If a foreign visitor wants to drive in Serbia, he must have a full driving permit issued by the country of his residence. In addition to the original driving permit, the visitor should have an International driver license. It is permitted to drive with the International driver license for six months starting from the day of the entry.
The main Serbian road traffic rules:
- Driving is on the right hand side of the road.
- The minimum driving age is
- The minimum driving age to rent a car is 21 years. The additional requirement is a driver must have the driving experience at least two years.
- When driving, seat belts are mandatory for a driver and passengers in the front and rear seats.
- Speed limits are: in cities – 50km/h (37mph), on open roads – 80km/h (62mph), on motor roads – 100 km/h, on highways – 120km/h (74mph). The maximum speed limit in school areas is 30 km/h.
- The maximum blood-alcohol level is – 0.03%.
- Trams always have the right of way.
- It is not permitted to use a mobile phone while driving; the exception is a cell phone with a hands-free system.
- While driving drivers must carry at valid driver licenses and International driving permits, car registration documents, and insurance documents.
- Fire and third party liability insurance is mandatory.
- It is not permitted to ride children under 12 years in the front seat.
- Children under 3 years can travel only with using the suitable children holding systems corresponding to their weight.
- The passing beam is obligatory 24 hours per day all the year round.
- It is obligatory to have in the car: a first-aid kit, warning triangle, set of spare lamps (it isn't required for the cars equipped with xenon), spare wheel, towing cable (should be not less than 3 meters), and reflecting waistcoat (anybody leaving a vehicle on highway should wear a reflecting waistcoat).
- From 1 November to 1 April, all vehicles must be equipped with the winter tires.
- It is not permitted to use snow tyres.
- It is not permitted to use radar detectors.
Some additional information:
Serbian Road Traffic Signs
Serbian Driving Vocabulary
Driving Overseas - Short Information
- In Serbia, there are a number of toll along motorways. Toll fees vary depending on the size of a vehicle. Vehicles registered in foreign countries are charged a higher toll than cars registered in Serbia.
- In Serbia, parking zones have different limit durations. The limit duration is indicated by color: red zones have 1 hour parking limit, yellow zones – 2 hours, and green zones – 3 hours.
- In Belgrade, the rush-hours are 8.00-10.00 (8 -10 a.m.) and 17.00-19.00 (5-7 p.m.).
- Serbian police officers speak English rarely.
- The police phone number is 92.