Registration of temporary residence for EEA nationals

Rules for the registration of temporary and permanent residence for nationals of the European Economic Area (EU countries and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and the Swiss Confederation 

Nationals of the European Union and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, forming the European Economic Area (EEA), and Swiss Confederation nationals, can stay in Croatia for a short-term, temporarily or permanently. 

The provisions of the Act on EEA Member States Nationals and Their Family Members which apply to family members of EEA nationals also apply to family members of Croatian citizens who are EEA nationals.
EEA nationals and their family members may work up to three months in the Republic of Croatia without a work and residence permit or a work registration certificate, and if they intend to work/provide their services in the Republic of Croatia longer than three months, they will have to register their temporary residence for the purpose of work. They will be issued a work registration certificate by the competent police administration/station without delay.
If they wish to do so, EEA nationals and their family members wo are EEA nationals can also obtain a residence card.

Short-term stay

EEA nationals are entitled to stay in the Republic of Croatia for up to three months from the day of their entry into the country if they possess a valid travel document or an identity card. In this case, they are not obliged to register short-term stay in a police administration/station. 

Temporary residence

EEA nationals are entitled to stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than three months from the day of their entry into Croatia if they are coming:
  • For the purpose of work, as an employed or self-employed person or a posted worker
  • For other purposes, but have sufficient means of supporting themselves and their family members, so that they cannot become a burden to the Croatian social welfare system and they also have health insurance
  • To study at higher education or vocational education institutions, have adequate health insurance and prove that they have sufficient means of supporting themselves and their family members so that they cannot become a burden to the Croatian social welfare system during their stay
  • For the purpose of family reunification, because they are a family member joining an EEA national who meets the above requirements.
 
If you intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than three months, you have to register your temporary residence at the competent police administration/police station in your place of temporary residence, at the latest within eight days from the date of expiration of three months of stay. You will be issued, without delay, a certificate of the registration of temporary residence. A fine of HRK 200 will be imposed on EEA nationals who do not register their temporary residence within the prescribed time limit.

You can download the form on the website of the Ministry of the Interior:

Registration of temporary residence for EEA nationals.
 
A copy of a valid identity card or travel document (passport) has to be enclosed with the application form, which is certified by an official after inspecting the original.   

Additional attachments depending on the purpose of stay:
  • Registration of temporary residence for the purpose of work—a certificate of employment, proof of self-employment or proof of being a posted worker should also be attached.
The Act on Amendments to the Act on EEA Member States Nationals and Their Family Members (Official Gazette no. 144/20) applies to nationals of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which can be found under additional information.
 
  • Registration of temporary residence for the purpose of study or vocational training—proof of enrolment in a higher education or vocational education institution should also be attached, as well as a statement on sufficient means of supporting yourself and your family members and proof of health insurance.
  • Registration of temporary stay for other purposes—proof of sufficient means of supporting yourself and your family members and proof of health insurance should also be attached. 
Upon receipt of the application for the registration of temporary residence, the police administration or police station will issue a certificate of the registration of temporary residence to an EEA national and a family member who is an EEA national. They will be issued residence cards at their request.

Temporary residence for family members

EEA nationals’ family members who are EEA nationals and who intend to stay for more than three months in the country are obliged to register their temporary residence for the purpose of family reunification at the police administration or police station in their place of temporary residence, at the latest within eight days from the date of expiration of three months of stay. 
 
The following should be enclosed with the “Registration of temporary residence for EEA nationals” form:  
  • A copy of a valid identity card or travel document (passport), which is certified by an official after inspecting the original
  • A document proving that the person is a family member:
    • To prove a marriage—an extract from the marriage register, not older than six months
    • To prove a common-law marriage—an extract from the birth register not older than six months or a certificate of free marital status, if the marital status is not visible from the extract, or an extract from the register of common-law marriages, if this is kept in the country in which the common-law marriage existed. Circumstances proving the existence of a common-law marriage are: statements of common-law spouses on their life together, joint residence for the last three years before the application, statements of witnesses regarding the existence and duration of the common-law marriage and other proof of the existence and duration of the common-law marriage. If a child is born in a common-law marriage, excerpts from the birth register for the child and the common-law spouses, not older than six months, should be attached, or certificates of free marital status if the marital status is not visible from excerpts from the birth register
    • To prove a parent-child relationship—an excerpt from the birth register or the adoption decision issued by the competent authority
  • Appropriate documents proving the need for family reunification for EEA nationals for whom it is determined that, in view of their financial and social positions in the country they come from, they are dependent on the EEA national in terms of providing for their basic needs, or they are members of their household, or who, due to serious health-related reasons, requires special personal care of the EEA national, if such national is a family member referred to in Article 4(2) of the Act on EEA Member States Nationals and Their Family Members (medical documentation, proof of maintenance or guardianship, etc.).    
 
