Croatia Work Visa & Life Sytle

About Croatia

Located on the Adriatic Sea, at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, you will find the beautiful country of Croatia. In recent years Croatia has become an increasingly popular tourist destination, and it’s easy to see why. In Croatia you will find incredibly well preserved medieval towns, pristine beaches and stunning natural landscapes. It’s the perfect destination for anyone looking for a varied and well-rounded holiday.

A population census conducted last year, 2021, in Croatia has shown that almost 10% less people live in the European Union country compared to a decade ago, according to preliminary results released on Friday..

Let’s look at the Demographic Details in Croatia

AA population census conducted last year, 2021, in Croatia has shown that almost 10% less people live in the European Union country compared to a decade ago, according to preliminary results released on Friday. The census has listed 3.8 million citizens compared to 4.2 million in the previous population count in 2011, said Lidija Brkovic from the national statistics office..

Despite joining the EU in 2013, Croatia has been struggling to revive the economy that was devastated during the war in 1992-95 that followed the country’s independence from the former Yugoslavia.

How do I register as a jobseeker?

In order to be registered as a jobseeker with the Croatian Employment Service, you will need a personal identification number (OIB), an address in Croatia and a valid identification document from your home country (an ID card or a passport). If you want to transfer unemployment benefits from your home country, speak to your employment office prior to departure in order to get all necessary information about your rights and obligations, as well as to collect portable document U2, which you will need in order to apply for benefits.

What types of contract are possible?

A contract is normally offered for full-time work for an indefinite period. Fixed-term work contracts may be offered because of a temporary increase in the amount of work or to replace absent workers, but only in exceptional cases may such contracts be consecutively run for a period exceeding three years. The probationary period is defined by the contract but cannot last longer than six months. A worker who has entered into a part-time work contract with one employer may enter two or more contracts with several employers up to the full-time total. Seasonal employment is mostly found in hospitality and tourism (mainly in the Adriatic region), agriculture, commerce and the food industry. Self-employment is taken to include trade and craft activities, free professions (see below) and agriculture and forestry .

What taxes will I be subject to?

The Republic of Croatia’s current tax system determines the state taxes: profit tax, value added tax, special taxes and excise duties. There are also various kinds of county, city or municipality common taxes (on income and real property transfer), as well as taxes on gambling, e.g. on the lottery, betting etc. .

IThe standard VAT rate in Croatia is 25% while, for certain products and services, discount rates of 13% and 5% apply. Self-employed work is subject to income tax and those earning more than HRK 230,000 per annum must join the VAT system. All companies are subject to profit tax at the rate of 20%.

Income tax is paid at 12%, 25% or 40% on the tax base, depending on the amount of income. There are also pension contributions (20%), health insurance (15%), contributions for employment (1.7%), contributions for occupational injuries (0.5%), and a local tax from 0-18% (depending on the place of residence).

Types of Work Visas in Croatia

Your employees planning to work in Croatia will need a work permit and a residency permit. Since Croatia is part of the EU, most European citizens can live and work in the country without a visa. If your employees are outside of the EU, they’ll need to obtain a work permit through their local Republic of Croatia diplomatic mission.

Most Croatia work and residence permits are limited to 12 months. However, Croatia allows applicants to extend their work permit at least 60 days before it expires if they need to continue to work in the country. Croatia is also a part of the EU Blue Card network, which can help third-country nationals, as the Blue Card is valid for two years.

Croatia: Health Insurance

There are two types of public hospitals in Croatia. Firstly, the Vilnius University Hospital and Santariskes Clinics, which is a combination of hospitals and clinics controlled by the Ministry of Health and the University. Other hospitals are controlled by the counties and municipalities. Most of the specialized hospitals are situated in the capital and larger cities. The national emergency telephone number for the ambulance service is 112.

Although there is a private health care system in Croatia, the insurance is too expensive for most people and there are not many private practices. However, the government has encouraged religious groups to open medical and welfare facilities; the Roman Catholic Church and the charitable organisation Caritas have already done so.

Requirements to Obtain Croatia Work Visas

A copy of their passport

A passport-size photo

Proof of their ability to support themselves while in Croatia

Evidence of health insurance

An employment contract

Proof of academic qualifications and skills

Evidence of their company’s registration

Top 3 Attractions in Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest and largest national parks in Croatia. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, due to its outstanding and picturesque series of tufa lakes, caves, connected by waterfalls.

Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian's Palace is an ancient palace built for the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD, which today forms about half the old town of Split, Croatia. While it is referred to as a "palace" because of its intended use as the retirement residence of Diocletian

Museum of Broken Relationships

The Museum of Broken Relationships is a museum in Zagreb, Croatia, dedicated to failed love relationships. Its exhibits include personal objects left over from former lovers, accompanied by brief descriptions. The "museum" began as a traveling collection of donated items. Since then, it has found a permanent location in Zagreb.