State Department: Serbia & Montenegro - Consular Information Sheet, January 31, 1996
Serbia & Montenegro - Consular Information Sheet
Country Description: The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
(Serbia and Montenegro) is a moderately developed European country
undergoing profound political and economic change. In January 1996, the
U.S. implemented the suspension of UN economic sanctions. U.S. citizens
and companies may now undertake normal business and personal transactions
involving the export and import of goods to and from the Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia. Tourist facilities are widely available, but conditions
vary considerably and some services and supplies found in other European
countries are unavailable.
January 31, 1996
Entry Requirements: U.S. citizens require a passport
and visa. Visas should be obtained prior to departure from the U.S. as
they are not normally granted at land border points, and never granted at
airports. The Embassy of the Former Republic of Yugoslavia at 2410
California Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone (202) 462-6566,
may be contacted for updated entry requirements. Visitors staying in
private homes need to register with police immediately upon arrival;
failure to comply may result in a fine, imprisonment and/or expulsion.
Areas of Instability: The potential for violent
incidents persists throughout the country. Ethnic tensions remain high,
particularly in the Kosovo and Sandzak regions. Travelers may be stopped
by government militia at any time and should be prepared to cooperate.
Border regions, particularly near Croatia and along the Drina River, are
Medical Facilities: Although many physicians are highly
trained, hospitals and clinics are generally not equipped and maintained to
U.S. standards. Medicines and basic medical supplies are usually available
in private pharmacies. Because U.S. medical insurance is not always valid
outside the United States, travelers have found that supplemental insurance
with overseas coverage, including specific provision for air evacuation,
has proven beneficial. However, even with special coverage, payment is
required in cash at the time of service. Further information on health
matters can be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention's international travelers hotline, telephone (404) 332-4559.
Crime Information: There is a continuing trend toward
lawlessness and disorder. Robberies are often perpetrated near railroad
and bus stations, on public transport, and in city centers. Violent crime
has increased dramatically, with many incidents taking place in broad
daylight at popular public places. Possession of firearms (including
grenades and mines) is widespread and weapons are frequently discharged in
The loss or theft abroad of a U.S. passport should be reported
immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
The Department of State's pamphlet "A Safe Trip Abroad" provides useful
information on protecting personal security and possessions while traveling
abroad. It is available from the Superintendent of Documents,
U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.
Currency Information: All currency must be declared
upon entry and a customs receipt issued. Failure to produce this receipt
upon departure may result in all funds being confiscated. Credit cards,
personal checks and traveler's checks are generally not accepted.
Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws
of the country in which they are traveling. Penalties for possession, use
or trafficking in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can
expect jail sentences and fines.
Internal Travel: The suspension of sanctions and
increased commercial traffic across the border have added to long delays
when entering the country by car or bus. Purchase of third party insurance
is required for cars. Road tolls for foreign registered vehicles are very
high. Overland travel between Serbia and Croatia and between Montenegro
and Croatia generally is not possible for private individuals.
Registration and Embassy Location: U.S. citizens may
register with the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade and obtain updated information
on travel and security in Serbia and Montenegro. The Embassy is located at
Kneza Milosa 50, telephone (381)(11) 645-655. The after hours telephone
number is (381) (11) 646-481.
This replaces the Consular Information
Sheet dated November 2, 1994, to remove the travel warning, delete
sanctions information and update all information.