ATTENTION HOLDERS OF UK TRAVEL DOCUMENTS ISSUED TO FOREIGNERS
This notice is intended for individuals who possess travel documents for refugees issued by states signatories to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees of 28 July 1951 (Official Gazette – International Agreements No. 12/93), as well as travel documents for stateless persons issued by states signatories to the Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons of 28 September 1954 (Official Gazette – International Agreements No. 12/93).
The following information is of utmost importance:
Recognized refugees, stateless persons, and individuals without any national affiliation who currently reside in the United Kingdom or Ireland and hold a travel document issued by either the United Kingdom or Ireland, are not required to obtain a visa to enter the Republic of Croatia. Furthermore, they are permitted to stay for a maximum of 90 days within any 180-day period or transit through the territory of the Republic of Croatia.
However, it is essential to note that holders of the UK Certificate of Travel must obtain a Croatian visa when traveling to Croatia.
In accordance with the Government’s Decision, the Republic of Croatia adheres to Decision No. 565/2016/EU, which states that visitors possessing valid Schengen documents are not required to obtain an additional (Croatian) visa for entry into Croatia.
We kindly request all affected individuals to take note of these regulations and ensure compliance when planning their travel to Croatia.
Visitors who possess the following documents are exempt from obtaining a visa for transit or intended stays in Croatia that do not exceed 90 days within a 180-day period:
- Uniform visa (C) for two or multiple entries, valid for all Schengen Area Member States.
- Visa with limited territorial validity (LTV visa), for two or multiple entries, issued to the holder of a travel document that is not recognized by one or more, but not all, of the Schengen Area Member States. This visa is valid only for the territory of the Member States recognizing the travel document.
- Long-stay visa (D) for stays exceeding three months, issued by one of the Schengen Area Member States.
- Residence permit issued by one of the Schengen Area Member States.
It is important to note that the period of validity of the aforementioned Schengen documents must cover the duration of the transit or stay in Croatia.
Therefore, individuals who possess a valid passport along with a valid “C 02” or “C Multi” Schengen visa, which is valid for all Schengen states, or a Schengen residence permit, are eligible to enter Croatia and stay for up to 90 days. However, it is necessary to have at least one day remaining unused from the permitted days in the Schengen visa. It is also important to remember that the days spent in Croatia do not count towards the days spent in the Schengen area. Please note that individuals holding a C 01 Schengen visa will not be able to enter Croatia with this visa.
- The passport and the Schengen visa/residence permit must be valid at the moment of entering, during the stay, and at the moment of leaving Croatia (a C02 visa is not considered valid if both of the entries into the Schengen Area are used before entering Croatia). The passport must also be valid for at least 3 months after the planned departure from Croatia.
- Information for the holders of the Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen
A family member of a citizen of an EU Member State or the European Economic Area may travel to Croatia without a visa, if (s) he has a valid passport and a valid Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen issued by a member state of the EU (UK is no longer member state of the EU), and is travelling in the company of or is joining the family member who is a citizen of an EU Member State or the EEA. If the family member of a citizen of an EU Member State or the EEA does not have such a card, (s) he needs a Croatian visa that will be issued free of charge.
A short-stay visa (C-visa)
Allows the visitor to transit through, or stay in the territory of the Republic of Croatia for a maximum of 90 days in any period 180 day-period. It is issued for one, two, or multiple entries for the purpose of transit, tourism, business, private or other purposes. Its validity period depends on the circumstances of the visitor’s travel to Croatia and may not exceed five years.
Applicants are kindly requested to carefully review the essential requirements and ensure compliance when submitting their application.
Visa Application Form: The applicant, or a parent or legal guardian on behalf of minors, must complete and sign the visa application form.
This can be done online at https://crovisa.mvep.hr/default.aspx?langId=en
Passport: The passport must have been issued within the last 10 years and its expiry date should exceed the requested visa’s expiry date by a minimum of three months. Additionally, the passport must contain at least two empty pages. Please make sure to include copies of all previous visas, both valid and expired, as well as used pages.
Photograph: Detailed information regarding the photo specifications can be found on the Photo Specification page.
Travel Health Insurance: It is mandatory to have travel health insurance that covers potential expenses related to repatriation, urgent medical assistance, urgent hospitalization, and health reasons. The minimum coverage required is EUR 30,000. The insurance policy must be valid for the entire duration of the stay in Croatia. For those applying for a multiple-entry visa, the travel health insurance policy must cover the period of the first visit to Croatia.
