How non-EU nationals can live in Croatia for 1 year (in 2020)

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Up until Croatia entered the European Union, it was near impossible to get a residence permit in Croatia as a non-EU national. Even after accession, it is still very challenging to live here long term as a non-European citizen. However, in post-EU Croatia now offers a temporary 1-year residence permit for non-EU nationals.

In this post, we will cover:

  1. Most important things you need to know about this type of temporary residence (before you apply)
  2. What the law says about this basis for temporary residence
  3. How to apply for temporary residence as a non-EU citizen, step by step
  4. Requirements for temporary residence
  5. Additional tips for those applying for temporary residence
  6. How to get help with your application for temporary residence

What do I need to know about this kind of temporary residence?

There are catches. Well, there are several:

  • It is only for 1 year
  • You cannot work for a Croatian company
  • You must prepay rent for 1 year
  • There is no path to permanent residency or citizenship
  • You must leave for 90 days at the end of the permit period
  • You cannot apply for this permit again until 6 months and 1 day have passed from the time your previous permit expired

Even though there is no limit written in the law on foreigners about how many times you can apply for this permit, in practice some police stations will limit you to using this basis 2 consecutive times. Police stations have a lot of discretion and that discretion varies by station.

If you contact an embassy or consulate, they will likely tell you this residence permit does not exist likely because you can’t apply for this permit abroad. It is common for police stations in smaller cities to not know about it as well.

Considering the volume of tourists stuck in Croatia due to coronavirus, local police stations are encouraging tourists to apply for this type of permit.

What does the law say about this type of permit?

In the law on foreigners, this permit is considered temporary residence based on “other purposes”. It is listed under Article 47, Paragraph 4. We’ve pulled out the appropriate text from the law below.

Iznimno od stavka 1. ovoga članka, državljaninu treće zemlje se može odobriti privremeni boravak i u druge svrhe do godine dana. Zahtjev za reguliranje boravka u druge svrhe državljanin treće zemlje može podnijeti nakon isteka roka od šest mjeseci od isteka važenja privremenog boravka koji je bio odobren u druge svrhe.

which translates to…

By way of derogation from paragraph 1 of this Article, a third-country national may be granted temporary residence for other purposes for up to one year. An application for the regulation of residence for other purposes may be submitted by a third-country national after the expiry of a period of six months from the expiry of the temporary residence permit granted for other purposes.

You might notice that it doesn’t reference prepayment of rent as a requirement and that overall, this part of the law is a bit vague. That is because there are several valid reasons why someone could get residence based on these “druge svrhe” (other purposes).

Those “other purposes” are only defined in practice, not in the law. Prepayment is one of those purposes that is defined in practice.

How to apply for temporary residency, step by step

Step #1 Visit the police station

To apply for this residence permit, you must visit 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 are now requiring that you make an appointment in advance.

Once you make first contact with the police, tell them that you want to apply for temporary residence based on prepayment of rent. They will provide you with the latest list of requirements. You can likely get this over email now due to pandemic measures.

Step #2 Prepare your application

Once you have confirmed the latest requirements, you can start putting together your application. The rule of thumb in Croatia is to never provide anything that is not asked of you. That is why it is important to get the latest list from the police station where you plan to apply.

We’ve provided a list of the requirements below, but as noted above, police stations in Croatia love to exercise their right to discretion.

The standard requirements for this type of temporary stay in Croatia for non-Europeans includes:

  • A completed application, which the police will provide
  • A valid passport
  • OIB identification number
  • A valid private/travel health insurance policy (called “putno”)** See description below
  • A valid rental contract, prepaid for 1 year
  • Proof of sufficient funds to support yourself
  • (2) Passport photos
  • Application Fee

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

Valid Passport

Your passport need to be valid, which means it has an expiration more than 6 months out. The police will make a copy of this for your application. Take your passport with you EVERY time you go to the police.

OIB Identification

Before you do anything else, you need to get an OIB. Here are details on how to apply for one. This is your identification number and is necessary for all financial transactions and for your residence permit application.

Valid Health Insurance

To live in Croatia on this permit, you must have state-sponsored national health insurance from HZZO. However, Croatia will not allow you to sign up for a policy with HZZO until AFTER you’ve been approved for a residence permit.

To be approved for the permit, you must first show that you have some other kind of private health insurance. In Croatia, travel insurance is called “putno zdravstveno osiguranje”, which will also meet this requirement. That being said, your private health insurance does not need to be with a Croatian health insurance company.

Once your permit is approved, you will have 8 days to sign up for health insurance with HZZO. You will be required to pay a monthly health insurance premium AND a one-time payment of premiums for the previous year. You read more more about this here.

