If you are staying in a hotel, hostel or Airbnb during your visit to Serbia, you don’t have to go to the police station personally. Your accommodation provider shall complete the registration on your behalf.
If you’re staying in a private residence your host should register your stay at his/her house within 24h from your arrival, with or without your presence, or you can do it by yourself.
Only case when you have to register yourself is when you are not using accommodation services or staying in a private residence, as well as when you are changing your address in Serbia. If you are completing the registration by yourself, we advise you to be accompanied by a local person, because police officers often speak very little English.
Registration process is completely free of charge and it might take approximately an hour of your time.
All you have to do is to fill in the residence application form and submit it in the nearest police station. If you know the date of departure from Serbia, you should include this in the form in order to avoid a second visit to the same police department for deregistration.
At the police station they will fill in a “Bela Karta” (a white card form made of two parts). Once it is processed and stamped you will get your copy that you should always carry during your stay, Serbia, together with your passport.
When you leave Serbia, this white card will be collected by the immigration officer at customs.
Only in case that registration is your obligation and you do not register in the nearest police station in a timely manner, you could get a fine the next time you present any official paperwork.