Customs and Visas

Customs & Visas

If you are a citizen of EU, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus,, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Holy See (Vatican), Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, United States of America, you can enter Serbia without a visa and may stay in the country for 90 days. Citizens of other countries must obtain a visa from a Serbian consulate before travelling.

Conditions for issue of visas to citizens of states subject to visa regime:

1. Valid passport;
2. Letter of invitation in the case of a private visit (certified by the relevant authority in Serbia) or an invitation from a company for a business visit or written confirmation from a local or authorised tourist organisation of payment for travel services (travel voucher or other proof of payment).
3. On a reciprocal basis, a foreign citizen may be required to show: A return travel ticket; Proof of sufficient funds in hard currency; Confirmation from the health service that any costs of medical treatment will be met.

Group and transit visas

Travellers from countries whose citizens need a visa to travel to Serbia may obtain group travel visas through local tourist agencies. In order for a transit visa to be issued to citizens of these countries, they must have a visa for the country to which they are travelling after transit through Serbia. A transit visa costs around €30. In order for a transit visa to be issued to citizens of these countries, they must have a visa for the country to which they are travelling after transit through Serbia.

Registration

Upon arrival to Serbia, foreign citizens need to register in person with the local police within 24 hours at the nearest police station. If you are staying in a hotel, the hotel performs this registration for you automatically. If you are renting an apartment, it is the duty of your landlord to register you at the local police station. Your employer may also perform the registration for you.

Registration is free for the first three months of stay, regardless of the purpose of the visit. A foreigner who wishes to stay in Serbia for a longer period for the purpose of education, scientific research, employment, tourism, engagement in a professional activity, medical treatment, or marriage, is obliged to apply for a temporary resident status before the three-month period expires. When submitting an application to the police for temporary residence, you should state the reasons for requesting this status accompanied by supporting documentation.

Work Permit

A work permit for temporary residence is issued for a period of at least 3 months, but not more than 12 months. The validity of a work permit is not limited to persons who have been granted the right of permanent residence. To find employment in Serbia a foreigner must be granted approval for permanent or temporary residence, as well as approval for employment. In addition, a foreign person may be employed even without the latter approval if he is to be engaged in specialist work under a contract for business–technical cooperation, technology transfer or foreign investment.

Embassies in Belgrade

List of all foreign embassies in Belgrade, Serbia. You will find addresses and telephone numbers of all embassies and consulates in Serbia, which are located in Belgrade.
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Customs Regulations

Foreign currency, credit and debit cards and foreign currency cheques may be freely taken into Serbia. Credit cards and securities obtained in accordance with the regulations may be freely taken out of the country.

Foreign citizens may carry in unlimited sums of foreign currency, and may take out up to 2000 EUR. Travellers should report the amount of foreign currency that they are taking into the country to a customs officer in order to obtain a receipt on the basis of which they may take this same sum out when exiting the country for the first time. They may carry out foreign currency that they have withdrawn from their foreign currency account in Serbia, when accompanied by a bank receipt.

Personal baggage

According to common customs practice, personal baggage comprises items of clothing, personal hygiene, foodstuffs, various technical items, sporting equipment needed for the trip, medicines and similar items.

In accordance with the international Convention Concerning Customs Facilities for Touring, items of personal baggage may include one bottle of perfume, one bottle of toilet water, 1 litre of spirits, tobacco products equivalent to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco or a total of 250 g of all these products, as well as medicines in those quantities essential for treatment (doctor's prescription is not required for medicines).

Prohibitions and limitations

Private individuals may not import and export goods of a commercial nature, weapons or ammunition.

Items of artistic or cultural value may be taken out of Serbia only with the permission of the Ministry of Culture. Hunting weapons and ammunition (in appropriate quantities) may be temporarily brought into Serbia only when coming on an hunting trip organised by an authorised body. Game and hunting trophies may be taken out of Serbia only if a shipping document has been issued for the goods (for game) or a trophy licence (for trophies).