EEA nationals’ family members who are not EEA nationals and who intend to stay in the country for more than three months are obliged to apply for a residence card, which will prove their right to temporary stay, at the police administration or police station in their place of temporary residence, at the latest within eight days of the expiration of three months of stay.

A fine of HRK 200 will be imposed on an EEA national’s family member who fails to apply for a “residence card for a family member of a Union citizen” within the prescribed time limit.

The form of the Application for the issuance of a residence card for a non-EEA family member of an EEA national can be downloaded on the website of the Ministry of the Interior

 Application for the issuance of a residence card for a non-EEA family member of an EEA national.
 
The following should be enclosed with the application form:
  • A copy of a valid passport, which is certified by an official after inspecting the original and
  • Proof that the person is an immediate family member of an EEA national. More specifically:
    • To prove a marriage—an extract from the marriage register
    • To prove a common-law marriage—an extract from the birth register not older than six months or a certificate of free marital status, if the marital status is not visible from the extract, or an extract from the register of common-law marriages, if this is kept in the country in which the common-law marriage existed. Circumstances proving the existence of a common-law marriage are: statements of common-law spouses on their life together, joint residence for the last three years before the application, statements of witnesses regarding the existence and duration of the common-law marriage and other proof of the existence and duration of the common-law marriage. If a child is born in a common-law marriage, excerpts from the birth register for the child and the common-law spouses, not older than six months, should be attached, or certificates of free marital status if the marital status is not visible from excerpts from the birth register
    • To prove a parent-child relationship—an excerpt from the birth register or the adoption decision issued by the competent authority
  • An appropriate document issued by the competent authority from the country of origin officially certifying that the person is a supported member of the household of an EEA national or evidence of the need for health care provided by an EEA national, if this refers to a family member referred to in Article 4(2) of the Act on EEA Member States Nationals and Their Family Members (medical documentation).

The provisions of this Act which apply to family members of EEA nationals also apply to family members of Croatian citizens who are EEA nationals.
Family members of Croatians citizens who are EEA nationals themselves can apply for temporary residence for the purpose of family reunification in the manner described.

Along with the aforementioned documentation, family members of Croatian citizens who are EEA nationals themselves also have to provide proof that the Croatian citizen:
  • Is employed or self-employed or
  • Is enrolled in a higher education or vocational education institution and has health insurance, together with a statement of that person having sufficient means of supporting themselves or
  • Has health insurance and sufficient means of supporting themselves 

Family members of Croatian citizens who are not EEA nationals but are granted temporary residence are issued a residence permit, which is valid for one year.
A fine of HRK 200 will be imposed on EEA nationals and EEA nationals’ family members who do not have a foreign travel document or ID card, residence card or other public document containing a photograph on their person or who refuse to provide this to an official for inspection.

Permanent residence

EEA nationals are entitled to permanent residence after five years of uninterrupted legal stay in the Republic of Croatia. 

Exceptionally, EEA nationals are entitled to permanent stay even if before five years of uninterrupted legal stay. These exceptions are stipulated by Article 28 of the Act on EEA Member States Nationals and Their Family Members.  .

Non-EEA family members of EEA nationals who have been legally staying in the Republic of Croatia with an EEA national for at least 5 uninterrupted years have to apply for permanent residence in the police administration or police station in their place of temporary residence. 

You can download the application form for permanent residence on the website of the Ministry of the Interior

Registration of permanent residence for EEA nationals and their family members.

EEA nationals and their non-EEA family members with permanent residence in the country are issued a biometric residence card which is valid for ten years.