The Central European nation of Serbia has ended the visa-free travel privileges for citizens of India in light of the demands of EU visa policy and actions to control illegal migrants.
Concerning this, the Indian Embassy in Belgrade, Serbia, has also released travel advice informing all Indian passport holders that starting on January 1, 2023, they will need a visa to enter Serbia.
The Serbian government has officially ended the practice of granting all Indian passport holders visa-free entrance and stays of up to 30 days in Serbia. Before this change, Indian citizens with regular passports and other acceptable travel documents could enter Serbia without a visa for up to 30 days within a single year.
The Indian Embassy has advised Indian nationals planning to travel to Serbia on or after the 1st, 2023, to apply for a visa at the Serbian Embassy in New Delhi or their country of residency in light of the most recent change.
Indian citizens who possess a valid Schengen, UK, or US visa may still enter Serbia without a visa for a period of up to 90 days, according to the Embassy. As of November 20, Serbia has also ended its visa-free travel agreements with Burundi, Tunisia, and Guinea-Bissau.
Serbia is a country in Southeastern Europe and it shares borders with Kosovo and North Macedonia to the south, Hungary to the north, Romania and Bulgaria to the east, and Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Montenegro to the western side of it.
Serbia is known for its beautiful mountains and lakes, but it’s also home to a number of historical sites that are worth visiting. The country’s capital, Belgrade, is a must-see destination. The city has an impressive collection of old buildings and monuments that can be seen in the city center alone.
Must-see places in Serbia are Belgrade, Subotica, Novi Sad, Zlatibor, Studenica Monastery, Derdap National Park, Prizren, Kopaonik National Park, Devil’s Town, Nis, etc.
Why it was hassle-free for Indians to travel to Serbia in Europe?
Earlier before this ban for Indian travelers to enter visa-free in Serbia. Serbia was the only European country offering Visa-free travel for Indian passport holders for up to 30 days within a single year, which is now being stopped as per the new rules of the Serbian Government.
Belgrade is located where the Sava and Danube meet. One of the oldest cities in Europe, Belgrade is also the largest urban area on the Balkan Peninsula after Athens. The earliest artifacts discovered in the Belgrade region are from the fifth millennium B.C.
While Belgrade’s extensive history is prominently displayed throughout the city, particularly at the historic Belgrade Fortress, the city also offers a wealth of cultural attractions as well as diverse happening events that bring tourists from all over Europe and the world to Serbia.
This capital of Serbia is an immensely rich mosaic of various cultures, influences, and styles with a mystical and exotic atmosphere. Belgrade is a fantastic weekend getaway with a tonne of intriguing sights and activities, beautiful architecture, amazing nightlife, excellent and reasonable shopping, as well as a booming cultural scene.
Must-see tourist spots in Belgrade are The Belgrade Fortress, Knez Mihailova, Kalemegdan Park, Ada Ciganlija, Skadarlija, etc. Once you are there, you can enjoy everything from its rich history to modern amenities, from a serene calm environment to crazy nightlife, from historical buildings to modern infrastructure, etc.
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