June 11, 2021 – 10 days before the start of Zagreb Digital Nomad Week, answers to some frequently asked questions.
How to apply for the digital nomadic license?
The Croatian Digital Nomadic Permit entered into force on January 1, 2021, with an online application process launched on March 1, 2021. This allows nationals of non-EU / EEA countries who meet the criteria to live and work in Croatia only once. -month period. You can see all the official conditions here.
How long does the request last?
The application process is extremely recent and there is not yet enough data to give an accurate forecast. The fastest approval I know of is two weeks, while others have taken a few months. Two things that seem to be slowing things down are the confirmation of the background check by law enforcement authorities in the home country and the need for an apostille. Things seem to vary from candidate to candidate from country to country.
How many people have applied so far, where are they from and how many have been approved?
As of June 10, 2021, there have been 120 digital nomad permit applications, of which 37 have been approved, 9 rejected / withdrawn and the remainder pending. The largest number of applicants came from the United States, the United Kingdom and Russia. The number of applications is expected to improve dramatically once borders open fully and travel is less restrictive.
Do I have to apply from outside Croatia?
It depends on your personal situation. If you need a visa to enter Croatia then yes (unless you get the visa, enter and apply). Several nomads who can enter for 90 days have started the process from inside the country.
How do I prove my income?
The financial prerequisite for the permit is that applicants either have proof of funds up to 202,890 kuna for the 12 months (plus 10% each for a partner and family member), or they can prove a monthly income of 16,907.50. Proof of income for the last three months of this amount via bank statements is sufficient.
What about taxation?
Digital license holders are not subject to Croatian income tax during their stay, but there are of course many other taxes. Kristina Grbavac of KPMG Croatia has been a strong supporter of the Digital Nomads initiative, and she gave excellent tax insight in an interview with TCN. You can contact Kristina directly through the KPMG Croatia website.
Are there coworking spaces in Zagreb?
Yes! The scene is growing rapidly, with more co-working spaces added each month. Discover BIZkoshnica, HUB385, Impact Hub Zagreb, InstantOffice Zagreb, Matrix Office Park, Virtual Office Croatia, Wespa Spaces and ZICER – Zagreb Innovation Center.
Where can I find information on the digital nomad scene in Zagreb?
There are dedicated Facebook groups:
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The Zagreb Tourist Board will soon offer its own dedicated digital nomad section.
Is there a large community of digital nomads in Zagreb?
In terms of an organized community right now, I would say no, but things are moving fast. In terms of the number of nomads living in the city, I would say there are quite a few and they are growing fast. Croatia is “in” as a hotspot for digital nomads, and less restrictive travel will see a significant increase. It is only a matter of time before the community gets organized further.
Many nomads move towards the coast and the Croatian islands. Why Zagreb?
Zagreb and the coast are perfect partners in showing why Croatia is a fantastic nomadic destination, based on safety, authentic experiences and a lifestyle. Digital nomads by definition are nomads, and travel between the capital and the coast is natural.
As the largest city in Croatia, Zagreb has an increasingly international atmosphere. Its Austro-Hungarian heritage has echoes of Prague and Vienna, but at a cheaper price. Its parks and outdoor cafes are a delight to stroll and linger, while the surrounding area is full of additional tourist options. You can find out more about the Around the Zagreb site.
How can I check the internet speed for a location in Zagreb?
Are there any simple prepaid digital nomad products to connect to Zagreb?
Hrvatski Telekom has developed a special product for digital nomads without the need for bureaucracy or contracts. The prepaid SIM card offers 7 days of unlimited FLAT mobile data access with 4G / LTE speed up to 600 Mbit / s. The price is 85 kuna (11 euros) and can be recharged weekly for 60 kuna. More details here.
How easy is it to find long-term accommodation in Zagreb?
Finding long-term accommodation in Zagreb is much easier than on the coast, as the city caters to people who rent for longer periods and not just short-term tourists. Additionally, the future of tourism is changing, with AirBnB reporting that so far 25% of bookings in 2021 have been made over 28 days and more. This will naturally lead to changes in the rental market. the Digital Nomad Association Croatia will offer approved accommodation specifically for digital nomads.
How to meet people?
Zagreb is an extremely relaxed and social city, and it won’t be long before you fall in love with the cafe culture. Conversations inevitably begin with people at the next table and new friendships are formed. Are you new to the city and looking for other expats? Facebook group Expats in Zagreb Official is a great resource, with many locals and expats sharing their experiences, setting up get-togethers, and helping newcomers with information.
What about health insurance?
Digital nomads who apply for the permit are required to have health insurance. This can be purchased abroad or through the Croatian health system.
Is English widely spoken?
Absolutely. Croats have some of the best English skills in the EU, and you will have no problem communicating in Zagreb and beyond. The older generation may not speak as fluently, but visitors are surprised at the level of fluency. German is also widely spoken in Zagreb.
How secure is Zagreb?
Croatia is one of the safest countries in Europe and many visitors comment on the safety in the city. There is very little delinquency and single women can go home late at night without a problem. I know several people in the Croatian diaspora who moved to Croatia from countries like Australia and the United States because Croatia was a much safer place to raise their children.
Where can I find information on Zagreb Digital Nomad Week 2021 and Zagreb Digital Nomad Ambassador Project?
ZDNW 2021 will take place from June 21 to 27, 2021 in various locations in the Croatian capital. Online registration for the event will be available on the Saltwater Nomads website. Participation, online and in person, is free, but please note that physical participation will be limited due to epidemiological measures.
ZDNW 2021 will have 7 themes over 7 days: cybersecurity, online presence, remote careers, wellness, the future of work, tax and finance, and exploring Zagreb.
The Zagreb Digital Nomad Ambassador project will run from July 1 to December 31, with 6 winners receiving free accommodation for one month, working with the city to improve Zagreb’s digital nomad offering. You wish to apply?
For the latest news and features regarding digital nomads in Croatia, check out the dedicated TCN section.