Things you need to know before coming to Serbia
In order to make your stay more pleasant, we would like to introduce some useful information to you. There are rules and regulations concerning the entry and stay of foreigners to be considered, but you shouldn’t be worried as these are just formalities. Once you are done with these formalities, you can relax and enjoy the beauties of Serbia.
All information about regulations and required documents can be found on the official web page of the Ministry of Internal Affairs: www.mup.rs (section Information for foreigners). Here you can also find all necessary forms.
Entry and stay of foreigners
Foreign nationals enter and stay in the Republic of Serbia under the conditions stipulated in the Foreigners Act. You will need a valid travel document with a visa or residency permit, unless otherwise stipulated by law or international treaty.
Conditions for entering the Republic of Serbia:
1. A valid travel document
2. A valid visa in the passport, if the visa is required for that country
3. A proof of sufficient financial means to sustain himself for the duration of his stay in Serbia, to return to his country of origin or transit into a third country – the sum of 50 euro per day is considered to be the sufficient amount. The proof is the specified amount in cash, bank statement, travelers checks, credit cards, and letter of guarantee;
4. A certificate of vaccination or other evidence that he is of good health when arriving from an area affected by epidemic infectious diseases according to the Ministry of Health;
5. Minors traveling with one parent must have certified authorization of other parent to travel, or the authorization of both parents or guardians if accompanied by third parties;
6. Health insurance policy for the period of staying in Serbia for the cost of medical expenses that can’t be less than 20,000 euro.
Citizens of the European Union, Switzerland, Norway, Island, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina enter the Republic of Serbia with a valid identity card. The duration of an uninterrupted stay should not exceed 90 days.
Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to enter Serbia:
For all types of passport, up to 90 days:
Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, the Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Tunisia, United States of America, Vatican City.
Conditions for issue of visas:
Citizens of countries needing a visa to enter the Republic of Serbia require the following documents:
• Valid passport
• Proof of reason for travel:
o for a private visit: letter of invitation certified by the relevant authority in Serbia
o for a business visit: letter of invitation from the company, organisation or institution
o for a tourist visit: confirmation of payment for travel services from an authorised tourist organisation (voucher or other proof of payment)
A foreign national may be required to show the following additional documents:
• a return travel ticket
• proof of sufficient funds in hard currency for the duration of their stay in Serbia
• confirmation of travel health insurance for any possible costs of treatment
Temporary residence applications
Expatriates wishing to reside in Serbia are required to obtain a temporary residence. The application can be submitted by tourist agency.
Within 24 hours upon entering the country visitors are obliged to register with the police station in the territory of residence.
Legal and natural persons offering accommodation, as well as hosts to foreigners, who are eligible for a residence permit have to submit the application to the Secretariat of Internal Affairs in whose territory the foreigner has his registered place of abode, not later than 24 hours upon entering the country.
The holder of a residence permit is also obliged to notify the local police of checking out the temporal residence one day before departure.
A Short dictionary
Foreigners usualy say that Serbian language is difficult to learn, understand and speak. However, after several days spent in the country, anyone can learn some basic words and phrases just by listening.
If you're not familiar with some of the Slavic languages, the pronunciation of some Serbian letters such as: "š", "č", "ć", "ž", can be a bit challenging, but with a little of practice you will easily learn it.
Our recommendation to all visitors is to try learning some commonly used words and phrases in Serbian language. They will make your stay much easier:
- Dobro jutro/Dobar dan/Dobro veče – Good Morning/Good Day/Good Evening
- Zdravo, ja sam ... – Hi, my name is…
- Gde je najbliža autobuska/železnička/taksi stanica? – Where is the nearest bus/train station/taxi stop?
- Gde mogu da kupim kartu za gradski prevoz? – Where can I buy a public transport ticket?
- Kako da stignem do ... – How can I get to…
- Možete li mi na mapi pokazati gde je ... – Could you show me where is…on the map?
- Gde mogu da kupim ... – Where can I buy….
