croatia visit visa

croatia Visit Visa - Definitive Guide

Croatia is not a very huge country in terms of area but it surely is a country that welcomes people from across the world to come and stay in Croatia. If you have any friends and family in Croatia, you can visit the on a Croatia visit visa.

What is Croatia Visit Visa?

croatia visit visa

There are different kinds of short term visa to visit Croatia. One of the common visas is a visitor visa. This visa differs from the tourist visa by the purpose of the visit. There are different document requirements as well. It is needed at the time when you are looking forward to visiting your family members or friends in the country. To obtain a visitor visa, you require an invitation from the person you are visiting in Croatia. The validity for a Croatia visitor visa varies from 90 days to 180 days as well, which can be extended as per the requirement.

How to apply for Croatia Visit Visa?

The process of application is mainly offline but starts with an online application. However, before you carry on to the process of application, it is important that you first check if you match the eligibility criteria. You must first make sure that you have all the requirements and mainly a valid passport to support your application. The steps for the process 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 Croatia visit visa.
  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. 

There are certain things that you need to keep in mind at the time of filling out 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 visit 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 of Visit Visa to Croatia

There are various factors that you need to consider to be able to obtain Croatia visit visa. The criteria that will make you eligible for the permit are mentioned as follows:

  • You must possess proof of purpose of visit
      1. If you are visiting your acquaintances, you must have an invitation letter from the resident in Croatia.
      2. You must visit for tourism only, or visiting acquaintances and not searching for or taking up any kind of employment.
      3. Pre-bookings of the round trip and hotel reservations (if required) must be done.
      4. Credible proof of accommodation must be made available for the visa application.
  • 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.
    3. If the trip is sponsored, you must have the relevant proof of the same.

Documents required for Croatia Visit Visa

Documents required for Croatia visit visa 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
  • Letter of Invitation
  • Copy of valid older visas (if any) - USA, UK, Schengen, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile.

Photo Specifications of Visit Visa to Croatia

The photo specifications of visit visa to Croatia are as follows -

photo specifications of visit visa to croatia

  • 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 visit visa depends 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 Visit Visa Fee

The fee for a visa to visit Croatia is paid in two instalments. The first fee is paid at the time when you are applying online by filling out the online application form for the chosen category. 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
Multiple entry Normal 1 month 3 months 6640.0
Multiple entry Normal 1 month 3 months 6640.0
Multiple entry Normal 1 month 3 months 9160.0
Multiple entry Normal 1 month 3 months 6640.0
Term 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 6640.0
Multiple entry Normal 1 month 3 months 6640.0
Multiple entry Normal 1 month 3 months 6640.0
Multiple entry Normal 1 month 3 months 9160.0

After submission

When the documents have been submitted along with the visa application form, 

  • The embassy will process the same and you will be asked to attend an interview if required.
  • 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, to check the status of your visa, you may visit the website of the visa agency through which you have applied or the visa application centre website. You can even do it offline by calling the embassy with the visa application number and enquire about the status.

When you have this visa

When the visa has been received, you need to make sure that your actions do not get the visa cancelled. There are rules and regulations that are to be followed in order to do so. Some pointers can be found in the following:

  • 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 Visitor Visa?

In order to extend your visa, you must first need a reliable reason to stay in the country longer than your existing validity of the visa. There are two different scenarios when extending the visa. 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 of visa, 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 Visitor Visa How Long Can I Stay?

By law, you are allowed to stay in the country after 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 Visitor 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 visit 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 this visa to visit Croatia.



Can I Convert My Croatia Visitor Visa into Business Visa?

No, you will not be able to convert the Croatia visit visa into a work visa. If you require a work or employment visa, you need to apply for the same differently. However, when you get a work visa within the validity of your existing visitor visa, the existing visa will get cancelled once you obtain a work visa.



How Much Bank Balance Required to Get Croatia Visitor 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.



Can Indians get a visa on arrival to Croatia?


Technically, not all the Indians have permission to get a visa on arrival to Croatia. There are certain cases with which the Indians can be allowed to get a visa on arrival to Croatia. The Indians who have valid visa copies of other countries like USA, UK, Schengen, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, etc. are allowed to get a visa on arrival. Else, the applicant who does not possess any of these valid visas, have to go through the same procedure of application and should be present in India at the time of the process.




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