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We wish to welcome all those visiting our website. This is an additional source of information about our country and its people which covers a variety of topics, ranging from politics and economy to culture, science and tourism.

Our main goal is not only to maintain friendly relations with our host country – Japan, but also to enhance those relations across the board.

Bearing in mind challenges of the new millennium and an increasing interconnectedness of the countries around the world, we wish to make a small contribution by providing the latest information about Republic of Serbia to the Japanese people and to all other friends of our country.

Welcome to the Republic of Serbia





  • About Serbia
  • Main Events
  • Culture & Sport

    Tradition & Customs


    National clothes




    Basic Dictionary


    Tradition & Costumes

    Traditional costume of Serbian village


    Milena Pavlović Barili, Serbian painter



    The oldest manuscript book and a monument of Old-Serbian literacy is Miroslav's Gospel (Serbian: Мирославово јеванђеље / Miroslavovo jevandjelje), a 362-page liturgic book written in a transitional form between Old Church Slavic and Serbo-Slavic) between 1180 and 1191. It was written by two monks pupils, Grigorije and probably Varsameleon, on a white parchment paper for Miroslav, the Duke of Zahumlje, brother of King Stefan Nemanja.

    Miroslav's Gospel explains the origin of the Cyrillic script, the letters in it are a masterpiece of calligraphy and illustrations are daring and magnificent miniatures, vignettes and initials. For centuries Miroslav's Gospel has been kept in the Hilandar monastery of the Serb Orthodox Church, on Mount Athos, Greece. In 2005 Miroslav's Gospel was entered into UNESCO program Memory of the World.

    Medieval Serbian literature was dominated by folk songs and epics passed orally from generation to generation. Historic events, such as the "Battle of Kosovo" (Serbian: Бој на Косову / Boj na Kosovu) in the 14th century play a major role in the development of the Serbian epic poetry. One of the first countries to win independence from the Ottoman Empire, the Serbian independence movement sparked the first works of modern Serbian literature.

    Furthermore, Vuk Stefanović Karadžić, a friend of J. W. von Goethe famous, became the first person to collect folk songs and epics and to publish them in a book. Vuk Karadžić is regarded as the premier Serbian philologist, who together with Đuro Daničić played a major role in reforming the modern Serbian language, though in recent times his work has been widely criticized for destroying the ethos of the Serbian language.



    In the 20th century, Serbian literature flourished and a myriad of young and talented writers appeared. Ivo Andrić published The Bridge on the Drina (На Дрини ћуприја / Na Drini ćuprija) in 1945, for which he received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961 (link to Ivo Andric Foundation). The famous writers also include Miloš Crnjanski, Meša Selimović, Dobrica Ćosić, Borislav Pekić, Milorad Pavić, Danilo Kiš and many others.


    National Clothes

    There are several types of national dresses depending on the region of origin.

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    Musical composition and performance from the eighteenth century to the present

    While music played an important role in the Serbian medieval state (from the twelfth to the fifteenth century), official music died out during the period of Turkish enslavement. The Serbs in Vojvodina (within the borders of the Habsburg empire) once again became involved in European musical trends in the eighteenth century, but they did not forget their traditional roots. The patrons of iconostases, portraits and still life paintings also enjoyed music which set itself apart from oriental models. Even so, little is known about ecclesiastical and secular music of that time.

    In the nineteenth century Serbian music developed wherever the Serbs lived, in Serbia and the Austro-Hungarian cities where the Serbs had settled, and there were centres in Belgrade and in towns all over Vojvodina. The music was mostly in the service of patriotic ideas and of the preservation of the nation. Theatre music was fostered in the National Theatre in Novi Sad (founded in 1861) which put on performances for Serbian audiences in towns in Vojvodina and Slavonija, and at the National Theatre in Belgrade (founded in 1868).

    Orchestra concerts began in 1842 in Belgrade, and soon after Johann Strauss did a guest performance there with his orchestra, performing his own compositions which had been inspired by the Serbian folk melodies as well, and other foreign artists followed suit. In 1899, the Serbian School of Music was founded.

    The Belgrade Philharmonic was founded in 1923. Music teaching was held in two music schools and at the Academy of Music, founded in 1937.
    Famous composers and musicians of secular and ecclesiastical national music:


    Kornelije Stankovic (1831-1865) composer, pianist and director, who also recorded national music


    Stevan Stojanovic Mokranjac (1856-1914) the central character in Serbian music was, who had been raised on the tradition of Serbian church and folk music. Mokranjac's "Fifteen Song Collections" (1883-1909), an a capella choir composition, based on the folk melodies of Serbia and Old Serbia, and on that of Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Bosnia, is one of the greatest achievements of Serbian music.

