Glamorous, grungy and full of character, Serbia is Europe put in a blender, shaken and stirred.

While the lush, vineyard-layered countryside and crumbling fortresses hint at the Europe of old, the fiery energy of Novi Sad's EXIT Festival and Belgrade's heaving nightclubs give this Eastern European mainstay a renewed spirit that defies its recent past. So for a taste of something old, something new and pretty much everything in between - why not accept Serbia's alluring cocktail. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

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Serbia travel FAQs

Everyone travelling on an Intrepid trip must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of carriage. 

All travellers are required to produce: 

  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • All children aged 5 to 17 years old must provide proof of vaccination (if eligible), proof of recovery or a negative COVID-19 test.
  • If you are unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons, you may apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. To apply, you must provide a medical certificate from a medical professional. 

In all cases, you must be fully inoculated. This means you must receive the full dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine and allow enough time for immunity to take effect. Each COVID-19 vaccine has different dosages and timeframes for inoculation, so please check the relevant medical advice associated with your vaccine.

Learn more about Intrepid's COVID-19 proof of vaccination policy

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.

Tipping isn’t customary in Serbia, but feel free to leave restaurants, drivers or service workers a small tip if the service has been particularly good. It’s always appreciated.

The Internet can be accessed in internet cafes in Belgrade, as well as at some larger hotels, but is limited in rural and remote areas.

Roaming agreements exist with major mobile phone companies. Check with your service provider for more information.

Western-style flushable toilets are the norm in larger cities. In rural areas, squat toilets are more common.

Cup of coffee in a cafe = 40 RSD
Beer in a bar or restaurant = 140 RSD
Basic, takeaway lunch = 285 RSD
Dinner in an inexpensive restaurant = 700 RSD

Tap water is considered safe to drink in Serbia, however, some may get an upset stomach from the different mineral content.

Credit cards are accepted by most large hotels and retailers, but are less commonly accepted at markets and smaller cafes and hotels. It’s a good idea to carry enough cash for smaller purchases in case credit cards are not an option.

ATMs are widely available in larger cities but are less common in small villages and rural areas. Make sure you have enough cash before leaving urban areas.

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

  • 1 Jan: New Year’s Day
  • 2-3 Jan: New Year’s Holiday
  • 7 Jan: Julian Orthodox Christmas
  • 15-16 Feb: Statehood Day
  • 14 Apr: Orthodox Good Friday
  • 17 Apr: Orthodox Easter Monday
  • 1 May: May Day
  • 2 May: May Day Holiday
  • 11 Nov: Armistice Day

For a current list of public holidays in Serbia go to:


Discretion is strongly advised for LGBTQI-travellers. Serbia is a country where same-sex marriage is not legally recognised and random acts of violence continue to occur against those thought to be gay. Belgrade’s Pride Parade has been marred by riots and has been cancelled several times because of the threat of violence.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or ILGA before you travel.

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Terracotta roof tops of old town Zemun in Belgrade

How we're giving back

In Sebia, we stay in locally run accommodation including guesthouses, smaller-scale hotels and homestays in an effort to support the local economies. We also visit locally-run restaurants and markets where travellers will have opportunities to support local businesses and purchase handicrafts created by local artisans.