Croatia opens its doors to digital nomads
From the streets of King’s Landing, aka Dubrovnik, to the lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice, to over 1,000 beautiful islands, Croatia is a beautiful land to explore. And what better way to take that time than to spend an entire year there.
This is what is possible for digital nomads as the country joins a growing list of places remote workers can call their temporary home.
Here are the details.
Zagreb to Dubrovnik
Currently, visitors to Croatia can stay for up to 90 days, which is quite typical for most of Europe. To access the new, longer digital nomad temporary stay visas, you must of course first be a digital nomad. Here’s how Croatia defines it:
“A DIGITAL NOMAD IS a third country national who is employed or performs work through communication technologies for a company or its own company that is not registered in the Republic of Croatia and that does not perform work or provide services to employers in the Republic of Croatia. ”
Emphasize theirs. Quite typical and not as restrictive as some similar visa types in other countries.
The visa is granted for a maximum of one year and cannot be extended. Six months after its expiration, you can apply again. Close family members can join the visa holder.
There are, of course, a few more details. You will need a passport valid for 3 months beyond your required stay and proof of good health insurance for Croatia.
You will also need a “proof of intent” which they define as “an employment contract or other document proving that the person is performing work via communication technology for a foreign employer or their own company that does not is not registered in the Republic of Croatia. This includes a declaration from a “foreign” employer, a contract or a registration of ownership in a company. Pretty standard stuff to prove that you really are a digital nomad, and shouldn’t be too hard to come by.
You will also need to prove means or “proof of subsistence”. You will need to have “at least 2.5 average net monthly wages paid for the previous year”, which cannot be less than 16,142.50 HRK, or approximately 2,600 USD. “Specifically, if you plan to stay in the Republic of Croatia for 12 months, you must prove that you have a minimum of HRK 193,710. [~$31,000] available.”
You will also need proof that you are not a convicted felon and an address where you are staying in Croatia.
How to register
In addition to multiple forms, there are fees. For ease of reading, I will convert them to US dollars.
- Fees of $ 67 for the granting of a temporary stay.
- $ 74 for the visa.
- $ 50 for a biometric residence permit.
The fees are slightly different if you are applying to a police station compared to a diplomatic mission or consulate. All in all, not bad compared to the fees in some countries for the same type of visa.
Parts of Croatia, especially Dubrovnik, can be very expensive. Other parts, no less beautiful, are much less so. With a whole year to explore, I bet you’ll be able to find the best spots.
You can find more information here.