Regulated issue of health insurance of digital nomads in Croatia

CNN and Lonely Planet are among the last global media houses that wrote and listed Croatia as an ideal destination for digital nomads, thus providing us with a huge free media space ...

CNN and Lonely Planet are among the last global media houses to write and list Croatia as an ideal a destination for digital nomads, thus providing us with a huge free media space and a large global media reach.

On the topic of digital nomads, yesterday the Government sent to the parliamentary procedure amendments to the Law on Compulsory Health Insurance and Health Care of Foreigners in the Republic of Croatia, which harmonizes with the Law on Foreigners in terms of regulating the exercise of the right to health care of digital nomads.

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The amendments thus enable the exercise of the right to health care for a digital nomad - a third-country national who is employed or performs work through communication technology for a company or his own company that is not registered in Croatia and does not perform work or provide services to employers in Croatia. temporary stay in Croatia.

The digital nomad is not obliged to apply for compulsory health insurance, but then he is obliged to bear the costs of using health care in a health institution, ie with a private practice health worker or other health care provider in Croatia, explained Health Minister Vili Beroš.

According to the official definition, a digital nomad is a third-country national who is employed or performs jobs through communication technology for a company or his own company that is not registered in the Republic of Croatia and does not perform jobs or provide services to employers in the Republic of Croatia.

Precisely because of the fact, digital nomads have a privileged tax status. Namely, with the amendments to the Law on Foreigners, Croatia introduced the concept of digital nomads who now have preferential tax treatment. Legal changes regulate the tax exemption for receipts of digital nomads, ie foreigners who from Croatia, using telecommunication technologies, perform jobs for employers from other countries. The new Law on Foreigners prescribes digital nomads tax exemption for receipts which they will realize on the basis of the status thus acquired, and in order to facilitate their decision to choose Croatia as a place of residence and work.

This way of regulating their stay in Croatia assumes that, while living in our country, digital nomads will spend their earnings here and thus have a positive impact on the domestic economy.

Temporary stay approved up to one year (possibly shorter) however, the temporary stay cannot be extended. After the expiration of 6 months from the expiration of the temporary residence of the digital nomad, a request for re-regulation of the residence of the digital nomad may be submitted.

As Jan de Jong, the initiator of the initiative for the introduction of visas for digital nomads, has repeatedly pointed out, when a digital nomad would spend at least 10.000 kuna a month on living in Croatia, which is more than realistic, on about 50.000 digital nomads. Bali), that would mean an injection of about 500 million kuna a month into the Croatian economy. 

An announcement is currently pending online electronic application submission systems for digital nomads, which will be soon, but before that the Ministry of the Interior announced the procedure for obtaining visas for digital nomads. Find out more in the attachment.

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