Is eating safe in Serbia

Travel to Serbia

The Austrian business delegates not only know the local economy: They are also your personal travel guides

Travel information

So that you arrive safely and do not stand in front of closed doors, our business delegates give you an overview of the most important information on arrival and departure, public holidays and business hours, as well as safety instructions. Nothing can go wrong on your business trip.

You can also find travel information in the country report for Serbia.

entry

Austrian citizens only need an identity card or passport that is valid until departure. The maximum length of stay without a visa is 90 days. For longer stays, a visa must be applied for at the competent Serbian representation authority.

There are good direct flight connections between Vienna and Belgrade with Austrian or Air Serbia. Traveling by car from Vienna or Graz takes about six hours. If you are arriving by car, you can check the waiting times in front of border crossings or construction sites on the website of the Serbian Automobile Club.

Items for personal use may be imported duty-free. It is mandatory that travelers when entering Serbia verbally declare all items that go beyond the scope of normal luggage.

Holidays and business hours

There are generally fewer public holidays in Serbia than in Austria. In addition to the national holiday on February 15/16. is also the 11.11. a fixed holiday. Please keep the Orthodox Holidays (Christmas and Easter) in mind when planning your trip.

Holidays 2021

01/01/02/01 New Year
07.01. first Orthodox Christmas Day
02/15/16/02 National Day of Serbia
04/30 Good Friday
03.05. Easter Monday
04.05. Easter Tuesday
05/01/02/05 Labor Day
11.11. Signing of the armistice in World War I

Business hours

Business hours are not uniform in retail, but they are very extended. Department stores and grocery stores are often open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., some also on Sundays.

Banks: Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday mostly 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other Information

Political discussions and the depiction of Serbia without Kosovo as an integral part of the country on presentations, product packaging or catalogs should be avoided in order to avoid possible irritation.

security

Business travelers are advised to exercise the usual care (do not leave any valuables in the vehicle, do not spend the night in the vehicle at rest stops along the motorway, etc.)

Emergency calls: Police 192, Fire Brigade 193, Ambulance 194.

You can find more security information about Serbia on the website of the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.

The Austrian Chamber of Commerce assumes no guarantee or liability for the completeness of the travel information and any damage resulting therefrom.

Hotels and restaurants

The Austrian business delegates know the local economy. - In every sense!

From a restaurant around the corner for a business lunch to a five-star restaurant for concluding your contract: Here you will find restaurant and hotel tips for every occasion.

Hotels

The Austrian business delegates know the local economy. - In every sense!

From a restaurant around the corner for a business lunch to a five-star restaurant for concluding your contract: Here you will find restaurant and hotel tips for every occasion.

Radisson Collection Hotel Belgrade
(4 stars)
Bulevar Vojvode Misica, Belgrade

Hotel Falkensteiner
(4 stars)
Bulevar Mihila Pupina 10, Belgrade

Crowne Plaza Hotel Belgrade
(4 stars)
Vladimira Popovica 10 Popovica 10, New Belgrade

Restaurants

Good restaurants and cafés are easy to find, although the upscale ones are inexpensive by Western standards.

Madera
Bulevar kralja Aleksandra 43, Belgrade
Smokovica restaurants
Several locations
Jerry Novi Beograd
Trešnjinog Cveta 11, New Belgrade

Dos and don'ts

Our Foreign Trade Center has prepared some information on local business practices for you so that you can move around the world safely.

Like all peoples in the Balkans, the Serbs are more relational than objective-oriented. Therefore, in order to build long-term business relationships, it is important to communicate well on a personal level as well. To loosen up and to get to know each other, it is therefore quite common to make “small talk” about general topics.

Society and social events are important, invitations to dinner or at least coffee should not be turned down. Eating is usually late (at noon around 2 p.m., in the evening not before 8 p.m. or rather 9 p.m.). You should take your time for invitations to restaurants, the concept of a “working lunch” has not yet established itself here.

As a non-smoker you have to be tolerant, as smoking is allowed everywhere, and you shouldn't bump into loud music. Tips in the restaurants are common, but you should pay attention to whether a service surcharge has already been included in the bill. Status symbols play a major role in this region, and also in Serbia.

Women in particular are usually very carefully dressed and coiffed, and casualness is not common here, especially when it comes to professional appearances.

Our book "Dos and Don‘ts", which you can find in the WKÖ's web shop, offers more intercultural know-how.