Croatia is one of those countries that you simply must have on your bucket list. The scenery, the beaches, the food, the culture, the history, the list goes on. The good news is that you can apply for a digital nomad visa in Croatia, meaning you can stay longer in this beautiful country while still keeping up with your work.

Croatia is a fantastic country to explore, and I enjoyed every second I spent there. It’s impossible to become bored of this place; there’s so much to see and do, and you’ll also find plenty of other digital nomads around. I spent a large amount of time in Split and Korčula, but there are so many other fantastic spots to visit, including the ever-popular Dubrovnik.

Note: this article is for information purposes only. Always contact professionals, such as an immigration lawyer or tax accountant for the current requirements regarding your personal tax situation, and the current digital nomad residency situation in Croatia.

Why Choose Croatia?

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There’s just something about Croatia that’s hard to put your finger on. It’s a place that millions of people visit every year and you only have to do a quick image search to see why: the beaches are some of the best I’ve visited so far, and I’ve been to a LOT!

Personally, I think Croatia ticks all the boxes, and as far as remote work goes, it’s pretty easy. The WiFi in Croatia is strong and reliable; I never had any issues when I was there. The cost of living is also low compared to many other European countries, and you won’t struggle to find coworking spaces and laptop-friendly cafes.

I found Croatia to be a really friendly country and the natural sights are stunning. Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Park took my breath away, and Dubrovnik’s city walls are a firm favorite of mine. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan you’ll know that there are several filming locations in Croatia. If you’re all about beaches, definitely check out my go-to spot—Copacabana Beach.

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Who Can Apply for the Croatia Digital Nomad Visa?

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The digital nomad visa for Croatia is open to third-party nationals who freelance or have their own business/work for a business. Basically, as long as your taxes or business/es aren’t registered in Croatia, you can apply.

There aren’t any limitations on who can apply, e.g. any specific nationalities, and there aren’t any age restrictions. Once you’ve been granted the visa, it’s even possible to apply for family reunification; meaning that your spouse and/or dependents can join you.

You can start the application process either before you arrive in Croatia, or you can travel to Croatia on a regular visa and then apply once you’re in the country. Croatia is within the Schengen zone, although check your country of origin’s specific requirements for entry.

Benefits of the Digital Nomad Visa in Croatia

There are many benefits to applying for a digital nomad visa in Croatia. Here are the key advantages to be aware of:

You can stay in Croatia for up to a year

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The digital nomad visa is actually a short-term residency permit that allows you to stay and work in Croatia for up to one year. You cannot work for a Croatian company during this time.

However, a year is a good amount of time, and there are plenty of things to see and do during your stay. This visa is also extremely popular, so it isn’t hard to meet other remote workers for networking, collaboration, or social reasons.

You don’t have to stay in one place

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There aren’t any limitations that state you need to stay in one place, which means that you can travel around the country as much as you want. Croatia has so many amazing towns, cities, villages, and islands to explore that it would be a crying shame not to try and experience as much as possible.

A year gives you plenty of time to do that, and the other good news is that traveling around Croatia isn’t difficult. You can hire a car if you feel confident driving or you can stick to public transport, which I never found difficult to use. Of course, there are plenty of excursions and tours during the summer months in particular that you can opt for too.

Dual taxation will not apply to you

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If you’re granted the Croatia digital nomad visa, you don’t have to pay tax in Croatia. Of course, you will continue to pay tax in the country you’re registered in, but you won’t be liable for dual taxation.

Taxes can be a tricky and confusing subject so this visa makes it a lot easier for remote workers who want to see the country and stay inside taxation laws. Simply carry on keeping accurate records and paying your taxes where you’re registered.

You can take your dependents with you

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I briefly mentioned family reunification, and it’s certainly a benefit for many people. Once you’re approved, it’s possible to quickly start the process to allow your family, i.e. spouse and/or children, to travel to Croatia and stay with you during your stay.

Earn a stable income while you explore Croatia

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The most obvious benefit of applying for the digital nomad visa is that you can continue to earn a stable income while you’re in Croatia. If you’re paid in a foreign currency, e.g. dollars, you’ll find that your money goes a lot further. Croatia has recently adopted the Euro, but the cost of living is a little lower than some other European countries.

Having a regular income to rely upon means you can comfortably explore the country and do all the things on your Croatian bucket list.

Cost of the Croatia Digital Nomad Visa

The Croatia digital nomad visa is valid for up to 1 year. The cost varies depending on how and where you apply.

If you apply online you’ll pay €46.45/$50 administration fee and €31.85/$35 biometric residency permit fee. However, if you apply in person at the police station, you’ll pay €46.45/$50 fee for a temporary stay, €9.29/$10 administration fee, and €31.85/$35 biometric residency permit fee.

Note that these are the correct costs at the time of writing and prices can change over time. It’s wise to double-check before you apply.

Requirements for the Digital Nomad Visa in Croatia

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To apply for the digital nomad visa in Croatia you’ll require the following documents, which can be submitted in either English or Croatian:

  • Application form: You can either submit your application form online or in paper format (form 1a).
  • Valid passport: You will need a copy of your passport with at least three months of validity after the end of your intended stay.
  • Health insurance: A document showing that you have health insurance to cover you for the duration of your stay. The cover must state that it covers Croatia.
  • Proof of work: If you work for a non-Croatian company, you need to show a letter or contract of employment to prove that you work in communication technology (online). Similarly, if you have your own business you will need to show proof.
  • Financial proof: This can be either a bank statement showing that you have regular income deposited into your account (at least €2.539,31/$2762 per month) or the full amount already there (a total of €30.471,72/$33,166 for the full year). Alternatively, you can show six months’ worth of wage slips from your employer which demonstrate that you’re being paid at least €2.539,31/$2762 per month.
  • Criminal record check: You need to show a document confirming that you have not been convicted of any criminal activity. This includes your home country or anywhere else you’ve lived for more than one year before traveling to Croatia.
  • Croatian address: You need to give a Croatian address when applying for the visa. If you don’t have an address when you first arrive, it’s possible to give the address of the hotel or hostel you’re staying at. Once you find somewhere more permanent, you simply go to your local police station and give them your new address.

