Shopping and Living in Serbia

Shopping in Serbia


Current information

According to usprivateschoolsfinder, the controls at the Serbian border crossings and at neighboring countries have been tightened in connection with the refugee situation. There may be waiting times. Information about the current situation can be obtained by telephone from the Serbian Automobile Club AMSS on the Serbian telephone number 1987 (information in Serbian and English), or from ADAC Belgrade on the telephone number (00381-) 11-333 1111.

Travelers and passing holidaymakers are strongly advised not to take unknown hitchhikers with them. Against the background of increasing numbers of refugees in the Western Balkans, this could constitute a criminal offense of smuggling under Serbian law when crossing the border.

Country-specific safety information

Domestic situation

Tourists are advised to find out about the current situation through the media. Information about current events is available in English on the Internet pages of the television broadcaster B92 under external link, opens in a new window or the daily newspaper Blic under external link, opens in a new window

It is generally recommended to avoid crowds and demonstrations.

Travel over land / crime

Some of the Serbian highways are in poor condition and poorly lit. Greater caution is therefore indicated, especially when driving at night. Even on motorways, vehicles sometimes drive without adequate lighting. Therefore, to avoid accidents caused by a lack of concentration, driver changes and sufficient breaks should be planned. However, it is strongly advised not to spend the night in a vehicle at rest stops or petrol stations along the Serbian motorway. During the holiday season in particular, travelers can find valuables and travel documents stolen while they sleep in the car.

During the day, you should also be careful at rest stops and petrol stations. Individual cases are known in which organized gangs have specialized in robbing vehicles with foreign license plates. Caution is also required when reference is made to alleged flat tires or the like. Bags and valuables have been stolen after stopping on the verge to inspect the breakdown.

Because of the risk of theft, vehicles should only be parked in locked garages or guarded parking lots. No travel documents, valuables or other luggage should be left behind in the parked vehicle, even in the case of short-term absences, not even in the trunk.

Travelers should exercise caution in the event of a car breakdown, especially if alleged helpers appear immediately after the breakdown without a call for help. False, so-called “yellow angels”. Use the typical ADAC identification features (clothing, yellow color and ADAC lettering on the vehicle) to then offer overpriced repair services. Drivers should check (e.g. via the ADAC emergency call center) whether it is one As in every larger city, there are occasional crimes such as pickpocketing in Belgrade. There are also occasional violent clashes in Belgrade’s nightlife that include foreigners. advised defensive behavior.



The following articles may be imported into Serbia duty-free (people over 16 years):

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco;
1 liter of spirits (over 22%) or 2 liters of wine;
1 liter of perfume or eau de toilette;
Medicines for personal use.
Gifts have to be declared.

Prohibited imports

Drugs of all kinds, as well as toxins and other dangerous substances.



We recommend carpets, embroidery, lace, leather work, pinned shoes, pec filigree work, metal work and Turkish tea sets.

Shop opening times:
Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Department stores and supermarkets in larger cities and tourist centers are usually open all day (Mon-Sat 8 am-8pm). Some supermarkets also open on Sunday mornings.



The larger cities and holiday resorts have a varied nightlife with bars, nightclubs, cinemas and theaters. Cinemas are open until 11 p.m., nightclubs until 3 a.m. and restaurants until midnight.




Deluxe hotels are essentially available in Belgrade. Hotels in the other categories often offer very limited service. The best hotels are often fully booked. Advance booking is strongly recommended.

Deluxe, A-, B-, C- and D-Class. Further information is available from travel agencies and tourist information centers.

When booking accommodation, visitors can order the VisitSerbia Card free of charge on the website, which is particularly useful in Belgrade with discounts, reductions of 20-50% or even free entry to a large number of tourist attractions.

Shopping in Serbia