croatia tourist visa

Croatia Tourist Visa from India - Definitive Guide

Croatia is a country that is close to nature and a serene nation to visit for tourism. Well, you will need to a Croatia tourist visa for the same. The well kept national parks, the seaside hotels and apartments, clean and lovely beaches with rocky coves, Croatia is a magnificent country to spend your summer vacation.

What is Croatia Tourist Visa?

croatia tourist visa

As a tourist visiting Croatia, there is a protocol that you need to follow. There is verification of your important documents and yourself, issuing permission to be able to enter the country and tour it and several others. The most essential is to get a permit to be allowed to visit Croatia and this is done by issuing a tourist visa to Croatia. With this visa, you can visit all the desired tourist locations and stay in the country as long as 90 days. Although the validity of the visa varies from 90 days to 180 days, the allowed stay per visit is 90 days. This visa can be single or multiple entries.

How to get Croatia Tourist Visa?

Prior to the application, there are certain things that must be taken care of. You first must check if you have all the requirements and the eligibility for the application. The documents must be provided as per the given list by the embassy and the requirements must be met with proper guidelines put forth by the Embassy of Croatia. The process to apply for Croatia tourist visa is mainly offline. The steps for the procedure are given as follows:

  1. Got to the official website of the Embassy of Croatia.
  2. Select the visa section on the site and choose the online application form for a tourist visa to Croatia.
  3. Fill out the application form according to the details on your documents and the passport.
  4. Take a print out of the form and sign it.
  5. Attach the required supportive documents to the form (original if specifically instructed).
  6. Submit the form to the embassy along with the documents visiting personally.

At the time of filling the application form, you need to ensure that you are providing all the correct and true information. Entering false information can lead to visa rejection. This kind of visa refusal can affect your future applications for any kind of visa to Croatia or for any other country as well. Although there are other reasons as well that lead to rejection of the visa. It is therefore recommended to consider getting a professional consultation. 

Eligibility for Croatia Tourist Visa

The eligibility criteria must be followed so that you can apply for the issuance of your desired visa. There are certain pointers and parameters to be followed before carrying on with the process of application. The eligibility for Croatia tourist visa are listed as follows:

  • You must have proof of confirmed visit
    1. Pre bookings of the round trip must be done.
    2. You must visit for tourism only and not searching for or taking up any kind of employment.
  • You must meet the health requirements
    1. You must be healthy enough to travel to Croatia.
    2. You must perform a medical test before travelling to the country and provide a relevant documentary proof.
    3. You must be within the age limit to be able to apply for a work permit.
  • You must meet the character requirements
    1. You must be of good character and have genuine intentions behind visiting in Croatia.
    2. You need to provide a relevant documentary proof for the same as well (if asked) in the form of a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC).
  • You must have sufficient funds
    1. You must possess or have access to sufficient funds to be able to cover your stay and other expenses in Croatia.
    2. Bank statement or any equivalent document is to be submitted as well as proof of the same.

Documents required for Croatia Tourist Visa

Documents required for Croatia tourist visa are as follows:

  • An original passport that is valid for at least 3 months ahead of the date of travel.
  • Visa application form, completely filled and signed
  • Coloured photographs as per the photo specifications
  • A cover letter with all the required details
  • Confirmed flight tickets
  • Income Tax Returns proof
  • Travel Health Insurance
  • Proof of accommodation - invitation letter, hotel reservation, etc.
  • Proof of sufficient funds - bank statement or any other equivalent document.
  • Proof of identification and nationality - PAN card, Adhaar card
  • Copy of valid older visas (if any) - USA, UK, Schengen, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile.

Photo Specifications of Croatia Tourist Visa

The photo specifications of Croatia tourist visa are as follows -

photo specifications of croatia tourist visa

  • Two copies must be provided
  • Photo size: 35 mm x 45 mm.
  • Coloured copy must be provided.
  • The face must cover about 60-70% of the frame. 
  • Head should well-centred.
  • The picture must not be older than 6 months.
  • The background must be white
  • Neutral expressions
  • Glasses are not permitted.
  • Headgears are not allowed except for religious reasons.
  • Clothing shouldn’t match the background.

Processing time

The processing time required for the issuance of the Croatia tourist visa is dependent on several factors. Ideally, it requires about 15 days but the time may differ and increase as per the processing of documents and the interview. However, it may even need longer and take up to a month or two. The workload on the embassy, the staff at the embassy, the interview appointment and certain others.

