TEMPORARY IMPORT AND EXPORT OF ITEMS
Serbian and foreign nationals staying on a temporary basis in Serbia can temporarily import items they require for the duration of their stay. Items are listed on form no. 7 – “List of items temporarily imported by the traveller” (“Spisak stvari koje putnik privremeno unosi”). The list is stamped by a customs officer, and the designation PUR (privremeno uneo robu / temporarily imported goods) is entered in the travel document. Temporarily imported goods must be returned abroad on first exit from the country and the PUR designation will be voided at that time.
Serbian and foreign nationals with residence in Serbia can when travelling abroad, besides items of personal baggage, temporarily export items they need for the duration of their stay abroad. These items are declared in writing to customs by filling in form no. 5 – “List of items which the traveller is temporarily exporting” (“Spisak stvari koje putnik privremeno iznosi“).
BRINGING IN AND TAKING OUT DINARS AND FOREIGN CURRENCY
Foreign currency, credit and debit cards and foreign currency cheques may be freely brought into Serbia. Debit and credit cards and securities obtained in line with regulations may be freely taken out of the country.
Foreign nationals and Serbian nationals who live and work abroad may bring in an unlimited sum of foreign currency and take out a sum of up to 10,000 EUR. The sum of foreign currency being taken into the country should be declared to a customs officer who will issue a receipt on the basis of which the same sum may be taken out when exiting the country for the first time. Foreign currency that has been withdrawn from a person’s own foreign currency account in Serbia may be taken out of the country when accompanied by a bank receipt. Dinars may be brought in and taken out to an equivalent value of 10,000 EUR, while larger sums may only be brought in if purchased from a foreign bank and accompanied by a receipt from that bank. If foreign currency, dinars and travellers cheques are being taken out simultaneously, their sum must not exceed 10,000 EUR. Foreign citizens living and working in Serbia for longer than one year may take out up to 10,000 EUR or traveller’s cheques to the same amount.
Serbian nationals who live and work in Serbia may bring in an unlimited sum of foreign currency and may take out a sum of up to 10,000 EUR or traveller’s cheques to the same amount. Dinars can be taken out and brought in to an equivalent value of 10,000 EUR. Sums larger than 10,000 EUR in dinars may only be brought in if purchased from a foreign bank and accompanied by a receipt from that bank. If foreign currency, dinars and travellers cheques are being taken out simultaneously, their total value must not exceed 10,000 EUR.
The personal baggage of Serbian and foreign travellers is exempt from customs duties, regardless of whether the traveller is carrying it on his or her person or entrusted it to a third-party for transport, and also regardless of whether or not the personal baggage is entering via the same means of transport as the traveller.
What constitutes personal baggage is decided on a case-by-case basis and depends on the season of the year, the traveller’s occupation, purpose and duration of travel etc. In line with common customs practice, personal baggage comprises items of clothing, personal hygiene, foodstuffs, various technical goods, sporting equipment needed for the trip, medicines and similar items.
Items of personal baggage brought into Serbia may include: 1 bottle of perfume, 1 bottle of toilet water, 1 litre of spirits, tobacco products equivalent to 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of rolling tobacco or a total of 250 g of all of these products, as well as medicines in those quantities essential for treatment (doctor’s prescription is not required for medicines).
Besides items of personal luggage, Serbian travellers are also exempt from paying import duty on items they are bringing in from abroad, as long as they are not intended for resale, up to a total value of 100 EUR in dinars. Individuals may not import items that are intended for resale, i.e. goods of a commercial nature.
Serbian and foreign nationals are exempt from paying import duty on items received from individuals abroad via the postal system to a total value of 20 EUR in dinars. The value of items received from abroad also includes the amount paid for transportation costs or postage.
PROHIBITATIONS AND LIMITATIONS
Individuals may not import or export goods of a commercial nature, weapons or ammunition.
Items of artistic or cultural value may only be taken out of Serbia with the permission of the Ministry of Culture.
Hunting weapons and ammunition (in appropriate quantities) may be temporarily brought into Serbia only for use on a hunting trip arranged by an approved organisation. Game and hunting trophies may be taken out of Serbia only if a shipping document has been issued for the goods (for game) or a trophy licence (for trophies).
When importing animals, it is necessary to provide evidence of the animal’s good health and obtain a document at the border crossing from the relevant border inspection service.
INFOMinistry of Finance – Customs Administration Bul. Zorana Đinđića 155, 11070 Novi Beograd tel: +381 (0)11 2015-800 www.carina.rs
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Nemanjina 22–26, 11000 Belgrade tel: +381 (0)11 260-7960 www.minpolj.gov.rs – Veterinary Border Inspection, tel: 011 2602-774 – Phytosanitary Border Inspection, tel: 011 2120-462