This usual process is free of charge and you can do it in less than one hour.
If you don’t go to the police station, you could get a fine the next time you present any official paperwork. This card is also needed in order to apply for a VISA, so make sure to keep it in a safe place.
Here’s an example of the residence application form (white card) and a list of every police station where you can submit the application:
1. At the police department, they will fill in a Bela Karta (a white card form made of two parts). It will be processed and stamped and they will give you one of the parts.
2. If you know the date of departure from Serbia, you should include this in the form to avoid a second visit to the same police department for de-registration. This procedure is free of charge.
3. You always need to carry this card while you are in Serbia as well as your passport.
4. When you leave Serbia, this white card will be collected by the immigration officer at customs.
If you’re in the middle of the process of requesting a temporary VISA, you need to register yourself every time you enter Serbia – even if you haven’t change your official address.
Example: You came to Serbia and rented a flat, this address will be registered in your Bela Karta. You have submitted the temporary VISA application and in the meantime you have to go to your home country. When you enter Serbia again, you must go to register yourself in the police station because you will have a new entry stamp with different date in your passport before the VISA is submitted.
If you have already been granted a temporary VISA, you don’t have to keep re-registering yourself in the police every time you enter the country, as your situation is being legalized.