Last updated: 17 Feb 2021

Croatia

About

Croatia is one of Europe's top seaside destinations, with over 1,000 islands, 1778km of mainland coastline and a mild Mediterranean climate.

In Zagreb, Croatia's capital, visit the historic monuments of Gornji Grad (Upper Town): the Cathedral, St Mark's Church (noted for its tiled roof) and the Sabor (Croatian parliament). Then take in the museums of 19th-century Donji Grad (Lower Town).

The Museum of Arts and Crafts traces Croatian craftsmanship through the centuries, and the Mimara Museum exhibits a rich collection of painting, sculpture and ceramics from abroad.

Dubrovnik's Summer Festival takes place each year, from mid-July to late August, and features open-air evening performances of theatre, jazz and classical music in the old town. Zagreb and Split also have summer festivals, but are a treat to visit at any time.

Slavonia's Kopaèki Rit Nature Park is a vast expanse of wetland frequented by myriad migrating birds and well away from the tourist crowds. Dive in the ethereal Blue Grotto and explore the shipwrecks sunk off the island of Vis, Croatia's most remote inhabited island.
Capital:  Zagreb (ZAG)
Currency:  Kuna (HRK)
Language:  Croatian (Hrvatski). Serbian, Slovenian, Hungarian and Italian are also spoken by minorities. English and German may be spoken in tourist regions. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 385
Time Zones: UTC / GMT +1 (1 hour behind South Africa) 
Daylight Savings Time: From last Sunday March to last Sunday October: UTC / GMT +2 (same time as South Africa)
Public Holidays 2021: 

Jan 1, 6, 7; Apr 4, 5; May 1, 31, 30; Jun 3, 22; Jul 20; Aug 5, 15; Sep 7, 16; Nov 1, 18; Dec 25, 26

Side of the Road: Right
Best Time to Go: May – September
Best for: National Parks, Architecture, Historical and Religious Sites, Coastline
Plugs: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs as in most of Western Europe
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink.
Health: There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended. If you require any medication on your travels it is best to bring it with you, in the original packaging, with a signed and dated letter from your doctor detailing exactly what it is and why you need it. 
Customs: Normal social courtesies
Local Offences / Laws: There are certain restrictions on photography.  Passports should be carried at all times. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: Travellers are advised to be cautious in former conflict and remote areas, as there may be land mines. Stay on known safe roads, and check with authorities if going to a remote area. 
Duty Free: Croatia is within the European Union. If you are travelling from the UK, you are entitled to buy fragrance, skincare, cosmetics, Champagne, wine, selected spirits, fashion accessories, gifts and souvenirs - all at tax-free equivalent prices.

If you are travelling from within the EU, there is no limit on the amount or value of goods you may import, providing your goods are for personal consumption. Goods imported for commercial purposes are subject to duty and the following guideline amounts are in place to determine whether this is the case:
• 800 cigarettes or 400 cigarillos or 200 cigars or 1kg of tobacco.
• 10L of spirits over 22%, 20L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%, 90L of wine (no more than 60L of sparkling wine) and 110L of beer.

If you are arriving from a non-EU country, the following goods may be imported into Croatia by persons over 17 years of age without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 4L of wine and 16L of beer and 1L of spirits over 22% or 2L of alcoholic beverages less than 22%.
• Other goods up to the value of Kn3,200 for air and sea travellers and Kn2,200 for other travellers (reduced to Kn1,100 for children under 15).
Prohibited Imports: Unauthorised firearms and ammunition and non-prescription drugs. There are restrictions on the import of plants, animals and food. 
Prohibited Exports: Articles of archaeological, historical, ethnographic, artistic and other scientific or cultural value require an export licence issued by the Croatian authorities.

Travel Alerts

COVID-19 Travel Advisory: On 13th of January 2021, the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia issued a Decision temporarily prohibiting and restricting the crossing of persons across all border crossing points of the Republic of Croatia. However, in accordance with the guidelines of the competent authorities, exceptions have been made.

For further information regarding the above: www.croatia.hr/en-GB/coronavirus-2019-ncov-q-and-a

EnterCroatia: Effective May 28th 2020, a new online web form EnterCroatia has been launched and may be accessed here: https://entercroatia.mup.hr/. The EnterCroatia online form allows visitors to enter all the necessary information to ease border crossing prior to traveling to Croatia.

Visas: Until further notice, the lodging of a visa application at the Croatian Embassies/Consulates is temporarily suspended. www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

RE-OPEN EUhttps://reopen.europa.eu/en/map/HRV

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

Embassy of the Republic of Croatia
Ozmik House, 165 Lynnwood Road, Brooklyn 0181, Pretoria
P.O. Box 11335, 0028 Hatfield, Pretoria
Tel: +27 (0)12 342 1206
Consular Section fax : (012) 342 0790 / 0866 888 580
Email: croemb.pretoria@mvep.hr / ptacons@mvep.hr
Web: http://za.mfa.hr
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00 – 16:30, Friday 8:00 – 14:00

NOTE: 

  • SA passport holders: Visas can be applied for through the  accredited Travel Agency, OR VFS.
  • Applicants from countries other than South Africa (e.g. Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe) MUST APPLY IN PERSON AT THE EMBASSY.

