enter Croatia by my own car on foreign non-EU plates. Will it be legal to use my car in Croatia for that term? Or maybe should I do some additional paperwork? Please explain it if you can.

    Thank you in advance!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      April 11, 2021 @ 2:47 pm

      Hi Alex,

      You will need to formally import and register your car in Croatia. Here are instructions on importing a car: https://www.expatincroatia.com/move-import-car-croatia/

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Victor
        July 7, 2021 @ 11:10 am

        You said: “import and register your car”

        I read:
        If you stay in Croatia for less than 6 months, you don’t have to register your car in Croatia. You can use your foreign registration labels during this period.
        https://www.expatincroatia.com/move-import-car-croatia/

        But what is maximum period allowed to use my own non-EU car in Croatia without procedure of import?

        Finally, I mean how much time I, as digital nomad, can drive my own car without any special paperwork?

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  30. Rebecca
    April 2, 2021 @ 11:13 pm

    Hello!

    I am an ESL teacher, currently providing all classes online due to Covid.

    Most of my clients are independent that I have secured.

    Do you know if this type of employment would qualify for the digital nomad temporary residence?

    I also have more than the required amount of money in my bank account, so as long as I have proof economic solvency, would I need to provide a work contract?

    Best,

    Rebecca

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    • Marija Tkalec
      April 6, 2021 @ 2:33 pm

      Hi Rebecca,

      If you have your own company and you can prove that you perform work through communication technology, you should be able to qualify.

      As a part of your application, you must enclose a work contract or any other document proving that you perform work through communication technology for your own company registered outside of Croatia.

      Regards,
      Marija

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  31. Dmytro
    April 6, 2021 @ 12:32 pm

    Hey! Thank you for such a great article!
    Could you please help with one question:
    I have a contract signed in 2018 with the company I’m still working with (as a remote contractor). And the contract has a note of how much they pay me. But since 2018 salary has been increased, but the contract did not change. Do I need to have an updated contract with the current salary sum or it would be enough to show bank statements where the sum is different (it can be seen from them that they are paying under this contract)?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      April 11, 2021 @ 2:31 pm

      Hi Dmytro,

      Hmm, interesting question! Honestly, not sure. This permit is so new, that there is not enough data on unique cases like this. If the 2018 salary is above the threshold, then you should be okay. Ultimately, it is up to MUP. They prefer when things match across documents. You can submit the old contract, but be prepared to be asked for a new contract.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  32. Dmitrii
    April 6, 2021 @ 2:37 pm

    Hey Sarah,

    It’s still not clear to me: does the DN allow me to return to my home country earlier than after 12 months? In other words, can I use only 3 months of the 12?

    I’d like to spend summer in Croatia with my family but staying longer because I do not want my daughter miss her scool classes.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      April 11, 2021 @ 2:31 pm

      Hi Dmitrii,

      Yes, you can leave Croatia before 12 months, but you cannot be gone from Croatia for more than 30 days total or you risk cancellation of your permit.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  33. Anthony
    April 7, 2021 @ 9:54 am

    Does this visa only apply to non-E.U. digital nomads who do NOT own property in Croatia? (I.e., if one lived in a flat that he OWNED in Zagreb but still worked remotely as an employee of an American company, then would this visa still be valid, or would he be subject to Croatian income taxes since he owns property there?)

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    • Expat in Croatia
      April 11, 2021 @ 2:37 pm

      Hi Anthony,

      Property ownership is irrelevant for this permit. If someone has this permit and owns property in Croatia, they would need to pay taxes related to the property no matter what.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  34. Ola
    April 11, 2021 @ 10:46 am

    Is there any restrictions when it comes to nationality? I’m Norwegian, so not part of the EU, but part of the EEA. I could go and live in Croatia with minimum requirements, but a digital nomad visa would be fantastic for tax purposes

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  35. Tunde
    April 18, 2021 @ 11:06 pm

    Hello Sara,

    I would like to know if it is possible for a digital nomad visa holder in croatia to visit other EU and schengen countries with his temporary residence permit?

