IS CROATIA IN THE EU?
Since July 1, 2013, Croatia has been a member of the European Union.
Croatia requested for EU membership in 2003, and the European Council approved it the following year. Border and immigration concerns, on the other hand, were a complication that hindered the process.
Slovenia prevented Croatia from joining due to long-standing border difficulties, notably the Piran Bay line. Slovenia later accepted the decision of United Nations arbitrators, which concluded the dispute.
The EU and Croatia negotiated until 2011, when the Treaty of Accession was signed. In January 2012, a referendum was held, and 66% voted in favour. Croatia joined the EU on July 1, 2013, ten years after its original application.
IS CROATIA PART OF SCHENGEN?
Croatia is now a member of the European Union but not of the Schengen Area.
However, it has now been established that the nation has cleared its review procedure and will soon join the zone of open borders.
WHEN WILL CROATIA JOIN THE SCHENGEN AREA?
Eight years after joining the EU, the Balkan country is preparing to enter the zone of free borders.
Croatia is expected to enter the Schengen Area by the second half of 2024, according to Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovi.
However, European officials have not yet set a particular timeframe for Croatia to join the Schengen zone.
If Croatia is still not a complete Schengen member when the ETIAS travel authorization is launched, crossing the border into Croatia will still be required because the nation is in the advanced stages of membership.
Croatia is also one step closer to entering the Eurozone, which is required for the nation to become a Schengen member. The European Commission has determined that the country satisfies all of the conditions for adopting the euro, which is scheduled in January 2023.