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Through history, Belgrade changed its name 15 times.

Belgrade 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 Belgrade.

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 ride from the airport to city center will last 20-30 minutes by car, depending on traffic. You’ll need to negotiate the price with taxi drivers waiting outside of the airport, expect to pay 35 euro after negotiation. The amount may differ depending on season / time of day.

The Belgrade metro is being constructed and is set to launch by 2028.

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.

Try to stay in neighborhoods closer to Republic Square and Skadarlija.

According to locals: stay away from neighborhoods near bus and train stations at night.

Summertime high temperatures typically average at 28°C (83°F) while winters are cold, mostly at -2°C (28°F.) The summers in Belgrade are mostly clear and warm and the 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 Belgrade, 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 Serbia = ne govorim srpski 

In general, Serbians are extremely friendly and hospitable to travelers. If you are being hosted in Belgrade, 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.

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

Tipping! A previously mentioned, tipping is becoming more recognized in major cities, so 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, but if you are staying in 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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FOR THE PLANNERS:

Skadarlija is Belgrade's charming Bohemian neighborhood, it's the city's version of Montmartre in Paris.

FOR THE FOODIES:

Serbia's national dish is sarma, which is a mix of ground beef/pork with rice rolled in leaves of cabbage.

FOR THE SHOPPERS:

Knez Mihailova Street is the main pedestrian and shopping zone in Belgrade, it's also one of the oldest landmarks in the city.

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