    How long does the application for digital nomad visa takes?

    Thank you very much.

    Tunde

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    • Marija Tkalec
      April 21, 2021 @ 4:57 pm

      Hi Tunde,

      The digital nomad residence permit allows you to get a 1-year residency on a territory of the Republic of Croatia. Some EU/EEA countries may allow you to enter their countries using your Croatian residence permit in combination with your passport. However, you cannot be granted residence in other EU/EEA countries based on this permit, you must still travel on your passport to other EU/EEA countries and you must abide by the entry rules of other EU/EEA nations.

      The application process takes 1 to 3 months on average, but it can vary depending on the police station, the pandemic and a variety of other factors.

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  36. Susanne Fougerousse
    April 27, 2021 @ 2:31 pm

    Hi Sara,

    I understand that it is not necessary to sign up for Croatian healthcare with the HZZO with the digital nomad permit. But, given that it is optional, my question is – Does the HZZO require you to pay for the whole prior year up front when signing up for health insurance (in addition to the monthly premiums) as it does with the other permits?

    Thanks,
    Susie

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    • Expat in Croatia
      April 28, 2021 @ 8:39 am

      Hi Susie,

      Whether or not you have to pay for the prior year is not related to the type of permit, it is related to your nationality. If you are a third-country citizen (which I assume you are if you are considering the digital nomad permit), then yes, you need to pay for the prior year if you choose to sign up for HZZO.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  37. ASHISH JOSHI
    May 2, 2021 @ 2:29 pm

    Hello
    Sarah , I am Ashish Joshi , I am a Citizen of India & i am working in a bank as a Cashier as well as also i have my own business which MS89 Pvt Ltd. which is registered in Tallinn Estonia also in India i run same company with the name of Milestone Services89 in India , We Provides Study visa consultancy & also we organize Events , workshops , seminars , online webinars , International real estate tour , we are not limited to work in India but our Exclusives partners from India , Nepal , Bangladesh , Srilanka , UAE and some from Singapore . We do use online , Virtual & face to face platform for our Business .

    So my question is do i eligible to apply for Digital Nomad Visa for Croatia as per my Business & Job Description ? as you know that since January 2020 Because of C19 our industries are effected , so we are not performing as before therefore we are trying and doing our best .

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    • Marija Tkalec
      May 5, 2021 @ 4:54 pm

      Hi,

      in Croatian law, digital nomad is defined as “a third-country national who is employed or performs work through communication technology for a company or his own company that is not registered in the Republic of Croatia and does not perform work or provide services to employers in the Republic of Croatia”.

      If your company meets this definition and you meet all the requirements mentioned in our article, then you can apply for the digital nomad permit. Due to your description, it sounds that you belong to this group.

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  38. Dejan
    May 3, 2021 @ 9:13 pm

    Hi,

    Thank you for this valuable information. I was wondering: if granted the 1 year DN residence permit, is there any requirement to remain in Croatia for a minimum period of that time? Could there be any kind of issues if for example, at different points during the 12 months of the permit, I make four 1-month trips to other countries in the EU?

    Thank you

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    • Marija Tkalec
      May 5, 2021 @ 4:47 pm

      Hi Dejan,

      Thanks for your question! You can leave for up to 30 days within a year or several times but not longer than 90 days in total within a year (from the day when your permit was issued). If you have to leave more than 90 days (all at once) due to justified reasons, you must contact MUP.

      You can see more details here: https://www.expatincroatia.com/restrictions-travel-legal-residence/

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  39. Marie
    May 5, 2021 @ 9:35 am

    Thank you so much for putting this together. Would you happen to know if I need to live continuously in Croatia for a certain period (i.e. 6 months) under this permit? Or am I free to go in/out for the year…

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    • Marija Tkalec
      May 5, 2021 @ 4:25 pm

      Hi Marie,

      you can leave Croatia for up to 30 days within a year or several times but not longer than 90 days in total within a year (from the day when your permit was issued). If you have to leave more than 90 days (all at once) due to justified reasons, you must contact MUP.

