Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Residency in Croatia

Our services on this website, ResidencyCroatia.com will provide you with a Residence Permit and allow you to live and work in Croatia.

The maximum time for a non-European to visit Croatia is 90 days. If you want to stay more than 90 days, you will have to apply for your residence and Work & Stay / Highly-Qualified / Self-Employed Residencies within the country.

You will only be allowed to enter Croatia if you have a multiple entry Schengen visa so you can return to the Schengen Area. If you have a single entry visa, you will not be able to enter Croatia.

The population is covered by a basic health insurance plan provided by statute and optional insurance and administered by the Croatia Health Insurance Fund. In 2012, mandatory annual expenses related to health care reached 21,000 million kunas (approximately 2,800 million euros).

Despite being part of the EU, Croatia is NOT part of the Schengen Zone. The country officially requested to join on July 1, 2015 (the second anniversary of joining the EU), but is not yet part of the Zone. The latest news is that it is likely to join in 2020.

To obtain permanent residency in Croatia, you must have been an oficial resident in Croatia for at least five years

Citizenship can be applied for once 8 years of Residence have been completed.

Are euros accepted in Croatia? You will discover that you can pay some items (private accommodation, taxis, some small restaurants) in euros. Note that this is totally unofficial; The euro is NOT an official currency and a company / individual is NOT required to accept them as payment.

EU nationals can work without special permits to travel, live or work in Croatia. Third-country nationals (non-EU) will need a work permit to work legally in Croatia. ResidencyCroacia can arrange this.

According to a recent survey, about 80% of Croats are multilingual and, of that group, 81% of which are English speakers. The next most popular language is German with 49% followed by Italian with 24%. Language ability varies by region. In Slavonia, only 51% speak a foreign language, while in Istria, 95% speak another language.

Croatia is an upper middle-income country with Gross National Income (GNI) per capita of US$ 4,640. … Since 2000, Croatia has been one of the fastest growing economies in Central Europe, with GDP growth averaging 4 percent.
Croatia’s economy is a developed economy based on high-income services with the tertiary sector representing 60% of the total gross domestic product (GDP). … Croatia formally emerged from the recession with 3 continuous quarters of GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2014 (0.3%), the first quarter of 2015 (0.5%) and the second quarter of 2015 (1.2%).

The 2013 enlargement of the European Union saw Croatia join the European Union as its 28th member state on July 1, 2013. The country applied for membership in the EU in 2003, and the European Commission recommended that it be an official candidate early of 2004.

Croatian nationals can work without work permits in Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain, according to an official communication from the European Commission. Reciprocally, Croatia has eliminated work permit restrictions for the nationals of these EU member-states as well.

Croatia is actually one of the safest countries in the world. According to The Global Peace Index, Croatia is 27 on the list of the safest countries in the world as of 2019, out of 163 countries evaluated. Twenty-three different indicators are used to determine the safety of an individual country.

Croatia is classed as the 22nd safest country in the world out of 128 countries.

In Croatia, services account for about two-thirds of Croatian GDP. Major industries include shipbuilding, construction, petrochemicals, and food processing. Most important of all is the tourism industry, with about 10 million foreign visitors per year and accounting for 15% of GDP.

Croatia’s banks are stable and well capitalised. Having been badly hit by the global financial crisis and six straight years of recession Croatia’s recovery is very good. … The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index ranked Croatia at 58th in the world in 2018, below most other EU member states.