Croatia Visa Requirements: Everything You Need To Know Before Applying

By Ketki Hanamshet on Feb 20, 2019
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Crystal-clear waters, pristine long beaches, museums with vast collections, and historical places that speak volumes of heritage - all this and much more pull tourists towards the beautiful Croatia. And now with the country being a part of the EU, it has become much simpler to visit Croatia. With a Schengen visa in hand, tourists would not have to apply for a separate Croatian visa. Of course, a certain set of rules need to be followed even then. 

Let us take a look at all the Croatian visa requirements that would give you a clear idea about how to apply for a Croatian visa and if you need to apply for one at all.

1. Which Countries Do Not Require A Visa To Enter Croatia?

Nationals of certain countries have always been allowed to visit Croatia without a visa even before it became a part of the European Union. Thanks to the visa waiver, tourists belonging to these countries can visit Croatia for a total of 90 days within a time span of 180 days. Following are the countries that may visit Croatia visa-free. 

  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • EU Countries
  • Australia
  • New Zealand

If you are a family member of a citizen of an EU Member State or the European Economic Area, then you may visit Croatia visa-free, provided you have a valid passport along with the residence card of the citizen. Also, you should either be traveling with or joining the citizen of the EU Member State or the EEA. 

2. Which Countries Require A Visa To Enter Croatia?

If you are not a national of any of the above-mentioned countries, then you are required to apply for a Croatian visa. But, if you have a dual or multiple entry Schengen Visa, then using that you may visit Croatia without an additional tourist visa.

If you are planning to visit Croatia for not more than 90 days in a time period of 180 days, then you would not require a Croatian visa for transit or stay in case you have: 

  • A dual or multiple-entry uniform Schengen visa
  • A dual or multiple-entry limited territorial validity Schengen visa
  • National Visa of a Schengen country issued for a stay of more than 3 months
  • Residence permit of the Schengen area
  • Dual or multiple-entry national visa and resident permit of Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Romania

If you have none of the above, then you would need to apply for and get a valid Croatian Visa. You may apply for a single, dual, or a multiple-entry visa, depending upon the purpose of your visit like tourism, transit, business, and more. This short-term visa allows you to wander through Croatia for a maximum of 90 days within a period of 180 days. However, you will not be able to work in Croatia with this issued visa. 

3. How to apply for a Croatian visa?

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To apply for a Croatian visa, you will first have to fill out the online application form. This form is available in different languages, including English, Ukrainian, Russian, Turkish, and Albanian. With the completely filled visa application form and other documents in hand, you will then have to schedule an appointment at the Croatian embassy, consulate, or visa center. You may apply for the Croatian visa only three months prior to the date you start your trip and not before that. 

4. What Are the Requirements For A Croatian Visa?

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  • Printed and completely filled Croatian visa application form
  • A passport issued within the last 10 years, valid for three months from the starting date of the trip. It must also have two blank pages
  • One photo which follows the Croatian visa photograph specifications
  • Travel insurance which shows you have a minimum of 30,000 Euros to cover any medical emergency
  • A proof which shows your intention to leave Croatia, like a return ticket to your homeland or a flight itinerary
  • Evidence which shows that you have accommodation during your stay in Croatia
  • A proof which shows that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your Croatia visit
  • Evidence of your current social and employment status
  • Proof of your paid visa fees

5. How much is the Croatian Visa Fee?

Several factors such as service fee and courier fee add to the Croatian visa fee. Taking all the factors into account, the fee is calculated to be roughly around 60 Euros. 

With this information about the Croatian visa in hand, you will now be able to apply for one with much ease.

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