Valid Rental Contract

You have found a place to live. Superb. Before signing a contract, make it clear to your landlord that you are required to register with the police. Some landlords do not want to rent to foreigners for this reason because it increases their taxes. If you run into this problem, offer to pay the taxes yourself. Income tax is 12% on rental property.

Once you are in agreement with the landlord, have them prepare a lease contract for 1 year with it clearly noted that you have prepaid rent for the entire term. Some people have been able to work it out with their landlord so that the least contract says they prepaid for the year, when in reality, they will pay month-to-month.

The lease contract must be in Croatian and notarized by a javni bilježnik (notary). If you cannot get your landlord to have it notarized, they must accompany you to the police to prove they own the property and confirm they are renting to you in combination with providing a non-notarized lease contract.

In addition to this fulfilling the requirement for prepaid rent, it will also be used to register your address. This address will be on your national identification card.

Some police stations have waived the prepayment requirement for those stuck in Croatia due to the pandemic if they are staying for a shorter term. This is an exception, not the rule so be prepared to pay for a full year’s rent regardless.

Application for Temporary Stay

This application will be provided by the MUP. However, you can preview a copy here.

Proof of sufficient funds

Since you won’t legally be able to work on this permit, you need to prove you can financially support yourself during the permit term. MUP will tell 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.

Lately, the police have been accepting a foreign bank statement to show your funds. However, be prepared for them to require you to open a Croatian bank account and deposit the sum there.

If they require that you show a Croatian bank statement, then you must deposit this amount in one lump sum into a Croatian bank account. Once the lump sum is deposited, request a statement from the bank showing the funds then take this to the police for your application.

Here is more info on opening a bank account in Croatia.

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.

Application Fee

It seems that the application fee can change daily, but assume you’ll pay at least 450 kn per application. You won’t pay this at the police station. The police will give you a bill that you take to a nearby bank (normally one they specify) to pay. Then you bring the proof of payment back to the police.

Here are instructions on how to pay bills in Croatia and how to procure tax stamps, if they are required.

Step #3 Submit your application

Visit the same police station you visited earlier to get the requirements and go to the same Stranci desk. They will give you the application to complete there. Fill it out and hand it over with all of your requirements.

The attendant/rep/worker/officer (who knows what to call them) will review all of your documents to confirm you’ve met the requirements. If you have, they will accept your application. 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, make sure you provide a Croatian phone number. This is how the police will communicate with you about your application.

And now you wait…

The time to process your application varies on too many factors to list. Expect it 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 #4 Pay the fees and deliver your photos

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).

You’ll return to the police station with your passport photos. At this time, they will take your fingerprints and signature. You’ll also have to pay the administrative fees mentioned earlier, which cannot be paid at the police station. You must go off site to a bank or post office, then return with proof of payment.

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.

Step #5 Pick up your residence card

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

Step #6 Celebrate!

Hooray! You’re legal!

Additional tips about applying for a Croatian Residence Permit

  • Be nice. If you get an attitude with the police, they have the discretion to make it as difficult for you as possible.
  • Do not go to the police between the hours of 11:00 and 13:00. Chances of you coming when they are at lunch or on a smoke break or grumpy because they’ve yet to have a smoke break or lunch are high. For the best results, go in the morning around 8:00 or 9:00.

Good luck!

Need help getting residency?

We recommend that everyone use a lawyer when applying for residency in Croatia. 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 long term, please complete the form below and we’ll contact you as soon as possible.

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83 thoughts on “How non-EU nationals can live in Croatia for 1 year (in 2020)

  1. Tim L
    January 11, 2018 @ 10:21 am

    We have completed all steps and are legal residents. What happens in the second year? We own our own home in Croatia. USA passports. HZZO all paid and up to date.
    Have been told we must leave country for 6 months. Is this true and what are the details to this?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 16, 2018 @ 11:52 am

      Hi Tim,

      Thanks for the question!

      If you are on this type of temporary visa, then yes, you may have to leave after 6 months. One year is the standard limit for this visa. That being said, I have heard of cases where the police did allow people to renew this visa. However, those were in the case of retirees. No harm in trying!

      Regards,

      Sara

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    • Josh
      August 25, 2018 @ 9:11 am

      Hi Sara
      I get marrid in 29/8/18 in split with my croatian women.basekly we live in israel we exspet for baby around 12/18 .i want to ask if we coming next year to live in split what i need to do.
      We have apartment in split
      Tnx josh

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  2. Gaius Chike
    January 20, 2018 @ 9:50 am

    I am from Nigeria married to a Croatia woman, I have submitted my papers for residence permit since 29th September last year (2017) and have been waiting till January 2nd this year we have final interview, please how long do you think that I will wait more to get my approval? because I have waited for a long time, thanks

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 26, 2018 @ 11:14 am

      Hi Gaius,

      Thank you for the question!

