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Serbia is the birthplace of the Roman emperors.

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Serbia is in Central European Standard Time, the same as France, which is GMT+1. For example, if it is 2 p.m. in United States EST, it would be 8 p.m. in Serbia.

U.S. citizens do not need a visa for tourist or business travel to Serbia for up to 90 days but need to have a valid passport at the time of entry. If Americans wish to stay in Serbia for more than 90 days during any 180 day period, they must apply for a temporary residence permit from the local police with jurisdiction over where they are staying in Serbia. Applying for a residence permit may not be done outside of Serbia.

Serbia is not part of the European Union or Schengen area, so travelers from Europe must also possess a national identification card or passport to enter.

For more information, visit The Republic of Serbia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Serbia has a few significant airports, the most frequented being the Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport, which serves 95% of travelers coming in and out of the country. This is the most important international airport. It is more commonly referred to as the Belgrade airport, and is less than 20 miles from the heart of Serbia’s capital. 

The Morava Airport, also known as the Ladjevci Airport is a hybrid military and commercial airport located in Katrga, used for domestic flights. 

The NIS Airport is the second largest and busiest airport in Serbia serving domestic travelers. This modernized airport takes extra safety precautions when directing aircrafts in environmental adversities such as fog, rain and snow. 

There are other smaller airports in Serbia as well, but tourists especially will mostly be flying into the Belgrade Airport.

In Serbia, most people travel by coach (bus.) Although, it is a bit difficult to acclimate to the unreliable bus schedules posted online. Visiting the station or calling in advance will definitely aid in navigating accurate travel times. Get to the station with ample time to spare. This will be the easiest way to travel.

While not the easiest, considering international travelers would need an international driving permit, the most efficient way to travel in Serbia would be by car. While there is no Uber, other ride sharing apps are available such as CarGo, as well as taxi services like Bolt and Pink Taxi Belgrade. This way, travelers will not have to worry about catching a scheduled ride. You’ll find that sometimes the easiest way to get around is simply by hailing the taxi on the street.

Serbia is very safe for female solo travelers, but exercise normal street-smart practices.

Summertime high temperatures typically average at 28°C (83°F) while winters are cold, mostly at -2°C (28°F.) Summers in Serbia are mostly clear and warm, while winter time can become very cold, snowy and cloudy.

The best time of year to visit would be from late May to late September. These are the warmer months in which the average temperature is usually 23°C (75°F.)

Serbian is the official language of the Republic of Serbia. Most young people in Serbia, however, can speak English pretty well, so you can get around speaking English. Either way, it’s always helpful to know a few words in Serbian while traveling as a tourist:

Hello = zdravo

Good morning = dobro jutro  

Good evening = dobro veče

Good night = laku noć

Goodbye = zbogom

No = ne

Please = molimo vas

Thank you = hvala vam

You’re welcome = nema na čemu

I’m sorry = më vjen keq

Excuse me = me falni

I’m sorry = žao mi je 

Do you speak English? = da li govoriš engleski 

I don’t speak Serbian = ne govorim srpski 

In general, Serbians are extremely friendly and hospitable to travelers. If you are being hosted in Serbia, an appropriate gift to bring to a host would be flowers or a bottle of wine. It is alright to ask personal opinions in Serbia, but refrain from talking about wealth or social status. It is looked down upon to flaunt, and Serbian people do not want to feel that travelers believe they are superior.

In a church setting, be very respectful. Be sure to keep the volume of your voice low. Shoulders should be covered and hats should be removed upon entering a church in Serbia.

Serbia uses Serbian dinar (symbol: din.) This is equivalent to 0.0089 US dollars.

Tipping! Tipping is not widely recognized in Serbia, but if you find you really enjoyed your service, anywhere from 10-20% will do.

Serbian and European electrical plugs are the same. It carries two different plug types: types C and E. Plug C has two round pins and Plug E has two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin. The standard voltage is a 230V supply voltage and the frequency is 50Hz.

Your converter should look like this: This is a Plug C.

Bottled water is always preferable, and it depends on where you’re staying, but for the most part, tap water in Serbia is safe to drink. For example, if you are staying in Serbia’s capital, Belgrade, the water will be perfectly safe.

Wi-Fi is not hard to come by as a traveler in Serbia, as most tourist attractions today will have free public wireless internet service. This goes for museums, malls, monuments, and even parks. Hotspots will be easy to find.

In Serbia, both male and female same-sex relations are legal. Discrimination based on sexual orientation in education, the workplace, media, etc. has been outlawed as well. Households headed by same-sex couples, however, are not eligible for the same legal protections available to heterosexual couples. Members of the LGBTQIA+ community may experience some form of judgement, PDA between same-sex couples may still be looked down upon.

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A TIMELINE OF SERBIA'S HISTORY

The Romans conquered parts of Serbia in the 2nd century BC.

Roman Era

The Slavs were Christianized in waves from the 7th to 12th century.

Those converting them were members of what would later be known as the Catholic Church of Rome, and the Eastern Orthodox Church of Constantinople. This created contention between Rome and Constantinople, preceding the East-West schism of 1054.

Middle Ages

The Ottoman Empire created inferiority among Christians and Serbs.

They imposed higher taxes on these groups, enslaved them, and forced boys from Balkan Christian families to convert to Islam, training them become part of the Ottoman army.

15th Century

Habsburg Rule. The Habsburg monarchy occupied many regions of modern-day Serbia during the Great Turkish War.

1686-1691

The Serbian Revolution took place to gain independence from the Ottoman Empire. This began as a violent struggle for independence, but later became a peaceful consolidation of political power of Serbia.

1804-1835

The first Balkan War. The four Balkan states of Greece, Serbia, Montenegro and Bulgaria defeated the Ottoman Empire, leaving the empire with no European provinces.

After the second Balkan War, Serbia expanded its territory by 80% and its population by 50%.

1912-1913

The Kingdom of Yugoslavia was created. From 1918-1929, it was officially called the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. In 1929, King Alexander I officially changed the name to the “Kingdom of Yugoslavia.”

1918

The Communist Party takes over in Serbia because Socialist Yugoslavia was established.

1944-45

Serbia goes to war with Yugoslavia, committing genocide on Croats. This followed the independence declarations of Slovenia and Croatia in 1991.

1991-2001

After the war, Serbia became home to the highest number of refugees and internally displaced persons in Europe.

1998

In April 2022, President Aleksandar Vuvčić was re-elected. He has been President of the Serbian Progressive Party since 2012.

2022

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