Sunday, 22 April 2018
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


The national airline of Croatia, Croatian Airlines, is pulling out all the stops this year and has introduced many new destinations to their offer. In total Croatia Airlines has introduced ten new destinations in the past three years and this year has started on the right foot with impressive figures.

In the first three months of the year the airline carried almost 33,000 passengers with is seven percent more than over the same period from last year. Part of the reason for this expansion of travellers is the fact that the airline has expanded their European hub and network.

"We are especially proud that we have been able to introduce regular flights to Dublin from Zagreb from the 3rd of May October 28 which will operate twice a week," commented Croatia Airlines. And with the number of Croatians now living and working in Ireland this new flight operation is sure to be popular.

For its 5th anniversary, the popular wine festival organizes the Gala Dinner at the Excelsior Hotel in Dubrovnik with a chef who gained experience in the most famous Danish restaurant, "Noma"

Food of the highest quality and fine selection of wines have always been a winning combination, but Dubrovnik FestiWine has decided to take this experience to the next level. Those who come to the Excelsior Hotel in Dubrovnik, the venue hosting the spectacular Gala Dinner scheduled for April 19, will have the opportunity to witness the culinary creations prepared by Igor Jagodic, the young Slovenian chef who is known for his experience at the famous “Noma” restaurant. He will be joined by the renowned host chef Peter Obad and together they will answer the challenge of the FestiWine and create a unique menu based on the seven winning wines of the last year’s Festival, each of which will get its own gourmet accompaniment.

"With its philosophy of preparing only the best quality dishes from traditionally grown ingredients, the "Noma" restaurant, owned by the Danish chef René Redzepi, has won the prestigious best restaurant in the world title on several occasions. Those who will join us at the spectacular event - the Gala Dinner on April 19, will have the chance to taste the dishes prepared by two young but already established chefs. It is a fantastic opportunity not only for our Festival but also for the popularization of the gastronomic scene in Croatia”, said the founder of the Festival, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić.

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The chefs will be joined by last year’s winners of the Dubrovnik FestiWine Challenge 2017, the young chef Kristina Curić and waiter Ivo Kmetović. Like in the previous years, the proceeds of the gala dinner will go to providing scholarships for the young Dubrovnik talents (chef, sommelier and waiter). Two of them will be announced winners of the prestigious award and attend a month-long training in the Strelec restaurant in Ljubljana, where they will be mentored by chef Jagodic.

Tickets for the gala dinner can be purchased through Dubrovnik PartneR Agency. The fifth edition of the Festival is proud to promote the future development of viniculture and wine production of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County as well as to open its doors to new trends. Therefore, join is in Dubrovnik from 16 to 22 April and discover the many events that the organizers, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and Dubrovnik PartneR Agency, have prepared for you!

Easter weekend is traditionally the opening of the tourist season in Croatia and according to the latest figures it has been an impressive start. Although the figures are still to be confirmed it is believed that 74, 243 tourists visited Croatia over the Easter period and achieved 229, 828 overnight stays.

These figures are even more impressive when you take into account that the Easter break fell two weeks earlier than last year and quite clearly had an effect on the figures, as around 120,000 visited over the same period last year.

The Croatian National Tourist Board pointed out that most of the guests came from Germany, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, but also from Hungary and the USA.

The ten Croatian destinations that had the most overnight stays during the Easter weekend were Dubrovnik, Poreč, Zagreb, Rovinj, Opatija, Split, Medulin, Umag, Zadar and Pula.

In Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 9,070 tourists realized 28,014 nights. Most were guests from the UK, Germany, Spain, USA and Israel.

If you want the beaches in Dubrovnik really to yourself then you are going to have to brave rather chilly sea temperatures. These tourists in Mlini today did just that and dived headlong into the Adriatic Sea.

With the current sea temperature only around 14 degrees it must have been a refreshing experience. In the summer months the sea reaches a balmy 27 degrees however drops to around 12 in the winter months.

“It is great, very refreshing,” commented the tourists as they splashed about in the Adriatic this afternoon. Soon these popular beaches will be a magnet for both locals and tourists and finding space to roll out a towel will be a challenge.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Marija Pejčinović Burić paid a two-day official visit to Ireland. Upon arrival in Dublin, she met with representatives of the Croat community in Ireland.

Pejčinović Burić met with Irish Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Simon Coveney. The two officials highlighted the very good bilateral relations as well as the need to intensify trade and utilise the cooperation potential in tourism, which is growing thanks to new direct flights. They also underlined the need to intensify dialogue as part of preparations for Croatia’s presidency over the Council of the EU in 2020. Pejčinović Burić and Coveney exchanged views on current EU affairs, with emphasis on Brexit, and on foreign policy priorities.

