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Safe Travel Abroad

If you are traveling on your own, check all addresses, cities, telephones, names of all persons, hotels and accommodation, as well as distance or mileage and costs via an Internet browser. Write down or photograph all data, important telephone numbers and reservations and keep them in a safe place always with you. Always carry documents, cash, credit cards and important data with your body, preferably in an inconspicuous bag around your waist under your clothes or in your inside pocket.

For minors, if they travel independently, when crossing the state border, we recommend that they have the consent of both parents to travel abroad, which is certified by the court or municipality.

If you decide to travel through a travel agency, travel through member agencies of the National Association of Travel Agencies of the Republic of Serbia (www.yuta.rs). Agencies have professional guides who take care of the group that travels with them.

We also recommend that you get information about the regulations, culture and customs, traditions, behavior, possible restrictions on the transfer of goods (food, medicine, etc.) and more at the diplomatic-consular mission of the country you are traveling to. You can also find out through the website of the Serbian Travelers Club www.serbiatravelers.org the experiences and useful advice of those who have returned from traveling abroad, as well as to get acquainted with the places, customs, regulations, food traditions, behavior and dress of the country you are traveling to.

Travel in company, travel with someone who knows a world language or the language of the country you are traveling to, and if you are traveling alone and do not speak the language of the country you are traveling to, get a small dictionary with basic phrases related to travel. Knowing a few words of the language can help solve many situations.

If you travel by train, you can check the timetable of all trains in Europe via the Internet browser, find out practical advice and information about railways around the world, exact prices and types of trains, as well as some promotions, benefits or other useful information.

If you travel by bus, the sites www.eurolines.com, www.lasta.co.rs, www.bas.rs, www.srbija-tours.com contain information on international lines, prices and routes, bus companies that connect EU cities with larger cities in the Republic of Serbia.

If you travel by plane, there are so-called cheap flights, which are sometimes the cheapest way to travel between the two countries. There are several sites that can be used to search for cheap flights, the most famous being www.skyscanner.net, www.whichbudget.com and www.low-cost-airline-guide.com. Remember that on most cheap flights there is a strict limit on the weight of luggage and that any overdraft is expensive. If you decide to travel by plane, check the airport taxes, if any, and remember that the control of hand luggage is very strict, so that you do not carry liquids and objects such as scissors, knives, etc. in your hand luggage. You can see the exact lists of items that are allowed in hand luggage on the airline's websites.

Before departure, we recommend that you look on the Internet for information on local transport in the city you are traveling to. In large European cities, the subway is often the best option, due to the large crowds. If you plan to use the subway for several days, we recommend a ticket for more rides (it is cheaper).

FOR DRIVERS

We remind drivers that before traveling abroad:

  • obtain an international driver's license in one of the AMSS branches and carry it with them together with the national driver's license while driving abroad;
  • draw up an International Car Insurance Card ("green card");
  • issue a power of attorney to AMSS to drive someone else's vehicle abroad if they are not vehicle owners;
  • check in which countries highways are paid and where they are free, so that you are not surprised by the price of tolls, as well as the conditions for buying a vignette - a sticker that serves as proof of payment of a time-limited right to use certain types of roads.

We recommend drivers to get detailed information about the traffic regulations that are valid for them, the cost of travel, the required mileage before going on a trip to one of the EU countries on the websites www.viamichelin.com, AMSS www.amss.rs. We also recommend the use of GPS devices.

During the trip, we advise drivers to take more frequent breaks while driving for rest and to make a road plan before departure with the help of specialized sites on the Internet.

During their stay abroad, drivers should strictly respect traffic rules and traffic signs, given the high fines for traffic violations in EU countries.

HEALTH CARE

Health is most important! Before the trip, check your health condition and get information through the website of the Republic Health Insurance Institute www.rzzo.rs, about the conditions of health care abroad. Inquire about voluntary health insurance services and which services you pay for personally, and then you are refunded, and which services the insurance pays for you. Don't forget to bring your health insurance policy with you, which you took out before departure, and in case of health problems during the trip, contact your local doctor.

If you are taking medication at the time of departure, make sure that your medication is allowed in the country you are traveling to. It is best to bring a spare amount of necessary medication with you.

Tap water is not recommended for drinking in some countries, so always ask about it when you arrive in a city. When you travel all day, you are often not able to wash your hands, so it is useful to have wet wipes with alcohol in your pocket, as well as a bottle of water and something to snack on in your backpack.

