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CONSULAR INFORMATION

The consular jurisdiction of the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia comprises the following provinces and territories of Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Northwest Territory, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edwad Island, Quebec, Yukon Territory, and the National Capital area (Ottawa-Carleton).

The consular jurisdiction of the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Mississauga comprises the following provinces of Canada: Manitoba, Ontario (excluding the National Capital area Ottawa-Carleton), Saskatchewan.

Please contact the appropriate consular office.

  1. VISAS
  2. APPLYING FOR A FIRST TEMPORARY RESIDENCE IN THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA
  3. APPLYING FOR CROATIAN CITIZENSHIP
  4. REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGE
  5. THE REGISTRATION OF A CHILD BORN IN CANADA
  6. THE REGISTRATION OF A DECEASED PERSON IN CROATIA
  7. PASS CHECK FOR HUMAN REMAINS-REQUIREMENTS
  8. ORDERING ANY DOCUMENT FROM A REGISTRY OFFICE IN CROATIA
  9. TRAVELLING WITH A PET 
  10. CUSTOMS REGULATIONS FOR TOURISTS
  11. DRIVING A CAR WITH FOREIGN DRIVER'S LICENCE OR FOREIGN REGISTRATION PLATES

 

1. VISAS

Canadian citizens travelling for tourism purposes do not require a visa to enter or to stay in Croatia up to 90 days over a period of 6 months.

As of 30 April 2008 Croatian citizens travelling for tourism purposes do not require a visa to enter Canada.

For more information about visas and visa application form, please go to the left menu button ¨Visa Requirements Overview¨.

 


2. Applying for a First Temporary Residence in the Republic of Croatia

Canadian citizens do not need a visa to enter and stay in Croatia for up to 90 days for visit or tourism purposes. Should Canadian or any other foreign citizen wish to work, attend school or reside in the Republic of Croatia for whatever reason for more than 90 days, he or she must apply for first temporary residence. The application should be submitted in person to the appropriate consular office. If the application is accepted, the authorized consular office shall issue a first temporary entry into the Republic of Croatia. The applicant is required to report to the appropriate police station upon arrival. Based on the first temporary residence issued at the consular office, the police station shall allow further residence in the Republic of Croatia.

The application can be found here.

The following needs to be submitted with the first temporary residence application:

  • two colour photographs
  • valid passport
  • birth certificate (long form) and notarized Croatian translation
  • criminal history report (not older than six months), from the authorized police station in the province or territory wherein the applicant resides
  • proof of financial resources for residence in the Republic of Croatia
  • proof of health insurance
  • proof of lodging (proof of ownership, lease agreement, contract of purchese etc.)

Documents that show the reason for residence in the Republic of Croatia:

  • proof of school or university admission in the Republic of Croatia
  • medical treatment in the Republic of Croatia
  • letter from authorized institution regarding scientific research
  • humanitarian reasons (family reunification or similar)
  • work permit

Documents that show reasons for business residence in the Republic of Croatia:

  • proof of employment
  • work contract
  • record of company registration in the Republic of Croatia

All documents which are issued in English or French have to presented with a notarized translation in Croatian.


What are the requirements for a foreign national to work in the Republic of Croatia?

Article 85(1) of the Aliens Act (Narodne novine No 109/03 and 182/04) stipulates that an alien may work in the Republic of Croatia on the basis of a work permit or a business permit.
Under Article 97(5) and (6) of the same Act, the application for a business permit is filed with the competent authority in the place of sojourn (Police Administration/police station). Exceptionally, aliens working for a foreign employer may apply for the business permit in a diplomatic mission or a consular office of the Republic of Croatia abroad.
Under Article 88(1) of the Aliens Act (Narodne novine No 109/03 and 182/04), at the request of a legal or natural person employing an alien, the work permit is issued by a competent authority or the Police Administration/police station in whose area the employer’s head office is situated, within fifteen days from the date of filing the application. Under Article 89 of said Act, the employer shall submit the information on the alien with whom he/she is to conclude a contract of employment or other relevant contract, information on the work post or job and working conditions, certificate of the registration of the company, agency or small business in the Republic of Croatia, certificate of taxes paid and the employer’s statement justifying the employment of the alien.
A work permit may be issued if the said conditions have been met and if the annual government-established work permit quota for specific occupations are not filled.


