Stay and work of EEA nationals and their family members

EEA nationals and their family members may work and provide services in the Republic of Croatia without a stay and work permit, or a work registration certificate.

The provisions of the Aliens Act relating to the EEA nationals also relate to the nationals of the Swiss Confederation.

NOTE: On 1 July 2013, the Regulation on temporary implementation of rules governing the work of nationals of the European Union Member States and their family members (Official Gazette 79/13) entered into force. The Regulation defines temporary implementation of rules governing the work of EU nationals and members of their families who are nationals of those EU Member States which apply national measures or measures arising from bilateral agreements to the work of the nationals of the Republic of Croatia and their family members.

As regards the work of EU nationals and their family members, regardless of whether they are EU nationals or third-country nationals, the same measures based on reciprocity will be applied.

These measures will be applied to the work of EU nationals and their family members as long as the European Union Member States apply the same national measures or measures arising from bilateral agreements to the work of the nationals of the Republic of Croatia and their family members.

EU nationals and their family members covered by the Regulation may regulate their labour status in the Republic of Croatia in line with the provisions of the Aliens Act in the following manner:
  • if they want to work up to 90 days a year, on the basis of a work registration certificate (Articles 82 and 83 of the Aliens Act),
  • if they want to work for more than 90 days a year and if they enter into employment in the Republic of Croatia, they have to apply for a stay and work permit outside the annual quota.

The list of countries that the Regulation refers to can be found on the website of the Ministry of Labour and Pension System.

Restriction measures apply neither to the freedom of establishment of a national of one Member State in the territory of the other Member State nor to the freedom to provide services.

Consequently, all EU nationals (regardless of whether they are nationals of an EU Member State that has issued restriction measures for Croatian nationals) who are self-employed in their own company or sole trade, or who provide services or are posted workers, regulate their status pursuant to Title X of the Aliens Act. In order words, they may work in the Republic of Croatia without a stay and work permit or a work registration certificate.

The said category of aliens may work up to three months without registering their temporary stay, and if they intend to work longer than three months, they will have to register their temporary stay for the purpose of work pursuant to Article 158 of the Aliens Act. They will be issued a certificate of registering their temporary stay for the purpose of work. They will also be issued a residence card if they request so.