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Serbia

Serbia is a country that is working to strengthen its democratic, economic, and social institutions. On February 17, 2008 Kosovo declared its independence from Serbia; so far, this change has had little effect on foreign travelers. Travelers should be aware, however, that Serbia does not recognize Kosovo’s borders. For more information on Kosovo, please read our Country Specific Information for Kosovo.

Tourist facilities are widely available within Serbia but vary in quality. Some facilities are not up to western standards. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Serbia for additional information.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Serbia
Continent: Europe
Capital City: Belgrade
Boundary Countries:

Bosnia and Herzegovina 302 km, Bulgaria 318 km, Croatia 241 km, Hungary 151 km, Kosovo 352 km, Macedonia 62 km, Montenegro 124 km, Romania 476 km

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Belgrade: Zepter Dental Clinic

Main Cities:

Belgrade, Pristina, Nis, Bor, Novi Sad, Prizren

Country Size: 88,361 sq km
Population: 9,396,411

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

Serbian (official nationwide); Romanian, Hungarian, Slovak, Ukrainian, and Croatian (all official in Vojvodina); Albanian (official in Kosovo)

Currency: Serbian Dinar (RSD)
Predominant Religions:

Serbian Orthodox, Muslim, Roman Catholic, Protestant

National Holidays: National Day, 15 February
Economic Status:

Following the May 21, 2006 referendum on the independence of Montenegro, Serbia announced that it would be the successor state to the former State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. The dissolution of the State Union has been peaceful with minimal impact on foreign travelers. Unemployment remains an ongoing political and economic problem. The economic condition in Serbia is difficult, as it works toward a possible membership in the EU.

Security:

Serbian Armed Forces (Vojska Srbije, VS): Serbian Land Forces (Kopnene Vojska, KoV), Air Force and Air Defense Force (Vozduhoplostvo i Protivozduhoplovna Odbrana, ViPO), naval force to be determined

US Presence:

U.S. Embassy Belgrade
50 Kneza Milosa Street
11000 Belgrade
Serbia
Telephone:381-11-3619-344
Facsimile: 381-11-3615-989

Document Requirements:

A passport is required for travel to Serbia. US citizens with tourist, official, or diplomatic passports do not require a visa for entry and stay in Serbia for up to 90 days within a six-month period. It is not possible to apply for or obtain temporary residence permits outside of Serbia. US citizens who wish to remain in Serbia for more than 90 days must obtain a temporary residence permit from the local police having jurisdiction over their place of residence in Serbia. With their residency application, applicants will need to provide a copy of their birth and marriage certificates (if applicable), obtained within 90 days before application, and a police report authenticated for use abroad from their state of residence in the US or from the country where they permanently reside. All documents should have an "apostille" stamp certifying their authenticity. Information regarding apostilles and authentication of documents is available on our website.

For further information on entry requirements for Serbia, including information regarding requirements for residency and work permits, travelers may contact the Serbian Embassy in Washington, DC at telephone (202) 332-0333 or fax (202) 332-3933. The address of the Embassy is 2134 Kalorama Road, Washington, DC 20008. Alternatively, travelers may also contact the Consulate General in Chicago at telephone (312) 670-6707 or fax (312) 670-6787. The address of the Chicago Consulate is 201 East Ohio Street, Suite 200, Chicago, Illinois 60611.

US citizen travelers who obtain a new US passport while in Serbia and do not have a prior passport or other evidence of their entry (for example, in cases of a lost or stolen passport or a child born in Serbia) will not be allowed to depart the country without an exit visa obtained from the Ministry of Interior. Similarly, travelers who use a different country's passport to enter than to exit (for example, entering with a Serbian passport or Serbian "National ID Card" and attempting to exit with a US passport) are likely to have difficulty exiting Serbia due to the lack of an entry stamp in their passport. Note that Montenegro and Kosovo have their own immigration requirements.

Travelers who enter Serbia with more than the equivalent of 10,000 euros in cash are required to declare all currency upon entry and must obtain from customs officials a declaration that must be presented at departure. Failure to comply may result in the confiscation of all funds. Please refer to our Customs Information to learn more about customs regulations.

Registration with Local Authorities: Visitors staying in private accommodations must register with the police station responsible for the area in which they are staying within 24 hours of arrival. Failure to comply may result in a fine, incarceration, and/or expulsion.  Persons who fail to register may face difficulties in departing the country. Visitors staying in hotels or tourist facilities are automatically registered with the police by the hotel. Additional information about visa requirements and the obligation of foreigners to register their location is available from the Government of Serbia website.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site. 

Major Airports:

Airports: 39, Airports w/paved runways: 16

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Occasional demonstrations occur. After Kosovo declared its independence in February 2008, large-scale demonstrations took place in Belgrade that turned violent. During these demonstrations, the US Embassy was heavily damaged and one protestor lost his life. Although no violent demonstrations have occurred since July 2008, we remind US citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn into confrontational situations and possibly escalate into violence. US citizens traveling or residing in Serbia should take reasonable precautions to avoid demonstrations and to be aware of heightened security and potential delays when they occur. Anti-American sentiment tends to be highest surrounding important anniversary dates, such as May 1 (the beginning of the 1999 NATO bombing campaign), and February 17 (the date of the 2008 independence of Kosovo) as well as on ethnic Serb holidays such as St. Vitus’ Day (Vidovdan, celebrated June 28). In some instances, Serbian victories or defeats in high profile international sporting events have triggered demonstrations or sporadic violence. Most demonstrations have been peaceful or were marked by only low levels of violence.
Travelers to southern Serbia should be aware that the security situation in southern Serbia has the potential to deteriorate quickly. US Government employees on official business near the border between Serbia and Kosovo travel in fully armored vehicles. Persons contemplating travel in southern Serbia near the Kosovo border should register with the U.S. Embassy and check in with the Embassy regularly for the latest security updates. While Americans have not been specifically targeted, in rare instances nationals of other western countries have been targeted and attacked. Americans are urged to keep a low profile.
Belgrade nightclubs are becoming increasingly popular with foreign tourists. Patrons should be aware that these establishments can be crowded and may not comply with Western standards for occupancy control and fire safety.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR not available.
Life expectancy at birth: TOTAL 74 years (male 71/female 76)
 

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, Boosters: tetanus-diptheria & polio as needed.

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Tickborne encephalitis, a viral infection of the central nervous system occurs in the southern part of the nontropical forest belt in Europe and Asia (to Pacific Ocean). Other infections that tend to occur more often in longer-term travelers (or in immigrants from the region) include tuberculosis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C (especially in Romania). Outbreaks of diphtheria have been reported in states of the former Soviet Union.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Although many physicians in Serbia are highly trained, hospitals and clinics are generally not equipped and maintained to Western standards. Medicines and basic medical supplies are largely obtainable in privately owned pharmacies. Hospitals usually require payment in cash for all services.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 1
Referrals: 17
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

There have been reported cases of Avian Influenza in animals, but not humans.

Communications Info:

Country Code: +381  
Internet Code:   .rs

 



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