Visa Requirements

  • Visas are required by ordinary South African passport holders.

  • Holders of South African Diplomatic and South African Official passports do not need visas for Croatia.
  • Holders of passports of EU countries do not need a visa for Croatia.
  • Foreigners with valid Schengen documents do not require an additional (Croatian) visa for entry and short-term stay in Croatia (documents must cover duration of stay in Croatia)
  • The following additional categories do not need a visa for transit or a stay not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period
    - Uniform (C) visa 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 a holder of a travel document that is not recognized by one or more but not all of the Schengen Area Member States and which is valid 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 State;
    - Residence permit issued by one of the Schengen Area Member State;
    - National visas for two or multiple entries and residence permits of Bulgaria
    - National visas for two or multiple entries and residence permits of Cyprus
    - National visas for two or multiple entries and residence permits of Romania

Sirius Travel: Sirius Travel is an accredited Travel Agency/ visa submission office and can submit Croatia visa applications on your behalf, for South African Passport Holders Only.

Address: 2 Sandhurst Close, 50 Kinross Avenue, Sandhurst 2196, Johannesburg
P.O.Box 55959 Northlands 2116,
Tel: +27 (0)82 895 0429 / +27 (0)10 1100 865
Fax: 0866 733 005
E-mail:crovisas@siriustravel.co.za, / marijana@siriustravel.co.za
Web: www.siriustravel.co.za
Hours: Mon-Fri: 08:00-15:00

VFS Global Visa Application Centres:

NOTE: An appointment is required, this can be scheduled online

VFS South Africa call center: +27 (0)12 425 3008
E-mail: info.crza@vfshelpline.com           
Website: http://www.vfsglobal.com/croatia/southafrica/
Hours: 08:00-12:30 and 13:30-16:00

PRETORIA: 1st Floor, Cherry Lane Office Park, 114 Fehrsen Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, Brooklyn
CAPE TOWN: 47 Strand Street, Office 502, 5th Floor, Cape Town, 8001

 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS - It is mandatory for all documents to be scanned and uploaded when completing the online application. The documents attached shall not be older than three months.

1. Visa application form - Must be filled out online at https://crovisa.mvep.hr/ (handwritten forms not permitted).  After you complete entering the data, you are required to print out a copy of the application and submit it, along with the necessary documents, to the competent Croatian Embassy or Consulate, visa centre or accredited travel agency. Pin and Serial number to be recorded on the printed form. The application is to be submitted no earlier than 3 months prior to the beginning of the planned journey.

2. Applicant's passport: issued within the last 10 years, with expiry date exceeding the expiry date of the requested visa by a minimum of three months, and containing at least two empty pages. A copy of the biometric page must also be submitted. 

3. Face photograph: in colour, 35x45 mm; per the Schengen Requirements

4. Travel health insurance to cover the possible expenses related to repatriation, for health reasons, urgent medical assistance and/or urgent hospitalization, with the minimum coverage of EUR 30 000. The insurance must remain valid during the entire stay of the visitor in Croatia.

5. Accommodation reservation / proof of all land arrangements / cruise confirmations

6. Proof of residence

7. Return flight details or proof of cruise

8. Proof of sufficient funds – EUR 70 per day for the duration of your stay ( Bank statement showing at least minimum amount required, or letter from bank)
- If a visitor has a certified Letter of Guarantee from a natural or legal person from Croatia, (s)he shall present the proof of a paid tourist package or similar document, the proof that (s)he carries funds equivalent to EUR 30 per day of the planned stay in Croatia.
- Exceptionally, if a visitor has a certified Letter of Guarantee from a natural or legal person from Croatia showing that the guarantor is fully accepting all the expenses related to visiting and departing from Croatia, (s)he shall be exempt from the requirement to present the proof of having sufficient funds available.
- For minors and persons without their own resources, an authenticated certificate shall be submitted stating that a parent or other person shall cover the expenses, with a proof of the social and professional status of the person offering to cover the expenses and a proof that such a person has the resources.

9. Employment letter ( or letter from School or University for scholars/students)

10. Proof of purpose of visit (proof of tours / accommodation, letter of invitation)

11. For minors, a legal guardian shall submit the following: birth certificate, if the parents are the legal guardians, or the decision of the competent authority on appointing the legal guardian. If a minor is traveling without a legal guardian, (s)he must carry a notarized consent of a legal guardian that shall contain personal information of the legal guardian and the purpose, the period and length of stay in Croatia, the period for which the consent is issued, and the signature of the legal guardian.