What categories of foreign nationals do not need a work permit under relevant legislation?

Pursuant to the provisions of the Aliens Act relating to temporary stay, as provided in its Article 95, the following categories of aliens are not required to posses a work permit:

  1. Indispensable personnel of companies defined in the Stabilization and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States and the Republic of Croatia;
  2. Founders, proxies, members of boards of management and supervisory boards of companies, who perform tasks in the company, where the task performance does not have the character of employment and does not total more than three months a year;
  3. Professors invited as lecturers by Croatian universities, scientists doing scientific and professional further studies, scientific representatives of international organizations and scientists taking part in the execution of scientific research projects important for the Republic of Croatia;
  4. Administrative personnel, experts, teachers and lecturers of foreign cultural and educational institutions who do their work in the Republic of Croatia within the framework of a program of cultural and educational cooperation;
  5. Civilian and military officials of other states who come to work in the Republic of Croatia pursuant to a cooperation agreement with the Government of the Republic of Croatia;
  6. Members of scientific international missions who carry out research work in the Republic of Croatia that has been approved by the Government of the Republic of Croatia;
  7. Foreign correspondents accredited to the Republic of Croatia or reporters of foreign media;
  8. Representatives of religious communities carrying out work exclusively related to religious service;
  9. Artists and technical staff taking part in opera, ballet, theater, concert, art and other cultural events, if for this purpose they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia longer than 30 days, or three months a year discontinuously;
  10. Authors and performers in the art of music, music drama, dance and ballet, as well as supplementary reporting, organizational and technical staff who are taking part in cultural workshops, meetings, colonies, if for this reason they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia longer than 30 days or three months a year discontinuously.
  11. Persons that pursuant to a contract with the Government of the Republic of Croatia, Ministry of Defense or Ministry of the Interior, are carrying out tasks relating to defense and national security or who are undergoing further training in these areas;
  12. Croatian nationals spouses and children who reside in the Republic of Croatia;
  13. Persons who visit the Republic of Croatia for the purpose of taking part in sports and chess events;
  14. Experts in the conservation of cultural heritage, librarianship or archive administration if for this purpose they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia longer than 30 days;
  15. Aliens sent by a foreign employer who provide services of professional further training and training to persons employed with legal or natural persons in the Republic of Croatia for a period of up to three continuous months;
  16. Persons who have been granted temporary stay for the purpose of professional further training with a Croatian employer, which is an organizational form of the foreign employer that has sent them for further training, if their further training does not last longer than three continuous months;
  17. Aliens who engage in activities related to delivery, assembly or servicing of machines or equipment, if their work does not last longer than 30 continuous days or a total of three months a year discontinuously;
  18. Aliens who take part in fairs and exhibitions where their employer is exhibiting;
  19. Aliens who take part in professional congresses and seminars;
  20. Aliens employed with circuses or amusement parks, if they do not stay in the Republic of Croatia more than three continuous months;
  21. Persons who have been granted asylum status;
  22. Aliens with permanent residence permits;
  23. Aliens who in the Republic of Croatia have the status of a fulltime school or university student when engaged in activities of a temporary nature, through authorized agents, and in line with the regulations governing engagement in such activities.

Aliens under Subparagraphs 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18 and 20 of Paragraph (1) of this Article must have a valid contract concluded with a natural or legal person that is registered in the Republic of Croatia for the engagement in these activities.
If persons are to stay in the Republic of Croatia less than 30 days, they need not regulate the temporary stay but only have to register the sojourn, as stipulated in Article 80(2) and (3) of the Aliens Act. If they intend to stay in Croatia more than 30 days, they are to regulate their temporary stay for the purpose of work, as set out in Article 34(1)(iii) of the said Act. The application shall be accompanied by documents listed in the Rules of the Status of Aliens in the Republic of Croatia (Narodne novine No 202/03 and 145/04).


