- Reviewed: 21 May 2018, 17:00 NZST
- Still current at: 21 June 2018
There are no significant security risks associated with travel to Serbia, although normal safety and security measures should be taken to ensure personal safety.
Protests and demonstrations occur from time to time in Serbia, particularly in major towns and cities like Belgrade, and occasional unrest along the border with Kosovo remains possible. These can cause major traffic delays and disruptions.
New Zealanders are advised to avoid all demonstrations, protests and rallies as they have the potential to turn violent with little warning. New Zealanders are also advised to maintain a high degree of personal security awareness and monitor local developments closely by following media sources, and any instructions from local authorities.
There is an underlying threat of terrorism in Serbia. Terrorist groups, including those based in Syria and Iraq, have made threats to conduct attacks across Europe.
New Zealanders in Serbia are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance in public places.
Unexploded land mines and munitions left over from the 1999 conflict remain along the border with Kosovo and in southern Serbia. New Zealanders are advised to avoid all off-road travel in these areas and stay on clearly marked paths.
Petty crime such as bag snatching, passport theft and pickpocketing occurs in Serbia and is common in tourist areas, in larger cities and on public transport. We advise New Zealanders to be alert to their surroundings at all times and take steps to safeguard and secure their personal belongings.
As victims of robbery are often targeted due to their perceived wealth, it is advisable to avoid wearing or displaying items that appear valuable, such as electronic devices and jewellery.
General Travel Advice
The security situation along the Kosovo-Serbia border is unpredictable. Foreign nationals have been denied entry into Serbia if they have Republic of Kosovo stamps in their passports. Enhanced border controls are in place, and border crossings may be closed at short notice.
New Zealanders are advised to carry photo identification, or a photocopy of their passport, with them at all times and produce this if asked by authorities.
Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe and can include lengthy imprisonment or fines.
New Zealanders travelling or living in Serbia should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders in Serbia are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy is accredited to Serbia
See our regional advice for Europe