      You can see more details here: https://www.expatincroatia.com/restrictions-travel-legal-residence/

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  40. Scilla
    May 15, 2021 @ 10:30 pm

    Dobro večer Sara,
    Thanks a lot for your excellent work! I live in Italy but fell in love with Vukovar because 2 years ago I was a European Solidarity Corps volunteer over there, and I always missed it since the day I came back to Italy. Now I want to move back there for real, but if I have a remote job in Italy (so from EU) do I need to apply to this “digital” permit or can I just move on to the “regular” temporary permit? And if I want to carry on with my Italian job, but get a second “side-job” in VU, do you think it’s legally possible?
    I am reading loads of info and I am getting a bit confused.

    Thank you!
    Scilla / Šila

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    • Marija Tkalec
      May 17, 2021 @ 4:01 pm

      Bok, Scilla!

      Are you a third-country national? The digital nomad permit is intended to third-country nationals who are employed in a company outside of Croatia.

      If you want to find a job in Vukovar/Croatia, you can’t apply for the digital nomad permit. In this case, you can apply for the work and stay permit. See more information here: https://www.expatincroatia.com/how-apply-work-permit/

      Warm regards and good luck,
      Marija

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  41. Meriem Mahdi
    May 19, 2021 @ 1:01 pm

    Hi Team,

    Thanks for the fantastic summary of information and requirements!
    Can a third-country national in the possession of a Blue Card apply for the digital nomad visa?

    Best regards,
    Meriem

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    • Expat in Croatia
      May 28, 2021 @ 10:51 am

      Hi Meriem,

      Thank you for reading! I’m glad you’ve found our guide helpful. 🙂

      Yes, third-country nationals with Blue Cards can apply for the digital nomad permit.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  42. Emanuel
    June 2, 2021 @ 7:59 pm

    Great and thorough article – tha k you ExpatinCroatia! One question I’m struggling to find an answer to is whether foreign employers are exempt from paying employment related taxes or other social security type payments for people they employ in Croatia? My employer is asking and I can’t find any mention of it anywhere…

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  43. Alex
    June 8, 2021 @ 1:40 pm

    Thank you for detailed explanations. I wonder what are instructions in case of my working contract would unexpectedly stopped after getting digital nomad residence permit?

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    • Marija Tkalec
      July 1, 2021 @ 6:15 pm

      Hi Alex,

      This is an excellent question, although the answer is not yet familiar. However, it would be good to have a stable job to avoid all possible complications.

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  44. Leo
    June 12, 2021 @ 11:59 pm

    Hi team! first of all thanks for all the useful information you provide.

    I wanted to ask a few questions:
    1. I’m from Argentina and this will be my first time traveling to Croatia, so I would like to visit many places before make the decision to apply for a digital nomad visa. Is it possible to get there as a tourist and then do all the paper to apply being in the country?

    2. My current monthly income is less than the minimum required to apply. But I’ve been saving money for several months to reach the minimum number. Is it enough if I attach my bank summary as a Means of subsistence ?

    Thanks again!

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    • Marija Tkalec
      July 6, 2021 @ 4:02 pm

      Hi Leo,

      Thank you for your comment (: You should be able to stay in Croatia for 90 days as a tourist, plus 12 months on the digital nomad permit.

      Since you don’t have a regular monthly income, yes, you can show that you have enough money in a bank account at once (202.890,00 kuna).

      Good luck with your application,
      Marija

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  45. Claire
    June 19, 2021 @ 2:57 am

    Hi,

    Once the 1-year period is over, can I switch to another type of visa and stay in the country?

    I’d like to stay in the country long term and not leave.

    Thanks.

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    • Marija Tkalec
      July 7, 2021 @ 12:30 pm

      Hi Claire,

      The only thing that we know so far is that 6 months must elapse between the expiration of your last permit and the day you start the application for a new permit. It is not possible to extend the digital nomad permit.

