Croatia Digital Nomad Visa

Everything Digital Nomads need to know

About Croatia

Croatia has a lot to offer, not only for holidaymakers. The country has a long coastline along the Adriatic Sea, with hundreds of islands and beautiful beaches, national parks, a rich history and culture, many historic cities and landmarks, and delicious cuisine.

Croatia is also known for its affordable cost of living, with excellent accommodation available for relatively little money, combined with fast internet speeds and a welcoming attitude to visitors. All this makes Croatia a great spot to base yourself as a digital nomad.

Residence permit or digital nomad visa – which one should you get then? Where to start?

Croatia City Destinations

Start by choosing your destination.
Think about which place could be your temporary croatian address.


A Roman-era coastal city, Split is characterized by its historic downtown area, which is enclosed within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace. There is also a wonderful daily farmer’s market just outside the walls, which is perfect for picking up fresh produce and enjoying high-quality and locally-sourced food.

There is a promenade right along the seafront called the Riva which is filled with cafés, bars, and restaurants. This area is perfect for spending some time getting work done, hanging out with friends in comfortable surroundings, or just taking life slowly and watching the sunset.

There aren’t too many coworking options in Split, but there are plenty of cafés and restaurants that are amenable to digital nomads pitching up and getting some work done on their premises. Be sure to leave a good impression and don’t just sit for hours nursing one coffee.

Split, Croatia for Digital Nomads
Zagreb, Croatia for Digital Nomads


The colorful Capital of Croatia, Zagreb, is one of the most popular destinations for digital nomads in the whole country. There is stunning architecture all around, and there is green space aplenty in the numerous public parks. Although Zagreb isn’t by the sea, the atmosphere is still warm and welcoming to digital nomads and prices aren’t quite as high as in some other parts of Europe.

Zagreb is, in all the best ways, a truly European city with nightlife aplenty and a real café culture spilling out onto its many old streets. Add in that there is a large, bustling digital nomad community that is here all year round and is active in many local activities. As you would expect, there are also co-working spaces aplenty, ranging from small and boutique to larger chains. Zagreb also has excellent links to pretty much everywhere in other parts of the country, and it can also be reached by plane or train from the nearest European capitals.


One of the most picturesque cities in the whole of Europe, Dubrovnik sits perched upon the shore of the Adriatic Sea, and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sharp-eyed television viewers may recognize the formidable stone walls of the Old City from the TV series Game of Thrones, where the City doubled as King’s Landing, the seat of the King and his family.

Despite being bound to antiquity with its old town walls and ancient buildings, there is a youthful and fun side to Dubrovnik as well, which is sure to appeal to the digital nomad crowd. Bustling cafés spill out onto cobbled squares, with people perched on chairs with laptops open before them, a fine mixture of the old and the new.

Dubrovnik for Digital Nomads
Croatia Visa Options

Croatia Visa Options

If you are already from the EU, you will have freedom of movement throughout the European bloc anyway and can settle in Croatia for a while if you wish without having to register for a separate visa.

Tourist Visa

A tourist visa is a short-stay visa (C visa), called “kratkotrajna viza”/ viza C in Croatian. If you are from outside the EU, want to come on a tourist visa, and are content with spending 90 days out of 180 in Croatia, you will not have to do anything in advance to be allowed your visit.

Tourist Visa Croatia
Croatia Digital Nomad Visa

Croatia Digital Nomad Visa / Temporary Residence Permit

Once your 90-day tourist visa or stay has expired, and you wish to stay and actually live in Croatia beyond the term of your short-stay visa, then you must apply for a Croatian Digital Nomad Visa. Combining the length of stay allowed by both visas, you can stay in Croatia for up to 15 months.

Unlike some digital nomad visas in other European countries, the Croatian digital nomad visa is actually more accurately termed a temporary residence permit, and it will not allow you to gain permanent residence in the country.

The Croatian temporary residence permit is granted for up to a year (possibly even less) and it cannot be extended. A new application for regulating the stay of digital nomads can be submitted 6 months after the expiry of the previously granted temporary stay of digital nomads.

The new temporary residence permit specifically refers to digital nomads and the legislation introducing it defined digital nomads as “[A] digital nomad is a third-country national who is employed or performs work through communication technology for a company or his own company that is not registered in the Republic of Croatia and does not perform work or provide services to employers in the Republic of Croatia.”

This means that no digital nomads who apply for the new temporary residence permit can be working for a Croatian company during their stay.

Croatia Temporary Residence Permit

Croatia Visa Options

If you're a third-country national, and you need a visa to enter Croatia, then you should apply for this permit abroad at a Croatian embassy or consulate in your home country.

You can also submit your application and required documents online. It will be forwarded to the competent local police station depending on where you plan to stay in the Republic of Croatia.

