Croatia is now part of the European Union and joined the Schengen area on January 1, 2023.

If you’re traveling to or from Croatia from another Schengen country, there’s generally no need to show your ID or passport. While it’s not mandatory, we recommend carrying your passport or ID in case you need to prove your identity.

For those entering Croatia from non-Schengen countries, you can do so with a valid ID, passport, or visa. Keep in mind that if you’re from a non-EU country, you’ll need your passport for VAT refund forms on purchases made in Croatia.

Before your trip, check the official website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia for details. It’s also wise to contact the Croatian embassy or consulate to confirm travel requirements.

While the European Union allows for increased mobility, it’s essential to still value your personal documents like passports. Despite open borders, losing your documents can lead to issues or identity fraud.

If you misplace your passport used to enter Croatia, contact the nearest police station first, then your country’s embassy or consulate for assistance and a temporary travel document.

Visa information for visiting Croatia is available on the official website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia or by contacting Croatian consular offices worldwide. Generally, European citizens don’t need a visa for Croatia, except for citizens of the Russian Federation, Belarus, and the Republic of Turkey. Citizens from non-European countries may need a visa based on agreements with Croatia, and details can be found on the visa regime overview on this website.