      Warm regards and good luck,
      Marija

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  46. Rick
    June 22, 2021 @ 4:15 am

    I’m unclear on the background check. I am american, but i have been living in Thailand the last year. Do i need to submit both an american and Thai background check? Also, i don’t see anything on the FBI background check page that says the document will be apostilled. How do you do that?

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  47. Ruby
    June 23, 2021 @ 3:07 pm

    Hello, i submitted all documents in vfs and after three months , the police asked for a pcc and i sent them and now they said i need to pay 350kr but i tried paying by transferwise using Državni proračun RH but i cant pay to it due to special characters. Can you please help how to fix it ? And also will they provide any approval letter which we should submit along with visa application?

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    • Marija Tkalec
      July 7, 2021 @ 12:57 pm

      Hi Ruby,

      Try to insert “State budget of the Republic of Croatia” instead of “Državni proračun RH”.

      Once you get the digital nomad permit, yes, you will receive a decision on approval. If you need a visa to enter Croatia, you must get your biometric residence permit/card or visa after you get a decision on approval.

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  48. Alex
    June 25, 2021 @ 1:10 am

    Hi there,

    I’m a Canadian looking to get this permit!

    One question, your blog says that you need 16.907,50 kuna per month OR 202.890 kuna if you don’t have a monthly income.

    I do have the monthly income to meet the 16.905,50 per month requirement. But on the MUP’s website, it says that I need to have the full 202.890 kuna saved up is I want to stay for 12 months.
    https://mup.gov.hr/aliens-281621/stay-and-work/temporary-stay-of-digital-nomads/286833

    Is anybody able to help clear this up for me? How long can I stay if I DO NOT have 202.890 kuna saved up but I DO have more than 16.905,50 kuna coming into my account every month?

    Many thanks!!

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    • Marija Tkalec
      July 7, 2021 @ 1:34 pm

      Hi Alex,

      MUP will accept proof of regular income to your account for the last 3 months (16.907,50 kuna per month).

      If you do not have a regular monthly income, then you can instead show that you have 12 months X the monthly amount in a bank account at once, e.g. 12 x 16.907,50 kuna = 202.890,00 kuna.

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  49. Miguel
    July 4, 2021 @ 2:42 am

    Hi! Great article!! Thanks for all the information on it.

    I want this visa to travel across the country according what I will be learning from it, I mean I wanted to travel in my own peace. However in requirements it is stated residence needs to be presented for the 12 months, should I explain what are my plans on the application form?

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    • Marija Tkalec
      July 7, 2021 @ 3:20 pm

      Hi Miguel,

      Thank you for the nice words (: Yes, you MUST enclose the address of your stay in Croatia together with the application. However, it would be good to explain your plans. MUP will provide you with additional information. Keep in touch!

      Good luck,
      Marija

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  50. Ed Gradascevic
    July 5, 2021 @ 1:02 pm

    A question about prof of employment: I’ve been with the same firm for 15 years and can’t recall where my original employment contract is. Would it suffice to show a copy of the most recent Salary adjustment notice we receive annually? I would assume that this, plus some recent pay stubs would be adequate – true?

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    • Marija Tkalec
      July 7, 2021 @ 3:39 pm

      Hi Ed,

      You must show a work contract or other document proving that you perform work through “communication technology” for a foreign worker. Pay stubs should be adequate.

      Some examples of what you could provide as proof of purpose include:
      Articles of incorporation of foreign company
      Formation documents
      Employment contract
      Pay stubs
      Freelance contract
      Invoices along with corresponding payments from clients
      Engagement letter that states you are performing services online for a specific company

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  51. Victor
    July 7, 2021 @ 10:57 am

    Hello,

    If I have digital nomad residence permit,
    can I buy car or motorcycle in Croatia for period of stay?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      July 30, 2021 @ 12:29 pm

      Hi Victor,

      Yes, you may. As long as you have residence in Croatia, then you can register a car or motorcycle in Croatia.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  52. Jason
    July 12, 2021 @ 3:14 pm

    Hi great article and thanks for all the detail! Related to this topic, I’ve reviewed the info here https://www.expatincroatia.com/covid-19-passport-croatia/ about covid-19 passport. Is Croatia issuing the covid-19 passport to digital nomad visa residents? What about those that have had an approved vaccine administered in a third country? I am a US citizen and got the J&J/Janssen vaccine in the US.

