March 7, 2021 – Individuals in Croatia are very welcome friends, and plenty of would come for lengthy if it was doable. It’s now, if you’re a distant employee. Meet Jessica Romano from San Francisco, formally the primary authorised digital nomad on Hvar. Congrats and welcome!
“As you in all probability know, Paul, Individuals in Croatia can solely keep for a restricted time. We LOVE Jelsa, and your residence is actually nice, and we might hire it by way of the winter if we may keep. I learn on TCN about this digital nomad visa? Is it coming quickly? Do you suppose I may get one?”
Individuals in Croatia – from a short lived keep in Jelsa to a 12-month allow.
That was again in early November when Jess and Thibaud rented our Panorama Penthouse Jelsa residence for a few months. Some good and surprising revenue so late within the 12 months. And there could be extra rental revenue out of season in the event that they have been allowed to remain longer. At the moment, Individuals in Croatia can solely keep 90 days at one time.
So there we have been, in a state of affairs the place we each wished to have interaction with Croatian forms (my favorite passion) to get a consequence for Jess. She and Thibaud are amazingly considerate and respectful friends, even baking cookies for my punica, which makes me a little bit bit cooler in my punica’s eyes by affiliation.
I helped the place I may, as did a number of others. Evidently Jess and Thibaud have been successful within the Jelsa group, serving to a number of folks, in addition to bringing a little bit color and recent perspective to the lengthy Dalmatian winter.
And yesterday, some nice information, as Jess knowledgeable me that she heard again from the authorities at MUP and has been authorised for a 12-month keep.
Nice information and congrats. Jess kindly took the time to inform me extra about, winter in Jelsa, and what the visa means for her.
Firstly, how are you having fun with winter on Hvar? Has the truth been a little bit totally different to what you have been anticipating? In what approach?
I’ve been having fun with it – Hvar is gorgeous year-round! I didn’t have many expectations heading into the season, particularly as Covid-19 dragged on into 2021. As a result of pandemic restrictions, most eating places and cafes have been closed, and other people haven’t been out very a lot. Since that is my first winter season on the island, I don’t have a degree of comparability; usually, the gradual tempo and absence of crowds has been nice. The climate and temperature has been principally gentle, however I used to be stunned by 1-2 week-long wet stints. We’re conversant in jugo and bura by now. I informed pals right here that I’ve felt fairly drained throughout jugo, and so they stated that I’m formally a neighborhood now. Alas, these cloudy intervals make the sunny days much more fantastic. It could get fairly heat when the solar is out – for those who haven’t regarded on the calendar, you may suppose it’s summer season at occasions! I’ve spent a number of time outside – climbing, strolling, mountain climbing & working – and not too long ago purchased a automobile to discover the island. I really feel as if you would reside on Hvar for years and never uncover the entire distinctive villages, ruins, seashores and trails right here. Regardless that most wineries are closed within the winter, some provide tastings by appointment, and I’ve stopped by native producers to select up bottles to take pleasure in at residence.
You latterly grew to become a TV celeb – inform us about that have. You probably did a fantastic job selling the digital nomad life-style to a home viewers. I feel much more folks right here now perceive it higher.
Who thought we’d ever be on Croatian TV?! Wow, what a enjoyable expertise. We have been delighted when the Puls staff reached out to characteristic us of their digital nomad sequence, and have been particularly excited to share our constructive experiences in Croatia. We shot the movie over a number of days – at our residence, in Jelsa & Hvar city, and close to Zavala. Filming the reportage is a beautiful reminiscence for us, as was spending time with the producers, Maja and Jura. They’re a pleasure to work with and made us really feel very comfy in entrance of the digital camera. The reportage captured moments of our on a regular basis life. It additionally confirmed that digital nomads can profit from dwelling in Croatia and that likewise, Croatia can profit from digital nomads integrating into the group. We’re so grateful to the folks of Hvar (and Croatia, as a rustic) for embracing us.
An American on Hvar. That may solely occur for a finite size of time, usually, however you had excellent news come not too long ago – your utility for the digital nomad visa has been authorised. Congrats! Inform us extra.
Puno hvala! It’s thrilling to be one of many first folks to obtain approval for Croatia’s new digital nomad visa. It’s slightly unimaginable that Croatia created and authorised the digital nomad visa in such a brief time frame.