    Josif Marinkovic (1851-1931), who was a director of the Belgrade Academic Choir Society called "Obilic". As a superb Romanticist, the author of patriotic choir songs, a choir piece under the influence of folk music and solos of exceptional highly developed melody based on the text of Serbian songs.

    Stanislav Binicki (1872-1942) proved his musical abilities as a director and composer. Among his compositions is also the opera Rising Early, in the style of Italian veristic opera and Serbian urban folklore.

    Isidor Bajic (1878-1915), proved himself to be a skilled organiser in the musical life of Novi Sad, where he started the "Serbian Music Journal" and a notated edition of the Serbian musical library. He also founded the Music School.


    Petar Konjovic's (1883-1970) one of the founders of the Academy of Music and the Institute of Musicology in Belgrade. He composed operas inspired by folk music, stylistically close to the work of Leos Janacek. His operas, The Prince of Zeta (1929) and Kostana (1931; performed in Brno in 1932 and in Prague in 1935) were done conceptually as musical dramas.


    Stevan Hristic (1885-1958) was the director of the Belgrade Philharmonic and the Belgrade Opera. He showed a special inclination for vocal music, composing technically cultivated works in the neo- romanticist, veristic and romanticist-impressionist style, sometimes hued with the folk melodies.

    Kosta Manojlovic (1890-1949), the author of modally hued choir pieces who dealt with music history and ethnomusicology.



    The traditional Serbian dance is a circle dance called kolo. It is a collective dance, where a group of people (usually several dozen, at the very least three) hold each other by the hands or around the waist dancing, forming a circle (hence the name), semicircle or spiral.


    There are some famous folklore dance groups, and some of them have already performed in Japan (Kolo, Sanja Marinković, Branko Krsmanović, Abrašević etc).



    The most popular sports in Serbia are football, basketball, volleyball and vaterpolo - group sports in which our national teams have achieved the highest results. On the other hand, sports popular in Japan, such as baseball and golf have scarce number of admirers.










    The most famous in Japan, among the fooball players from Serbia, is definitely Dragan Stojkovic Piksi. In the spring of 1994 Stojković signed with Japanese J-League team Nagoya Grampus Eight, then managed by Arsène Wenger and featuring Gary Lineker. He spent seven seasons with the Grampus Eight, retiring as a player in 2001. Stojković played 183 matches for the club, scoring 57 times. He was named J-League MVP for the 1995 season. In Japan there is a monument in his honour, a stadium and a street named after him.

    Upon retiring, he became the president of the Yugoslav Football Association, and then President of the Red Star Belgrade Football Club (Crvena zvezda Beograd). From February 2008, he is a manager of Nagoya Grampus Eight Football Club, along with his countrymen, Assistant Bosko Djurovski and Milos Bajalica, defender from Red Star Belgrade.



    Owing to their talents, some number of basketball players plays in the world famous NBA league. For example, Vlade Divac was drafted into the NBA in 1989, and played for the Los Angeles Lakers being one of the first European players to have an impact on the league. He was first traded to the Charlotte Hornets and later signed as a free agent with the Sacramento Kings to 2004 alongside fellow countryman Pedja Stojakovic.

    Link to the official web site of  the Baskeball Federation of Serbia




    This sports is becoming increasingly popular in Serbia, as well as in Japan. National Team of Serbia (men and women) had the opportunity to participate in World Championships organized in Japan in 2006.

    Link to web site of Volleball Federation of Serbia




    Maybe this sport is not the most popular in Japan, but our country had achieved some great results in these sport in history. The players as well as coaches have good reputation.




    Olivera Jevtić (born July 24th, 1977 in Užice, Serbia) is a Serbian distance runner and is the most succesful in the country. She is based in Užice, Serbia. Olivera's coach is Slavko Kuzmanović and she competes for running club "Mladost". Olivera holds Serbian marathon record of 2:25:23 (Fortis Rotterdam Marathon, 2003).

    She won the silver medal in the marathon at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, and was 4th in International WOmen Marathon in Tokyo, 2006.

