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Serbia country information

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Republic of Serbia
Area: 88,361 sq km
Population: 10,159,046
Population density: 115 per sq km
Capital: Belgrade
Passport & Visa
Passport Required?
British Yes
Australian Yes
Canadian Yes
Other EU Yes
Visa Required?
British No
Australian No
Canadian No
Other EU No/1/2


Valid passport required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Passport Note

Visitors not staying at hotels must register with the police within 24 hours from arrival. All nationals staying longer than three days must register with the police.


Not required by all nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days for touristic purposes except:
1. nationals of Bulgaria for stays of up to 30 days for touristic purposes;
2. nationals of Hungary and Romania who do require a visa.

Nationals not referred to in the chart above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.

Types of Visa and Cost

Prices vary according to nationality. Nationals are advised to contact the embassy to check visa cost.
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Getting there

Getting There by Air

The national airline is Jat Airways (JU) (website: ).

Approximate Flight Times

From London to Belgrade is 2 hours 40 minutes. There are no direct flights from the USA.

Main Airports

Belgrade (BEG) (Nikola Tesla) (website: or ) is 19km (12 miles) west of the city. To/from the airport: Buses and taxis are available into Belgrade. There are a number of car hire agencies at the airport. Facilities: Banks, bars, restaurants, duty-free, car hire, post office and ATM. 

Nis (INI) (Constantine the Great) (website: ) is 3.5km (2 miles) from central Nis. A small number of ski charter flights land here and this is used as an alternative if Belgrade is closed due to bad weather. To/from the airport: Buses and taxis serve the city centre. Car hire is available. Facilities: Bank, bureau de change, shop and restaurant.
Departure Tax
RSD1,200. This is usually included in the price of the ticket. Exempt are transit passengers continuing within 24 hours, and children under two years of age.

Getting There by Rail

Rail services to Belgrade run from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania and Turkey. Trains from western Europe travel via Budapest. For up-to-date information, contact Rail Europe (tel: 0844 848 4064, in the UK; website: ). International trains have couchette coaches as well as bar and dining cars. On some lines, transport for cars is provided.

Note: Train travel should be undertaken with care as assaults and robberies have been reported.
Rail Passes
InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 30 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for 22 days, one month, five days in 10 days or 10 days in 22 days across all countries. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. Travel is not allowed in the passenger's country of residence. Travellers under 26 years receive a reduction. Children's tickets are reduced by about 50%. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from Rail Europe (website: ).

Getting There by Road

The following frontier posts are open for road traffic: 

From Bosnia & Herzegovina: Badovinci; Bajina Basta; Kotroman; Loznica; Ljubovija-Bratunac; Mali Zvornik-Zvornik; Sremska Raca-Velino Selo; and Uvac.
From Croatia: Backa Palanka; Batrovci-Bajakovo; Bezdan; Bogojevo-Erdut; Ljuba; Nestin; Odzaci; and Sid-Tovarnik.
From Hungary: Hercegszanto-Backi Breg (Bezdan); Tompa-Kelebija; Szeged Roszke-Horgos; Bacsalmas-Bajmok; and Tiszasziget-Djala (both crossings for nationals of Serbia and Hungary only).
From Romania: Jimbolia-Srpska Crnja; Stamora Moravita-Vatin; Naidas-Kaludjerova (Bela Crkva); and Portile de Fier-(Turnu Severin)-Djerdap (Kladovo).
From Bulgaria: Bregovo-Mokranje (Negotin); Kula-Vrska Cuka (Zajecar); Kalotina-Gradina; Otomanci-Ribarci; Kjustendil-Deve Bair (Kriva Palanka); Blagoevgrad-Delcevo; and Petric-Novo Selo.
From Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of): Presevo-Tabanovce and Pohor Pcinjski. 
From Montenegro: The main border crossings are at Gostun (near Bijelo Polje); Rozaje; and near Pljevlja.

Bus: Connections are available to Belgrade from destinations including Berlin, Budapest, Lyon, Munich, Brussels, Paris, Thessaloniki and Zurich.
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