BE "IN CONNECTION"

Before traveling, it would be good to check the correctness of the mobile phone and charger (sometimes your safety may depend on the mobile phone), as well as memorize the phone numbers of diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Serbia, the country you are traveling to. (www.mfa.gov.rs)

Check on the website of your mobile operator, which are the most favorable roaming partners, so that you do not run out of credit abroad.

The toll-free European emergency number is 112 and is valid in all EU countries (unites police, ambulance and firefighters).

Make sure your bank allows "ebanking" so that you can transfer money from your current account to your overseas payment card as needed.

PASSPORT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENT ABROAD - SHOW IT ONLY TO OFFICIALS.

If you lose your travel document abroad, report the loss of the document to the police authority of the country in which you reside and request a confirmation of the loss report. With this confirmation, contact the diplomatic and consular mission of the Republic of Serbia, which will, according to the procedure, issue you a travel document with the validity period required for return to Serbia, up to a maximum of 60 days. Before returning to Serbia, check if you need a visa for countries in transit.

Be careful not to fall victim to human trafficking. Trafficking in human beings is one of the most profitable global criminal activities of the last 20 years, along with trafficking in narcotics and weapons. Traffickers can be both men and women, and in the initial phase they are most often people close to the victims. The victim of human trafficking is most often through:

  • advertisements for attractive jobs abroad
  • newly acquired acquaintances, the so-called friends who promise jobs, marriage and a carefree future.

How can you protect yourself and avoid the danger of human trafficking abroad?

  • Always carry documents with you and do not give to other people.
  • Before going abroad, copy your passport and leave a copy in a safe place or scanned - save the photographed documents in the memory of a mobile phone card, camera card or USB.
  • Leave information on family and friends where, when, how and with whom you travel.
  • Before traveling, we recommend that you open a web-mail, through which you can maintain communication from any Internet cafe in the world.
  • Maintain contact with loved ones (phone, SMS, email).

If you are interested in a job abroad

Check through the migration center in Belgrade, what is needed for employment in EU countrieswww.migrantservicecentres.org.

Check whether the agency that mediates employment abroad is authorized by the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs (list of agencies).

Illegal work abroad is a violation of EU regulations and a great risk!

The abolition of visas implies a tourist stay abroad for a maximum of three months, for a period of six months and does not provide for the possibility of employment.

Secure Your Home Before You Travel

If your home will be empty for a long time, due to vacation or travel, make sure that:

  • you do not leave money and valuables in the apartment but in a safe place such as vaults or for safekeeping by trusted persons;
  • do not leave the apartment key under mats, flower pots or similar places;
  • leave the key to the apartment to a trusted person who will be able to visit it more often;
  • arrange for a trusted person to empty your mailbox more often;
  • the address where you are staying and the phone number where they can reach you, when you are traveling, leave it to a person you trust;
  • turn on the alarm system if you have one.

Tips for Drivers

  • Develop, improve and strengthen your views on traffic safety.
  • Be aware of driving, possible dangers, other road users, harmful effects of alcohol, drugs, mobile phones.
  • Check the condition of your vehicle regularly - tires, lighting and steering and braking devices.
  • Be economical. Maintain an appropriate tire pressure level and reduce fuel consumption with moderate driving, without sudden acceleration and deceleration.
  • Be tolerant, miss pedestrians and other drivers. Start driving without stress.
  • Follow the rules and obligations while driving.
  • Be sure to use a seat belt.

Tips for Drivers Embarking on a Longer Journey

  • Take the trip exclusively with a technically correct vehicle, with all the prescribed accessories.
  • Avoid going on a journey at maximum traffic loads, such as weekends and holidays, as well as before the announced storm, announced roadblocks, during public events that can cause major traffic jams.
  • Slow down in places where there is collected water on the road, on the road with tracks, on overpasses, in curves.
  • Do not use large lights on the fog, but downed, if there are turn on the front and rear fog lights and all direction indicators, orient yourself by following the edge of the road.
  • Hold the steering wheel firmly in strong winds and avoid sudden maneuvers with the vehicle.
  • After a heavy downpour or storm followed by hail or a snowstorm, stop in a safe place by the road as soon as possible. If you are in a populated area, look for shelter for your vehicle in a garage, under a canopy or in a public parking lot. Do not stand under dilapidated facades, trees or balconies.
  • Avoid heavy foods and medications before driving.
  • Do not eat while driving. Take a break to eat.
  • Properly distribute the load in the vehicle, as incorrectly distributed load during braking can destabilize the vehicle.
  • Before traveling on the road, check with AMSS for information on traffic congestion, road traffic and road works.
  • To avoid the heat, travel at night or in the early morning. If you travel during the day, rest more often.
  • Bring water, refreshing soft drinks, never consume alcohol.
  • Stop and rest in case of the first sign of fatigue, weakness or nervousness.
  • If you take pets on the road, be sure to place them in the provided closed litters.
  • Follow radio programs that provide information about the traffic situation.
  • Strictly follow traffic regulations, traffic signs and signs given by police officers.
  • If you experience unforeseen disturbances or a breakdown on the vehicle while driving, for your own and other people's safety, take care to remove the car from the road to the nearest roadside extension as soon as possible, be sure to place a triangle and try to be visible.
  • If you stop in an inaccessible place, in a curve or a narrowed part of the road, try to place a warning on the visible part of the road, at a sufficient distance from the vehicle, that the vehicle is on the road. In such a situation, passengers should get out of the vehicle and get off the road at a decent distance from the vehicle.
  • In the event of an accident, notify the nearest police station or administration by calling 192.

