Serbia

Serbia

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The Republic of Serbia is located in southwestern Europe in the Balkans between Macedonia and Hungary. The population is 7.3 million people.

Serbia's government is a parliamentary republic. A president is the chief of state, and a prime minister is the head of government. The country became an independent republic in 2006. Serbia was one of the six republics that made up Yugoslavia from 1945 until the 1990s, when Yugoslavia split into independent countries. Serbia and Montenegro remained in a union until 2006, when Montenegro split from Serbia.

Visitors to Serbia can enjoy mountain resorts and spas, monastaries, festivals, and museums. There are four UNESCO World Heritage sites at this time, including medieval fortresses, churches and monastaries.

Currency RSD: Serbian dinar
Language Serbian
Capital Belgrade
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Diseases To Be Aware Of

The diseases listed below are those which occur most often in Serbia. Other, less frequently encountered diseases might be displayed within the Travel Alerts section if they have occurred recently.

Hepatitis A

There is a significant risk for hepatitis A virus exposure in Serbia through contaminated food or water. Infection can still occur at tourist destinations and resorts.

Hepatitis B

There is a significant risk for acquiring hepatitis B in Serbia.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis

In Serbia, sporadic cases of this disease are reported in rural and forested areas below 1,400 meters, including around Belgrade, particularly in the spring and summer.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease occurs in rural areas of Serbia up to 1500 meters elevation. The highest risk occurs from exposure to ticks during camping and hiking in forested areas.

Rabies

Rabies occurs in this country. Travellers involved in outdoor activities (e.g., campers, hikers, adventure travellers, and cavers) may have direct contact with rabid dogs, bats, and other mammals. Those with occupational risks (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers) and long-term travellers and expatriates are at higher risk.

Vaccinations to Consider

The following is a list of recommended vaccinations for travelling to Serbia.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

There is a significant risk of exposure to hepatitis A for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Hepatitis B Vaccine

There is a significant risk of infection with hepatitis B for this country, therefore, the vaccination is recommended.

Tick-Borne Encephalitis Vaccine

Travellers who plan to visit this country during the summer months and hike or camp in rural or forested areas that provide a habitat for the ticks that carry the virus should consider obtaining this vaccine. This vaccine is only available in Europe.

Rabies Vaccine

Vaccination against rabies is recommended for travellers involved in outdoor activities (e.g., campers, hikers, adventure travellers, and cavers) who may have direct contact with rabid dogs, bats, and other mammals. Those with occupational risks (such as veterinarians, wildlife professionals, researchers) and long-term travellers and expatriates are at higher risk and should be vaccinated.

Medications to Consider

The following is a list of recommended medications for travelling to Serbia.

None required.

Safety and Security in Serbia

Emergency Numbers

192
193
194
1987 Road assistance

If dialing any of the emergency numbers from a cell phone, dial the area code first: 011 + number.

Personal Safety

With respect to your personal safety, be cautious and always be aware of your surroundings in Serbia due to crime, especially near Kosovo. Petty crime, such as pick-pocketing, occurs in Belgrade and other towns in Serbia, particularly in public areas and at transportation hubs. Theft from vehicles also occurs. Signs of wealth, including driving luxury vehicles can put you at risk for theft. Be cautious when using a credit card. Credit card fraud is common in Serbia. Do not carry large sums of money, and ensure that your important travel documents, such as passport, are secure.

Areas To Avoid

Because unexploded land mines remain in Serbia, do not stray from well-travelled roads, particularly in the Presevo and Bujanovac districts.

Political Unrest

Avoid demonstrations and political gatherings as they are unpredictable and can become violent with little warning.

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