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I'm an Indian and I'm planning a trip to Croatia (5 days), Slovenia (7 days) and Austria (2 days) in June. I applied for the visa at the Slovenian embassy given I'm spending the biggest number of days in their country.

However, they refused to grant the visa and indicated that I needed a Croatian visa first. Since Croatia allows travelers on a multiple-entry Schengen visa, is the Slovenian embassy right in doing this? Has anyone else encountered a similar issue?

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    Croatia allows holders of multiple-entry Schengen visas to enter without an additional visa. That does however obviously not mean that a consulate from an arbitrary Schengen state is obligated to issue you a Schengen visa with the purpose of visiting Croatia. You will likely only get a single-entry visa anyway for your stay in Slovenia and Austria and will need a separate visa from Croatia anyway. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo May 10 '18 at 15:07
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While the days in Slovenia were a few more than in Croatia, it may have been viewed as marginal, as a separate visa for Croatia would be required (and that Austria, 2 days, were for making flight connections).

VFS Global in India visas for Slovenia application launch page notes Applicants travelling to Croatia for more number of days than Schengen must obtain Croatian Visa prior applying for Slovenian/Schengen visa.

Whatever the reason(s) for the visa refusal, your only option is to comply, if that is what is necessary for the planned itinerary.

  • Where does Bosnia come into this? – phoog Aug 6 '18 at 15:46
  • ooops; corrected ty – Giorgio Aug 6 '18 at 16:56

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