Stay and work

Third-country nationals

Third-country nationals are aliens who are not nationals of the Member States of the European Economic Area (the European Union, the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Kingdom of Norway, and the Republic of Iceland). Nationals of the Swiss Confederation are subject to the provisions of the Aliens Act relating to EEA nationals.

The Aliens Act (Official Gazette No 130/11, 74/13 and 69/17) prescribes the conditions for the entry, movement and stay, and work of aliens, as well as the conditions of work of posted workers in the Republic of Croatia and their rights.


Stay of third-country nationals

Third-country nationals may stay in the Republic of Croatia:
  • up to 90 days in any 180-day period – short-term stay
  • up to a year – temporary stay
  • indefinitely – permanent stay
A short-term stay is a stay of third-country nationals defined by Article 6 of the Schengen Borders Code (Regulation (EU) 2016/399 of 9 March 2016).