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    • Marija Tkalec
      July 13, 2021 @ 4:02 pm

      Hi Jason,

      Thank you for the nice words (:

      At the moment, COVID-19 passports are issued only to people who are entered into the database of the Croatian Institute for Public Health. This means that you can’t receive it since you are vaccinated outside of Croatia.

      Digital nomads should be able to get their COVID-19 passports since they are third-county nationals with a regulated stay in the EU/Croatia.

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  53. German
    July 18, 2021 @ 9:36 pm

    Hello Sara!

    Great content, thanks for all the information. I have some questions:

    1- How long is it taking for the request to be processed? And is it shorter to do it in person in Croatia, Online or is it the same?

    2- It says documents should be presented in English or Croatian (I am uruguayan so original language is spanish).Background check is an official document, so I assume it needs to be translated by an official translator right? But the thing is with proof of purpose and funds. Should I translate the receipts and the bank statement by a sworn translator?

    3- I read that you can’t leave croatia for more than 30 days unless an exception is granted by MUP. Any experience or comments on that exceptions? If I am called to leave for work for 2, 3 months, could that be accepted?

    Thanks in advance!

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    • Marija Tkalec
      July 22, 2021 @ 3:43 pm

      Hi German,

      Thank you for your beautiful words (:

      The processing time can vary depending on the police station, the pandemic, and other factors. Expect it to take at least a month.

      All documents must be translated into English or Croatian and notarized. You can find more information here: https://www.expatincroatia.com/prepare-foreign-documents/

      Regarding the period of leaving Croatia, it is true that you can’t leave for more than 30 days. Justified reasons usually imply urgent cases. However, you can try to explain your situation to MUP and see if they would justify your reason. Every case is unique.

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  54. Gerhard du Toit
    July 27, 2021 @ 11:47 am

    Hi. What does the digital nomad permit look like? Is it a card, or is it a sticker inside one’s passport? I am from South Africa. I came into Croatia with a tourist visa and applied for the digital nomad permit before my tourist visa expired.
    I went to the police today to take a photo 3 x 3.5 cm and paid the fees 350, 240 and 70 Kuna. They also said to come back in 3 weeks with that piece of white card to fetch my ID card. Do you know what the procedure is for the permit after payment? Do I get it the same time I get the Id card? Thanks for your wonderful articles, without this one in particular, I am sure I would have struggled. One last thing; my rental contract had to be notarised and my police clearance needed an appstille stamp.

    Thanks

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    • Expat in Croatia
      July 30, 2021 @ 12:23 pm

      Hi Gerhard,

      Your card is your residence permit. There won’t be a sticker inside of your passport. After 3 weeks, you take the white card and exchange it for your residence permit card.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  55. Sam
    July 27, 2021 @ 4:52 pm

    Thanks for all of this information, it’s a massive help.

    I am travelling from the UK for 3 months in August and plan to apply for the DNV in September.

    I meet all of the criteria, though have one question about address as I was planning on spending time in more than one place during the course of the 12 months. I’m in Zagreb from August until November, so should I put that down as my address (it’s an air bnb, so I presume confirmation would be enough)? If I then move somewhere else, is there anything I would need to do.

    Ahead of my application attempt I’ll arrange a half hour chat to make sure I have dotted my i’s and crossed my t’s.

    Thanks again.

