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In this page: Entry Requirements | Organizing Your Trip | Visiting | Living Conditions | Eating | Paying | Speaking | Useful Resources

 

Entry Requirements

Passport and Visa Service
Consular affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Diplomatic Representations
List of Serbian Diplomatic Representations
 
IATA Travel Center
 

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Organizing Your Trip

Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Recommendation
In Serbia, in the towns, travelers can move around with no problem by bus or by car hire; thanks to their wide avenues, Serbian towns have little road traffic. In addition, the buses offer very good services, once you have mastered the Cyrillic alphabet. Otherwise, the many, relatively cheap taxis will make life easier for you in all Serbian towns.

In Belgrade, you really must use the tram; it is the best means of transport in the capital, but also a unique and picturesque one.

Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library on line

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Transportation From Airport to City Centre:


Airport

Distance

Taxi

Bus

Train

Car Rental
Belgrade - Surcin (BEG) 14 km / 9 miles Available EUR 14 / 20 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

Recommendation
Within the country, people transport is essentially carried out by buses. The other opportunity travelers have is to hire a car to take advantage of the good road network.
Rail Companies
Serbian Railways

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Airlines

Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
JAT Airways Major Domestic Yes

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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Traveling By Yourself

Recommendation
The motorway network is in good condition. Vehicles with foreign registrations are required to pay tolls in euros. The road network in the country as a whole is mediocre except for main routes. Driving conditions may be dangerous, especially at night and in winter. Speed checks are frequent. They drive on the right in Serbia.  For a stay longer than six months, your license must be exchanged for a local driving license.

 

In case of an accident, you should call the nearest police station in order to draw up an accident report. Third party insurance is mandatory; disputes with local insurance companies often happen. It is also recommended that you take out an assistance insurance contract (for passengers, vehicle, legal aid). Finally, it is particularly recommended that you take out an insurance covering theft and that you extend its cover to Serbia, which is rarely included even in the guarantees for "Europe".

Road Maps
Serbian road maps.

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Visiting

Different Forms of Tourism

Historical
The capital, Belgrade, is a very lively city, located on the banks of the Danube and the Sava. In the center of Serbia, the Orthodox monasteries of Studenica, Sopocani and Zica are worth visiting. The first two are Unesco World Heritage sites. Zlatibor, a low altitude mountain resort, and Vrnjacka Banja, a spa situated at the foot of Mount Goc, are also interesting tourist destinations. The town of Stari Ras and the medieval monuments of Kosovo are Unesco World Heritage sites, and are worth going to see.
Nature
Eastern Serbia is the place par excellence for adventure tourism. A mountainous region, with deep valleys and many streams, this part of the country abounds in unusual trails in the middle of nowhere. At a bend in a gorge, you may come across a beautiful waterfall, or a small church surrounded by lush vegetation. On the summits of the Homolje or Kucaj mountains, trails will show you majestic panoramas or take you through vast continental forests. A particular phenomenon is that these mountains conceal no less than 15 caves of great natural beauty open to tourists.
Religious
Monasteries represent an important cultural and historical heritage in Serbia. Built between the XIIth and XVIIth centuries, they not only shape the Serbian Orthodox landscape, but are remarkable witnesses to the architectural and pictorial wealth of the Middle Ages. For their cultural and historical importance, five monasteries have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Studenica, Stari Ras, Sopocani, Djurdjevi Stupovi, Decani.
Thermal
There are more than 40 thermal spas and 150 hot springs in Serbia today, offering a wide range of accommodation and activities. The hot springs have been used since Roman times, especially in the center of Serbia. The most renowned thermal spas are Vrnjacka banja, Sokobanja, Mataruška banja or Niška banja.
Beach
Serbia is a landlocked country.
Winter Sports
In winter, you can go skiing at Kopaonik (1 700 meters), the most popular ski resort.
Outdoor Activities
Between medium altitude mountains, hills and plains, Serbia offers many possibilities for outdoor tourism. The mountain slopes, with their different heights, in splendid landscapes, allow lovers of mountain biking, paragliding and skiing to have fun in winter and in summer. The often steep mountain slopes, as well as many caves, either in their natural state or commercialized, will thrill climbers and potholers.
Shopping
You will not find in Belgrade the same level of shopping opportunities as in Western Europe, but you will surely find souvenirs and local products. Serbian prices are attractive for tourists, but you must be careful not to be cheated by many of the vendors.
Tourism Organizations
Serbian Tourism Board

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Living Conditions

Health and Safety

Health Precautions
Cases of bird flu have been reported in Serbia. But by avoiding contact with poultry and by taking normal hygiene precautions, there is nothing to fear. Apart from this observation, there are no other particular precautions to take in Serbia.
For Further Information on Sanitary Conditions
Health advice for travelers
For Further Information on Safety Conditions
COFACE Serbia (website in Serbian). (Click on Kontakt at the bottom right of the page, to get the telephone number)
 

Emergency Numbers

Emergency services 112
Firemen 93
Ambulance 94
Police 92
 

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Time Difference and Climate

Time and Time Difference
It is %T:%M %A In Belgrade (GMT+1 in winter and GMT+2 in summer)
Summer Time Period
Summer Time from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October.
 

Map of the Time Zone

Time zone

Type of Climate
The climate is continental in the North : cold winters, hot and humid summers with regular rainfall. In the rest of the country the climate is continental/Mediterranean : hot and dry summers and autumns and very cold winters with heavy falls of snow. Average temperatures vary from -2°C to 10°C in winter and from 15°C to 30°C in summer.
For Further Information
The weather forecast (in Serbian)
 

Average Annual Temperatures and Rainfall

Climate

 

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Eating

Food Specialties
Serbian cuisine brings together the influences of Central Europe, the Mediterranean and Turkey. Restaurants and Inns are very good value for money, and the welcome and service are often very good. Most restaurants offer traditional dishes such as pljeskavia and cevapcici, ground beef prepared with onions and spices, or veal escalopes karadjorjeva, breaded and filled with kajmak (cream).

For a quick meal you can also find excellent filo pastry tarts filled with cheese or meat such as gibanica or burek. Sweet dishes are Austrian-influenced (strudel), or Turkish-influenced (baklava).  Serbia produces some red wines (Zupa, Krajina, Vencac-Oplenak) and some whites(Smerderevo, Fruska Gora).

Dietary Restrictions
There are no dietary restrictions in the country.

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Paying

Domestic Currency
Serbian Dinar
ISO Code
RSD
To Obtain Domestic Currency
Currency is issued in notes of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 dinars. Coins in circulation have a face value of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 dinars. It is possible to change money on the spot. ATMs are still rare outside the center of Belgrade. There is no exchange control in Serbia. The legal tender is the dinar. It floats freely but the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) manages to maintain the stability of the currency, which is in practice tied to the euro.
Possible Means of Payment
Big stores, restaurants and hotels take credit cards. Many small shops do not take them, especially outside the center of Belgrade. It is legally forbidden to pay in foreign currency, but in practice some shops take euros. The Serbian dinar is available outside the Serbian borders but not everywhere.

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Speaking

Official Language
Serbian
Other Languages Spoken
Hungarian, Romanian, Slovak, Ukrainian and Croat in Vojvodina and Albanian in Kosovo.
Business Language
Mainly Serbian and English.
Free Translation Tools
Tranexp : Translates English - Serbian; Serbian - English

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Useful Resources

To Find an Apartment
Real estate agency in Serbia

Renting in Serbia
To Find a Job
Work in Serbia

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