Croatia Tourist Visa Fee

The fee for a tourist visa to Croatia is paid in two instalments. The first instalment is a fee is paid at the time when you are applying online by filling out the application form. The second instalment is paid after the documents have been approved and you have an appointment with the embassy for an interview. The total cost will vary depending on the type of visa.

Entry Stay Duration Validity Fees
Multiple entry Normal 1 month 3 months 9160.0
Multiple entry Normal 1 month 3 months 9160.0
Multiple entry Normal 1 month 3 months 9160.0

After submission

After the submission of the documents, 

  • The embassy will process your documents and you will be asked to attend an interview.
  • The documents will then be processed and you will be provided with a stamp on the passport.
  • The applications by mail are generally not accepted except for special cases.
  • The visa fees are to be paid at the time of filling out the online application as the receipt is to be submitted along with other documents offline to the Embassy of Croatia.
  • If there are any other requirements to be fulfilled or if there are any mistakes in the application, the embassy or the agency must be informed.
  • If there are any changes related to the application, for instance, change in marital status or birth of a child, you must inform the embassy/agency.
  • You can even check the status of the application and the processing in the meantime. 
  • If there is a change of plans, you can withdraw the application.
  • The visa fee is generally not refundable.

Check visa status

You can check the status of the visa on the embassy website in the visa application section. To check the status, you have to enter the application form number and a pin and you can know the status. Alternatively, you may visit the website of the visa agency through which you have applied or the visa application centre website to check the visa status. You can even do it offline by calling the embassy with the visa application number and enquire about the status.

When you have the visa

After the completion of the application process and the interview, the visa will be provided after the final processing. Even after getting a valid permit, you will still have to follow certain formalities and a protocol. After the issuance of the visa, you must be careful about your actions as there are chances that with bad conduct, the visa may get cancelled. There are rules and regulations that are to be followed as well. Some of the pointers are listed as follows:

  • Before you travel
      • Make a note of the visa expiry date, as well as the number of entries permitted. You must not stay in the country beyond this period.
      • You should travel to Croatia within the validity of your visa.
      • Make sure to carry a copy of your passport and other travel documents while you are in the country.
      • Issue health insurance and travel Insurance from a certified company.
  • At the Border
      • Get your documents checked and your passport verified.
      • Obtain the entry stamp on your passport.
      • Consult the airport authorities for any kind of assistance required.
      • Check your visa copy for other guidelines and rules to be followed.
  • When you enter Croatia
    • Ensure not to get involved in any kind of employment. You can, however, do volunteer work.
    • The tourist prohibited areas must be stayed out of.
    • Make sure you don’t overstay and apply for a visa extension in time.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can I Extend My Croatia Tourist Visa?

To extend your tourist visa to Croatia, it is important that you have legitimate reasons to do so. If you have proof of any humanitarian reasons or a force majeure, the Ministry will grant you an extension free of cost. Alternatively, if you have any personal reasons to get the extension, an extension fee is to be paid of 30 EUR. You must take note that the personal reason for visa extension should be justifiable and genuine.



After Expiring My Croatia Tourist Visa How Long Can I Stay?

You are not allowed to stay in Croatia once your visa has expired. If you have to stay, you can apply for an extension at least a week prior to expiration. There are consequences if you stay longer than the validity of the visa, you may be fined or even get deported in some cases.



What is the Medical Test for Croatia Tourist Visa?

A medical test is carried out in order to make sure that the candidate is fit to be in Croatia and does not have any contagious diseases. However, this medical test is not necessarily carried out for the tourist visa as it is a short-stay visa and the process is mainly mandated for long-term visas like a resident permit or work visa. There is no specialised medical test for the tourist type.



Can I Convert My Croatia Tourist Visa into Work Visa?

No, you are not allowed to convert a tourist visa to work visa. If you require a work visa, you need to apply for the same differently. However, when you get a work visa within the validity of your existing tourist visa, the existing visa will get cancelled once you get the work visa.



How Much Bank Balance Required to Get Croatia Tourist Visa?

The amount that is required in your savings bank account is not specified clearly by the Croatia embassy. There may be requirements as per the type of your visa and whether the visa is a long term or a short term visa. The embassy will specify at the time of application about the minimum amount required in your savings bank account.




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