      Every situation is different. To live in Croatia, you must have patience. They will approve you when they are ready. There is no way to speed up the process or estimate when it will be done. I suggest you read this article.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  3. Ana
    March 23, 2018 @ 8:53 pm

    Hello,

    This is a great article! I would like to know the official source of this information; can it be found on any of their official sites? Ministry of foreign affairs maybe? Or does this type of visa has a specific name?

    I want to have this information before going to the policy station, just in case they tell me it doesn’t exist.

    Thanks!
    Ana

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 28, 2018 @ 11:40 am

      Hi Ana,

      No, they don’t list this type of residence permit on the official sites, but it does exist. I know at least 5 people who have received permits under this policy. My impression is that it is given at the discretion of the jurisdiction as long as you complete all requirements.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  4. Luis Santillan
    April 1, 2018 @ 10:08 pm

    Hello Sara,

    I’m a US citizen , I entered to Croatia/Rijeka Mach 16 as a tourist , but I came to look for a partnership with a Croatian citizen who can join me in a business that should be establish in Rijeka. I planned to stay 2 months; the apartment was rented until May 16, as well my ticket to go back to USA/Miami

    If during these 2 months I can’t find the partner mentioned, can I? : A) On May 16 travel to a non-Schengen country like Bulgaria for a week or two and come back to Croatia to continue with my purpose for another two months. The landlord is willing to extend the rental agreement. B) Go back to USA/Miami on May 16, stay there for a month or two and come back to Croatia for another two months and continue with the search and meetings.

    I thought about these alternatives (A&B) to do not ask for the extension for temporary stay (1 year), because once I find the partner I can easily apply for a residency as a business owner, my contribution on the business surpass all the requirements established by Croatia. Your opinions are appreciate

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    • Expat in Croatia
      April 13, 2018 @ 11:45 am

      Hi Luis,

      Thanks for reaching out!

      As an American, you can stay in Croatia up to 90 non-consecutive days in a 6-month period. Going to a non-Schengen country will not reset this. If you want to have more flexibility, you should apply for the 1-year residence permit while you look for your partner. Then apply for a permit based on the company once you are ready to make that move.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Luis Santillan
        April 16, 2018 @ 10:12 am

        Thank you Sarah !!! Congratulations for your effort on maintain this website

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  5. Vin
    August 6, 2018 @ 3:01 am

    Thank you for this resource. Would a person on this visa be subject to Croatian taxes on their worldwide income?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      August 7, 2018 @ 2:16 pm

      Hi Vin,

      Thank you for the question!

      Croatia does not tax residents on their worldwide income. In addition, you cannot work on this particular permit so you would not be filing income tax in this case.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Chris Minor
        January 31, 2020 @ 4:18 am

        Hi Sara,

        What’s your source on saying that Croatia does not tax residents on worldwide income? I’m reading some contradictory info on that point.

        I’m a non-EU national who wants to spend a year in Croatia, but I have dividend and investment income that I don’t want to pay Croatian taxes on.

        ~Chris

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        • Expat in Croatia
          February 7, 2020 @ 2:34 pm

          Hi Chris,

          My sources are multiple lawyers, multiple accountants, experience of paying taxes for 8 years and the Croatian government. Croatia does not care about any income that is not earned in Croatia.

          Regards,

          Sara

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  6. Susie
    August 8, 2018 @ 7:53 am

    Hi Sara,

    Thank you for this helpful page! I am an American citizen planning on living in Croatia for about 6-8 months and I have a few questions:

    1. I have been offered by my romantic partner’s family a place to in Croatia live rent-free. We currently have no immediate plans to marry. If I list them as my place of residence, does this mean I am still eligible for this type of temporary residence? How does this affect the amount I have to pay?

    2. If I were to rent an apartment on top of this (say, in another city I plan on visiting often), what sort of complications could arise?

    3. In the cases where rejection occurs, what are the causes? If one of the people hosting me is a retired local police officer, could this work in my favor? What are other things that would make my case more likely to go through?

    4. I absolutely do not plan on staying for more than a year, but would doing this bar me from applying for another visa of this sort in the future?

    I know this was a lot of questions, but I appreciate you taking the time to respond. Thank you so much for your help and your effort in maintaining this site.

    Best,
    Susie

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    • Expat in Croatia
      August 24, 2018 @ 11:55 am

      Hi Susie,

      1. You’ll need to be able to register their home as your legal address. An owner will need to accompany you to the police to register at the address. Yes, you can use this to apply for the 1-year permit.

      2. If you have a permit to stay one year, you only need to maintain residence where you are registered. It doesn’t restrict from traveling around the country.