- Koliko košta ... – What is the price of…
- Gde mogu da zamenim novac? – Where can I exchange money?
- Levo/Desno/Napred/Nazad – Left/Right/Straight/Back
Tourist information desks
Answers about practically everything that may interest you could be found in tourist info desks around Serbia. Here you can find out about current events in the country, usefull information, where to go, what to see, and what shouldn't be missed – all at one place.
Professional and friendly staff will gladly help you plan your stay according to your interests. Here you can also find maps, event programs as well as all necessary information about accommodation.
Tourist info desks in cities around Serbia are created in order to make everyone’s visit more pleasant and exciting. Use them and get informed about necessary information.
Info desk of Tourist Organization of Serbia
Čika Ljubina 8/1, Belgrade
Tel +381 11 6557 100
Working hours: Monday – Friday 09 – 20, Saturday 09 – 17, Sunday 10 – 16
Info desk of Tourist Organization of Belgrade
• Knez Mihailova 6
Tel +381 11 3281 859
Working hours: Monday – Saturday 09 – 21, Sunday 10 – 15
• Central Train Station
Tel +381 11 3612 732
Working hours: Monday – Friday 09 – 20, Saturday and Sunday 10 – 16.30
• Pristanište – samo za putnike kruzera Pier – only for cruisers
Tel +381 11 3288 246
Working hours: March – November 08 – 19
Tel +381 11 2097 828
Working hours: 09 – 22
Tourist Center of Zemun
Zmaj Jovina 14
Tel +381 11 2192 094
Tourist Info Desk of the Tourist Organization of Smederevo
Kralja Petra I 8, 113000 Smederevo
Tel +381 26 615 666
Tourist Organization of Novi Sad
• Street Modene 1
Tel +381 21 6617 343
Working hours: Monday – Friday 7.30 – 20, Saturday 10 - 15
• Bulevar Mihaila Pupina 9
Tel +381 21 421 811
Working hours: Monday – Friday 7.30 – 16
Info Desk of the Tourist organization of Niš
Voždova 2, Niš
Tel +381 18 521 321
Fax +381 18 523 118
Working hours: Monday – Friday 08 – 19, Saturday 09 – 14
Tourist info center of the Niška Banja (Niška Spa)
Tel +381 18 4548 588
Working hours: Monday – Friday 08 -20, Saturday 09 – 14
Tourist info center of Niš Fortress
Tel +381 18 250 222
Working hours: Monday – Friday 09 – 20, Saturday 09 – 16.30, Sunday 10 - 15
Tourist info center of Subotica
Trg slobode 1 (Gradska kuća), 24000 Subotica
Tourist info center of Palić
Kanjiški put 17a, 24413 Palić
Tel: 024/602-540, 753-111
Tourist info center Kragujevac
Dr Zorana Đinđića 11, Kragujevac
Tel +381 34 335 302
+381 34 301 306
Tourist info center Inđija
Cara Dušana 1, 22320 Inđija
Tel/fax +381 22 510 970
Tourist organization of Kraljevo
Trg srpskih ratnika 25 36000 Kraljevo
Tel +381 36 316 000, +381 36 311 192
Tourist organization of Kuršumlija
Palih Boraca 15, 18430 Kuršumlija
Tel. / Fax : 027-380-963,
Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Tourist organization of the municipality of Ljubovija
Vojvode Mišića 45, 15320 Ljubovija
Tourist organization of the municipality of Negotin
Vojvode Mišića 25, 19300 Negotin
telefon: +381 19 547 555
Tourist organization of the municipality of Sremski Karlovci
Patrijarha Rajačića br. 1, Sremski Karlovci
Tel: +381 (0) 21/882-127
Tel/fax.: +381 (0) 21/883-855
Web address: www.karlovci.org.rs
Tourist organization of Šabac
Karađorđeva 5, Šabac
Tel: +381 15 347 383 I +381 15 347 384
Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org i email@example.com
web address: www.sabacturizam.org