Serbian passport
The front cover of a contemporary Serbian biometric passport
The data page of a contemporary Serbian biometric passport
TypePassport
Issued by Serbia
First issued1 July 2008[1]
(biometric passport)
13 May 2016[2]
(current version)
PurposeIdentification
EligibilitySerbian citizenship
Expiration
  • 10 years (age 18 and older)
  • 5 years (age 3–14)
  • 3 years (under age of 3)
Cost3,600 RSD/~30€[3]

Serbian passport (Serbian: Пасош Србије, romanizedPasoš Srbije) is the primary document of international travel issued to nationals of Serbia. Passports are issued and renewed by the Serbian Police on behalf of the Ministry of Internal Affairs or, if the citizen resides abroad, by the Serbian diplomatic missions. Besides serving as proof of identity and of citizenship, it facilitates the process of securing assistance from Serbian consular officials abroad, if needed. Citizens can not have multiple Serbian passports at the same time.

Serbian biometric passports were introduced in 2008.

Appearance

Cover

Serbian passports have a burgundy red cover, in line with the EU standard, and have inscriptions in golden letters in three languages - Serbian (Cyrillic script), English and French: РЕПУБЛИКА СРБИЈА, REPUBLIC OF SERBIA, and RÉPUBLIQUE DE SERBIE,[a] at the top, and ПАСОШ, PASSPORT, and PASSEPORT at the bottom divided by the Serbian lesser coat of arms.[b] The biometric passport symbol alerting to the presence of a RFID chip inside the document, is at the very bottom of the cover page. The inside cover features the Serbian coat of arms in navy blue ink, while the first page contains the name of the country and the word "passport" in the three aforementioned languages. The inside back cover contains information on consular assistance in the three aforementioned languages.[4]

Data page

The Serbian passport includes the following data:

The data page also contains the RFID chip.

The data page is printed in Serbian (Cyrillic script), English and French, while the personal data is entered in Serbian (Latin script).

Visa and border stamp pages

The passport contains further 32 pages suitable for visas and border stamps. They feature a range of light colours, predominantly red, green, yellow and blue, and have the Serbian lesser coat of arms in the center. They are perforated with the passport's serial number on the bottom, and have watermarks with page numbers.

Types

There are three trypes of passport:[5]

  • Validity is determined by the age of the holder: 10 years for adults, 5 years if issued to a person between 3 and 14 years of age and 3 years for person under 3 years old.
  • Maximum processing time is 30 days for regular applications (60 days at diplomatic-consular missions[6]), and 48 hours for urgent applications. Fee is RSD 3,600.
  • Validity is determined by the nature of the position held - diplomats and officials will usually receive the passport covering their mandate in office.

In case of loss of a passport abroad, an emergency travel document is issued by the consulate, which is used by citizens of Serbia to return to country. A seaman's book is also considered a travel document.

Visa requirements

Visa requirements for Serbian citizens
  Serbia
  Visa not required
  Visa on arrival
  eVisa
  Visa available both on arrival or online
  Visa required prior to arrival

Main article: Visa requirements for Serbian citizens

As of 2023, Serbian citizens have visa-free or visa on arrival access to 138 countries and territories, ranking the Serbian passport 38th overall in terms of travel freedom according to the Henley Passport Index and among the five passports with the most improved rating since 2006.[7][8]

International travel using Serbian identity card

Serbian identity card

Serbian identity cards can be used instead of a passport for travel to some Balkan countries and territories that have signed special agreements with Serbia.

Countries and territories Stay
Albania Albania[9] 90 days
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 90 days
Kosovo Kosovo 90 days
 Montenegro 30 days
North Macedonia North Macedonia 90 days
Turkey Turkey[10] 90 days

Residents of Kosovo

Under Serbian law, people born in Kosovo or otherwise legally residing in Kosovo are by law considered Serbian nationals and as such they are entitled to a Serbian passport.[11] However, these passports are not issued by the Directorate of the Administrative Affairs of the Serbian Police but by the Coordination Directorate for Kosovo and Metohija of the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs.[12] Bearers of these passports issued by the require a Schengen visa for travel to the Schengen Area since they are not covered by the Annex II list of countries allowed visa free entry to the Schengen Area.[13] The European Union considered it impossible for Serbia to evaluate the issuing of birth records needed to apply for a passport and the integrity of the procedures applied by Serbia to check the authenticity of documents provided by applicants for that purpose.[citation needed]

Gallery

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ The accented E lacking.
  2. ^ The pre-2010 version of the coat of arms is still used on the passport.

Citations

  1. ^ "Home". www.consilium.europa.eu.
  2. ^ "Република Србија - УЗЗПРО - База правних прописа". bpp.uzzpro.gov.rs.
  3. ^ "PUTNA ISPRAVA – PASOŠ". Archived from the original on 10 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Izgled biometrijskog pasoša" (in Serbian). Ministry of Internal Affairs. Archived from the original on 2 March 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Putna isprava – Pasoš" (in Serbian). Ministry of Internal Affairs. Archived from the original on 10 January 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Izdavanje pasoša u diplomatsko-konzularnim predstavništvima Srbije". Archived from the original on 24 September 2009.
  7. ^ https://www.henleyglobal.com/storage/app/media/HPI/HPI_Report_200706_2.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  8. ^ Partners, Henley &. "The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index Celebrates Ten Years". www.prnewswire.com.
  9. ^ "Serbia and Albania Sign Deal on Freedom of Movement". Balkan Insight. 9 November 2020. Retrieved 2 August 2021.
  10. ^ "An ID card is enough to enter Turkey". rts.rs. 9 June 2022. Retrieved 9 June 2022.
  11. ^ "Najnovije vesti | Glas javnosti" – via www.glas-javnosti.rs.
  12. ^ "Kako do biometrijskih dokumenata ako sam stanovnik Kosova i Metohije?".
  13. ^ "Consolidated version of Council regulation No. 539/2001, as of 19 December 2009". Archived from the original on 20 April 2011.