3. APPLYING FOR CROATIAN CITIZENSHIP

In order to apply the Croatian citizenship, you will need the Application Form 1 (Obrazac 1) for adults or Application Form 2 (Obrazac 2) if minor children are covered by your application. Both forms are available on this website under the heading ¨Forms¨. The following supporting documents need to accompany your application:

  • Biography. Irrespective of the legal basis of your application, all adult applicants have to explain their attitude towards the legal order and the traditions of the Republic of Croatia. The category of applicants considered emigrants ("iseljenici"), as well as thier descendants up to the third degree, and thier spouses, need to describe the circumstances under which their Croatian ancestors had left Croatia and submit adequate proof of thier statements. This category of applicants would also need to demonstrate their knowledge of the Croatian language and the latin script, of the Croatian culture and social order. Both the applicants in the category of "emigrants" and those who base their application on their Croatian ethnicity ("pripadnik hrvatskog naroda") need to describe the ways in which they have been promoting Croatian interests abroad, including through participating in Croatian associations and clubs, supported by adequate proof.
  • Proof of current citizenship (citizenship certificate, certified copy of a passport of personal identification document).
  • Birth certificate, issued in the legal form in accordance with the applicable treaties.
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable), not older than 6 months.
  • Certified copy of a valid identification document with a photography.
  • Certified copy of the travel or other document that the applicant or his/her ancestors had at the time of their emigrating from Croatia (only those applicants in the "emigrant" category, their descendants up to third degree and thier spouses.
  • Applicants under the "emigrant" category have to enclose documents which demonstrate that they have been declaring themselves as Croatian in public life, such as certified copy of work, military or school records (radna knjižica, vojna knjžica, svjedodžba, indeks), birth or marriage certificate etc, in which the ethicity had been stated. Those who base their application on the fact that they are of the Croatian ethnicity (pripadnik hrvatskog naroda), can demonsstrate this fact by submitting proof of their involvement in the protection and promotion of the Croatian interests and thier active involvement in the Croatian cultural, scientific or sports associations abroad. If the application is based on the Croatian ethnicity of the applicants's parents, it is necessary to submit documents demonstrated that the parents have been declaring themselves as Croatians.
  • Criminal records check not older than 6 months, issued by the relevant authority of the country of citizenship and/or country of permanent residence.
  • Special powers of attorney where the application is submitted by proxy.

All documents issued in English or French need to be translated in Croatian by a certified translator. All Canadian issued status documents, such as birth or marriage certificate or name change certificate, have to undergo the authentication procedure, which will incur additonal consular fees.

This consular service comprises a consular fee. Please the Embassy can only accept payment made by personal cheque or money order.

If you would like to know more details about which requirements have to met to obtain Croatian citizenship, plaese visti the web site of the Ministry of the Interrior of the Republic of Croatia on: www.mup.hr.


4. REGISTRATION OF MARRIAGE

For the registration of a marriage celebrated in Canada it is necessey to obtain an original Registration of marriage (long form) or a certified photocopy (certified by the respective Registry office), from the respective Registry office in Canada, with an attached translation in Croatian. Also enclose a photocopy of a valid photo-identification and proof of Croatian citizenship for at least one spouse. Please download and complete the form „Prijava braka“ and send this back to the Croatian Embassy in Ottawa or Consulate General in Mississauga, depending of their consular jurisdiction as stated on the top of this page. This consular service comprises a consular fee. Please note that payment is only possible by personal cheque or money order.

4.1 MARRIAGE IN CROATIA

To obtain the required documents persons wishing to get married in Croatia need to get in touch with the local Registry Office in the district where the intended marriage is to take place at least three months before the desired date.
General documents required are:

  • A copy of a birth certificate issued within three months of the date of submission (if Canadian birth certificate the long version is required);
  • A valid passport;
  • A confirmation by each party of No Impediment to Marriage (nulla osta) issued by their respective domestic authorities. This is a confirmation that a party is free to enter into marriage, must show a name and citizenship of the intended marriage partners and ensures that a marriage in Croatia will be recognised as valid in Canada.

In certain circumstance additional paperwork may be required.


