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Serbia

Serbia: At a glance

Capital: Belgrade

Population: 7 million

Official language: Serbian

Time zone: Central European Standard Time, Central European Summer Time

Emergency #: 194

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Serbia: Travel Health Information

Serbia is known for its history, architecture, and natural landscapes. Tourists can visit one of the country’s many parks and natural sites – including the winding Drina river – or take in years of history in Serbia’s cities.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Serbia may differ from your home country. Serbia has a public healthcare system, as well as a private sector. While doctors and nurses are well trained to international standards, healthcare spending in Serbia falls below the EU average and consequently, the quality of care is often inadequate. Medical equipment and buildings may be in poor condition. Hospitals and clinics are readily available in Serbia’s major cities but access may be limited in rural areas.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Serbia require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Western Europe may be required for complex emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Serbia.

Pharmacies and medications

Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained by a local doctor and must be purchased at a pharmacy. Drug shortages and long wait times may limit access to pharmaceuticals in Serbia.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Serbia’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in urban areas of Serbia are generally well maintained but may vary by region. Seat belts are required for the driver and all passengers of a vehicle at all times. Helmets are mandatory for motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times and are recommended for cyclists.



Serbia: At a glance

Capital: Belgrade

Population: 7 million

Official language: Serbian

Time zone: Central European Standard Time, Central European Summer Time

Emergency #: 194

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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