Guidance

Living in Croatia

Information on pensions, driving licences, healthcare and other information for British nationals living in Croatia.

EU Exit: what you need to know

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There will be no change to the rights and status of UK nationals living in Croatia while the UK remains in the EU.

While the government continues to negotiate EU Exit, you should:

Before you go

See our travel advice for Croatia and sign up for up-to-date information on local laws and customs, safety and emergencies.

See moving or retiring abroad.

Visas and residency

See entry requirements for Croatia in our travel advice.

You have 48 hours from your arrival to register with the local police or you’ll be fined.

You should carry your passport with you at all times.

If you intend to stay in Croatia for more than 90 days, you must apply for a temporary residence permit. See Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MFEA) and Ministry of Interior Affairs.

The UK and EU have agreed the full legal text of the draft Withdrawal Agreement in principle. The agreement on citizens’ rights will allow UK nationals to stay in their Member State of residence after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.

In the event of changes to residency rules or registration processes after 29 March 2019, we will update this page as soon as information is available.

Healthcare

See our travel advice for Croatia.

The NHS has information about healthcare for British people living in and visiting Croatia.

You need a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get emergency medical treatment during temporary stays in EU countries. You also need comprehensive travel insurance to cover anything not covered by your EHIC.

You can find English-speaking doctors in Croatia. You should also check your prescriptions are legal in Croatia.

S1 form – healthcare paid for by the UK

You may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you live in Croatia and get an exportable UK pension, contribution-based Employment Support Allowance or another exportable benefit.

You need to apply for a S1 form – contact the Department for Work and Pensions’ International Pension Centre.

When you get your S1 form, register it with your local social security office, before you register with your GP surgery and get a medical card.

Working in Croatia

See working in another EU country.

Some jobs may require a UK criminal records check (known as a DBS check).

Tax

See tax if you leave the UK to live abroad and tax on your UK income if you live abroad.

We recommend you get professional advice on paying tax in Croatia.

You may be able to pay National Insurance while abroad in order to protect your State Pension and entitlement to other benefits and allowances.

Pensions

See State Pension if you retire abroad and new State Pension.

If you have worked in Croatia, you should apply for your pension through your local social security office.

If you haven’t worked in Croatia, you should claim your UK state pension by contacting the International Pension Centre.

If you’ve worked in several EU countries, see state pensions abroad.

Life certificates for UK state pensions

If you get a ‘life certificate’ from the UK Pension Service, you need to respond as soon as possible – your payments may be suspended if you don’t.

Benefits

See claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad.

Find out which UK benefits you might be able to get while you’re abroad and how to claim them.

Many income-related benefits such as Pension Credit and Housing Benefit can’t be paid if you’re abroad for more than 4 weeks.

You may be eligible to claim some Croatian social security benefits.

Driving in Croatia

See driving abroad and road travel in Croatia.

See driving licence renewal and exchange and taking a vehicle out of the UK.

Voting

British citizens living abroad can vote in some UK elections – you’ll need to register as an overseas voter.

If you’re resident in Croatia, you can vote in local municipal and European parliamentary elections.

Births

See register a birth abroad.

Deaths

See what to do after someone dies.

See also:

Getting married

See getting married abroad.

See also Croatia marriage pack and Croatia civil partnership pack.

Renewing passports

See overseas British passports applications and get an emergency travel document (sometimes called an emergency passport).

Pets

See travelling with pets.

UK nationals will still be able to travel to and from the UK with a pet (cat, dog or ferret) when the UK leaves the EU, but the rules will change. See pet travel to Europe after Brexit for more information.

Emergencies

As well as the European emergency number 112, Croatia also uses:

  • 192 – police
  • 193 – fire brigade
  • 194 – ambulance
  • 195 – search and rescue at sea
  • 1987 – road assistance

See Croatia – emergency numbers.

If you need urgent help, contact the British Embassy Zagreb.

Accommodation and buying property

See buying a property abroad.

Other useful information

Returning to the UK

To move your pension to the UK, contact the International Pension Centre.

See tax if you return to the UK.

See bringing your pet to the UK.

Disclaimer

Please note that this information is provided as a guide only. Definitive information should be obtained from the Croatian authorities. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.

Published 3 October 2018
Last updated 22 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. EU Exit update: New information in residency and visa section on draft withdrawal agreement in principle between the UK and EU. Plus information on travelling with pets in Europe in pet section
  2. First published.
  3. Complete revision of guidance to ensure it's up to date and accurate.