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All About the Serbia Visa

Are you heading on holiday to Serbia? From the buzzing nightlife of Belgrade to the spa town of Sokobanja, there are plenty of delights to discover in this Balkan nation. 

To ensure your journey is problem-free, you must ensure you have the necessary travel authorisation. Without it, you will be denied entry to the country. 

Luckily, citizens of almost 100 countries including India, the United States, and the UK can stay in Serbia for 90 days within any 180 days without a visa. You just need to present a valid passport and some supporting documents.

There is currently no eVisa for Serbia available. If you are not exempt from requiring travel authorisation, you must submit your application to the embassy or consulate abroad in advance of your trip. The process may change if Serbia enters the European Union as hoped in 2025. For the moment, however, you must apply either for a short or long-term pass via the embassy.

Whether you’re doing business in Belgrade or visiting the mountains of Kopaonik, find out everything you need to know below! 

Byevisa has all the information you need to start applying for your paperwork today.

Serbia Visa Application Process

If you are not exempt from requiring travel authorisation, you must apply via the embassy.

The type of pass you will apply for depends on the purpose of your visit and the length of your stay.

To acquire your visa for Serbia, there are 4 main steps to follow.

Make an appointment at the relevant consulate

Your application must be submitted to the Embassy or Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in your country. You can find out the one closest to you on our handy embassy page.

Fill in the application form

Once you’ve booked your appointment at the relevant embassy, you will need to gather some supporting documents (more details below of what these are) and fill out the form. It must be filled out clearly in printed letters.

If you are applying on behalf of a minor, the form will need to be filled in and signed by their parents.

Attend your appointment to submit your documents

You must submit your documents in person. During the appointment, you will be asked some standard questions about the purpose of your visit etc. You will need to provide a passport photo and, of course, pay the fee.

Receive your visa

Following your appointment, your application will be reviewed by the consulate and you will be informed about the outcome. The processing time will vary depending on where you apply and the type of travel pass that you request.

If your application is approved, you will need to go back to the consulate to have your travel authorisation affixed to your passport.

Serbia Visa Requirements and Eligibility

When organising a trip, it is essential to be clear on the entry requirements for travelling to that destination from your country. 

Wondering if you can visit Serbia without applying for travel authorisation?

You can use our visa checker below to check. 

Alternatively, here is a list of the nations that can visit this captivating country without obtaining prior travel authorisation and the amount of time they can stay per visit. 

Please note, although this nation is not (yet) in the European Union, EU citizens do not require a visa to visit this destination.

Can stay for up to 90 days within any 180 days:

All European Union citizens
Albania*
Andorra
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Australia
Azerbaijan
Bahrain
Bolivia
Bosnia and Herzegovina*
Brazil
Canada
Chile
Costa Rica
Cuba
Dominica

Georgia
Grenada
Holy See
Iceland
Israel
Japan
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Liechtenstein
Macau
Mexico
Moldova
Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro*
New Zealand
North Macedonia*

Norway*
Oman
Palau
Peru
Qatar
Saint Kitts and Nevis
San Marino
Seychelles
Singapore
South Korea
Switzerland*
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom*
United States
Uruguay

30 days

Belarus
China*
Colombia
Kazakhstan
Russia
Suriname

30 days within a 60-day period

Ukraine

30 days within a 1-year period

Bahamas
Barbados
Burundi
Colombia
Guinea-Bissau
India
Indonesia
Paraguay
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

14 days

Hong Kong

Citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Switzerland and the UK can enter the country on a National I.D card for stays of up to 90 days (within 180 days).

If you are not from one of the countries listed above, you do require travel authorisation, and you must apply for it via the embassy.

Other entry requirements on top of having a valid passport are as follows:

  • Proof of sufficient funds for your stay. 
  • It is also recommended to have health insurance. 

If you are planning to travel with a minor in your party, there are some additional requirements to bear in mind. If the child will be travelling with just one of their parents, you must submit authorisation for the trip from the other parent. 

In the case that the child will be travelling with someone who is not their parent, authorisation must be submitted from both parents/guardians.

Serbia Visa Forms and Documents

Ready to fill out the form and submit your supporting documents? 

When applying for a visa for Serbia, you must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least 90 days from your expected arrival date. 

The additional documentation you will need to present at the embassy varies depending on the purpose of your visit. Are you planning a city break in Belgrade or an extended business trip, for example?

If you’re visiting as a tourist, you will need to provide proof of payment for your trip from a travel agent or a similar receipt. 

For private visits, you will need an invitation letter certified by the relevant authority and, for a business trip, you require an invitation letter from a Serbian company. 

  • Completed application form.
  • A passport photo (measuring 3.5 x 4.5cm).
  • Return ticket or details of your itinerary (if travelling by car, a copy of your driving license is required).
  • Proof of sufficient funds for your stay.
  • Health insurance.
  • You will also need to pay the corresponding fee. 

