Citizens of South Africa who plan to visit Croatia are required to have a visa. If you are a Foreign National and reside in South Africa please check whether you require a visa for Croatia:

Important Notice

Pursuant to the Governments Decision, starting with 22 July 2014, the Republic of Croatia applies the Decision No 565/2014/EU. All aliens who are holders of valid Schengen documents, as well as national visas and residence permits of Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Romania do not require an additional (Croatian) visa for Croatia.

Visitors who are holders of:

  • uniform visa (C) for two or multiple entries, valid for all Schengen Area Member States;
  • visa with limited territorial validity (LTV visa), for two or multiple entries, issued to the holder of a travel document that is not recognized by one or more, but not all of the Schengen Area Member States, and which is valid for the territory of the Member States recognizing the travel document;
  • long-stay visa (D) for stays exceeding three months, issued by one of the Schengen Area Member State;
  • residence permit issued by one of the Schengen Area Member State;
  • national visas for two or multiple entries and residence permits of Bulgaria, listed in Annex I of the Decision No 565/2014/EU;
  • national visas for two or multiple entries and residence permits of Cyprus, listed in Annex III of the Decision No 565/2014/EU;
  • national visas for two or multiple entries and residence permits of Romania, listed in Annex IV of the Decision No 565/2014/EU;

do not require a visa for transit or intended stays in the territory of Croatia not exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period.

The Decision No 565/2014/EU is available at:

The period of validity of the above mentioned Schengen, Bulgarian, Cypriot, and Romanian documents must cover the duration of the transit or stay.

Information for the holders of the Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen

A family member of a citizen of an EU Member State or the European Economic Area may travel to Croatia without a visa, if (s) he has a valid passport and a valid Residence card of a family member of a Union citizen, and is travelling in the company of or is joining the family member who is a citizen of an EU Member State or the EEA. If the family member of a citizen of an EU Member State or the EEA does not have such a card, (s) he needs a Croatian visa that will be issued on the basis of an accelerated procedure, free of charge.

A short-stay visa (C-visa) allows the visitor to transit through or stay in the territory of the Republic of Croatia for a maximum of 90 days in any period 180 day-period. It is issued for one, two, or multiple entries for the purpose of transit, tourism, business, private or other purposes. Its validity period depends on the circumstances of the visitors travel to Croatia and may not exceed five years.

The visa shall not entitle a visitor to enter the Republic of Croatia. A foreigner cannot work in Croatia on the basis of a short-term visa.

Please note that you may be required to come for a personal interview with the visa officer at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia prior to a decision being made on your application.

Submitting a visa application, including all the required documents, does not automatically mean that the visa will be issued.

An issued visa is not a guarantee that a foreign citizen will be permitted to enter the Republic of Croatia. On every crossing of the border, the police may require the foreign citizen to present all relevant documents, including copies of the Letters of Guarantee for both private and business visits.

The decision to refuse a visa, indicating reasons for such a decision, shall be delivered to the applicant in a visa refusal/annulment/revocation form.

A foreign citizen may file a complaint against the decision to refuse a visa through the competent Embassy/Consulate of the Republic of Croatia, within 15 days from the date of receipt of the decision on visa refusal/annulment/revocation. The complaint shall be filed in Croatian. The fee for non-European countries is EUR 26 or US$ 35, according to Section 78b of the Law on Administrative Fees.

The visa application fee is non-refundable once the application has been accepted at the Embassy.

Any falsification of the documents and the use of such documents may be subject to criminal prosecution.

Visa Fees

Fees are due on the visa application when applying.

Visa Fee Single, Double and Multiple Entries if applying in South Africa R 1010
Mandatory Courier Fee applicable per application.
(Only when applying in Cape Town)
R 570
VFS Service Fee R 502
Courier Fee R 150
SMS Fee R 20

Applicants may choose to pay at the application centre using Credit/Debit Card or deposit the amount at below Bank. Proof of payment must be received with the visa application. The name of the applicant must be clearly stated as reference on the proof of payment or a bank deposit slip or internet banking advice.


Branch Name: Nedbank (Standard Chartered Bank)
Account Name: VFS VISA PROCESSING SA LTD - Croatia
Account No: 001 880505 13
Branch Cod: 73-00-20
Swift Address: SCBLZAJJ
Branch: Johannesburg Branch
Currency: ZAR
Account type: Current Account

*Please use your Passport Number as Reference.

Persons exempt from visa fee:

  • Members of the immediate family of a Croatian citizen (spouse and children),
  • Members of families of citizens of EU Member States and EEA,
  • Children up to the age of 12,
  • Holders of diplomatic and service passports travelling in official capacity,
  • Pupils, students, postgraduate students and teachers accompanying them when traveling to school, university and professional training,
  • Researchers travelling to do research as noted in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and Council of 28 September 2005,
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations up to the age of 25 travelling to attend seminars, conferences, sport, culture or educational events organized by non-profit organizations.
  • For citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cape Verde, Georgia, Moldova (holders of non-biometric passports), Ukraine and Russian Federation, visa fee is 35 EUR.
  • For further details regarding visa fee exemption please consult the Visa Facilitation Agreements available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs under Consular Information – Visas - Visa Requirements Overview:

Please Note:

  • The applicable fee is as per the current exchange rate. It is subject to change
  • All fees are non-refundable.
  • There is a logistic fee of ZAR 502 levied per application over and above the permit application fee.
  • There is a R570 mandatory courier fee applicable per application if you submit your visa application at the Cape Town branch.
  • The Visa Application Centre offers the following services at a nominal additional cost:
    • Courier services
    • SMS Tracking Facility
    • Form Filing and Internet Kiosk
  • All service charges are to be paid at the Visa Application Centre through Debit/Credit card only in South African ZAR (VFS service charge and other charges)

Documents Required

The applicants are requested to read the basic requirements carefully and conform to the same while submitting the application.

