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Can tourists drive in Serbia?

In order for you to drive in Serbia, you would need an International Driving License, your local valid driver’s license, your passport, and your car rental and insurance documents. An international driver’s license is required by Serbia and will be asked from you during checkpoints, inspections, and toll booths. Also, car rental companies will ask for it, in order to rent any motor vehicle. Luckily, applying for an IDP is very easy.

Do I need an international driving permit for Serbia?

Yes. However, there are some driving licenses that are an exception to this. Driving licenses from the United Kingdom and UAE do not necessarily need an international driver’s license as long you will not stay for more than three months within a single-entry.

It is still highly suggested that nationals from these countries still apply for an IDP. Most car rental companies will ask for an IDP, regardless of your nationality or home country. During checkpoints and police inspections, you will also be asked for an IDP. To ensure a hassle-free road trip, you will need to apply for an IDP before you arrive in Serbia.

How do I get an International Drivers License in Serbia?

You can apply for an International Driver’s Permit for Serbia online through our website. All you need to do is fill up the application form with your details such as your name, address, contact number, and zip code. You will also need to upload two passport-sized photos.

Your International Driver’s Permit will be valid for six months in Serbia in accordance with their rules and regulations. Your International Driver’s Permit is not a visa; it is only a translation of your local driving licence. You will need a separate application for your visa, depending on your country. The IDP translates your home country driver’s license into English or other widely spoken languages worldwide. International Driving Permit is recognized in 150+ countries worldwide. Some of them include: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Iceland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and many more.

Top Destinations in Serbia

Republic of Serbia is one of the countries that is part of the famous Balkan Peninsula, with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, North Macedonia, and Montenegro as its neighboring countries. Serbia also shares borders with Albania, Bulgaria, Hungary, and Romania, making it a landlocked country. Below is a list of places you can visit when going to Serbia.

Kalemegdan Park

Kalemegdan is the biggest park in Belgrade and is home to the historic Kalemegdan Fortress. Kalemagdan Park offers many activities to those who want to visit the park. You can explore the historic fortress, go inside the planetarium, visit the famous Military Museum, or just take a leisurely walk across the park.

There is so much in store in Kalemegdan Park, as there are many hidden gems throughout the place. You can also visit the zoo, take a picture of the Victor statue – the symbol of Belgrade, watch concerts, and even see art exhibits. Once you’re done exploring the place, don’t forget to try the local cuisine, as Kalemegdan park is surrounded by many romantic restaurants and cafes.

Devil’s Town

Devil’s Town (Djavolja Varoš) is a famous geographical formation found in the village of Djake, which means blood. Devil’s Town features 200 stone formations that are said to be wedding guests that were petrified by the devil. The local lore tells us that the wedding was that of siblings’; because of this, the devil was said to curse everyone who attended the ceremony.

If you explore the outskirts of Devil’s Town, you will find ravines called Djavolja (Devil’s) and Paklena (Hell’s). It is also said that there are two natural springs surrounding the area. One will cause you to be petrified or cursed by the devil, while the other natural spring will cure any disease or affliction.

Stara Planina Nature Reserve

Stara Planina Nature Reserve is a beautiful nature reserve filled with miles of untouched nature. The nature reserve is often visited by adventure seekers who want to climb frozen waterfalls or those who wish to ski down the slopes of the mountains. If you want a more laid-back experience, you can also visit the famous climbing spots, go fishing by the long rivers, see the ruins, or just bask in nature’s glory.

You can also find various remains of medieval architecture, monasteries, and even tools from the prehistoric period. The nature reserve is also the home to various endangered and rare species of both plants and animals, making it one of the most ecologically diverse places in Serbia.

Nis

Nis is the third-largest city in Serbia and is filled with diverse attractions for all ages. From blood-pumping adventures to laidback historical strolls, Nis has everything you could ask for. Get a glimpse of Serbia during the Ottoman Empire and visit places like the Skull Tower and Oplenac Church – one of the most majestic churches in the region, featuring mosaics and glass paintings. Oplenac church also acts as a mausoleum for the members of the Karađorđević dynasty.

You can also go on a food adventure and visit the different food stalls along the streets of Nis. After all, Nis is known for being one of the places with the best food in all of Serbia. If you want to see the city from above, you can also go paragliding to get the best view of this charming city. Before leaving the city, be sure to also check out the little alleys and streets that offer souvenirs and metal charms.

Uvac Canyon

Uvac Canyon is the best place for you to see the famous Uvac River – a lime green river that runs in a zigzag. Follow the hiking trail that passes through lookouts, a two-kilometer ice cave, and places great for bird watching. Once you reach the top of the canyon, you will be in awe as you see the Uyac River and the mountains ahead.

You can also join or book your own tour in the canyon that lets you go on a kayak adventure. If you want, you can also ask for a guide for the hiking trail. There are also some galleries at the bottom of the canyon where you can see beautiful art and ornaments.

Sremski Karlovci

Visit Sremski Karlovci, known as Serbia’s prettiest town. Here you can see beautiful baroque-style buildings, as the place was once the home of an ancient Roman fortress. This little town is also known as the city of wine, culture, and spirituality; it is one of the best places in Serbia to fully immerse yourself in the country’s culture and history.

Here you can visit one of the many beautiful churches, enjoy the local wine in one of the many cafes, or take part in the town’s poetry festival. Sremski Karlovci is a place of art and inspiration and a meeting place for famous poets, cultural elites, and prominent figures throughout history. Before leaving the town, don’t forget to drink the water from the Four Lions fountain in the city center. It is said that all those who drink from the fountain will return to Sremski Karlovci and will get married there.

Most Important Rules of Driving in Serbia

In order to have a hassle-free and safe trip, you need to follow the driving rules in Serbia. Most of the driving rules in Serbia are the same as most countries: like using mobile phone while driving is strictly forbidden. So brushing up on the general driving rules won't’ be as difficult. Below are some of the most important driving rules.

Carry your important documents

When driving in Serbia always carry your important documents:

International Driving Permit
Valid driver’s license from your home country
Your passport
Car rental and insurance documents.

Please note that if you plan to visit country in the neighbourhood - Bosnia, you will need green card.

Drunk driving is against the law

Drunk driving is prohibited in Serbia, and the authorities are rigorous in implementing this law. There might be random police stops and inspections during your trip, and sometimes they will ask you to perform a breathalyzer test. The blood alcohol limit in Serbia is only 0.02% for the locals and tourists. For professional and commercial drivers, there is a zero percent blood alcohol limit.

Be Cautious in Using Your Horn

There are certain areas in Serbia that do not allow you to use your horn except during imminent danger and emergencies. City centers prohibit you from using your horn from 11:30 PM to 7 AM. However, if you are driving through rural areas, you are expected to use your horn if you intend to pass another vehicle. There will be road signs indicating if you are allowed to honk your horn or not, so you have to be aware of your surroundings.

Wear your seatbelt at all times

Serbian road traffic law requires you and the passengers of the vehicle to wear your seatbelt properly. Police authorities are also rigorous when implementing this law, and they will not hesitate to pull you over if you are caught not wearing your seatbelt correctly or at all. Serbia wants to increase its seatbelt use percentage like other highly developed countries like France and Germany.

Speed Limits

50 km/h (31 mph) within inhabited places.

80 km/h (50 mph) outside inhabited places.

100 km/h (62 mph) on expressways.

130 km/h (81 mph) on motorways.

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