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Croatia Tourist Visa

Croatia Tourist Visa

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Croatia Tourist Visa Application

The Croatia Schengen visa application has to be filled online and takes about approximately 45 minutes to finish.

The application is split into six sections:

  1. Applicant Data
  2. Passport, Residence Permit, and Employment Details
  3. Details About Visa
  4. Travel details and Plans
  5. Documentation Proof
  6. EU Family

A Step-by-step explanation on how to complete your Tourist Visa Application for Croatia.

Enter Personal information

In the first section of the Croatia Visa application form, you will have to provide all your personal information. This includes information like name, date of birth, address, etc. In order to submit the information, you will have to enter a captcha code and click the Save and Continue button to move forward with the application. As soon as the second page appears, a dialog box will pop up showing the serial number and pin number. You need to save this information.

Enter Passport, Residence Permit, and Employment Details

In this section, you will have to fill in all the information about your travel document, i.e., passport. Along with this, you need to fill in the details of your residence permit. In most cases, this is your US visa or Green Card.

For those employed, information about your employer is required. For students, provide the name of your educational institution, address, and telephone number.

Enter Details About the Visa Applied For

Here, you will have to fill in all the details about the visa in this section, such as arrival and departure dates, and duration of stay.

For those traveling to another country from Croatia, provide the necessary documentation. For instance, if you're coming back to the United States, provide proof of your US residence permit. permission and entry details.

Provide Travel details and Plans

In this section, you will have to provide the information regarding the guarantor, the residence of the guarantor, and lastly, the information about your traveling expenses. In other words, this section collects data on your accommodation in Croatia.

Submit Documentation Proof

In this section, you can upload all the necessary documents like photocopies of your passport or travel document, residential proof, identity card, hotel reservation documents, airline tickets, etc. Apart from the documents, you can even upload a photo. Uploading these items can lessen the processing time of your visa application and is therefore highly recommended. However, you may choose not to submit these proofs. Ensure the file size is less than 2.0MB - you can use this tool to compress the size of your images.

EU Family

This is the sixth and last section of the Croatia Visa application and only pertains to travelers who have family members who are citizens of either Switzerland or the European Union, European Economic Area. If your family member is a citizen of EU, EEA, or CH, fill in the details in this section, otherwise, under the ‘Citizenship,’ option, mention the country you are from and press either 'Save' it to submit later or conclude the request. For those filling this section, you will require a verified letter verifying this from your reference in European Union.

Visa Application

Verify all information is correct, and save the application. We suggest saving the application ID.

Croatia Visa Photos

The photo requirements for a Croatia Schengen visa follow ICAO standards.

  1. The size of the photo should be 45x35mm in height and width, respectively.
  2. The photo should be a colored one, and the face should be at the center.
  3. It must be a recent photo; at least six months old will be fine.
  4. The background of your photo should be white with a normal look on the face.
  5. Your eyes should be visible clearly. Spectacles are allowed only if it doesn’t obstruct the eyes.
  6. The ears should be visible. If you are wearing headgear, then it is allowed only for religious purposes.
  7. The pixel size and dimension allowed is 600dpi.
  8. Beard is allowed only if it reflects your regular look.
  9. For the visa application, you need two photos.

Traveling to Croatia with Children

Children require a visa to travel to Croatia. In addition to all the standard documents, you’ve to provide the following:

  1. Application form signed by both parents
  2. Birth certificate of the child
  3. If the child is traveling alone, then he/she should carry a letter of consent duly signed by their parents or legal guardians.
  4. Copies of their legal guardians’ or parents’ passports.

The visa photos requirements for children vary slightly. Children aged 5 and under do not need to have a neutral expression or look directly at the camera, and their heads do not have to be centred in the photo. Babies under one year do not have to have their eyes open.

Croatia Visa Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is required to obtain a Croatia Schengen visa. The insurance should explicitly meet these requirements:

  1. Coverage of at least EUR 30,000.
  2. Be valid in all 26 Schengen States and Croatia: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
  3. Cover medical emergency expenses and anything connected with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent health attention, and/or emergency hospital treatment or death.
  4. For those hoping to get a longer-term Schengen visa, it is advisable to provide travel insurance that lasts the whole year as per the EU directive

“ Applicants for a uniform visa for more than two entries (multiple entries) shall prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit.In addition, such applicants shall sign the statement, set out in the application form, declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays.”

Pro Tip: Check if your employer provides mandatory travel insurance coverage. Often that works if you present a letter/insurance card along with coverage details highlighting the coverage amount.

How To Fill the Croatia Health Form?

Due to the presence of COVID-19, Croatia requires all travelers to submit a pre-departure health form. This helps to keep you and those around you safe, and lets authorities track an outbreak.

The Croatia Travel Announcement Form is available online. All non-EU countries citizens will have to fill the Croatia Travel Announcement Form and, along with that, provide a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours of their departure flight to Croatia. If you don’t have the test result, then either self-isolate for 14 days or take a test locally and reduce the self-isolation period to seven days. This form is valid for 90 days from the date of its issue with a single entry.

Avoid These Common Mistakes

Do not assume that Croatia is part of Schengen, and you can enter Schengen countries with a Croatian visa. The other way is true - a Schengen visa lets you enter Croatia.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the Croatian tourist visa valid for?

You can stay for 90 days in the period of 180 days in Croatia with your visa. The duration of stay is always written on the visa sticker so take a look at it once you get the visa.

What is a Mail-in Croatia Visa Application? Are you Eligible?

In rare cases, Croatia might allow you to mail in your application and then submit biometrics in person during collection. This is especially helpful for those who do not live in the same city as a consulate so they can schedule their pick-up and flight to Croatia from the city of the Croatian consulate serving their jurisdiction.

Which income proofs can be submitted to show the ability to cover the travel and stay expenses?

Many qualify however showing a bank statement is the most straightforward. You can also use one of these:

  • invoices of prepaid travels and accommodations

  • Pay stubs

  • travelers’ cheques

  • attested documents showing spouse’s consent in covering the expenses, etc.

Other types of visas and document requirements

  • Short-term work visa: Reference letter of the U.S. employer mentioning profile, salary, date of hiring, dates of vacation, and itinerary.

  • Self-employed: Your business existence proof and the client’s details you intend to meet in France. The proof of income from the business.

  • Foreign students on F-1 visa: A valid I-20, reference letter from an educational institution, education details, and expected date of the end of graduation course.

How long is a short stay visa valid for? Can I leave the Schengen area and come back with the same visa?

The visa sticker contains information on the visa’s validity period and the duration of the authorized stay. A visa can be issued for one entry or multiple entries.

The maximum duration of stay is shown on the visa sticker, and it varies according to the reasons for your stay.

What you must remember

  • You must have left Croatia or the Schengen area at the latest on the day on which the visa expires.
  • You must not exceed the authorized length of stay during the validity of the visa.
  • If you have an authorized stay of 90 days, you must not stay in the Croatia area for more than 90 days in 180 days, this period not having to exceed the duration of the visa and the period of 90 days starting from run on the date of the first entry.

Can I apply for a visa on arrival?

No, Croatia does not provide a visa-on-arrival.

I am a visitor to the US with a B1/B2 visa and would like to spend two weeks in Croatia after my trip to the US. Where do I apply for a visa?

Only legal resident aliens in the US can apply for a visa in the United States. If you are only visiting you need to apply at the Croatian Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

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