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Serbia

This fascinating and unusual country offers friendly and hospitable people, gorgeous countryside, delicious food and endless entertainment.

For centuries Serbia stood between the East and the West, geographically, politically and culturally. First between Byzantine and Roman empires, then between the Ottoman Empire and the Christian West; the position led to migrations and mixing of cultures and traditions resulting in multiethnic and multireligious society.

Medieval heritage instated on UNESCO list include Studenica monastery, Stari Ras and Sopocani and Gamzigrad – Romuliana. Serbia has four national parks: Djerdap, Fruska Gora, Kopaonik, and Tara.  Out of the twenty or so nature parks, the one that deserve to be singled out are Sargan – Mokra Gora, Stara Planina and Zobnatica.

We all need to take a walk in the countryside, breathe in some fresh air and relax in the rich surroundings of forests. Serbia is lucky to have most of it food and beverage naturally tasty and fresh. A rich blend of architecture, history, culture, and entertainment lies in Serbian cities.

National holidays

January 1 – 2 New Year’s Day
January 7 Christmas (Orthodox)
February 15 Statehood Day
---  Easter (Orthodox, from Good Friday to Easter Monday)
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Victory Day (commemorative day)

Basic facts

Electricity

The plug of choice is 220 Volts, AC, 50 Hz, two-pin socket supply.

Money

The Serbian currency is the dinar (RSD) divided into 100 paras, no longer in use, thus prices at shops are rounded off. Coins come in the following denominations: 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 dinars. The banknotes come in denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 5,000 dinars.

Credit cards

Larger cities will take credit cards, especially Mastercard and Visa but make sure to have enough change when travelling to smaller towns and countryside.

Religion

Orthodox Christianity is the major religion.

Safety

Walking the streets of any town or city at any time is relatively safe, however, the best advice may be to employ your common sense.
 

Smoking

Smoking ban similar to EU countries has been enforced although restaurant and bars are rarely smoke-free.

Visas

Citizens of EU, Norway, Switzerland, USA, Israel, Russia, Japan, Canada, Argentina, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, Macedonia, Tunisia, Singapore, Mexico, Bolivia or Republic of Korea can enter Serbia without a visa and may stay in the country for 90 days. Citizens of other countries must obtain a visa from a Serbian consulate before travelling.