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With a population of 3.899 million, the country is mostly made up of Croats (91.63%). A popular holiday destination for Brits, Croatia is also a country that some British nationals are looking to call home.
It may not be the most popular destination for ex-pats, with just 618 British citizens reportedly living in the county, but it does have a lot to offer. Scenic pebble beaches, clear waters, festivals, wine and national parks await those who make the move to Croatia.
For those looking to move to the area, we can connect you with up to 6 trusted partners offering removals to Croatia. By filling out our international moving form you can compare quotes from our verified partners.
Before moving to Croatia, you will need to consider the shipping options available. Shipping furniture overseas can be expensive, depending on what you are shipping. The best way to prepare yourself is to work out what method is best for you and your items.
Which method you opt for will depend on the number of items you need to be shipped, your budget and your time scale.
The main opinions for shipping to the area are:
Sea Freight is a popular choice for those needing to ship belongings when moving abroad. It will take longer than air freight but it is cheaper. It also won’t have the same weight restrictions. As a result, you can take items such as vehicles and larger furniture.
The options for sea freight are usually a 20ft Container or a 40ft Container, depending on the amount of items you have. If you have a smaller amount of items, you can opt for part load. This is where the container is shared between people.
The largest cargo port in the country is the port of Rijeka. The key ports in Croatia are:
Road freight is the cheapest option for shipping item and is a reliable option. It is also far cheaper than air freight to Croatia. It will, however, take longer. Full-load road freight, which is just your items, is the quicker option. Transit times range from 3-8 days but keep in mind that Brexit has caused delays for road freight going abroad.
Part-load, discussed below, is cheaper but as this is shared with other people’s items, delivery time is longer.
Before booking road freight, make sure the company is legitimate. International removal companies must be covered by Goods in Transit and Public Liability. This is to ensure your goods are protected during transit. At Compare My Move, all of our companies have the correct insurance in place, so you know your items are in good hands.
If you’re shipping a smaller number of items, you can opt for part-load. This is where the shipping container is shared with other people’s belongings. This way you only pay for the space you use.
This is a cheaper option but it will take longer for your items to arrive at their destination. Keep in mind that the more people use the container, the longer it will take
Air freight is the quickest way to ship items to Croatia, but it is also the most expensive. Air freight will have weight limitations, so keep this in mind when picking your removal options. You will also have to pay for professional packing if sending items via air to Croatia.
On average, it will take between a couple of days, right up to 7 days for your items to reach you. However, it can take less time if you opt for an express option. If you have a bigger budget and a smaller time scale, air freight would be an ideal option.
The busiest airport in Croatia, with 30 airlines operating, is Zagreb Airport in the country’s capital. Other airports include:
The average cost of shipping from the UK to Croatia is around £1,217 for a 20ft container. The total cost will be calculated based on the amount you are shipping and the weight of the items. It will also depend on whether you opt for road freight, part-load or air freight.
If you choose to add packing as a service, this will add around £250 to the cost. Keep in mind that this will be a requirement
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*Data taken from DFS Worldwide, Mover DB and BRLogistics
For more information, read How Much Do International Removals Cost?
Following Brexit, there will be additional paperwork and visas to apply for if you want to move to a country in the like Croatia.
The documentation you need when entering Croatia includes:
For 90 days in any 180-day period, you can stay in Croatia without a visa as it is within the Schengen Area. Despite limitations to Brits moving abroad due to Brexit, British citizens aren’t required to apply for a visa or permit when visiting a country in the Schengen Area. This came into effect as of March 2023.
As a British citizen (now classed as non-EU), if you plan on staying longer than 90 days, you must apply for a long-stay visa via the nearest Croatian embassy or consulate. The most common long-stay visas are issued for those moving to work, to study or family reunifications. Digital nomad visas are also common.
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