Banking difficulties for non-residents
In recent time, non-residents have reported increasing difficulties when working with banks in Serbia. This has been particularly problematic for individuals who need to transfer funds to accounts abroad, or who rely on e-banking to conduct financial transactions. Some of the challenges that non-residents face when working with banks in Serbia include the need for a “fresh” white card from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, restrictions on using e-banking to initiate transactions, and the need for confirmation from tax authorities when transferring funds abroad.
„Fresh“ white card
One of the most significant challenges facing non-residents in Serbia is the need for a “fresh” white card from the Ministry of Internal Affairs. This card is essentially a document that verifies a person’s identity and residency status in Serbia. Non-residents who wish to conduct any tipe of transaction with banks in Serbia must have a valid white card, and the card must be “fresh” (i.e., issued within the last month).
This can be a cumbersome process for non-residents who do not live in Serbia full-time, as it requires them to rent an apartment every time they visi Serbia and get a „white card“ from the Ministry of Internal Affairs in person, as a tourist „white card“ is not valid for the banks.
Another challenge facing non-residents in Serbia is the restriction on using e-banking to initiate transactions. Most of the banks in Serbia do not allow non-residents to use e-banking to initiate transactions. This can be particularly problematic for individuals who need to transfer funds quickly and efficiently, as it often means that they must visit a bank branch in person to initiate the transaction. This can be a time-consuming process, particularly for non-residents who do not live in Serbia full-time or have a residence permit.
Transferring funds abroad
Finally, non-residents in Serbia may also face challenges when transferring funds abroad. In many cases, banks in Serbia require confirmation from tax authorities before allowing a non-resident to transfer funds to an account abroad. This can be a significant problem for non-residents, as it requires them to navigate complex tax regulations and may result in delays or additional costs.
In summary, working with banks in Serbia can be challenging for non-residents, particularly when it comes to transferring funds abroad or using e-banking to initiate transactions, that is why it is highly recommended to obtain a residence permit in one of several ways, most popular being company formation and real estate investment, and get full access to Serbian flexible banking system.
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