The Princess Islands

The Princess Islands are a beautiful destination covering Gapla’s historic islands representing our two princesses. Opportunities for settlement are available.

Important Information

The Princess Islands currently has 3 travel advisories.

Important: Permanent Travel Advisory for the Princess Islands Regarding Declaration with Croatia

If you are not a national of the Schengen area, you must declare your presence in Croatia within 48 hours of arrival, to the Croatian Ministry of Internal Affairs (specifically the police). Arrive at a Croatian police station to declare your presence.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Travel Advisory (Princess Islands) issued 15 September 2023

Due to recent aggressive actions dating mid-September 2023 by the Croatian border police along the Croatia-Liberland border and the Liberland-Gapla border, travel to the Princess Islands is discouraged for non-Schengen citizens. The Foreign Ministry is not responsible for any damage cause by travel to the Princess Islands, nor any actions by the Croatian border police. Travel is especially discouraged for those holding citizenship of the Czech Republic.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Permanent Travel Advisory for the Princess Islands – Serbia/Batina Border Crossing

Due to a history of aggressive actions against nationals of the United States of America on the Serbia/Batina border crossing, travel to the Princess Islands is discouraged for nationals of all countries but especially for those who will use American documents to travel to Gapla. This does not apply to the Croatia/Liberland border crossing.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Welcome to the Princess Islands

The Princess Islands are a 31-acre group of islands on the Danube river, between Serbia and Croatia. The islands are not claimed by Serbia or Croatia, and Gapla is the only legitimate claimant to these islands under the terra nullius principle of international law. They lie to the east of Liberland, a neighboring new nation project.

Princess Emma Island, the larger island, is a 30-acre island shown to the right clearly detached from the mainland. It includes Brighton Beach, a beautiful beach of Gapla. In addition, this is where many of Gapla’s first settlements will be done, so we invite you to settle the area if you are interested!

Princess Chelsea Island is a significantly smaller island, clocking it at around 1 full acre. It is closer to the mainland and is planned to be an administrative center of government.

Honor your country, Gapla, and our two princesses by visiting these beautiful islands. Wouldn’t it be amazing to step into Gaplan territory, relax on Brighton Beach, and converse with officials about future plans of building a Gaplan city there?

Costs, Procedures and Formalities

Costs: A 10 USD charge for a visa to enter the Princess Islands, paid to the Government of the Federated States of Gapla, will apply. If you would like to visit the Princess Islands, please click here to apply for a visa. If you are adding on additional locations on your trip, a 5 USD charge will apply for each.

Emergencies: If there is an emergency or if you are being harassed by the Croatian border police, email immediately and request to see your country’s Croatian embassy repeatedly. If you are a Schengen or American citizen, provide proof of affiliation.

Entry Requirements: You must possess a valid Schengen Area visa, as well as any documentation that may be needed to enter the Schengen Area (such as a passport). The Gaplan government cannot assist you with obtaining a Schengen area visa. However, visas to enter Liberland, which is required to enter the Princess Islands due to the Princess Islands sharing an accessible border with Liberland, will be covered and managed by the government.

Housing: Unless you will be camping in the Princess Islands overnight, you should find a local hotel to stay in. The government cannot assist you in this matter. Camping in Gapla for more than two weeks without permission from the government will result in expulsion by the Federal Gaplastovian Police.

Settlement: Settlement is available after a successful camping session in the Princess Islands for at least one full week, as well as clearance from the Government of the Federated States of Gapla. You are welcome to stay in the Princess Islands while your application for settlement is being processed, and you will not be removed by the police even if you are staying for over two weeks. You have 72 hours to vacate the area if your application for settlement is rejected and if you have exceeded your two week camping limit. You are not permitted to construct buildings on the Princess Islands without permission from the Gaplan government, in the past this has resulted in destruction by border police as it violates Croatia-Gapla diologue.

Restrictions: Due to restrictions by the Croatian border police as well as the Gaplan government, you must be over 18 years of age, sound of mind, and in good health to enter the Princess Islands.

Transportation: Obtain transportation to Zmajevac, Croatia through any method. Exact details on clearing the exit from Croatia, including transportation from Zmajevac to the border crossing, and entry into Liberland, as well as the exit from Liberland and entry into Gapla will be provided upon visa clearance. Transportation by boat will be available to reach the Princess Islands.