Passports and Visas
All passengers require a machine-readable passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip, with appropriate visas. You should carry your passport with you at all times to ensure against its loss or theft in hotels. Check with the Serbian Consulate to determine if any visas are needed. This information is a guide only and it is essential that you check all current passport and visa rules with your travel agent before departure.
Serbia uses the Serbian dinar. Coins come in values of 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 dinars, and banknotes are found in values of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and 5000 dinars. In some areas, the banknotes tend to be more common than the coins. You can change US dollars at banks and currency exchange agencies for the best rates, hotels and some shops can also change them for you, but the rate may be higher. ATMs, available in most cities, are also an efficient way to get money in the local currency. Credit cards are generally accepted in Serbian hotels, shops and restaurants. In the smaller towns and villages, cash is always a sure bet.
Serbia has 220-230 V at 50 Hz, with a type C or F socket. America's electrical currents are 120 V at 60 Hz, with a type A or B socket, so you'll need a converter and an adapter.
Wireless and wired Internet access is available in major cities throughout Serbia. Some of the hotels we use offer this service free or at a small charge. Internet cafés in the main cities will allow you access, usually for a small charge. Wi-Fi access is on the rise in Serbia, as are the newer Internet parks.
Phoning home from another country can be expensive. All hotels will add a service charge to the cost of any phone calls you make from your room. This charge can be very high. It is always cheaper for you to use public telephones (payphones) if your cell phone is not set for international calls. Your Travel Director can explain how to dial internationally if you are unsure.
Large, Western-style shopping malls sit just down the way from traditional markets and up-and-coming boutiques on the Serbian shopping scene. Naturally, urban Belgrade brims with the retail temptations inherent in any big city, especially one that tends to take a bit of pride in its hedonistic nature!
Classic souvenirs from Serbia range from black pottery and kilims and rugs to artwork, crafts and handmade jewelry bearing traditional motifs. Culinary specialties are always a delicious treat to savor back home. Consider locally made jams or preserves or Serbia's edible tokens of affection: licider (gingerbread or honey cake) hearts. For a souvenir from Serbia's folk scene, look for traditional folk costumes (from hats to sleeveless embroidered jackets) or traditional Serbian musical instruments.
We suggest the following tipping rates: Taxis 10-15% of the fare on the meter, Restaurants and bars 10-15% of the total bill. If a service charge has already been added there is no need to tip as much or at all.
As with most of Europe, traveling within cities and towns in Serbia can be easily done on foot, by bus, tram or taxi. If your travel plans include two or more cities, bus and rail networks will get you to and from most efficiently.
Generally, casual jeans or slacks, shirts, sweaters, a jacket and comfortable walking shoes are all you'll need. If you plan on an evening at a nicer venue, dressier clothes may be called for.