General visa information
Information on the visa requirement, including application forms for visas, is available at www.mvep.hr/en/ (https://mvep.gov.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/,284.html ).
*By choosing country of your citizenship you will be able to find out if you are required to have a visa for entry and stay up to 90 days’ maximum in 180 days’ period in the Republic of Croatia.
On the same website, a full list of exemptions and conditions for exemptions is available.
Please be aware of the COVID restrictions on visa issuance (certain types of visas are suspended) – please check the list of permitted visa applications at the same website.
WHERE AND WHEN TO APPLY
Following information applies to foreigners who are required to have a visa:
In order to obtain a visa, the applicant must apply in person at the nearest VFS Centre or nearest Croatian Embassy in their area of his/hers residence.
A list of Croatian diplomatic missions and consular posts, as well as all additional information on cooperation with VFS is available at www.mvep.hr/en/ ( https://mvep.gov.hr/en/diplomatic-directory/diplomatic-missions-and-consular-offices-of-croatia/ and https://mvep.gov.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/ )
Visa applications should be submitted no more than six months (for seafarers in the performance of their duties no more than nine months), prior to the beginning of the intended trip, and as a rule, no later than 15 calendar days prior to the beginning of their intended trip.
IF YOU ARE A FOREIGNER LIVING IN THE UK who is required to have a visa when entering the Republic of Croatia, in order to obtain one, you have to apply in person at VFS Centre in London.
Address in the UK:
VFS Global UK Ltd, 66 Wilson Street,
London EC2A 2BT
Information on the visa procedures is available on https://visa.vfsglobal.com/gbr/en/hrv/
In order to submit visa application, an applicant has to book and appointment at https://visa.vfsglobal.com/gbr/en/hrv/book-an-appointment.
If you are experiencing issues to book appointment, please contact VFS Global on email@example.com to book your Croatian visa appointment.
You may also apply, in person as a rule (by appointment only), at the Croatian Embassy in London
Address in the UK:
Embassy of the Republic of Croatia
21 Conway Street
Tel: 0207 387 1144 (phone calls Monday – Friday 9:00-10:00)
Office hours for visa applications (by appointment only)
Monday to Thursday 11:00-14:00 (submission of the documents should not be later than 13:30) – by appointment only (please send the e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org). Please note that there is a long waiting list for appointment at the Embassy due to the high volume of demand on all consular services and because of the coronavirus restrictions.
Nationals of African countries (Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone) who do not live in the UK can apply at any of the Croatian embassies in Africa or authorized VFS Centres (Cairo, Algeria, Rabat, Pretoria). Contact information is available at https://mvep.gov.hr/en/diplomatic-directory/diplomatic-missions-and-consular-offices-of-croatia/. List of VFS Centres is available on https://mvep.gov.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/
Croatian Honorary Consulate in Edinburgh Is not authorised to process the applications for Croatian visas, as its role is honorary.
- Application form:
- you may download visa application form at: https://mvep.gov.hr/en/consular-information/visas/forms/visa-application/ or
- you may fill in the online visa application form at: https://crovisa.mvep.hr/ (please note you need to print out the form you have filled in online and bring it to the VFS Centre or the Embassy alongside all supporting documents when applying for the Croatian visa.) If a person is applying through VFS Centre, one has to fill in online form and present a print out of the aforementioned form when applying for Croatian visa.
Embassy advises all applicants to fill in online application form preferably. The online application form has to be printed out and visa procedure only starts when all documents are submitted personally at VFS Centre or the Embassy. Filling an online application does not mean application has been submitted.