5. THE REGISTRATION OF A CHILD BORN IN CANADA

For the registration of a child born in Canada it is necessey to obtain an original Registration of Live Birth (long form) or a certified photocopy (certified by the respective Registry office), from the respective Registry office in Canada, with an attached translation in Croatian. Also enclose a photocopy of a valid photo-identification for both parents and proof of Croatian citizenship for at least one parent. Please download and complete the form „Prijava djeteta“ and send this back to the Croatian Embassy in Ottawa or Consulate General in Mississauga, depending of their consular jurisdiction as stated on the top of this page. This consular service comprises a consular fee. Please note that payment is only possible by personal cheque or money order.


6. THE REGISTRATION OF A DECEASED PERSON IN CROATIA

For the registration of a deceased person in Croatia it is necessey to obtain an original Registration of death (long form) or a certified photocopy (certified by the respective Registry office), from the respective Registry office in Canada, with an attached translation in Croatian. Also enclose proof of Croatian citizenship for the deceased. Please download and complete the form „Prijava smrti“ and send this back to the Croatian Embassy in Ottawa or Consulate General in Mississauga, depending of their consular jurisdiction as stated on the top of this page. This consular service comprises a consular fee. Please note that payment is only possible by personal cheque or money order.


7. PASS CHECK FOR HUMAN REMAINS-REQUIREMENTS

    1. PHOTO IDENTIFICATION
    2. PROOF OF CROATIAN CITIZENSHIP (PASSPORT, IDENTIFICATION CARD, DOMOVNICA)
    3. STATEMENT OF DEATH OR DEATH CERTIFICATE
    4. MEDICAL DEATH CERTIFICATE (CORONER'S REPORT)
    5. DECLERATION OF FUNERAL HOME THAT THE CASKET/URNE ONLY CONTAINS THE HUMAN  REMAINS OF THE DECEASED AND THAT THE BODY WAS DEPOSITIT IN THE APPROPRIATE CASKET FOR TRANSPORT TO CROATIA
    6. CERTIFICATE OF SHIPMENT OF BODY FOR OUTSIDE CANADA
    7. CERTIFICATE OF HEALTH-CONTROL OFFICE THAT THE PERSON HAS NOT DIED OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
    8. NAME OF PERSON ACCOMPANYING THE SHIPMENT OF THE BODY AND NAME OF FUNERAL HOME IN CROATIA AWAITING THE SHIPMENT
    9. FLIGHT DETAILS (AIRPORT OF DEPARTURE AND AIRPORT OF DESTINATION)
    10. PLACE OF BURIAL IN CROATIA
    11. CHEQUE PAYABLE TO THE CROATIAN EMBASSY/CONSULATE GENERAL IN THE AMOUNT OF 43 CND

If there is no proof of Croatian citizenship (under no.2) a written statement from the cemetry in Croatia where the body/urne is being buried is obligatory.
A pass check for shipment of an urne is not required. The urne has to be accompanied by a cremation report. A pass check from the Croatian Embassy/Consulate General for human remains/urne in transit through Croatia is not required. The pass check of the country of destination is sufficient.

 


8. ORDERING ANY DOCUMENT FROM A REGISTRY OFFICE IN CROATIA

For ordering any document from a registry office in Croatia it is necessery to complete  the form ¨Zahtjev za izdavanje domovnice, rodnog lista ili vjenčanog lista¨ and send this back to Croatian Embassy in Ottawa or Consulate General in Mississauga, depending of their consular jurisdiction as stated on the top of this page. This consular service comprises a consular fee. Please note that payment is only possible by personal cheque or money order.


9. TRAVELLING WITH A PET

For a household pet such as a dog or cat to travel to Croatia the animal must have the identifying microchip inserted and readable, must have a muzzle and must be attached to a leash. A valid pet passport is also required.

An international or EU pet passport must contain identification information and the vaccination records. The animal must be vaccinated against rabies at least 6 months prior to entering Croatia, but no longer than a year. Furthermore, pet passport must certify that the animal is in good health and free from any contagious or infectious disease and originates from an area generally free from such diseases.

In cases of importation of animals for purposes of sale or to move to Croatia permanently an import permit must be issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Croatia www.mps.hr in accordance with current legislative requirements (Public Gazette No. NN130/04).


