Rapidly becoming Eastern Europe’s new hot spot…
Location: Eastern Europe
Currency: Croatian kuna (1 USD = approx 7 Croatian kuna)
Time Zone: GMT +2 (Croatia observes daylight savings time. Your 6 pm BJT classes start at noon in the summer and 11 am in the winter.)
Population: 4 Million
Internet Speed: According to Speed Test’s Global Rankings, Croatia comes in at 73rd with fixed broadband speeds of 33 down and 14 up. Other articles report in home internet speeds of approximately 10 Mbps. High speed fiber optic packages are available if you are willing to pay for them.
Visa: If you are American, you can visit Croatia for 90 days in a 180-day period without a visa. If you wish to stay longer, you can apply for a temporary residence visa within those 90-days. The process needs to be completed before the expiration of your 90-day stay, so applying earlier is wise. You can get a one year visa in Croatia (provided you can show sufficient funds to support yourself) that is non-renewable. You can also open a Croatian company and apply for a business/employment visa. The visa application can be found here. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs lays out visa requirements here. However, they can be a bit confusing. Expat in Croatia has great info on the visa process.
Healthcare: Those seeking residence in Croatia must participate in the national insurance system- this includes paying an initial fee for the previous year as well as making monthly payments. International Living did a great article on this. There is also an option for private insurance to supplement the national coverage. Check out World Nomads for travel insurance.
Cost of Living: Croatia is a fairy affordable destination. Numbeo places the average cost of rent for a one-bedroom at just over $400 in the city center. However, the blog Amerikanka indicates that one can get by for very little in Croatia.
The information provided in this article is provided purely as a matter of convenience and does not constitute legal or professional advice. Always seek the advice of a qualified immigration attorney before making the decision to relocate.