Visa Croatia

I noticed lots of people seams to have problems finding information about the visa system in Croatia, several people has also asked me, if they actual need a visa for travelling to Croatia, so I decided to make a small overview of the current situation. (For more detailed information you will need to check web pages of Croatian Ministry of foreign affairs and European integration) If you are still not sure after reading this, please feel free to leave comments at bottom of this page, I will then do my best to provide you with the information you are looking for.

Please note, special rules apply for guest arriving in Croatia on a cruise ship, if you are passenger on a cruise ship, you cruise company will automatically provide with visa, if necessary.

To start with you can see list of countries from which you don’t need visa for visiting Croatia …


If your are citizens of one of the following countries you can visit the Republic of Croatia and stay for up to 90 days and you may of course also transit through Croatian territory:

Andorra, Argentine, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italian, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nicaragua, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portuguese, Romania, El Salvador, San Marino, Singapore, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Swiss, Turkey, UK, Uruguay, USA, Vatican, Venezuela.

The exemption from the visa requirement also applies to the holders of valid travel documents issued in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and in the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.
The exemption from the visa requirement also applies to the following holders of valid travel documents of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland:

  1. British Nationals (Overseas);
  2. British Overseas Territories Citizens who have the right of abode in the United Kingdom, and
  3. British Subjects who have the right of abode in the United Kingdom.


Nationals of the following states may enter the Republic of Croatia with a valid identity card or a document confirming their identity and nationality:

European Economic Area (EEA), Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican, Swiss.


If you are citizens of on of the below mentionrd countries you will need to apply for Visa before entering the Croatian Republic of Croatia, once you have obtain the Visa you can stay up to 90 days in the country, with a valid visa you may of course also transit the country to reach other destinations.

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Columbia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji Islands, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Lebanese Republic, Liberia, Jamahiriya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Yemen.

The visa requirement also applies to holders of travel documents issued in the territory of Taiwan, People’s Republic of China.
The visa requirement also applies to holders of travel documents issued in the territory of the Palestinian Authority, the entity not fully recognized as a subject in terms of international law.
The visa requirement also applies to the following holders of valid travel documents of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland:

  1. British Overseas Territories Citizens who do not have the right of abode in the United Kingdom,
  2. British Overseas Citizens,
  3. British Protected Persons, and
  4. British Subjects who do not have the right of abode in the United Kingdom.

The Government of the Republic of Croatia may introduce a provisional suspension of the visa regime for a certain period, for nationals of some states.


  1. Hi,

    Apologies in advance if this has been answered before, but I could not find a suitable answer yet.

    The details:
    1. Indian national, living in UK with EU partner, de-facto relationship.
    2. UK residence permit (5 yrs)is based on above relationship and explicitly states that ‘Residence permit of a family member of a EEA national’.
    3. This residence permit allows me visa-free travel in the schengen zone as long as I am traveling with my partner – basically I don’t need a visa to travel.

    The questions:
    1. Since I WILL be traveling to Croatia (July 2012)with my EU partner, possibly via Hungary, a Schengen country, and I don’t need schengen visa, will I still need one for Croatia?

    Your response would be very much appreciated!

    Thank you for your time!

  2. Hi ,
    I am a citizen of India and have Schenegen visa from Austria and want to visit my friends in Croatia for 15 days .I have to go to Croatia by road /bus from Austria do i need to have Croatia visa to visit the country or my Schenegen visa will do I have to visit in the month of June this year and one thing also do i need to apply for other country visa which come in the way from Austria to Croatia .

    Kindly reply soon

  3. I have checked on the Croatian’s ministry for foreign and european affairs. Citizens from Mauritius do not require visa for a visit of 90days or less.

  4. My name is babar , I am.from Pakistan , I have just last month visit Bosnia so I need to visit Croatia , what documents we required ?please tell briefly

    • Dear Babar

      I am from Pakistan . Have travelled around a bit and this time i want to visit croatia and bosnia. Will you guide me about visa procedures for these countries and share your experience.


      Dr. Khalid Rafique

  5. Dear Sirs,
    As rules for entry to Croatia were changed from march 2013, Croatian visa is required for Russian citizens for entry to Croatia. Please advise how i can apply for Croatian tourist visa, as I am working in Shanghai (working permit for China). IS it possible to send documents for visa by express? or only being in person?
    Your reply is highly appreciated!

  6. My wife has a valid Ukrainian passport, but a newly received American greencard. Does she need a travel visa?

  7. Dear all, i am German citizen and my wife is a citizen of Thailand, but she is stay in Germany already since 2010 and she is the owner of a permanent residenceship in Germany.(in form of a ID-card Aufenthalttitel)
    My question : is it possible to travel 15 days to Croatia in August 2013 without a extra visa ?

    Sincerly Philip

  8. I am a Nepali citizen and I work for Carnival Cruise line in USA,I would like to go to Croatia with my boyfriend once I finish my contract. Since I will be in USA how do I apply for a visa to Croatia while I am in US? Even if I would like to do it from my country we don’t have Croatian embassy in Nepal so where do I have to go to get a visa respectively?

