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Visas & insurance

Your trip to Croatia doesn’t have to mean visa headaches. In most of the cases all you need is a valid passport. And if you’re an EU or US citizen, you can also use your national ID card.

If students require a visa to enter Croatia, they are required to pay the total tuition fee in order to acquire necessary documentation. In case their visa is denied for any reason Algebra will return the payment after charging 10% of administrative costs. Postage costs are also incurred by applicants.

For details whether or not you’re required to obtain visa to enter Croatia, please refer to the web page of Croatian’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs: http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/ 

All international students are required to have health & travel insurance from their home country prior to their arrival in Croatia. This type of insurance has to be valid in case any health services will need to be used while staying in Croatia. For students coming from the EU countries their EU health insurance card is valid under the stated terms & conditions.

Any questions and support that students may need prior to arriving and during their stay can be directed to summerschool@algebra.university.

Legalize your stay

Students arriving to Croatia must register the address they are staying at within 2 days after the arrival. To do this, students usually go together to the police station either with the landlord or a person from Algebra University College international office.

Check out our facilities, learn about student welfare and find out all the details about your travel and transportation. Read our English language level requirements and visa guides.

Travel Documents for Entering Croatia

ID (EU and EEA citizens and Switzerland) or passport. A visa is necessary for citizens of some third countries. Croatian visa policy can be checked here: www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/.
Information: Diplomatic missions and consular offices of the Republic of Croatia abroad or the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.
Tel. +385 (0)1 4569 964
Web: www.mvep.hr/en

Customs Regulations

The Republic of Croatia has implemented the customs legislation of the European Union on its territory, and the national legislation has been aligned with the regulations of the European Union.
The import of personal luggage is exempt from import duties, without any limits in relation to its value, and this applies to each person – passengers who enter the EU customs area, regardless of whether they carry the luggage with them or if it arrived separately, under the condition that the passenger can prove that all indicated luggage was declared simultaneously at departure to the person responsible for its transport.
Items that are in the personal luggage of the passenger, which by its type and quantity are not for resale but solely for the personal use of passengers and members of their family, is exempt from import duties if its total value does not exceed the equivalent value of HRK 2,200, or for air and sea transport the value of HRK 3,200.
Exemption applies to each passenger individually, and can be applied only once per day. Those items where the value exceeds the specified amount or are not considered to be personal luggage are subject to customs duties and value added tax (and possibly excise duties as well). The luggage of passengers under 15 years old is exempt from import duties up to a total value of the equivalent of 1,100 HRK, regardless of the mode of transport used.
Passengers are obliged to report to the Customs Service when they are carrying the equivalent of 10,000 euros or more in cash, whatever the currency, or in any other means of payment, such as cheques, whenever they enter or leave the EU.
Foreign nationals and Croatians, who are residents in third countries, may temporarily bring in items for their personal use, as well as for the use of their family members, without being liable to import duties. Also, people residing in the EU may temporarily export items they need during their stay in a third country.
Natural persons, who are neither residents nor have a usual address in the European Union, are entitled to a refund of value added tax (PDV) on the goods they have purchased in Croatia, if the value of the goods exceeds HRK 740 per purchase.
The refund is obtained upon presentation of the completed form PDV-P, i.e. Tax free form that must be certified, within 3 months of the date stated on the invoice or delivery note, by Customs when taking the goods out of the European Union.
Foreign citizens must submit the request for the refund of VAT within six months of the date of purchase. It is not possible to certify the PDV-P form or Tax-free form once the goods have been carried out of the European Union.
For further information, please contact the Customs Administration website: https://carina.gov.hr/pristup-informacija-78ma/propisi-i-sporazumi/carinsko-zakonodavstvo/fizicke-osobe-2715/2715

Health Services

Hospitals and clinics are found in all larger towns and cities, while smaller places have outpatient units and pharmacies. Foreign visitors who have compulsory health insurance in other EU countries and EEA (Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein) and Switzerland during their temporary stay in Croatia have the right to basic healthcare, on the basis of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Healthcare on the basis of the EHIC may be used in all healthcare institutions and with all MDs that have a regular contract with the Croatian Health Insurance Fund. They only bear the cost of participation in cases when Croatian insured persons pay it as well. Tourists that have compulsory insurance in countries which have signed a social security agreement with Croatia regulating the use of healthcare services (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, FYRM, Turkey) have the right to emergency healthcare during their temporary stay in Croatia.
The precondition is that they request from their insurer the certificate of the right to healthcare during their temporary stay in Croatia, before they leave for Croatia. The Croatian Health Insurance Fund (in the place of their stay) will change it into a health insurance certificate. They can benefit from healthcare services on the basis of the abovementioned certificate in contracting healthcare institutions and MDs, and they will only bear the cost of participation in cases when Croatian insured persons pay it as well.
Persons coming from third countries (countries that are not EU/EEA members, Switzerland or contracting countries) bear all healthcare costs in Croatia themselves.
For further information, please contact the Croatian Health Insurance Fund – compulsory health insurance 0800 79 79, premium health insurance 0800 79 89; Ministry of Health toll free number 0800 79 99; Web: www.hzzo.hr, and the National contact point for cross-boreder healthcare, E-mail: ncp-croatia@hzzo.hr, tel.: + 385 1 644 90 90.