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Immigration to Croatia from India

As of January 2023, when Croatia joined the Schengen Area, the requirements for Indian travelers visiting Croatia aligned with those for other Schengen countries. To visit Croatia, simply apply for a Schengen visa. A maximum of 90 days may be spent in Croatia or the Schengen Area by visitors.  To apply for a Schengen visa in New Delhi, India, stop by the Croatian Embassy or VFS Global.

Croatia visa categories

Based on the length and reason for a visitor’s stay, Croatia provides the following categories of visas (travel passes):

Temporary visas

Short-stay visas, sometimes known as tourist visas for Croatia, are available for short trips for pleasure, business, or medical care. In 180 days, they permitted the holder to stay in Croatia for a total of 90 days. Various short-stay visa options are available for Croatia, depending on how often you’ll be permitted to enter, leave, and return. As a result of Croatia’s Schengen membership, its short-stay visa policy is quite similar to those of other Schengen nations. The Croatia business visa permits travelers to engage in business activities for a maximum of 90 days. It prevents you from working.

Long-stay visas for Croatia

Foreign nationals who want to remain in Croatia for a period longer than 90 days must get both a temporary residency permit and a long-stay pass for Croatia. The most prevalent long-stay visas for Croatia are:

Work pass

You can reside and work in Croatia with this pass. You must first find employment with a Croatian employer to apply for a visa and a work permit in that country. It is impossible to get a temporary residence permit in Croatia without a current working pass.

Student pass

This is given to foreign citizens who want to continue their studies at a Croatian institution of higher learning. You must enroll in a Croatian educational institution before applying for a student visa.

Family pass

This is for non-EU family members who want to visit their Croatian relatives who are citizens or legal residents.

Digital nomad pass

The Croatia Digital Nomad Visa is given to remote workers who want to live there. It was developed in 2021 in response to the financial issues brought on by the epidemic of 2020.

Documents needed for a visa to Croatia

The following set of papers is required when applying for a Croatia Schengen pass:

  • A well-completed application. 
  • Two recent, 35x45mm, similar colored photographs.
  • A passport with two empty pages and valid for at least three months post-travel. 
  • Bookings for travel and lodging.
  • Travel insurance with a minimum of €30,000 in medical protection. 
  • Proof of having enough money to maintain oneself, such as a bank statement.
  • A letter outlining your trip objectives. 
  • Evidence of payment of the required fees.

How to get a visa for Croatia

It is simple to submit a visa application for Croatia. Make sure you have all the required papers prepared before starting the application. This will facilitate a quicker procedure for you. To apply for a Croatian Schengen visa, follow these steps:

Fill out the visa application form by downloading it

Download the visa application form from the Embassy or VFS website. Please fill out the form completely and accurately since it will be your first point of contact with Croatian authorities. Pay great attention to particulars such as your contact information, vacation plans, and visitation objectives. The processing of your application may be delayed by any errors or omissions.

Gather the necessary documentation

Gather all the required papers before beginning the application procedure. Having the correct documentation is essential when applying for the specific type of Croatian pass required. For the most up-to-date information and specific criteria based on your travel purpose, it’s advisable to consult the Croatian Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Make a reservation

Once you have acquired all the necessary paperwork, make an appointment at the Croatian Embassy or Consulate in your country or the visa application facility. Since you must appear for a visa interview, applying for a visa in person is a must.

Attend the interview for the visa and pay the expenses

A consular official will examine your application and question you about your journey to Croatia during the visa interview. Be ready to give further information or explanation if necessary. You must also pay the visa fees established by the Croatian government. Keep in mind that these fees are often non-refundable, regardless of whether your visa application is approved or not.

Provide biometric information and data

During your visa appointment, you may be required to provide biometric information, such as fingerprints and a photograph, to verify your identity and enhance security.

Anticipate a response

The Croatian Embassy or Consulate will assess your application after you have completed all the procedures and submitted them. Depending on your citizenship, the kind of pass you apply for, the time of year, and other variables, the processing time may change. If a tracking system is provided, wait patiently for their answer and trace the development of your application online.

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