Remote workers from all around the world can now turn Croatia into their new office. As of January 1st, 2021, Croatia has joined a small group of countries that started welcoming digital nomads by granting them 12-month residence permits. Jan de Jong was the initiator of introducing such a residence permit in Croatia. On March 1st. The Croatian government has officially launched the online application process, and until now, some 20 digital nomads have applied for the residence permit.
croatia2go: What kind of staying permit is this ‘digital nomads permit’?
Jan de Jong: Third-country nationals, so anybody from outside the European Union who is able to work fully remotely, can apply for Croatia’s digital nomad residence permit. It’s important to point out that Croatian companies can not employ digital nomads, nor can they provide services to Croatian companies. During their 12-month stay, they shall therefore also not be charged any income tax. Digital nomads shall pay their income tax in the country where they have their business registered or in the country where they are employed. The reason Croatia shall not charge any income tax is to avoid double taxation.
croatia2go: Do you know how many nomads applied for now?
Jan de Jong: Yes, until now, 4 digital nomads have been granted their staying permit. Three U.S. citizens and one citizen of New Zealand. The first digital nomad who got an approved staying permit was Melissa Paul – a U.S. citizen.
croatia2go: Jan, let’s hope that we will count many nomads soon. Maybe some of them will stay for good as you did.
Jan de Jong: That’s not possible. After 12 months, they have to leave for six months. After all, I am Dutch, so an EU citizen. That is why I can stay longer than 12 months. 🙂
croatia2go: All the best, and thank you for helping the Croatian government so many ways and for your extra effort to speed it up.
Jan de Jong: My pleasure
Here are some reasons why you choose Croatia if you are considering digital nomads visa. Croatia has a much more affordable cost of living and nice weather (most of the year). Moreover, Croatia is close to Italy, Austria, or Hungary, well connected with European countries, and with relatively low active cases of COVID-19 cases (on March 15th, 2021.in total) around 4800.
You can apply online https://mup.gov.hr/aliens-281621/stay-and-work/temporary-stay-of-digital-nomads/286833.
You have to have a valid passport, proof of how you are going to work remotely, evidence that you have no criminal offenses, and your future address in Croatia.
The online form is bilingual, in Croatian and English.
You’ll need 420 kunas (55 €/65 $)for granting a temporary stay, and 460 kunas (60 €/73 $)for the visa or 310 (60 €/73 $) for the biometric residence card.
For granted a nomad visa in Croatia, your monthly income should be a minimum of 16400 kunas (2160 €/2575 $) and 10 % more per each family member. You need to have evidence of health insurance, as well.