Inform us concerning the course of and what you wanted precisely?
Since I had already obtained a short lived residence allow and a few of the necessities overlap, the change was comparatively easy. I utilized shortly after the visa was introduced in January and submitted my paperwork by way of the Hvar police station. Shout out to Ivana for serving to us by way of the method! The digital nomad visa is new for everybody, the MUP and candidates alike, so it felt like we have been all studying collectively. I offered proof of employment (on official firm letterhead), proof of medical insurance (overseas and journey), proof of revenue (pay stubs), the finished utility type, a replica of my passport and a small picture for the ID. I paid a charge – if I recall accurately, it was 600kn plus 70kn in stamps. I signed a doc to request the revocation of my momentary residence allow with a purpose to apply for the brand new visa. The MUP offered me with a doc stating that I used to be legally in Croatia whereas ‘between’ visas. The entire course of took 4-6 weeks. Massive because of all of our pals and acquaintances who suggested me by way of the method, together with you(!) and Jan de Jong.
What precisely does it imply for you and your life-style to now be capable of keep in Croatia for 12 months?
With the ability to keep in Croatia for an prolonged time frame means two massive issues for me. Firstly, I’ve extra choices on the desk relating to the place I need to reside and work. Secondly, it really supplies some stability as all of us enter a post-pandemic world. Like many individuals, my life shifted in 2020 – there have been circumstances I couldn’t management however there have been decisions I may management. A kind of decisions was to relocate to Europe. My unique intent was to remain for a number of months after which journey across the continent however I wished to remain in Croatia. After my vacationer visa expired after 90 days, I utilized for and was granted a short lived residence allow. The digital nomad visa supplies a longer-term resolution for staying in Croatia and removes the stress and uncertainty of getting to re-apply for prolonged momentary residence. Now I don’t have to fret about leaving Croatia for a 12 months and might deal with my life and work right here. One thing I didn’t absolutely understand earlier than touchdown in Croatia is that it takes a number of months to settle into a brand new place. Getting comfy with the atmosphere, folks, lifestyle – all of it takes time. Having the choice to remain for a 12 months offers me the chance to extra deeply discover the tradition and what it will be wish to reside in Croatia long-term. I wouldn’t be stunned if different digital nomads select to put down roots in Croatia – both by way of beginning companies, shopping for property or changing into a part of the group – as a result of they’ve the prospect to spend adequate time right here earlier than making these choices.
What message do you’ve gotten for fellow worldwide distant employees about life in Croatia low season. What are the professionals and cons?
Croatia is a superb possibility for digital nomads all year-round. It’s value noting that my perspective relies on spending nearly all of my time on Hvar – which is a spot that I’ve grown to like and might advocate extremely! However from what I do know, there are lots of superior locations inside the nation, and there’s someplace for everybody. Massive cities, tiny villages, and all the pieces in between – in addition to over 1000 islands (although not all of them are inhabitable). The panorama varies vastly throughout the nation, from mountains to farmland to (a really lengthy) shoreline. I used to be barely involved about having the ability to discover a high-speed web connection, however it’s not been an issue. Most Croatians I’ve met are keen to talk English, so there is no such thing as a language barrier when it comes to having the ability to get round and talk usually. Each location has its perks and quirks – so long as you’re decided and have an open thoughts, you’ll be capable of make it work. There’s heightened vitality and tangible efforts round making Croatia a premier vacation spot for digital nomads, making it a fantastic place to be proper now.
Right here is the nice characteristic on Jess and Thibaud which aired on Croatian primetime TV on HRT Puls.
If you wish to study extra about their story, they gave a fantastic interview on TCN again in December, when the digital nomad alternative was nonetheless not formally in place. Read Digital Nomad Life in Croatia: Jess and Thibaud, from San Francisco to Jelsa.
That implies that there are actually at the least two Individuals in Croatia with the digital nomad visa. Meet the first-ever recipient of the visa – Meet Melissa Paul, Owner of Croatia’s First Digital Nomad Visa.
Are you a digital nomad who wish to spend Four weeks as a visitor of the Metropolis of Dubrovnik? Be taught extra in Dubrovnik Launches World’s First Digital Nomad-in-Residence Competition.
For the most recent information and options about digital nomads in Croatia, follow the dedicated TCN section.