VISAS

COVID-19:

 

This web site of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of Croatia contains information regarding the conditions of entry into the Republic of Croatia considering temporary bans, i.e. restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19: https://mup.gov.hr/uzg-covid/english/286212

 

When staying in the Republic of Croatia, all passengers, regardless of their category and country of origin, are obliged to follow the general and special instructions and recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

 

In order to shorten the procedure at the border crossing point, we advise all foreign passengers, regardless of their citizenship, to fill the announcement in advance at Enter Croatia: https://entercroatia.mup.hr/

 

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Measures to suppress and prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19):

http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

 

Until further notice, the lodging of a visa application at the Croatian Embassies/Consulates is temporarily suspended.

Suspension of receipt of the visa application does not apply to the following categories of persons:

1. family members of Croatian nationals;

2. family members of citizens of the EEA and the Swiss Confederation;

NOTE: Family members referred to in points (1) and (2) are considered to be:

- spouse,

- common-law partner if the union lasts for three years or less if the stability and permanence of the union can be determined from other circumstances,

- life or informal life partner,

- the direct descendants who are under the age of 21 or are dependants, and those of the spouse or extramarital partner or life or informal life partner,

- adopted child up to the age of 21 or is dependant, as well as that of a spouse or common-law partner or life or informal life partner,

- dependent direct relatives in the ascending line and those of the spouse or common-law partner or life or informal life partner.

- A family member may also be considered another family member who is in the country from which he/she comes the dependent member, a member of the household or is dependent on his/her personal care for serious health reasons.

- According to Agreement between the European Community and the Russian Federation on the facilitation of the issuance of visas to the citizens of the European Union and the Russian Federation and Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Belarus on the facilitation of the issuance of visas, family members / close relatives of Croatian citizens are the following citizens of the Russian Federation and Belarus: spouses, children (including adopted), parents (including custodians), grandparents and grandchildren regardless of age and do not have to be the dependent family members. However, minors cannot be inviting party.

3. persons who have been granted temporary residence or have been issued a residence and work permit in the Republic Croatia;

4. members of the immediate family of the persons referred to in point (3), if those persons are already in the Republic of Croatia and have been issued a residence card;

NOTE: The following are considered immediate family members of the persons referred to in point (3):

- spouses,

- common-law partner if the union lasts for three years or less if the stability and permanence of the union can be determined from other circumstances,

- minor joint children of spouses and common-law partners, their minor adopted children and minor children of each of them, who have not started their own family,

- parents or adoptive parents of minor children.

- According to Agreement between the European Community and the Russian Federation on the facilitation of the issuance of visas to the citizens of the European Union and the Russian Federation and Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Belarus on the facilitation of the issuance of visas, family members / close relatives of citizens of the Russian Federation and of the Republic of Belarus, legally residing in the territory of the Republic of Croatia, are the following citizens of the Russian Federation and Belarus: spouses, children (including adopted), parents (including custodians), grandparents and grandchildren regardless of age and do not have to be the dependent family members. However, minors cannot be inviting party.

5. healthcare workers, health researchers and caregivers for the elderly,

6. workers in the transport sector;

7. diplomats, staff of international organizations and persons invited by international organizations whose physical presence is necessary for the good functioning of those organizations, military personnel and police officers, as well as humanitarian and civil protection personnel in the performance of their duties;

8. passengers in transit, provided that they prove the possibility to enter the country of destination;

9. seafarers;

10. persons traveling for education;

11. persons traveling for urgent personal/family reasons, such as:

- visit of extended family members (parents and children, regardless of age, including parents and children of the spouses; siblings, including their children),

- marriage, provided that the relevant documentation is attached and the date of the wedding in Croatia is determined,

- death of a family member - attendance to funeral,

- serious and urgent health reasons provided that medical documentation and a hospital invitation is presented,

- ownership of a real estate provided that the title deed is presented,

 - ownership or leasing of a vessel berthed at Croatia provided that the proof of ownership or leasing is presented.

Family members / close relatives (spouses, children, parents, grandparents, grandchildren) of citizens of Russian Federation that are owners of real estate or vessels berthed at the Croatian port, traveling for urgent personal/family reasons, also can apply for visa regardless of age. However, minors cannot be inviting party.

12. persons traveling for tourist reasons provided that a confirmation of booked acommodation or certificate of paid accommodation in a hotel, camp, private renter or rented vessel and other form of tourist accommodation is presented

13. persons traveling for business reasons, or who have other economic interest

 

Exceptionally, and in accordance with Article 5 Para 4 of the Decision on temporary ban and restrictin of crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia (Official Gazette Nos. 84/21, 85/21, 90/21, 95/21 and 100/21), persons coming from third countries listed in Annex I to Council Recommendation (EU) 2020/912 may enter Croatia without restrictions as to the purpose of the journey. Therefore, the suspension of receipt of the visa application does not apply to the following categories of persons either:

14. nationals of Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Rwanda and Saudi Arabia residing in the country of their nationality and traveling to Croatia directly from Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Rwanda or Saudi Arabia;

15. third-country nationals (if they require a visa) who have a valid residence permit in Australia, Canada, Chile, Jordan, the Republic of Korea, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Ukraine or Uruguay and who travel to Croatia directly from those countries.

