Croatia: Country-Specific Brexit Information

December 16, 2020

UK nationals who have been legally living in Croatia before December 31, 2020 when the UK withdraws from the EU may continue to live, study, and work in Croatia through rights established through the Withdrawal Agreement. UK nationals who are residents of Croatia by the end of the Brexit transition will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement, and their rights will be protected if they remain a resident. UK nationals should make sure they are registered as residents.

Entry and Residency Requirements

Through 2020, British Citizen passport holders do not require a visa to enter the country. Travel rules will stay the same through December 31, 2020.

Rules will change for UK nationals who are traveling or working in Croatia starting on January 1, 2021. Travel is permitted in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in a 180-day period without a visa to visit family or friends; attend business meetings, sports events, or cultural events; for tourism, and for short-term study or training.

Travelers should note that visits to other Schengen countries within the previous 180 days also count towards the 90-day maximum stay. Any days spent in Croatia before January 1, 2021 will not count towards the 90-day limit.

Working in Croatia

UK nationals who are residents of Croatia before December 31, 2020 will retain their right to work if they remain residents.

UK nationals may need a UK police certificate to work in Croatia.  

Individuals who live in Croatia and commute to work in another EU/EFTA country may need a permit proving that they are a frontier worker starting in January 2021. The Home Office will provide further details when guidance is available.  

Passports

UK nationals can continue to travel to Croatia and other Schengen countries through December 31, 2020 with their current UK passports, provided the passport is valid for the duration of their stay. UK nationals can apply for a new passport from Croatia.

A valid passport is required to enter the country through December 2020. Starting on January 1, 2021, passports must have at least a six-month validity, except for individuals transiting Croatia or who fall within the scope of the Withdrawal Agreement. Individuals must renew their passport prior to traveling if they have less than six months remaining on their passport. Additional months from passports that are more than 10 years old cannot be added to the validity period. 

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