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

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Croatia is officially offering temporary residence to digital nomads effective January 1, 2021. You may know this by its colloquially 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.

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.

In this post, we will cover:

Let’s get started…

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

You can check MUP’s website for all the requirements to enter Croatia as a tourist, as well as how long you can stay.

If you wish to stay and actually live in Croatia beyond the term of your tourist 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. 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 and temporary residence.

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


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…


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. Let’s now move on to the next section where we address open questions.

Open questions about the digital nomad residence permit in Croatia

Thankfully, most of our questions have been answered. This is what’s left.

#1 How many times can you apply for this permit?

This is something that is not defined in the law, which means it is up to the ministry to decide on their own. The assumption is that this basis for residence will be treated just like the permits based on prepayment of rent, volunteering and ownership of real estate.

In practice, MUP is limiting the number of times you can apply for residence based on prepayment of rent and volunteering to 2 consecutive periods. Yet, for ownership of real estate, MUP is (in practice) allowing some people to apply repeatedly with no limit.

On MUP’s web site, they say that the digital nomad permit cannot be extended, but it also says you must wait 6 months before you can apply for it again. Perhaps by “extended”, they mean extend the existing permit to stay continuously past 1 year. That would make sense based on their previous practices.

We won’t know how many times you can apply for this permit until at least the end of 2021, at the earliest. Most likely, we won’t know until 2022. For us to find out how MUP will handle this, we have to wait until the first people who got residence based on being a digital nomad in 2021 try to apply for this permit a second time. This won’t be defined in the law. It will be at the discretion of MUP.

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 on a tourist visa.

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.

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 requirement for citizenship if naturalizing. Therefore, it won’t put you on track for citizenship either.

#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.

#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, translated, notarized) or prove that you are in a common law marriage as part of the application for spouses. Birth certificates must be provided for children.

#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. The first digital nomad has already been approved.

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 ways to possible:

  1. Everyone can now apply online here, regardless of their physical location.
  2. If you need a visa to enter Croatia, then you can apply for this permit abroad at a Croatian embassy or consulate.
  3. 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 to your temporary address in Croatia.

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 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. 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”).

Here is a full list of the administrative police stations that handle immigration. Due to pandemic measures, most police stations will allow you get started over email.

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 – Provided by the police/embassy/consulate
  • 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, translated, notarized)
  • Proof of valid private/travel health insurance policy that covers the entire term of your permit
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself
  • Croatian address

Copies of documents can be submitted in Croatian or English language.

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

Application for Temporary Stay

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

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 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 job for a foreign employer (service contract)
  • Copy of the registration of their own company and proof that he performs the said tasks through his own company.
Some examples of what you could provide to cover these requirements include:
  • Written statement/affidavit stating that who you are, what you do, whether or not you own a company, company information (if you do own a foreign company), what you earn, why do you want to be in Croatia and how long you want to be here. This must be translated into Croatian and notarized.
  • Articles of incorporation of foreign company
  • Employment contract
  • Pay stubs
  • Freelance contract
  • Invoices along with corresponding payments from clients

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 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. 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. I just did mine recently.

Valid Health Insurance

To live in Croatia, you must have health insurance. New changes in the Law on Health Insurance states that digital nomads will be exempt from mandatory obavezno state health insurance in 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). 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.

Proof of sufficient funds

You must prove you can financially support yourself during the term of the residence permit. Usually, MUP tells you how much you must have to qualify. The amount can vary as it is based on average salaries for the previous year. Here are the current minimums. They will accept a foreign bank statement or proof of regular income to your account (for the last 3 months).

The government has decided that financial means of digital nomads must be equal to the amount of 2 1/2 times the average annual salary (based on 2019’s average salary of 6.457 kuna). The 2020 average salary has not yet been published.

The financial means amounts for digital nomads are as follows:

  • For a single person (e.g. yourself) = 16.142,50 kuna per month
  • For each additional family member, add 645,70 kuna per month

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”.

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 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.

Step #4 Submit your application

For those that applied online, we assume you’ll receive email responses regarding your submission. This option was only launched March 1, so only time will tell how this process will play out.

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.

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.

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 applied online and were approved, you can use the received decision on approval to enter Croatia. Continue with the next step.
  2. If you need a visa to enter Croatia, then you must contact a Croatian embassy or consulate abroad. You must get your biometric residence permit/card or visa to enter Croatia. The request for visa can be submitted here.
  3. 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 days after your temporary stay or visa is approved if you applied abroad. 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 address.

You need to provide:

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

Step #7 Obtain a residence card

Everyone must get a biometric residence card 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 kn 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
  • 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 required payment slips, but you can also pay these fees via online payment.

Here are all the costs:

1. Temporary residence – 350 kuna

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

Državni proračun RH
IBAN: HR1210010051863000160
model: HR64
reference number: 5002-713-OIB – if you have Croatian OIB
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.

2. Biometric residence card – 240 kuna

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

Državni proračun RH
IBAN: HR1210010051863000160
model: HR65
reference number: 7005-485-OIB – if you have Croatian OIB
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.

3. Administrative fees for the biometric residence permit – 70 kuna

Državni proračun RH
IBAN: HR1210010051863000160
model: HR64
reference number: 5002-713-OIB – if you have Croatian OIB
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.

Here are instructions on how to pay bills in Croatia and how to procure tax stamps.

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 of income tax. 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 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.


Need help getting residency?

With the online application, it is easier to apply for residence than ever. However, if you do apply from within Croatia in person, then it is recommended that you use a lawyer when applying for residency for the first time. Lawyers have connections within immigration, are able to skip common roadblocks and can identify any risks with your application. In addition, it is rare that the police (who handle immigration) will speak English to applicants.

Our expat-vetted immigration lawyers can review your situation and quickly determine if you qualify for residency, all in English. If you do qualify, they can also handle your residency application from beginning to end.

This service includes:

  • Personalized consulting on your specific situation
  • Confirming latest immigration requirements for your nationality and basis
  • Assistance with putting together necessary documents
  • All communication with the police on your behalf
  • Assembly, submission and monitoring of your application
  • Answering questions and assisting you throughout the process

To consult with an immigration lawyer to find out if you qualify to live in Croatia as a digital nomad, please complete the form below and we’ll contact you as soon as possible.

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46 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.


    • 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.




      • 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. 😉


        • 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?




          • 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!

  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)


    • 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.




  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!


    • 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. 🙂




  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 🙂


    • 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.




  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


    • 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.




  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?


    • 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.




  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


    • 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.




  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?



    • 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.




  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?


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

      Hi Brit,

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




  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.


    • 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.




  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. 🙂


  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.


    • 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:

      If you’d like to get an evaluation of your tax liability in Croatia, please complete the form at the bottom of this post:




      • 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?


        • 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.




          • 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.



  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


    • 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.




  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!


    • 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.




  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:


    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.


    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).


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

    Thank you so much.

    Sean (Digital Nomads Land Blog)


    • 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.




  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?


  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?


    • 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.




  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?


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

      Hi Jackson,

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




  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?


    • 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.




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