      3. It would help if the police knew you were staying with Croatians because you are dating a Croatian in their family. That being said, if you’ll be in Croatia with your partner, then that would be most ideal as you could get a 5-year permit based on Family Reunification.

      4. If you do the 1-year permit, you must leave for 18 months before returning.

      Hope this helps!

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Peter
        September 25, 2018 @ 1:14 pm

        I have gathered some of the information for a 1 year extension. The part I am curious about is the leaving for 18 months? Is this leaving for 18 months AFTER I stay an additional year? Also what if I decide to only stay 3-6 months of the 1 year extension, could I return sooner?

        Thank you.

        Peter

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  7. Mizan ur rahman
    August 30, 2018 @ 10:18 am

    I’m Mizan, citizens of Bangladesh. I would like to migration to Croatia. Can you please advise the details process for bangladesh citizens.

    Thanks

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 18, 2018 @ 3:07 pm

      Hi Mizan,

      The requirements are the same for all nationals of non-EU countries. Your best option would be opening a business. You can read about that here: https://www.expatincroatia.com/how-to-residency-opening-business-croatia/

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Imran
        July 24, 2019 @ 9:01 pm

        Hi Sara
        I am imran from Bangladesh. I trying to get work permit from croatia.My questions is if I get work in croatia so how long I can stay in Croatia ligelly?I can extend my visa every year or not?cause my plan I want stay long time in croatia.croatia is very beautiful country.

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        • Expat in Croatia
          August 7, 2019 @ 1:35 pm

          Hi Imran,

          Your work permit will be the same length as your work contract, but no more than 1 year. You must reapply each year.

          Regards,

          Sara

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  8. Jean Anne Chez
    September 5, 2018 @ 4:22 pm

    Hello- My grandparents are all from Croatia and I’ve got all the paperwork to apply for duel citizenship. Meanwhile we are thinking of the possibility of living abroad for a year to put the kids in high school to get them exposed to another culture/lifestyle/academic/social system. Can you tell me anything about the High School options for english speaking kids. We are flexible as to where we would live.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 18, 2018 @ 3:01 pm

      Hi Jean,

      Thank you for the question!

      The only English-speaking school I have heard of for high school students is the American School in Zagreb: https://www.aisz.hr/index.php

      Regards,

      Sara

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  9. David
    September 9, 2018 @ 4:11 pm

    Hello Sara,
    Thank you for this blog. I am a US/French citizen and had planned to move to Portugal.
    I am now considering Croatia.
    I have received my legal residency and National Health Insurance in Portugal.
    Do you know if I can use my Portuguese insurance policy in Croatia?

    Many thanks.
    david

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 18, 2018 @ 2:51 pm

      Hi David,

      Thank you for following!

      You may trade in your Portugual state policy for a state policy with HZZO in Croatia. Once you do that, you’ll start paying the premiums in Croatia.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  10. Peter
    September 17, 2018 @ 4:57 pm

    Thank you for all your information. Is there an student visa I could get. Like could I pay for some croation or other language classes which would be fun and would possibly be easier way to get a 3-6 month extension?

    Thank you.

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  11. Vickie Brennan
    October 3, 2018 @ 10:41 pm

    Hi Sara,

    Thank you so much for all your work creating and maintaining this site. You have no idea how comforting it is. I have read every word and every link and am sure I’ll read them still many times over. I do have a couple questions as I set out to gain the 1 year residency.

    If I’m understanding correctly the first step is to register for an OIB. I am currently staying in an Airbnb while I look at apartments. If I get my OIB now and then end up renting a place can I update the address attached to it later?

    My second question is. I am applying and interviewing for jobs but haven’t yet secured one (would be a highly qualified Non EEA – am preapproved for an EU Blue Card on the EU Blue Card website). My tourist visa runs out soon so I’d like to get the autonomous visa while I search for work then apply for the EU Blue card (work & residency) once I have an employment contract. Is this possible?

    Finally, it seems with all this information this process SHOULD be something I can handle on my own but I had wanted to hire a lawyer just to save from some of the translating, paperwork, and logistic (and so I don’t mess up!) but I’ve gone to 3 lawyers to discuss this and none of them have any idea about it and honestly I got more information on one page here that in 3 meetings with them.

    Thank you so much in advance for your thoughts.

    Vickie

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    • Expat in Croatia
      October 22, 2018 @ 10:44 am

      Hi Vicki,

      Thanks for following! I’m glad it is of so much benefit. 🙂

      Yes, your first step is to get an OIB. With an OIB, you can get a rental contract. You’ll need an address to get an OIB, but you do not need to change the address later. The address that matters is the one registered with the police.

      It is going be challenging to get a job in Croatia as unemployment is high and for 99% of jobs, you’ll need to speak Croatian fluently.

