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Living in Serbia, expat guide - here's what you need to know

Living in Serbia, expat guide - here's what you need to know

Living in Serbia

Serbia is fun and offers the expat everything that they’re looking for. The country offers a culturally diverse experience where one can experience everything from walks in the mountains to the opera and theatre, one of the best nightlife experiences in Europe and so much more. There is a small community of Expats living in Belgrade, they work mainly for foreign embassies, NGOs and other foreign operated companies. The average salary in Serbia is 300 Euros per month and unemployment is high, it is therefore not advisable for anyone to move here without securing a job first.

Serbia Belgrade

Expat Clubs

International Woman’s Club – Belgrade
The International Women’s Club of Belgrade, through the activities of the Charity Committee, works to meet the needs of vulnerable and marginalized populations in Serbia and tries to effect positive long-term change in our community.
Website: iwcbelgrade.wordpress.com

International Schools 

Chartwell International School
Chartwell is more than an academic institution. Its philosophy encompasses the student’s whole personality, and emphasizes balanced development.  Our aim is to provide a caring environment tailored to the academic and personal needs of each child.
Curriculum: British National Curriculum
Address: Lackoviceva 6
Tel: 011 367 5340
Email: reception@charwell.edu.rs
Website: chartwell.edu.rs
The International School of Belgrade
The International School of Belgrade was founded in 1948. ISB is an independent, co-educational international day school that enrolls students from ages three to eighteen.  As an authorized IB World School, ISB provides a high-quality, college-preparatory education with an emphasis on internationalism and global responsibility.  The curriculum is designed to serve a multi-national student body using English as our language of instruction.
Curriculum: IB
Address: Temišvarska 19
Tel: +381 11 206 9999
Fax: +381 11 206 9944
Email: isb@isb.rs
Website: www.isb.rs
British International School
BIS is at the centre of a thriving and supportive community - a happy, challenging and forward-looking school. Enriched by our cultural diversity and proud of our curriculum and ethos, we are committed to the highest standards in all that we do. Whatever your enquiry - as an individual, a company or an organisation - we are always here to help and we look forward to welcoming you to our school.
Curriculum: British
Address: Smetanina 12
Tel: +381 11 306 6096
Email: info@bis.edu.rs
Website: www.british-int-school.org.uk
Prima International School
PRIMA has led the vanguard of international education in Serbia through its accreditation with CIE (Cambridge International Examinations) and is recognized today worldwide as a leader among international schools. If you choose PRIMA International School for your children the teachers will do their best to ensure their happiness, safety and preparation for life in the 21st century.
Curriculum: British
Address: Dragana Mancea Street, Senjak
Tel: +381 11 369 0825
Website: www.prima-school.com
Ecole Francaise de Belgrade
Curriculum: French
Address: Kablarska 31/35
Tel: +381 11 369 1262
Email: efb.admi@efb.rs
Website: www.efb.rs  
Deutschen Schule Belgrad
Curriculum: German
Address: Petra Čajkovskog 4
Tel: +381 (11) 3693135
Fax: +381 (11) 3066985
Email: schulleiter@dsbelgrade.com
Website: www.dsbelgrad.com 
Scuola Italiana Milena Pavlovic Barilli
Curriculum: Italian
Email: markocrweb@gmail.com
Website: www.mpbarilli.com

Local News in English

B92 a.d, Belgrade was founded in 1989 as a youth radio broadcasting to Belgrade audiences and has since grown into a company which includes a national radio and television network and a website. B92’s core activities comprise its three media outlets.
Website: www.b92.net/eng

Country Information 

Location: Europe
Capital City: Belgrado
Other Important Cities: Nis, Novi Sad
Currency: Serbian dinar (RSD)
Language: Serbian
Calling Code: +381
Internet TLD: None listed
Electricity: 220V 50Hz

Emergency Numbers:   
Police: 92
Ambulance: 93
Fire: 94
Country Information

Embassy Information


Residents Visa and Work Permit information

Visas are no longer required for: EU member countries, EU membership candidate countries, and a number of other countries, if staying in Serbia less than 90 days. Therefore, nationals of Albania, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg,  FYR Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Singapore, Seychelles, Switzerland, Slovenia, Spain, Slovak Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island and the USA may visit Serbia at any time. For citizens of other countries, it is necessary to obtain invitation letters approved by the authorized institution in order to obtain a Serbian visa.

