Useful information about Serbia

By | February 11, 2021

Working hours

The normal working hours in Serbia are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Authorities usually work from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 4 p.m.

Greeting

The greeting in Serbia is a triple cheek kiss, which is given alternately on the left and right – starting with the left side.

Shopping

Shopping is not a problem in Serbia, especially in the larger cities. Numerous grocery and drugstore chains have expanded to Serbia in recent years. More and more huge shopping centers are emerging in the big cities.

Shops in the larger cities are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., grocery stores often open at 6 a.m. and don’t close until 9 p.m. In small towns, shops are usually closed for several hours at noon. The large shopping centers in the metropolises are usually open all the time.

In most cities there are not only shops but also food markets where local farmers offer their products.

Public holidays

Date Designation Serbian name Annotation
January 1st and 2nd New Year (Kalendarska) Nova Godina New Year according to the Gregorian calendar
January 7th Christmas Božić Orthodox Christmas; December 25th according to the Julian calendar
January 13th and 14th Serbian New Year Srpska Nova Godina Orthodox New Year working day
February 15th National holiday Dan državnosti Srbije 1835: first constitution of Serbia
Moving holiday Easter Uskrs (ecclesiastical: Vaskrs) Free from Friday to Tuesday
May 1st and 2nd Labor Day Praznik rada
May 9 day of the victory Dan pobede End of World War II 1945- working day
June 28th St. Vitus Day Vidovdan Day of Serbs Fallen Labor Day for the Fatherland
November 11th Armistice Day Dan primirja End of the 1st World War

If a public holiday falls on Saturday or Sunday, the next working day is free. In addition to the non- working holidays, there are other church and national holidays that are not non-working.

Numerous websites offer information on the Serbian holidays such as Easter, as well as related customs.

Media

In Serbia there is a large number of television and radio stations as well as national and local daily and weekly newspapers. Various electronic media offer news in English in the late evening hours.

Serbia newspapers

German and English-language channels can be received everywhere via satellite.

German and other international daily and weekly newspapers are available in the big cities.

News and other information are available from various Internet media. Some also offer an English-language news service – such as the radio and television station B92. A commercial, English-language press review is provided by VIP News, which is mainly subscribed to by embassies and international organizations.

Nightlife

Serbia has made a reputation for its nightlife in recent years. The capital Belgrade and Novi Sad attract with their diverse cultural offerings. However, the two cities have become a magnet for the youth of the neighboring countries (Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina) primarily through the club and music scene, as well as through various festivals.

Post Office

Main Post Office Belgrade

Main Post Office Belgrade

Serbia has a well-developed postal system. Post offices can be found in all major and minor cities. Letters to other European countries usually take a few days to a week. The letter and parcel service in Serbia is operated by the public company Post Serbia. There are also the usual international parcel and express mail services.

Sports

Serbia is a sports-loving nation. According to itypeauto, Serbia is a country located in Southern Europe. The number one popular sport is football with its two traditional clubs, Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade. Thanks to world number one Novak Đoković, tennis has become the second most popular sport in recent years. Other popular sports in which Serbian athletes and teams face international competition are basketball, handball, and athletics.

Language

The official language in Serbia is Serbian, the Cyrillic and Latin alphabet are used. In order to at least be able to orientate yourself in the capital Belgrade and in central and southern Serbia, it is advisable to learn the Cyrillic alphabet for longer stays. Various online dictionaries are also helpful. English is spoken in hotels and restaurants in large cities. The younger generation in particular speaks English. Due to the labor migration to Germany, Austria and Switzerland since the 1960’s, many people also speak German.

Power supply

The power supply in Serbia is stable in all parts of the country. Standard are 220 V and 50 Hz, as well as the plug and socket types F (“Schuko” plug) and C (Euro plug) that are common in Germany.

Water

The water supply is normal in large cities and most of the smaller towns. However, due to the outdated condition of the water pipes and poor water quality, we strongly advise against drinking tap water. Mineral water is available for sale everywhere.

Inch

In Serbia there are quantity restrictions on duty-free imports for the following groups of goods: alcohol – 2 l wine or 1 l spirits over 22%, tobacco products – 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g smoking tobacco, 1 perfume or eau de toilette.

Pets may only be brought in with a valid health and vaccination certificate.

There is no limit to the number of foreign currencies that can be imported and re-exported up to an amount of EUR 10,000. Amounts in excess of 10,000 euros must be reported to customs when entering the country; the corresponding receipt must be retained until departure. Foreign currency not specified will be confiscated upon departure. Dinars may be imported and exported up to an equivalent value of EUR 10,000, a larger sum may only be imported if it has been purchased from a foreign bank and this can be proven by receipts.

Detailed information is available on the website of the Customs Service of Serbia.