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Equestrian tours in Serbia

SERBIA MINI GUIDE

Landlocked and surrounded by turbulent eastern European countries, and containing the notorious United Nations administered hotspot of Kosovo, the newly independent Republic of Serbia (formerly part of Yugoslavia) has seemingly little to draw tourists. In fact, anyone planning to travel to Serbia will find it difficult to locate an up-to-date guide to the country or any information on what to expect beyond the confines of the capital city, Belgrade. The city itself, still scarred with the devastation of a long civil war, is lauded in travel literature mainly for its vibrant nightlife, although, being one of Europe's most ancient capitals, it has plenty of interest to offer sight-seers.
Those who are looking for a 'off-the-beaten track' explorative holiday will find Serbia extremely welcoming. The country boasts beautiful national parks, spa resorts and some of the best skiing in Europe during the winter months. Contained in the landscape of this verdant country are alpine meadows, impenetrable forests, glittering limestone caves, remote monasteries, mountain lakes, hot springs and fields of wild herbs.
Definitely not to be missed in Serbia is the magnificent Djerdap National Park, stretching along the right bank of the Danube River between Golubackigrad and the Sip Dam. The Djerdap Gorge is one of Europe's most spectacular geographic features.
During the winter months those in the know head for the mountains along the Ibar Highway, to the snow-blanketed peaks around the village of Kopaonik which is fast developing a reputation as being one of Europe's best, cheapest and cosiest ski resorts, ideal for beginners and intermediates, also featuring the Josanicka Banja spa.
Serbia may have been a 'no-go' area because of civil and ethnic warring for several generations, and parts of it remain unsafe for travellers, but there is plenty that is now open to be re-discovered in this Slavic enclave.

Passport/Visa

Passport Required?

British

Yes

Australian

Yes

Canadian

Yes

USA

Yes

Other EU

1

Visa Required?

British

No

Australian

No

Canadian

No

USA

No

Other EU

No

Return Ticket Required?

British

No

Australian

No

Canadian

No

USA

No

Other EU

No

 

Passports

To enter Serbia, a passport valid for the duration of stay is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above except (1) EU nationals holding a valid national ID card.

Make sure you get an entry stamp in your passport on arrival as anyone without one of these can suffer problems and a fine on departure. Do not attempt to enter Serbia via Kosovo as the Serbian government doesn't recognise Kosovo as an official entry point, and doesn't recognise Republic of Kosovo passport stamps.

Passport Note

You must register with the police within 24 hours of arrival. If you're staying in a hotel, this is usually done automatically when you check in.

Visas

Visas for Serbia are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days.

Nationals not referred to in the chart should contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Serbia.

 

Money

Currency

The official currency in Serbia is the Serbian Dinar. Serbian Dinar (RSD; symbol Дин.) = 100 paras.

Notes are in denominations of Дин.5,000, 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Дин.20, 10, 5, 2 and 1.
 

Credit/Debit Cards and ATMs

International credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are accepted in most shops, hotels and restaurants in Serbia. Diners Club and American Express are not so widely accepted.

ATMs are commonplace across the larger cities of Belgrade and Novi Sad, with most accepting international bank cards. Obtaining cash may be more difficult in the countryside so ensure you have enough money before going to a more rural location.

Traveller's Cheques

Although acceptable in theory, in practice these can be very hard to exchange. It is advisable to take hard currency and credit or debit cards.

Banking Hours

Mon-Fri 0800-1900, Sat 0800-1500. Some are open on Sunday.

Exchange Rate Indicators

Date

June 1

$1.00=

Дин110.42

€1.00=

Дин123.14

£1.00= Дин159.32

 

Health

Vaccinations

 

Special Precautions

Diphtheria

Yes

Hepatitis A

Yes

Malaria

No

Rabies

Sometimes

Tetanus

Yes

Typhoid

Sometimes

Yellow Fever

No

Inoculation regulations can change at short notice. Please take medical advice in the case of doubt. Where 'Sometimes' appears in the table above, precautions may be required, depending on the season and region visited.

 

Health Care

Doctors are well trained but medical facilities are limited. Some medicines may not be as freely available as they are at home. Basic medical treatment is free to UK residents with the better-equipped hospitals located in the bigger cities. Prescribed medicines must be paid for. Private practices and dental clinics will see foreign tourists, but expect to pay a fee; this may be stipulated cash only. Health insurance with emergency repatriation is recommended. Pharmacies are open Mon-Fri 0800-2000 and Sat 0800-1500.

Food and Drink

Mains water is normally chlorinated and, whilst relatively safe to drink, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is readily available. Milk is pasteurized and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat. If in doubt, use common sense and peel, boil or cook food to reduce chances of an upset stomach. Serbia’s exchange rate makes it an attractive place to drink and eat out making the risk of a sore head after overindulging all too high!

Other Risks

Tick-borne encephalitis is present in some rural areas. Precautions such as using repellent and wearing long trousers should be taken. Pre-exposure vaccination is not always available. Any ticks found should be carefully removed and medical attention sought. Hepatitis B vaccinations are recommended for trips longer than one month. Avoid contact with animals, as rabies can be found in in Serbia. Consider getting vaccinated if you are likely to be in close proximity to animals.



