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Equestrian tours in Serbia

SERBIA MINI GUIDE

Although its reputation took a hammering during the disastrous collapse of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Serbia has since become one of Eastern Europe's most entertaining destinations. Much of that is down to Belgrade, which, despite NATO bombing during the Milosevic regime, has emerged as a dynamic, edgy city with an appetite for hedonism.

Home to numerous excellent museums and galleries, a wide range of restaurants and cafes, and some of the best nightlife in southeast Europe, Belgrade is drawing comparisons with some of the world's coolest cities. It is also helping lead the rest of the country into a bright and hopeful future, with a young generation of creative and outward-looking Serbs reshaping the historic land that was founded as a principality some 1,200 years ago.

Serbia is known for the forthright character of its citizens; its resilient culture has survived numerous occupiers and foreign rulers over the centuries. Despite their formidable reputation, visitors will find Serbs to be passionate but welcoming. As an Orthodox Christian country, it remains to a large degree deeply religious, though this fact is belied somewhat by the hedonism found in its bigger cities.

While there are still some political problems in Serbia, which has yet to formally recognize Kosovo after it unilaterally declared independence in 2008, the country has turned a corner. It is officially a EU candidate and many Serbs are hopeful of the change in economic fortunes that might be brought by becoming a full member.

Passport/Visa

Passport Required?

British

Yes

Australian

Yes

Canadian

Yes

USA

Yes

Other EU

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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.


Types and Cost

Transit/ short-stay visa: £44. (Fee varies for a few nationalities).

Validity

Transit visa: single, double or multiple stays of up to five days each within a six-month period; short-stay visa: 90 days within a six-month period.

 

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.
 

Currency Exchange

As elsewhere in the ex-Yugoslav republics, the most frequently exchanged currencies are the Euro and US dollar. Pound Sterling can also be changed with ease. Money should be changed through official exchange offices only. There are several money-exchange machines in Belgrade (including one at the airport), accepting Pounds Sterling, US Dollars, and Euros, giving back Dinars. Scottish and Northern Irish Pound Sterling bank notes are not accepted.

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

May 2018

$1.00=

Дин98.77

€1.00=

Дин118.09

£1.00= Дин133.73

 

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.

 

General Information



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.


Travel to Serbia

Flying to Serbia

The main flight carrier is Air Serbia (www.airserbia.com), whose routes include direct flights from the UK. There are plenty of indirect options via other European cities with airlines such as Air France (www.airfrance.com) or Swiss (www.swiss.com). There are no direct flights from the USA.

Flight Times

From London- 2 hours 40 minutes; New York- 10 hours 30 minutes (including stopover).

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.

Getting to Serbia by boat

Ferry operators

If traveling to Serbia via Italy, several ferry companies make the crossing including Montenegro Lines (www.montenegrolines.com) which goes from Bari or Ancona to Bar, and Jadrolinija (www.jadeolinija.hr) which runs services from Bari to Dubrovnik, Ancona to Split, and Ancona to Zadar.

Traveling to Serbia by Rail

Rail services to Belgrade run from Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, Romania, and Turkey. Trains from western Europe travel via Budapest and Zagreb. The route from Bar on the Montenegro coast, to Belgrade, is famously scenic. For more detailed information contact Voyages SNCF (www.voyages-sncf.com). International trains have couchette coaches as well as bar and dining cars.

Rail Passes

InterRail: offers unlimited first- or second-class travel in up to 29 European countries for European residents of over six months with two pass options. The Global Pass allows travel for 15 days, 22 days, one month, five days in 10 days, or 10 days in 22 days across all countries. The One-Country Pass offers travel for three, four, six, or eight days in one month in any of the countries except Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro.

Travel is not allowed in the passengers' country of residence. Reductions are available for travelers under 26. Children under 12 are free when traveling with an adult using an Adult Pass. Supplements are required for some high-speed services, seat reservations, and couchettes. Discounts are offered on Eurostar and some ferry routes. Available from Voyages-sncf.com (tel: +44 844 848 5848, in the UK; www.voyages-sncf.com).

Eurailpass: offers unlimited train travel in up to 28 European countries. Tickets are valid for 15 days, 21 days, one month, two months, three months, five days in 10 days, 10 days in two months, or 15 days in two months. The Global Pass allows travel across all participating countries. The Select Pass is valid for four bordering countries. The Regional Pass lets you travel in two bordering countries. The One Country Pass offers travel in one of 27 countries.

Adult passes are valid for first-class travel, while youth passes (under 26) are valid for second-class travel. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult using an Adult Pass. The passes cannot be sold to EU citizens or residents. Available from Eurail (www.eurail.com).

Driving to Serbia

Driving to Serbia from the UK takes around 2 days, involving travel across Belgium, Germany, Austria, and much of the Balkans- it's bordered by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary, Montenegro, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Romania.

The E-75 motorway takes you through Hungary before heading on towards Novi Sad. The E70 motorway comes from the west, via the border with Croatia. An alternative, although longer route is to drive overland through France, Switzerland, and Italy, before taking a ferry from Italy to Montenegro, and continuing the journey from there.

Weather and Climate

Serbia has a mild continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. The north of Serbia and the upland regions have a continental climate, with the typical cold winters and hot summers. The summer months of June to August offer a lovely hot climate and little rain. The mountains experience heavy snowfall, and the ski season is generally from December to March.

Required Clothing

In winter, mediumweight clothing and heavy overcoat; in summer, lightweight clothing and raincoat required.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in the UK
28 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8QB
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
Resavska 46, Belgrade, 11000
Telephone: (11) 3060 900.
Website:
www.gov.uk/government/world/serbia

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

 


 

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