Maxing out the Schengen Visa in the Balkans

We travelled to a number of non-schengen countries in the Balkans recently, using our multiple entry Schengen visa issued by Slovenia. Some details are below.

  • Serbia. Technically Indian passport holders don’t need a visa. But the immigration authorities at Belgrade airport and at the Mali Dvornik road border crossing both checked and scanned our Schengen visa. At road border they also checked our car papers for car insurance documents.
  • Croatia. We entered Croatia at a number of road border crossings. Each time they checked our Schengen visa. They never checked car documents. Ours was a Serbia registered rental car.
  • Bosnia-i-Hercegovina. They also checked our Schengen visa and let us in (at two different border crossings including one between Montenegro and Bosnia). They also checked car insurance papers.
  • Montenegro. They also checked our Schengen visa and let us in . They also checked car insurance papers.

Overall the Schengen visa was very useful in the Balkans! And these countries are a pleasure to drive in. I found Bosnia to be especially beautiful.

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Croatia Visa (Experience applying for a Croatian Visa)

Target Country: Croatia
Passport: Indian Passport
Visa Type: Tourist Visa
Processing Consulate/Embassy: Croatian Embassy, London, UK
Documents submitted:

Tickets to and from Croatia.
Hotel bookings for every night spent in Croatia.

GBP £35 (approx) fee payable at HSBC bank.
Filled application form
Valid passport
Letter from my School saying that I’m a student
Bank statements for the last 6 months (online printout acceptable).
1 Photo
Proof of Travel Insurance (Certificate stating my name and details of policy).

Experience:
Very smooth. I didn’t need an appointment. There was literally no queue here either. Took me 45 mins to submit the application (had to step out in the middle to find an HSBC and pay the fee). The visa was processed in 3 days and it was easy enough to pick my passport up.

They refused to issue a multiple entry visa. Only single entry.
The staff were very nice and willing to accommodate requests such as quicker processing.