Croatia is a country in Central Europe but it’s not part of the Schengen Area. EU travelers can enter the country freely, but travelers from other countries must go through customs. Croatia borders the Adriatic Sea and offers a long coastal stretch as well as a diverse inland area. Most visitors travel to Croatia to visit Plitvice Lakes, the peninsula of Istria and the coastal towns of Split, Zadar, and Dubrovnik. The country has quite a few natural parks and a lot of islands that lie before the coast of the mainland.

Croatia LGBT rights and travel in Croatia - Lesbian Gay Transgender - Only Once Today
Croatia LGBT rights and travel in Croatia - Lesbian Gay Transgender - Only Once Today

Post Last Updated: November 2017

Croatia LGBT Rights

Croatia has done a lot of effort in recent years. LGBT still face a lot of difficulties, but their situation has improved in the last decade. In 2015, a lot of regulations happened in Croatia, taking it from a mere 12th to a beautiful 5th place in the LGBT rights ranking of IGLA.


Homosexuality is legal in Croatia since 1977. The age of consent is 15. The maximum age difference for minors is 3 years.

Domestic Partnership

Croatia has a possibility to have a civil union or domestic partnership with a same-sex partner. Same-sex couples have basically the same rights as every other couple. Only adoption is not a right same-sex couples have. This law came to life with the introduction of the Life Partnership Act in 2014.

Same-Sex Marriage

Croatian law sees a marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Same-sex marriages are not possible in Croatia.

Same-Sex Adoption

LGBT adoption is not legal yet in Croatia. Only singles can adopt children. Same-sex partners can become guardian over the child of their partner.

Change Legal Gender

Changing your legal gender is possible in Croatia.

 Croatia LGBT Safety

Croatia included sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression on the list of protected categories in their Anti-Discrimination law in 2008. In 2010, it became clear that extra measures had to be taken to fight hate crime against LGBT. Over the years, Croatia has taken more steps to exclude homophobic content from literature and school books.

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The capital city of Zagreb is the place where most of the gay life in Croatia takes place. It’s also the home of the Croatian Pride. Other cities organize pride events too, with growing success each year. There are prides held in Split, Osijek, and Rijeka.

Croatia doesn’t have a lot of lesbian and gay books or films. The books listed below are mostly novels to give you insight into the culture and the history of this beautiful country.


Unfortunately, hate crimes can occur at any place and any time! Public display of affection can always trigger people to respond in a negative way. Try to be cautious and aware of your surroundings.