Expats Guide to Croatia


So you’ve finally decided to hang up your career boots and have a new lease on life but a new reality dawns: where do you spend the rest of your days? If your answer to that question is Croatia, then you have a picked an excellent destination. This gorgeous coastal country is engulfed by the beauty of the enchanting Adriatic Sea and is imbued with a host of beguiling attractions, a richly diverse culture and heartily friendly people. That said, here is a definitive guide on the essential things to know before moving to Croatia.

  1. Familiarize with the native language

While most of the country is well adept in the English language, a good number of the population is not. Therefore, it could be useful for you to learn a little of the local dialect for communication purposes so that it becomes easy to get around. Basic greetings and vital one-liners could be helpful in your daily interactions. Luckily though, most of the official print and other formal writings are in English so you just need to only learn the essentials.

  1. A health insurance is a must have

Just like in many developed countries, having a health insurance cover in Croatia is not debatable. Getting one, however, is not hard as the insurance is orchestrated by the government through a single provider known as HZZO. So be sure to make arrangements long before you travel as the whole process is usually quite long. You could get in touch with your country’s embassy to help you out with this.

  1. Don’t build, buy

Residence is usually the aspect that proves most challenging to most expats not just in Croatia alone, but in the whole world at large. Building a home can be an uphill affair in the country for a foreigner as the sheer amount of paperwork that you need to get done is overwhelming. Purchasing a home, on the other hand, is way easier and less strenuous so it’s definitely the way to. Before buying a house, be sure to get a good lawyer and a similarly skilled and recognized real estate agency.

  1. Make visa arrangements early too

If you are of Croatian descent or are married to a native, then you do not need to apply for a visa beforehand as you can simply obtain one at a local police station. If, however, you come from without the region, then apply for a visa a few months, say three or four, in advance. All you’ll need is proof of address and other identity details. You can get the exact requirements from your particular embassy.

  1. Jobs are plenty in the summer

The economic landscape in Croatia is not too good at the moment though during the summertime, jobs are in plenty. If you aim to get simple part-time jobs to keep you occupied, then there’s no better time to do so than over the summer. For the other days of the year, traveling or a similarly immersive hobby could help you kill some time.

So that’s it folks, some of the crucial things to know before moving to Croatia. For more information, be sure to get in touch with your country’s embassy; basically anything you need to know you’ll find it here. Alternatively, you could also join an online community of expats who have already made the transition and will, therefore, have some useful insights to help you out. Good luck!


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