Croatia Entry Requirements

Croatia Entry Requirements

Passport and visa regulations


Passport required visa required Return ticket required
Germany no no no
Austria no no no
Switzerland no no no
Other EU countries No/1 no no
Turkey Yes Yes, 1 no

ID cards/identity cards

Nationals of the following countries listed in the table above can enter for tourist stays or business trips with a valid identity card: EEA countries and Switzerland.

Passport information

Generally required, if a visa is required, it must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the validity of the visa. If there is no visa requirement, it must be valid for the entire stay.

Visa information

A visa is generally required except for nationals of the following countries listed in the table above for stays of up to 90 days: (a) EU countries and Switzerland who can present an identity document valid during the stay. (b) [1] Turkish citizens who are holders of a Schengen visa or a visa or residence permit for Bulgaria, Cyprus or Romania do not require a Croatian visa.

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Entry and transit visa: €60.

Visa types and costs

Entry, transit and airport transit visa.


Maximum 3 months.


Travelers who otherwise require a visa and who fly on within 48 hours, have valid return/onward travel tickets and documents and do not leave the transit area do not require a transit visa. i.d. Usually in person at least 3 months before the planned departure at the responsible consular representation (see contact addresses).

Application required

(a) 1 application form. (b) 1 recent passport photo (3.5 x 4.5 cm). (c) Passport valid for at least 3 months beyond visa validity and issued within the last 10 years. (d) If applicable, residence permit for Germany, Austria or Switzerland, which is valid for at least four months beyond the stay (e) Fee (by ec card when applying or with a payment slip provided by the consulate). (f) Proof of sufficient funds (cash, debit or credit cards, traveller’s cheques, employment certificate, the last three payslips or similar). (g) Travel documents (return ticket, booking confirmation). (h) Hotel Booking/Accommodation Confirmation. (i) if applicable Proof of the purpose of your stay (e.g. letter of invitation). (j) valid international health insurance. Citizens of some countries must submit additional documents, more information from the responsible consular representation (see contact addresses).

Processing time

2-3 weeks. Express processing of urgent applications: up to 3 days.

Proof of sufficient funds

Foreigners must have sufficient funds for their stay. In individual cases, the border authorities may request proof of this from travelers who do not require a visa (daily rate €100, with proven booking €50). Proof can be provided in the form of cash, credit and debit cards, checks or other funds.

Legally Required Registration

Foreigners who are not EU citizens must register with the local police or tourism authority within 48 hours of arrival (usually arranged by the hotel, landlord or travel agency). You have to register again every time you change location. Registration is only mandatory for EU citizens if they stay in Croatia for more than 90 days.

Documents required upon entry

Sufficient Funds. Travelers who require a visa must also have an onward or return ticket.

Extension of stay

EU citizens and Swiss who want to stay in Croatia for more than three months must either have an income or have sufficient financial means if they are unemployed or studying and have valid health insurance. In addition, they must register with their responsible residents’ registration office.

Entry with children

German: Machine-readable children’s passport (with photo recommended) or your own passport or identity card. Austrians: Own passport or identity card. Swiss: Own passport or identity card. Turks: Own passport. Note: The same visa requirements apply to children as to their parents. Important: Unaccompanied minors must carry a certified declaration of consent from the legal guardian/parents when leaving Croatia. Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU). Entries of children in the parental passport are no longer possible.

Entry restrictions

Passports issued by the Turkish Republic of Cyprus are not recognized by Croatia.

Entry with pets

Dogs, cats and ferrets from EU countries and non-rabies-free third countries require an EU pet passport (pet pass) or a national pet passport, which can only be issued by authorized veterinarians, and must have an implanted microchip on their neck as an identifier. The pet passport must show that the animal has had a valid rabies vaccination and, if necessary, a valid booster vaccination against rabies. The import is limited to 5 animals. Pets under 4 months of age are exempt from the compulsory vaccination against rabies. The following additional regulation applies to dogs, cats and ferrets as well as to birds and small animals from non-rabies-free third countries: A health certificate is required for each animal. For entry into the EU area, a test for the presence of vaccinal antibodies must be carried out on pets 3 months before entry. Exception: The 3-month period does not apply to pets whose EU pet passport shows that the blood was taken before this animal left the territory of the Community and that the blood analysis showed sufficient antibodies to rabies. For dogs, cats and ferrets from rabies-free third countries (e.g. Switzerland, Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino and Vatican City) the pet passport, which confirms a valid rabies vaccination, can also be used for import.

Croatia Entry Requirements