Last update 18 March 2020Diplomatic missions
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diplomatic representations of the republic of bulgaria to the republic of serbia
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria
Address: "Birchaninova" str. № 26, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Telephone: +381 11 36 13 980; +381 11 36 13 990
Out-of-hours hotlines: + 381 11 36 13 980; + 381 11 36 13 990
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/serbia
Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Nis, Serbia
Address: Republic of Serbia, Nis - 18 000, “Lole Ribara” str. № 19
Telephone: +381 18 516 800
Telephone: +381 18 516 700
Telephone / Fax: +381 18 516 900
+ 381 18 516 800;
+ 381 66 840 89 51 /mobile numbers/
Email: [email protected];
Web site: www.mfa.bg /embassies/serbiagc
The Consulate General covers the territory of Bor, Zaycharski, Pirot and Pchinski districts, where the following border checkpoints are located: “Bregovo”, “Kalotina”, “Vrashka”, “Strezimirovtsi” and “Oltomantsi”.
If you have any problems at a checkpoint on the Bulgarian-Serbian border, please contact the CG – Nis for assistance.
Serbian Dinar (RSD)
Crime and security
Crime rate in the Republic of Serbia can be described as average. Situation in the central parts of large cities is calm, with increased police presence.
Pursuant to the Rules for declaring funds transferred on the territory of the Republic of Serbia (cash, checks, etc.) in excess of EUR 10,000 (ten thousand euros), their equivalent in dinars or foreign currencies is subject to declaration. Declarations must be completed at Serbian customs.
The decision provides that an individual who is not a permanent resident in the country can export abroad effective cash in amounts over EUR 10,000 under the following conditions:
- If they have declared them upon entry into the Republic of Serbia, on the basis of a certificate of import of effective cash in the Republic, provided and certified by a customs authority;
- If they had withdrawn them from an foreign exchange account or foreign exchange savings account at a bank in the Republic of Serbia, on the basis of bank confirmation;
- If they have been acquired through the sale of dinars, which were acquired earlier by using a payment card in the Republic, based on the confirmation of an exchange bureau.
The absence of a customs certificate or other document in lieu of verification of the origin of the transferred currency or its equivalent in excess of EUR 10,000 leads to the confiscation of the currency by customs officials when leaving the country.
It should be noted that the declaration of currency at the border between the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of Serbia is not respected by the customs authorities of the Republic of Montenegro and similar declaration will be required at customs posts between the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Montenegro.
In connection with frequent recent cases of detained Bulgarian citizens for customs offenses (mainly at border check-point “Horgosh”), please note that when passing through the territory of the Republic of Serbia, Bulgarian citizens who have declared the importation of household goods and items (described in their passports with a note model 13) are required when leaving the Republic of Serbia to request from the customs authorities to stamp the relevant note, proving that the declared goods and items are exported.
When entering the territory of Serbia or when transiting, foreign nationals are required to declare all goods and objects that carry with them or are in the vehicles they travel with at border check-points.
Travellers are exempt from the requirement to declare only their personal luggage.
Customs officials have the right to judge what is considered personal baggage, because the Customs Act does not define this term precisely.
In accordance with the International Convention on Customs Facilities for Tourism and Serbian legal norms, the following items may be imported in the Republic of Serbia as personal luggage:
- One perfume, one bottle of toilet water, one litre of alcohol concentrate, up to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, or 250g tobacco (total of all tobacco products up to 250 grams);
- Medical drugs in quantities for personal use (medical drugs that passengers carry in themselves do not need a prescription – but this does not apply to narcotic drugs or dual use drugs);
- Goods and objects of value up to 3,000 /three thousand/ Euro can be charged with customs duty under the so-called “accelerated procedure”, which includes a tariff rate of 10%;
- Individuals may import vehicles in the Republic of Serbia, which meet at least Euro-standard "Euro - 3". Not applicable for transit (in this case the vehicle must be declared).
The importation and transit of weapons and ammunition is absolutely prohibited.
Foreign nationals entering the Republic of Serbia can import or export without declaring funds amounting to up to EUR10 000 /ten thousand/ euros.
A declaration form for funds can be found on the website of the Customs Administration HERE.
An important feature of vehicle traffic in the Republic of Serbia is that dipped beam driving is mandatory throughout the year.
On September 19, 2010, new amendments to the Rules on the Technical Requirements for Vehicles entered into force in the Republic of Serbia.
Major changes include the mandatory movement of vehicles with two winter tires mounted on driving wheels over the period from November 1st to April 1st. The Rules allow vehicles to be equipped with summer tires, but the thickness of the protector must be at least 4 /four/ mm.
In addition, according to changes in the Rules, all vehicles must also have an emergency set /meeting of Serbian standards/ and for the winter period - snow chains and a spare set of bulbs.
Carrying a reflective vest by the driver when leaving the vehicle /when stopping outside settlements/ is compulsory for the territory of Serbia.
For drivers it is important to know the penalties provided by Law for Road Traffic, which can be found HERE.
It is important to know that after the introduction of visas for Serbian citizens since 01.01.2007 and compliance with requirements for an international health insurance by the Serbian side, the execution of the agreement for medical care was suspended. Bulgarian citizens need to pay the price of medical services received in Serbian health centres.
Travel papers and visas
From 12.06.2010, Bulgarian citizens can travel through the territory of Serbia and stay in the country for up to 90 days within 6 months with a valid passport or identity card only.
In conjunction with the new “Foreigners Act” adopted by the Serbian National Assembly on 01.04.2009 and in force from 05.2009, foreigners who have a permanent residence document must apply for extension of stay 30 days before expiry of the validity of the residence document. Permanent residency can be obtained by a foreigner who intends to work, develop business, be a student or an exchange student, conduct research and/or other scientific and educational activities, or seek family reunion.
The Serbian government has adopted a normative document “Regulations on conditions for non-admittance of foreigners in the territory of Serbia" from 11.09.2009, under which a foreigner may not be allowed entry into the Serbian territory, if authorised authorities confirm that the person does not have money equal to EUR 50 for each day of stay (in cash, bank account, travel check, credit card). Foreigners arriving in Serbia at the invitation of foreign diplomatic missions, international organisations, as well as in connection with providing economic, humanitarian and other assistance are exempt from this obligation.
There are no additional requirements for the validity of passports and identity cards of Bulgarian citizens.
Certification and Legalisation
The Consular Office in Belgrade cannot certify documents that are to be registered with the Registry Agency, such as waiver of inheritance and deeds for the transfer of ownership.
Issuance of Bulgarian identity documents
The Consular Office in Belgrade is accepting applications for new Bulgarian identity documents (passports, identity cards and driving licenses).
The deadline for the preparation of documents under applications submitted before the Consular Office is up to 90 days.
When applying for issuing documents to minors, the written consent of both parents is required.
The Consular Office in Belgrade is accepting primary documents for registration of birth, marriage or death, which will be sent to Bulgaria through official channels.