      If you do decide to engage a lawyer, you may email me and I can refer you to one. Yes, you can go through the process without a lawyer, BUT most foreigner desks will still require you to have a translator with you.

      Good luck!

      Sara

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  12. Doug
    December 17, 2018 @ 11:12 pm

    Do you think it is helpful to prove you are a financially stable retiree when applying for this type of stay permit? Also, I have an OIB from a previous work permit back in 2007, are these permanent assigned and re-usable or do I request a new OIB?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 10, 2019 @ 3:21 pm

      Hi Doug,

      Your OIB is permanent. No need to get a new one.

      When applying for this permit, you’ll need to explain that you are retired and prove that you have funds to support yourself. To do that, you’ll be asked to open a Croatian bank account and put a specific amount (that the police gives you) in the account as proof.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  13. AyeliM
    December 28, 2018 @ 4:25 pm

    Hello Ma’am!

    Please Write A Detailed Article About 1 Year Miscellaneous Visa For Non-EU Citizens Who Want To Apply This Visa From Croatian Embassy of Them Countries (IF Possible).

    For Example:

    How Can Arrange of Accommodation, OIB & HZZO From Outside of Croatia. Who Are From Asian Countries Like Pakistan.

    Can We Convert Visit Short Term Visa into Miscellaneous Visa.

    Thank You!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 10, 2019 @ 3:16 pm

      Hi AyeliM,

      You cannot convert visas to other visas.

      You must be in Croatia to make all of these arrangements.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Melissa
        November 14, 2019 @ 9:10 pm

        Hi Sara, first, thank you for all the helpful information you offer across the site. Second, my question. I have lived here in Croatia 5 years. Came here as the wife of a citizen, got divorced 2 years ago. I own my home here in Croatia, as well as a car. But I do not have a familial tie to Croatia, nor do I have a business or job here. I have been told different answers by different people (2 MUP and 2 attorneys). Do I need to be out of Croatia for 3 months? or 6 months? Or, is it that I must be out for 3 months but can come back in on a US 90 day travel visa? AND THEN apply for a one year visa from there? I would love your take on this. Thank you so much.
        Melissa in Labin

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        • Expat in Croatia
          November 19, 2019 @ 3:43 pm

          Hi Melissa,

          Good question! I have first hand knowledge of this situation. The same thing happened to me. I was told that I had been in Croatia long enough and had been married long enough that I could continue to stay in Croatia as long as I met all of the requirements. First, they made me reapply for my residency permit still under the requirements as a spouse. Then when I qualified for permanent residency, I had to apply as a non-married non-EU national. For this, they required me to be employed by a company in Croatia so I opened one. They never made me leave for any period of time. My recommendation would be to continue the natural path of residency. Once you break that chain, you’ll have to start all over.

          Regards,

          Sara

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  14. Andre
    February 1, 2019 @ 12:45 am

    Hi Sara I am Australian retiree and have lived in Croatia on temporary visa for three years now. My best advise to any non-Croatian coming to Croatia for any reason is you can achieve almost anything with the a positive & friendly attitude & patience. Croatian people are the friendliest, compassionate, hospitable I have ever encountered in all my travels throughout the world. Especially in the coastal areas (“pomalo” meaning relaxed & casual). Croatians joke about everything including their hardships. Croatian legal system is not as punitive as in the west and east. Croatians will criticise their country but are also fiercely proud of their country, so never, never agree with them when they do so. If you are in Split wear a “Hajduk” shirt. If in Zagreb wear a “Dynamo” shirt.

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  15. Kate
    March 17, 2019 @ 12:18 pm

    Hi Sara,

    Thank you very much for this information. I am from Hong Kong and recently came to Pula to unit with my boyfriend. As you mentioned, when I went to Police in Pula, they said this visa doesnt exist yet there is partnership permit.

    I wonder if I completed all the requirements of this one year visa application, is there an application form I need to fill in? And how to tell them what I am applying as they already said this visa doesn’t exist?

    On the other hand, have you heard about the partnership permit please?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      March 19, 2019 @ 10:48 am

      Hi Kate,

      Is your boyfriend Croatian? If so, then they are probably referring to Family Reunification. That is a better option if your boyfriend is a Croatian. It’s easier to get. If he is not, then no I do not know what they are referring to by partnership.

      This permit for 1 year does exist. Problem is, police stations in smaller cities don’t always know about it and don’t go looking for it when asked, so they will just say it doesn’t exist. If committed, then I recommend getting a lawyer to help.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Kate
        March 21, 2019 @ 1:14 pm

        Hi Sara,

        Havla! Thank you so much for your prompt reply. Yes, my boyfriend is Croatian and we plan to try to settle down here for a year to see if I get used to here.

        I thought family reunification is only for married couples, so if we are unmarried, we can apply for family reunification as well? May I know if you have details of how to apply this family reunification visa please?

