Commercial Air Transport

International flights to, from and over the territory of the Republic of Croatia are subject to applicable European and Croatian regulations in the field of civil aviation.

Air carriers which are subject to an operating ban pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005 on the establishment of the list of air carriers subject to an operating ban within the Community and on informing air transport passengers of the identity of the operating air carrier are not allowed to operate in the Croatian airspace.

Mandatory insurance in air transport is regulated by the Regulation (EC) No 785/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 on insurance requirements for air carriers and aircraft operators and Act on Compulsory Insurance within the Transport Sector OG 151/05, 36/09, 75/09, 76/13.

Operators from EU / EEA member states

In accordance with Article 15 of Regulation (EC) No 1008/2008 of the European Parliament and of Council of 24 September 2004 on common rules for the operation of air services in the Community, operators from the Member States of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland have the right to operate intra community air services without any authorization, but they have to submit written notification of the intended flight to the Agency.

The same traffic rights, except for the cabotage rights, apply to Swiss air carriers in accordance with the Agreement on Air Transport between European Union and Switzerland.

Third country operators (TCO)

Foreign civil aircraft may enter Croatian airspace only if granted authorization, unless otherwise stipulated by an international agreement binding on the Republic of Croatia or EU law.

The terms and conditions for submitting applications and issuing operating permits for flights of foreign aircraft to, from and through the territory of the Republic of Croatia are set out in the Regulation on the Approval of Flights of Foreign Aircraft in the Croatian Airspace (Official Gazette 50/17)).

Air carriers of the ECAA associated parties shall be permitted to exercise the traffic rights of the Third and the Fourth Freedom of the Air according to the provisions of the ECAA Agreement, until the conditions provisioned by the Agreement have been met.


TCOs engaging in scheduled or non-scheduled commercial air transport operations into, within or out of a territory subject to the provisions of the Treaty of the European Union, must hold a safety authorisation issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in accordance with Regulation (EU) 452/2014 laying down technical requirements and administrative procedures related to air operations of third country operators. This includes operators which are wet leased-in by, or code-sharing with, an EU operator when commercial flights to any territory subject to the provisions of the Treaty are performed. A TCO authorisation is not required for operators only overflying the abovementioned EU territories without a planned landing.

Applications for a TCO authorisation, including all the necessary documentation, should be submitted to EASA at least 30 days before the intended starting date of operation.

Member States continue to be responsible for issuing operating permits. The safety authorisation issued by EASA is one prerequisite in the process of obtaining an operating permit, or equivalent document, from the respective EU Member State under existing Air Service Agreements between EU Member States and third countries.

Non-scheduled flights - one-off notifications

A third country operator may perform air ambulance flights or a non-scheduled flight or a series of non-scheduled flights to overcome an unforeseen, immediate and urgent operational need without first obtaining an authorisation, provided that the operator:

(1) notifies EASA in a form and manner established by EASA prior to the intended date of the first flight;

(2) is not being subject to an operating ban pursuant to Regulation (EC) No 2111/2005; and

(3) submits to EASA an application for TCO authorisation within 10 working days after the date of the notification.

The flights specified in the notification may be performed for a maximum period of six consecutive weeks after the date of notification or until EASA has communicated the formal decision on the application for a TCO authorisation, whichever occurs first. One-off notifications may be filed only once every 24 months by an operator.

For more information please visit the EASA website