Foreign nationals applying for a visa must enclose the following documents (including their copies) alongside the application form:
2. A valid travel document (the period of validity of the travel document should exceed that of the visa by at least three months, must include at least two empty pages, and must have been issued in the preceding 10 years);
3. Residence permit or other proof of legal residence in the country where applying for a Croatian visa. UK residence permit must be valid for at least 1 month after the departure from Croatia or if it is expiring while in Croatia one must present valid travel ticket to the country of origin;
4. A colour photo 35x45 mm;
Supporting documents that prove:
5. The purpose of the visit to Croatia,
6. Booked accommodation (applicant’s name has to be clearly stated on the booking or reservation confirmation),
7. Means of subsistence to cover your stay in Croatia (a bank statement for the last three months including the day of the application),
8. The proof of intention to return to your country of origin or to a third country (student letter or letter of employment),
9. Means of transport (return air travel ticket) and
10. Travel Health Insurance policy (with full name, policy No., coverage area - Worldwide or Europe or Croatia, minimum coverage of 30.000 Euros, for the time of stay in Croatia),
11. Pay a fee
*UNIFIED VISA FEE, which is charged at the moment of submitting the application for a visa is 69 GBP (exemption: for nationals of Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine, the visa fee is 30 GBP unless the Visa Facilitation Agreement prescribes otherwise). Embassy accepts only card payments.
Additionally, 1 GBP is charged for the use of the bank card machine at the Embassy premises. Cash payments are not permitted.
How to prove the purpose of stay:
*If the visit is tourism, the applicant must submit an accommodation reservation or a tourist voucher (only a reservation/voucher in the applicant’s name is acceptable - therefore, if somebody else booked accommodation in applicants name he/she should contact provider of accommodation to provide them with appropriate confirmation of accommodation with visa applicants name clearly stated)! For applicants who have private accommodation booking, a copy of the Decision of the relevant office in Croatia in Croatian language, proving the legal right to rent out the property, has to be enclosed as well (applicant has to request this from the provider of the accommodation).
*If the visit is private (visiting friends and family), the applicant must submit an original letter of guarantee of a private person (Please advise your host/guarantee to find forms and more information at: https://mvep.gov.hr/en/consular-information/visas/issuance-procedure/letter-of-guarantee/ and https://mvep.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/files/file/obrasci/JamstvenoPismoFizickaOsoba.pdf ) from the person he/she is visiting in Croatia (notarized by a public notary in Croatia). Please find more information at https://mvep.gov.hr/en/consular-information/visas/
*If the visit is business related, the applicant must submit an original letter of guarantee of a legal person - from the company he/she is visiting in Croatia (notarized with a signature of the legal person) - Please advise your host/guarantee to find forms and more information at https://mvep.gov.hr/en/consular-information/visas/issuance-procedure/letter-of-guarantee/ and https://mvep.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/files/file/obrasci/JamstvenoPismoPravnaOsoba.pdf
If one is just TRANSITING through Croatia, the applicant must submit along with the application form, photo, valid travel document/passport (the period of validity of the travel document should exceed that of the visa by at least three months, must include at least two empty pages, and must have been issued in the preceding 10 years), valid UK residency permit, travel ticket and a visa or another proof that one is not required for entering the third country.
Applicants must provide copies of all submitted documents.
THE EMBASSY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REQUEST ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS WHILE DECIDING ON A VISA APPLICATION RELATED TO EACH REQUEST SUBMITTED BY AN APPLICANT.
The submission of all required documents does not automatically grant the visa.
The issuance of a visa does not necessarily guarantee the entry into the Croatian territory.
VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION
EXEMPTIONS FROM VISA REQUIREMENT:
- Schengen visa holders (C 2, C multi, D)
Until the Republic of Croatia fully applies the provisions of the Schengen acquis, all foreign nationals who are holders of valid Schengen documents do not require an additional (Croatian) visa for entry and short-term stay in Croatia. Please note that Republic of Croatia is not a member of Schengen Area and we do not issue Schengen visas but we do facilitate holders of Schengen visas under conditions explained below.
Foreigners who are holders of a valid:
- uniform visa (C) for two or multiple entries, valid for all Schengen Area member states (providing that minimum one day is left unused of the numbers of permitted days in Schengen visa - ONLY);
- long-stay visa (D) with validity exceeding three months issued by one of the Schengen Area member states;
- residence permit issued by one of the Schengen Area member states;
do not require an additional Croatian visa for transit through or intended stay in the Republic of Croatia not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period.