10. CUSTOMS REGULATIONS FOR TOURISTS

Exemptions from Duty when Importing Goods

Foreign and domestic travelers are exempted from customs duty for goods of a non-commercial nature, which they carry within their personal baggage, up to the value of 300,00 kuna.
In addition, travelers are exempted from duty for the following goods:

  • 200 pcs of cigarettes, or 100 pcs of cigarillos, or 50 pcs of cigars, or 250 g of tobacco
  • 1 litre of strong alcohol drinks
  • 2 litres of liqueur, or dessert-or sparking wines
  • 2 litres of ordinary table wines
  • perfumes up to 50 g
  • 250 ml of cologne
  • Travellers who are younger than 18 years of age shall not be exempted from customs duty for tobacco and alcohol products.

Customs Clearance Procedure in Travellers’ Traffic

If goods are imported, which are not exempted from duty, and their value does not exceed 5.000,00 kuna, the traveller shall pay duty according to the uniform customs rate of 10 % and the value-added tax of 22 %. For some products, special taxes need to be paid (coffee, non-alcoholic drinks). If goods are in question, whose value exceeds 5.000,00 kuna, or tobacco, alcohol products, motor fuel and perfumes, the uniform customs rate of 10 % cannot be applied. In these cases, the customs duty shall be calculated according to the rate prescribed within the Customs Tariff. The traveller may also require the clearance of goods according to the rate of duty stated in the Customs Tariff.

Duty Free Shops

Duty Free Shops are open within international airports, where goods exempted from duty are sold to travellers who travel abroad.

Currency Regulations

An individual may bring in or take out the national currency up to the amount of 15.000,00 kuna.
Persons, who have permanent residence in Croatia, may take out foreign currency in the amount up to 3.000,00 EUR.
All persons may freely bring into the country foreign currency. However, they are obliged to state in writing the amounts that exceed the value equivalent to 40.000,00 kuna.

Live Animals

All sorts animals (dogs, cats, birds, fishes, hamsters, etc.) may be imported in Croatia only when they enter across particular border crossings where vegetarian border inspections perform health control. Each animal must have its international health Certificate, issued in the country of export.
Bringing pets in temporarily may be allowed only in cases, where the owner can show the international Vaccination Certificate.
Exemplars of endangered species of wild fauna and flora, trophies and products made from these animals and plants may be brought in or taken out only on the basis of the international certificate CITES.

Plants

Plants, seeds, planting materials, organic fertilizers and herbal products that could contain herbal pests, can be brought to Croatia only when they enter across particular border crossings where the border inspection performs health control. Each consignment must be accompanied by its phyto-certificate, issued in the country of export.
Health inspection and phyto-certificate shall not be obligatory in the case where the taveller brings in seeds of vegetables of flowers in small consignments. However, they need to be packed in their original packages of total mass that amounts up to 100 g, or flower tubers and bulbs in original packages of total mass up to 3 kg, with their declaration and originating from the countries of the European Union.

Weapons

When crossing the state border, travellers must report to the police weapons and ammunition they are bringing in. Only those weapons can be brought in across the state border, for which the permit to carry arms can be presented.

Temporary Import

Cars, ships, sailing objects, house trailers and other means of transport may be temporarily imported for the maximum period of six months, if these means of transport are:

  • temporarily used by persons, who have permanent residence or who are employed abroad,
  • used for own purposes by a person, who has permanent residence or who is employed abroad,
  • registered abroad to the name of a person, who has permanent residence or who is employed abroad.

The aforementioned persons may also import without special formalities different personal items, including their professional and sporting equipment, which they need during their stay in Croatia for their recreation and entertainment, business purposes, expert meetings, health, etc.

Right to Repayment of Value Added Tax

Foreign travellers, who do not have permanent domicile or residence in Croatia, have the right to repayment of the value-added tax for goods bought within Croatia, if the following conditions are fulfilled:

  • that the value of goods per invoice exceeds 500,00 kuna
  • that the seller issued the form PDV-P, which has to be filled in,
  • that the buyer, who is a foreign citizen, has taken abroad the goods he brought
  • that the goods bought were presented to the Customs House, which verifies the PDV-P
  • form and writes in it the date when the goods were taken across the border.
  • The right to repayment does not refer to petroleum products bought in Croatia.


