VISA REGIME
 

For holders of diplomatic and official passports:

A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days for a period of 6 months from the date of first entry.

For holders of national passports and other travel documents:

A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days for a period of 6 months from the date of first entry.

Note:

Visa is not required for the holder of an emergency travel document in transit.

 

ENTRY REGIME FOR CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Citizens of the Republic of Serbia may enter Turkey. Unless they are coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt or Singapore, entry is allowed with a proof of a completed vaccination issued by the competent Serbian authority (at least 14 days should pass from the second dose). A traveler can also enter with a proof that he/she has been infected with Covid-19 and has fully recovered from it within the last 6 months.
If one does not have either of those documents, a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours or rapid antigen test not older than 48 hours is needed to enter Turkey.
Persons under the age of 18, who are accompanied by their parents or legal guardians who have a vaccination certificate, do not need a PCR test.
Persons that have visited Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, South Africa, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,  within the last 14 days, will need to present a negative PCR test upon arrival that has been taken within the last 72 hours and will be assigned a mandatory 14 day quarantine at a designated place chosen by the local authorities.
Those arriving from United Kingdom, Iran, Egypt or Singapore need to present a negative PCR test upon arrival that has been taken within the last 72 hours.
Random PCR tests are perfomed at all border crossings.
Within 72 hours before arriving in Turkey, it is necessary to register electronically via the following link https://register.health.gov.tr/ . During registration, a so-called HES CODE is assigned, which is an electronic form of monitoring the health status of passengers. It is necessary in order to enter all shopping centers, restaurants, government agencies and other facilities in Turkey. All passengers are required to show HES CODE in printed or electronic form when entering Turkey.

 

ENTERING AND LEAVING THE COUNTRY

Citizens of the Republic of Serbia do not need a visa to enter the Republic of Turkey and stay for up to 90 days in a period of 6 months, counting from the day of the first entry. Citizens of the Republic of Serbia who wish to stay in the Republic of Turkey for more than 90 days can apply for a visa through this website: www.visa.gov.tr.

Foreign citizens entering Turkey are required to have a passport valid for at least 60 days after the expiration date of the visa or residence permit, or a visa-free stay (visa-free stay for Serbian citizens is 90 days for a period of 6 months), which means that the validity period of the travel document must be at least 150 days, i.e., 5 months from the date of entry into Turkey.

 

SOCIAL SECURITY AGREEMENT

No social security agreement has been concluded.
 

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

HEALTH SITUATION — Sanitary conditions in Turkish hotel facilities are very good and can be compared to those in any other part of the developed world. The only warning refers to the quality of tap water, which is generally not satisfactory, and it is recommended that it be used exclusively for personal hygiene and other technical needs, and that only bottled water be used for drinking.

It is recommended to obtain travel health insurance before traveling.

(Due to the SARS-CoV-2 Covid-19 virus pandemic, a curfew was introduced at the beginning of December 2020 ― every working day from 9 pm to 5 am, and on the weekend from Friday 9 pm to Monday 5 am. It is mandatory to wear masks in all open and closed spaces. Restaurants, cafes, and other service facilities can only do delivery and packages in the period from 8 am to 8 pm. It is not allowed to serve guests in the facilities. Shops, markets, shopping malls and other shops can work only from 8 am to 8 pm).

SECURITY SITUATION — The security situation in the Republic of Turkey has been stable for a long time and no terrorist attacks have been recorded. As for tourist centres and large cities, the same precautionary rules apply as in any European country, i.e., precautions against petty theft.

Moderate precaution is recommended in some provinces in the southeast of the country, especially in the zone where there are on-going actions of clearing terrorist elements related to the so-called Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), about which the public is regularly informed. The situation along the border with Syria is generally stable, but there is occasional risk of cross-border action on the border with Iraq.

Even though the rate of street crime in Turkey is relatively low, extra caution is needed when staying in tourist destinations (Istanbul Taksim Square, Sultan Ahmet Palace, streets around the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar) and in larger coastal towns. Citizens are advised to carry copies of their passports and only the most necessary personal items, and that they safely store their documents and items of greater value in hotel safes.

If Serbian citizens become victims of crime, they should immediately inform the local police and the nearest diplomatic and consular mission of the Republic of Serbia.

Serbian citizens, arrested on the territory of the Republic of Turkey, have the right to request that the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ankara, i.e., the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Istanbul be informed about it (specifically, travellers should know that insulting the Turkish state, the character and deeds of Ataturk, the government, the flag, or the security forces, is punishable by Turkish law. Lack of invoices and certificates for purchased antiques can be grounds for deprivation of liberty and criminal prosecution). 

TRANSPORT — Most tourists come to Turkey by air, but the road infrastructure is very developed and of high quality, with motorways of the highest category on the road Edirne—Istanbul—Ankara, i.e., towards Izmir and Bodrum, as well as in some other parts of the country. Domestic air traffic is very developed, as is bus transportation which is also of very high quality. Railway infrastructure is improving, especially with the introduction of high-speed lines between major centres. Ticket prices in domestic air, bus and rail transport are very affordable.

If coming to Turkey with own motor vehicle, it is necessary to provide a green insurance card. The national driver's licence can be used for a maximum of six months, or 90 days in a 180-day period in the case of a tourist stay. The same regulation applies to how long vehicles with foreign licence plates may stay in the country (maximum 90 days).

The use of toll motorways (Edirne—Istanbul—Ankara road, as well as the branch towards Izmir and Bodrum, but also some other sections of the highest category roads), as well as bridges over the Bosphorus, is subject to the automatic contactless payment regime (HGS system), for which, after entering the country, it is necessary to place an order in the PTT branch (located just behind the Kapikule border crossing near Edirne, as well as along the motorway) and make an advance payment (if the due obligation is not settled within 7 days, a fine is charged upon departure, i.e., toll with default interest).

OTHER INFORMATION — Time zone: GMT + 3 (one hour ahead compared to summertime / 2 hours ahead compared to wintertime in Serbia).

The national currency is the Turkish lira (TL). Leading foreign convertible currencies can be exchanged for the national currency in exchange offices and banks with developed networks, both in tourist places and in all cities.

Important telephone numbers:

• Call centre for foreigners 00 90 157,

• Fire brigade 110,

• Ambulance 112,

• Police 155,

• Gendarmerie 156,

• Coast Guard 158,

• Forest fires 177,

• Funeral Service 188,

• Tourist Info Centre 170,

• International telephone operator 115,

• Domestic telephone operator 131,

• Telephone Information Service 118.

Calls to emergency services are free of charge and services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (it is possible to reach emergency services through public payphones without the need for telephone cards).

 

Contact information:

For consular assistance and protection while in the Republic of Turkey, you may contact:

• Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Ankara (address: YazanlarSokakNo. 1, P.K.28, 06691 Kavaklidere, Ankara, Turkey), at the following number: 00 090 31 24 26 02 36 and e-mail address: embserank@gmail.com,

• Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Istanbul (address: SümbülSk. No: 2, LeventMah. Besiktas, 34330 Istanbul, Turkey), at the following number: 00 090 21 22 13 52 29 and e-mail address: konzulat.istanbul@mfa.rs.