A foreign national can acquire real estate in Croatia if there is also a reciprocal opportunity for a Croatian national in the country of foreigner’s origin and upon procuring the consent issued by the Ministry of Justice. A foreign national may establish a company in Croatia that can, as a domestic legal entity, purchase real estate without any restrictions. The ownership and possession status of the real estate can be determined by accessing the land registry and cadastre at the municipal court. Upon purchasing a real estate, the owner should register his/her ownership with the land registry. For this purpose one would need to submit following documents to the land registry department of a municipal court:
- application form (available at a land registry department of a municipal court)
- sale and purchase agreement containing seller’s signature (original document)
- permission to register the property (if it is not included in the sale and purchase agreement)
- proof of citizenship for natural persons or an excerpt from the court registry for legal entities (not older than 30 days)
- evidence of the paid administration fee in the amount of HRK 250
EU citizens have equal opportunities and rights as Croatian nationals in terms of buying property in Croatia.
More detailed information on the procedure for getting consent for the acquisition of property rights to foreign citizens and foreign legal entities as well as information on reciprocity can
be found on the Ministry of Justice Web Site.