 

NOTE: in the event of a serious deterioration of the epidemiological situation in a particular third country, a temporary complete suspension of visa applications is possible. In this case, visa applications are accepted only from:

  • family members of Croatian nationals;
  • family members of citizens of the EEA and the Swiss Confederation;

 

Until further notice, the delivery and storage of guarantee letters at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia is only possible by mail (address: Služba za vize, Petretićev trg 2 10000 Zagreb).

 

 

VISAS

The Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Moscow has consular competence for the territory of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.

Please check if you require a visa for Croatia: http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

Information regarding the visa issuance procedure is available on the internet pages of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia at: http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/issuance-procedure/enclosed-documents-/

A visa should be obtained before travelling to Croatia at the competent embassy/consulate. If Croatia has no embassy/consulate in a particular country, an alien may file an application for visa at the closest Croatian embassy/consulate.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Pursuant to the Government’s Decision, starting with 22 July 2014, the Republic of Croatia applies Decision No 565/2014/EU. All third-country national who are holders of valid Schengen documents, as well as national visas and residence permits of Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Romania, do not require an additional (Croatian) visa for Croatia.

Aliens who are holders of:

  • uniform visa (C) for two or multiple entries, valid for all Schengen Area Member States;
  • visa with limited territorial validity (LTV visa), for two or multiple entries, issued to the holder of a travel document that is not recognised by one or more, but not all of the Schengen Area Member States, and which is valid for the territory of the Member States recognising the travel document;
  • long-stay visa (D) for stays exceeding 90 days, issued by one of the Schengen Area Member State;
  • residence permit issued by one of the Schengen Area Member State;
  • national visas for two or multiple entries and residence permits of Bulgaria, listed in Annex I to Decision No 565/2014/EU
  • national visas for two or multiple entries and residence permits of Cyprus, listed in Annex III to Decision No 565/2014/EU
  • national visas for two or multiple entries and residence permits of Romania, listed in Annex IV to Decision No 565/2014/EU

do not require a visa for transit or intended stays in the territory of Croatia not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period.

Decision No 565/2014/EU is available at:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32014D0565&from=EN.

The period of validity of the above-mentioned documents which are recognised as equivalent to the Croatian visa must cover the duration of the transit or stay in the Croatian territory.

This facilitated entry of aliens shall be in force until Croatia fully applies the provisions of the Schengen acquis.

 

WHAT IS A VISA?

A visa is the approval for transit through the territory of the Republic of Croatia or entering the Republic of Croatia and for a stay of up to 90 days in each 180-day period.

It is issued for one, two, or multiple entries for the purpose of transit or for tourist, business, private or other purposes.

The possession of a visa does not grant the entry to the Republic of Croatia, but other legal requirements for granting the entry to the Republic of Croatia must also be met.

You cannot work on the basis of a visa.

 

WHEN IS A VISA APPLICATION ADMISSIBLE?

A visa application is admissible if:

1. it has been submitted less than 6 months prior to the date of the planned journey;

2. a visa application form has been fully filled out in Latin alphabet and capital letters, and signed;  
(IMPORTANT: the application needs to be signed in two places). The application form can be filled out online at https://crovisa.mvep.hr/default.aspx?langId=en

An example of a properly filled-out visa application form

3. a valid travel document has been submitted:

  • the validity period of the travel document should exceed that of the visa by three months
  • the travel document must be issued in the previous 10 years
  • the travel document must contain at least two empty pages for the visa

4. a 35x45 mm colour photo has been submitted:

  • The person in the photo should have a neutral facial expression, both eyes open and mouth closed; the photo should be taken in full-face view directly facing the camera.
  • Exceptionally, blind persons wearing dark glass can be photographed wearing them.
  • Cheeks, chin and forehead of persons wearing head covering for religious or medical reasons should be visible.
  • When taking a photo of children, no other persons should be present and children’s faces should be completely visible and eyes open.
  • The head (from the top of the chin to the top of the head) should occupy about 2/3 of the photo, but should not exceed 36 mm. The head must be centred. The distance between eyes (from the middle of the left eye to the middle of the right eye) should be at least 8 mm (optimum distance is 10 mm).
  • High quality glossy photographic paper, smooth, without any surface structure, to produce high-quality prints should be used. The background should be light, uniform and without patterns and in clear contrast to the face and hair.

An example of the photograph

5. a visa fee has been paid

If the abovementioned conditions are not fulfilled, the visa application is inadmissible and the Embassy will not examine the application.