With various countries now looking to attract digital nomads, Croatia has expanded its short-term residency permits to include travelers from outside the European Union.

The applicants must work remotely for a company that isn't registered in Croatia and doesn't perform work or provide services to employers there. Temporary stays are granted for up to a year, and close family members may join them there. Applicants from countries whose citizens are required to hold a visa to enter Croatia must submit their application abroad at one of the country's diplomatic missions or consular posts. Those who are not required to hold a visa can submit their application at a diplomatic mission, consular post or police administration or police station relevant to their temporary residence address.

The sun filters through beautiful trees in the evening.
Krka national park in Croatia at sunset © Dennis van de Water / Shutterstock

They must not have a criminal record and are required to enclose a copy of a valid travel document, proof of health insurance and a contract of employment or other document proving their work arrangements. They must also provide proof of means of subsistence during their stay, and submit a bank statement or proof of regular income to their account in which they must have a minimum of HRK28,800 (€3802) available for a period of 12 months.

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For those who take up the short-term residency permit, Croatia's coastline is indisputably its main attraction with more than 1000 islands located along its eastern coast. It also has sandy and shingly beaches and historic buildings and fortresses to explore. It has a rich cultural legacy with excellent museums, and outdoor-lovers will enjoy the Dinaric Range, which offers craggy peaks, caverns, river canyons, waterfalls and lakes. There are numerous hiking and biking trails inland and adventurers can have a go at rock climbing, rafting and zip-lining.

Further information on the short-term residency permits to remote digital workers can be found here.

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