Serbian nationality law

Citizenship of Serbia is regulated by the Citizenship Law of the Republic of Serbia, adopted in 2004 and based primarily on the principle of Jus sanguinis. Article 23 of the citizenship law stipulates that any foreign national with Serbian descent has the right to acquire Serbian citizenship by written request. The law also allows dual citizenship, allowing an individual the right to retain his or her current citizenship and receive Serbian citizenship.[1][2]

Citizenship Law of
the Republic of Serbia
National Assembly of Serbia
  • An Act regulating the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia
Enacted byGovernment of Serbia
PassedDecember 14th, 2004
EnactedDecember 29th, 2004
Status: Current legislation

The 2007 amendments enabled ethnic Serbs residing outside Serbia the right to citizenship. These amendments, adopted after the Montenegrin independence referendum, 2006, also allowed citizens of Montenegro living in Serbia the right to gain citizenship, if they submit the request within a 5-year period.[3]

Acquisition of citizenship

  • Acquiring citizenship by descent - Citizenship by descent is limited to one generation (either parent must be registered as Serbian at time of birth) and the applicant cannot be older than 23 years of age at the time.[4]
  • Acquiring citizenship by birth[5]
  • Acquiring citizenship by admission (naturalization) - Must have three years of uninterrupted permanent residence in Serbia.[1]

Termination and reacquisition of citizenship

  • Termination of citizenship by release[6]
  • Termination of citizenship by renunciation[7]
  • Reacquisition of citizenship by the Republic of Serbia[8]

Visa requirement for Serbian citizens

More details: Visa requirements for Serbian citizens

In 2015, Serbian citizens had visa-free or visa on arrival access to 110 countries and territories, ranking the Serbian passport 43rd in the world according to the Visa Restrictions Index.

The Serbian passport is one of the 5 passports with the most improved rating globally since 2006 in terms of the number of countries that its holders may visit without a visa.[9]

Notable naturalized people

See also


  1. "Citizenship".
  2. "Zakon o državljanstvu Republike Srbije" (in Serbian).
  3. "Izmene zakona o državljanstvu" (PDF) (in Serbian). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-07.
  4. "Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Sydney".
  9. Partners, Henley &. "The Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index Celebrates Ten Years".
  10. "Руски пливач Вјатчањин добио српско држављанство". May 13, 2015.
  11. "Čarls Dženkins dobio srpski pasoš!".
  12. Serbia, RTS, Radio televizija Srbije, Radio Television of. "Kleo dobio pasoš".
  13. "Danijel Pejdž predstavljena u Košarkaškom savezu Srbije".
  14. "Demarkus Nelson dobio državljanstvo Srbije".
  15. Džudista Gerasimenko dobio državljanstvo Srbije
  16. "Evandro dobio srpski pasoš". 4 August 2011.
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  18. Decision was published in Official Gazette Službeni glasnik RS 002/2016.; "Stiven Sigal dobio državljanstvo Srbije". Radio Television of Serbia. 10 January 2016. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  19. Rudić, Filip (11 September 2017). "Actor Ralph Fiennes Receives Serbian Citizenship :: Balkan Insight". (in Serbian). Balkan Insight. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  20. "...Arnaud Gouillon…". inSerbia.
  21. {{cite web|title=Najpopularniji Amerikanac u Srbiji konačno dobio državljanstvo!||url=}
  22. "Exclusive : FK Vozdovac Striker Obiora Odita Gets Serbian Passport". all Nigeria soccer.