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Basic facts about Belgrade

Language

The official language of Serbia is Serbian. The Cyrillic alphabet is used officially, with Latin script also commonly used. Serbian Cyrillic has 30 characters, and each letter corresponds directly to one sound, which makes it unique in comparison with other writing systems.

Many residents of Belgrade speak other languages, among these are English, German, French and Russian.

Currency

The official currency is the dinar (RSD). Currency may be exchanged in all banks and post offices, as well as in the many authorized exchange offices.

Taxes

Value Added Tax (VAT – PDV in Serbian) charged on goods and services varies between 8% or 18%, depending on the type of goods or services.

Foreign nationals who take goods purchased in Serbia with them when they leave the country are entitled to a refund of VAT, providing that the total value of the goods inclusive of VAT exceeds 10,000 dinars, and that they are taken out of the country within three months of purchase. In order to obtain a refund of VAT, foreign visitors must obtain “Request by a foreign national for refund” form REF4, from the seller of the goods. The seller must complete the form in triplicate, giving the original and one copy to the purchaser. On leaving Serbia the purchaser must show the invoice, goods and original REF4 form to Customs.

For additional information, please refer to www.poreskauprava.sr.gov.yu

Emergency Services

24-hour Emergency Medical Assistance, Bul. Franše D’Eperea 5
Tel: 94
www.beograd94.org.yu
Emergency Medical Centre, Pasterova 2, Tel: 3618-444

24-hour Health Services:
Serbian Medical Centre, Pasterova 2, Tel: 361-8444, www.klinicki-centar.co.yu
Zvezdara Medical Centre, Dimitrija Tucovića 161, Tel: 3810-969
Zemun Medical Centre, Zemun, Vukova 9, Tel: 3772-666
Dr Dragiša Mišović Medical Centre, Heroja Milana Tepića 1, Tel: 2667-122, www.dragisamisovic.com
Bežanijska kosa Medical Centre, Zemun, Bežanijska kosa bb, Tel: 3010-777, www.bkosa.edu.yu
Military Medical Academy, Crnotravska 17, Tel: 2661-122, www.vma.mod.gov.yu

24-hour Dental Services:
Stari grad, Obilićev venac 30, Tel: 2635-236
Vračar, Kneginje Zorke 15, Tel: 244-1413

24-hour Pharmacies/Chemists:
Prvi maj, Kralja Milana 9, Tel: 3344-923
Sveti Sava, Nemanjina 2, Tel: 2643-170
Zemun, Glavna 34, Tel: 2618-582

Electricity

The Serbian electricity network operates at 220 V.

Retail Business Hours

Shops open between 9 and 10 a.m. and close between 6 and 8 p.m. Banks and post offices close no later than 6 p.m. Shop’s opening hours on Saturday vary, but all close no later than 6 p.m.

Visitor Information

Tourist Information Centres:

Airport “Nikola Tesla”
Tel: 209-7638
Hours: 9 am to 8 pm daily

Makedonska 5
Tel: 3343-460
Hours: Weekdays 9 am to 9 pm .00-21.00, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

Central Railway Station
Tel: 361-2732, 361-2645
Hours: Weekdays 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm

Terazije, pedestrian subway by “Albanija” Tower
Tel: 2635-622, Fax: 2635-343
Hours: Weekdays 9 am to 8 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm