Croatia Becomes 2nd Country to Accept Estonian Digital Prescriptions

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September 1, 2020 – As Croatia’s Prime Minister announces plans for a Croatian digital nomad visa, Estonian digital prescriptions are now accepted in Croatia. 

Is Croatian Bureaucracy 2.0 starting to put up roots?

Last week, we did a story on the efficiency of the Croatian border police EnterCroatia form, which has been an unqualified success in reducing border waiting times. Almost 2 million vehicles, carrying 4.6 million passengers had their border formalities reduced to just 30 seconds each in special fast-tracked lanes in some cases, eliminating an impressive 21.7 years of unnecessary waiting time in the process. 

The big current buzz, of course, revolves around Prime Minister Plenkovic’s announcement that his government will introduce a digital nomad visa for Croatia, making it only the fifth country in the world to do so, thereby opening Croatia to remote workers from all over the world. 

But it seems that the path to digitalisation is happening elsewhere too. 

Estonia is the undisputed champion of digitalisation, a shining example to emulate, and I am encouraged that Croatia is looking to the Estonians for the nomad visa framework. Hopefully, they will be back to explore other ways in which Estonia is operating its efficient digital bureaucracy. 

This story caught my eye this morning, simply because I would not have expected Croatia to be only the second country to adopt such a measure. According to the Estonian ERR news service, Croatia has become only the second country in the world to accept Estonian digital prescriptions, with Finland being the first. 

“This is happening because Croatia has today put its national digital solutions in place, to ensure that the service also works across borders,” Tõnis Jaagus, head of TEHIK’s health service, said.

“Currently, citizens of Finland, Portugal and Croatia can buy their prescription drugs from Estonia; and Estonians will next gain the opportunity to buy digital prescription drugs in Portugal,” Jaagus said.

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