Serbia – travel tips, advice and info you need

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The general requirements for entry into the Republic of Serbia are: valid travel document; valid visa in the passport, if a visa for Serbia needed for nationals of the country from where passport is; proof of sufficient funds for staying in Serbia. Sufficient resources shall be the amount of 50 euros per day of stay, and the proof is in the specified cash amount, bank statement, traveler’s checks, credit cards, as well as a letter of guarantee; certificate of vaccination or, certificate of good health from infectious diseases, and doesn’t come from areas affected by epidemics of infectious diseases, which are determined according to the Ministry of Health;

If minors are traveling with one parent a notarized power of attorney of the other parent is necessary, or when traveling with a third party, from both parents or guardian; owning of health insurance policies for the period of stay in Serbia in the amount of medical expenses which cannot be less than 20,000 euros is recommended.

How to come to Serbia and where to stay

Hotels, motels and hostels register their foreign guests to the police mainly electronically. If the alien is staying private, the landlord is required to the guests went to the local police station and report it within 24 hours. Foreign nationals who enter Serbia are obliged to report to the police within 24 hours (if they remain in Serbia for more than 24 hours). If a stranger comes to a residence or a catering establishment (hotels, motels, camping sites), the application obligation falls on its host (a relative, friend, caterer etc.). All major European airlines fly to Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, such as: British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, Al Italia, Aeroflot Russian Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Czech Airlines, Montenegro Airlines, Montavia, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, Olympic Airlines SA, Skyservice Airlines, Swiss International Air Lines Ltd., Turkish Airlines, Germanwings and so on.

Tips for coming to Serbia first time

Here are some of the more important things you should know if you are coming to Belgrade for the first time. The official currency is the dinar (RSD). The most widely accepted foreign currency is the euro (EUR). One euro is worth about 100 dinars, according to the official exchange rate at the date of changing currency. ATMs are spread all over the city so that you can virtually raise cash on every street corner. Wide ranges of credit cards are used as means of payment. As far as the climate it is temperate continental with all four seasons. Public transportation in Belgrade is varied but the ticket price is unique. Tickets can be bought at newsstands or tobacco shops and the price is about 100 dinars. You can buy tickets with the driver in the vehicle but in this case the ticket is more expensive. Expected tips in restaurants, bars and clubs are around 10%. The vast majority of the population in Belgrade speaks very good English and there are a significant number of those who speak other languages so your communication with the hosts should not be a problem. Belgrade and Belgrade’s citizens are typical representatives of Serbia and the people who live in it.

Attractions worth seeing in Serbia

In Belgrade, there are so many sights and attractions worth seeing; it is very difficult to choose the most important. But let’s recommend a few of them: Kalemegdan, Skadarlija, curiosities in the open (Ada Ciganlija, Delta and the banks of the Danube and Sava rivers, Kosutnjak, the Great War Island, Avala), walkways, churches, palaces and memorials, museums, archaeological site of Vinca, and so on.

The site Mediana and Skull Tower Museum are assets for the town of Nis to attract tourists from European countries. Music festivals like Exit in Novi Sad or Guca Trumpet Festival, ethno villages and the hospitality of Serbian peasants, many monasteries and other cultural and historical sites, the magic of nature, such as “Devil’s Town”, are the most common reasons for foreigners visiting Serbia.

Serbia is a favorite destination for all who want to explore the cultural and historical monuments, and it is worth noting that only in Fruska Gora, on the stretch of only 50 kilometers, you can see as many as 16 Orthodox monasteries. In the valley of the Ibar river and Raska, in the so-called “Valley of the Kings”, some of the most valuable Serbian medieval monasteries were built, such as the Pillars of St. George, Studenica, Žiča, Sopoćani, Gradac. Kopaonik is the largest ski center in Serbia and one of the best centers in this part of Europe. In addition it is one of the most beautiful mountains in Serbia; Kopaonik has unique natural potential of about 200 sunny days and 160 days under the snow throughout the year.

Serbs prefers to pander to its guests, and the hospitality and gratitude is most commonly expressed through food. Serbian cuisine is very tasty and superbly spicy, and satisfies all the senses, irresistibly increasing appetite. Meat, barbecue and various types of baking, spices – pepper, basil, horseradish, dill and fresh vegetables are used in large quantities in Serbian cuisine and it is common to a meal consisting of at least one meat dish, which occupies an important place among the recipes. What foreigners criticize Serbia, above all, is poor infrastructure, closed museums, including insufficient high level of hygiene and lack of tourist signs.

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