Balkans Travel Advice

Make sure you are up-to-date with the pre-departure essentials before your trip to the Balkans. 

Passport & Visas

Citizens of the UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada are not required to have a visa for stays up to 90 days in the following countries in the Balkans: Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Albania, North Macedonia, Greece. We advise you to check the visa requirements nevertheless, as regulations differ across Balkan countries for different nationalities.

Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from your arrival in many countries in the Balkans. You should carry your passport or travel document with you at all times. 

Check with your embassy or your official government website for foreign Balkans travel advice. Bear in mind that the information we provide is for guidance only, and you are advised to check the details as it is your responsibility to have all the official documents ready before traveling. 

You can consult the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. We recommend all travelers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA 

Travel Insurance 

You need to have valid and adequate travel insurance before your tour with Travel Talk begins. It is your responsibility to have your insurance ready, but we are more than happy to provide you with guidance in the process. WorldNomads.com is one of the travel insurance providers that you can go with. You can visit our travel insurance page for more details. For now, here is some Balkans travel advice that you need to keep in mind when choosing the right plan.

  • To prevent any unwanted surprises, make sure your plan covers emergency medical situations, cancellations, and threats against your personal belongings.
  • Based on your tour and country, there may be adventure activities that your travel insurance does not include. So, look carefully at what your policy covers. 
  • Make sure you have the latest information regarding safety and health issues. You can find useful Balkans travel advice on governmental websites.
When to Go
  • The High Season

The diverse land of the Balkans experiences all four seasons, with summers pleasingly hot and winters occasionally brutal, especially the inland. The best time to visit the Balkans is from spring to fall, every season offering its own unique appeal. Beginning in June, the most popular destinations in the Balkans, like Croatia and Montenegro, open their doors to flocks of visitors. Summer is a perfect time to travel in comfortably warm weather. Temperatures range between 20 and 30°C, and the coast is clear of rains. 

Summer is the high season due to the European holidays, so highlight cities like Dubrovnik and Kotor will be bustling with life. It is also the season of spectacular festivals and cultural occasions. It is guaranteed to have a packed itinerary if you are visiting the Balkans from June to August. 

  • The Shoulder Season

Spring and fall are rewarding times in the Balkans as the blooming nature offers memorable views. A treasure trove of different cultures and histories, the Balkans its unique soul most vigorously in these shoulder seasons. You will have the best places to visit in the Balkans mostly to yourself. With the summer crowds gone, feel free to explore the hidden corners of the ageless cities at your own pace. 

Balkans travel advice
Passport & Visas

Citizens of the UK, USA, New Zealand, Australia, and Canada are not required to have a visa for stays up to 90 days in the following countries in the Balkans: Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Albania, North Macedonia, Greece. We advise you to check the visa requirements nevertheless, as regulations differ across Balkan countries for different nationalities.

Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months from your arrival in many countries in the Balkans. You should carry your passport or travel document with you at all times. 

Check with your embassy or your official government website for foreign Balkans travel advice. Bear in mind that the information we provide is for guidance only, and you are advised to check the details as it is your responsibility to have all the official documents ready before traveling.

You can consult the latest travel advice from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office. We recommend all travelers to check their Government National Travel Advisory prior to their departure: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA  

Travel Insurance 

You need to have valid and adequate travel insurance before your tour with Travel Talk begins. It is your responsibility to have your insurance ready, but we are more than happy to provide you with guidance in the process. WorldNomads.com is one of the travel insurance providers that you can go with. You can visit our travel insurance page for more details. For now, here is some Balkans travel advice that you need to keep in mind when choosing the right plan.

  • To prevent any unwanted surprises, make sure your plan covers emergency medical situations, cancellations, and threats against your personal belongings.
  • Based on your tour and country, there may be adventure activities that your travel insurance does not include. So, look carefully at what your policy covers. 
  • Make sure you have the latest information regarding safety and health issues. You can find useful Balkans travel advice on governmental websites.
When to Go
  • The High Season

The diverse land of the Balkans experiences all four seasons, with summers pleasingly hot and winters occasionally brutal, especially the inland. The best time to visit the Balkans is from spring to fall, every season offering its own unique appeal. Beginning in June, the most popular destinations in the Balkans, like Croatia and Montenegro, open their doors to flocks of visitors. Summer is a perfect time to travel in comfortably warm weather. Temperatures range between 20 and 30°C, and the coast is clear of rains. 

Summer is the high season due to the European holidays, so highlight cities like Dubrovnik and Kotor will be bustling with life. It is also the season of spectacular festivals and cultural occasions. It is guaranteed to have a packed itinerary if you are visiting the Balkans from June to August. 

  • The Shoulder Season

Spring and fall are rewarding times in the Balkans as the blooming nature offers memorable views. A treasure trove of different cultures and histories, the Balkans its unique soul most vigorously in these shoulder seasons. You will have the best places to visit in the Balkans mostly to yourself. With the summer crowds gone, feel free to explore the hidden corners of the ageless cities at your own pace. 

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Money Matters

As the Balkans consists of 12 nations, you will deal with multiple currencies in your Balkans tour. Serbian
Dinar, Bosnia-Herzegovina Mark, Croatian Kuna, Albanian Lek, Macedonian Denar, and Euro (Montenegro,
Greece) are some of them.

We recommend that you wait until you go to the city center to change your money. Exchange rates are usually more favorable in the city.

ATMs are available and credit cards are widely accepted, except in some small shops and remote locations.

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The Food Scene

The Balkans is famous for being a treasure trove of different tastes, all carrying a hint of Turkish, Persian, and Greek influences. You will find countless palate-pleasing dishes and appetizers across one of the world’s richest peninsulas.

Many Balkans recipes have meat and olive oil alternatives. Try dolma, ajvar, and banitsa, some of the most iconic dishes in the region.

All across Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro and the surrounding countries, a wide variety of wines will make their way into your daily menu. But perhaps the heartiest is raki, the calling-card spirit of the Balkans.

Solo Travels

Are you traveling alone? You can stay in a single room if your accommodation in the Balkans countries has the single supplement option.

You can also choose to be roomed with a solo traveler of the same gender.

Feel free to contact your tour leader if you require assistance.

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Why Book With Travel Talk

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