The form, which you will download as a Word document from the embassy website, contains the following fields: 

  • First name.
  • Surname.
  • Maiden name (if applicable).
  • Date of birth.
  • I.D number (optional).
  • Place and country of birth.
  • Nationality at birth.
  • Current nationality.
  • Sex.
  • Marital status.
  • Father’s name.
  • Mother’s name.
  • Passport number and place of issue. 
  • Passport issue and expiry dates.
  • Current occupation.
  • Employer and employer’s address and telephone number. For students, the name and address of your school is required. 
  • Country of destination.
  • Type of visa (choose between airport transit, transit, short stay, and long stay).
  • The number of entries requested (single entry, two entries, multiple entries). 
  • Length of visit.
  • Amount of days that you are requesting the travel pass for. 
  • Other visas issued in the past 3 years and their validity period. 
  • Details of any previous visits. 
  • Purpose of travel.
  • Intended date of arrival.
  • Intended date of departure.
  • Border post of first entry or transit route (if applicable). 
  • Means of transport.
  • Name of host or company in the Republic of Serbia and contact person in the host company. If not applicable, give the name of your hotel or temporary address for your visit. 
  • Who is paying for your travel and living costs (state who and in what way and present corresponding documentation). 
  • Means of support during your stay (e.g., cash, credit card etc).
  • Travel and/or health insurance details. 
  • Details of spouse and children (if applicable).
  • Home address.
  • Phone number.
  • Email address. 

You will then need to sign and date the form and indicate where it was signed. 

Please note, for a transit visa, you will also have to specify if you have an entry permit for the country that you are entering after the Republic of Serbia. 

How Much Is a Visa for Serbia?

How much you pay for your travel pass can vary depending on your nationality and where you apply. The fee charged at the embassy in Washington, for example, is 95 USD.

The accepted payment method can also vary between the different consulates. For example, the Serbia Embassy in Tokyo only allows applicants to pay the fee in cash.

How Long Does It Take to Get a Visa to Visit Serbia?

Wondering how long you’ll have to wait to receive your paperwork? The total processing time varies from case to case. It typically takes around 1-3 weeks, but in some instances, it can take more than 3 weeks. 

Those wishing to travel to the home of Belgrade are advised to plan their visit and submit their application plenty of time in advance. It is strongly advised to apply 1-2 months before the dates you are intending to travel. 

Serbia Visa Status Check

You can check with the embassy where you apply regarding the status of your application. Bear in mind that it can take a couple of weeks for it to be processed from the date you submit your paperwork. 

If your application is rejected, you will be notified of this by the consulate. They will let you know why it has not been approved and you will have 1 month to appeal the decision by submitting a letter to the Serbian mission.

More Serbia Visa Questions and Information

Please find below our FAQ section with further useful information so you’re clear as the waters of Serbia’s Krupaja spring on the requirements for entering this country!

How long your travel pass lasts depends on the type of paperwork that you apply for. The short-stay pass (type C) is valid for a stay of no longer than 90 days. If you are wanting to stay for more than 3 months, you should apply for a long term (type d) visa. For longer stays, a residence permit application must be made through the Ministry of Interior.
No, you don’t need a visa to visit as a British tourist, providing that your trip is for less than 90 days.
Luckily Indians travelling to Serbia for tourism purposes for up to 30 days within a 1-year period do not need to apply for travel authorisation. If you are wanting to stay for longer than this, you’ll need to consulate the embassy.
The transit pass authorises the bearer to travel to a third country from the territory of Serbia for up to 5 days. It can be issued for one or multiple transits. To apply for a transit pass, you will also have to indicate if you have an entry permit for the country that you are entering after Serbia. You must apply for this via the embassy too.
Yes, all visitors to the Republic of Serbia must, by law, register with the police within 48 hours of arriving in the country. If you are staying in a hotel or hostel, they should sort this for you. However, if you are staying in a private apartment or with friends you will need go to the local police station to do this. You will be issued with a small white card which you may be asked to show when you exit the country.
You can apply to become a permanent resident in this country after 5 years of temporary residency. If you are married to a Serbian citizen, this may be reduced to 3 years of temporary residency.
No, this type of pass is not available for this country. Subsequently, you must apply in advance for a travel pass if you are not exempt from requiring travel authorisation.
American citizens do not need visas to travel to the Republic of Serbia. You will however require a valid passport. Also, foreign nationals who have a valid Schengen or UK visa, or travel authorisation from a European Union member-state, may enter here without a visa and stay longer than 90 days within a 6 month period.
Yes, if you do not hold a passport from a visa-exempt nation. The short-stay visa (type c) is suitable for travellers wishing to enter the country for business purposes. However, bear in mind that visitors with a type C visa may not spend more than 90 days in the country in a 180 day period. Fortunately, this should give you plenty of time to conduct your business in the growing Serbian economy.
Yes, work permits are required for foreigners employed in this country. A temporary residence visa and work permit must be applied for and approved before the employee travels to and starts working in Serbia.
The paperwork immigration officials will issue you with to enter this Balkan nation should look similar to this: Serbia visa sample
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