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Serbia - Travel Infos



Climate

Serbia has a continental climate with average temperatures of 22 °C/72 °F during the summer and –1 °C/30 °F during the winter time. In the mountains winters are long and snowfall is heavy.

Currency

The official currency is the Serbian Dinar (RSD). 1 US$ equals 63,41 RSD; 1GBP is equal to the amount of 126,33 RSD.

Credit cards are not accepted everywhere. Outside the big cities and the tourist areas EC cards can only be used restrictedly. Thus, it is recommended to take money in cash with you.

Health

Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), Lyme disease and the Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever (CCHF) can occur. Since March 2006, cases of the avian influenza (bird flu) have been reported.
In any case, it is important to consult a travel doctor before you leave.

Hygiene is also necessary. Health care is not proficient everywhere. There are, however, several public and private clinics with good medical supply in Belgrade.

Safety

In March 2004 unrest in Kosovo caused many casualties, but the situation has improved today.
Nevertheless, journeys into Kosovo without guidance are not recommended. The security situation in the other areas inhabited by Albanians such as Presevo, Bujanovac and Medvedja is tense as well.

Be careful with driving during the night: there is an increased risk because of bad roads and inadequate street lighting. Cars should always be locked safely and valuables must not be left inside the car.

Drivers should inform themselves about street tolls before the journey.

Avoid gatherings.

There is a mine threat within the border area between Serbia and Kosovo.
The inhibition level to make use of guns is low at times.

Entry Regulations

No visas are requested for tourists intending to stay up to 90 days.
It is important to enter Serbia through recognised border posts, from Kosovo for example, unless you have passed the border from Serbia before.
Register with the local police right after you arrive or stay in a hotel which will register automatically on checking-in. Otherwise, fines can ensue.

Languages

Serbian is the official language. In Kosovo Albanian and English are the official languages.
In Vojvodina Hungarian, Croatian, Slovakian, Russian and Rumanian are spoken in addition to that.

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