How to apply for a Croatian passport: Guide for 2021

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A passport is proof of your identity and Croatian citizenship. If you travel outside of Croatia, you must carry your passport (called “putovnica” in Croatian) with you.

You can apply for and hold a passport, regardless of whether you live in Croatia or not. Perhaps you’ve always lived in Croatia but have never applied for a passport or perhaps you’ve just been granted Croatian citizenship and now qualify for a passport.

In this post, we cover:

Let’s get started…

How to apply for a Croatian passport in person in Croatia

You can apply for a passport at any administrative police station in Croatia, regardless of whether you live in Croatia or not. The request must be submitted by the applicant, by parents for their minors or by an authorized representative for incapacitated persons.

If you have an emergency case, you can submit an urgent request for a passport only in person at a police station. Your passport will be ready for issue within 48 hours in Zagreb or within three days at any other administrative police station in Croatia.

Requirements

To submit a request for a passport in person, you must provide:

  • Zahtjev za izdavanje putovnice (Request for issuing the passport) – Provided by the police
  • Proof on Croatian citizenship
    • Domovnica
    • Certificate from the register’s office that you are entered to the register of citizenship (called “Knjiga državljana”)
    • Decision on gaining the Croatian citizenship (called “Rješenje”)
    • Osobna iskaznica or other document that verifies identity and Croatian nationality
  • 35 x 45 mm photo for a biometric passport
  • Your old passport (if you have one)
  • For minors: a birth certificate and a certificate of Croatian citizenship
  • Proof of payment for the application fee to: (IBAN: HR1210010051863000160; model: HR65 7005-434-[YOUR OIB])
    • 320 kn for a regular procedure
    • 350 kn for a regular procedure if delivered to the address of residence or stay at the request of the applicant
    • 410 kn for an urgent procedure in Zagreb or 465 kn in other police offices
  • Proof of payment for the administrative fee to: (Description: državne upravne pristojbe; IBAN: HR1210010051863000160; model: HR64; poziv na broj: 5002-713-23043)
    • 35 kn for the regular procedure – via national stamp (državni biljeg), payment slip or internet banking
    • 140 kn for an urgent procedure – via payment slip or internet banking

Children older than 12 years must be present to give fingerprints for the biometric passport.

How to apply for a passport online via e-Građani (e-Citizen) web application

If you have an e-identity card (called “osobna iskaznica“), the request for a passport can also be submitted via the e-Građani (e-Citizen) web application. Having residence in Croatia isn’t required to use this method. Please note that expedited requests cannot be made online.

When applying via e-Građani, requirements are the same as when applying in person at MUP.

The passport must be picked up personally at the police station or it can be delivered to your residence in Croatia. If you don’t have a residence in Croatia, you have to pick a police station where you will pick up your passport.

E-građani enables to submit a request for:

  • First issue of e-passport
  • Replacement of the existing passport
  • Issuing another passport of the same type (for consular representatives)

Payment fees

To submit a request for a passport online, you must enclose the same documents that are required when submitting the request in person.

Be sure to enclose scanned proofs of payment for:

  • 320 kn for the application fee
    • (Primatelj: Državni proračun Republike Hrvatske; IBAN: HR1210010051863000160; model: HR65; poziv na broj primatelja: 7005-434-[YOUR OIB]; opis plaćanja: Troškovi izrade ePutovnice)
  • 350 kn for the application fee if delivered to the address of residence or stay at the request of the applicant
    • (Primatelj: Državni proračun Republike Hrvatske; IBAN: HR1210010051863000160; model: HR65; poziv na broj primatelja: 7005-434-[YOUR OIB]; opis plaćanja: Troškovi izrade ePutovnice)
  • 35 kn an administrative fee
    • (Primatelj: Državni proračun Republike Hrvatske; IBAN: HR1210010051863000160; model: HR64; poziv na broj primatelja: 5002-713-23043, opis plaćanja: Upravna pristojba)

If you don’t enclose proof of payment, your request will be denied.

Note: It is not necessary to enclose scanned photography. Photography, fingerprints, and signature will be taken from MUP database.

