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Croatia luring tech, finance and marketing foreign talent with digital nomad visas

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If you would like to live the Mediterranean lifestyle and have lower costs of living than those in the UK, then Croatia might be a destination you could call home thanks to a new digital nomad visa scheme.

The first concrete regulatory steps to legalise the residence and work of digital nomads in Croatia was taken in early November with changes approved on November 25, according to the Citizenship by Investment Guide (CBI).

The story as to why Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has decided to welcome new talent to his shores all started when Dutch entrepreneur Jan de Jong, who has been living and working in the country’s capital Split for the past 14 years, wrote an open letter to the Croatian Prime Minister back in July encouraging the PM to enable Croatia to follow the path of other countries, such as Estonia and introduce digital nomad visas to lure talent to the nation.

Croatia’s digital nomad visa could take effect on January 1, 2021 and would permit internationals residency who are interested in working in different jobs, regardless of their location and time, from the technology, marketing and finance sectors. Croatia will have a minimum salary requirement to be determined and the nomad visa will allow you to stay for one year, with a one-year additional extension. It is anticipated that its salary requirements will be lower than other digital nomad nations given the relatively low costs of living compared to other parts of Europe. There is also low healthcare costs, and it is expected that there might even be access to free healthcare if you have secured a digital nomad visa with certain providers.

In addition to beautiful architecture, scenery and a Med lifestyle, the capital city of Split is not as expensive as one might think.

Old Town Market, Dubrovnik, Croatia; Photo by Jonathan Chng on Unsplash

Split v London cost of living

How does Croatia stack up?
Consumer Prices in London are 45.43% higher than in Split (without rent) ✔
Rent Prices in London are 319.23% higher than in Split✔
Restaurant Prices in London are 68.00% higher than in Split✔
Groceries Prices in London are 24.13% higher than in Split✔
Local Purchasing Power in London is 115.78% higher than in Split
Source: Numbeo

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