Driving advice for every country in Europe

Find up-to-date driving laws and advice for any country in Europe before you visit, including any accessories you may need to purchase. Don't forget the RAC provides European breakdown cover while you're driving in Europe.

Driving in Serbia

Population: 7,143,921
Area: 88,361 Km sq
Currency: Serbian dinar

RAC can cover you against vehicle breakdown in Europe, with options available to suit your travelling requirements.

RAC European Breakdown Cover Basic and Comprehensive cover provides you with a wide range of benefits.

To supplement European Breakdown Cover, RAC also offer travel insurance. Cover will include medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings, amongst many other benefits.

Listed below are two areas for you to look through before you travel

  • Items you are required to carry
  • Recommended and useful products

If you're driving in Serbia your checklist requirements are:

  • A valid, full UK driving licence
  • A GB sticker - all temporarily imported vehicles must bear the distinguishing sign of their country of registration
  • Your motor insurance certificate and V5 registration document or hire car paperwork
  • Headlamp converters (stickers you put on your headlights when you're driving on the right, so your lights don't dazzle motorists coming the other way)
  • A warning triangle inside the car in case you break down
  • A first aid kit
  • Winter tyres and snow chains if you're driving from 1st November to 1st April

You must also:

  • Drive on the right
  • Be 18 or over
  • Make sure everyone in the car wears a seatbelt at all times
  • Wear a crash helmet if you're riding a motorcycle

It's a good idea to have:

  • Spare bulbs for your car's external lights
  • A fire extinguisher
  • A Green Card - it's a useful back-up to your motor insurance documents and shows you've got the minimum legal level of cover. If you'd like to find out more, contact your insurance company
  • An International Driving Permit - find out more here

Other things you should know:

  • Not all insurers cover driving in Serbia so check before you go - if yours doesn't, you can buy temporary cover at the main border crossings
  • You might have to pay motorway tolls - these are payable in cash or with Mastercard, Maestro, Visa or American Express cards
  • Petrol (leaded and unleaded) and diesel are readily available. 
  • Some parts of the motorway between Novi Sad and Belgrade have two lanes with a hard shoulder on one side only. Some drivers will use the 'middle' lane for overtaking, forcing other drivers onto the hard shoulder
  • Speed limits vary across Serbia, so check the signposts for maximum speeds
  • If you're caught committing a driving offence, whilst driving through Serbia, you'll be given an on-the-spot fine
  • Children under age 12 can't travel in the front seat and must use an appropriate seat restraint in the back
  • A person will be considered to be under the influence of alcohol if the percentage of alcohol present in the blood is 0.03% or higher
  • Never go off-road in rural areas without an experienced guide - you run the risk of coming across landmines and unexploded devices
  • Some hire car companies won't let you take the car to Kosovo, Albania or Bulgaria because of safety concerns - there have been a few incidents of Serbian-registered cars being targeted in Kosovo
  • Trams have priority over all other vehicles. Priority must also be given to cyclists using cycle tracks
  • Horns must not be used in built-up areas, or at night except in cases of imminent danger or if the vehicle is transporting a person who is in need of urgent medical attention.
  • At intersections, drivers must give way to traffic from the right, unless a priority road is indicated
  • Priority at roundabouts is normally indicated with a "Give way" or a Stop sign. In the absence of signs, the approaching driver must give priority to vehicles coming from the right

Useful numbers:

112 - Here's a really important bit of knowledge; you can dial 112 from anywhere in Europe and an operator will connect you to an emergency service in the country you're visiting. Operators can answer your call in their native language, English, and French. 

Useful guides and maps

Michelin Motoring Atlas: Europe

Download  a copy of our full Driving Abroad report.

What RAC can do for you

RAC offers great-value, flexible RAC European breakdown cover tailored to meet your needs. We also offer comprehensive travel insurance, including cover for medical expenses, baggage, personal money and belongings.

UK Government travel advice

See up-to-date travel advice


Sources: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, www.nationaldrivesafe.co.uk.
Disclaimer: RAC are not responsible for the content of external websites. The information provided is correct as of May 2016 to the best of our knowledge and should be referred to for information purposes only - it should not be relied upon as formal advice. Please always check the current requirements of the country you are visiting before you leave.
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Consular section

Resavska 46

Email: Belgrade.consular@fco.gov.uk

Telephone: +381 (11) 3060 900

Fax: +381 (11) 3061 070

(Consular enquiries only - not for visa or passport enquiries)

British nationals who need emergency assitance outside normal office hours should call +381 11 306 0900