  1. Visa application form: to be filled out and signed by the applicant, or a parent or legal guardian on behalf of minors:

    The application form should be filled online at  

    Please ensure to bring your Serial number with your form.

    For example Serial number: 1434277 PIN:STGII

    Hand written forms will not be accepted.

    Please take note of the below when completing the online application.

  2. STEP 4/6 of the online application the Guarantor / Inviting person information is to be filled out ONLY in case of letters of guarantee / invitation for personal and business visits. Applicants for tourist visas should skip this part and should fill out only the booked hotel/accommodation/apartment information in the following part (Information on the residence in Croatia). The applicants may find detailed information at the consular information section of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs’ web site:

    The following documents must be scanned and uploaded: Face Photograph 35x45mm; Passport – photo page; Travel Health Insurance; Transportation Booking – e.g. Air Ticket; Bank Statement. Should you not attach the required documents please inform the VFS Global Visa Application Staff to assist in accessing the application, scanning and uploading the supporting documents, before submission to the Croatian Embassy in Pretoria.

  3. Passport: issued within the last 10 years, with expiry date exceeding the expiry date of the requested visa by a minimum of three months, and containing at least two empty pages.

    Please copy all previous (valid and expired) visas and used pages.

  4. One photograph: please see the information on the Photo Specification page.

  5. Travel health insurance to cover the possible expenses related to repatriation, for health reasons, urgent medical assistance and/or urgent hospitalization, with the minimum coverage of EUR 30 000. The insurance must be valid for the territory of the Republic of Croatia during the entire stay in Croatia.

    The applicant for a multiple-entry visa must have travel health-insurance policy that covers the period of the first visit to Croatia.

  6. Proof of residence for nationals other than South Africa: a photocopy of the stay permit;

  7. Means of transportation and intention to return to the country of residence: reservation of return travel ticket for airplane, bus, or boat; registration card and driver's license if travelling by car; if the person is travelling to a third country, then proof of itinerary (travel ticket, etc.).
  8. Proof of the purpose of stay in Croatia:

    • certificate of a paid tourist package;
    • booking of a hotel or other accommodation;
    • private accommodation booking (copy of the decision of the competent office in Croatia approving the renting)
    • day to day itinerary with ensured accommodation for the entire stay
    • proof of ownership or lease of a boat/yacht etc.;
  9. Documents proving sufficient funds to support the stay in Croatia and to return to the state of residence or to travel to a third state:

    • 70 EUR per day of the estimated stay in Croatia
    • 30 EUR per day of the estimated stay in Croatia if a third-country national is in possession proof of paid tourist package, or similar document

    The supporting documents may include: pay slip and/or bank account statements about the balance and transactions on your bank account in the last three months, a pension slip, proof of scholarship received etc.

  10. Proof of professional or student status: evidence of employment, certificate of school attendance or proof of studying etc; for retired persons – proof of pension;

  11. For minors and persons deprived of legal capacity: visa application shall be submitted by a parent/legal representative, including:
    • birth certificate of the minor (if parents are legal guardians)
    • decision of the competent body designating the legal guardian

    If a minor is traveling without a parent/legal guardian, (s)he must carry a notarized consent of a legal guardian that shall contain personal information of the parent/legal guardian and the purpose, the period and length of stay in Croatia, the period for which the consent is issued, and the signature of the parent/legal guardian.

    The documents attached shall not be older than three months.

Croatian Embassy may require you to submit additional supporting documents and/or certified translation as well as the international certification (appostille) of the documents during the visa application process.

Photo Specifications


Photographs must follow the below guidelines

  • in colour
  • 35x45 mm
  • printed on normal photographic paper
  • taken against a light background
  • full face taken straight forward 30-36 mm from point of the chin to the head of hair
  • the person is to be captured with neutral facial expression, with his/her eyes open and mouth closed
  • The photograph of a person, who for religious or medical reasons is wearing a head cover, must show the person's cheeks, chin and forehead
  • children in photographs must be alone, and their faces fully visible and eyes open

Note: Please follow these instructions carefully. If the presented photos do not follow these requirements your application will be considered incomplete!

Processing Time


A visa application cannot be submitted earlier than 3 months prior to the beginning of the planned journey and can be submitted by:

  • Applicant himself
  • For minors by a parent or legal guardian

Standard visa processing time is 15 calendar days from the day of receipt of the application at the Embassy. In case the documents are not submitted as per requirements or due to other factors or justified reasons, the processing time may be extended to 30 or 60 days.

Download Form

Visa application form has to be completed for all the applicants including minors electronically on your computer. The VAF has to be filled out in English or Croatian languages. The form needs to be signed personally by the applicant in the field 37 and on the last page.

For minors, the application must be signed by one of the parents or a legal guardian.

Visa application form must be filled out electronically (online application form) and then submitted to the VFS with the on-line application serial number

  • Please ensure to bring your Serial number with your form.
  • For example Serial number: 1434277 PIN:STGII
  • Hand written forms will not be accepted.

Please note that the Visa application Centre is introducing the Form Filling service for the convenience of the applicants at the Centre.

The service is purely optional and the applicants may avail this service at a nominal price R 150.00 (all taxes included). This includes cost of form filling and Print out of online application form.

Please contact the VAC staff to know more about the Form Filling service.