  9. I’m Nepalese citizen. I need to go to Croatia to attend a seminar from Oct 20-26, 2013. Please tell me that how and where should I apply for that and how long will it usually take for that?

  10. i am a nigerian fascinated by the prospect of visiting croatia. the nearest croatia embassy to nigeria is egypt, how can i obtain a visa to croatia?

  11. i would want to travel to Croatia and i have a friend who is giving me an invitation letter,what other documents are required,and where to i go for the visa?Am from Kenya.

  12. Hello can you help me please . My husband is a Croatian national we have two children and wish to travel to Croatia in summer .My children has only Trinidadian passport . Trinidad does not have a Croatian embassy. What are the options we have to make the trip to Croatia

  13. Hi,

    My name is Evans and I am currently in Ethiopia which is in Africa,I have been living and working in Dubai with my patner who comes from Croatian,now we are planning to get married but before that I am supposed to visit her family This July 2014,My problem is there is no consulate or embassy of Croatia even in nearby countries,how can i get visa for a period of two weeks stay in Croatia as I poses the invitation letter from her family?

    Looking forward to hear from you soon.

  14. I have a South African passport.
    I hold a valid Montenegro visa, and will be travelling there I wish to make day trip to Dubrovnik.
    Can I enter on a Montenegro visa?

  15. I am Syrian and living in Saudi Arabia, please advise where I can apply for Craotian visa

  16. Hi Morten,
    I am Syrian and living in Saudi Arabia, the nearest embassy to me is located in Doha – Qatar. I have contacted them, they advsied that I have to come personally in case they approve the visa, but I cannot enter to Qatar, may you please help to find an alternative

  17. i am a citizen of Ghana and need to apply for a tourist visa and want to know how ,because there is no embassy here and if i am suppose to go to the nearest country how am i assured to get the visa for such expenses to the neighboring country.Thank you .

  18. hi
    my name is shah i want to apply for visit visa from Pakistan but i don’t have any invitation how can i apply for tourist visa with out invitation
    best regards

  19. How much is tourist tax per person per day if staying on a charterd boat in Croatian waters? If staying 7 nights is it charged less?

  20. Thanks for the write up. It is very useful reading.

    I am a Ghanaian, and Croatia has only six embassies in Africa. What advice do you have for a Ghanaian visa applicant? Can the Croatian visa application be done by post or e-mail?

    Best Regards,

    George Achempim

    • Hi George,

      unfortunately i am not up to date with the information you are looking for, my best advice would be to e-mail or even call one of the embassies, to learn about the procedure which applies in your case

      Brgds, Morten

  21. Hi, I am holding Kazakhstan passport, the place I am living now, doesn’t have Croation consulate or embassy. I’m planning to go to Croatia in my summer holiday, I know I need a visa to get there, but I also heard that if I have a Shengen visa I can go in, is that true?
    Thank u

    Symbat 🙂

  22. Hi,

    I am living in the UAE, Dubai – I am trying to apply to a visit visa to Croatia, but there is no embassy here. Can I apply online?

    Please advice.

  23. I am Indian, want to go to Croatia. I have a green card of USA. Do I need to get my creation visa?
    I stay in USA.
    Thanks for reply.

  24. hi, i have a uk passport and intend to visit croatia in september, my passport expires in Dec — will that be ok??

  25. My question is my girlfriend is frim croatia and i am from pakistan we plan on getting married so what type of visa should i apply for?
    And if i apply fir visit visa should i mention about our marriage.

  26. Hi my husband from croatia And we live In Uk
    I have visa 5years to living In Uk
    I can get european card ???
    I CAN travel alone without visa????
    Thank u

  27. Hello, Please i need your Help,I’m a Nigeria citizen i have invitation from Croatia citizen, Do i need to Apply for Visa before i can travel to Croatia?

  28. hi, Am Tina and a Ghanaian citizen. please l want to know if l need to apply for a visa to pay a visit to your country. After the World Cup, l want to pay a visit to your country Croatia. please if l do need a visa, can you please help me to know the process. Thank you

  29. Hi – I have a double entry Schengen visa obtained from Austria – my plan is to travel to Vienna then Croatia then Vienna again then to leave to my home country. It says on the Croatian site I have to have at least on of the 2 entries unused. Can I get back to Vienna once I enter Croatia??? Does that affect my number of entries?

  30. Hi Morten
    I am a citizen of Denmark. My wife (Myanmar citizen) has an Alien passport issued by Denmark.
    She is currently residing in Denmark
    We are planning to visit to Croatia. Does she need visa? Thanks.
    Best regards
    Oo Tay

  31. hi Morten

    my name is Brian i am a Zimbabwean citizen, i am suppose to go to Croatia on the 20th of October to present my paper, do i need a visa and if so how much do i need to get it since in my country there is no Croatian embassy



  32. Hi Morten i am Hassan from Pakistan and living in Spain i have Pakistani passport and spanish residence card so i have to apply visa for croatia or without visa i can travel ?

  33. Hi, I’m a citizen of the third world country, I currently have valid type C(short stay) Bulgarian visa, I’ve been to Bulgaria once, I’m planning to visit Split, Croatia for Ultra Europe this year, can I visit with Bulgarian type c visa?
    Thank you in advance!

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