Short-term, temporary and permanent stay of EEA nationals

Short-term stay

EEA nationals are entitled to stay in the Republic of Croatia for up to three months from the day of their entry into the Republic of Croatia, if they possess a valid travel document or an identity card.

Temporary stay

EEA nationals who intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than 3 months have to register their temporary stay (Form 1b) at a competent police administration/police station according to their place of stay, not later than 8 days following the expiration of their 3-month stay period.

When registering their stay, they have to enclose a copy of a valid identity card or travel document which will be certified by an authorised officer upon comparing it with the original.

A certificate confirming that an EEA national has registered his/her temporary stay is printed out of the information system free of charge. A biometric residence permit is issued upon a request of an EEA national with a validity period of 5 years.

Certificate of registering temporary stay of an EEA national for the purpose of work

EEA nationals will be issued a certificate of registering their temporary stay if they have:

a valid identity card or travel document, and

certificate of employment or proof that they are self-employed.

Certificate of registering temporary stay of an EEA national for the purpose of university studies or vocational training

EEA nationals will be issued a certificate of registering their temporary stay if they:

have a valid identity card or travel document,

attend vocational training or are enrolled in a higher education institution in the Republic of Croatia, have arrived within the framework of student exchange or youth mobility programmes, or have arrived for the purpose of internship organised by authorised organisations or pursuant to international or inter-university agreements,

provide a statement of having sufficient funds to support themselves and their family members, so that they do not represent burden for the social welfare system of the Republic of Croatia during their stay in the country, and

have health insurance.

Certificate of registering temporary stay of an EEA national for other purposes

EEA nationals will be issued a certificate of registering their temporary stay if they have:

a valid identity card or travel document,

funds to support themselves, and

health insurance.

Certificate of registering temporary stay of a family member who is an EEA national

Family members of EEA nationals who are EEA nationals themselves and who intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than 3 months have to register their temporary stay (Form 1b) at a competent police administration/police station according to their place of residence not more than 8 days following the expiration of their 3-month stay period. They have to enclose the following documents:

a copy of a valid identity card or travel document, which will be certified by an authorised officer upon comparing it with the original,

a document proving that they are a family member referred to in Article 162, paragraph 1, items 1 to 6 of the Aliens Act,

relevant documents proving that, due to their material and social situation in the country of origin, when it comes to the provision of basic needs, they depend on an EEA national or are members of his/her household or, due to serious health problems, require personal care of an EEA national if they are a family member referred to in Article 162, paragraph 1, item 7 of the Aliens Act.

Family members of a Croatian national referred to in Article 162 of the Aliens Act, who are EEA nationals themselves, may register their temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification as described above.

Along with the above mentioned documents, family members of a Croatian national who are EEA nationals themselves also have to submit proof that the respective Croatian national:
  • is employed or self-employed, or
  • is enrolled in a higher education institution or attends vocational training, has health insurance, and provides a statement of possessing sufficient funds for support, or
  • has sufficient funds for support and health insurance.

Note: family members of Croatian nationals who are EEA nationals themselves do not have to enclose extracts from the birth register or birth certificates, marriage certificates or extracts from the register of marriages. These will be obtained from the registry office ex officio.

A certificate confirming that an EEA national has registered his/her temporary stay is printed out of the MoI information system free of charge.

EEA nationals may also, if they want to, apply for a biometric residence card which costs HRK 79.50.

Permanent stay of EEA nationals

EEA nationals are entitled to permanent stay after five years of uninterrupted legal stay in the Republic of Croatia (Article 173, paragraph 1 of the Aliens Act).

Exceptionally, EEA nationals are entitled to permanent stay even if they have not had 5 years of uninterrupted legal stay.

These exceptions are prescribed in Article 174 of the Aliens Act.

EEA nationals register their permanent stay at a police administration/police station according to their place of stay (Form 3b).

EEA nationals are issued biometric residence cards with a validity period of ten years.

Short-term, temporary and permanent stay of a family member who is not an EEA national

Short-term stay


Non-EEA family members of EEA nationals are entitled to stay in the Republic of Croatia for up to 3 months from the date of entry into the Republic of Croatia provided that they have a valid travel document.

Temporary stay

Non-EEA family members of EEA nationals who intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than 3 months have to apply for a residence card for a family member of an EU national (Form 2b), at a police administration/police station according to their place of stay not later than 8 days following the expiration of their 3-month stay period. A receipt confirming that the application has been submitted is issued without any delay. The residence card serves as proof that the said person is entitled to temporary stay.

Family members will be issued a residence card if they:
  • have a valid travel document,
  • enclose a document showing that they are a family member referred to in Article 162, paragraph 1, items 1 to 6 of the Aliens Act,
  • enclose a document issued by a competent authority of the country they are coming from, which officially proves that they are a dependent family member or a household member of an EEA national, or proof of a serious health condition that requires personal care by an EEA national if they are a family member referred to in Article 162, paragraph 1, item 7 of the Aliens Act,
  • are not considered threat for public policy or national security,
  • have not been banned entry and stay in the Republic of Croatia.

A biometric residence card is issued for a validity period of five years, or less if an EEA national intends to stay in the Republic of Croatia for less than five years.

Permanent stay

An application for permanent stay (Form 3b) is submitted at a police administration/police station according to one’s place of stay, prior to the expiry of a residence card for a family member of an EEA national.

Non-EEA family members who have been legally staying in the Republic of Croatia with an EEA national for at least 5 uninterrupted years are entitled to permanent stay.

Exceptionally, family members referred to in Article 162 of the Aliens Act who have stayed in the Republic of Croatia with an EEA national for less than 5 uninterrupted years are entitled to permanent stay if:
  • an EEA national died in the course of temporary stay for the purpose of work which lasted for an uninterrupted period of 2 years prior to his/her death or if the death was a result of work injury or professional illness,
  • they are a spouse who has lost Croatian citizenship through marriage to an employed or self-employed EEA national.

Family members who have been staying in the Republic of Croatia with an EEA national who has been granted a permanent stay status pursuant to Article 174 of the Aliens Act are also entitled to permanent stay, regardless of the duration of their stay in the Republic of Croatia.

Non-EEA family members referred to in Article 162 of the Aliens Act who are entitled to permanent stay will be issued a permanent residence permit within 6 months from the day of their application.

A permanent residence card for a non-EEA family member of an EEA national is issued for a validity period of 10 years.

Residence card

A residence card is issued to EEA nationals on permanent stay or non-EEA family members of EEA nationals on temporary or permanent stay.

EEA nationals who have registered their temporary stay do not have to obtain a residence permit.

A 30×35 mm photograph is enclosed to the application for the issuance of a biometric residence card.

The price of a biometric residence card for EEA nationals and their family members is HRK 79.50.

Applicants have to present a valid travel document or any other identity document, and the authorised person receiving the application for the issuance of a residence card has to verify their identity.

Applicants will be given a receipt of application by the authorised officer. EEA nationals or their family members collect their residence card in person at a police administration/police station where they applied for the card.

NOTES:
  • Applicants can collect a payment slip in the amount of HRK 79.50 at a counter selling application forms and duty stamps. The said amount can be paid at a post office/FINA (Financial Agency)/bank.
  • The amount to be paid for this document can be paid only with a payment slip obtained at a police administration/police station because those payment slips contain a serial control number which cannot be the same for two individuals.
  • The residence card fee in the amount of HRK 79.50 can also be paid via Internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR65, reference number: 7005-485-OIB (OIB of a person who a residence card is being issued for).

Family members who have not been assigned an OIB will have to enter the following reference number: 7005-485-RKP- file number.