All possible costs of immigration to Croatia and obtaining Croatian citizenship

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PUBLISHED: 24.07.2023.

Most government procedures in Croatia require some kind of fee, including applications for Croatian citizenship, getting a Croatian ID card or a driver’s license, and obtaining residence.

Some costs of administrative procedures in Croatian state institutions are symbolic to cover administration, and some are quite high. In certain cases, you may be asked to pay in tax stamps instead of euros.

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What are tax stamps?

Državni biljeg (tax stamp) is a paper mark Croatia sometimes uses to charge administrative and court fees as a kind of indirect tax. They are usually charged for documents issued by state and local bodies, legal entities with public authority, embassies, and consular offices. View our detailed guide on tax stamps here.

To help you find your way around these fees, we put together a complete list of possible costs that may arise related to immigration to Croatia or applying for Croatian citizenship. They are organized logically, so you can easily find them.

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The costs are these…

Government fees when immigrating to Croatia or obtaining Croatian citizenship

Temporary residence in Croatia

Let’s review the costs according to each specific case.

EU/EEA citizens

  • Residence card – 13,27 euros

View payment information here.

[Read: How EU/EEA citizens can get temporary residence in Croatia]

Third-country (non-EU/EEA) family members of EU/EEA citizens

  • Residence card – 13,27 euros

View payment information here.

EU/EEA permanent residents

  • Residence permit – 31,85 euros
    • Regular procedure – 31,85 euros
    • Accelerated procedure – 59,73 euros
    • Issuance cost – 9,29 euros

View payment information here.

[Read: How EU/EEA permanent residents can get temporary residence in Croatia]

Third-country (non-EU/EEA) citizens

Digital nomad permit

Croatian embassy or consulate

  • Granting temporary stay – 55,74 euros
  • Long-term visa (D visa) – 93 euros
  • Residence card – 41,14 euros

MUP (Croatian police)

  • Granting temporary stay – 46,45 euros
  • Residence card
    • Regular procedure – 31,85 euros
    • Accelerated procedure – 59,73 euros
    • Issuance cost – 9,29 euros

View payment information here.

[Read: How to apply for the digital nomad residence permit in Croatia]

Work permit

  • Residence card
    • Regular procedure – 31,85 euros
    • Accelerated procedure – 59,73 euros
    • Issuance cost – 9,29 euros
  • Work permit – 74,32 euros
  • Work registration certificate – 39,82 euros

View payment information here.

[Read: How to apply for a work permit in Croatia]

Seasonal work permit

  • Residence card
    • Regular procedure – 31,85 euros
    • Accelerated procedure – 59,73 euros
    • Issuance cost – 9,29 euros
  • Work permit – 74,32 euros
  • Work registration certificate – 39,82 euros

View payment information here.

[Read: How to get a seasonal work permit in Croatia]

Other temporary permits

  • Administrative fee – 46,45 euros
  • Residence card
    • Regular procedure – 31,85 euros
    • Accelerated procedure – 59,73 euros
    • Issuance cost – 9,29 euros

View payment information here.

View our step-by-step residence guides for third-country citizens:

  • Croatian people/descendants – view guide here
  • Digital nomads – view guide here
  • EU Blue Card – view guide here
  • Family member of EU/EEA citizen – view guide here
  • Family reunification – view guide here
  • Language study – view guide here
  • Prepayment of rent – view guide here
  • Real estate ownership – view guide here
  • Secondary education or study – view guide here
  • Spouses of Croatian citizens – view guide here
  • Volunteering – view guide here
  • Work permit – view guide here

Permanent and long-term residence in Croatia

View our guides on the transition from temporary to permanent residence:

EU/EEA citizens

  • Residence card – 13,27 euros

View payment information here.

[Read: How EU/EEA citizens can apply for long-term residency in Croatia]

Third-country (non-EU/EEA) family members of EU/EEA citizens

  • Residence card – 13,27 euros

View payment information here.

[Read: How non-EU/EEA family members of EU/EEA citizens can apply for permanent residency in Croatia]

Third-country (non-EU/EEA) citizens

  • Decision – 83,62 euros
  • Certified copy of a Decision – 13,94 euros
  • Residence card
    • Regular procedure – 31,85 euros
    • Accelerated procedure – 59,73 euros

View payment information here.

