|1 July 2008
13 May 2016
Serbian passport (Serbian: Пасош Србије, romanized: Pasoš 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.
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.
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).
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.
There are three trypes of passport:
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.
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.
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
|Bosnia and Herzegovina
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. 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. 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. 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.