Temporary stay of third-country nationals

Submitting an application

An application for temporary stay is submitted at a diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Croatia.

Third-country nationals who are not required to have a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia may also apply for temporary stay at a police administration/police station according to their intended place of stay, their employer’s head office or their place of work.

Exceptionally, third-country nationals who are required to have a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia may also apply for temporary stay at a police administration/police station if they are:
  1. to study at a university as full-time students at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level,
  2. scientific researchers arriving on the basis of a hosting agreement,
  3. to perform activities referred to in Article 76, paragraph 1, items 12, 13, 14 and 15 of the Aliens Act,
  4. close family members of third-country nationals referred to in the above items 1, 2 or 3,
  5. close family members of a Croatian national,
  6. life partners or informal life partners of a Croatian national.

Purposes of temporary stay

Temporary stay may be granted to third-country nationals who intend to stay or who are staying in the Republic of Croatia for the following purposes:
  1. family reunification,
  2. secondary school education and university studies,
  3. scientific research,
  4. humanitarian grounds,
  5. life partnership,
  6. work, and
  7. work of posted workers.

Temporary stay for the purpose of work is granted as a stay and work permit.

Exceptionally, third-country nationals may be granted temporary stay for other purposes up to a year. Third-country nationals may apply for their stay for other purposes upon the expiration of a six-month period from the expiry of their temporary stay granted for other purposes.

Conditions for granting temporary stay

Third-country nationals will be granted temporary stay if they:
  1. prove the purpose of their temporary stay,
  2. have a valid travel document,
  3. have funds to support themselves,
  4. have health insurance,
  5. have not been banned entry and stay in the Republic of Croatia, and
  6. are not considered threat for public policy, national security or public health.

Duration of temporary stay

Temporary stay is granted for a period of up to one year.

The period of validity of a travel document has to be at least 3 months longer than the period of validity of a temporary stay permit.

If the application is approved, an alien is issued a biometric residence permit.

If the application is submitted at a diplomatic mission/consular post, aliens will be notified that a decision relating to the application has been issued, instructing them to appear at the competent police administration/police station to provide biometric data required for their residence permit.

Aliens have to report their temporary residence address at the competent police administration/police station not later than three days from their entry into the Republic of Croatia.

Administrative fee: If an application is submitted at a police administration/police station, aliens have to pay the amount of HRK 350 to be granted temporary stay and HRK 240 for the production of a biometric residence permit. Both amounts have to be paid with a payment slip (separately) to the state budget account, IBAN code of which is obtained at the competent police administration/police station. An additional administrative fee in the amount of HRK 70 has to be paid for the issuance of a biometric residence permit either to the IBAN code of the state budget or in revenue stamps.

NOTE: The administrative fee for temporary stay (HRK 350) may also be paid via internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, reference number: 5002-713-OIB (personal identification number (OIB) of an alien who administrative fee is being paid for).

Aliens who have not been assigned an OIB will have to enter the following reference number: 5002-713-the number of their valid travel document/identity card.

(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they are omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas, etc. are also NOT to be written).

For example, if a travel document/identity card number of a foreign national is AZ004586, then the reference number reads: 5002-713-4586 (without letter symbols and zeros, and with maximum ten digits).

A fee in the amount of HRK 240 for the production of a biometric residence permit may also be paid via internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR65, reference number: 7005-485-OIB (personal identification number (OIB) of an alien who administrative fee is being paid for).

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

An administrative fee in the amount of HRK 70 for the issuance of a biometric residence permit may also be paid via internet banking, to the state budget account, IBAN HR1210010051863000160, model HR64, reference number 5002-713-OIB.

Aliens who have not been assigned an OIB will have to enter the following reference number: 5002-713-the number of their valid travel document/identity card.

(IMPORTANT: maximum a ten-digit number, and if the number starts with zeros (0), they are omitted. Letter symbols, slashes, full stops, commas, etc. are also NOT to be written).