And so it starts…
It is almost exactly 21 months (at least to my knowledge) since the concept of attracting quality remote workers to Croatia was introduced at the MBA Croatia conference, How to be Globally Competitive from Croatia.
Seeds were sown, a Dutchman wrote an open letter to a Prime Minister, legislation was changed, and the digital nomad 12-month permit (permit rather than visa is the current parlance) became a legal thing on January 1, 2021. A few weeks later we tracked down the first successful applicant, an American in Istria – Meet Melissa Paul, Owner of Croatia’s First Digital Nomad Visa.
The online application form went live on the Ministry of Interior website on March 1, and over 25 people have applied so far.
Today, the Croatian National Tourist Board launched its campaign to welcome digital nomads, Croatia, Your New Office.
Things have been going at a whirlwind pace, and it has sometimes been difficult to find confirmed and accurate information.
One person who has been a trailblazing pioneer in the early days of the digital nomad story in Croatia is Tanja Polegubic, who runs Saltwater Nomads.
TCN and Saltwater partnered with the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board back in October, as Tanja organised Dubrovnik for Digital Nomads, the first-ever digital nomad conference in Croatia. She was assisted by an army of volunteers, including Nick Hathaway from 45 Degrees Sailing. And Tanja and Nick have teamed up again today, releasing a very useful Croatia Digital Nomad Permit Application FAQ on YouTube.
Join us for Croatia’s Digital Nomad Permit Application FAQ with Tanja Polegubić from Saltwater and the Digital Nomad Association. We cover the top 6 most frequently asked questions for filling out the digital nomad permit application for Croatia. Application form details and application requirements can be known to change. For most up-to-date information please visit the official website This is our own personal advice based on our experience and understanding. It is not the advice of any official Croatian government source.
Tanja is also a founding member of the Digital Nomad Association, together with Jan de Jong and Karmela Tancabel, whose website is due to go live later this month.
TCN is teaming up again with Saltwater, the City of Dubrovnik, and Dubrovnik and National Tourist boards with the Dubrovnik Digital Nomads-in-Residence competition, with applications closing on March 31.
For the latest news about digital nomads in Croatia, follow the dedicated TCN section.