Croatian Passports

E passport is a public document with electronic chip issued to for traveling abroad.

Passport is issued by a police authority of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Croatia. Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in London can issue a passport to a Croatian national legally residing for more than three months in the UK.

Exceptionally, in case of Croatian national who has lost his passport or it cannot serve its purpose and it is necessary for him/her to stay abroad more than 30 days for purpose of medical treatment, official business, education, specialization or other justified reason, passport can be issued by Croatian diplomatic mission/consular post in place of his/her residence.

In order for a Croatian national to obtain a new Croatian passport he/she must come in person to the Embassy during office hours and submit:

  • an application form – available at the Embassy (for minors, passport applications are to be submitted by their legal representatives – both parents);
  • A colour photograph (http://www.mup.hr/main.aspx?id=163502);
  • Proof of Croatian citizenship - a Croatian passport/ Domovnica - citizenship certificate/ Decision of Minister of Interior on citizenship or other prove of Croatian citizenship;
  • Proof of identity - identity document with a photo – e.g. valid Croatian passport or identity card, foreign passport or any other valid document with a photo proving his/hers true identity. If the applicant is not in possession of a valid identity document, in addition to the expired passport he/she must provide Citizen Card – http://www.citizencard.com/.
  • a UK residence permit OR visa OR registration certificate (proof of legal stay of more than 3 months in the UK issued by the Home Office/UKVI or British passport) 

Fee: under 21 – 58 GBP
over 21 – 77 GBP.

 

IMPORTANT:

For minors, passport applications are to be submitted by their legal representatives - both parents must participate in the procedure in the following way:

  • submitting the application together or
  • one parent submits the application while the other parent collects the passport, or
  • providing power of attorney to a parent who will submit passport application and collect it
  • in case when a minor doesn’t have other parent, legal guarding must provide prove (birth certificate or death certificate or valid cour decision legalised in the Republic of Croatia)

FIRST CROATIAN PASSPORT:

For children (anyone under the age of 18) the following is required:

  • An application form (available at the Embassy and filled out by the child’s legal representative- both parents)
  • A colour photograph, size 35x45 mm (http://www.mup.hr/main.aspx?id=163502);
  • Proof of identity of the parent/legal guardian of a child - Croatian passport of the parent / legal guardian and proof of legal residence in the UK (e.g. UK visa / permit / registration certificate / British passport)
  • Proof of citizenship – Domovnica or citizenship certificate/ Decision of the Minister of Interior on Croatian citizenship or similar.
  • Birth certificate not older than 6 months – children form 12 year old have to be present at the application. Foreign birth certificates must be properly legalized (UK birth certificates must be legalized at the Legalization Office with an Apostille stamp  www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation and translated into Croatian by an official interpreter in the UK (a list of Croatian interpreters in the UK is available in the Consular Section of this web site) or by a certified court interpreter in Croatia).

UK birth certificates must be legalized at the Legalization Office with an Apostille stamp  www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation and translated into Croatian by an official interpreter in the UK (a list of Croatian interpreters in the UK is available in the Consular Section of this web site) or by a certified court interpreter in Croatia.

For adults the following is required:

  • An application form (available at the Embassy)
  • Two colour photographs, size 35x45 mm
  • A valid passport (foreign passport or ID) and proof of legal residence in the UK (e.g. UK visa / permit / registration certificate / passport)
  • Proof of Croatian citizenship – Domovnica or citizenship certificate / Decision of the Minister of Interior on Croatian citizenship or similar.
  • Birth certificate not older than 6 months (foreign birth certificates must be properly legalized -  UK birth certificates must be legalized at the Legalization Office with an Apostille stamp www.fco.gov.uk/legalisation and translated into Croatian by an official interpreter in the UK (a list of Croatian interpreters in the UK is available in the Consular Section of this web site) or by a certified court interpreter in Croatia.

All foreign birth certificates must be legalized in appropriate way and translated into Croatian language - for information on legalization of foreign document which is to be used in other countries please contact authorities of the country were the document was issued.

If a person married abroad and / or changed their name

The fact of marriage and change of name must be registered in Croatia in order to apply for a new passport according to the instructions in section MARRIAGE.

In this case, the applicant must also submit a Croatian marriage certificate/Birth certificate/Domovnica stating the new name, in addition to the other documents required for applying for a new passport.

TIME FRAME:

The process lasts three weeks on average (the process for the first passport takes about five weeks). Croatian legislative proscribes deadline of 30 days if all other procedures are concluded. Upon collection of a new passport, the applicant shall submit the old passport which will be cancelled and returned to owner. Applicants must ensure they make the Embassy aware of any visas or residence permits which are not to be cancelled from the old passport.

The Embassy recommends that applicants apply for a new passport two months before the expiry of the old one.

As an exception an applicant may submit a new passport application earlier if:

  • The personal data are changed;
  • The passport is damaged or worn out so that it no longer serves its purpose;
  • The photo does not match the appearance of the applicant;
  • All of the pages are filled up;
  • The passport for any reason no longer serves its purpose;
  • The applicant has lost his/her passport or if it was stolen;
  • A person is travelling to another country that requires longer validity of a travel document than the existing passport.

If a person has lost his/hers passport or if it was stolen please seek advice from the Embassy at conlon@mvep.hr .