Visas

Living in Europe | Entry conditions/visas | Croatia

Visa is an approval to enter Croatia for a stay of up to 3 months (in any 6-month-period from the day of first entrance to the country) or for transit through the territory of Croatia. Visas are issued by diplomatic missions or consular posts of Croatia. A visa cannot be used as a work permit.

Foreigners who are subject to the visa requirement are obliged to apply for a visa prior to their entry into Croatia at a Croatian diplomatic mission/consular post. If there is no Croatian diplomatic mission or consular post in the applicant’s country, visa application may be submitted at the nearest Croatian diplomatic mission/consular post.

As a general rule, a foreigner must lodge a visa application personally. Exceptionally, a foreigner does not need to lodge the application personally, but needs to present him/herself in person when called upon by the diplomatic mission/consular post. A visa application may be lodged no sooner than three months before the date of the intended entry into Croatia.

 

A foreigner coming to Croatia for a business visit, invited by a legal person, must enclose a letter of guarantee to the visa application, filled out by the guarantor-legal person from Croatia. Guarantor must enclose a document proving its liquidity (“Bon 1” or “Bon 2” or certificate of the commercial court that no liquidation proceedings have been initiated, etc.) to the letter of guarantee. A letter of guarantee must be signed by the person authorised to represent the guarantor and certified with an official stamp. The applicant will receive a photocopy of the letter of guarantee, so that (s)he may present a proof of the purpose of his/her stay in Croatia if requested so by the national authority at the state border crossings.

 

A foreigner coming to Croatia for a private visit, invited by a natural person, must enclose a letter of guarantee to the visa application, filled out by a guarantor-natural person from Croatia. Guarantor may be a Croatian national or a foreigner with granted residence in Croatia, who has a steady income or financial means in Croatia. Guarantor’s signature on the letter of guarantee shall be certified by a notary public. If the guarantor is present when submitting the visa application, the signature on the letter of guarantee may also be notarised (certified) by the Croatian diplomatic mission/consular office (if the guarantor is a Croatian national) or by the competent authority of the receiving state (if the guarantor is a foreigner).​ The applicant will receive a photocopy of the letter of guarantee, so that they may present a proof of the purpose of his stay in Croatia if requested so by the national authority at the state border crossings.

 

More information on the Letter of Guarantee is available here.

 

 


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