How Safe Is Serbia for Travel?

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Serbia is located on Balkan peninsula, with plain lands on the north and mountains with popular ski resorts in the south.

The capital city, Belgrade, is the reason why the tourist flow has considerably increased in the past decades, since its nightlife and extremely friendly people are so welcoming and offbeat, that more and more tourists come to Serbia every year, especially during the summer months.

Of course, the political situation had a lot to do with the increase of tourists, since it has finally settled after many, many years of war.

Serbia has always been a kind of an unknown surprise, even for people living in Europe, and they are always surprised, rightly so, at how welcoming its cities are, as well as its culture.

It is a cradle of many cultures and has a heavy load of history, which makes it a real gem for any tourist.

And since its people are so warm – this country is considered to be very much safe.

Warnings & Dangers in Serbia

Overall Risk


Serbia is generally very safe. It is ranked 31st of 162 on the list of the safest and most dangerous countries. Its people are very kind and happy to help, and tourists especially shouldn't encounter any bigger problems in Serbia.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Transportation in Serbia is overall safe. Just be on the lookout for pickpockets on public transportation, and double-check if the taximeter is on when you enter a taxi.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpocketing and bag snatching are the most common form of street crime in Belgrade, so if you do encounter any problems it will probably be pickpocketing that mostly happens in public transportation. Be extremely careful when entering any bus in this country's capital, since its pickpockets are very skillful and you won't even notice anything missing until you get off the bus.

Natural Disasters Risk


In the past couple of years, the only natural disaster that severely affected Serbia was flooding of large proportions, with even fatal results. Apart from that, Belgrade stands in the seismically active area (Level 2a), but earthquakes of any kind rarely happen.

Mugging Risk


Mugging exists but is rare. There have been reports of kidnapping either as a consequence of someone failing to pay a debt, or kidnapping by rival criminal organizations. Crimes like these do happen, but have declined in the last decade significantly, and are not likely to happen to a tourist.

Terrorism Risk


Terrorist attacks are more likely to happen in most popular European capitals such as Paris, London, etc., than in Belgrade. There is a risk of a terrorist attack happening but it is really low.

Scams Risk


Any newcomer is in danger of scams when visiting a new country, and the same applies to Serbia. The most common scams are people ripping you off in bars or clubs, or by the street vendors, as well as drink spiking in strip clubs.

Women Travelers Risk


Serbia is very safe for women travelers. Attacks rarely happen, if ever, but still, be on the lookout at all times, especially at night, or in deserted areas, empty, poorly lit streets, etc.

So... How Safe Is Serbia Really?

Serbia is known for its warm and welcoming nation, and even more so towards tourist, so it often happens that the main tourist impression of Serbia is how kind its people are.

Therefore, it is no surprise that this country is considered to be very safe for any tourist to visit.

However, as anywhere, there are places that should be avoided, and if you use basic precaution measures, your trip should go smoothly.

Even though the main concern for visitors is pickpocketing, it should be noted that crime rate in Serbia is high, due to the activity of organized crime groups, constantly fighting over prominent areas, and their conflicts often end in violence.

As for its nightlife, which is highly popular in Serbia, the most popular place to be in Belgrade, since it is filled with clubs, bars and places called “splavovi” (meaning, basically, a club floating on water) that are open until early morning.

However, these floating clubs are generally owned by the Balkan criminal organizations and if any confrontation happens there, it usually also ends in violence, so although these places might be very attractive for newcomers, it may be best to avoid them.

Serbian people are very involved in sports and are usually ardent fans of one of two most popular rival clubs: Red Star or Partizan.

Visiting their games could be potentially dangerous for tourists (and not only for tourists), since there have been cases of foreigners being attacked by the fans of these clubs, in Serbia known as “hooligans”.

They are more often than not connected to criminal groups or ultra-nationalist organizations, so be extra cautious when attending sports games, especially because the rivalry between these two teams is extremely intense.

When it comes to street crime, the most dangerous thing that can happen to you is pickpocketing, usually in public transportation, crowded places such as bus stations in the city (the most popular city bus station Zeleni Venac is notorious for pickpockets) and the main pedestrian street in Belgrade – Knez Mihailova.