        Again, thank you so much for running this page, there is not enough information online and the police station doesnt really know much neither anyone there speaks good english, it was frustrating to ask for any proper information from them when we visited! You have been an amazing help!

        Kind regards,

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        • Expat in Croatia
          March 22, 2019 @ 10:27 am

          Hi Kate,

          There have been cases where family reunification has been used for non-married couples. In this case, the police will ask that you prove that you’ve been in a relationship for a long time through photos and social media.

          Here are the other requirements: https://www.expatincroatia.com/apply-non-croatian-spouse-residence-permit/

          Cheers,

          Sara

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          • Kate
            April 6, 2019 @ 11:44 am

            Hi Sara,

            Thanks for your prompt reply! We visited the police again and they didn’t specifically mention what type of visa it is yet they gave us the temporary stay application form and a few documents that we need to prepare for the first stage of application. One of the documents required is health insurance, the staff mentioned about travel health insurance or health insurance for 2-3 months time to cover the stay while the application is processing… now we suddenly wonder if it is the national health insurance i need to apply or just any travel insurance… do you have any idea about this please?

  16. Dionne
    March 26, 2019 @ 7:03 pm

    Hi, Sara! Can the Student Visa be applied for high school students? Thanks!

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  17. janice
    April 24, 2019 @ 12:45 pm

    Hi Sara!

    I just wanna ask few question, i am asian (filipina) living in dubai and i have a croatian bf who lives in zagreb, distance are killing us as we wanna be with each other asap, till i saw and read the 1 year temporary residence thing, but seems like they need so many requirements on that which i think i won’t be able to give .

    i just want to know what if we get married, do you think it will be easy for me to live in zagreb?
    and if so, for how long i can stay in zagreb?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      April 27, 2019 @ 12:00 pm

      Hi Janice,

      If you are married to a Croatian national and living in Croatia with this person, then you can legally stay in Croatia forever. You don’t need to bother with the 1-year scheme for non-EU nationals. If you divorce, then you also may be able to stay, but there are limits and different requirements.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  18. janna
    April 24, 2019 @ 12:51 pm

    hi sara, i am non euro citizen, if i wanna get married with my croatian bf , is it possible to stay in zagreb for a year? would it be easy for me to live there with him, while we’re married legally. if so, how long?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      April 27, 2019 @ 11:59 am

      Hi Janna,

      If you are married to a Croatian national and living in Croatia with this person, then you can legally stay in Croatia forever. If you divorce, then you also may be able to stay, but there are limits and different requirements.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  19. Camilla Camargo
    April 26, 2019 @ 1:30 pm

    Hi Sara, this whole process seems to be very very bureocratic…do you have a referral of an Immigration lawyer in Croatia that could help with the paperwork? I’m planning on moving to Croatia next year, but being a foreigner it would definitely make things easier if I had the help of a local lawyer.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      April 27, 2019 @ 11:50 am

      Hi Camilla,

      Yes, I can refer you to a great one whom I personally use. Please email me.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  20. Noemy
    May 25, 2019 @ 1:39 pm

    Hi,

    I was wondering is it possible to get 1 year temporary residence in Croatia if I have a digital business located in US?

    And

    I want to stay in Croatia for 1 year, and also apply for Schengen Visa from Croatia (the requirement for that they said is to have temporary residence in Croatia).

    I am a citizen of Philippines.

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    • Expat in Croatia
      May 27, 2019 @ 10:05 am

      Hi Noemy,

      Croatia doesn’t care about any businesses you have outside Croatia.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  21. ReAnn
    June 5, 2019 @ 10:37 am

    Dobar dan, Sarah!
    Have you heard of this permit being issued for less than a year? I’ll be applying for only 6 months. (Alternatively, have you heard of a work permit, for a business, being issued for 6 months instead of a year?? For a seasonal business) Also, I’m not actually paying for my lodging. I’ll be staying in a friends home, no money exchanged. Do you think a $0 lease will suffice for this, or will we have to exchange money for the officials to accept this arrangement? Sorry, I’m bombarding you with questions!!! I find your blog infinitely helpful as I’m starting a business in Vis. Thanks for what you do!!

    Hvala!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      June 13, 2019 @ 8:54 am

      Hi ReAnn,

      Thank you for following!

      Yes, you can get a work permit for only 6 months. The work permit will match the length of your contract.

      Regarding your housing, you and your friend need to visit the police station together to explain that you will be living there as your address must be registered. If they require a lease still, they will tell you.