How to Apply for the Croatia Digital Nomad Visa

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The first step to applying for the digital nomad visa for Croatia is to decide whether to apply online or in person. If you’re applying before you arrive in Croatia then you’ll fill in the online application form, which you can find here. You’ll need to upload your supporting documents in PDF format.

If you’re already in Croatia, you can apply online or in person at your nearest police station. If applying in person, you’ll need to take your supporting documents with you and fill in the application form 1a. You can download the form here.

Once you’ve submitted your application, it takes around one month for a decision and for your visa to be issued upon acceptance. If you’re applying from outside of Croatia, it’s best to allow up to five weeks for your visa to be arranged.

Is the Visa Renewable?

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The Croatia digital nomad visa is issued for a maximum of one year, and it cannot be renewed. That is the biggest downside of this visa. However, you can leave Croatia, wait for six months, and then reapply for another one, which will give you another year.

Because you have to wait between visas, this option doesn’t contribute towards citizenship. To do that, you must obtain long-term residency after living in Croatia consistently for five years, and then after eight years, you can apply for citizenship.

Pros and Cons of Living in Croatia

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As with anywhere in the world, there are both pros and cons of living in Croatia. Let’s explore the good and bad before you decide on the move.

Pros of Living in Croatia

  • Lots to see and do: Whether you’re into history, nature, culture, gastronomy, or simply kicking back on a beautiful beach, you’ll find it all in Croatia. During my time in Croatia, I can honestly say I was never bored.
  • Fantastic weather: The average summer temperature is around 29°C/84°F; perfect for beach time. Even during the winter months, you’re looking at around 11°C/52°F.
  • Friendly people and lots of digital nomads: The digital nomad visa has created a real buzz, and you’ll find lots of other remote workers no matter where you are. The locals are also extremely friendly, and it’s not hard to make new friends.
  • Low cost of living: Compared to many other European countries, the cost of living in Croatia is a little lower. It’s a good idea to budget and to eat at home whenever possible, but overall, you’ll have a great quality of life for less than you might be used to.
  • Delicious food: Croatian food is truly delicious and dining at local restaurants from time to time is a must-do. Even the street food is amazing; burek is one of my favorite things to eat, even now.
  • Generally safe: While every country has a certain amount of risk, Croatia is a generally safe country to visit. During my time in Croatia, I never felt unsafe or unnerved and unsafe, even in Zagreb, which is the capital city.
  • A great mix of traditional and modern: For me, one of the best things about Croatia is the wonderful blend of modern and traditional life. You can find nightclubs, shopping malls, and cinemas in most places, but you’ll also find plenty of small establishments that show you the authentic side of the country. If you venture away from the main towns and cities, into the smaller villages, you’ll also find a slower, traditional way of life.

Cons of Living in Croatia

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  • A lot of red tape: The problem with trying to do anything in Croatia is the sheer amount of red tape involved. It’s frustrating and quite annoying at times, but you just have to be patient and know that you’ll get there in the end. If you have a friend who speaks Croatian, they may be able to help you speed up the process slightly.
  • Potential language barrier: Most people in Croatia speak English, especially in large towns and cities, but you will still notice that a lot of people don’t. It can lead to some awkward situations when you’re trying to communicate, but a translation app will serve you well. I never struggled too much, but there were times when I encountered a few problems.
  • Some places don’t have a lot going on out of season: The main towns and cities remain open throughout the year, but you will notice that the tourist bars and restaurants close until around May time. This is especially the case in Dubrovnik.
  • You will have to leave after one year: The digital nomad visa allows you to stay for up to one year, but after that time you will have to leave for at least six months before re-applying. It’s very easy to fall in love with Croatia and want to stay longer, and the knowledge that you can’t can be quite upsetting.

Croatia Digital Nomad: FAQ’s

Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Croatia Digital Nomad Visa.

Does Croatia offer a digital nomad visa?

Yes, since January 2021, Croatia has offered a digital nomad visa.

Do digital nomads pay tax in Croatia?

No. If you’re granted a digital nomad visa, you will not pay tax in Croatia. However, you will still need to continue paying tax in the country you’re registered in for taxation purposes.

Is it easy to get a digital nomad visa for Croatia?

The remote work visa process for Croatia is relatively simple. You can apply before or after you arrive in Croatia and the list of documentation is very clear and easy to obtain.

Can I apply for the Croatia digital nomad visa online?

Yes, you can apply for the Croatia digital nomad visa online. Click here for more details.

What are the income requirements for the digital nomad visa in Croatia?

To apply for the digital nomad visa in Croatia you must prove a stable income of €2.539,31/$2762 per month. This can be authenticated via a bank statement or wage slips from the last six months.

When did Croatia launch its digital nomad visa?

Croatia launched its digital nomad in January 2021.

In Conclusion

The digital nomad visa in Croatia has made it possible for remote workers to live and work in this beautiful country for up to a year. With so much to see and do and such a chilled-out atmosphere, especially during the summer months, it’s no wonder so many people are taking up the offer.

I can’t wait to go back to Croatia; it’s certainly on my list for this year. It’s easy to have a good quality of life in Croatia, meet lots of new people, and visit new places during your down time. The only snag is having to leave at the end of your visa!

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