The temporary importation of pleasure boats

What are the basics?
Private vessels registered outside the customs territory of Croatia and owned by a person outside Croatia, which are intended for re-export may be temporarily be brought into and used for private purposes in Croatia, or more strictly in the “customs territory of Croatia”, (which includes our territorial waters) without customs duties or taxes needing to be paid. But this can only be done by persons who are not Croatian residents – in official terms – by people who are ‘established outside that territory’. This facility is thus NOT available to Croatian residents. Vessels shall not be hired, lent or made available following their importation.
The boats concerned have to be placed under the ‘temporary importation procedure’ (IT) with Customs/Port Authority and the period of use in Croatia is limited in time. When the time is up the boat has to leave, in official jargon this period is called ‘the period of discharge’. The re-exportation of the goods form the customs territory Croatia is the usual way of ending or ‘discharging’ a temporary importation procedure. If the boat does not leave before the end of that time customs duty and taxes become due.

How can a yacht be placed under TI?
Normally, there are no customs formalities at importation or exportation. However, you may be required to use a route specified by customs and they may require you to make an oral or written customs declaration. It is possible they may require the provision of some kind of security or guarantee to cover the payment of the customs duties and taxes that become due if the boat does not leave Croatia.

How long can the yacht stay in Croatia?
Normally, you can use the vessel in period of six months, whether continues or not, in any 12 months. If the boat is stored in a place approved as a customs warehouse (‘put in bond’) for a time the possibility exists for not counting the period of non-use (see below).

Can the six months be extended if the yacht is not used?
Yes, the six month period may be extended for the time during which the yacht is not used. However, the maximum overall period during which the yacht can remain in Croatia is 24 months, even where the arrangements where discharged by placing the boat on the premises approved by and under the supervision of the customs authorities, and subsequently entered again for temporary importation.

Can you have another period of Temporary Importation? How long must you wait?
Yes, you are not limited to a single period of temporary import. You can sail the yacht out of Croatia and when you came back again for another holiday a new period of temporary importation can begin. The customs rules do not provide for a “minimum period” during which the goods must remain outside of the customs territory of Croatia.

Important
If person fails to comply with the conditions laid down for temporary import, that person can be held responsible in connection with the commission of a customs offence, and liable for the monetary penalties and customs duties and taxes incurred.


11.  DRIVING A CAR WITH FOREIGN DRIVER'S LICENCE OR FOREIGN REGISTRATION PLATES 

What are the requirements for a foreign national to drive a car in the territory of the Republic of Croatia?
Under Article 225 of the Road Traffic Safety Act (Narodne novine No 105/04 – RC Official Journal), an alien staying in the Republic of Croatia may drive a motor vehicle in the territory of the Republic of Croatia if he/she has a valid driver’s license issued by a competent authority of a foreign state. Under Article 226 of said Act, aliens who have been granted a temporary stay or permanent residence in the Republic of Croatia, as well as employees of foreign commercial, traffic, cultural and other agencies, may drive a motor vehicle if they have a valid foreign driver’s license for a period of one year following the day of entry into the Republic of Croatia.

How long is an alien allowed to drive a car with foreign registration plates?
Aliens who have been granted temporary stay in the Republic of Croatia and in possession of a vehicle registered abroad (with valid registration documents and insurance), may use their car not longer than three months following the day of entry into the Republic of Croatia, after which period the vehicle should be re-registered in the Republic of Croatia.

How can a foreign driver’s license be replaced with a Croatian license?
In order to have a foreign driver’s license replaced with a Croatian license, one files an application with the competent local Police Administration or police station along with the foreign driver’s license and its translation, if the driver's class, the validity of the license or expired validity in excess of six months cannot be deduced therefrom. Together with the application, he/she also has to produce a medical clearance certificate not older than six months proving the driver mentally and physically fit to drive a vehicle and two 3cmx3.5cm photographs.

 
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