Croatia ETIAS Travel Authorization: Apply now

Croatia ETIAS Travel Authorization: Apply now

Last updated: October 2023

Imagine fulfilling your dream of exploring Croatia's captivating landscapes, from its enchanting forests to picturesque old towns and pristine lakes. Well, now you can! The Croatia ETIAS Authorization opens the door to your dream trip with just a few simple clicks.

Join us in this blog as we guide you through the essential requirements and answer all your questions about obtaining this permit to visit this Schengen area country.

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What is Croatia ETIAS?

The Croatia ETIAS is a digital travel document required for non-European travelers from specific countries participating in the Greek ETIAS visa waiver program.

This document grants access to 30 European countries and four microstates within the Schengen countries, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) under the Schengen Agreement, Future Schengen Member Countries, and the European Microstates With Open Borders.

The ETIAS is designed to improve border control and monitor international visitors.

Countries that you can visit with an ETIAS Croatia

Here's a list of the countries you can explore with this authorization:

Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City

What can I do in Croatia with an ETIAS Travel Authorization?

With the Croatia ETIAS, you can visit the country for various purposes, including:

  • Leisurely tourism

  • Business

  • Medical treatment

  • Simple transit through Croatia

  • Participating in short courses or training sessions lasting up to 90 days.

What can you not do with an ETIAS in Croatia?

Please remember the restrictions imposed by ETIAS in Croatia, which encompass the following limitations:

  1. Employment is not permitted.

  2. Educational pursuits are prohibited if they extend beyond the 90-day course allowance.

  3. Working in an internship or student employment is prohibited in Croatia with ETIAS.

  4. Temporary or permanent residency in Croatia is not permitted.

Who can apply for ETIAS Croatia?

The ETIAS is designed for travelers from countries currently enjoying the European visa waiver program, allowing them entry to the Schengen and EU Area without needing a visa.

To qualify for the ETIAS for Croatia, you should meet one of the following conditions:

Nationality: You must be a citizen of a country exempt from Schengen Area visas. Current Status: You do not already have a Schengen Visa issued for your intended travel duration. Duration of Stay: Your visit to the Schengen Area, including Croatia, should be at most 90 days. Purpose of Travel: Your intended journey should be for tourism, business, or transit purposes.

Which countries are eligible for the Croatia ETIAS?

From 2024, citizens from a range of eligible countries will be required to obtain an ETIAS (European Travel Information and Authorization System), including:

Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Georgia, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Macau, Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palau, Panama, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, Vanuatu, and Venezuela.

This requirement is part of enhanced border control measures for travel within the Schengen zone.

Who doesn't need to apply for an ETIAS Croatia?

Citizens of Schengen Area countries and the EU are not required to obtain an ETIAS for Croatia. If you don´t belong to this category, we encourage you to use our [Visa Checker Tool] to help determine your eligibility.

Can minors apply for a Croatia ETIAS?

Yes, regardless of age, every passport holder must secure an ETIAS to visit Croatia and other participating EU countries. Parents or legal guardians can complete the ETIAS application form on behalf of their children.

ETIAS Croatia validity: How long is the ETIAS Croatia valid for?

The ETIAS has a validity period of three years allowing stays of up to 90 days within 180 days. If your passport expires before your ETIAS, you must reapply for travel authorization with your updated passport.

Can I extend my ETIAS Croatia?

Unfortunately, ETIAS cannot be extended. Once it expires, you must submit a new application to obtain a fresh one.

Croatia ETIAS required documents

To complete your ETIAS application, you'll need:

  • A valid passport (with at least six months of validity from your intended arrival date).

  • A concise medical history, including health insurance details.

  • Details regarding your education and work experience.

  • If you have family members who are EU citizens, provide evidence of your relationship, residence card, and relevant background information.

  • An active and valid email address (for receiving your ETIAS).

  • A payment method, with options like credit or debit cards, PayPal, Venmo, or Amazon Pay.

How to apply online for the ETIAS Croatia?

To start your ETIAS Croatia application online with us, you must follow these steps

Step 1: Provide your essential information and travel details on our user-friendly [website] or our convenient [mobile app]. Choose your preferred processing time and complete the payment.

Step 2: Fill out the rest of the online ETIAS application form and upload all necessary documents.

Step 3: Submit the form and await confirmation.

Once approved, print a physical copy and keep a digital version on your phone for a seamless journey through airports and border controls in any Schengen country.

Get ready to enjoy your travel to Croatia!

Croatia ETIAS processing time

While the Croatia ETIAS is not yet available, we've prepared three processing options to suit your needs, all set to launch in 2024:

  • Standard processing time: Ideal for those with ample time before their trip.

  • Rush processing time: A quicker solution, though slightly higher in cost.

  • Super rush processing time: The fastest choice, perfect for individuals needing expedited service.

Croatia ETIAS fees and cost

The official fee for the Croatia ETIAS is just USD 8, with exemptions for individuals under 18 or over 70. For a smoother application process and increased chances of approval, you can apply through us by paying an additional service fee.

You can try using our exchange rate calculator to discover how much it will cost in your local currency:

Do I need the ETIAS to transit through Croatia and the European Union?

No, you don't need an ETIAS travel authorization if you stay within the internal air borders. However, you need a valid travel authorization to leave this area and enter the territory of any European countries that require ETIAS.

Croatia entry requirements and restrictions with the ETIAS

Croatia has removed its COVID-19 travel restrictions. There is no longer a requirement for proof of vaccination, prior recovery from COVID-19, or a negative test result. However, you must possess the following documents:

  1. A valid passport.

  2. A valid ETIAS or Schengen visa.

Differences between Croatia ETIAS and Schengen Visas

The critical difference is that ETIAS is not a national visa, but a faster pre-travel security check for visa-exempt individuals on short visits, usually up to 90 days, for tourism, business, or transit purposes.

In contrast, a Schengen Visa is attached to a traveler's passport, allowing entry, stay, or exit from a country for specific purposes like tourism, work, or study, often involving a more extensive application and approval process.

These two travel documents may appear similar, but they have distinctions:

  1. Application process: Getting the ETIAS is easy with an online process while obtaining a Croatia Schengen visa involves in-person interviews and extensive visa requirements.

  2. Eligibility: The ETIAS is for travelers from visa-exempt countries, while those needing a visa must navigate the intricate Schengen visa application process.

  3. Validity: The Croatia valid ETIAS offers three years of travel access. In comparison, a Schengen visa typically spans five years.

  4. Access: The Schengen Visa lets you visit 27 Schengen member states, while the ETIAS allows you to travel to 30 countries and four microstates.

More information

For further details about the European Travel Information and Authorisation System, contact our customer service team via [online chat] or email us at [email protected]. We're here to assist you in obtaining an ETIAS travel authorization for Croatia!

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