Foreign Office confirms new rules for travel to Croatia from 1 January

By Linsey McNeill
21/12/2022
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The Foreign Office (FCDO) has updated its travel advice for Croatia, which is joining the Schengen area on 1 January 2023.

It is warning Brits that from next year, any time spent in Croatia will count towards the maximum time they’re allowed to spend in the Schengen area without a visa.

Up until Jan 1, any time Brits spent in Croatia doesnt count towards the time they’re allowed to spend in countries in the Schengen zone.

This means they can spend up to 90 days in Croatia and a further 90 days in total in other Schengen countries including Spain, Greece, Italy and France.

However, the FCDO said today that as from 1 January 2023 ‘if  you are travelling to Croatia and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit.

“Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days.

“To stay longer, to work or study, for business travel or for other reasons, you will need to meet the Croatian government’s entry requirements.

“Check with the Croatian Embassy in London as to what type of visa and/or work permit you may need.

“If you are travelling to Croatia for work, read the guidance on visas and permits.

“If you stay in Croatia with a Croatia residence permit or long-stay visa, this line does not count towards your 90-day visa-free limit for Croatia.”

Brits are also being reminded to check their passport is stamped when entering and exiting the Schengen area through Croatia.

And the FCDO says they might also need to:

  • show a return or onward ticket
  • show proof of accommodation
  • show they have enough money for their stay

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