UK Residence Permit: The original and a copy of the UK Residence permit, either endorsed in the passport or issued as a Biometrics card, must be valid for at least one month beyond the return date of the trip to Croatia. Alternatively, a C type visitor visa (see here) is also accepted. There is a possibility of exemption for individuals who are visiting Croatia just before returning to their country of origin. In such cases, they must provide proof of a valid travel ticket to their country of origin. This exemption applies to tourists who are traveling through Europe at the end of their studies.
Means of transportation and intention to return to the country of residence: It is necessary to provide a reservation of a return travel ticket for airplane, bus, or boat. If traveling by car, the individual must present their registration card and driver’s license. In the case of traveling to a third country, proof of itinerary such as a travel ticket is required.
Proof of the purpose of stay in Croatia:
A Letter of Guarantee by a Natural Person, which must be certified by a Public Notary in Croatia, is required. The original letter or a copy can be submitted if the original is deposited at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in Croatia. Along with the Letter of Guarantee, the guarantor must enclose proof of a permanent source of income (such as a pay slip or pension slip) from the last three months or adequate proof of having funds in a bank.
The applicant will receive a copy of the Letter of Guarantee to present as proof of the purpose of their stay in Croatia if requested by the border control authority.
For immediate family members of a Croatian citizen or a citizen of the European Economic Area (EEA), a Certificate from the Register of Births or Marriages and a photocopy of the ID card of the Croatian citizen or the EEA citizen are required. If the marriage certificate is issued by a non-EU country, a certified or legalized copy may be necessary.
Documents demonstrating sufficient funds to support the stay in Croatia and to cover the expenses of returning to the country of residence or traveling to a third state are also required. The amount required is 70 EUR per day of the estimated stay in Croatia. However, if a third-country national possesses a certified Letter of Guarantee by a Natural or Legal Person from the Republic of Croatia, the amount reduces to 30 EUR per day of the estimated stay.
In exceptional cases, if the Letter of Guarantee states that the guarantor fully accepts all expenses related to visiting and departing from Croatia, the applicant may be exempt from the requirement
The supporting documents required for your application may include the following: pay slips and/or bank account statements reflecting the balance and transactions of your bank account over the past three months, a pension slip, proof of any scholarships received, and so on.
In order to establish your professional or student status, you will need to provide evidence of employment, a certificate of school attendance, or proof of enrollment in a course of study. Retired individuals should submit proof of their pension.
Regarding accommodation, you will need to provide documentation such as a hotel booking confirmation, proof of private or alternative accommodation, a real estate title deed, or a lease agreement. If the guarantor or inviting party has agreed to provide accommodation, this should be clearly stated in the Letter of Guarantee.
For minors, a birth certificate is required. If a minor is traveling without a parent or legal guardian, it is advisable to carry a notarized consent letter from a parent or legal guardian. This letter should include personal information of the legal guardian, details about the purpose and duration of the stay in Croatia, the period for which the consent is granted, and the signature of the parent or legal guardian.
We kindly request that you ensure all supporting documents are accurate, complete, and up-to-date. Failure to provide the necessary documentation may result in delays or rejection of your application.
The VISA APPLICATION FORM must be filled out online
Applicants are required to complete the visa application form using the Latin alphabet, ensuring that all letters are capitalized. Additionally, it is essential to personally sign the form. In the case of a minor or an individual lacking business capacity, their legal representative must submit the visa application on their behalf and sign the form accordingly.
Please submit one current color portrait of yourself that is no older than six months that satisfies the conditions listed below:
- Captured on a light background (white or off-white) to make features stand out and contrast with the background.
- Face-focused and of high clarity
- Full face: not grinning, no sunglasses, no hats or other head coverings, unless the applicant is wearing them due to his or her ethnicity or religion.
- Printed from a camera print on standard photographic paper.
- The photo that is adhered to the visa application form
The visa application will be deemed incomplete if the submitted photos don’t fulfill these specifications (see examples here), and the applicant will be asked to take fresh pictures in the photo booth at the visa application center.
The standard processing time for visas is typically up to 15 days from the moment the application is received at the Embassy. However, this duration may be shorter depending on the completeness of the documentation provided. On the other hand, if the required documents are not submitted correctly or due to other factors or valid reasons, the processing time may be extended to either 30 or 60 days. Rest assured, our team is committed to ensuring a smooth and efficient visa application process for all applicants.
To proceed with your visa application, please fill out the attached sample form (PDF, Word) completely. If you are unsure about any information, leave it blank. Once you have completed the form, please return it to us along with your passport, BRP card/UK residency, and copies of any previous Schengen visas that you have held.
Please forward the documents through email: email@example.com
A consultation call will be scheduled after we have received this information to further discuss the application.
After sending the documents you can call us at +442035001580.
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