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Applying for Digital Nomad Visa in Croatia

Applying for Digital Nomad Visa in Croatia

Even though it is often referred to as the Digital Nomad Visa, it is actually a temporary residence permit. On December 2nd of 2020, Narodne Novine published the new and revised law regarding the immigration of foreigners and made the residence permit official.

In the law, digital nomads are defined as follows: ‘digital nomad is a third-country national who is employed or performs work through communication technology for a company or his own company that is not registered in the Republic of Croatia and does not perform work or provides services to employers in the Republic of Croatia’. Non-EU-citizens that work for a foreign company with proof of regular income of at least HRK 16,907.50 (€2,232 $2,629) can apply for the permit.

Digital Nomad Visas are for 6 months or up to 1 year and they are non-extendable. When your last permit expires, you must wait 6 months before applying for a new permit. You must leave for 90 days, then you can come back and spend 90 days as a tourist before applying again.

If you need a Visa to enter the Republic of Croatia, you need to submit the application at the embassy or consulate of the Republic of Croatia or online.

If you do not need a Visa to enter the Republic of Croatia, you can submit it at the embassy or consulate or at a competent police administration/police station in Croatia according to the temporary or permanent residency address you give with your application or online.

The list of documents you need (can be submitted in English!):

Completed application

Copy of a valid travel document

  • Period of validity of a travel document must be three months longer than the period of validity of intended stay

Proof of health insurance

  • Travel or private health insurance must cover the territory of the Republic of Croatia

Proof of purpose

  • Contract of employment or other document proving that the person performs work through communication technology for a foreign employer or his own company which is not registered in the Republic of Croatia), that is

– statement from the employer or third-country national (as proof that the person performs work through communication technology)    

– contract of employment or service contract with a foreign employer

– copy of the registration of his own company and proof that he performs the said tasks through his own company 

Proof of means of subsistence during stay

  • a bank statement or proof of regular income, no restrictions on the source of income – can come from working income, investments, pension, etc.
    •  Pursuant to the Regulation on the manner of calculating and the amount of means of subsistence for third-country nationals in the Republic of Croatia (Official Gazette no. 14/21, third-country nationals who are regulating their temporary stay as digital nomads are required to have the amount corresponding to at least 2.5 average monthly net salaries paid for the previous year, in accordance with the official data published by the Croatian Bureau of Statistics. This amount is increased by 10% of the average monthly net salary for each additional family member or life partner or informal life partner. Currently, the amount required on a monthly basis is a minimum of HRK 16,907.50. More precisely, if you intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia for 12 months, you need to prove that you have a minimum of HRK 202,890.00 available

Proof of no convictions of criminal offenses

  • Proof of no criminal offenses from home country or a country in which you resided for more than one year immediately before arriving in the Republic of Croatia

Proof of address in the Republic of Croatia

  • This is important for determining the police administration/police station which is locally competent for processing your application. If this is the first time you are applying and you do not have an address in the Republic of Croatia, you can provide a temporary address as the address of your intended stay (hostel/hotel if you have a reservation/confirmed reservation of accommodation)

Marriage certificate, if you have a spouse (apostilled/legalized, officially translated)

After submission there are 2 options:

  • The application was accepted for processing

Or

  • Additional documentation will be needed

You must provide a phone number/email so you can be updated on your status. You can expect this process to last a month and during the time you are allowed to stay in Croatia.

After receiving approval notification:

Required to hold a Visa: contact the embassy or consulate once again to obtain a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia or a biometric residence permit (please inquire beforehand about this possibility at the embassy/consulate). You then obtain a D visa to enter Croatia and collect your residence permit.

Not required to hold a Visa: You can enter Croatia and must register your temporary stay at a police station within 30 days after your temporary stay or visa is approved.

Arrival in Croatia

Third-country nationals are obligated to register their temporary residence address within 3 days from their entry in the Republic of Croatia at the police administration/police station according to the location of their stay. You need this form enclosing a lease contract, a statement from the landlord, or a title deed, or confirmation from hotel.

Obtain a residence permit – biometric card (must provide photos and biometric data) in person at a police administration/police station. Prepare passport photos, have your fingerprints taken and signature, and provide proof of payment of the administrative fees. You must receive a white card as temporary proof of residence.

Three weeks from the day you got the white card, you’ll be able to pick up your new residence permit, bring the white card along with your passport.

You’re done! And legal!

Costs

If the application is submitted at a diplomatic mission/consular post – the costs are paid when applying

  • HRK 420.00 for granting temporary stay,
    • HRK 460.00 for the visa (if you submit your visa application through the VFS visa center, you will be charged an additional fee for the service)
    • HRK 310.00 for the biometric residence card (check with the diplomatic mission/consular post about the possibility of obtaining the card)

If the application is submitted at a police administration/police station – the costs are paid after the stay is granted

  • HRK 350.00 for granting temporary stay, and
  • HRK 70.00 for administrative fees for the issuance of the biometric residence permit
  •  HRK 240.00 for the biometric residence card.

Online payments are also possible.

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