Time: Local time is GMT +2 (March to September); GMT +1 (October to February).

Electricity: 220 volts AC. Two-prong round pin attachment plugs as well as Schuko plugs and receptacles are in use.

Language: Serbian is the official language.

Tipping: Tipping is not obligatory in Serbian restaurants, but if you are satisfied with the service then leave a 10 to 15% tip. At bars and with taxis leave a tip by rounding off the amount.

Safety Information: Politically, Serbia is relatively stable after years of violent civil/ethnic strife, but it is still advisable to avoid all public gatherings and demonstrations. Those travelling to the south and UN-administered Kosovo are advised to check the local situation before departing. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in February 2008, a move that has been recognised by almost 40 countries including the US and most of the EU, but has been opposed by Serbia as an 'illegal act'. Street crime is common in the larger cities so it is wise to take sensible precautions with valuables.

Local Customs: It is inadvisable to take photographs of any military or police buildings or operations in Serbia or Kosovo. Homosexuality is tolerated but open displays of affection between same-sex couples are frowned upon. Visitors should carry their passports at all times for identification purposes.

Communications: The international direct dialling code for Serbia is +381. The international code for dialling out of Serbia is 99 followed by the relevant country code (9944 for the United Kingdom). There are local area codes in use e.g. (0)11 for Belgrade.. There are GSM 900/1800 mobile networks available with good coverage in the cities, weaker in the southern areas of the country. Internet cafes are available in the main cities and towns.

Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG)
Location: The airport is located about 11 miles (18km) from the city centre of Belgrade.
Time: GMT +2 (March to September); GMT +1 (October to February).
Contacts: Tel: +381 (0)11 209 4000.
Transfer between terminals: The airport consists of a single terminal building divided into two terminals.
Getting to the city: Travel time into the city centre is about 20 minutes by bus or taxi. Several bus companies operate frequent services to various points in the city centre, the fare costing around 60 din. Tickets are sold on the bus. Taxis are freely available at the airport.
Car rental: Numerous local and international car rental agencies are represented at the airport, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, Sixt and Thrifty.
Airport Taxis: Taxis are freely available at the airport. Taxi fare to the city centre is generally YUM 1000 for the 20 minute drive. Passengers are advised against using these taxis for areas outside of Belgrade as charges are unreasonably high. Travellers should also be wary of unlicensed drivers and touts who routinely overcharge tourists.
Facilities: The airport features several banks and exchange bureau, as well as ATMs, most situated in the International Arrivals hall. There are two restaurants, a bar and snack kiosks at the airport. Several shops, selling everything from jewellery to foreign newspapers and souvenirs, are available in the main hall and duty free goods can be purchased beyond the passport control point. Several tourist information agencies have desks in the arrivals area, and the airport has excellent medical facilities.

Departure Tax: None.

Flights to Serbia from the UK:
There are regular flights to Serbia's Nikola Tesla Airport from the main UK airports. The flight from London takes about 2hrs 45mins and the airport is located approximately 11 miles (18km) from Belgrade city centre.
Which airlines fly to Serbia?
There are cheap flights to Serbia from Heathrow available on Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines and Austrian Airlines. LOT Polish Airlines also offer cheap flights to Serbia as do Adria Airways. Passengers can also book cheap flights to Belgrade from London with Brussels Airlines, Air France and KLM. Budget direct flights are available with JAT Airways. Budget carrier bmi also offers cheap flights to Serbia.
Flights to Serbia from the USA:
There are regular flights to Serbia's Nikola Tesla Airport from the main airports in the United States; however there are no direct flights available. The flight from cities on the east coast takes about 11 hours while flights from the west coast take 17 hours. The airport is located approximately 11 miles (18km) from Belgrade city centre.

Which airlines fly to Serbia?
Airlines flying to Serbia from the United States include Swiss International Airlines, Alitalia, Delta, Australian Airlines, Continental, Lufthansa and Air France, Air Canada, JAT Airways and KLM. Cheap flights to Belgrade from New York are available with Swiss International, Alitalia and Delta. Passengers flying from Washington can book flights with Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and United Airlines. Cheap flights from Los Angeles can be booked with Alitalia, Delta and Swiss International Airlines. Flights from Atlanta can be booked with Air Canada, Alitalia and Delta.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7235 9049.
Website:
http://www.london.mfa.gov.rs

Opening times:
Mon-Fri 0930-1700. The consular section is open to the public 1000-1300.

Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the USA

2134 Kalorama Road, NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Telephone: (202) 332 0333.
Website:
http://www.serbiaembusa.org

Opening times:
Mon-Fri 0900-1700. The consular section is open to public Mon-Fri 1000-1300.

British Embassy in Serbia
Telephone: (11) 3060 900.
Website:
www.gov.uk/government/world/serbia

Opening times:
Mon-Thurs, 0800-1630; Fri 0800-1300. 

National Tourism Organisation of Serbia
Čika-Ljubina 8, Belgrade, 11000, Serbia
Tel: (011) 655 7100.
www.serbia.travel


 

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