Traveling by Plane

List of items and substances whose entry into the aircraft is allowed or not allowed<

Hand (cabin) luggage

ALLOWED:

  • Spectacle tools (including screwdrivers);
  • Digital Data Assistants (PDA's) (Check with your airline or agent for restrictions on the use of these and other electronic items during your flight);
  • Nail snacks without blades and files;
  • Camcorders;
  • Umbrellas (when previously inspected to make sure they do not hide prohibited items);
  • Laptops;
  • Diabetes medications/equipment (when pre-screened to make sure they do not hide prohibited items) including: insulin, insulin packs, ampoules or boxes of single packs, injections, and pre-filled syringes, unlimited unused syringes for insulin , lancets, blood glucose measuring devices, blood glucose measuring tapes, insulin pumps and insulin pump stocks. Insulin in any form or packaging must be labeled appropriately, with the original label and the name of the manufacturer or the pharmacy label;
  • Mobile phone;
  • Nitroglycerin pills or spray for medical use (must be marked appropriately, with the original label with the label of the drug and the name of the manufacturer or pharmacy label);
  • Camera equipment;
  • Pagers;
  • Prosthetic devices (if they are brought into the cabin, they must be worn by the person using them and must be in accordance with air safety measures);
  • Robot toys (without batteries);
  • Personal hygiene products in spray (such as hair spray, deodorant), two pieces in a commercial package with a volume not exceeding 200 ml per piece;
  • Sticks for the blind (they can be brought into the passenger cabin when they have been previously inspected to make sure that they do not hide forbidden objects and when they are worn by a blind person);

IS NOT ALLOWED:

  • Tools; Drills (including cordless drills); hammers; gas soldering iron; unscrewing wrenches and small pliers; screwdrivers (other than those in spectacle repair kits); saws - saws (including cordless);
  • Gunpowder;
  • Leaking batteries; car batteries;
  • Petrol;
  • Compressed gas cylinders, including fire extinguishers;
  • Spray/spray (other than for personal use in limited quantities); spray paint;
  • Weapons for martial arts; flying stars ("shuriken"); Karate sticks; "boxer" (according to our law, there is an obligation to report such cases to the Ministry of the Interior);
  • Parts of a rifle or firearm;
  • Detonators; Dynamite; Plastic explosives; Hand grenades;
  • Fuels (including cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuels);
  • Rubber sticks;
  • Chlorine for swimming pools and spas;
  • Knitting and crochet needles;
  • Toy weapons;
  • Bows and arrows; Sabers; Swords - Any sharp object in checked baggage should be packed, ie wrapped in a safe way, so as not to injure the baggage handler or KD operator;
  • Scissors - metal with a pointed tip, as well as plastic or metal with a blunt tip;
  • Ammunition;
  • Knives - of all lengths; martial arts knives, wooden or plastic; Knives, rounded for butter or plastic; Butcher knives and utensils;
  • Shaving blades (razors);
  • Sharp objects such as "scalpel", locusts, universal knives, razors that are not in the cartridge, but excluding those of the "BIC" type);
  • Sharp objects;
  • Golf clubs; Sticks for baseball, billiards, hockey, field hockey, cricket and skiing;
  • Tweezers;
  • Arrow pistols;
  • Electroshock Pistols/Paralyzers;
  • A gun that ejects rubber bullets;
  • Cuticle cutters;
  • Cigar cutters;
  • Axes and spikes;
  • Flare gun; Signal rockets in any form;
  • Grasshoppers (According to our law, "locusts" are weapons);
  • Starting pistols;
  • Tear gas;
  • Matches that can be ignited by friction;
  • Ice spikes/ice spikes;
  • Liquid bleaches;
  • Soda cartridges, diving welding apparatus;
  • Alcoholic beverages;
  • Dry ice-like protection for food and drink;
  • Wheeled wheelchairs;