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Pejčinović Burić informed Coveney about Croatia’s preparations to enter the Schengen and euro areas. They also talked about the EU enlargement and the importance of the European accession process, which has a transformative character for the prosperity of states and societies as well as for economic and overall reforms.

Pejčinović Burić discussed European affairs in more detail with Ireland’s Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee. She also met with President Michael D. Higgins, discussing the EU’s future and the Croat community in Ireland, and held talks with the speaker of the Irish parliament’s lower house, Sean O Fearghail, and members of the Irish-Croatian friendship group in the Irish parliament.

The collocutors emphasized the importance of parliamentary cooperation for the development of cooperation in areas of common interest in foreign policy and European affairs, and exchanged views on activities aimed at stabilizing Southeast Europe and supporting the European prospect of the region’s countries.

Looking to find your place in the Croatian sun or thinking of making a career move and want to work in the country you’ll probably going to need some form of visa. Croatia became a full member of the European Union in 2013 but however there are still a few rules you’ll need to be aware of.

To cut through the red tape and paperwork (yes, there is plenty of that) we have collected all the information in one place to make your bureaucratic journey as smooth as possible (but expect a fee bumps along the way).

Firstly, the Republic of Croatia categorises foreigners into different groups, and they are - 

Foreigners who wish to stay or work in Croatia into several categories. The documents submitted with the application depend on the category. Those categories are:


Short-term stay is a stay of a foreign national of up to 90 days in any period of 180 days on the basis of a visa or without a visa.


Foreigners, nationals of EEA members or the Swiss Confederation and their family members, as well as family members of Croatian nationals


Foreigners, nationals of third countries with permanent residence in an EEA member state and their family members


Nationals of third countries are foreigners who are not nationals of European Economic Area (EEA) members. Regulating their stay or work depends on whether they have permanent residence in an EEA member, whether they are family members of a national of an EEA member state, the Swiss Confederation, Croatian national, or do not fall under any of the abovementioned categories.

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Short-term stay is a stay of a foreign national of up to 90 days in any period of 180 days on the basis of a visa or without a visa. All foreign nationals who are not exempted from this obligation under the provisions of the Foreigners Act must register for a short-term stay.

The following are exempted from the obligation to register for a short-term stay:

Nationals of EEA Member States who are entitled to stay in Croatia for up to 3 months from the date of entry, if they possess a valid travel document or personal ID.

Foreign nationals who are not nationals of an EEA Member State and are family members of nationals of Croatia or another EEA Member State. They are entitled to stay in Croatia for up to 3 months from the date of entry, provided they have a valid travel document. Persons who can be considered family members are designated in the provisions of the Foreigners Act. They include e.g. a spouse or unwed partner, adoptive children, step children.

Nationals of a Third State who is required to register for a short-term stay shall on his/her own register within 2 days from the date of entry i.e. from the change of accommodation.

If not done by the foreign national in person, the short-term stay of a foreign national shall be registered by the accommodation provider (commercial accommodation providers - hotels, hostels, camping sites etc., and non-commercial accommodation providers – relatives, friends etc.) within 1 day od from the arrival of the foreign national.

A short-term stay shall be reported with the Police Department or police station in charge by the place of accommodation of the foreign national, and it may also be effected online.

A foreign national who owns an apartment/vacation home may also register for a short-term stay with the Tourist Board and also include his/her friends/relatives.

If the foreign national is going to be accommodated on board a vessel, he/she shall register for a short-term stay with either the Police Department in charge of control of the border crossing in the port where there is border control, if the foreign national arrives on a vessel that is his/her accommodation, or the Police Department or police station by the place of embarkation of the foreign national.


Nationals of EEA member states or the Swiss Confederation and their family members, or family members of Croatian nationals intending to stay in Croatia longer than three months have to register temporary residence no later than eight days before the end of the three-month stay at the competent police administration or police station depending on the address.

Certificate of registered temporary residence is issued in the form of a biometric residence permit valid for up to five years.

Work of nationals of EU member states and their family members

Nationals of EU member states and their family members can work and provide services in Croatia with no residence or work permit and no work registration certificate.

