- Published: 14.03.2019.
Information concerning the future relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union
Residence, driving licences and border checks on persons at the EU externalPhoto: illustration
As of 1 February 2020, the United Kingdom is no longer an EU Member State. However, the relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union, and thereby also the Republic of Croatia, are regulated by the Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and the UK while in the transition period lasting until the end of 2020 the future relations between the EU and the UK should be defined.
In line with the Withdrawal Agreement, the EU acquis will continue to be applied during the said period (until 31 December of this year, unless an agreement on the extension of the transitional period is reached). Accordingly, there will be no changes for UK citizens with regard to the rules that are currently in place.
All UK citizens and their family members residing in the Republic of Croatia are strongly recommended to register their residence/apply for a residence card as a family member.
Please visit the following site available in Croatian; registration forms are available on the following links: Form 1b or Form 2b for family members who are third-country nationals, Form 3b for permanent residence.
Once UK nationals and their family members, who are nationals of an EEA member state or the Swiss Confederation complete the registration of temporary residence in line with the provisions of the Act on EEA nationals and their family members (OG, 66/2019) they will be immediately issued with a Registration Certificate (“Potvrda o prijavi privremenog boravka”) in paper form, free of charge.
If they wish, they can apply for a residence card (for which an administrative fee is to be paid in the amount of HRK 79.50).
UK nationals who apply for permanent residence will be issued with residence cards (for which an administrative fee is to be paid in the amount of HRK 79.50).
Family members of UK nationals, who are not nationals of an EEA Member State or the Swiss Confederation, are to apply for a residence card/permanent residence card as a family member (for which an administrative fee is to be paid in the amount of HRK 79.50).
UK citizens and their family members can register their residence at a police administration / police station according to their place of residence: List of police administrations/police stations.
The registration of residence and the relevant documents are a clear proof that their holder is a citizen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland or a family member who already resided in the Republic of Croatia before the departure of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union.
UK driving licences will be valid in the Republic of Croatia for up to one year from the day on which the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland leaves the European Union. After that, they will have to be replaced with Croatian driving licences and the applicant will have to submit a certificate of medical fitness to drive.
UK nationals and nationals of other countries who are holders of UK driving licences are advised to apply for the replacement of their driving licences with a Croatian driving licence as soon as possible.
Applicants who submit their application prior to the date on which the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland leaves the European Union will be able to replace their UK driving licences under the conditions stipulated for the replacement of EEA driving licences in which case it is not necessary to submit a certificate of medical fitness to drive.
Both the EU format driving licences and the former paper driving licences are equally valid.
UK driving licences are replaced with Croatian driving licences without the obligation to pass a driving exam, regardless of the category of the vehicle listed on the UK driving licence.
Border checks on persons at the EU external border
When subjected to controls upon entry to and exit from the Schengen Area as well as to and from Member States for which the decision on lifting internal controls has not been adopted yet, but which apply Schengen rules at their external borders, UK nationals will enjoy the same rights as before 31 January 2020.
These rights will apply during the whole transitional period, i.e. until the end of 2020 after which these rights will depend on the outcome of negotiations on the future relations between the EU and the UK.
The same regime will be applied to family members of a UK citizen, who are third country nationals.