Serbian passports are the prime document for international travel disseminated by Serbia. Serbian passports are provided to Serbian citizens of any age.
Issued by the Ministry of Interal Affairs, passports serve as proof of identity and of citizenship. If traveling overseas, a Serbian passport can help speed the process of getting help from Serbian consular authorities if needed. Currently, citizens cannot possess more than one Serbian passport simutaneously.
Passports are issued in line with the “Law on Travel Documents” dated 2007. Serbian passports, keeping in line with the EU standard, have a burgundy cover and have two inscriptions — in gold. The top says “Republic of Serbia” and the bottom just says “Passport.” In between is the Serbian coat-of-arms.
Passport data pages are printed in Serbian, English and French. The personal data is presented in Serbian using a Latin script. The passport also contains 32 pages used for visa and border stamps. The pages feature a variety of light colors — mainly red, green, yellow and blue — and have the Serbian coat-of-arms in the middle. Perforated with the passport serial number on the bottom, each page has a watermark verifying authenticity.
Serbian passports include:
- Type (‘P’ – Passport)
- Code for issuing country (“SRB” – Serbia)
- Passport serial number
- Name of bearer
- Nationality (“Srpsko” (Serbian))
- Date of birth (DD.MM.YYYY)
- National identity number (“JMBG”)
- Place of birth
- Place of residence
- Issuing office
- Date of issue (DD.MM.YYYY)
- Date of expiry (DD.MM.YYYY)
- Signature and photo of bearer
Serbian passports are one of the top five passports with the most improved global rating since 2006 in terms of number of nations its holders are allowed to visit without a visa.
Biometric passports for the Republic of Serbia became available on July 7, 2008. Applications for this type of passport are submitted to Serbian diplomatic or consular missions. The original documents which should accompany the passport are:
- Certificate of Citizenship
- Birth Certificate
- Identification such as biometric passport, old blue passport or government issued identity card.
Underage individuals should be issued individual passports as they cannot be entered onto their parents’ passport.
Applications should be submitted in person and will be processed within a 60-day deadline.
Lost passports should be reported immediately to police authorities and the nearest diplomatic mission of the Republic of Serbia notified http://www.mfa.gov.rs/en/embassies/serbian-diplomatic-missions/serbian-embassies
Passports Currently Issued
Current passports come in three flavors:
Regular — is issued to all citizens and is valid for 10 years. (5 years if issued to an individual between 3 and 14 and 3 years for individuals under three). The maximum processing time is 30 days and the fee is RSD 3,600.00.
Diplomatic — is issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to diplomats, high-ranking officials, parliament members and others who are traveling on official government business. Family members of these position holders are also eligible for diplomatic passports.
Official — is identical in all respects to the diplomatic passport, but doesn’t provide diplomatic immunity. Issued to low and mid-level authorities as well as non-diplomatic embassy/consulate staff.
Serbian citizens had visa-free (or visa-on-arrival) access to 138 countries as of 2015. The Serbian passport ranks 43rd in the world according to Visa Restrictions Index.