LETTERS OF GUARANTEE AND INVITATION

TRAVEL PURPOSE: PRIVATE VISIT -  the original completed form of the Letter of Guarantee by Natural Person. The guarantor – a natural person from Croatia - shall have his/her signature on the form authenticated by public notary in Croatia or at a Croatian Embassy/Consular Post, if the guarantor is a Croatian citizen, or by a Notary Public if the guarantor is a foreign citizen with a stay permit in Croatia. The guarantor may be a Croatian citizen or a foreigner with a residence permit in Croatia, who earns income or has assets in Croatia. With the Letter of Guarantee, the guarantor shall also enclose a proof of permanent source of income (pay slip, pension slip) in the last three months or adequate proof of having funds in a bank. The applicant shall be handed a photocopy of the Letter of Guarantee.

TRAVEL PURPOSE: BUSINESS VISIT - the original filled out form of the Letter of Guarantee by Legal Person. The guarantor – a legal entity from Croatia - shall authenticate the form by attaching the official seal and the signature of its authorized representative.  With the Letter of Guarantee, the guarantor shall enclose a proof of solvency (BON 1 or BON 2 Forms, or a confirmation of the Commercial Court that it is not in liquidation etc.). The applicant shall be handed a photocopy of the Letter of Guarantee.

LETTER OF INVITATION -  A foreign citizen coming to Croatia at the invitation of a Croatian national authority to attend an international conference of public interest or to participate in an event held under the auspices of the Croatian Parliament, the Croatian President and the Croatian Government, shall submit a Letter of Invitation of the Croatian national authority or the organizer of the international event with the visa application.

The Letter of Invitation shall include:

  • Information about the foreign citizen: name, date and place of birth, citizenship, passport number, place of issue and expiry date,
  • Purpose of the visit, period in which the foreign national will be staying in the Republic of Croatia, and information about his/her accommodation,
  • Information about who is covering the expenses of the foreign citizen's stay in the Republic of Croatia,
  • First name, family name, title (position, job), address and telephone number of the contact person who can provide relevant information about the foreign citizen.

IMPORTANT NOTES AND WARNINGS:

  • Submitting a visa application, including all the required documents, does not automatically mean that the visa will be issued.
  • An issued visa is not a guarantee that a foreign citizen will be permitted to enter the Republic of Croatia. On every crossing of the border, the police may require the foreign citizen to present a photocopy of the Letter of Guarantee in case of both private and business visits, and it is therefore recommendable to carry the Letter of Guarantee, as well as the proof of having sufficient funds, in hand baggage.
  • The decision to refuse a visa, indicating reasons for such a decision, shall be delivered to the applicant in a visa refusal/annulment/revocation form.
  • A foreign citizen may file a complaint against the decision to refuse a visa through the competent Embassy/Consulate of the Republic of Croatia, within 15 days from the date of receipt of the decision on visa refusal/annulment/revocation. The complaint shall be filed in Croatian. 
  • The visa application fee is non-refundable once the application has been accepted at the Embassy.
  • An Embassy/Consular Post may invite the applicant to an interview; require him/her to submit further documents and/or certified translation as well as the international certification (apostille) of the documents.
  • Any falsification of the documents and the use of such documents may be subject to criminal prosecution.

Visa Processing Time

Processing time at the Embassy – 15 days from submission

Visa Validity

A short stay visa (C-visa) is a permit to transit through, or stay in the territory of the Republic of Croatia for a maximum of 90 days in any 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 visitors' travel to Croatia and may not exceed five years. The visa alone shall not entitle a visitor to enter or work in the territory of the Republic of Croatia.

Visa Cost

SIRIUS TRAVEL: 

Adults: Embassy Visa cost R 1000 plus service fee R 550  Total Payable: R 1550
Children under 12 years of age only pay a discounted service fee of R 350
Re-doing handwritten or incorrectly completed application  and upload of documents and photo R 150

SIRIUS TRAVEL
NEDBANK Branch code 197005
Account Number 1970850582  (current account)
Reference: APPLICANT’S SURNAME and initials

VFS:
Visa Fee: R 1010
Service Fee: R 502
Mandatory Courier Fee applicable per application (Only when applying in Cape Town): R570

Applicants may choose to pay at the application centre using Credit/Debit Card or deposit the amount at below Bank. Proof of payment must be received with the visa application. The name of the applicant must be clearly stated as reference on the proof of payment or a bank deposit slip or internet banking advice

Bank Details for Visas Only [All service charges are to be paid at the Visa Application Centre through Debit/Credit card only in South African ZAR (VFS service charge and other charges)]
Branch name : Nedbank (Standard Chartered Bank)
Account Name : VFS VISA PROCESSING SA LTD - Croatia
Account Number: 001 880505 13
Branch Code: 73-00-20
Swift Address: SCBLZAJJ
Branch: Johannesburg Branch
Account type: Current Account
Please use your passport number as a Reference.

SA Representative

The South African Ambassador to Budapest, Hungary is accredited to Croatia
Tel: + 36 1 392 0999
E-mail: budapest.admin@dirco.gov.za

Travel Health

Compulsory:  None
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Rabies, Tick-Borne Encephalitis, Tetanus, Polio