Other areas of concern in Serbia are:

  • vehicle theft – when renting a car avoid renting Volkswagen, Opel and other cars that are the most theft-prone and never leave your valuables in plain sight in the car
  • conflicts with refugees from Syria – since they transit through Belgrade, they tend to stay there for days, and many altercations with them have been reported, so try to avoid Belgrade’s main bus stations where they dwell and stay away from any suspicious activity
  • a high degree of corruption – bribery is so common in Serbia that is has basically become somewhat of a norm, especially in health care and political system. However, tourists rarely get a chance to encounter this problem in Serbia.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Visa is not required for any stays shorter than 90 days. Be sure that your passport is valid for at least six months from your planned date of return to the country you're visiting. However, if you are not sure about your visa status, visit which will let you know whether or not you need a visa based on your nationality and the country you want to visit.
  • Currency - Serbian Dinar (RSD) is the currency in Serbia. To avoid street money changers and exchange your money at official exchange offices and you'll find the best rate in the National Bank of Serbia. You can also withdraw RSD at a local ATM.
  • Weather - Serbia is known to have very hot summers (reaching up to 40℃) and very cold winters (reaching as low as -15℃). Serbian climate is considered to be mild.
  • Airports - The busiest airport in Serbia is in Belgrade, Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG). Another large airport is located in the city of Niš.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Serbia, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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19 Reviews on Serbia

  1. Y
    Yep, uh huh says:

    Most Dangerous Place in the World

    Serbia is very unsafe Place to Travel ,Live or trans pass. Corruption is the Highest in the world, if Police stops you is a must to gave theme 20 Euros or you will stay there all day, every one have Guns and they point at you for no reasons, they most respectful people on the world.

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      Anonymous says:

      This comments are very discouraging. I know several people from Serbia and they are good , wonderful people. Hardworking with excellent attitude and integrity.

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      EbonyAirHostess says:

      Safe and Beautiful

      Wow…speaking from experience? It is one of the safest places I have travelled to. As a flight attendant who has travelled extensively and as a solo female traveller I can speak from experience. I enjoyed Serbia and Croatia so much that I spent 8 months between the two. I was approached by many people to offer assistance and to just talk.

    3. V
      Visitor to Serbia says:

      Absolute lie.

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      michael says:

      Why those lies? You obviosly have never been in Serbia. It’s literally one of the safest countries in the world for tourists.

    5. H
      Hoosier Newman says:

      The Truth of the Matter

      Not my experience. I enjoyed Serbia and was treated very well. The food Ahhhh excellent. The streets are clean in old and new (Novi) Belgrade. I walked alone all over the place and never had even a ‘side eyed’ glance. Loved it

      Going back again and again.

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      Svensson says:

      lol, just lol
      I think you must be Albanian and every single day i understand better why Kosovo should never be a country and the Kosovo really belongs to Serbs.
      I have several friends from Serbia and i have been twice to visit, they are really good to me. They can adapt everywhere, i live in multi ethnical country and have never seen before in my life people with such a good attitude and energy. Well educated people (parent education and university degree), brave people with history, you can not understand until you really meet them, media write terrible things about them but not even 1% is truth. Bosnia is good country too and SAFE, i have bosnians friends and they are similar to Serbians. I really enjoyed my time in Serbia and would love to go back one day, safe country in every aspect of security. My next destination is probably Croatia!!!!

      1. Review

        This comment is nationalistic and suggests the political undermining of a group of people.

  2. T
    Traveller says:

    Serbia is LOVELY and VERY safe

    Absolutely untrue! Serbia is very safe, as a visitor I can confirm that I have NEVER experienced any of this and I can guarantee neither have they! Very much recommend visiting Serbia!

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      Arkin Mustafa says:

      Serbian Border Bribe..

