How to apply for a Croatian passport

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. In Croatia, you may apply for a passport personally in an administrative police station in Croatia or via the e-Građani web application.

Perhaps you’ve always lived in Croatia but have never applied for a passport or perhaps you’ve just been granted citizenship and now qualify for a passport. Regardless of which bucket you fall in to, below is a guide on how to apply for a Croatian passport both in person or online.

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Applying for a passport at a police station

The request can be easily submitted in any administrative police station in Croatia no matter where you live. 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.

To submit the request for a passport in person, you need:

  • An identity card, domovnica or other document which is a proof of your identity and Croatian citizenship
  • A proof of payment for the application fee to: (IBAN: HR1210010051863000160; model: HR65 7005-434-[YOUR OIB])
    • 320 kn for a regular procedure
    • 410 kn for an urgent procedure in Zagreb or 465 kn in other police offices
  • A 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
  • 35 x 45 mm photo for a biometric passport
  • Your previous passport (if you have one)
  • For minors: a birth certificate and a certificate of Croatian citizenship

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

Applying for a passport via e-Građani (e-Citizen) web application

If you have an e-identity card, 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.

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

To submit the request via e-Građani, you must 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)
  • 35 kn for an administrative fee
    • (Primatelj: Državni proračun Republike Hrvatske; IBAN: HR1210010051863000160; model: HR64; poziv na broj primatelja: 5002-713-23043, opis plaćanja: Upravna pristojba)
  • 30 kn for the delivery cost if the home delivery is requested
    • (Primatelj: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost proizvodno uslužno i trgovačko d.o.o.; IBAN: HR4123400091510869357; model: HR67; poziv na broj primatelja: [YOUR OIB]-100-002; opis plaćanja: Upravljanje dostavom i pakiranje pošiljki)

How to pay the fees

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.

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.

Exceptions for the 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.

Power of a Croatian passport

With a Croatian passport, you can travel visa-free to 117 countries and to 43 countries using visa-on-arrival. There are only 38 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.

Source: https://gov.hr/moja-uprava/drzavljanstvo-i-isprave/isprave/putovnica/297

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