If you are submitting a request for issuing another passport of the same type you also must enclose:

  • A request letter – explain in detail why you need another passport
  • A proof that indicates on the justification of the request
    • Confirmation that a previously issued passport is in the possession of the competent authority in other country due to obtaining visa to enter that country
    • Certificate from a foreign employer on the reasons you need two passports due to performance of certain tasks
    • A proof that the first passport contains stamps or notes that unable entry to certain countries (for example, Israel and Arab countries)
    • Other proof depending on the case

When using e-građani, you must sign the request with your electronic signature by using the electronic ID card.

Detailed instructions on how to get a passport via e-građani are available here.

You can get started here.

How to pay the fees when applying from within Croatia or online

You may pay the fees noted above in person at a bank or post office, or using online banking with your Croatian bank. Here are instructions on how to make a payment in Croatia.

Where it is noted [YOUR OIB] in the model number in the above payment instructions, replace this placeholder with your OIB number so that your payment is tied to you.

How to apply for a passport from abroad

To apply for the Croatian passport abroad, you must visit a Croatian embassy or consulate in person. Parents can renew passports for their children. Legal representatives can renew passports for persons who don’t have the ability to work.

Requirements

To submit a request for a passport in person abroad, you must provide:

  • Zahtjev za izdavanje putovnice (Request for issuing the passport) – Provided by the embassy or consulate
  • Proof on Croatian citizenship
    • Domovnica
    • Certificate from the register’s office that you are entered to the register of citizenship (called “Knjiga državljana”)
    • Decision on gaining Croatian citizenship (called “Rješenje”)
    • Other document that verifies identity and Croatian nationality
  • 35 x 45 mm photo for a biometric passport
  • Identification document
  • Proof from the book of births not older than 6 months
    • Persons who have foreign proof must follow the rules of international agreements and conventions with Croatia
    • Persons born in Croatia must enclose proof from Croatian Book of births called “Matica rođenih”
  • Wedding certificate or excerpt from the Book of birth for persons who got married or changed their name
  • Proof of residence
  • Administrative fees (which vary depending on the embassy or consulate)

Processing Time

For regular applications, your passport will be ready for pick up within 30 days. If you have applied for a rush on the application, it will be ready for issue within 48 hours in Zagreb or within three days at any other administrative police station.

Additional processing time may be added when applying from abroad.

Exceptions for disabled persons

Fingerprints

If a person doesn’t have a forefinger or if it is injured, a fingerprint of a middle finger or some other finger will be taken. If a person doesn’t have one arm, a fingerprint of a middle finger or some other finger will be taken.

Passport Photo

Blind persons don’t have to take off their dark glasses for photography.

If a person wears a headgear for medical reasons, a person doesn’t have to take it off for their photo as long as their forehead, cheekbones, and chin are visible.

How to renew a Croatian passport

Croatian passports are not renewed. You must apply for a new passport after your old one expires.

The rules are the same when applying in person and via e-građani. You must provide the same documents.

To renew a passport, you must provide:

  • Zahtjev za izdavanje putovnice (Request for issuing the passport) – Provided by embassy, consulate or police station
  • 35 x 45 mm photo for a biometric passport
  • Old passport
  • Proof of your address called “prebivalište”
  • Administrative fees

Power of a Croatian passport

With a Croatian passport, you can travel visa-free to 126 countries and to 35 countries using visa-on-arrival. There are only 72 countries in the world where a visa is required. In addition, since Croatia is in the European Union, citizens can travel and work freely within the EU.

SOURCES:
https://gov.hr/moja-uprava/drzavljanstvo-i-isprave/isprave/putovnica/izdavanje-putovnice-u-policijskoj-upravi-ili-postaji/3162
https://gov.hr/moja-uprava/drzavljanstvo-i-isprave/isprave/putovnica/izdavanje-putovnice-putem-sustava-e-gradjani/3163
https://gov.hr/moja-uprava/drzavljanstvo-i-isprave/isprave/putovnica/izdavanje-putovnice-u-inozemstvu/3164
http://www.mvep.hr/hr/konzularne-informacije/putne-isprave/putovnica/

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32 thoughts on “How to apply for a Croatian passport: Guide for 2021

  1. Agustin Paravic
    January 12, 2020 @ 7:55 am

    Hi Marija,

    I am from Argentina, I received the resolution RJEŠENJE document at the embassy in Argentina last December 2019 confirming I was admited to the Croatian citizenship after taking the exam and presenting the required documentation about 1 year ago. I am travelling to Croatia next week to get my passport as I am settling in Europe soon, is the RJEŠENJE document valid as proof of citizenship to apply for passport?