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  56. Pedro
    July 31, 2021 @ 4:31 pm

    Hi Sara,

    Superb contet overall. Let me first congratulate on the job well done. Really insightful stuff.
    I’d like to ask if I may, I am planning to apply for Digital Nomad as a Digital Consultant currently living in Montenegro but as you know as a consultant the contract is unpreditcable some day you have so much work other day very little, so my question is if I get the DN visa and move to Croatia and suddenly I run out of work/contract, can I leave Croatia anytime I want because as it says one can’t work for Croatian employer, so if I am out of work, can I leave Croatia any time or woud have any legal consquences? do I have to let the authority know if I leave the country because of lack of work?

    Keep it up guys

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    • Marija Tkalec
      August 10, 2021 @ 4:52 pm

      Hi Pedro,

      Thanks for getting back to us, it is always nice to hear nice words from our readers. We’re glad to help (:

      Regarding your situation, this specific scenario is not defined by the Law. However, if ​you get a digital nomad permit, you have permission to stay here for up to one year. During this time, you have to possess enough money in your bank account.

      If you are very concerned, I would recommend contacting MUP ([email protected]) and explain your scenario. However, I assume that nothing bad can happen once they give you a permit.

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  57. Vitalji
    August 5, 2021 @ 12:30 pm

    I am planning to apply for digital nomad as a marketing consultant from Ukraine but wanted to check if I need to notarise my documents even though both are in English/Ukrainian? I’d like to apply for 6 month only is that okey or do I need to stay in the country for as long as the Visa is valid, or can I leave early if for instance my work/contract is finished? Since one can’t work for Croatian company…love your content.

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    • Marija Tkalec
      August 17, 2021 @ 4:44 pm

      Hi Vitalji,

      Thanks for the nice word, we appreciate it 🙂

      If your documents are written in English, they shouldn’t be notarized. Check this article as well: https://www.expatincroatia.com/prepare-foreign-documents/

      You can apply for a 6-months permit, you just need to state that on your application. You can leave earlier, but then you risk the cancellation of your permit.

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  58. Tom
    August 9, 2021 @ 12:59 pm

    I work remotely but in in IT.
    Does it matter in what field do I work?

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    • Marija Tkalec
      August 9, 2021 @ 4:44 pm

      Hi Tom,

      Your job doesn’t have to be strictly from the field of IT, but it has to be performed through communication technology.

      Cheers,
      Marija

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  59. Tom
    August 9, 2021 @ 1:01 pm

    I work remotely but NOT in IT
    Does it matter the field of my work to apply to this visa?

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    • Marija Tkalec
      August 9, 2021 @ 4:42 pm

      Hi Tom,

      Your job doesn’t have to be strictly from the field of IT, but it has to be performed through communication technology.

      Cheers,
      Marija

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  60. Martín
    August 15, 2021 @ 2:44 am

    Hi guys!

    Superb guide!

    I am thinking about applying online for a DNV soon with my wife! A couple of questions:

    1. Does she need to submit a separate application? is it enough if in mine (I am the one with the proof of required family monthly income) I submit our marriage certificate?

    2. If I apply online, when should I pay the fees and what’s the average turnaround time?

    Thanks again and keep it up!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 1, 2021 @ 9:19 am

      Hi Martin,

      She should be mentioned in your application, but her application won’t be processed until you are approved. She’ll need a marriage certificate and a background check.

      Don’t apply online. That application isn’t working. The fees are paid once approved and you arrive in Croatia. Turnaround is 2-3 months.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  61. Yuriy
    August 19, 2021 @ 12:18 pm

    Hello, experts!
    I have applied for the DNV online, but there I could not find a way to post applications for my children. Please, let me know how to apply for DNV for the children. We need DNV for them as they will not be able to attend school/kindergarten otherwise.
    And the second question – will they deliver my DNV to my home country, or I should get to Crotaia somehow to pick it up?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 1, 2021 @ 9:11 am

      Hi Yuriy,

      You can apply for residence for your children once you are approved. Once you receive approval, you’ll have 30 days to come to Croatia to pick up your permit.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  62. Cedrick
    August 24, 2021 @ 4:18 am

    Thanks for the great article!

