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Republic of Serbia
Exercise increased caution in Serbia due to crime.

Exercise increased caution in Serbia due to crime.

Violence associated with organized crime and high-profile sporting events in Serbia is common.

Organized criminal activities such as car bombings and assassinations by shooting can occur in all areas at any time.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Serbia:

U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.


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Must be valid at time of entry


One page required for entry stamp


Not required for stays under 90 days




None, if under 10,000 euros


None, if under 10,000 euros

Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Belgrade

Bulevar kneza Aleksandra Karadordevica 92
11040 Belgrade
+(381) (11) 706-4000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(381) (11) 706-4000
Fax: +(381) (11) 706-4481

Destination Description

Please see the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Serbia for information on U.S. – Serbia Relations.

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visit the Embassy of Serbia's website for the most current visa information.

  • U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter and stay in Serbia for up to 90 days. 
  • It is important to enter and exit Serbia using the same passport.  U.S. citizens who also hold Serbian citizenship should always enter and exit Serbia on their Serbian passport. 
  • If you lose your U.S. passport after arriving in Serbia, you must obtain a police report and a new passport prior to departure.
  • You cannot enter Serbia using an expired or previously-reported lost U.S. passport.  Immigration authorities will deny you entry and return you to your point of embarkation.
  • U.S. citizens must register with the local police within the first 24 hours of arrival.  Hotels or similar accommodation will do this for you.  If you are staying at a private residence, you will need to register in person at the nearest police station.

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.  

  • For information about how to apply for a temporary residency permit, please visit the Serbian Ministry of Interior’s website.
  • All application documents require an apostille stamp from the government office where you got the document.  To learn more about apostilles and other official documents, please see the Notarial and Authentication Services page.

Special Guidance for Kosovo:  

  • Serbian border officials do not recognize the authority of Kosovo’s government.
  • Serbia will not grant entry to travelers who try to enter Serbia from Kosovo without first having previously entered Serbia from another recognized crossing and obtaining a Serbian entry stamp.
  • A traveler who arrives in Belgrade by air and drives directly to Kosovo (not through a third country) will be permitted to re-enter Serbia from Kosovo.   
  • Travelers who fly or drive into Kosovo from a third country and plan to also travel by land to Serbia must first exit Kosovo and enter Serbia via either the Serbia-Macedonia or the Serbia-Montenegro border.

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Serbia.

Find information on dual nationalityprevention of international child abduction, and customs regulations on our websites.

Safety and Security

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:

  • Plastic night club
  • Splav Slep
  • Mr. Stefan Braun night club

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.


  • Violent crime in Serbia is most often associated with organized crime activities and hooliganism surrounding high-profile sporting events, but can also be the result of xenophobia.
  • Instances of organized crime-related violence, including car bombings and assassinations by shooting, increased notably in 2018.
  • Although not traditionally the targets of violent crime, tourists and visitors should maintain strong situational awareness, as violent crime can occur at all hours, in both upscale and economically depressed neighborhoods, out in the open on busy public streets, and in hotels, restaurants, cafes, and other places frequented by tourists.
  • Pick-pocketing, purse snatchings, residential burglaries, and other crimes of economic motivation regularly occur.  
  • Most crimes happen because people let their guard down.  Unlocked cars, valuable items left in plain sight (such as money, jewelry, and electronics), open gates, and open garage doors make attractive targets for thieves.  
  • Tourists should pay attention to taxi meters and listed fares as taxi drivers may try to scam foreigners and charge higher rates.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

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).

  • Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • Help you find appropriate medical care
  • Assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • Contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • Explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • Provide a list of local attorneys
  • Provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • Provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • Help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • Replace a stolen or lost passport

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.

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

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.  

Furthermore, some crimes are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

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. 

For further information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travel, please read our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights Report.

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.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

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.

  • Carry prescription medication in original packaging, along with your doctor’s prescription.

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:

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Roads in Serbia are not always well-maintained, especially in rural areas and in southern Serbia. 

  • Exercise caution when driving on roads in southern Serbia in the winter.
  • Drivers should also be cautious when driving along Serbia’s Ibarska Magistrala, the highway between Belgrade to Čačak because of the higher rate of accidents.
  • Winter fog in Serbia is another concern because it significantly reduces visibility and is especially heavy in the Vojvodina region between Belgrade and the Hungarian border.

Roadside assistance is available by dialing 1987 locally.  The local numbers for the police and ambulance are 192 and 194, respectively.  

Traffic Laws:  

  • You may use a U.S. driver’s license in Serbia for up to 180 days after your arrival.
  • Drivers with a blood alcohol level higher than 0.05% are considered intoxicated and face arrest, prosecution, and fines.
  • You must wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a car in Serbia.

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.

For additional travel information

International Parental Child Abduction

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Serbia. For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act (ICAPRA) report.

Last Updated: December 31, 2018

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Assistance for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Belgrade
Bulevar kneza Aleksandra
Karadordevica 92
11040 Belgrade
+(381) (11) 706-4000
+(381) (11) 706-4000
+(381) (11) 706-4481

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