Serbia travel advice

Serbia travel advice
On 17 February 2008 the Government of Kosovo declared independence from Serbia. The overall security situation in Serbia remains calm, though there is an increased risk of sporadic incidents and a high likelihood of political protests.


Several embassies and border posts have seen violent protests. Travellers are advised to exercise extreme caution when travelling around, keep a low profile and avoid public gatherings, political rallies, protests and polling stations, and pay close attention to local media reports.

Residual landmines and other unexploded ordnance remain in Serbia. You should exercise caution when travelling within the Presevo and Bujanovac districts of South Serbia.

The Serbian authorities will not allow you to travel into Serbia from Kosovo unless you began your journey in Serbia and are returning there directly. Following the declaration of independence by Kosovo, crossing of the land border between Serbia and Kosovo may be problematic or subject to demonstrations and protests.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.

When visiting Serbia, you must register with local police within 24 hours of arrival. If you are staying in a hotel or official tourist accommodation, you will be registered automatically on check-in. If you do not register you risk a fine, detention or a court appearance.

You should carry your passport at all times for identification purposes.

This advice is based on information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. It is correct at time of publishing. As the situation can change rapidly, visitors are advised to contact the following organisations for the latest travel advice:

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Tel: 0845 850 2829.

US Department of State

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the UK

28 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8QB, UK
Tel: (020) 7235 9049.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 1000-1300 (visa section); 1400-1600 (visa telephone enquiries).

Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the USA

2134 Kalorama Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Tel: (202) 332 0333 or 5974 (consular section).

National Tourism Organisation of Serbia (NTOS)

Decanska 8A/V, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Tel: (11) 334 2521 or 323 2586.