      Cheers,

      Sara

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  22. jen
    June 22, 2019 @ 9:29 am

    Hi, very helpful article! Is there a minimum stay requirement with the 1 year temporary visa? I am interested in using Croatia for easy EU work-related travel (company based outside of Croatia). Thanks! jen

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    • Expat in Croatia
      June 26, 2019 @ 2:49 pm

      Hi Jen,

      Since it is not a renewable permit, there likely isn’t a minimum stay requirement. I certainly haven’t heard of one for those with this permit.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  23. Angela
    July 9, 2019 @ 3:50 pm

    Hello!
    Thank you for all the information! My husband and I are interested in this 1 year visa for non EU citizens. Can you tell me what I should ask for in Croatian?
    Thank you!
    Angie

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    • Expat in Croatia
      July 22, 2019 @ 3:01 pm

      Hi Angela,

      Say that you want to apply for “privremeni boravak”, which means temporary residency.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  24. Noemy
    August 12, 2019 @ 4:13 am

    Hi,

    My name is Noemy. I am from the Philippines, and my fiance is from Croatia. We plan to get married in Croatia next month.

    I already visited Croatia two times this year. The first arrival 30th January, departure 16th February. Second arrival 9th May, departure 2nd August.

    To sum, I had spent 101 days from Feb 1 to August 2.

    We didn’t manage to get married because of the complicated process. My visa had already expired so I had to fly back to my home country. Now, we are looking for options that would allow me to stay in Croatia longer.

    My question is…

    1) How is 90 day limit rule calculated?

    2) Can I apply for a new visa or do I need to wait until the 90 day resets?

    3) Do you know other options that will allow me to stay longer in Croatia?

    Appreciate all your help.

    Noemy

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  25. Mauricio
    August 12, 2019 @ 1:00 pm

    If it’s too complicated doing it in Croatia, you may want to explore the option of getting married in Philippines.
    The way it used to work in the past (albeit from other countries, but should apply to Philippines, too), you Apostille-certify the marriage certificate, and then submit to the Croatian embassy for registration in Croatia (should take a month or two). NB. if it’s not your first marriage, they may ask for the decree of divorce as well. But do contact your local Croatian embassy/consulate first and check if the rules are still the same.
    Once the marriage is registered in Croatia, you would receive a Croatian marriage certificate and should have rights (as a wife of a Croatian citizen) to a 5-year multiple entry visa – issued to you by the Croatian embassy and endorsed in your passport (just don’t wait for too long, as the Croatian marriage certificate has an expiry date of 6 months, after which you may need a new one – costs extra time and money).
    Once you are already in Croatia (and have a permanent address), you should have rights to a 5-year temporary residence permit and an ID number (aka. OIB)- which would enable you to work, open a bank account, buy a car, etc. etc. (NB. that comes with a compulsory once-off medical aid bill of HRK 5000, and then monthly health insurance premium contribution of HRK 530 proving you have means of subsistence during your stay).

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  26. Luis
    September 28, 2019 @ 7:09 pm

    Hi Sara,

    Thanks so much for posting this information in such a clear and concise way.

    Quick question:

    Do you know if it is possible to stay beyond the valid tourist period while the application is still in process?

    I have been for about 50 days in Croatia as a tourist but I can leave the country as soon as all the documents have been submitted and return once the police communicate their decision (by mail I guess).

    Thank you,

    Luis

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    • Expat in Croatia
      October 1, 2019 @ 3:51 pm

      Hi Luis,

      They expect you to stay in Croatia while your application is in process. You need to be available to come to the police station in person.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Luis
        October 1, 2019 @ 7:19 pm

        That makes sense. In fact, I want to stay here, but my main concern is my legal situation in the
        country beyond my 90 days as a tourist while I wait for the decision. I will sort it out this week. Thank you!

        Best,

        Luis

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  27. Ray
    November 13, 2019 @ 7:33 pm

    Hello Sara, I do hope your very informative blog is still ‘live’!
    I am a UK citizen with a yacht berthed in Croatia, on an annual contract in a marina. We currently spend 4/5 months every year living on board cruising in Croatia as EU citizens. The UK is currently negotiating an exit deal from the EU which is likely to mean we will be limited to the 90 in any 180 days rule in terms of visa permit.
    My question is are you aware of any facility in Croatia that will all us to apply for a Temporary Residency Permit (for 1 year probably) based on us continuing the arrangement described above.
    I am aware Greece has implemented a facility which simply requires a 12 month marina contract, evidence of a level of regular income and health insurance. Are you aware anything similar for cruising sailors in Croatia?
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards
    Ray

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    • Expat in Croatia
      November 19, 2019 @ 3:48 pm

      Hi Ray,

      As of now, the UK is still in the EU. EU residents are entitled to automatic 5-year residence permits, for which you would need a registered address. Croatia doesn’t offer any residency permits based on docking a boat.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Ray
        November 19, 2019 @ 7:29 pm

        Thanks for the information Sara – looks like we may have to sail back to Greece!

        regards
        Ray

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      • Daniel
        January 9, 2020 @ 9:17 pm

        Hello! I spent some time in Split over the summer and fell in love with the place. I’ve been looking for a place to settle down in Europe, and am now looking at Croatia. If I were to get this type of residency permit and then find a job or course of study would I be able to convert my residency or would I need to leave in order to do that? Thank you for the wonderful informative site.

