STAY AND WORK OF FOREIGNERS IN THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA – Third-country nationals
Third-country nationals are non-nationals of Member States of the European Economic Area (European Union, Principality of Liechtenstein, Kingdom of Norway, Republic of Iceland, hereinafter referred to as EEA). Nationals of the Swiss Confederation are subject to the provisions of the Act on EEA Nationals and Members of Their Families (Official Gazette, no. 66/19 and 53/20).
Terms and conditions for approval of the temporary and permanent residence to the nationals of third countries are set forth in the Aliens Act (Official Gazette, no. 130/11, 74/13, 69/17, 46/18 i 53/20) and relevant regulatory acts.
The foreigners who wish to stay or work in Croatia can be devided into several categories. Documentation that must be enclosed to the request for regulation of residence longer than 90 days depends on the given categorisation.
A third-country national may work in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of a residence and work permit or a work registration certificate. The residence and work permit is issued on the basis of an annual quota and outside of the annual quota. The decision on the annual quota is made by the Government of the Republic of Croatia and is published in the Official Gazette.
Foreigners may stay in the Republic of Croatia on:
- Short-term stay (up to 90 days in any period of 180 days)
- Temporary stay (up to one year)
- Permanent stay (unlimited period of time).
As regards the visa issue, the Republic of Croatia, as a Member State of the European Union (hereinafter referred to as the EU), applies the common visa policy of the EU in the part related to the common visa regime. On the basis of a visa, a third-country national cannot work in the territory of the Republic of Croatia except in the cases referred to in Articles 82 to 85 of the Foreigners Act (Official Gazette 130/2011, 74/2013 and 69/2017).
The Decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia of 22 July 2014 establishes the application of the Decision No. 565/2014/EU. All foreign nations who are holders of valid Schengen documents (residence permits and visas for two or more entries), as well as holders of national visas and residence permits of Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania do not require an additional (Croatian) visa for the Republic of Croatia, provided that the aforementioned Schengen document is valid at the time of entry into and at the time of exit from the Republic of Croatia.
Foreigners who need a visa for Croatia can also fill out a visa application form via the link crovisa.mvep.hr After completing the online application, it is necessary to print it and submit it to the competent Croatian embassy/consulate, visa centre or agency of the accredited travel agency, accompanied by other prescribed documentation.