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Is it a permit or a visa?

Some call it a visa, some call it a permit. Although the terminology has changed, it is technically the same thing – a change in the law, effective January 1, 2021, which allows non-EU/EEA citizens who fulfil the requirements, to stay for 12 months as digital nomads. Initially it was referred to as a visa, but is now known as a permit.

What is the history of the Croatian digital nomad permit?

On July 11, 2020, a Dutch entrepreneur in Split, Jan de Jong, wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, calling on him to introduce a digital nomad visa for Croatia. On August 25, the Prime Minister tweeted a photo of a meeting with Jan, with the message that his government would be supporting the introduction on the visa.

Work started the next day, with proposed changes in the Foreigners Act in Parliament. Those changes were soon approved, the tax law changed, and the new law came into effect.

An online application process appeared on March 1, 2021 (see link above), although a handful of nomads were able to successfully apply for the permit via the local police station before the online application

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