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Basic Info for Visitors


About Serbia



Time Zone



Electric Current



Telephone & Internet


Postal Services


Guide Books





Serbia is located in the central part of the Balkan Peninsula, on the most important route linking Europe and Asia, occupying an area of 88, 361 sq. km.

The terrain is extremely varied in such a way that in the north there are rich fertile plains, to the east, limestone ranges and basins and to the southeast, ancient mountains and hills. Northern Serbia is mainly flat, while its central and southern areas consist of highlands and mountains. The flatlands are mainly in Vojvodina (the Pannonian Plain and its rim: Macva, the Sava Valley, the Morava Valley, Stig and the Negotin Marches in Eastern Serbia). 55 per cent of Serbia is arable land, and 27 per cent is forested. Of its mountains 15 reach heights of over 2,000 meters , the highest being Djeravica in the Prokletija range (2,656 m).



Its climate is temperate continental, with a gradual transition between the four seasons of the year.

In the north, continental climate (cold winters and hot, humid summers with well distributed rainfall).

In other parts, continental and Mediterranean climate (hot, dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy snowfall).



Time Zone

Serbia is in the West European time zone (one hour ahead of Greenwich time - GMT+1).

Time difference with Japan: 8 hours (winter time) or 7 hours (summer time) ahead of Serbia.


Holidays (opened only hospitals on duty and designated institutions)

January 1st, 2nd
New Year
January 7th First day of Christmas
February 15th National Day (Sretenje)
May 1st – 2nd Labor Day
April or May Orthodox Easter



Usual working hours are from 08:00 till 20:00 (working days) or from 08:00 till 15:00 (Saturday). During Sundays and holidays, designated pharmacies are opened non-stop 00:00 till 24:00.

Electric current


Type of current

Frequency of current

Number of phases

Nominal voltage

Number of wires

Frequency stability








Please note that the socket is different.

Type(s) of plug

Type F




To Serbia: by plane, bus, train or car.

In Serbia: by train, bus, taxi or car.

Please note that if you use city buses, there are no fixed time tables.


Telephone & Internet Access

Country code number +381.

Main area code numbers: Belgrade (0)11, Novi Sad (0)21, Niš (0)18.

For international phone calls from Serbia, exit code number: 99 + country code number+area code number.

Emergency numbers: Police 92, Fire brigade 93, ER 94.

Phone call is possible at Post Office or in the street (phone booth) for which one need a telephone card.

GSM wireless service is available through two providers with national coverage: 064 MTS - Mobilna telefonija Srbije, 063 TELENOR and 062 VIP Mobile.

Best telecommunications service is mainly in urban centers.

Rental service for mobile phone is not yet available.

Internet service is available at designated cafes (like “Dom omladine”). Home connections are still somewhere dial-up but 65% of telephone network was digitalized until 2005.



Apart from shops advised by Tourism Organization of Belgrade on their web site there are also two more shops:

- Very popular place is so called “Zdravo zivo” (two stores in the center of Belgrade) but web site is available only in Serbian, but you can check out the photo album on the following link:

- Hidden shop in the center of Belgrade “Artefakt” at the 8 Nikola Pašić Square, E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Guide Books

Available in Japan (through, abroad and Serbia.

List of guidebooks in English on Serbia:

1. “Serbia in your hands”, by Komshe

2. “Serbia”, by Bradt

List of guidebooks in English on Belgrade:

1. “Best of Belgrade”, by Lonely Planet

2. “Bradt City Guide Belgrade”, by Bradt

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