Entry and Exit
Singaporeans can visit Serbia for up to 90 days within 180 days from the date of initial entry without a visa.
As immigration requirements can change at short notice, travellers are advised to check with their travel agent or the nearest Embassy of Serbia (email@example.com) for the latest information.
In view of the COVID-19 situation travellers should make alternative travel arrangements, and be prepared for further travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Please visit the website of the Serbian government
(https://www.srbija.gov.rs/sekcija/en/165/prime-ministers-activities.php) for the latest information.
Safety and Security
Travellers are advised to exercise a high degree of caution in the areas bordering Macedonia due to the migrant situation and in the areas bordering Kosovo due to possible political tensions and unrest. Obey all warning signs and stay on the main roads when in the border regions due to the presence of unexploded landmines and ordnance.
Do not attempt to enter Serbia directly from Kosovo unless you initially travelled into Kosovo from Serbia. Serbia does not recognise any border crossing points from Kosovo as official international entry points.
Petty crime, such as pick-pocketing and theft, occurs, especially at airports, on public transportation and in public areas. Be careful when using a credit card for payment as credit card fraud is common. Keep your credit card in sight when performing transactions and check for card skimming devices at ATMs.
Demonstrations by political parties, unions and other groups are common in Serbia. Exercise caution, avoid affected areas, monitor developments through the local news, and heed the instructions of the local authorities.
It is mandatory to register with the local police upon arrival in Serbia. This should be arranged by your hotel or host.
It is illegal to take photos of military or police establishments vehicles and personnel in Serbia.
Drug offences carry heavy penalties. Pack your own luggage and do not accept ‘gifts’ from strangers or new acquaintances.
There is a risk of tick-borne encephalitis, a viral disease that affects the central nervous system, in Serbia. There is a high risk of measles in Serbia. See your doctor for advice on appropriate vaccinations before you travel. Take precautions against insect bites. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance before departure.
Serbia experiences forest fires in summer and the air quality in these areas may deteriorate. Flooding may occur during heavy rain and thunderstorms. During winter, snowstorms may disrupt transportation routes, power and telecommunication systems. Monitor the local news and make alternative plans in advance.
General Travel Advice
Overseas Travel – Be Informed & Be Safe [Updated on 14 October 2021]
Singaporeans planning overseas travel are reminded to take the necessary precautions, including being prepared to deal with accidents, natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Singaporeans are also reminded to be familiar with your destination’s local laws, customs, and COVID-19 regulations.
Demonstrations do occur in major cities across the world. Such demonstrations can sometimes escalate into violence. It is important for Singaporeans to keep abreast of local news, avoid any protests or demonstrations and heed the advice of the local authorities.
When participating in outdoor leisure activities overseas, Singaporeans should be mindful that certain sporting activities, especially in open seas, may carry risks. Besides ensuring that one has the physical competencies and appropriate condition to undertake the activity, every effort should be made to ascertain if the trip organiser or guide is reliable and competent, and that appropriate safety and contingency plans are in place. When in doubt, Singaporeans should consult the relevant professional bodies or sporting associations for specific advice.
For those planning to travel, here are some tips:
- Familiarise yourself with our network of overseas missions.
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance and be familiar with the terms and coverage.
- Equip yourself with research about your destination’s entry requirements, current situation, local laws and customs.
- eRegister with us on our website (www.mfa.gov.sg) so that we may reach out to you during an emergency.
- Always take care of your personal safety, remain vigilant and monitor local weather news, advisories, and security developments.
- Exercise caution around large gatherings and avoid locations known for demonstrations or disturbances.
- Be prepared for possible delays and last-minute changes in travel plans especially during unforeseen events such as natural disasters, social unrests or terror attacks.
- Stay connected with your friends and family. Inform them of your whereabouts and provide them with your overseas contact details.
- In the event that you require consular assistance, please contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.
Advisory: Email Scams
There have been reports of individuals receiving scam emails/messages purportedly sent from friends in distress overseas. These emails/messages typically originate from an email address/social media known to the receiver bearing claims of the sender getting into trouble overseas and urgently requesting financial assistance. The sender would also claim to have approached a Singapore Embassy/Consulate and the local Police for help to no avail.
MFA takes the safety of all Singaporeans very seriously. Singaporeans in distress approaching our Overseas Missions for assistance will be rendered with all necessary consular assistance. If you receive such emails/messages from purported friends seeking funds transfers, we strongly advise you to call them first to verify the authenticity of the emails/messages before responding to their request. It is also not advisable to give out any personal information such as NRIC/passport nos., address, telephone number, etc. Any form of reply, even one of non-interest, could result in more unsolicited emails. Members of the public who suspect that they have fallen prey to such scams should report the matter to the Police immediately. Should Singaporeans abroad require consular assistance, they can contact the nearest Mission or call the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24-hr Duty Office at +65 6379 8800/+65 6379 8855.