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  28. Tajul Islam
    January 5, 2020 @ 5:09 pm

    Hi Sara.
    I am Bangladeshi national. I live in Dubai, UAE. I wish to visit Croatia in February 2020.
    My question is, If I come to Croatia by tourist visa then can I change my visa status?
    Can i change my visa status tourist visa to business visa or 1 year resident visa?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      January 7, 2020 @ 5:34 pm

      Hi Tajul,

      No, that is not how it works. You cannot convert tourist visas into residency permits. They must be applied for separately.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  29. Lindi
    February 18, 2020 @ 4:06 pm

    Hi,
    Can i visit italy with a croatian visa of work
    Or work visa ,?

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    • Lindi
      February 18, 2020 @ 4:08 pm

      p.s
      I have a passport of Rep. of Kosovo

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    • Expat in Croatia
      February 19, 2020 @ 12:06 pm

      Hi Lindi,

      No, you may not. You can only travel on your passport.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  30. Ana
    February 26, 2020 @ 2:38 pm

    Hello,
    I am from Georgia which is not from the EU, but we have Visa free travel permit for up to 90 days, I am coming to Croatia as a volunteer for 6 months for European solidarity corps. Can I apply for a temporary residence permit after arriving in Croatia and which documents do I need to bring and prepare in my home country. Your answer will be a big help.
    Thank you!

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  31. Allison
    September 6, 2020 @ 12:52 am

    Hello!

    I read on a separate site that I will need to provide an apostilled birth certificate and a criminal history report if I am applying as a US national for the temporary one year visa. Do you happen to know if this is true? Also, is it better to pay for a one year apartment lease before going to the police station?

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 7, 2020 @ 11:04 am

      Hi Allison,

      You will need to provide an apostilled birth certificate. You do NOT need to provide a criminal history report. A federal background check is only needed when applying for citizenship.

      You should not pre-pay rent for a year unless the police ask you to. It all depends on who you talk to. Don’t do anything unless the police ask.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  32. M.
    September 10, 2020 @ 4:41 pm

    Hello, Sara,

    I am writing because I was recently granted the temporary stay for one year (I applied because I literally couldn’t go back to my country and the police suggested this option). However, I did not know then that it was not possible to work at all. I might be able to get an internship here in Zagreb starting this month, which was delayed because of Corona. I have a couple of questions:

    (1) If I got the temporary stay permit, can I apply to other type of permit right after if I get some job/internship opportunity?
    (2) Once given a contract of any sort, do you have to wait until the final document or ID card is ready to be able to start a job/internship?

    Thank you!

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    • Expat in Croatia
      September 14, 2020 @ 11:30 am

      Hi M,

      You can always change your basis for a permit. Once you get a job contract, you can go back to the police and apply for a new work and residence permit. You’ll have to go through the application process again.

      You cannot work until you get approved for the work permit.

      Regards,

      Sara

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  33. Megan
    October 10, 2020 @ 10:07 am

    Hi Sara,

    When applying for the one year temporary stay for “other purposes”, is it enough to say that on the application. To clarify, there is a question on the application that asks the purpose of stay and I wrote ‘Temporary 1-year Residence’. I got an email back from MUP that said I need to state a reason for the purpose of stay. Is it okay just to say ‘other purpose’ (I’ve also read that maybe I should say ‘prepayment of rental contract’).

    Thank you!
    Megan

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    • Expat in Croatia
      October 13, 2020 @ 2:31 pm

      Hi Megan,

      This question on the application has always bugged me. I never know what to put. Like, “because I want to?”

      I would put “Other purposes – prepayment of rental contract” and see if they will accept it. If they don’t accept it, please drop me a note if you have the time.

      Regards,

      Sara

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      • Megan
        October 20, 2020 @ 12:32 pm

        Thanks for your reply Sara. I didn’t see your reply before I sent them my reason, which someone else recommended “personal interest in Croatia, desire to live here and explore the country for one year”. MUP’s reply to this was that I needed the prepaid rental contract for this reason. So I think had I put “Other purposes – prepayment of rental contract” like you recommended, that would have sufficed as well :).

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        • Expat in Croatia
          October 21, 2020 @ 7:16 am

          Hi Megan,

          Great! Sounds like you’re all set. If you need anything else, please let me know. 🙂

          Cheers,

          Sara

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