You have found a property in Croatia that you want to buy, but you are a foreign citizen and you do not know what special rules apply? To help you, we've gathered all the essential information in one place.
The purchase of real estate for foreigners usually has two courses, depending on whether you are a citizen of the European Union or a citizen of a country outside the European Union.
We have great news for you - citizens and legal entities from EU member states can acquire the right of ownership over real estate in Croatia under the same conditions that apply to citizens of Croatia.
This category also includes citizens of the Swiss Confederation, who are additionally obliged to submit a certificate of registration of temporary residence when submitting a proposal for registration of ownership to the land registry court.
Citizens of countries outside the European Union can exercise the right to register ownership of real estate only if it is a country with which there is reciprocity in the acquisition of property rights.
Information on reciprocity in the acquisition of property rights between the Republic of Croatia and other countries can be found on the website of the e-Citizen service
If you are a citizen of a country with which there is reciprocity in the acquisition of property rights, you must apply to the Ministry of Justice and Administration to acquire the rights. The rest of the process is the same as for Croatian citizens.
The written request should be accompanied by:
Along with the request, in addition to the listed documents, you must also enclose proof of payment of the administrative fee in the amount of HRK 35.
Administrative fee of HRK 70,00 is also paid for decision on acquiring real estate and HRK 15,00 for every contingent supplement of claim (in case of missing documents).
Fees can be paid through the e-fee system (e-pristojbe) and to the prescribed account, i.e. through a universal payment order to the account of the State Budget of the Republic of Croatia:
Croatian citizens have to write down their OIB next to number 5002, and foreign citizens have to write down number 721 and their OIB next to 5002.
Written claim is submitted directly to the Administrative Office or is sent by mail to the address:
Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia
Civil, Commercial and Administrative Law Directorate
Ulica grada Vukovara 49,
It is easiest for EU citizens to buy real estate in Croatia, because the procedure is the same as for Croatian citizens.
Citizens of other countries need to make sure their country has reciprocity in the acquisition of real estate ownership rights with the Republic of Croatia. If this condition is met, you will only need the consent of the Ministry of Justice and Administration to register ownership. The rest of the procedure does not differ from that for Croatian citizens.
Although in both cases the procedure is not significantly more complicated than that for Croatian citizens, buying and selling real estate is a serious transaction, so we recommend that you hire a real estate agent. Be sure to read the tips on how to choose an agent, tailored to the real estate market in Croatia.
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