1. DO I NEED A VISA TO ENTER THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA?
Please check in the drop-down menu: http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/
2. CAN I TRAVEL TO THE SCHENGEN AREA WITH A CROATIAN VISA?
Croatia is not a Schengen Member State and Croatian visas are valid only for its territory (and for travelling to Bulgaria, Romania, and Cyprus). You cannot travel to Schengen countries with a Croatian visa.
3. WHERE CAN I APPLY FOR VISA?
You can apply for visa at the VFS Global Visa Application Centre in Cape Town and Pretoria (www.vfsglobal.com/croatia/southafrica/). If you are travelling for the purpose of tourism, you may contact one of the accredited travel agencies in Johannesburg (www.siriustravel.co.za).
4. HOW LONG CAN I STAY IN CROATIA WITH A VISA?
A visa is the approval for a stay of up to 90 days in each 180-day period. How long you may stay in Croatia is written on your visa sticker, under “Duration of stay … days”.
5. HOW EARLY BEFORE MY TRAVEL CAN I APPLY FOR A VISA?
You may apply for a visa no earlier than three months before the date of your travel to Croatia. Please make sure that you apply on time in order to avoid any delays and waiting (we advise you to lodge your visa application at least two to three weeks prior to your planned departure).
6. HOW MUCH IS A VISA FEE?
The price of a visa is determined according to the Law on administrative fees and currently amounts to 930 ZAR. Children under the age of 12 are exempted.
7. HOW CAN I PAY THE VISA FEE?
Payable at the VFS Visa Application Centre or to the accredited travel agencies. The Embassy accepts credit and debit cards only. Please do not make any direct transfer to the Embassy if the application is submitted through VFS Global or an accredited travel agent.
8. MY PASSPORT EXPIRES IN TWO MONTHS. CAN I OBTAIN A VISA?
Your passport should be valid for at least another three months after the planned date of departure from Croatia – this is one of the criteria for visa admissibility. Therefore, if your passport is valid less than three months, you cannot not apply for a visa.
9. MAY I LEAVE CROATIA AND RETURN WITH THE SAME VISA?
Check the “Number of entries” section of your visa sticker. If it states “01”, you have a single-entry visa meaning you can enter Croatia only once and cannot not return with the same visa.
If it states “02”, it means you have a two-entry visa, i.e. two entries are allowed. If it states “MULTI”, you have a multiple-entry visa meaning you are allowed to enter and exit Croatia unlimited amount of times before your visa expires.
Do not forget to check the number of visa-approved days of the stay on your visa sticker (given under “Duration of stay … days”). If you have a two-entry or a multiple-entry visa, the actual days of stay are deducted from the total number of days during your subsequent visits.
10. I HAVE A VALID RESIDENCE PERMIT IN A SCHENGEN COUNTRY. DO I NEED A VISA TO GO TO CROATIA?
Third-country nationals who have a valid residence permits issued by a Schengen member state do not need a visa for stay in Croatia not exceeding 90 days in each 180-day period or for transit through Croatia.
You can find more details at http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/.
11. WHEN ENTERING CROATIA, DO I NEED TO PRESENT ANY DOCUMENTS OTHER THAN MY PASSPORT AND VISA?
A valid visa is not a guarantee of entry to Croatia. You may have to satisfy other legal requirements.
Third-country nationals may be allowed to enter Croatia if they:
This means that a police officer, during border control, may ask you to present both notifications and documents that justify the purpose and conditions of your stay in Croatia and the evidence that you have sufficient means of subsistence.
The sufficient means of subsistence equal to 70 EUR per day of your intended stay in Croatia. If you have a notarized letter of guarantee by natural or legal person from Croatia, a proof of the paid travel package or a similar document, your means of subsistence should equal 30 EUR per day of your intended stay in Croatia. On the other hand, if you have a notarized letter of guarantee by natural or legal person in Croatia showing that your guarantor assumes full responsibility for all costs related to your stay in Croatia and your departure from Croatia, you are exempt from presenting documents supporting your means of subsistence.
12. CAN I HAVE MY VISA EXTENDED?
Exceptionally, in cases of serious personal or humanitarian reasons you can extend your visa. The application for visa extension is to be submitted in a competent police administration/station, according to the place of your stay in Croatia.
13. I AM A CHINESE NATIONAL WORKING IN SOUTH AFRICA. MAY I SUBMIT MY VISA APPLICATION AT THE EMBASSY IN PRETORIA?
If a third-country national who needs a visa for Croatia has a residence permit in South Africa, he/she may submit the application at the Embassy in Pretoria.
14. I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE MY STUDIES IN CROATIA. WHAT KIND OF A VISA DO I NEED?
A visa is the approval for transit or for entry and stay in Croatia for up to 90 days in each 180-period as of the date of the first entry.
It is issued for one, two or multiple entries for the purposes of transit or for tourist, business, private or any other travel.
For any stay longer than 90 days in each 180-day period, you need a temporary residence permit, in this case for studying. For more information regarding residence permits, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Pretoria.
15. MY EMPLOYER IS SENDING ME FOR A ONE-MONTH WORK ASSIGNMENT
A visa is not a work permit. A third-country national may work in the Republic of Croatia based on the stay and work permit or the work registration certificate if not otherwise specified by the Aliens Act. For more information, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Pretoria.