Visa and paperwork for visiting

If you’re planning a short visit to Serbia, you can stay up to 90 days without any special permits (on the condition that you’re from a country that doesn’t need a visa).

You do, however, have to register in a police station within 24 hours upon the arrival - this is called a white card and it’s supposed to inform the local authority about the address where you’ll be staying.

Registration is usually done by your landlord/host or another accommodation provider, and it can be done online or in the closest police station. If you’re staying in a private residence there’s a chance you will need to do the registration yourself, and you’ll have to do it in-person because online registration is only available for residents through the e-government portal.

The white card is important because you’ll have to pay a fine if it turns out that you weren’t registered the next time you present some official paperwork. It’s also required in order to apply for a visa, so make sure to register if you plan on staying in Serbia for longer than 90 days.

Here you can find an example of the residence application form (white card) and a list of every police station where you can submit the application:

Most countries don’t need a visa for visiting Serbia, including the USA, all countries that are in the European Union, Norway, Japan, Australia, UK, Canada etc.

If your country does need a visa there аrе two types of visa that you need to consider.

Short stay visa

Short stay visa allows you to enter, transit or stay in Serbia for no longer than 90 days in any period of 180 days since the first entry (to put it simply: you can stay in Serbia for 90 days, then you have to leave it for another 90 days after which you can enter the country again). This type of visa can last up to five years.

You have to submit the application along with the required documents to the Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Serbia abroad:

  • Valid passport (must be valid at least 90 days from issue date of visa)
  • Letter of invitation
  • Completed visa application form
  • Photo (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm)
  • Proof of sufficient funds for staying in Serbia
  • Health insurance
  • Proof of payment for a visa fee

The procedure usually takes about two weeks, but it’s best to start it at least four weeks before the trip.

Long stay visa

Long stay visa allows you to stay in Serbia between 90 and 180 days. It’s also important because you need it in order to acquire a temporary stay permit. The procedure is basically the same as with the short stay visa.

If you need any further information on Serbian visa policy and paperwork, feel free to contact us.

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