    Some results

    • 2006 European Championship marathon silver medal
    • 2005 Saint Silvester Marathon 1st place
    • 2004 Olympic games marathon 6th place
    • 2003 New York City Marathon 9th place
    • 2003 World Championship marathon 8th place
    • 2003 Amsterdam Marathon 1st place
    • 2002 New York City Marathon 3rd place (debut and DSQ)
    • 2001 World Half Marathon Championships 7th place
    • 1998 European Championship 10,000m fourth
    • 1998 European Championship 5,000m fourth
    • 1996 Junior World Championship 5,000m silver medal

    Dragutin Topić (1971~) is a Serbian athlete, a World junior record holder with 2.37. He won World Junior Championships 1990, three weeks before his win at European Championships. In high jump won European Indoor 1996 and World University Games 1995, 3rd at European Indoor 1992 and at GP 1994. He has set 5 national records.




    Jelena Janković (Serbian Cyrillic: Јелена Јанковић; born on February 28, 1985 in Belgrade, Serbia) is a Serbian professional tennis player. The first tennis moves Jelena has learned in Tennis Club Red Star. As a nine-and-a-half year old she was introduced to tennis by elder brother and fitness coach Marko and later she was trained at the Tennis Academy of Nick Bollettieri. As a junior she won 2001 Australian Open. From 2001, she started to play on WTA Tour, with her first tournament at Indian Wells Masters, when she reached second round.

    She entered the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) top 15 in late 2006, when she reached semi-finals at US Open. At the beginning of 2007, Jelena became top 10 tennis player and currently is World Rank No. 4.




    Ana Ivanović (Serbian Cyrillic: Ана Ивановић, born November 6, 1987 in Belgrade, Serbia) is a former World No.1 Serbian tennis player. As of June 14, 2010, she is ranked World No. 45 by the WTA rankings. She won the 2008 French Open and was the runner-up in singles at the 2007 French Open and the 2008 Australian Open.



    Novak Đoković (Serbian Cyrillic: Новак Ђоковић, born May 22, 1987 in Belgrade, Serbia) is a professional Serbian tennis player. An up-and-coming player at 19 years of age, Đoković has already proven himself to be an all-court player with an abundance of talent. He participated in the 2006 Hopman Cup with fellow Serbian player Ana Ivanović where the pairing narrowly missed the final.

    He continued his great run in 2006 by shooting up the rankings. He has won one Grand Slam singles title, the 2008 Australian Open, becoming the first player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam singles title and the youngest player in the open era to have reached the semifinals of all four Grand Slam events.[1] He was also the runner-up at the 2007 US Open and a bronze medalist representing Serbia at the 2008 Olympic Games. In addition, Djokovic won the Tennis Masters Cup in 2008 and has won five Masters Series tournaments.. Currently, Novak Djokovic is World No. 3.




    Jasna Šekarić (Serbian Cyrillic: Јасна Шекарић) (1965~) is a sport shooter, representing Serbia. She has won one Olympic gold medal and three World Championships in 10 m Air Pistol. In 1992, she lost the Olympic gold despite having the same score as winner Marina Logvinenko.

    Šekarić was elected world’s best shooter of the year thrice (1990, 1994 and 2005), and the International Shooting Sport Federation awarded her the title of “Shooter of the Millennium” in 2000. Furthermore she was a three-time world champion (Budapest 1987, Sarajevo 1989, and Milan 1994). Apart from that, she was a four-time European champion in the individual competitions (Espoo 1986; Manchester 1991, Budapest 1992, Budapest 1996, and Belgrade 2005).

    Šekarić triumphed six times in the World Cup Finals and won six “Crystal Globes” – one in the sport pistol (1988) and five in the air pistol (1990, 1996, 1997, and 2005). In the 1996 World Cup Finals she first equalled the world record with 392, and then bettered it to 492.7. She won a total numer of 90 medals in major competitions: Olympic Games, European and World Championships, World Cups, and Mediterranean Games.

  • Consular Services

    Visas regime

    List of Border Crossings


    Custom formalities

    Visa Requirements

    Submission Procedure

    Visa Fee

    Payment Procedure



    Visa Reqirements


    Important Notice

    We would like to inform all potential visa applicants about the changes regarding the application procedure for all types of visa.

    After June 1, 2010, once the applicant submits its visa request, it will be necessary to obtain an approval of the relevant authorities of the Republic of Serbia as a precondition for visa issuance. Thus, we advise all potential travelers to Serbia to plan their visit and submit the visa application well in advance.

    If you are not sure whether you need a visa to enter Republic of Serbia, please first visit the link Visas regime to check the current visa regime situation between Serbia and your country.

