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

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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 accesion, it is still very challenging to live here long term as a non-European citizen. However, Croatia now offers a temporary one-year residence permit for non-EU nationals.

What is the catch? Well, there are several:

  • It is only for one year, you cannot work and it is not renewable.
  • You must prepay health insurance for one year
  • You must prepay rent for one year

If you contact the police (Ministarstvo unutarnjih poslova aka “MUP”) or an embassy/consulate, they will tell you this residence permit does not exist. Either because they don’t want to increase their work load, don’t want more foreigners or the person you are speaking to truly doesn’t know about it. It is common for police stations in smaller cities to not know about it.

To apply for this residence permit, you must visit the main MUP station in your jurisdiction where you plan to live. At this station, there will be a service desk specifically for foreigners (“stranci”).

The requirements for this temporary stay in Croatia for non Europeans include:

  • A valid passport
  • OIB identification number
  • A valid HZZO health insurance policy, prepaid for 1 year
  • A valid rental contract, prepaid for 1 year
  • A completed Temporary Stay application (police will provide this)
  • 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 applying for one. This is your identification number and is necessary for all financial transactions and for your visa application.

Valid HZZO Policy

HZZO is the state-sponsored national health insurance for Croatia. Travel or private insurance will not suffice for this requirement. Once you start your application, the police will give you a document that you can take your local HZZO office to open an account. Here are a lot more details on getting health insurance. To qualify for this residence permit, you must prepare the health insurance policy for one year, which includes in the initial application fee of 6356,16. The call this back pay for the previous year, but that doesn’t make sense so let’s just call it an application fee.

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. The amount varies, but it is usually not more than 200 kn per person per month.

Once you are in agreement with the landlord, have them prepare a lease contract for one year with it clearly noted that you have prepaid rent for the entire term. 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 can also accompany you to the police to prove they own the property and confirm they are renting to you.

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

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. The 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. Currently, it is 2000 kn per month (24000 kn for one year) for one person, or 2750 kn per month (33000 kn for one year) for a married couple.

A bank statement from a foreign country will not work. 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.

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.

More notes about applying for a Croatian Residence Permit

  • It is imperative that you have a local Croatian contact number. This is how the police will communicate with you about your application.
  • You will not need to provide the passport photos and application fee until your permit is approved.
  • Be patient. It can take several weeks to months to get approved.
  • 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!

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64 thoughts on “How non-EU nationals can live in Croatia for 1 year

  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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  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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