State Department: Serbia & Montenegro - Consular Information Sheet, March 11, 1997
Serbia & Montenegro - Consular Information Sheet
March 11, 1997
Country Description: The "Federal Republic of
Yugoslavia" (Serbia and Montenegro) is a moderately developed European
country confronting profound political and economic change. Tourist
facilities are widely available, but conditions vary considerably, and some
services and supplies taken for granted in other European countries are
unavailable. Although the U.S. does not recognize the "Federal Republic of
Yugoslavia" (FRY), the U.S. maintains an Embassy in Belgrade and the FRY
maintains an Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Requirements: U.S. citizens must have a valid passport and visa.
Visas should be obtained prior to departure from the U.S. as they are not
normally granted at ports of entry; U.S. citizens should not attempt to
enter without a valid entry visa. Travelers must declare all currency upon
entry, and will receive a declaration form from customs officials which
must be presented at departure. Failure to present the declaration could
result in the confiscation of all funds. For further information about
entry requirements, travelers may contact the Embassy of the "Federal
Republic of Yugoslavia" at 2410 California Street, N.W., Washington,
D.C. 20008, telephone (202) 462-6566.
Instability: Travelers should be aware that the potential for
violent incident exists throughout the country. Ethnic tensions remain
high in Kosovo and, to a lesser extent, in the Sandzak as well. Travelers
can expect to be stopped by government militia and should cooperate fully.
American citizens should also exercise caution in Belgrade and larger
cities throughout Serbia. There have been daily demonstrations in Belgrade
and other urban centers since the municipal elections in Serbia on November
17, 1996. Clashes between demonstrators have occasionally resulted in
To minimize risk, travelers should avoid
demonstrations, crowds and places where police personnel congregate.
Medical Facilities: Although many local physicians are
highly trained, hospitals and clinics are generally not equipped and
maintained to U.S. standards. Medicines and basic medical supplies are
largely obtainable in privately owned pharmacies. Hospitals usually
require payment in cash for all services. U.S. medical insurance is not
always valid outside the United States. While travelers have found
supplemental medical insurance with specific overseas coverage useful, they
may be required to pay first and seek reimbursement later. Further
information on health matters can be obtained from the International
travelers hotline at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
tel. (404)332-4559 or by visiting the CDC's home page on the Internet at http://www.cdc.gov.
Information: There has been an increase in street crime in the
larger cities in recent years. Travelers should be especially on guard
near railroad and bus stations, on public transport and while walking in
city centers. Additionally, mafia-style reprisals can occur anywhere
including hotels, restaurants and shops frequented by foreigners.
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.
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.
Currency Regulations: Travelers should carry sufficient
cash for their stay. Despite the lifting of sanctions, credit cards,
personal checks and travelers' checks generally are not accepted in
Road Conditions: There are few
superhighways of the quality found in the U.S. and Western Europe. Most
roads are equal in quality to reasonably good two or three lane secondary
roads in the U.S. Thus extra care must be taken when passing slower moving
vehicles. The removal of sanctions and increased commercial traffic across
the borders have added to long delays when entering the country by car or
bus. Travelers entering by road should be aware that purchase of local
third party auto insurance is required. In addition, road tolls for
foreign-registered vehicles are extremely high.
Information: Visitors staying in private homes need to register
with police officials immediately upon arrival; failure to comply may
result in a fine, incarceration, and/or expulsion from the country.
Registration and Embassy Location: U.S. citizens are
encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade and obtain updated
information on travel and security in Serbia and Montenegro. The
U.S. Embassy is located at Kneza Milosa 50, telephone (381)(11) 645-655.
The after hours telephone number is (381) (11) 646-481. The Consular
Section fax number is (381) (11) 644-053. The alternate fax number is
(381) (11) 645-221.
This replaces the Consular Information Sheet dated January 31,
1996, to update information on crime, areas of instability, and entry