    Thanks

    Agustin Paravic

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  2. Gustavo Serdoch
    January 21, 2020 @ 3:37 pm

    Hi Sara,
    My name is Gustavo and I have been granted croatian citizenship through the embassy in Argentina. I will soon be going to Zagreb to get my identity card and passport at the police station. But I don’t know how the payment is made, you say that we must do it in a bank or in a post office, but how exaclty does it work? Do I need to print something and take it to the bank, will they give it to me at the police station and then I go and pay. Should I book an appointment with the police? I speak no croatian and I am a little worried about this process

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 24, 2020 @ 12:11 pm

      Hi Gustavo,

      First, you do not need to come to Croatia to get your passport and identity card. You can do that at the embassy in Argentina.

      Second, if you do come to Croatia, here is a post that explains how you would make the payment: https://www.expatincroatia.com/pay-bills-invoice-racun-croatia/

      The police station will give what you need to make the payment at a bank or post office. Also, they don’t take appointments. If you can find someone who speaks Croatian, I would recommend bringing them with you.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  3. Bijay Khanal
    January 31, 2020 @ 9:21 am

    Hii
    I’m from Nepal. I’m work in Croatia now. Can i get Croatian passport?
    It is possible or not? If i will get, how time need to wait?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 7, 2020 @ 2:32 pm

      Hi Bijay,

      No, you do not qualify for a Croatian passport. You would need to be in Croatia consistently for 8 years and have permanent residency before you can apply for citizenship.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  4. Mirela Blomeyer
    February 15, 2020 @ 10:34 am

    Hi Expat

    I am a South African. I would like to know how can I apply for a Croatian Passport or EU.
    My late father was Croatian and was born there, however I do not have is ID Number.
    I only found out last year that my he was Croatian.

    Regards
    Mirela Blomeyer (Huzak)

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  5. Omprakash Rar
    May 17, 2020 @ 7:21 pm

    Hello madam, I’m from India, working in Croatia from last six months, I have croation I’d card and Croation driving licence, can I visit portgaal or any sanguan countries with my above mention documents and Indian passport. Please suggest me.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      May 19, 2020 @ 9:30 am

      Hi Omprakash,

      You must travel on your Indian passport. You may need to show your residence card in Croatia as well to border patrol in Portugal, but you cannot travel on it alone.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  6. mike p
    July 7, 2020 @ 3:40 am

    Hi Sara,

    If I go with my parents to a local police station to apply for a passport, can my parents pick up the passport? I am over 21 years old.

    I plan to go next summer and apply for passport. However, I will only be there for three weeks. Assuming it takes longer than three weeks, is the police station allowed to give this to my parents?

    My parents vacation for entire summer.

    Thanks

    Mike

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    • Expat in Croatia
      July 8, 2020 @ 11:11 am

      Hi Mike,

      You will need to give your parents power of attorney permission to pick up the passport on your behalf. Then you should be good to go!

      Cheers,

      Sara

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  7. walter s.
    August 8, 2020 @ 1:34 am

    Hi Sara,
    I live in San Francisco, California and have an OIB. I lived in Croatia as a child. How do I apply for a Croatian passport? I’m having a difficult time finding an online portal. Everything I see is tellin me in person at the Embassy in D.C.?
    Thanks in advance!
    Valter

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    • Expat in Croatia
      August 10, 2020 @ 9:55 am

      Hi Walter,

      Are you a Croatian citizen? An OIB is unrelated to citizenship.

      If you are not yet a citizen, then you must first apply for citizenship before you can get a passport. Here is information on how to do that: https://www.expatincroatia.com/apply-citizenship-croatia/

      If you are a citizen and have either your birth certificate or domovnica, then you can apply for a passport at the closest consulate or embassy abroad or from within Croatia.

      If you have further questions, you may contact me at [email protected]

      Regards,

      Sara

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  8. Maria K
    September 13, 2020 @ 10:43 am

    Hi there – I am Croat via my dad and my papers are all in order. My parents were married for 40 years before getting divorced however, I was wondering if it is possible for my mom (South African) to obtain a Croat citizenship and passport after the divorce seeing as they were married for so long? I don’t think they have registered their divorce in Croatia yet.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 14, 2020 @ 11:19 am

      Hi Maria,

      Thank you for reaching out!

