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Serbia Country Guide

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  1. Intro
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  3. People
  4. Travel
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  6. Finance
  7. Cities/Regions

Quick Facts

Region: Southeast Europe
Full Name: The Republic of Serbia
Capital City: Belgrade
Languages Spoken: Serbian

Serbia Travel Insurance

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Geographic data

44? N 21? E

Elevation Extremes

Highest: Midzor peak of the Balkan Mountains - 2,169m (7,116ft)

Lowest: Prahovo, near the Danube River - 17m (56ft)

Land boundaries

Serbia borders many countries as it is landlocked. To the North, Serbia borders Hungary. It borders Romania and Bulgaria to the East, Macedonia to the South, and Croatia, Bosnia and Montenegro to The West.

Natural hazards

Serbia suffers from earthquakes, forest fires and floods.

Natural resources

Coal, gas, oil, copper, zinc and marble are just some of Serbia’s natural resources.

Land use

Arable land: 37.28%

Permanent Crops: 3.41%

Other: 59.31% (2011)

Environmental current issues

Air pollution is a current environmental issue surrounding the industrial areas around Belgrade. Water pollution is also a current environmental issue as industrial waste is deposited into nearby rivers.

Climate

Serbia, has a continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters. In the Winter months of December to March, heavy snowfall around the mountainous areas can be expected, appealing to avid skiers. However, over the Summer months warmer weather conditions can be expected, with temperatures around the 30? c mark.

Time difference

Serbia is 1 hour ahead of The UK.

Population

7,209,764

(not including Kosovo population) (July 2014 est.)

Age structure

0-14 years: 14.8% (male 549,469/female 515,988)

15-24 years: 11.6% (male 432,471/female 407,367)

25-54 years: 41.6% (male 1,512,888/female 1,488,099)

55-64 years:14.7% (male 511,516/female 551,117)

65 years and over: 17.2% (male 508,751/female 732,098) (2014 est.)

Median age

Total: 41.9 years

Male: 40.2 years

Female: 43.6 years (2014 est.)

Population growth rate

-0.46% (2014 est.)

Birth rate

9.13 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)

Death rate

13.71 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)

Net migration rate

0 Migrant(s)/ 1,000 population (2014 est.)

Sex ratio

At birth: 1.07 male(s)/female

0-14 years: 1.07 male(s)/female

15-24 years: 1.06 male(s)/female

25-54 years:1.02 male(s)/female

55-64 years: 0.95 male(s)/female

65 years and over:0.69 male(s)/female

Total Population:0.95 male(s)/female (2014 est.)

Life expectancy at birth

Total Population: 75.02 years

Male: 72.17 years

Female: 78.07 years (2014 est.)

Total fertility rate

1.42 children born/woman (2014 est.)

Business Practices

Although Serbians have an informal way of doing meetings, usually going for a coffee at their favourite cafe, it is imperative to dress in business attire and look smart.

Gift giving is usually done at the end of the meeting where the host will give the guest a present (usually something with personal connotations, such as something traditional from their country, something their family produce, or something to them business wise.) Rejecting these gifts can be seen as rude and disrespectful. If you are trying to impress your host, you could give them a gift.

Crime

Pickpocketing is a common crime in Serbia. It is advised to keep a small amount of cash on you rather than credit cards and to carry as little valuables as possible when out.

Hotels

Serbia is home to many well-rated and well-known hotels including The Radisson Blu and Hyatt Regency. It is also home to more smaller and friendly hotels too.

Communications

Internet Cafes and most hotels will have WIFI connection, however the strength of the connection will differ depending on where you go.

General mobile signal around urbanised areas is good. There are always payphones too.

Electricity

Voltage: 230V

Frequency: 50Hz

Plug Types

Type F

Food And Dining

The cuisine in Serbia normally includes ingredients such as meat, vegetables, products of dairy, fruit, and bread. Food plays a big part in the social life of a Serbian, around Christmas, Easter and other national holidays especially. Serbian cuisine is very diverse, with it taking personalities and flavours from Hungarian, Greek, Austrian and Turkish food in particular.

Entry departure requirements

On arrival in Serbia, It is crucial that you register with your nearest police station from where you are staying, as it is a legal obligation. It is unnecessary to do so if you are staying in hotel accommodation where they will register you when checking in at reception. Not registering could result with you facing legal action such as being fined or detained.

Also, travellers cheques and any money, in any currency, totaling over €10,000 must be declared at customs. You will need to present a copy of your declaration forms when leaving Serbia, in order for you to take the money out again. Costly items will also need to be declared at customs in order to avert any custom charges. Items of cost could include items of technology such as cameras and computer equipment, and jewelry.

On arrival you will need to provide evidence of either having a sufficient amount of cash, bank statement, credit cards, a letter of guarantee or travellers cheques, stating that you have plentiful funds for residing in Serbia. €50 per day is considered a plentiful amount.

If you are taking your child/children to Serbia as a lone parent, a letter of approval is needed by the alternative parent. A letter of approval is also needed from both parents if the child/children are travelling with another person, such as a Grandmother or Grandfather, an Aunt or Uncle, a Godparent, or a friend.

Visa immigration information

A temporary residence Visa will need to be applied for at least 30 days before your 90 day allowance is to run out, if you plan to stay in the country longer.

Passports

When travelling to Serbia, your passport only needs to be valid for how long you intend to stay in Serbia. The British FCO warn that travellers with a Republic of Kosovo stamp in their passport may have trouble travelling into Serbia.

Visas

British Nationals do not need a Visa to enter Serbia for up to 90 days.

Types of visa and cost

Temporary Residence Visa

Validity

When travelling to Serbia, your passport only needs to be valid for how long you intend to stay in Serbia.

