I have single entry Schengen visa delivered by the Austrian Embassy in United Arab Emirates. I have entered Austria and thought I can go to Croatia with it through Slovenia.

At the border the Slovenian border agent stamped me out but the Croatian border agent refused me in and put enter stamp with 4 lines and the letter "C" and handed me a paper which mentions the case "C" which means "has no valid visa or stay permit". He told me I can go back in Slovenia and I should go to the Austrian Embassy to fix the issue.

Now I'm in Slovenia and wondering what might happen? I will visit the embassy tomorrow but I'm worried and afraid that I might get banned from Croatia.

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    Why did you think that a single entry visa permit you to enter, exit then enter for a second time?
    – Gagravarr
    Commented Jul 19, 2015 at 19:42
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    You are almost certainly not banned from Croatia. What you should however worry about is your current status in Slovenia/Austria. What did the Slovenian border guards tell you when you reentered Slovenia?
    – Relaxed
    Commented Jul 19, 2015 at 20:40
  • You cannot travel to croatia and back with single entry visa. May be if your outward trip to home country (not schengen) from croatia, they will let you in.
    – pbu
    Commented Jul 20, 2015 at 15:05
  • Possible duplicate of Can I travel to Croatia with single-entry Schengen visa? Commented Sep 5, 2019 at 22:25

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I am not sure to see any question in what you wrote. However, you should know that in your current situation, it is normal that you haven't been allowed inside Croatia.

Indeed, Croatia is not part of Schengen, it will become a member country at some point. As written in the Wikipedia article regarding Schengen visa policy, Croatia requires travellers with a Schengen visa to "hold a double or multiple entry C visa valid for the period of stay". The maximum stay would then be 90 days.

In your case, you have been granted a single-entry visa. I doubt there is anything that "might happen". You will see at the embassy what you are told, but I suppose that you will not be able to visit Croatia at all. Stating it in your initial Schengen visa demand would probably have been a good idea.


It's very unlikely that you have been banned from Croatia. I don't know much about their rules and practices but in principle they should be modelled after those of the Schengen area and there is no reason that being refused entry would result in an automatic ban or even significant difficulties for your next visit (provided you do secure a visa in advance this time).

Even overstaying (as long as it's not too long and you are leaving of your own accord) or having your visa revoked or annulled does not necessarily result in a formal ban. All these events might however make obtaining a visa or gaining entry more difficult in the future.

Furthermore, the Austrian embassy certainly does not have the authority to ban you from Croatia. What Austria could theoretically do is ban you from the whole Schengen area (and it's possible that Croatian border guards have access to the relevant database as well, since the country is in the process of joining the Schengen system but I don't really know) but, judging by your description, that's extremely unlikely to have happened until now (otherwise you would not be in Slovenia right now).

What you should however worry about is your current status in Slovenia. You now have an exit stamp and your original single-entry visa does not appear to be valid anymore so you might presently be illegally in the Schengen area. It's possible that what the Austrian embassy will tell you is that you are required to leave as soon as possible (to be honest I am a bit surprised that Slovenian border guards did not do anything about the situation, either warning you, cancelling their stamp, issuing a new visa or even detaining you; anything else than simply letting you back in with a spent visa!)

You can in any event visit Croatia in the future, even with a single-entry Schengen visa or without any Schengen visa… by applying for a Croatian visa. I doubt that you will be able to do it now without returning to your country of residence but you need to contact a Croatian embassy or consulate (and not the Austrian embassy!) for that.

The advice you received from the Croatian border guards is also very puzzling: Austria has no reason to issue a different visa because you intend to go to Croatia and is even less likely to do it now that you are already inside the Schengen area. Until Croatia joins the Schengen area and if you don't already have a multiple-entry Schengen visa for other reasons, applying for a Croatian visa would be the proper way to go about visiting the country.


You cannot travel to croatia with single entry schengen visa:

This official page says this: http://www.mvep.hr/en/consular-information/visas/visa-requirements-overview/

Aliens who are holders of: uniform visa (C) for two or multiple entries, valid for all Schengen Area Member States;

What is your current situation? Did you go back to slovenia from croatia? Holding a single entry visa does not allow you to get into slovenia either?

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