The period of validity of the above-mentioned Schengen documents must cover the duration of the transit or stay in the Republic of Croatia and must allow for the return to the Schengen Area. If a person holds a valid passport and a valid “C 02” or “C Multi” Schengen visa valid for all Schengen states or a Schengen residence permit, he/she can enter Croatia and stay up to 90 days, providing that minimum one day is left unused of the numbers of permitted days in Schengen visa. Please note that the days spent in Croatia are not counted as the days spent in Schengen area. If a person holds a C 01 Schengen visa, he/she will not be able to enter Croatia with it.
The passport and the Schengen visa/residence permit must be valid at the moment of entering, during the stay, and at the moment of leaving Croatia (a C02 visa is not considered valid if both of the entries into the Schengen Area are used before entering Croatia). The passport must also be valid for at least 3 months after the planned departure from Croatia.
- Holders of EEA family member residence CARD/permit issued by a member state of the EU are exempt from visa requirements when they are travelling together with family members or are joining each other in or out of the country. UK is no longer a member of the EU and therefore holders of residence permits issued to EEA family members issued by UK authority are no longer exempt from visa requirement.
- Holders of travel documents for refugees issued by signatory states to the Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees of 28 July 1951 and Stateless persons – New York 28/09/1954 issued in EEA member states, the recognised refugees and stateless persons and other persons who do not hold the nationality of any country and reside in the United Kingdom and are the holders of a travel document issued by the United Kingdom, do not require a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia and to stay for up to 90 days in any 180-day period or to transit through the territory of the Republic of Croatia during its validity. Please note that only holders of Certificate of travel issued by the UK need a visa for entering Republic of Croatia.
*ADDITIONAL INFORMATION for applicants who are family members of a CROATIAN or EU/EEA/CH nationals and who do not hold an EEA family member residence card/permit issued by a member state of the EU– visa is required! UK is no longer a member state of the EU.
If you are a family member of a Croatian or EU/EEA/CH national, who is not a holder of an EEA family residence card/permit issued by a member state of the EU (and you hold for eg. UK residence permit for EEA family member) travelling to the Republic of Croatia together or joining each other, the following documents and their copies are required:
1. Visa Application Form as explained above,
2. A valid travel document with at least two blank pages, not older than 10 years and valid not less than three months after the planned visit,
3. Residence permit or visa or other proof of legal residence in the country where applying for a Croatian visa. UK residence permit must be valid for at least 1 month after the departure from Croatia or if it is expiring while in Croatia, one must present valid travel ticket to the country of origin,
4. A colour photograph (35 x 45 mm),
5. Marriage certificate/civil partnership/birth certificate (if your marriage certificate is issued by a non-UK or non EU country certified copy by the Embassy of the respected country Apostille stamp of the respected country with translation to Croatian or English language may be required),
6. Passport of EEA family member (or Croatian family member)
Applicants must provide copies of all submitted documents.
The visa in this case will be issued free of charge IF YOU ARE TRAVELING TOGETHER ONLY.
PROCESSING TIME AND COLLECTION
Regular processing time: up to 15 days (exceptionally 30 to 60 days or more);
Collection of passports with visas is possible on the date specified by the instructions of the official who received the application. If there is a problem with the application, you will receive phone call or an e-mail by the official with detailed instructions on how to proceed.
If the applicant provides an addressed and prepaid Special delivery envelope, the passport can be returned by post in which case the Embassy is not responsible for this passport including the time frame of delivery/ mistakes made by the mail carrier/ loss of passport. The Embassy does not provide tracking service in this case. Please, make sure your prepaid envelope covers the weight of your passport and that you have stated your name, surname and the address correctly on the envelope.
If the visa has been refused or already issued visa has been annulled or revoked, applicants receive a notification on refusal, annulment or revocation of a visa. Applicants may appeal against the Decision on refusal, annulment or revocation of visa through the responsible Embassy/Consulate of the Republic of Croatia, within the period of 15 days from the date of receipt of the decision. Appeal shall be submitted in written, in Croatian language. If the applicant lodges the appeal in another language, he/she must submit an official translation thereof. Division for Visas of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs decides on the appeals within 60 days from the date of receipt. The fee charged for the appeal: 38 GBP.
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