Croatia

ESTA for Croatian Citizens

On 28 September 2021, Croatia was added to the list of Visa Waiver Program countries, allowing Croatians to visit the US for business or tourism without requiring a visa.

ESTA Requirements and Important Information

  • ESTA is required for travellers flying to US or arriving by sea
  • Valid for visits of a maximum of 90 days
  • The ESTA can be used multiple times while valid
  • Travel purposes include tourism, business, medical and transit
  • ESTA is issued for two years (or until passport expiry, if this is sooner)
  • Applicant must have a valid, biometric passport
Application for Croatian Citizens

How Croatian Citizens Can Use ESTA?

The US operates a strict border control system, where non-US travellers entering the country must have a visa or an ESTA, if they are eligible.

The ESTA can be used for business, tourism, transit and medical purposes, provided that the trip lasts no longer than 90 days.

How to Apply for ESTA?

Now that Croatia has been added to the list of VWP countries, Croatians can easily apply for an ESTA using the online form. This is a much quicker process than applying for a visa, which involves attending an interview at the US Embassy. The online form for ESTA can be completed in less than 30 minutes, by filling out all of the required information and answering the eligibility questions.

When the form has been completed and checked to make sure that all of the details are correct, the applicant pays the ESTA application fee using an electronic card. The application fee for ESTA is significantly cheaper than the fee for a visa ($160 for a visitor visa).

Once the application fee has been paid, the applicant submits the form and will receive a response via email within 72 hours. The response may even come back within just a few hours, once the DHL has screened the applicant against security databases to assess whether they pose a risk to the US.

If approved, the ESTA will be electronically linked to the biometric passport and border control agents will be able to see on the system that there is a valid ESTA linked to the passport.

Important Advice for ESTA Application

It is very important that there are no mistakes made on the ESTA application, as this could lead to the application being declined. For example, typing in an incorrect number for the passport number or incorrect address details could lead to the application being automatically declined.

Therefore, you should check over the form several times before submitting it, to check for any errors. It is also recommended that you apply for the ESTA well in advance of your trip to the US, so that you are able to resolve any issues and re-apply for the ESTA if necessary.

What if my ESTA is declined?

If the ESTA application is declined, there may still be a possibility that you could visit the US using a visitor visa. You can apply for a visa using the D-160 form and by attending the US Embassy in Croatia.

U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia
10 010 Zagreb
Croatia

Benefits of ESTA for Croatian Citizens:
  • Fast processing times
  • Easy to complete online form
  • Use ESTA for multiple visits to US
  • Complete form using mobile or desktop
  • Visit US for tourism, business, medical or transit