[Read: How third-country citizens can apply for permanent residency in Croatia]

Tourist stay in Croatia

View our guides on tourist visits to Croatia:

Croatian airport-transit visa (visa A)

  • Visa – 80 euros or 85,33 USD
  • Storing the original Letter of Guarantee at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs – 18,58 euros or 19,82 USD
  • Complaint against a decision declining the application, annulling, or abolishing a visa – 42,47 euros or 45,30 USD
  • Complaint against declining extension and/or duration of the stay granted based on the visa issued – 42,47 euros or 45,30 USD
  • Penaly for overstaying tourist visa – from 60 to 920 euros

Croatian short-term visa (C visa)

  • Visa – 80 euros or 85,33 USD
  • Visa at the Croatian border – 60 euros
  • Storing of the original Letter of Guarantee at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs – 18,58 euros or 19,82 USD
  • Complaint against a decision declining the application, annulling, or abolishing a visa – 42,47 euros or 45,30 USD
  • Complaint against declining extension and/or duration of the stay granted based on the visa issued – 42,47 euros or 45,30 USD
  • Penaly for overstaying tourist visa – from 60 to 920 euros

Croatian long-term visa (D visa)

  • Visa – 93 euros or 99,19 USD
  • Storing of the original Letter of Guarantee at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs – 18,58 euros or 19,82 USD
  • Complaint against a decision declining the application, annulling, or abolishing a visa – 42,47 euros or 45,30 USD
  • Complaint against declining extension and/or duration of the stay granted based on the visa issued – 42,47 euros or 45,30 USD
  • Penaly for overstaying tourist visa – from 60 to 920 euros

Applying for Croatian citizenship

  • Decision on the admission – view payment information here
    • Positive decision – 139,36 euros
    • Negative decision – 4,65 euros

View our guides on Croatian citizenship:

Termination of Croatian citizenship

Diplomatic mission or consular office

  • Positive decision – 334,46 euros

MUP (Croatian police)

  • Positive decision – 13,94 euros

View payment information here.

[Read: How to relinquish Croatian citizenship]

Getting married in Croatia

  • Administative fee – 27,87 euros
  • Certificate of free marital status – may depend on the country
  • Travel fee
    • Per kilometer a registrar must travel from an office
      • Up to 10 – 10% of the base
      • More than 10 – 1% per kilometer, not higher than 30% of the base
    • Saturday, Sunday, holidays, non-working days – 100% higher
    • Late afternoon, evening
      • 8:00 – 15.59 – 20% of the base
      • 16:00 – 19.59 – 30% of the base
      • 20:00 – 22:00 – 50% of the base

View our partnership guides:

Getting divorced in Croatia

  • Court – 27 euros
  • Lawyer – up to several thousand euros depending on the service

View our guides on divorce:

Obtaining Croatian documents

Croatian passport – putovnica

  • Administrative fee
    • Regular procedure – 42,47 euros
    • Regular procedure with home delivery – 46,45 euros
    • Emergency procedure in Zagreb – 61,72 euros
    • Emergency procedure in other cities – 54,42 euros

View payment information here.

[Read: How to apply for a Croatian passport (putovnica)]

Croatian ID card – osobna iskaznica

  • Regular procedure – 13,27 euros
  • Accelerated procedure – 25,88 euros
  • Urgent procedure – 66,36 euros
  • People older than 70 – 9,29 euros

View payment information here.

[Read: How to apply for a national ID card (osobna iskaznica)]

Croatian driver’s license – vozačka dozvola

  • Medical certificate – up to 80 euros
  • Administration costs
    • Regular procedure – 20,04 euros
    • Accelerated procedure – 26,54 euros
    • Urgent procedure – 59,73 euros
    • Home delivery – 24,02 euros

Payment information is available here.

[Read: How to get a driver’s license in Croatia]

How to get legal help when applying for Croatian residence or citizenship

Interested in applying for Croatian citizenship or residence but not sure where to start? We can point you in the right direction.

Our expat-vetted lawyer network can take care of your application from beginning to end. We have excellent English-speaking lawyers across the country that specialize in immigration and are in constant communication with the ministry. These are the same lawyers who help us vet all of our information on this site.

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They can help you:

  • Prepare and file your citizenship application
  • Prepare and file your residence application
  • Represent you with the Ministry of the Interior (MUP)
  • Identify red flags in your case and recommend solutions
  • Advocate for you and protect your interests
  • Help with your other legal needs like real estate, family, last wills, civil, corporate and criminal law.

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Please note: Information provided by Expat in Croatia is only for the purposes of guidance. It does not constitute legal or financial advice in any form. Croatian laws and bureaucratic rules often change, and each personal case is individual, so different rules may apply. For legal advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian lawyer. For financial advice, contact us to consult with a licensed Croatian tax advisor or accountant.

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