Croatia Digital Nomad Visa Guide
Croatia is one of many countries that have introduced a digital nomad visa following the pandemic. Since January 2021, individuals have been able to travel to Croatia to live in the country whilst also working for a foreign employer.
The Croatian digital nomad visa is technically a type of residence permit, allowing the individual live in Croatia for longer than the usual short-stay visa that’s required for tourism or business purposes.
If you’re interested in going to this beautiful country to explore and work, read on to find out everything you need to know about Croatian digital nomad visas.
Who is eligible for a Croatia digital nomad visa?
Only those who are a citizen of a non-EU/EEA country are eligible for a digital nomad visa in Croatia. You will need to prove you have a consistent monthly income of at least €2,300 – if you want to take family with you under the visa, you will need to show you earn at least €2,400. The alternative is to show you have around €27,000 in your bank account if you intend to stay in Croatia for a year.
To work in Croatia under a digital nomad visa, you will not be permitted to work for a Croatian employer. You will need to be self-employed, a freelancer, or be employed by a foreign employer.
What is required for a Croatia digital nomad visa?
To apply for a digital nomad visa in Croatia, you will need to have a valid passport as well as proof of international health insurance. You will need to have bank statements that show your regular income, and you will need to have a clear criminal records check from your main country of residence. You will also need to have an address in Croatia, shown through a booking confirmation or lease agreement. You will need to show your proof of purpose, such as remote work or employment contracts. You will need to fill out the application form for a digital nomad visa and pay the application fee.
How to apply for a Croatia digital nomad visa
You can apply for a Croatia digital nomad visa online on the Croatian Government website or in person at a Croatian embassy or consulate. If you are already in Croatia, you can also submit an application form at a local administrative police station.
You will need to fill out the required form online or a hard copy if you are playing in person. You will also need to collect and submit the necessary documents.
Once your application is approved, you will need to register your address at the local police station within three days of arriving in Croatia. You will then receive your Croatian residence card.
How long does it take to get a Croatia digital nomad visa?
Usually, it will take around a month to process and approve a Croatian digital nomad visa. It can take longer if extra documentation or information is requested, sometimes up to 12 weeks.
There is an option to pay extra and get your digital nomad visa expedited, which will speed up the processing time.
How much does a Croatia digital nomad visa cost?
If you apply online, you will need to pay the following fees:
- Residence permit: 240 HRK (regular) (€31.89) or 450 HRK (accelerated) (€59.79)
- Administrative fees: 350 HRK (€46.50)
If you submit your application at a Croatian embassy or consulate outside of Croatia, you will need to pay the following at the time of applying:
- Temporary residence permit: 420 HRK (€56.00)
- Visa: 460 HRK (€61.11)
- Residence card: 310 HRK (€41.19)
If you submit your application at a police station in Croatia, you will pay the following fees only after the request has been approved:
- Temporary residence permit: 350 HRK (€46.50)
- Biometric residence card: 240 HRK (regular) (€31.89) or 450 HRK (accelerated) (€59.79)
- Administrative fees: 70 HRK (€9.30)
How long can I stay in Croatia with a digital nomad visa?
Under a digital nomad visa, the individual can stay in Croatia for six months to a year, with the option to submit a new application after the period has ended. However, the individual will need to leave the country for 90 days after the visa has expired and reapply from outside Croatia.
Do I have to pay income tax with a Croatia digital nomad visa?
No, digital nomads in Croatia do not have to pay income tax in Croatia. This is because they will not be working for a Croatian employer. You may have to pay taxes in your employer’s country or original country of residence, depending on the requirements there.
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