BasicsTime: Local time is GMT +2 (March to September); GMT +1 (October to February).
Electricity: Electrical current is 220-230 volts, 50Hz. Two-prong round pin attachment plugs as well as Schuko plugs are in use.
Money: The currency of Serbia is the Serbian Dinar (RSD), which is divided into 100 para. Dinars are not accepted in Kosovo, where the Euro is the official currency. Credit cards are accepted by most of the larger hotels and shops in Serbia. Pounds Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are the most widely accepted currencies for exchange. ATMs in the cities usually accept international bank cards, but can be hard to find in the more rural areas.
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Language: Serbian is the official language.
Entry requirements for Americans: Passports must be valid on arrival. No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days within a six month period. Extensions are possible.
Entry requirements for UK nationals: Passports must be valid on arrival. No visa required for a stay of up to 90 days within a six month period. Extensions are possible.
Entry requirements for Canadians: Passports must be valid on arrival. No visa required for a maximum stay of 90 days within a six month period. Extensions are possible.
Entry requirements for Australians: Passports must be valid on arrival. No visa required for a maximum stay of up to 90 days within a six month period. Extensions are possible.
Entry requirements for South Africans: South Africans require a passport valid on arrival. No visa required for passengers with a visa issued by Switzerland, USA or an EEA Member State for a maximum stay of 90 days within a six month period. The visa must be valid for the period of intended stay.
Entry requirements for New Zealand nationals: Passports must be valid on arrival. No visa required for a maximum stay of up to 90 days within a six month period. Extensions are possible.
Passport/Visa Note: All visitors require a valid passport. Visitors may be requested to show a return or onward ticket, documents for the next destination and sufficient funds in hard currency to finance their stay. Anyone staying longer than three days must register via a hotel or sponsor. Entry to Serbia via Pristina Airport, Kosovo, may carry a different set of requirements, which visitors to Kosovo must check before travelling. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.
Travel Health: Recommended vaccinations for visitors to Serbia are Hepatitis A and typhoid (except for very short-term visitors who restrict their meals to major restaurants and hotels). A reciprocal healthcare agreement entitles British nationals to free emergency treatment in Serbia, but due to the very basic standard of medical facilities, comprehensive travel health insurance is strongly recommended for all visitors. Tap water and unbottled beverages should not be consumed, and food should be well prepared and well cooked. Cases of rabid foxes and dogs have been reported in parks and the outskirts of major cities. In the countryside, visitors should take the necessary precautions to prevent tick bites.
Tipping: Tipping is not obligatory in Serbian restaurants, but if you are satisfied with the service then leave a 10 to 15 percent tip. At bars and with taxis leave a tip by rounding off the amount.
Climate: Belgrade experiences a mixed climate, largely a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Spring (April to May) is short and wet, giving way to warm summers (June to August). Summer is arguably the most pleasant time of year, as peak temperatures reach 81°F (27°C), while daytime lows seldom drop below 68°F (20°C). Autumn (September to November) can have some very warm spells, but brings with it periods of dry, windy weather when the 'košava' wind blows. Temperatures often drop below 30°F (-1°C) in winter (December to February) and snow is a regular occurrence. The wettest months in Belgrade are May and June.
Safety Information: Most visits to Serbia are trouble free, but it is wise to take sensible precautions with valuables, as pick-pocketing, car theft, purse snatchings, and burglaries do occur in the larger cities. Protests occasionally occur in cities such as Belgrade, and travellers are advised to keep informed of current events and avoid large gatherings, as demonstrations can quickly turn violent. Those travelling to the south and UN-administered Kosovo are advised to check the local situation before departing. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, a move that has been recognised by almost 40 countries including the US and most of the EU, but has been opposed by Serbia as an 'illegal act'.
Local Customs: It is inadvisable to take photographs of any military or police buildings, personnel or operations in Serbia or Kosovo. Homosexuality is tolerated, but open displays of affection between same-sex couples are frowned upon. Visitors should carry their passports at all times for identification purposes.
Business: Serbian business people and entrepreneurs are westernised in their approach to business dealings with foreigners. Keep in mind that operations can go slowly due to cumbersome bureaucracy. Most Serbian professionals speak English, so it is not always necessary to hire a translator or translate business cards. July and August are summer holidays and it is difficult to reach senior management during this period. Business hours are 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.
Communications: The international direct dialling code for Serbia is +381. The international code for dialling out of Serbia is 00 followed by the relevant country code (0044 for the United Kingdom). There are local area codes in use e.g. (0)11 for Belgrade. Wifi can be found in hotels, some cafés, and public areas like libraries, and can be used to make free international calls.
Duty free: Visitors entering Serbia may bring the following goods without paying customs duty: personal baggage, clothing and jewellery; 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars or 250g tobacco; 1 litre of alcohol and 1 litre of wine; medicine and perfume or eau de toilette for personal use.
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