Serbia’s borders and customs: immigration tips

Transiting in Serbia is not a simple process. This is what you need to know to stay safe and get out of trouble.

Serbia can be a difficult place to travel sometimes. Decades of conflict and repression will keep ordinary people vigilant. However, when it comes to visas, it is very important to have the right documents, especially in a country that is constantly looking at cross-border visas.

Serbia has a revival every year, and more tourists visit the Balkan countries every year. This shouldn’t make you afraid of seeing what Serbia has to offer, but just to understand that officials like planned things.

If you plan to travel to Serbia, please refer to the following suggestions to avoid getting into trouble.

Have the right paper

After the brutal war with neighboring Kosovo, Serbia has often remained vigilant against anyone crossing the border. Similar to the relationship between some Middle Eastern countries and Israel, past stamps in Kosovo will end your journey to Serbia.

In 2014, the Serbian government legislation stipulated that holders of foreign passports holding valid Schengen countries, other member states, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia can enter for 90 days without a visa. Any visitor staying longer than 90 days or for business purposes needs a visa.

For those who may be dual nationals, it is also important to use the same passport when entering and leaving Serbia.

Fortunately, the times have changed and are no longer the case for the time being. The officer will stamp your Kosovo visa with the “Cancelled” stamp. But no matter what you do, don’t try to overtake Serbian border officials. Entering Serbia through Kosovo without a Serbian entry stamp is considered illegal entry and may be subject to severe penalties.

Likewise, leaving Serbia through Kosovo is not considered a legal departure from the country, so you risk being accused of overdue entry permit.

Through customs

Every country has strict customs officials, and Serbia has its own set of rules to test travelers.

Products are usually good, but travelers must declare valuables (such as laptops, cameras and jewelry) worth 10,000 Euros or more on arrival and declare to customs officials. This declaration form is required when leaving the country. Failure to comply may result in the confiscation of valuables.

You can now bring an unlimited amount of foreign currency into Serbia, but please note that you can only withdraw up to 10,000 Euros from the country.

Passengers beware

Similar to neighboring Bosnia and Croatia, the law requires foreigners to register with the police station in their area within 12 hours after receiving Serbian entry stamps at border crossings or airports. This may sound cumbersome, but if you don’t, you will find yourself in a more unstable situation.

When you check in at the hotel, the staff will automatically register you. This is common when you travel to any country (even in France), so please don’t be too nervous about the information. However, if you live in a private house with friends, you must register your presence at the police station in the area where you live.

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