Application to

The Republic of Serbia Embassy UK

Application requirements
Working days required

Up to 3 months

HIV entry requirements

There are currently no entry requirements for travellers with HIV when entering Serbia.

Departure tax

There is no departure tax when leaving Serbia.

Embassies

The Republic of Serbia Embassy UK

Address: 28 Belgrave Square

LONDON

SW1X 8QB

UNITED KINGDOM

Tel: +44 207 235 9049
Website: http://www.london.mfa.gov.rs/


The Republic of Serbia Embassy US

Address: 2233 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 410

Washington, DC 20007

Tel: (202) 332-0333

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The British FCO state that most Serbian visits are “trouble-free.” However, protests sometimes occur in larger settlements, but these usually stay peaceful. It is advised that if traveling to Serbia, that you keep yourself updated with local news. They advise to expect protests following the recent elections on 30th April 2016.

The British FCO also warn that travellers with a Republic of Kosovo stamp in their passport may have trouble travelling into Serbia.

Website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/serbia

US Department of State

The US Department of State website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Serbia.html

Currency

The currency in Serbia is The Serbian Dinar.

Currency restrictions

It is advisable that you exchange your Serbian Dinars before exiting Serbia, as most British banks will not normally accept them. Money exchanges should be done through legitimate officials such as banks or exchange offices in your hotel.

Banking hours

Most Serbian banks are open from Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm and Saturdays 8am to 3pm. Few are open on Sundays.

Currency exchange

The present currency exchange rate for the British Pound to Serbian Dinar is: GBP1.00 = RSD158.40

Credit cards

Credit cards are welcome in the majority of hotels, restaurants and shops and almost all cash machines accept international credit cards, including MasterCard and Visa.

Travellers cheques

Travellers cheques are welcome in the majority of hotels and shops. However, travellers cheques and any money, in any currency, totaling over €10,000 must be declared at customs. You will need to present a copy of your declaration forms when leaving Serbia, in order for you to take the money out again.

  1. Health Information
  2. Recent Disease Outbreak

Dental care

The costs of dental care in Serbia are considerably cheaper than in the UK, yet the standards and hygiene levels are good. Serbia is becoming increasingly popular for dental tourism. Dental tourism is where people go abroad for private dental care which is usually tied in with a holiday. Many people use dental tourism as the private procedures are considerably cheaper than the UK, with incredibly high standards. Foreign dentists can offer cheaper procedures which are often very expensive in the UK, such as having crowns and veneers. They can offer these procedures for cheaper costs as fixed costs, education fees, and insurance costs are normally much lower in foreign countries than inside the “developed world.”

Details of some of the dentist practices in Serbia:


Serbian Dental Tourism:

Address: Medifit doo,

Ive Lole Ribara 4

24000 Subotica

Serbia

Tel: +38163443609

Website: http://serbiandentaltourism.com/pricelist/


Dental Implants Belgrade:

Address: Triše Kaclerovica 6a Voždovac,

Autokomanda,

Beograd

Tel: 011/ 3910-483

Website: http://dentalimplantsbelgrade.com/


Smile In Belgrade:

Website: http://smileinbelgrade.com/

Email: [email protected]

Medication Availability

Serbia is currently dealing with a lack of necessary medicines. As only emergencies are covered by the mutual British/Serbian agreement, non-emergency issues will need to be paid in cash. It is advised that you have sufficient travel insurance in order to cover the costs of any foreign medical bills.

Blood supplies

Medical facilities

British Nationals get free basic health care in Serbia if it is an emergency, based on the mutual agreement with Serbia. In the case of an emergency you need to use the free health care, then you will need to show your British passport.

In the case of an emergency you should call 194 for an ambulance.

General caution

Specific concerns

Immunization

When travelling to Serbia, you should be up-to-date with your routine jabs and boosters including MMR, Polio and your yearly flu jab. It is also advised to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A, preferably 4-6 weeks before you are due to travel,and that you should consider being vaccinated against Rabies (it is usual to find cases of Rabies around the boundaries of the urbanised parts of Serbia, and in parks), Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis. It is always best to check with your GP to make sure you are up-to-date with your vaccinations and whether other vaccinations are recommended for your chosen place of travel.

Disease risk summary

It is usual to find cases of Rabies around the boundaries of the urbanised parts of Serbia, and in parks. If you intend on visiting these areas, then it is advised to have your rabies vaccination before you travel.

Serbia have recently had cases of West Nile Virus, where one man has died. WNV is transmitted by mosquitoes which have caught it from feeding off of infected birds. It is spread to humans from the bite of the mosquito. You should take mosquito prevention methods when travelling to Serbia, such as wearing mosquito repellent spray, using repellant wipes and wristbands, and covering up with light and baggy clothing.

Entry requirements

The Ministry of Health state that if you are coming from a place that has recently had a pandemic, then you will need evidence in the form of a vaccination certificate, or a doctor's note that they have not recently had any infectious diseases.

Recent disease outbreaks

Serbia have recently had cases of West Nile Virus, where one man has died. WNV is transmitted by mosquitoes which have caught it from feeding off of infected birds. It is spread to humans from the bite of the mosquito. Symptoms of WNV mainly consist of flu like symptoms including having high temperatures, headaches, and muscle aches. It is very rare for WNV to become serious. Less than 1 in 100 infected people suffer with the more serious symptoms including having weak muscles and being disorientated. You should take mosquito prevention methods when travelling to Serbia, such as wearing mosquito repellent spray, using repellant wipes and wristbands, and covering up with light and baggy clothing. If you believe that you have some of these symptoms after being in Serbia, then it is imperative that you seek medical attention. Make sure that you have adequate travel insurance to make sure that you are covered for any medical attention needed whilst abroad.

 

Media

Vecernje Novosti, Glas Javnosti and Kurir are the leading daily Serbian newspapers.

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