    I’ll be applying for the digital nomad visa. For my spouse, does she need to provide non-criminal record as well? Or is the marriage certificate and her passport sufficient?

    Best,
    Ced

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    • Marija Tkalec
      August 24, 2021 @ 3:38 pm

      Hi Cedrick,

      Every adult person who is a third-country national and wants to apply for temporary residence in Croatia for the first time must enclose a background check. If your wife belongs to this scenario, she needs a background check. You can read more here: https://www.expatincroatia.com/background-checks/

      Good luck 🙂

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  63. Denis
    September 7, 2021 @ 11:34 am

    Hello, experts! I have a couple of questions:
    1) I’ve read about 30 days out of Croatia. Does it mean consecutive leave or continuous? for example, I’ll occasionally travel to neighboring EU countries on weekends. Does it mean that after 15 weekends out of Croatia, I’ll lose my residence permit?
    2) If I come to the country using my car, will I need to validate my driving license after six months?

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    • Marija Tkalec
      September 14, 2021 @ 3:33 pm

      Hi Denis,

      You can leave for up to 30 days within a year or several times but not longer than 90 days in total within a year (from the day when your permit was issued). Also, you can use your foreign driver’s license for up to one year.

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  64. Polina
    September 10, 2021 @ 7:29 pm

    Hi,
    If financial means are invested into stock market, is it ok to provide statement from broker account?

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    • Marija Tkalec
      September 13, 2021 @ 4:16 pm

      Hi Polina,

      There are three ways to prove your financial means:
      1. Show 3 months of completed salary payments from a Croatian company
      2. Show a work contract with a Croatian employer
      3. Put money in a bank account

      View this article for more information: https://www.expatincroatia.com/financial-means/

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  65. Mr. LU
    September 14, 2021 @ 5:07 pm

    Hi Marija Tkalec, I am Mr. LU from China and I would like to know whether I am qualified for the Digital Nomad Visa. I am a freelancer, and I own some real estate properties with long term leased contracts. The total monthly rental are about EUR2700. Besides, I have been trading U.S. stock remotely for over 1 year, and the monthly average profit are about EUR2000. In addition, I have €375 monthly interests from bank savings. That means I have over EUR 5000 income every month, and these works are definitely I can handle it remotely.

    Look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best regards,

    Mr. LU

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    • Marija Tkalec
      September 17, 2021 @ 11:17 am

      Hi Mr. LU,

      Thank you for your question. It sounds like you qualify for the digital nomad permit. If you meet all other requirements listed in this post, you have enough financial means, and you can prove that you perform work through communication technology, you can apply. If you need help with the process, feel free to contact us: https://www.expatincroatia.com/contact/

      Good luck,
      Marija

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  66. Soumya Sooppiyaragath
    September 17, 2021 @ 6:14 am

    This article has been very useful!
    Quick question that I can’t seem to find answers anywhere..the dependants on the digital nomad visa application..would they go into a ‘bridging visa’ to lawfully remain in the country along with the main applicant?

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    • Marija Tkalec
      September 27, 2021 @ 4:48 pm

      Hi Soumya,

      You are allowed to stay in Croatia while your residence application is being processed.

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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  67. Mr ler
    September 25, 2021 @ 3:40 am

    Decide to go for digital nomad visa.
    But I didn’t have records on income. So can i just show the cash in bank account. Or does stock investment account work too. As I prefer to show otherwise without taking out my investment to bank account. And does it have capital gain tax on digital nomad. Or I just have cash in bank account to avoid the capital gain tax.
    And ask whether Zagreb most building have already have fiber to the home [ftth] installed. As need reliable Internet to work on

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    • Marija Tkalec
      October 14, 2021 @ 4:16 pm

      Hi Mr Ier,

      If you do not have a regular monthly income, you can show that you have the required financials in your bank account at once. Internet is available almost everywhere. If you need help with the application process, please contact us: https://www.expatincroatia.com/sara/

      Warm regards,
      Marija

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