Checked baggage

Allowed:

  • Spectacle tools (including screwdrivers);
  • Tools (not limited to wrenches and small pliers); unscrewing wrenches and small pliers; Screwdrivers (other than those in spectacle repair kits); saws - saws (including cordless);
  • Nail snacks without blades and files; tweezers;
  • Personal hygiene products in spray (such as hair spray, deodorant), two pieces in a commercial package with a volume not exceeding 200 ml per piece;
  • "Boxer" (according to our law, there is an obligation to report such cases to the Ministry of the Interior);
  • Drills (including cordless drills);
  • Hammers;
  • Nunchaku, "chaklje"; karate sticks; flying stars ("shuriken"); martial arts knives, wooden or plastic;
  • Parts of a rifle or firearm;
  • Digital Data Assistants (PDA's), (check with your airline or restriction agent for the use of these and other electronic items during your flight);
  • Knitting and crochet needles;
  • Toy weapons; Robot toys (without batteries);
  • Camcorders; Camera equipment;
  • Umbrellas (when previously inspected to make sure they do not hide prohibited items);
  • Laptops;
  • Diabetes medications/equipment (when pre-screened to make sure they do not hide prohibited items) including: insulin, insulin packs, ampoules or boxes of single packs, injections, and pre-filled syringes, unlimited unused syringes for insulin, lancets, blood glucose measuring devices, blood glucose measuring tapes, insulin pumps and insulin pump stocks. Insulin in any form or packaging must be labeled appropriately, with the original label and the name of the manufacturer or the pharmacy label;
  • Bows and arrows; sabers; swords - any sharp object in checked baggage should be packed or securely wrapped to avoid injury to the baggage handler or KD operator;
  • Scissors - metal with a pointed tip, plastic or metal with a blunt tip;
  • Butcher knives and utensils;
  • Mobile phone; pagers;
  • Nitroglycerin pills or spray for medical use (must be marked appropriately, with the original label with the label of the drug and the name of the manufacturer or pharmacy label);
  • Knives (of all lengths); Knives, rounded for butter or plastic;
  • Shaving blades (razors);
  • Martial arts weapons;
  • Sharp objects such as "scalpel", grasshoppers, universal knives, razors which are not in the cartridge but excluding those of the "BIC" type);
  • Sharp objects;
  • Sticks; golf clubs; rubber sticks; sticks for baseball, billiards, hockey, field hockey, cricket and skiing;
  • Starting pistols; arrow pistols; electroshock Pistols/Paralyzers; a gun that ejects rubber bullets; firearms and other weapons, which are carried as checked baggage, MUST be emptied, packed in a sturdy case and reported to the airline and the Ministry of the Interior.
  • Prosthetic devices (if they are brought into the cabin, they must be worn by the person using them and must comply with air safety measures);
  • Cuticle cutters;
  • Cigar cutters;
  • Axes and spikes;
  • Grasshoppers (According to our law, "locusts" are weapons);
  • Ice spikes/ice spikes;
  • Sticks for the blind;
  • Alcoholic beverages carried by passengers or crew as checked baggage. The allowed amount of alcoholic beverages with 24-70% alcohol content is up to 5 liters per passenger;
  • Dry ice-like protection for food and drink, with the permission of the carrier, can be received as checked baggage. The allowed amount is up to 2 kg per passenger;
  • Wheelchair with battery drive - with the permission of the carrier.

Is not allowed:

  • Gunpowder;
  • Car batteries; Leaking batteries;
  • Petrol; Fuels (including cooking fuels and any flammable liquid fuels);
  • Compressed gas cylinders including fire extinguishers;
  • Spray/spray (other than for personal use in limited quantities); Spray paint; Tear gas;
  • Detonators; Dynamite; Plastic explosives; Hand grenades;
  • Gas soldering iron;
  • Chlorine for swimming pools and spas;
  • Ammunition - check with your chosen airline or travel agent if it is allowed to carry ammunition on the flight you are traveling on. If ammunition is allowed, it must be reported to the airline during check-in. Small quantities of ammunition for personal use must be securely packed in fiber, wooden or metal boxes or in other packaging specially designed to carry small quantities of ammunition. Inquire about appropriate restrictions or taxes if any;
  • Flare gun; Signal rockets in any form;
  • Matches that can be ignited by friction;
  • Liquid bleaches;
  • Soda cartridges, diving welding apparatus;

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