VISA REGIME (GETTING A VISA IN SERBIA)

GENERAL ABOUT THE VISA REGIME

In general, about the rights of foreigners and amendments of the Law on Foreigners i of the Law on Employment of Foreigners there were already words in one of the previous blogs where we talked about the legal position of foreigners in Serbia. Here we will say something more about the visa regime (obtaining visas) in general and the visa regime in the Republic of Serbia, as one of the first steps in the entire procedure of obtaining a residence and work permit for foreign citizens in the Republic of Serbia.

IThey are issued in two basic forms:

  • in the form of a stamp or sticker in the passport
  • in the form of a separate form that must be submitted for inspection upon entering the country

The validity period of the visa is indicated on the document itself, and depends on the visa policy of different countries. Some countries require a visa to enter the country. On the other hand, there are countries that allow short-term stays without a visa, while for longer stays it is necessary.

Types of visas recognized by the visa regimes of the largest number of countries are:

  • Travel - shortens a tourist or business trip to a foreign country.
  • Residence - in order to create conditions for work in a certain country. It is generally a period of more than 90 days without interruption, but not more than 180 days per calendar year.
  • Transit - Passengers are obliged to inquire about the visa regime of the country they are traveling to and for the visa regime of the countries through which they travel.
  • Group - is a type of visa that is not issued to individuals, but as a separate document valid for several members of a group.
  • Diplomatic and official - issued only to holders of diplomatic passports, official passports and United Nations passports
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VISA REGIME IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

The first question for everyone who wants to visit or stay in Serbia is whether they need a visa, and if so, which one?

The answer to this question is provided by the Law on Aliens, which lists three types of visas:

  1. A visa (airport transit)
  2. C visa (short stay)
  3. D visa (long stay)

VISA A (airport transit visa)

A foreigner who does not leave the international transit area of an airport or airplane during a layover between two flights does not need this type of visa.

The Government of the Republic of Serbia may determine that citizens of certain countries, if the reasons for the security of the Republic of Serbia and its citizens require it, must have an airport transit visa.

Airport transit visas are not obtained by foreigners who do not need a visa to enter the Republic of Serbia, foreigners who have a valid visa to enter the Republic of Serbia or a residence permit, family members of citizens of the Republic of Serbia, holders of diplomatic and official passports, as well as aircraft crew members, in accordance with the Convention on International Civil Aviation.

This type of visa is issued with a validity period of up to 6 months and allows one or more crossings through the international transit area of the airport without the possibility of entering the territory of the Republic of Serbia.

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VISA C (short stay visa)

A short-stay visa is an authorization to enter the Republic of Serbia. In addition, it is an authorization for transit through the territory of the Republic of Serbia or stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia for up to 90 days in any period of 180 days, counting from the day of first entry.

This visa is issued for all travel purposes (eg for business trips or conferences), except for those for which a long-stay visa is issued or a temporary stay is granted.

A visa for a short stay cannot be the basis for submitting a request for a temporary stay in the Republic of Serbia.

It is issued for one, two or more entries into the Republic of Serbia.

The validity period of a short-stay visa cannot exceed five years.

With the latest amendments to the Law on Foreigners, the transit visa (visa B), which was issued for one, two or more trips through the Republic of Serbia with a validity period of up to six months, was abolished, while the length of stay for one transit cannot be longer than five days. This visa now falls under the C visa, i.e. the short stay visa.

When applying for this visa, you need to provide proof of the following facts:

  • Reasons for travel;
  • A sufficient amount of financial resources to cover accommodation and other expenses or any other evidence related to accommodation;
  • A sufficient amount of financial resources that are available during the planned stay and return to the country from which the applicant comes;
  • Other facts that can be used to verify the applicant's intention to leave the country before the visa expires.
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VISA D (long stay visa)

It is an authorization to enter and stay in the territory of the Republic of Serbia for a period of 90 to 180 days.

A foreigner who, in accordance with the visa regime, needs a visa to enter the Republic of Serbia and who intends to apply for a temporary residence permit in the Republic of Serbia shall obtain a visa for a longer stay. This also applies accordingly to a foreigner who intends to apply for a single permit.

A foreigner, who has been issued a visa for a longer stay based on employment, exercises the right to employment in accordance with the regulations governing the employment of foreigners.

It should also be emphasized that the basis for submitting a request for a longer stay must be identical to the basis for issuing a temporary residence permit. For example. if visa D was issued on the basis of employment with a Serbian employer, it is not possible to submit a request for temporary residence of foreigners in Serbia on the basis of family reunification.

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GENERAL CONDITIONS FOR OBTAINING A VISA IN SERBIA

When applying for a visa, a foreigner submits:

1) completed visa application form,

2) travel document - passport, whereby the passport must be valid for at least 90 days starting from the date of visa issuance,

3) photo (dimensions 3.5×4.5cm),

4) proof of the paid visa fee,

5) evidence of the purpose and reasons for staying in the Republic of Serbia,

6) invitation letter:

a) for a private visit - the invitation letter must be certified by a public notary in the Republic of Serbia;

b) for a business visit - an invitation letter is sent by the company basic in the Republic of Serbia;

c) for a tourist visit - a confirmation from a travel agency about a paid arrangement (e.g. a voucher),

7) appropriate and valid travel health insurance – The visa applicant must provide proof that he has adequate travel health insurance during his stay in the Republic of Serbia. It has to covers expenses that may arise in connection with emergency medical assistance, emergency hospital treatment, return to the country of origin for health reasons or in the event of death.

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When submitting an application for the issuance of a short-stay visa, the applicant is obliged to submit the following evidence:

1) about the purpose of the trip;

2) on the sufficient amount of financial resources for accommodation costs or other evidence related to accommodation;

3) on the amount of funds available for maintenance during the intended stay and for returning to the country of origin or place of habitual residence;

4) other evidence based on which the intention of the applicant to leave the Republic of Serbia before the expiration of the requested visa can be verified.

SUBMISSION OF REQUESTS AND DECISION ON REQUEST

The visa is issued by the diplomatic and consular representation. As a rule, the visa application is considered and decided upon by the diplomatic-consular representation in whose consular territory the applicant legally resides (embassy, consulate, etc.).

Exceptionally, the diplomatic-consular representation considers and decides on a request submitted by a foreigner, who is legally in its consular territory, but does not have a residence in that country, in the event that he submits evidence of the urgency of the trip to the Republic of Serbia for which he needs a visa ( eg the need for treatment in the Republic of Serbia).

In countries where the Republic of Serbia does not have a diplomatic-consular representation, an international agreement can determine mutual representation in the process of issuing visas.

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A decision on the visa application is made within 15 days from the date of submission of the application. This period can be extended up to 30 days if there are justified reasons for this.

The validity period of the visa and the duration of stay specified in the visa must not be exceeded. It can only be extended for professional reasons or force majeure.