Serbia, situated in Southeast Europe, presents an appealing option for foreigners seeking a second residence. Its capital, Belgrade, is a dynamic city with a vibrant cultural scene and a thriving nightlife. Furthermore, the country offers a relatively low cost of living and affordable real estate, making it an attractive choice for expatriates. With negotiations ongoing for Serbia’s potential entry into the EU, questions surrounding its citizenship routes are popular.

Serbia Golden Visa

Serbia does not currently offer a golden visa programme similar to those offered by some EU countries or those on the fringes of Europe such as Turkey with its citizenship investment programme. Such golden visa programmes often allow individuals to obtain citizenship or residency rights through substantial investment. These investments are typically in real estate, national development funds, or local businesses.

Residency and Citizenship in Serbia

While Serbia does not offer a direct citizenship by investment route, it is possible to acquire residency by establishing a new company in the country, or by expanding an existing country by opening a corporate bank account in Serbia.

Additionally, owning a residence or business and living in Serbia for 183 days per year can also allow individuals to qualify for Tax Residency in the country.

Serbia Passport Strength and Ranking

Serbia’s strong passport would make the introduction of a citizenship by investment scheme appealing for investors. Offering visa-free access to 149 countries worldwide, this passport grants access to 61.2% of world wealth (GDP) and 73.8% of global travel. It ranks 60th in La Vida’s comprehensive Global Passport Ranking.


Citizenship and Residency by Investment Programmes

See below a selection of countries offering residency and citizenship investment programmes.