To start employment in Serbia, a foreigner must be granted approval for temporary residence, as well as approval for employment.

EU citizens, as well as those from Switzerland, Norway, and Iceland can now travel to Serbia with just an ID cards. They no longer need to have a passport for entering Serbia. People from these countries who visit Serbia with valid ID cards will be able to stay in the country for up to 90 days.

To be granted a temporary stay Visa Type D it is necessary to submit the following documents:
  • Valid travel document (passport must be valid at least 90 days from the date of issuing visa)
  • Notification of flat
  • Two photographs (3,5 x 4,5 cm, colored, enface)
  • Completed Visa Application form (three copies)
  • Proof of reasons for stay in Serbia
  • Proof of residence (if you are not residing in your native country)
  • Proof of sufficient funds for staying in Serbia
  • Proof of paid submission fee for stay
The Embassy reserves the right to request additional documentation.

For more information please visit siepa.gov.rs/en/index-en/live-in-serbia/temporary-and-permanent-residence.html


The accommodation in Serbia might not be what you’re used to especially if you’re coming from the west. The types of housing available in Belgrade include apartments and houses, which can be single or double storey.

If you are looking at apartments the real estate pages you may see adverts for a one or two bedroom apartment, bedrooms are not defined in Serbia as they are in the west. A one bedroom apartment refers to an apartment with an entrance hall, kitchen, bathroom and room. A lounge is not counted separately, thus if you are looking for a one bedroom apartment by western standards, you should look for one advertised as a two bedroom apartment. Many generations of families in Serbia live in a single apartment, and sleep on fold out couches in bedrooms that are later converted into the lounge areas for guests. You may also come across an advert for a one and a half (jednoiposoban stan) bedroom apartment which refers to a larger kitchen, one where you can have a couch in, and an additional bedroom.

Houses can be found outside the city centre and are bigger than the apartments. You will usually find a large kitchen with a table where the family dines together and a separate lounge suite in a house. The bedrooms will be used only as bedrooms for the most part, however the older generations in the Balkans still prefer to sleep on fold out couches as opposed to beds. If you are getting a furnished house or apartment, be prepared for this.

Driving License

Residents who stay in Serbia for more than six months will need to convert their driving license to a Serbian one. There is no need for a driving test, you will only have to submit a number of documents and the fees to the competent local Police Administration or police station.

Documents required
  • an application for issuing driver’s licence
  • the foreign driver’s license (with certificate translation)
  • copy of the driver’s license
  • proof of identity (valid ID card for people with permanent residence, valid passport), 350 RSD
  • proof of residence for longer then six months
  • medical clearance certificate stating that person is medically fit to drive (not older than six months)
  • proof of paid submission fee (around 7 500 din)


The healthcare facilities in Serbia do not meet the international standard; however the medical staff is well trained and does the best with what they have. There are a few good private hospitals expats use. Most expats have an international medical insurance cover that covers treatment abroad. Doctors’ visits, blood tests and medication are relatively cheap and accessible, even in private hospitals, as is dentistry.
Klinicki Centar Srbija
Address: Pasterova 2
Website: www.kcs.ac.rs
Address: Gospodar Jovanova 51
Tel: +381 11 263 2222/3222/3533
Fax: +381 11 2635 226
Email: jevremova@jevremova.rs
Website: www.jevremova.rs
Zepter Dental
Dentistry Polyclinic ZEPTER DENTAL represents a new approach in prevention and treatment in dentistry.It is created to give a full diagnosis and treatment of dental disease in one place. We believe that quality comes first.
Address: Kralja Petra 32
Tel: +381 11 328 3880/1
Fax: +381 11 328 3882
Website: www.zepter-dental.com
ORS Plastic Surgery
ORS Hospital was founded as a special hospital for plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery on December 25 2002 in Belgrade. It has grown out of the Aesthetic and Hand Center private practice in Pančevo, which operated from 1997 through 2002.
Address: Bokeljska 7
Tel: +381 11 391 0112
Website: www.orshospital.rs
Opsta Bolnica
Address: Braničevska 12a
Tel: +381 11 344 3781
Email: medikom@eunet.rs
Website: www.medikompoliklinika.com

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