On January 1, 2023, Croatia joined the Schengen zone and, apparently, another country that is quite willing to issue Schengen visas to Russians. ATOR explained to tourists the following rules for obtaining new visas to Croatia.
The first point is that it is already possible to start applying for a visa, according to VFS Global, Croatia's visa provider in the Russian Federation, Croatian visa centers resumed work on January 9. Documents for a visa to travel to Croatia can be submitted in Moscow and 18 other cities, and in five – Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk – documents are accepted 5 days a week, in the rest three times a week (Monday-Wednesday).
The rules are generally the same: to apply for a Schengen visa to Croatia, biometric data is required, starting from the age of 12. However, if during the last 59 months the applicant has already submitted biometric data for a Schengen visa, then you do not need to go through this procedure again, the VFS explains.
To apply for a Schengen visa, the applicant must fill out an online application form on the website Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia. After sending the application, it must be printed and signed, and on the appointed day personally submitted to the Croatian visa center along with a passport and a package of documents confirming the purpose of the trip. If required, the applicant also submits biometrics
The cost of a short-term visa C for a trip with private purposes, including tourism, as well as treatment and ownership of real estate, is, like for all Schengen visas, 80 euros. Also, the tourist will have to pay a service fee of 27.5 euros, and a logistics fee of 6.5 euros. As a result, in general, the registration of the Croatian Schengen will cost 114 euros per applicant. “All fees are paid only in rubles when applying for a visa,” ATOR clarified.
Tourists were also reminded that with the entry of Croatia into the Schengen, the requirement for an insurance policy has also changed. Now, when applying for it, you need to indicate that the territory of insurance is all Schengen countries. Another clarification is that the multiple valid Schengen visas left by some tourists will not become Schengen visas, it will be possible to enter the country with them, but it will not work with this visa to other Schengen countries.
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