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Practical information Serbia

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Serbia : Travel Information before you go!

Area

88,361.0 sq km

Flights

3 hrs 30 mins from London to Belgrade. There is a one hour time difference. British Airways ensures a daily direct flight between London Heathrow and Belgrade, and the national airline JAT Airways operates two flights daily.

Population

7,352,000

Airports

Surcin airport is located 12 miles out of the town centre. A JAT shuttle bus drives every hour from the airport to the centre of Belgrade (coach and train stations, Slavia hotel). The average fare for a taxi ride from the airport to the town centre comes to 1,000 dinars, but it is preferable that you obtain confirmation of this fare beforehand, or even, that you negotiate it.

Security

There are no warnings against travelling to Serbia except for the southern area of the country close to the border with Kosovo (Medveda, Bujanovac and Presevo districts).
The diplomatic relations with Serbia were re-established on 16th November 2000.

Languages

Serbian, the official language, is predominant. Hungarian, Romanian, Slovak, Albanian and English are also spoken.

Required travel documents for

A passport which is valid throughout your entire stay in the country is sufficient. Since 1st June 2003, European citizens who wish to enter Serbia for stays of less than 90 days are no longer required to have a visa.
Recommendations:
The Ministry of Foreign Affaires recommends that you check that the validity of your passport covers at least your entire stay in Serbia. The Ministry also advises that you subscribe to insurance concerning specific assistance contracts (Europ Assistance, Inter Mutuelles Assistances...).
Please note: any foreigner going to Serbia and staying with a local inhabitant has to declare himself to the nearest police station in the city in which he will be staying.

Religion

The majority are Orthodox (65%). There is a Catholic minority (4%), a Muslim minority (19%) and a Protestant minority (1%).

Currency

The currency is the Serbian dinar. Visa, Eurocard and MasterCard credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in Belgrade. Many cash machines are available in the country's major cities, but be prepared to pay a fairly high commission fee. If possible, bring enough money in cash, in euros, which is also legal tender in Kosovo,as it is very hard to change travellers cheques here. Banks are open from Monday to Friday, from 8:00am to 7:00pm, and from 8:00am to 3:00pm on Saturdays.

Local transportation

The road network is mediocre over the whole territory, driving conditions are hazardous and petrol supplies are irregular. Pay tolls must be paid for vehicles registered in a foreign country and visitors from a different country can only buy petrol with special vouchers. It is recommended that you subscribe to an assistance insurance policy (passenger, vehicle, legal aid).
In Belgrade, it is possible to hire a car, but if you want to abandon this means of transport, the railway network is in good condition and the links between the main towns are acceptable and cheap. There is also a reliable coach network.

Health

No particular vaccine is required. It is recommended that you treat water before consumption. Avoid walking barefoot on the sand and avoid swimming in places that are unsuitable for swimming, as you can be exposed to several diseases when swimming in the water, such as bilharzia, leptospirosis and diarrheic diseases. The general hygiene advice for travellers who are seeking to protect themselves against microbial infections is to avoid consuming raw or half-cooked food, in particular meat and eggs, and wash your hands regularly. It is also recommended that you subscribe to medical repatriation insurance.

Electricity

Voltage is 220 V. 50 Hertz. An adapter is necessary.

Tourist numbers

Serbia welcomed 9,800,000 tourists in 2006.

Telephone

To call Serbia from the UK, dial: 00 + 381 (country code) + town code (Belgrade: 11; Novi Sad: 21; Nis:18 + number of your correspondent.
To call the UK from Serbia, dial: 00 + 44 + number of your correspondent excluding the initial 0.

Serbia : Useful addresses in the country

Before leaving

Serbia Embassy:
28 Belgrave Square. London SW1X 8QB.
Tel: 44 207 235 9049.

At the destination

British Embassy:
Tel.: 381 11 2645 055.
Resavska 46, Beograd 11000.
Serbian National Tourist Office:
Tel: 381 11 334 2521.
?ika-Ljubina 8, Beograd 11000; www.serbia-tourism.org
Belgrade Tourist Office at the airport.
Tel: 381 11 601 555; or in the town centre, Albanija Palace underground passageway
Tel:381 11 635 622.