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Please see the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Serbia for information on U.S. – Serbia Relations.
Visit the Embassy of Serbia's website for the most current visa information.
Temporary Residence Permits: If you wish to stay in Serbia longer than 90 days during any 180-day period, you must apply for a temporary residence permit from the local police with jurisdiction over where you are staying in Serbia. You cannot apply for a residence permit outside of Serbia.
Special Guidance for Kosovo:
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Serbia.
Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.
Anti-U.S. Sentiments: Anti-U.S. sentiments are most prevalent around certain anniversaries and some national holidays, including: February 17 (the date of the 2008 independence of Kosovo), March 24 (the beginning of the 1999 NATO bombing campaign), and ethnic Serb holidays such as St. Vitus’s Day (Vidovdan, celebrated June 28).
Sporting Events: There is the potential for violence before, during, and after sporting events. There have been clashes between police and fans in the vicinity of sports venues, which are often located in residential areas. Matches between certain teams, including Partizan, Rad, and Red Star, are high risk events because of violence at previous games. While U.S. citizens are not generally specifically targeted, in a few isolated cases non-Serbians have been the victims of sports-related violence. U.S. Government employees are generally advised to avoid the vicinity of high-profile sporting events.
Night Clubs: As a safety precaution due to xenophobic violence, the following splavs and clubs have been declared off-limits for U.S. Embassy officers, staff, and dependent family members under Chief of Mission authority in Serbia:
Demonstrations: Demonstrations by political parties, unions, and other groups are common in Serbia, and may become violent. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can quickly turn violent. U.S. citizens in Serbia should avoid demonstrations if possible, and maintain caution if within the vicinity of demonstrations. There is often a heavier than usual police presence near demonstrations and traffic may slow or stop until well after the demonstration ends.
Victims of Crime: If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime in Serbia, you should contact the local police.
The Serbian equivalent to the “911” emergency line is 192 (police), 193 (fire-fighters), 194 (paramedics), and 1987 (road assistance).
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
Domestic Violence: U.S.-citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
Tourism: The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities are not known to commonly occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities. First responders have difficulty accessing areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Serbia. Serbia has active and increasingly-visible lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) advocacy groups, and several LGBTI bars operate openly and without problems in Belgrade. Many recent LGBTI public events, including the 2018 Pride Week events, were held without incident, although the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Pride parades were cancelled by the government because of security concerns. LGBTI travelers should consider exercising caution when visiting Serbia, especially with regard to expressing affection in public. Many LGBTI Serbians do not reveal their sexual orientation or gender identity, and avoid reporting incidents to police. As a result, individual police officers may have limited experience or knowledge with regard to specific concerns of LGBTI individuals or the LGBTI community more broadly.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Accessibility and accommodation may be very different than what one finds in the United States. Travelers may encounter difficulties in accessing older buildings, outdoor tourist sites, hotels, and public transport. Sidewalks and paths to buildings and tourist sites are often uneven. Hotels frequently do not have elevators.
Women Travelers: Please review our travel tips for women travelers.
Bringing Money into Serbia: If you enter Serbia with more than 10,000 euro in cash (or equivalent in other currencies), you must declare it to customs. If you fail to do so, Serbian customs may confiscate your money or levy heavy fines. Please review our customs information for additional details.
Medical Facilities: Many doctors and other health care providers in Serbia are highly-trained. Equipment and hygiene in hospitals, clinics, and ambulances are usually not up to U.S. standards. U.S. name-brand medicines are often unavailable in Serbia. You can get many medicines and basic medical supplies at private pharmacies. Medical facilities usually require payment in cash for all services, and do not accept U.S. health insurance. Please review our travel tips for older travelers.
The United States Government does not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Road Conditions and Safety: Roads in Serbia are not always well-maintained, especially in rural areas and in southern Serbia.
Roadside assistance is available by dialing 1987 locally. The local numbers for the police and ambulance are 192 and 194, respectively.
Public Transportation: Belgrade and some other large cities in Serbia have public transportation networks. Buses are often crowded, and some lines and vehicles are poorly maintained. There is also intercity bus and train service for many locations in Serbia.
See our Road Safety page for more information. More specific information concerning Serbian driving permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, and required insurance is available at the Serbian Automotive Association's website.
AVIATION SAFETY OVERSIGHT: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the government of Serbia’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Serbia’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.