Required Documents

Here is a more detailed list of the documents required to obtain a Digital Nomad Visa for Croatia:

  • Application Form – You must fill out Form 1a, which is available in Croatian or English language. You can either submit the form online or in person.
  • Valid Travel Document – You must provide a copy of your valid travel document, such as a valid passport. The validity of your travel document must be at least 3 months longer than the period of your intended stay in Croatia.
  • Health Insurance – You must provide proof of health insurance for the entire period of your stay in Croatia. Your insurance must cover the territory of the Republic of Croatia and can be either travel insurance or private health insurance.
  • Proof of Purpose – You must provide evidence of your purpose for staying in Croatia. This can be in the form of a contract of employment or service contract with a foreign employer, a signed official letter, or proof of your own company that is not registered in Croatia. You must also provide a statement from your employer or a third-country national as proof that you will be working remotely in Croatia.
  • Means of Subsistence – You must provide proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself (and your close family members, if they join you) during your stay in Croatia. This can be in the form of a bank statement showing that you have the total amount required for the year, a bank statement, or payslips showing proof of regular monthly income to the required amount. A third-country national who is a digital nomad is required to have the amount corresponding to at least 2.5 average monthly net salary paid for the previous year.
  • Criminal Record – You must provide legalized documents that you have not been convicted of any criminal offences in your home country or any country where you have resided for more than one year immediately before arriving in Croatia (e.g. federal background check).
  • Address in Croatia – You must provide an address in Croatia where you will be staying. You can provide a temporary address as the address of your intended stay (e.g., a hostel or hotel if you have a reservation).

Note 1: You can also prepare the relevant photo, which will later be used in making the residence permit. Make sure, it will be a Croatian-sized passport photo!

Note 2: If there are close family members joining you, you will also have to provide their required documents like extract from the marriage certificate or extract from the birth certificates for children. Also read the recommendations for informal life partner (e.g. joint rental agreements).

Health Insurance for Digital Nomads

Health Insurance

“Obavezno zdravstveno osiguranje” – that's the Croatian name for the compulsory health insurance you should get. You must have proof of health insurance or travel insurance that will cover you for the duration of your stay. This is pretty standard and just ensures that you are never a burden on the Croatian State if you fall ill or have an accident.

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Does Croatia a Have Digital Nomad Visa?
Yes and… no. Croatia has introduced a residence permit for digital nomads who are third-country nationals and intend to reside or already reside in Croatia for the purpose of their work through communication technology for a company or their own company that is not registered in Croatia and does not provide services to employers in Croatia. However, it is important to note that this is not a visa, but a residence permit and is regulated by the Law on Foreigners.
How Much Does The Croatian Digital Nomad Visa Cost?
The total fee for obtaining a visa is the cost of the visa and administration fees.

If you submit the application at the Croatian embassy or consulate abroad, you should pay when applying. The costs are €55.74 for granting the temporary stay, and €93.00 for a long-term visa (visa D) or €41.14 for the biometric residence card.
There might be an additional fee for the service if you submit your visa application through the VFS visa centre. Also, you should make sure about the possibility of obtaining a biometric residence card.

If the application is submitted at the local police station, you will pay after the stay is granted. Your costs will be €46.45 for granting the temporary stay, plus €9.29 for administrative fees for the issuance of the biometric residence permit and also €31.85 for the biometric residence card (plus €59.73 for accelerated procedure).

Remember, you will need the BIC/SWIFT code for international payments. When sending documents, make sure that your proof of online banking payment will be sent to your caseworker in the form of a .pdf document.
Do Digital Nomads Pay Income Tax in Croatia?
It depends! Digital nomads who have residence permits in Croatia are exempt from paying income tax on their working income. However, if they have passive income such as investments, capital gains, rents, pensions, or certain types of crypto trading, they are required to report their income to Croatia's tax authority and pay tax according to the tax agreements between Croatia and their home country. It is important to note that this tax exemption only applies to the digital nomad, and not to their spouse or partner.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Croatian Digital Nomad Visa?
The length of time it takes to get a Digital Nomad Visa can vary based on a number of factors. Typically, the processing time is around a month. However, in some cases, it may take up to 12 weeks for the application to be processed by the authorities. It's recommended not to leave Croatia for at least a month while your application is being processed to ensure that you are available to provide any additional information or required documents.
Is There Any Digital Nomad Village in the Republic of Croatia?
There was a unique program – Digital Nomad Valley in Zadar, lasting from October 10th, 2021 - March 31st, 2022. It was a 6-month co-living project aimed to attract remote workers to the city of Zadar. There's currently no official digital nomad village in the Republic of Croatia. However, there are several cities and towns that are popular among digital nomads, such as Zagreb, Split, and Dubrovnik. Additionally, there are co-working spaces and networking events available for digital nomads in these cities.

Which countries offer
Digital Nomad Visas in 2023?

To conclude, here is the full list of countries, where you can get a Digital Nomad Visa in 2023:

Andorra* Dominica Mexico
Anguilla Dubai Montenegro*
Antigua and Barbuda Dominica Mexico
Argentina* Estonia North Macedonia
Aruba Georgia Norway
Bagamas Germany Panama
Barbados Greece Romania
Belize Hungary Saint Lucia
Bermuda Iceland Seychelles
Cabo Verde Indonesia South Africa*
Cayman Islands Italy* Spain
Croatia Latvia Sri Lanka*
Curaçao Malta Taiwan
Cyprus Mauritius Czech Republic
Andorra* Cyprus Mauritius
Anguilla Czech Republic Mexico
Antigua and Barbuda Dominica Montenegro*
Argentina* Dubai Montserrat
Arminia Ecuador Namibia
Aruba Egypt* North Macedonia
Australia Estonia Norway
Bagamas Georgia Panama
Bahamas Germany Portugal/Lisbon
Barbados Greece Romania
Belize Hungary Saint Lucia
Bermuda Iceland Seychelles
Cabo Verde India* (Goa) South Africa*
Cayman Islands Indonesia/Bali Spain
Colombia Italy* Sri Lanka*
Costa Rica Latvia Taiwan
Croatia Malaysia Thailand*
Curaçao Malta

*Digital Nomad Visa introduced but not yet implemented

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