Entering the Country and Temporary Stay Permit

Foreign citizens are required to register their residence in Serbia with the local police station within 24 hours of their arrival.

A hotel, hostel or student dormitory will automatically complete it on your behalf. If you are staying at private housing, you should visit the police station with your landlord in order to register your residence.

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) can help incoming students with this procedure. For more information about the ESN and how they can help you, please see the Erasmus Student Network page within this section in the menu on the left. All information on regulations and procedures regarding visas and the authorization of temporary stay of foreigners in Serbia are available online on the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia: http://www.mup.gov.rs/wps/portal/en/information

Entry Visa

There are many holders of foreign passports who do not need an entry visa for Serbia. However, to make sure whether you require an entry visa for Serbia, it is necessary to contact the nearest diplomatic consular mission of the Republic of Serbia in your country of residence.

Even though nationals of some countries (not everyone) may enter the Republic of Serbia with their ID cards only, international students and staff are required to have with themselves their valid passports to be able to obtain mandatory authorization of temporary stay, and therefore you are strongly recommended to use it when entering the country as well.

Visa applications should be submitted to the Embassy or Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia abroad. Also, if you have any questions or concerns regarding entering the RS or your temporary stay as student/staff, we strongly recommend you contact the nearest diplomatic-consular mission of the Republic of Serbia for help.

Covid-19 and Entry Requirements

Please be aware that the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemics can affect entry requirements and, at times, may even include a mandatory self-quarantine or a negative PCR test for foreign citizens. For precise and updated information, you are asked to contact the nearest diplomatic-consular mission of the Republic of Serbia in your country.

All incoming mobility participants should check the travel advisory issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and COVID-19 entry requirements published at: https://www.mfa.gov.rs/en/citizens/travel-serbia, before making their trip.

For more information on how the academic activities will be organized in 2021/22, please visit:

Temporary Stay

As an academic exchange visitor, you will need to obtain your authorization of temporary stay (residence permit) for legal stay in the Republic of Serbia during your mobility.

For all stays of 90 days or more, the authorization of temporary stay is mandatory.

By visiting the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia: www.mup.gov.rs (Information for Foreigners), you can find the general list of required documents, as well as specific documents required for obtaining the authorization of temporary stay for academic purposes.

Foreign citizens are required to register their residence in Serbia with the local police station within 24 hours of their arrival. A hotel, hostel or student dormitory will automatically complete it on your behalf. If you are staying at private housing, you should visit the police station with your landlord in order to register your residence.

Erasmus Student Network (ESN) can help incoming students with this procedure. For more information about the ESN and how they can help you, please see the Erasmus Student Network page within this section in the menu on the left.

All information on regulations and procedures regarding visas and the authorization of temporary stay of foreigners in Serbia are available online on the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia: http://www.mup.gov.rs/wps/portal/en/information

Before travelling to the Republic of Serbia, please check here whether you need a visa.

Visa applications should be submitted to the Embassy or Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia abroad.

Citizens of the EU and UK do not require a visa to enter and stay in Serbia for 90 days within a six-month period. However, those students who know that they will be staying in Serbia for a longer period, should note that once they enter the country, they would have to:
1. Register with the relevant authority his/her stay at, and change of address of residence, within 24 hours from the date of arrival in the place of residence or from the date of the change of address of his/her stay. Please note that legal entities and individuals providing accommodation for foreign nationals with financial compensation (in other words hotels, hostels, student dorms and other, private, accommodation providers), are required to register with the competent authority the visit of the foreign national within 24 hours from the provision of accommodation to a foreign national, or from the time of arrival of a foreign national for visiting purposes.
2. Apply for a temporary stay permit (visa) with the competent authority, in this case the Department for Foreigners at Savska 35, Belgrade, within 60 days of their arrival for those stays exceeding 90 days. You may find relevant information and requested documentation here: http://www.mup.gov.rs/wps/portal/en/information/Terms+for+issuance+of+authorization+for+temporary+stay

General Entry Requirements
• A valid travel document;
• Valid visa in the passport, if a Serbian visa is required for passport holders of the respective country;
• Proof of sufficient funds for staying in Serbia. Sufficient funds are considered to be 50 Euros per day of stay, proved by possession of the appropriate amount of cash, bank statement, traveler’s cheques, credit cards or a letter of guarantee;
• Certificate of vaccination or a note that he/she has not contracted a contagious disease despite coming from an area affected by a pandemic, as defined by the information of the Ministry of Health.
• If underage children are travelling with one of their parents, it is necessary to submit a relevant certified authorization by the other parent; or if the child is travelling with a third person such authorization is required from both parents or guardian;
• It is recommended to have a health insurance for the period of stay in Serbia, covering possible medical costs to the amount of not less than 20,000 Euros.

Additionally, you may find all relevant information regarding travel and entry to Serbia, at the following link: https://www.mfa.gov.rs/en/citizens/travel-serbia.