How much do digital nomads spend in Croatia?


After the introduction of the digital nomad visa in Croatia, making Croatia the second country in Europe to adopt such a visa, the country found itself on the radar of remote workers around the world. The visa was officially introduced at the start of this year and offers nomads the option of staying in Croatia for a year.

The number of nomads who have applied for the visa, around 300 this year, underlines the interest. And when you take into account that everyone in the European Union does not need to take this visa because they are already covered by the law on freedom of work and movement, and third country nationals who stay for less than three months do not need a visa, so the number is even more impressive. In fact, this special visa for remote workers only really applies to third country nationals wishing to stay and work in Croatia for more than a year.

While the introduction of the visa has opened up a whole new guest market for the country, more importantly, visitors who will be staying outside the main tourist season in many cases, and will stay longer, there have been many myths surrounding these digital nomads. The one that keeps coming back is the amount these nomads actually spend. The reason this question keeps coming up is probably a reflection, and even a poor reflection, of the way some businesses, institutions and even citizens think about Dubrovnik. The advantages of opening up to digital nomads are obvious, but they do not replace “normal” tourism, but constitute an additional advantage.

Jan de Jong talks about digital nomads in Dubrovnik – Photo Mark Thomas

But how much of an added benefit are they? One of the founders of digital nomad tourism in Croatia, Jan de Jong, and indeed the driving force behind the introduction of the digital nomad visa, explained the financial benefits of attracting remote workers. At a conference in Dubrovnik titled “Be the Wheels of Change – Diversification of Dubrovnik Tourism Product” held at the Hotel Adria and organized by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Entrepreneurship Center, Jan de Jong presented the figures for all to see. There are around 35 million digital nomads globally and global spending is around $ 800 billion. At the Croatian level, according to De Jong, the average digital nomad spends about $ 18,000 per year, or about Kuna 120,000 per year, or about Kuna 10,000 per month. “While there are cases of nomads spending a lot, a lot more,” De Jong said. And gave the example of a British couple who regularly spend between 50,000 and 60,000 Kuna per month in Croatia.


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