Entry requirements (visa/passport)
Irish citizens don’t need a visa to visit Serbia for a period of up to 90 days. If you have questions about the entry requirements for Serbia, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the Embassy of Serbia in London. You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.
You need a valid and undamaged passport to enter Serbia. It’s also advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you and to carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay.
You must register with the local police within 24 hours of arriving in Serbia. If you’re staying in a hotel or official tourist accommodation, you will be registered automatically on check-in. Failure to register may lead to a fine, detention or a court appearance.
If you want to stay in Serbia for longer than 90 days (for the purpose of education, employment, marriage, etc.) you must apply to the local district police for a temporary residence permit before the 90-day period expires. Make sure you file your permit at least 30 days prior to the expiry of your temporary residence. You’ll need to provide supporting documents with your application.
Entering the country
You should only enter Serbia through recognised border crossings, where you will receive an entry stamp in your passport from the border police. You may face charges of illegal immigration if you try to leave the country without an entry stamp or exit-entry visa and this could result in a heavy fine or possible imprisonment.
If you’re a temporary resident (in the country for more than 90 days) you should have an exit-entry visa as well as a residence stamp in your passports.
Recognised entry points
The Serbian government doesn’t recognise entry points from Kosovo or those on Kosovo’s external borders with Albania, Montenegro or Macedonia (for the list of recognised entry points please refer to the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs). The Serbian authorities will not allow you to travel into Serbia, from Kosovo, unless you began your journey in Serbia and are returning there directly.
Since the introduction of Republic of Kosovo stamps, we’re aware of incidents where foreign nationals who have been denied entry to Serbia if they have these stamps in their passports.
We are also aware of isolated incidents where Serbian authorities have cancelled Kosovo stamps in passports of foreign nationals. You’re less likely to experience entry problems if you travel into Kosovo from Serbia and are returning via the same route or are travelling via Albania, Macedonia or Montenegro.
The official currency of Serbia is the dinar. Credit cards and travellers’ cheques are accepted in most hotels and shops and nearly all ATMs accept international bank cards.
There are many money exchange machines and offices in Belgrade (including at Belgrade airport) that accept euros, sterling and US dollars and will give back dinars. Irish banks don’t generally exchange dinars so you should exchange any unwanted dinars before you leave Serbia. Only change money through banks or official exchange offices and not through street dealers.
On arrival in Serbia, you must declare money (including travellers’ cheques) in excess of €10,000 (or equivalent) and also items of value intended for personal use and obtain a declaration from custom officials. When you’re departing, you’ll need to return a certified copy of this declaration to customs so that money (up to the amount brought in but not exceeding €10,000 in value) can be taken out again. You will also be asked for a receipt of purchase for dinars you’ve bought from a foreign bank.
If you don’t comply with these rules, your money can be confiscated.
Serbia lies in a seismically active zone. While there has been no serious earthquake in recent years, quakes do occur and earth tremors are common. You should also find out from local contacts or your hotel what you should do in the event of an earthquake.
During especially hot and dry periods there is a danger of forest fires. Always act responsibly when visiting wooded areas and under no circumstances light barbecues or leave any litter behind.
Wed, 11 May 2016 15:08:38 BST