      Serbia is one of the UNSAFE place to be,if you are Turkish or Muslim.I live in England and recently in July 2020 I was driving through Serbia to Turkey together with my three young children and my spouse.On check-point from Hungary in to Serbia I was stoped by the 2 police officers,which I was told to present my documents which I did,everything was fine till I asked where is my destination will be.I said TURKEY.And that was it!!Mood change he than started to find all kinds of silly excuses and really pushing me to the edge to say something to make situation worse.I than unkindly called by one of the officer to his small cabin with all my documents in his mercy.I asked “why you doing this”?no reply.!!After 20 seconds,he said..NO SEAT BELT.with that horrible English.I said to my self “here we go”.I knew I have no chance of winning here.I did try to explain that he is mistaken,there is no way I drive my car without seat belt. But my words was helpless,guy didn’t care and nor interested.He than asked me to pay €250 euros for each passenger which adds up to€1250 in total.I went mad..!!!! After 2-3 minutes low heated arguments,I offered him my credit card to pay the fine.His face impression has changed dramatically.Now I understand this guy is up to NO GOOD. Now I know I have to play his game and pay him the BRIBE.Yes BRIBE.I said I ve only have €100 in my pocket and my Credit Card..Which one?He started to smile with a ugly smirk in his face.I said I need to leave,now it has been 15 min and my wife kids started to feel scared and worried..I put €100 on his table and said come on let us go!!!..He got up gave Me a funny look and said “take documents and go”..! This is my Serbia 🇷🇸 experience..I knew they hate Turks and Muslims but this is beyond me..Just Wanted everyone to know that..!!!!!

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        Anonymous says:

        U probably got pulled over by fake cops, and no, people in serbia DO NOT hate turks or muslims! However i think 30% of serbia’s pooulation are muslims! Serbs only hate albanians! Dont mix those 2!

        1. 3% of Serbia’s pooulation are Muslims.

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    Anonymous says:

    Amazing place with some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met

    A beautiful country to visit and stay-still its’ main assets are friendly, proud and kind people, happy to help and host visitors. Hosting visitors or tourists is actually very much engrained in the culture there-don’t be surprised if you’re invited to people’s homes even after superficially knowing a person there. Will be returning to Serbia many, many times.

  4. Generally safe to walk there. police may harass you for no reason. Corruption is commonplace and the road border between Serbia and Bosnia can be an unpleasant experience on the Serbian side.

  5. Extraordinary place

    Amazing place with extraordinary night life and food. Every single thing we ate was exceptional and usually meaty, so if you are a vegan, you will have less choices than in the US for example. People are kind, one random girl helped us to find our hotel and we ended up partying that night. Restaurants are A game with normal prices. Definitely coming back soon!

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    Abdel Rahman (and Maya) :) says:

    Great times in Serbia!

    Ive traveled many times to serbia, loved it! Compared to other balkan is the safest, cleanest and kindest. I had the worst time in Croatia, unpleasant people, got robbed, no one cared, no one spoke english and were pretty rude when i said i loved my trips to serbia. loved novi sad, zlatibor, belgrade especially. last time i went with my wife (newly married), and since we are from saudi arabia, she wears and abaya, and no one, not a single person was rude. so the comment above, about serbians harassing muslims is nonsense. the oldest mosque in the world is actually in Belgrade, and there are muslims from the gulf who live there, and are super happy. We’re definitely going once the virus is gone!

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    Sayed Gulame Mustafa says:

    They may have changed (very less chance) but their past is horrible

    Serbians are terrorists , look how just years ago they killed thousands and thousands of muslims men and raped another thousands and thousands of muslim women in Bosnia….they are committers of genocide of common people with no arms and ammunition – so you can understand how their hearts are! An ugly one. If serbians would have had even slightest of goodness in their hands they would have stood against their governent for killing of unarmed people. May be all Serbians must not have such genocidal thoughts but by their act you can judge how illiterate they must be in terms of ethics.

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      Anonymous says:

      again lies … During all wars ever, the Serbs suffered the most.

  8. S
    Samantha says:

    Wonderful country and people

    Look what muslims do all over the world!!!! So is every muslim a terrorist???? Muslims in Serbia have more freedom then in many Muslim countries. People do not listen to bs and go to Serbia and have some fun and meet wonderful serbian people! You will feel more free and welcomeed then in many wealthier countries.

Rated 4.16 / 5 based on 19 user reviews.

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