      Unfortunately, your mother does not qualify to obtain Croatian citizenship. For her to qualify, she must still be married and live with your father in Croatia and hold permanent residency.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  9. Kristina
    October 4, 2020 @ 5:25 am

    Hello,

    I am born and raised in Canada with Croatian born parents. I have my Domovnica certificate and would like to know if it is necessary for me to obtain a passport to move to Croatia for a year and travel or potentially work there. If so, how can I apply for my Croatian passport from Canada?

    Thank you!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      October 6, 2020 @ 8:09 am

      Hi Kristina,

      It is not necessary for you to obtain a passport to move to Croatia. You will need to have an osobna iskanica (national ID card) if living in Croatia, which you can obtain once you arrive.

      Passports can only be obtained within Croatia. If you decide you want a passport, I can connect you with a vetted immigration lawyer who can take care of the process on you behalf here in Croatia and send it to Canada. Just contact me.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  10. The parent
    November 3, 2020 @ 7:13 pm

    My child has a Croatian parent and has never lived in Croatia. I was wondering how easily a Croatian passport can be obtained for the child. My concern is international travel without my knowledge as I hold the child’s UK passport.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      November 10, 2020 @ 10:54 am

      Hi Donna,

      To best answer, I would need a bit more information. Does your child already have citizenship? Was their birth registered with an embassy or consulate?

      Regards,

      Sara

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  11. GABRIEL
    November 30, 2020 @ 4:25 pm

    Hello Marija

    Why does a passport takes so long to be issued? There are other countries (like mine, Ecuador) that give you the passport immediately the same day. I am already a croatian citizen and I need it urgently. The closes place to request one is the Embassy in Chile, do the embassy is allowed to issue a passport the same day? Or do I still have to wait 30 days?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      December 9, 2020 @ 10:59 am

      Hi Gabriel,

      All we can say is BECAUSE CROATIA. Each embassy is different, so you’ll need to contact them about what it will take to get your passport. We just confirmed yesterday that people cannot request a passport on someone’s behalf from within Croatia. You must do it yourself.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  12. Mariah
    January 12, 2021 @ 5:47 pm

    Hi!

    I am a US citizen and my family is Croatian, my great grandmother was born in Split. I am hoping to apply for my passport through her origins. Is this possibe? And how long does the process take as an US citizen?

    Thank you

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  13. Tihana
    January 13, 2021 @ 5:51 pm

    Hi Sara,
    Today I spoke to police and I was told my friends can not come from abroad to get their passports done in Zagreb, since it is a new law. If they are not residents in Croatia, they have to go through the Embassy. Could you kindly verify this information from your sources plesase.
    Thanks a lot!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 26, 2021 @ 10:15 am

      Hi Tihana,

      Getting citizenship and getting a passport are two different things. If they do not yet have citizenship, then they must apply for citizenship abroad at an embassy or consulate. If they have citizenship and they only want to request a passport, then they can do that from within Croatia per this post.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  14. CK
    March 10, 2021 @ 2:38 am

    Hi Sara, my parents have recently acquired Croatian citizenship. While my father got his passport a few months ago (without the rodni list) the same local PP are not letting my mother collect her passport without rodni list. The trouble is they are naturalised citizens (not natives). They both had Indian citizenship before that so how can they extract a birth certificate from Croatia when they weren’t even born there.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 11, 2021 @ 1:29 pm

      Hi CK,

      Most Croatian citizens have a birth certificate, even if they were not born in Croatia. They must go to Maticni ured and request it. Here is a guide: https://www.expatincroatia.com/how-to-copy-birth-certificate/

      Regards,

      Sara

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    • Bárbara
      March 22, 2021 @ 3:01 am

      Hello Sara,

      I am moving to Europe the last days of April. I alredy are a Croatian cityzen and on the 11th of march I presented all the documentation to get my passport. If the passport is not ready for the time I have to travel to Europe, can I enter to Croatia with the resolution of cityzenship and there get the national ID to move around Europe? What documentation I need to get my ID?

      Thank you in advance.

      Best regards,
      Barbara

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  15. omolara yusuff
    March 25, 2021 @ 6:34 pm

    please am a Nigeria I want to come to Croatia and work and stay how long we take to get parmernet stay kindly advice me thank you for your understanding

    omolara yusuff

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 25, 2021 @ 11:45 pm

      Hi Omolara,

      You can apply for permanent stay after 5 years.

      Regards,

      Sara

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