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Serbia Visa for South African Citizens - a step-by-step application

Wooden church in Drvengrad Village movie set, Serbia
Drvengrad Wooden Village - Life is a Miracle movie set, Serbia

“I really want to go for a holiday to Serbia!” ... said no one ever! Ok, some people do because they know ;-).

Do you even know where Serbia is? And no, I don’t mean that place in Russia called Si-be-ri-a. Serbia is in Eastern Europe, bordered by Croatia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria.

If you don’t know about the place, the name probably conjures up visuals of a war-torn, communist country with dreary and bland square, beige apartment buildings.

But I’ll have you know, Serbia, and its capital Belgrade is actually beautiful. The bohemian cobblestone streets are lined with bustling cafes; the River Danube sparkles with floating supper clubs and nightclubs on river barges. Serbia has a wealth of beautiful architecture amidst the remnants of war, some buildings riddled with bullet holes and bomb blast sites have been turned into a wonderland of progressive street art. There are many museums including one which is home to the ashes of the great inventor Nikola Tesla. Serbia is famous for the Drvengrad Wooden village built specifically for the Life is a Miracle movie set and is home to an annual film fest, it is also a popular and cheap ski destination -check out our post on a cheap ski holiday in Serbia here.

Art Deco Building in Subotica, Serbia
Art Deco buildings in Subotica, Serbia

This small country is full of surprises and has a lot to offer travellers, especially South Africans:

  • Serbia is not part of the European Union so no Schengen Visas (yay!), however (ah), you still need a Serbian visa. It’s not as strict and pedantic as Schengen’s though. And you can just courier or post your application to the embassy.

  • Also, they still use their own currency, the Serbian Dinar. Ok, I know what you’re thinking: that doesn’t mean anything, because, remember Iceland? Hah! That was not so cool man. I know, but in Serbia, the cost of living is pretty much on par with South Africa, and even cheaper! Score!

  • Serbians LOVE meat. Kindred spirits. They even have a whole food court with restaurants serving all different kinds of meaty dishes – from sausages to steaks, to burgers, kebabs, and ribs.