Ministarstvo vanjskih i europskih poslova

Information for Schengen visa holders

If you have been issued a short-stay visa for the territory of the Schengen States, as soon as you receive your short-stay visa, please make sure that all the information it contains is correct.
Check the following:
  • Your passport has a passport number. This number is also indicated on the visa sticker. Make sure that these numbers are the same;
  • You applied for your visa for a specific period or periods. Check that your air ticket corresponds with the number of days and validity period indicated on the visa sticker;
  • Check that the numbers of entries you applied (one, two or multiple) corresponds with the number of entries indicated on your visa sticker;
  • Check that your name is spelled correctly.
Do this yourself in order to avoid any problems or extra costs arising when using your visa. If you think that the information on the visa sticker is incorrect, inform the consulate or embassy immediately, so that any errors can be corrected
How to read the visa sticker:
“TRAJANJE BORAVKA (DURATION OF STAY)… DANA (DAYS)” field indicates the number of days you may stay in the Schengen Area. The days should be counted from the date you enter the Schengen Area (the entry stamp) to the date you exit the Schengen Area.
The period of time between “OD (FROM)… DO (UNTIL)” is usually longer than the number of days printed in the “TRAJANJE BORAVKA (DURATION OF STAY)… DANA (DAYS)” field.
The difference in period is meant to give you flexibility to plan entry into and exit from the Schengen Area, but your stay in the Schengen Area must never exceed the exact number of days in the “TRAJANJE BORAVKA (DURATION OF STAY)… DANA (DAYS)” field. No matter how many days you have stayed in the Schengen Area, you must leave no later than the date printed in the “DO (UNTIL)” field.
How to read the visa sticker – info flyer

Controls at the border
Your visa allows you to travel to Croatia and usually other Schengen States, but it does not automatically entitle you to enter Croatia. So you may have to provide certain information at the border or other controls. You may, for instance, have to provide information on your means of support, how long you intend to stay […] and why are you visiting […]. In some cases, such checks may result in a refusal for the visa holder to enter Croatia or the Schengen Area.
It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when you applied for the visa (e.g. copies of letter of guarantee, travel confirmations, means of subsistence and other documents proving the purpose of your stay). This will help to make the border control procedure easier and avoid delays at the border.

Registration in Croatia
After arriving to Croatia, if not staying in a hotel or a similar establishment, you have two days to register with the police authorities according to your place of residence. Also, in case you change your residence during the stay, you have to register again within two days.
*If you are staying at a hotel or are using other kind of commercial accommodation, it is the obligation of your accommodation provider to register you within one day of your arrival.
NB: You must keep to the period of stay allowed by your visa. Misuse and overstay may result in you being expelled and banned from obtaining a new visa for a certain period of time.