    Requirements vary depending on the type of visa the applicant is applying for. Basic requirements for visit are:

    1. Valid passport (vallidity must be at least 90 days from the day of the visa issuance)
    2. Original document on status in Japan (alien registration card, international student card, re-entry visa etc)
    3. Two photos 3.5 X 4.5 cm
    4. Filled visa application form in 2 copies, signed in person (click here to download English version or Japanese version)
    5. Invitation/guarantee letter by individual, company or organization residing in Serbia and verified by verified by the competent Serbian authority (city hall or municipal court).
    For private visit: Letter of invitation by hosting party (click here to download)
    For business visit: Invitation by the company from Serbia (click here to download)
    For touristic visit: Receipt or authorized tourist company certifying that the travel arrangement has been paid for (letter of credit or other payment receipt)
    6. Copy of return ticket (air, train etc.) or confirmation slip (in case of having booked already). In case of travelling by car, photocopies of International driving license and Car insurance certificate are required
    7. Travel itineraire
    8. Accomodation confirmation (if applicable)
    9. Proof of sufficient funds in hard currency for the stay in the Republic of Serbia (bank account certificate etc.), minimum 50 EUR per day
    10. Certificate of health, in case when it is required

    For Type D visa (long or temporary stay) reqirements, please click here.

    The Embassy reserves the right to ask for the additional documents.

    Note: Transit visa applicants are required to obtain visa for the country they will visit after the transit through the Republic of Serbia.


    Submission Procedure

    To submit the documents in person, applicant is required first to make an appointment.

    Those one living far from Tokyo can send the original documents by post enclosing either money for freight sevice DHL in Japan or self addressed envelope (with enough stamps) or arranging with DHL, Kuroneko etc. to return it back to them. In any case, the applicants are required to bare the postal costs.

    If needed, the interview with the applicant can be conducted in the Embassy’s premises.


    Visa fee

    Visa fee varies on the type of visa. Visa Fee is non-refundable. If visa application is approved, an aditional cost of 323 JPY must be paid at the moment of passport hand over.


    Type of Visa

    Fee Amount*

    Airport transit - single entry (type A1)

    9.704 JPY + 485 JPY (administrative costs) = 10.189 JPY

    Airport transit - multiple entries (type A2)

    9.704 JPY + 485 JPY (administrative costs) = 10.189 JPY

    Transit - single entry (type B1)

    9.704 JPY + 485 JPY (administrative costs) = 10.189 JPY

    Transit - two entries (type B2)

    9.704 JPY + 485 JPY (administrative costs) = 10.189 JPY

    Transit - multiple entries (type B3)

    9.704 JPY + 485 JPY (administrative costs) = 10.189 JPY

    Short stay (up to 30 days) - single entry (type C1)

    9.704 JPY + 485 JPY (administrative costs) = 10.189 JPY

    Short stay (up to 90 days) - single entry (type C2)

    9.704 JPY + 485 JPY (administrative costs) = 10.189 JPY

    Short stay (up to 1 year) - multiple entries (type C3)

    9.704 JPY + 485 JPY (administrative costs) = 10.189 JPY

    Short stay (up to 5 years) - multiple entries (type C4)

    9.704 JPY + 485 JPY (administrative costs) = 10.189 JPY

    Long or Temporary stay - (visas type D1 and D2)

    4.852 JPY + 485 JPY (administrative costs) = 5.337 JPY

    * Please note that Visa Fee is non-refundable. If visa application is approved, an aditional cost of 323 JPY must be paid at the moment of passport hand over.


    Payment Procedure

    Visa and administrative fee (¥9.704 + ¥485) must be paid on the same day as the submittance of the visa application.

    Only cash payments are accepted.

    For further inquires, please contact Consular Affairs Office on 03-3447-3571 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



    New entry procedures to Japan to be introduces on November 20, 2007

    From 20 November 2007 (tentative) all non-Japanese citizens will need to provide their fingerprints and have a photograph taken on entry to Japan. These changes have been brought about in order to prevent the entry of internationally known criminals, terrorists and persons who have previously been deported from Japan.

    Persons who are exempted from providing this information include:

    1. Special permanent residents (citizens of Korean and Chinese origins)
    2. Persons under 16 years of age
    3. Persons with the status of residence of 'Diplomat' or 'Official'
    4. Persons invited by the head of any national administrative organisation
    5. Persons prescribed by the Ministry of Justice as equivalent to either (3) or (4).

    APEC travel card holders
    APEC travel card holders will be subject to the new entry procedures, however, they will still be afforded priority through a dedicated lane at the primary line.

    The biometric data that is collected will be securely stored and protected through encryption, access restrictions and other measures, which were not expanded on.

    Refusal to provide fingerprints or photo
    If a person refuses to provide their biometric data, they will be refused entry and will be deported on the next available flight.