Serbia Travel Information
The Serbian border is from March 20, at. 08:00 closed
for entry for all traffic except goods transport. For
information on entry and coronavirus, see the section
Most trips to Serbia are made without any special
problems. Hospitality in both Serbia and the capital of
Belgrade is more visible than the problems. Normal
tourist precautions are usually sufficient for travelers
in Serbia. Norway is represented by an embassy in
The risk of terrorist incidents in Serbia is
considered low. Crime in Belgrade is low compared to
other European major cities. Handbags, pickpockets and
home burglaries occur. Tourists are not targets of
violence, but killings and violence in connection with
organized crime have occurred in tourist areas. Although
the Government of Serbia has initiated measures to
reduce corruption in the country, Norwegians in the
country should still be aware that this is still a
The number of traffic accidents in Serbia is somewhat
higher than in most European countries. Roads in Serbia
are not always of a good standard, especially in rural
areas and in southern Serbia.
Demonstrations are taking place in Belgrade and in
other major cities. Usually, these LGBT rights, Kosovo,
deal with cuts in the public sector or political
resistance. Most demonstrations are conducted without
violence, although this has happened. Scheduled Pride
parades in recent years have been canceled due to
participants' safety. The parade in 2014 was held with
major security forces in place. Tourists are generally
advised to avoid large crowds and demonstrations.
Parts of Serbia were hit by floods in May 2014 as a
result of heavy rainfall. During certain periods,
extreme rainfall may occur where travel to outskirts of
Serbia should be avoided. There is no particular danger
of being in Serbia during extreme rainfall.
- Countryaah: Belgrade is the capital
of Serbia. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer
period in Serbia are encouraged to register at
reiseregistrering.no/. Norwegian citizens are encouraged
to have valid travel insurance. In times of crisis and
emergency, travelers can contact the Norwegian Embassy
in Belgrade, which is open Monday to Friday from 9am to
Embassy of Norway in Belgrade
Sava Business Center
Milentija Popovica 5 and
11070 Novi Belgrade
Tel: +381 (0) 11 3208 000
Outside the opening hours of the embassy, travelers
can contact the Foreign Ministry's 24-hour operating
center on tel: +47 23 95 00 00 or e-mail: UDops@mfa.no
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa for visits or
tourism in Serbia for stays up to three months. For
private accommodation, you must register with the local
police within 24 hours to get a so-called "white paper".
Without this, travelers will experience difficulties in
The passport must be valid for at least three months
from the time you arrive in Serbia. For residence in
Serbia beyond three months, you must apply for a
temporary residence permit. For the latest updated
information on entry rules, travelers are encouraged to
check with the Serbian Embassy in Oslo. Although
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa when traveling to
Serbia, the passport is the only approved identification
Everyone with a foreign passport is required to have
a visa in Serbia. A visa must be applied for in advance.
The case processing time is stated to be at least 14
days. Questions about foreign passport visas and the
application process itself can be directed to the
Serbian Embassy in Norway.
One cannot enter Serbia from Kosovo unless one also
traveled into Kosovo from Serbia. If you enter Serbia
from places other than Kosovo and have a Kosovo stamp in
your passport, the Border Police in Serbia will normally
stamp over the Kosovo stamp and replace it with Serbia.
After this, one can normally enter Serbia. This rule is
not always practiced. You may be asked to get a Kosovo
stamp on your own sheet upon entry into Kosovo.
If you drive a Serbian registered car into Kosovo,
upon entry you will usually be required to purchase
additional insurance for the car at the border, since
Serbian car insurance does not apply in Kosovo.
There have been cases where Norwegian citizens of
Kosovar origin have problems at the border, as Serbia
does not recognize Kosovo as a state. For further
information on border crossings between Kosovo, Serbia,
Northern Macedonia, Albania or Montenegro, it is
recommended to contact Serbian border authorities.
Upon entry, travelers will be asked to provide if you
bring more than 10,000 euros (including travelers checks
- or equivalent in another currency) into Serbia. This
declaration is required upon departure.
Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian
travelers should keep abreast of the development of the
coronavirus. Feel free to follow local authorities'
advice, guidance and instructions on how to deal with
the situation. On March 6, the first case of covid-19
within Serbian borders was confirmed. The Serbian
authorities update their information on the Coronavirus
health website .
The Serbian border is from March 20, at. 08:00 closed
for entry for all traffic except goods transport.
