Meghna Misra
Last Updated 10 May 2023
European Country Changes Visa Eligibility For Indians, Bans Visa On Arrival From January 1, 2023

One of the countries that previously allowed visa-free travel for Indian citizens has recently decided to stop this practice. The decision was made with the aim of preventing illegal residency and adhering to the European visa policy regulations. As of January 1, 2023, Indian passport holders will not be permitted to travel to this country without a valid visa. The specific country in question is Serbia.

No Entry In Serbia Without A Valid Visa

According to a recent decision by the Serbian government, visa-free entry for Indians has been suspended for 30 days, even though such entry had been permitted since September 2017. However, Indian nationals who are travelling without a visa in Serbia are allowed up to 30 days. After this, it will be mandatory to get a visa.

The New Rule That Came Into Force In January

Starting from January 1, 2023, Indians can no longer travel to Serbia without a valid visa. Even if they are travelling to other countries in Europe or neighbouring countries, they will still need a visa to enter Serbia. Earlier, holders of diplomatic and official Indian passports were allowed to travel to Serbia for up to 90 days without a visa, while ordinary passport holders were only allowed to stay for 30 days. But now, all Indian citizens need a visa to enter Serbia.

An Advisory from the Indian Embassy

The Indian Embassy in Belgrade and Serbia issued an advisory stating that after January 1, Indian citizens must apply for a visa from the Delhi embassy or their place of residence to travel to Serbia. Travel will only be permitted with a valid visa.

These people can still travel visa-free

As per the advisory issued, Indian citizens who possess a valid Schengen, UK or USA visa, or hold resident status in these countries, are permitted to stay in Serbia for a maximum of 90 days from the date of their entry. However, it is important to note that they will not be permitted to visit the neighbouring countries of Serbia.