However, according to Article 236 of the Foreigners Act, the Government of the Republic of Croatia may after accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union, by its Ordinance, lay down implementation rules referring to work of nationals of the European Union Member States and members of their families and which are being implemented at the time of signing a Treaty of Accession, with regard to nationals of those Member States that are to implement national measures or measures resulting from Bilateral Agreements, for the period of implementation of such measures.

List of EU member countries that have limited access to their labour market for Croatian nationals can be found on the website of the Ministry of Labour and Pension System (

Based on reciprocity, for nationals of those EU member states and members of their families restrictions apply in accessing Croatia’s labour market, therefore said foreigners can regulate their legal work status in the following manner:

if they want to work up to 90 days a year based on the work registration certificate

if they want to work longer than 90 days a year and are establishing labour relations in Croatia, they have to apply for residence and work permit.

Said regulations will remain in effect until EU member states begin applying the same national work regulations in regard to Croatian nationals and their family members.


Foreigners from this category can submit their temporary residence application at the diplomatic mission/consular post of Croatia in the EEA member state they have permanent residence in or at the police administration/station in Croatia.

Temporary residence to a third-country national with permanent residence in another EEA member state will be approved if they have:

a valid passport

means of supporting themselves and their family members

health insurance

if they meet the rest of the criteria for granting temporary residence given the nature of said stay


Issuing residence and work permit – the EU Blue Card

Highly-qualified third-country nationals have to submit their application for work and residence permit at the diplomatic mission/consular post of Croatia or at the police administration/station in their intended place of residence.

Residence and work permit (the EU Blue Card) simultaneously grants temporary residence and work in Croatia.

Residence and work permit can be granted to third-country nationals who meet the criteria stated in Article 54 of the Foreigners Act (a valid passport, health insurance, proof they have means of support) and enclose:

work contract or some other corresponding contract for performing highly-qualified labour, lasting for at least a year

proof of high school education or completed undergraduate and graduate studies or integrated undergraduate and graduate studies or specialist graduate studies.

The residence and work permit (the EU Blue Card) is issued in the form of biometric residence permit.


Temporary residence may be granted on the following grounds:

family reunification

secondary school education and university studies

scientific research

humanitarian grounds


work of posted workers or for other purposes.

Foreigners who do not need a visa for entering Croatia can submit their temporary residence application to the police administration/police station according to the intended place of residence, employer’s location or place of work.

Foreigners who do need a visa for entering Croatia submit their temporary residence or work and residence application to a diplomatic mission/consular post of Croatia. Exceptionally, they can submit the application to the police administration/police station according to the intended place of residence if:

they are coming for the purposes of regular undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate studies

they are coming for the purposes of scientific research based on visiting contract

they are covered by Article 76, paragraph 1, items 12, 13, 14 and 15 of the Aliens Act. These are aliens working as part of youth mobility programmes run by the Republic of Croatia in cooperation with other states, scientific research and aliens employed for scientific, scientific-teaching or other research work places in scientific legal persons, university professors, native speakers of foreign languages, foreign-language instructors and other lecturers invited by Croatian universities or registered foreign language schools, aliens working pursuant to an international treaty, other than the treaty referred to in Article 79, paragraph 1, item 2 of the same Act.

The following must be enclosed with the application:

a colour 35x45 mm photo

a copy of a valid passport

evidence of health insurance

evidence of sufficient means of subsistence

evidence of the reason for temporary stay (e.g. marriage certificate, university enrolment confirmation or other proof based on purpose of intended stay).

Documents enclosed with the application must be either original or a certified copy, while foreign documents have to be translated into Croatian language and certified in line with special regulations.

Documents must not be older than six months.

Within 30 days of receiving the notification that their temporary stay has been granted, foreigners have to report their residence to the police administration/station. Failing to do so within said time period, the temporary stay permission/work and residence permit become invalid.

All information and details are correct according to the Croatian Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs - We do our best to keep this article up to date. However, we cannot guarantee that the information provided is always current or complete.


The first sign that summer is on the way in Dubrovnik is the opening of the ferry line to the island of Lokrum. And today at 10 am the first ferry chugged out of the historic old City harbour and completed the fifteen-minute journey to the green wooded island.

The green oasis lies just 600 metres from the ancient city walls and is a popular destination for nature lovers and those looking to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city in the summer months.

The first ferry of the season operated today and the line will remain open until November. An adult return ticket to Lokrum, including entrance into the nature reserve, is 150 Kuna this year, with a children’s ticket (ages 5 to 15) costing 25 Kunas.

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Plitvice Lakes ticket prices go up

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Fish market in the Old City to be revitalized

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Croatian model headlines new Ralph Lauren collection

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