State borders are closed to all foreign nationals,
except those who have residence or residence permits,
including accredited diplomats and their families. The
quarantine provisions at entry apply respectively. 14 or
28 days, depending on the risk country they return from.
Belgrade Airport is closed for commercial flights
from March 19 (12:00 noon). The airport will still be
open for humanitarian and cargo flights, with special
permission from the government.
Niš airport is closed from 18 March.
By the way, a curfew has been introduced in Serbia
with effect from Wednesday, March 18, and is valid from
noon. 8 p.m. 05. For persons over 65, leaving the home
from the same date is strictly prohibited. In the
countryside, the age limit has been extended to 70
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
There are no particular health problems associated
with traveling to Serbia. However, the standard of
public health care is significantly lower than in
Norway. The possibilities for medical assistance are
good, but the hospitals have limited access to medicines
and the sanitary conditions can be worse than in Norway.
Travelers should be aware of the increasing
prevalence of the West Nile virus in Serbia. The virus
has been increasingly detected over the last couple of
years, with the emphasis in Belgrade. The virus occurs
in the summer and is transmitted by mosquitoes.
Strengthened protection against mosquito bites is
Rabies occur in Serbia and are infected by foxes,
dogs, bats and other mammals. Belgrade is still
struggling with many loose dogs, but the problem has
decreased considerably in recent years and since 1980 no
cases of rabies have been reported.
In 2018, there was a relatively large outbreak of
measles. More than 94 percent of these cases were in
non-vaccinated individuals. It is thus strongly
recommended to be vaccinated against this before arrival
In 2018, a few cases of cholera were also reported in
poorer, rural areas.
You can obtain several medicines and other necessary
articles at one of the many pharmacies. Many private
clinics have good deals, and the prices of treatment can
be compared to the prices in Norway.
Tap water can be drunk, but bottled water is
For relevant vaccines and official health travel
advice for Norwegians traveling to Serbia, it is
recommended to familiarize yourself with the
recommendations from the Institute of Public Health's
The area code for calls from Norway to Serbia is
+381. The telephone network is stable, especially in
Belgrade and other large and medium-sized cities. There
is no time difference between Norway and Serbia.
Current: 220 volts. Mobile coverage is very good across
the country with 3G and 4G in big cities.
The Internet domain is:.rs
Currency - Serbian Dinar RSD (as of 13.05.2019):
RSD 100 = 8.32 NOK
1 NOK = 12.01 RSD
100 RSD = EUR 0.84 EUR
1 = RSD 117.9
ATMs are well-developed and easily accessible in most
major cities. Credit cards can be used in shops,
restaurants, cafes and hotels. Please note that the
offer may be limited in some smaller locations.
The food stores in Serbia have been open longer than
in Norway. Some grocery stores are open 24 hours a day.
Other stores are open Monday to Saturday approx. 10:
00-19: 00. Banks are usually open Monday to Friday
approx. 08: 00-17: 00. Opening hours may vary in
different parts of the country.
National Holidays 2019: 1-2. January - New Year,
January 7 - Orthodox Christmas Day, 15, 16. and February
17 - National Day, April 29 - Orthodox Easter, May 1,
Workers' Day, May 30 - Christ's Ascension Day, June 20 -
Pentecost, November 11 - Reconciliation Day.
Serbian is the official language of the country.
Travelers can also understand Serbian in the other
former Yugoslav countries, where what was then called
Serbo-Croatian was a common language. The written
language uses the Cyrillic alphabet and may vary from
the other Balkan countries. In practice, one also uses
the Latin alphabet. Signs and information are mostly in
Cyrillic, Latin and English. As a traveler, you do well
In Belgrade, the public transport system is crowded
and can be irregular at times. Tickets can be purchased
at Belgrade's many kiosks. Taxi services in Belgrade and
in other cities are good and reasonable. Taxis at the
airport and the train station may be overpriced, but at
the airport you can book a taxi from an information desk
in the Arrivals Hall. Then you will get a receipt with
the correct price for the trip in question. There are
daily bus and train departures to Bosnia, Croatia,
Montenegro, Hungary and Northern Macedonia. For more
- Serbia Railway- or
- Serbian bus routes
Tips on restaurants, cafes, hotels and taxis are
expected. Foreigners must be able to identify themselves
on request. A passport or any copy of the passport
should be included.
Emergency number: Police + 192, ambulance + 194, fire
+ 193 The
Ministry of Foreign Affairs' 24-hour operating center
can also be reached on tel: +47 23 95 00 00 or e-mail: