SERBIA TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Serbia is on the crossroads of European history and as such, it is a mix of cultures, ethnicity and religions. Its people, contrary to a recent stigma, are one of the most hospitable and welcoming and recently, Belgrade was voted as one of the up and coming capitals of Europe. There may be more attractive locations elsewhere, but Serbia has a spirit and a soul that is rare to find coupled with a melange of different cultures and gusto for good living.

 

Emerging as one of Eastern Europe’s most recent ‘undiscovered’ destinations – Serbia has plenty to offer to its visitors. Take a trip to the capital city Belgrade for some of the best museums and galleries, a wide array of restaurants and cafés and a fascinating nightlife in southeast Europe. Aside from the capital city, Novi Sad is another attractive and lively city of Serbia. The city boasts of a picturesque fortress that overlooks the River Danube or you may go far north and visit Subotica – another city of Serbia that has buildings designed in secessionist architecture and boasts of a typical Hungarian character.

 

Bird-watching enthusiasts may like to visit the province of Vojvodina in the north of Belgrade that is renowned for its wetland habitat boasting of numerous bird species. Take a trip to the south of Belgrade for a true countryside experience with lush, wooded valleys and hidden Orthodox monasteries or visit the national parks that are scattered among Serbia’s more mountainous regions.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Serbia has reopened its borders. Incoming travelers will be provided on arrival with instructions on preventing the spread of coronavirus. If you have booked, or are looking to book, flights between Serbia and another country, you should be aware that changes and cancellations are possible as flights restart.From September 18, Serbian citizens, as well as foreigners in Serbia are required to take a self-assessment test at e-zdravlje.gov.rs upon arrival to determine whether they report to a COVID-19 clinic, print or save the results of the self-assessment as proof that it was completed, and take another self-assessment test on the 10th day of arrival.Previous requirements from August 14 remain in place. All travelers entering Serbia from Croatia, North Macedonia, Bulgaria or Romania must arrive with a negative PCR test taken in the 48 hours before arrival except Serbian nationals, crew members and travelers transiting for less than 12 hours, children under age 12 accompanied by parents who have valid PCR test results and properly accredited diplomats and their families.Foreign nationals who have a temporary stay authorization in Serbia which expired after March 15, 2020 will be allowed to enter the Republic of Serbia until July 1, 2020. They can legally submit a request for extension of their temporary stay within 30 days from their arrival in Serbia.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Belgrade
  • Currency: Serbian Dinar (RSD)
  • Area: 88,361 sq km
  • Population: 6,982 million (2018)
  • Language: Serbian 70.1% (official), Hungarian 23.8%
  • Religion: Orthodox Christian 74%, Muslim 3%, Roman Catholic 15%, Protestant 1%, other 7%
  • Electricity: 230V/50Hz (European plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 7 January, Orthodox Christmas
  • 15 February, National Day
  • 1 May, May Day
  • 11 November, Armistice Day

Also, Orthodox Good Friday and Orthodox Easter Monday.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Serbia has a continental climate, warm and humid from June through September and cold and dry from December through February. Its climate is influenced by elevation (including the Alps) and by proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. Average annual temperature for the country as a whole is about 10.6ºC, but temperatures are substantially cooler in the mountains (average annual temperature at altitudes above 1,000 m is about 6ºC) and warmer in the central and northern regions (average annual temperature in Belgrade is about 12.4ºC). Average annual precipitation is about 741 mm, ranging from about 600 mm in the north to about 2,000 mm in the mountainous regions. Precipitation occurs throughout the year, but there is a peak in May through July. The average intensity of heavy rainfall events is 16 mm per day (95th percentile of total daily precipitation values). Dry spells average 10 days while cold spells average 11.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in Serbia can be from December until April, although you should check the actual snow predictions for exact seasonal dates as these vary across the region.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Serbia is from May to October. Remember to pack a rain jacket when hiking in the mountains as May and June are also the wettest months!

BEACH:

While Serbia may not have a coastline, they do have a few lake & river "beaches" which can be enjoyed over the summer months of June to August. Check out Bela Stena, Silver Lake, Bosa Noga and the Lakes in Bela Crkva.

WIND:

If you're desperate for a spot of wind in Serbia mostly for windsurfing but also the possibility of kitesurfing, head over to Palic Lake where the wind may be suitable from March to November.

 
 

HEALTH

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